I returned to the Frozen North today. When I entered the living room I found Taka, the mildly crazy Japanese student, on the sofa doing poor and disturbing imitations of Al Pachino. He's been digging through my videos again.

The Germans are still in the city, and I suspect they'll be back sometime tonight with beer and munchies in tow.

On the way up I listened to a scientist who said that all the matter required for life is currently being spewed out into space by stars on the verge of collapse. Another said that we are very lucky to be on this planet.