Brian did very well this morning. He and a friend found me a huge apartment with 4 rooms, kitchen and filthy bathroom but (1) it is far, far too big and (2) it was furnished with 2 large wardrobes but nothing else. No bed/mattress/table/chairs/cooker/fridge all of which I would have to buy. They told me we could buy it all cheap at the market tomorrow but it is does sound like a sensible investment even though, as the owner suggested, my whole family could stay there whenever they want to come. I declined. Brian and friend then had a rethink and phoned somebody and I was off to see another one-room apartment. Again Kitchen of sorts and bathroom of sorts and even a big concrete basin with sloping sides to do my laundry were available but not a single stick of furniture. I did promise the guy at the studio meuble that I would give him an answer today but I think I will as the minister if he can help tomorrow before I make a decision. I gave Brian and his friend 5000 Ariary about £1.80 between them for their help so thay are going to meet me outside the ministry at 2 to show me what I would have to spend to buy new furniture. I can't see it being cheap enough but there is an appeal to having stuff that no-one has ever used before especially if you are coming out. The owner did say that that he would let me off half the first months rent if I bought the stuff and left it there when I leave. They rent there would be 500,000 so about £180 per month which is the best offer by far and it is ,10 mins walk away from the ministry where I may be working. I think the studio is still favourite and I do want to be out of Brajas by Wed. at the latest as that is the start of the new month so if the minister has no offer I think I will go down there.
Mr Lee, Mr Ellis and Mr Joyce: a serious issue. I did ask you to keep an eye on Bristol RFC for me and you let them loseat home. Come on boys get your act together……….and I hope you neither of you have been investing in Pakistani no-balls.