Posts Tagged South Africa

May 23 2013


Tell us about the best compliment you have ever received.

As I’m sure many people have said today, I’m not very good at compliments, and I generally get a bit nervous when people compliment me – not that it happens very often.

What tend to stick with me are the unspoken compliments – those actions that show that people are happy with you, have accepted you, even if they don’t say it (though sometimes they do that as well). So this is the first few that come to mind.

  • Mrs Worm said ‘Yes’ when I asked her to marry me. And didn’t change her mind in the following nearly 20 years.
  • Mrs Worm’s dad came to like me, even though I was a long-haired Englishman
  • NoRM asked me to be his best man
  • Every week I am picked as the goalkeeper for my football team
  • The Rotary Club picked me to go to South Africa, which was up against a lot of competition, and one of the greatest experiences of my life
May 10 2013

Travel Dreams

If you could go anywhere in the world right now where would it be?

This really is becoming a habit. There are simply too many options for me to choose a single one. I will try to pick just the most obvious

  • Italy
    Mainly because I love the food.
  • South Africa
    Because the time I spent there a couple of years ago was amazing, and I only got to see a small part of a fascinating country.
  • United States
    The US has always held something of a fascination for me, and I would just love to experience some of it. And there’s a vague chance I could get to the French Laundry.
  • Russia
    It is such a different culture from ours, I really just think it would be a very different experience.

There’s nothing really outlandish or stunning there. I’m really not much of a traveller. My trip to South Africa was a real departure for me, and was in many ways a life-changing experience. But because we were hosted and guided for our whole time there, I’m not sure what it would be like to go as a tourist and manage on our own. Perhaps not as good, perhaps just different. Hard to know.