Apologies for the hiatus.
Despite the suspension of theatre-going for most of August, the specialist has ordered both Phil and Andrew to get a complete rest from the theatre in the interest of their nerves. So they have jetted off to darkest Peru for two weeks.
Why Peru? Well, a Google search for “Peru theatre” reveals practically no results (although, worryingly for Phil, a search for “Peru Simon Russell Beale” throws up 10 pages of them) so it seemed like a reasonably safe bet. To our certain knowledge, there is no touring production of Trevor Nunn’s Royal Hunt of the Sun.
But while the West End may be heaving a sigh of relief, it’s not quite that simple for the West End Whingers. For the only reason the WEW don’t have a companion site entitled “West End Worriers” is the sheer volume of material they would have to keep up with.
Peru-wise, there are only four issues so far:
The signs and symptoms include:-
* Severe headache that is not relieved by medication
* Nausea and vomiting, increasing weakness and fatigue
* Shortness of breath
* Decreased co-ordination.
As both Whingers exhibit these on a daily basis, diagnosis will be a challenge to the Peruvian medical profession.
“17 deaths from rabies had been confirmed in people known to have been bitten by bats. In five more cases the deceased showed typical rabies symptoms but were buried without an autopsy.”
Phil has been very busy fashioning protective headgear out of cat food (he gets through six tins a day and no, he doesn’t have a cat) in the Ned Kelly style.
24 June: “A strong earthquake lasting more than a minute has hit southern Peru, killing at least 47 people and injuring hundreds.”
19 September: “Hundreds of people in Peru have needed treatment after an object from space – said to be a meteorite – plummeted to Earth in a remote area, officials say. They say the object left a deep crater after crashing down over the weekend near the town of Carancas in the Andes. People who visited the scene have been complaining of headaches, vomiting and nausea after inhaling gases.”
Still, it was nice of the former President Alberto Fujimori to fly in from Chile to greet us on the day we arrived. We had no idea he was a fan, but there he was at Lima airport when we arrived. Delightful man.
Anyway, normal service will be resumed as soon as possible so make the most of it.