A large number of orthodox jews have descended upon Aberystwyth as part of an annual tradition going back for as long as anyone seems able to remember. They charter a train and rent out PJM, the student village. It’s an interesting spectacle. I recall that about this time two years ago I had a fire on the beach. The people I’d been there with had gone home, and I stayed to tend the embers. Eventually, I fell asleep, curled up beside the fire, and when I woke up (at around 3am) I found myself surrounded by orthodox jews (of all ages), standing, staring out to sea. As you can imagine, I assumed I must be dreaming, but it gradually became apparent that no, this was actually happening, and the beach really was filled with jews. Trippy.
On other jewish related news, are any of you familiar with Dor Yeshorim, a schecme to reduce the frequency of close-society-breeding related genetic disorders in jews of Eastern European origin? I guess not, but anyway – SmartData is writing the software that tracks the genetic samples submitted by Dor Yeshorim service users, which is keeping folks like Alex and I immensely busy with lots of early mornings and late nights.
In other news; he saw beans, lots of beans, lots of beans, lots of beans; he saw beans, lots of beans, lots of beans, lots of beans.