1. A thank you letter from Kosovo. I posted about my friend Elizabeth’s miraculous project to help Kosovan kids get into the school system almost two weeks ago now. Since then, we’ve raised well over a thousand quid from a bunch of very kind people (what do you mean, you haven’t given anything? Get donating, chum!).
So out of the blue comes this: a thank you letter (“faleminderit”) from Serxhane, one of the children Elizabeth is helping. That’s a picture of a computer on the left, see, because that’s what I helped them do. I can’t tell you how wonderful it was to get this, written down by a child I’ll probably never meet whose life is even now being made that much more hopeful by the work Elizabeth is doing. It’s going on the wall by my desk.
2. Also in the jiffy bag, something rather more Gibsonesque: a fragment of a computer keyboard Elizabeth found: “as I was walking through the mud of Fushe KosovÃƒÂ« I spotted this real memento of Kosovan technology, lying just like this in my path. I guess it had been salvaged and then rejected as resellable by one of the men/boys who do the bins. A bizarre souvenir, but an authentic bit of Neighbourhood 29 for you.” And a reminder that all technology, however cool today, is ultimately going to end up as a fragment of plastic in a bin somewhere. So stop schmooching that iPad.
Funny how things happen. Two weeks ago, I probably would have struggled to distinguish between Montenegro, Bosnia, Kosova and Macedonia on a map. Now I’m receiving delightful missives from children there. Thank You Again, Internet.