30.12.1964 - 31.12.1964
1964 is drawing to a close. It has been a big year for me, and 1965 promises to be even bigger. This year I have made the break with home, family and country, gone off to seek the career I want, seen much of the world and its situation, become stronger and more confident, had many wonderful experiences and fulfilled many ambitions. In 1965 I must fulfil more, settle down in London with all this behind me, and study the theatre arts with practicality and dedication. I must begin to build the life I want with clarity of direction and no compromise. Compromise in Art is its destruction. Concentration, self criticism and tireless searching is essential........
Thursday 31-12-64 Last day of the year
We went up to the British Embassy and attempted to get a student certificate from them, which would have been very useful, but were refused. I can‘t say I was surprised, but it was worth a try. Then went to see Durar, to collect our things and say goodbye. We returned to the Gazeira Club, were picked up by Major Hani Fakhoury and headed for Jerash, one hour’s drive away. There we booked into a local hotel and then went to see the ruins.
The remains of the Roman provincial city of Jerash are superb. They might lack the unity of Persepolis, but are much more varied in design and are much bigger and better preserved. There is a well restored amphitheatre, temples, triumphal arches, paved streets, palaces, a forum, fountains and hundreds of standing columns. The whole place gives a pretty good view of a Roman city.
The oval shaped Forum is particularly fine. There is so much more variety in Roman architecture than in Greek I think. Greek is perfect, but Roman is more ‘lived in’. I believe we have some excellent photos from Jerash.
We went to bed very early on New Year’s Eve. ’Twas just like another day.