Around the World in 80 Days
Day 59: 22 November
Except that I'm not accepted yet. Signatures have to be secured from both the King and the High Priest before the certificate is valid - these can be obtained at a separate ceremony this evening.
The evening ceremony turns out to be also a party for the Professor. Forfeits abound, and in order to get my signatures I have to impersonate a sexy model, a pregnant woman, a housewife and give a display of breakdancing.
It's a very good party, attended by all except the two crew members on watch, and many games are played, a tug of war is pulled, which I'm sorry to say the BBC loses this time. The Professor reveals there is no end to his talents by singing a song in Russian to his own guitar accompaniment, and Saatchi having endured the afternoon with great dignity produces his guitar, and plays a long and rather mournful rendition of 'Hotel California'.
A day to remember, however much one might want to forget it.
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- Series: Around the World in 80 Days
- Day: 59
- Date: 22 November
- Country/sea: Pacific Ocean
- Place: Pacific Ocean
- Book page no: 197
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