Nicholas Quirke was busy and pensive. Performances of The Nightingale were approaching fast and he felt there was still too much to do. He noticed he was taking to his bed later and waking later, which seemed to shorten his day. Mornings were always an industrious time for him so the foreshortening of his before noon time was limiting and his past couple of days had seemed fraught with activity he felt he had some missed opportunities. The celebration of his Birthday always dragged on a little and it was no surprise that he found himself continuing to meet with friends to rise a metaphorical glass. He met Terry for tea and they went to Six in Hove from where he was able to complete a few errands including picking up some extensions to his beard for his role as a Chinese Emperor. By the time he got home it was already the afternoon which meant he did not have much time to do anything before setting off to London. He left at 3.30 and did not arrive at his brothers till 6 it was a slow drive and he experienced some feelings of Road Impatience. Good to catch up with Mike and family then he headed to The White Bear to meet Helen and see Dee in An Honorable Man. What a fascinating play he found it to be. A very apposite political allegory for the times and very well performed. Nicholas was delighted to see Dee back on the stage and quite proud of her performance. After a drink and meeting the writer and a couple of the actors he headed home which still managed to take quite some time despite the late hour, Another late night which meant he didn’t wake till am and had to cancel his traditional Saturday morning tea with Cathy. Rehearsals at 10 am were productive though he got home, only to discover he had left his phone in the rehearsal space and had to go all the way back into town. It was a Murder Mystery evening and he was teamed with Debbie Bridge again as the Thornly-Cruttocks, both victim and detective, he loved a death scene. It was a stag do and was once again lively and entertaining though the sight of some of the guys in drag was alarming. To compensate for missing morning tea, Nicholas met with Cathy at 8.30 on Sunday and after a wander around the Lanes they met Maribeth in Carluccio’s. he endured a money draining shopping expedition and still managed to get home with plenty of time to catch up on some the duties he had put off while celebrating his birthday. He completed a job application, updated a CV, sorted out paperwork, ironed and prepared for his podcast recording and for his next IELTS test. Dr Who was the perfect TV to send him to his bed and sleep.