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September 30th; Met Politics Judit, glowing, on tram 6.

September 29th; Norbi expertly edits the English trailers for 1 2 & 3. Quick drink at the end of the day with Mariann in the shopping mall.
September 28th; Franc saves me again. A day off IMA.

September 27th; Fixing flaws in history documentary.
September 26th; Sifted old files to slim down house - moving task. Threw out some I have been carrying round for over 12 years. A bit harrowing, but not too sad.

September 25th; Pleasantly bump into Rob on street. Kind Franc helps me do some house-moving later.
September 24th; Chat with friendly barman at Eklektika.

September 23rd; 12-hour dubbing day. Melinda rearranges desks. Back-lit lightbox posters look good.
September 22nd; All day: sound actors in a little box.

September 21st; Perhaps Belbin was right. Perhaps knowing how to negotiate is the fundamental skill.
September 20th; J backs out of typing work.

September 19th; Writing straplines with Jessica.
September 18th; A Saturday in the office translating history documentaries. Later Jessica helps me pack and encourages me to see 'Farenheit 9/11' with her. Tighter than 'Bowling for Columbine', but leaves me feeling rather fond of George Bush - probably not the intended effect. Very odd. The opening moments go well, but something strange happened already at the early scene where Moore invites us to watch Bush hanging around confused in the children's classroom minutes after the aeroplanes slammed into the twin towers of the World Trade Center. As the minutes tick by and Moore's soft voice invites us to read Bush's mind ("Is he thinking 'Who screwed me?'?") we look and see panic, worry, and indecision in Bush's eyes. He definitely looks weak & unstatesmanlike. But somehow human and sincere. Far from being a cunning, cold-blooded liar, thief & smoothie, Moore can only portray Bush as a gormless bumbler. Looking into the anxious eyes of the man who is realising at that very minute that he is responsible for somehow responding to this business of aeroplanes suddenly crashing into buildings all over the country he is head of and hasn't got a clue what to do, I couldn't help but feel sorry for him. Peculiarly, I had exactly the opposite reaction to the woman Moore wanted us to feel sorry for - the bulky lady who had lost a son serving with the US army in Iraq. As soon as she started wailing and sobbing on camera, I felt physically sick. Moore's oozing voice in the background gently urges her to redouble her tantrum, and though her loss is enormous compared to the man whose rich family got him into the White House and in a little deeper than he expected, her reaction left me wanting to retch. Neither she nor Bush could be called dignified, but at least he doesn't actually blubber in public. Her reaction, his reaction, and Moore's mildly amusing stunt of suggesting to congressmen they might send their children to the Iraq war brought into focus what nobles are for: how they lose sons in wars without complaining in public, and why working men from depressed towns like Flint, Michigan look up to officers who like them expose themselves to injury & death in battle, although coming from families rich enough to avoid ever receiving a scratch (families like the Bushes, prone exactly to ignobly getting rich while keeping themselves out of harm's way). A grim prognosis for the US, a country which sees itself as having reinvented history and transcended the outmoded concept of an aristocratic class. Again, not the message Moore intended at all. Obscured his interesting material at the start on links between the Bush family and the bin Laden family. He should have stuck with that.

September 17th; Bad temper seems to ease the leg pain.
September 16th; More than annoyingly, one of the keys to Heather's flat goes in but does not come out. So I am locked out of the place I am halfway through moving into. Exactly what I need right now.
Carolyn invites me over to Jessica's for tea and life chat. The two are so strenously sweet to me I start to regret being harsh with J.

September 15th; At 8am I am behind the smoked-glass windows of Vaci ut's Aeroflot office, talking to a surprisingly friendly ticket lady. By lunchtime work deadlines have forced me to abandon my trip to Russia.
All week my legs have hurt oddly, just above the knees.
At 3pm I leave the office to get to Sari's school for 4pm. A car lift takes me to Moricz Zsigmond korter, from where I catch a red 7 bus to Ferenciek tere. Three stops on the blue underground line get me to Nyugati station, where I catch a number 6 bus to Kolosi ter. There I catch a 165 bus to the very silly location on top of a hill where Sari's school has built its new building, thinking only of people with cars. Running and weaving round plodding crowds back at Ferenciek to catch that blue-line underground train I jammed my foot in the doors, forcing them to open again, and lurched into the crowded carriage, bathed in sweat, with a heavy blue jacket (gift from Robin) on one arm, clutching the blue Volkswagen Slovakia file (gift from Ryan) in the other hand and two bottles of juice to quench thirst. One friendly working-class man quietly congratulated me. The other passengers turned away, a faint ripple of disgust moving down the carriage at the sight of someone hurrying to work somewhere - someone who actually has something to do which matters. I wonder if this is an ex-nomad thing? Are there cultures for which work is shameful, dirty, a sign of weakness or inferiority? I remember once running for an underground train in London, jamming my briefcase in the doors to stop them closing, thus getting on, and being surprised by a small outbreak of friendly applause from the five or six people in the train carriage.
On my fourth stage, the 6 bus, I slump gratefully into a window seat, close my eyes and start dozing off in the sun. A young woman importantly taps me on the shoulder, suggesting I should stand up for one of a group of scowling old people, pointedly clustered round me like a bunch of death's heads. Told her my legs hurt, and a look flashed across her face like a novice's expression the first time their king gets pinned by a bishop. Should I be flattered really? Of all the people on the bus, I, even when sticky and breathless, still look the most healthy & vigorous.
September 14th; More lip-sync work, & Red Lion staff kindly relay a vital message for me.

September 13th; Pop into sound studio to "restripe dialogue" on Seress film for Scott. This involves speaking in time with silent film of my own moving lips. I find this surprisingly difficult.
September 12th; Maybe the problem with Sundays is I'm not going to church?

September11th; Morning coffee with Robin & the radiant Judit, who studies political science.
September 10th; On the 'lomtalanitas' evening I see Sasha & Carolina's pretty flat full of Sasha's paintings.

September 9th; Wearying day. Robin helped me move most of my books to Heather's flat, to find my bicycle already confiscated from inner courtyard by friendly neighbours, irritated by a machine that makes someone else less fat than them. 50 black bags of rubble and plaster still narrow the entrance corridor, of course. My mistake was to put the bicycle where it didn't get in anyone's way. Getting in other people's way is so basic to Hungarian culture that if I'd put the bicycle in the entrance corridor, forcing visitors to climb over rubble bags, no-one would have dared grumble. However, my bicycle did slightly obstruct the courtyard's Special Dirt Cupboard, so I might be wrong about that. Later Robin and I met Istvan, Kristof and Sasha the recently baptised Russian painter.
September 8th; I am warned again about keeping a diary.

September 7th; Excellent news weblog explains Hungary.
September 6th; I host a rather demanding house guest.

September 5th; So little of interest happened today, that I had to check. And yes, this is a normal Sep 5th. 03; 02.
September 4th; Does all 'multivitamin' fruit juice taste of mango?

September 3rd; A righteous philosopher ticks us all off.
September 2nd; With Mariann to an opening at acb gallery, featuring a Hungarian performance artist. A video showed him in a rubber suit + umbrella, in a scrapyard somewhere in Belgium, excitedly narrating to camera in English about how he was about to have sex with a car. He said "fucky fucky!" in a Japanese accent quite a lot. Some detached car doors and car bonnets were arranged, along with photographs of the rubber-clad artist in action, around the rest of the gallery.

September 1st; Finally cleared some translation backlog.

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