The book launches went very well and thank you to everyone who attended and bought books. We sold out at Waterstones in Cardiff and pretty much did the same by performing poetry on the streets in Penarth (and got invited to perform at an International School in Kuwait...if you're out there please get in touch...you know who you are!).
Swansea was a bit tougher and the Oxfam Bookshop seemed a little off the beaten track for shoppers on a very hot day. I did have a very interesting discussion there though about queuing being a perfect form of anarchy. Most people associate anarchy with the Sex Pistols and raucousness but this is not the case. Queuing is people choosing to take turns, working co-operatively and being responsible for their own behaviour in getting what they want.
This started me thinking.
I've always liked the traffic parting for the emergency services. It's when people behave in an intrinsically altruistic fashion.
Recent research with rats found that they can behave in an instinctively altruistic fashion.
Apparently researchers put rats in a situation where they got food by opening doors but they heard another rat behind a door in distress (without the accompanying signal to tell them there was food there and they had to go back rather than forward away from the food triggers). A very high percentage of rats opened the door for the other distressed rat even when they were able to leave towards another food source.
Heart warming isn't it?
You see we really are all in it together