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What’s morale like where you live?
During the last week, I have seen person-after-person say they are exhausted, catch a cold, and just slump, sometimes close to tears.
My favorite radio programme, Any Questions, (here on Fridays 1900 GMT) is normally my laughter medicine for the week. This week it was sombre. Jokes ran to not moving the capital because we don’t want to live with banker, politicians and the press.
What is the most cheerful story you heard this week?
But all is not sombre. On Twitter, one lively entrepreneur opened two new businesses in the last month. This being the beginning of the academic year in UK, people are starting new courses, making new friends and enjoying themselves.
On another erratically running train, overfull with two lots of passengers (those for our service and the previous service that had also broken down), I opened a conversation with someone carrying a book on classical music. He has an interesting story.
So what has opera singing to do with hands-on farming?
He introduced himself as an opera singer. I found it interesting that he l lived so far from London. Oh, he said I am also a farmer. And my father sang well, but for fun. I sing professionally and run my farm of 150 acres. By day, I work the farm, and then I go by train to London (2.5 hour journey) to sing and return home to midnight (another 2.5 hours). Often the only sleep I get is on the train.
He had a shock of immaculately coiffered gray hair as you expect from someone appearing on the stage. And with a happy smile on his face, he said, his son also sang, but he was a dancer. His son was off working professionally in Europe. (This is Britain – country undefined – just vaguely over there!)
My happy informant was both proud and embarrassed by his double career. He is lucky to have two jobs he loves but he is not sure which supports which.
I readily reassured him a business school would say he has a wise portfolio of investments. When one business is down, the other business is up – which is true it seems.
What is your most outrageous combination?
So remembering that the antidote to exhaustion is wholeheartedness, what are your passions? What interesting passions are you combining?
And PS What do farming and opera singing have in common?
Apparently, you must be calm in both – calm to sing and calm to handle livestock.
What’s your brand of magic?