I receive a copy of The Yacoubian Building (Alaa Al Aswany), from a most unexpected source.
This pleases me and is a part-fix to yesterday's foul mood.
Today, I will avoid all television, radio and news print. The fall-out from England's 0-0 draw with Algeria - neither the end of the world, nor the end of the World Cup - will be unnecessarily brutal.
Today is also a day for hosting the parents, and for walking by water.