1. The awful pain in the neck is nearly gone now. Down to a teeny lump. The doctor here made suitably sympathetic noises, said the folks in Kathmandu did a great job treating the infection and dispensed yet more pills.

2. NHK is buying Aki Ra’s Boys – one of just three films picked from this year’s offerings at the Yamagata International Documentary Film Festival.

3. Aki Ra’s Boys is in the International Young Documentary Talent Competition at the Leipzig Festival for Documentary and Animated Film.

4. Our cats are still very much alive. Fatter, naughtier even. Our undying gratitude to the friends, neighbours and relatives who played surrogate parents while we were away.