We had a great turnout at the benefit concert over the weekend. All the kinds of beings mentioned above and more. Thank you for all your wonderful support and encouragement!
It rained for most of the afternoon, so the event took place in this beautiful old house, instead of outside in the surrounding gardens. But despite the bad weather, we had lots of support and interest, and generous donations from everyone who attended.
Here's the stall I set up and looked after, with the help of my kind friend Amelia. Thank you again to those wonderful women who sent crafty goodness to fill up the table. Everything was a hit!
(The Bruno Stevens 'No Fences' exhibition we set up outside, before the torrential rain)
In the evening Tom had arranged a link-up using Skype and our home computer, to Jeff Halper, a well-known peace activist who founded the Israeli Committee Against House Demolitions, working to oppose the demolition of Palestinian houses in the occupied territories. Various practice-runs with Jeff Halper had proved successful, so we were feeling quite confident about the whole link-up.
But then with an expectant audience filling one of the rooms and waiting for Halper to appear on the screen, Tom realised he was going to have to wake him up by calling his cell-phone (it was 5am in London, where he was staying that day.) Eventually, he came onto the screen, and we heard him talking, but he couldn't hear us! So the entire interview had to be conducted by writing our questions on a whiteboard and holding them up to the web-cam, and then he answered them.
It was amazing to hear him speak, but also hilariously funny to see him squinting down his camera to try and read the hand-written questions. I loved the combination of such a high-tech practice (the video link-up) with the old-school ask-a-question-on-the-blackboard technique. It was the perfect ending to a wonderful day.