Thursday, September 07, 2006
Time To Weigh Rice
Yesterday we made good progress, we got the space cleared and ready, then laid out seven chunky stats.
The Population of Spain.
Customers of McDonalds world wide each day.
Victims of The Holocaust.
Everyone who is HIV positive in Sub-Saharan Africa.
Everyone in the USA without Health Insurance
biggest of them all
Everyone who tuned in to watch the last episode of Cheers.
It's very instructive being here with this show. There's the sense abroad that this country is insular and rarely looks beyond its own boundaries. Now we're here and the place is so vast and exciting and with such a busy recent history that even we are struggling to see beyond its boundaries. This challenge, to open things out, should make doing the show even more fun than usual.
We open to night at five. It's time to weigh rice.
Yes, we were so pleased to find our rice came from there. We discovered that company and town whilst researching the performance for Stuttgart. We put statistics relating to them out in the show, much to the bafflement of the locals who'd never heard of the place, they thought it was some elaborate English joke, which I suppose, in a way, it was.
I was the guy checking tickets at the door to your lecture this afternoon.
And it was great. And inspiring, and gosh so was the rice show, and really, do your shows always inspire like this? if so, thanks even more for coming to portland.
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