Today in class I managed to cause our teacher to sink to the floor in desperation, although for once it was not solely because of my inability to correctly grasp the subject of the conversation. We were discussing things that were not certain, with the teacher citing ‘Which came first the Chicken or the egg?’ and ‘Is there another Earth-like planet in the Universe?’ as examples. Without meaning to I sabotaged her explanation when I began to argue that statistically it was almost a certainty that there was life on another planet, and that of course the egg came first, but from the ancestor of the chicken. In my defence I was just happy to be presented with a topic that I could actually get my head around; the mysteries of the Universe being an absolute breeze when compared to trying to fathom out why a woman insists on talking to the watch of her dead husband.
This afternoon I had another meeting at the Tokyo Institute of Technology (Tokyo Tech), and all being well my teaching of a ‘Science Communication and Theatre’ course will begin in November. There was also talk of taking a workshop to China as part of a cultural exchange program, although given the amount of bureaucracy and meetings that have taken place to date, I’m not holding my breath. I suspect that were my Japanese teachers to get wind of this course, that they would be some of the first to sign up, if only so that they could get their own back by nonsensical questions constructed using imaginary grammatical structures.