Thursday, May 08, 2008

To the Oxford and Cambridge Club... Pall Mall on a very warm evening, for a reception honouring this year's winner of the Templeton Prize, one Fr Michael Heller from Poland (read about him in the link given). He had been at Buckingham Palace that morning, to recieve the prize from Prince Philip.

There was wine, and orange juice, and - far best of all as the room got warmer and warmer - elderflower fizz. There were LOTS of people, nice things to eat being passed around on trays, a rising roar of talk, official speeches. I chatted to, amoing others, David Alton, who told me about the large crowds attending the meetings and rallies against the Govt's loathsome Embryology Bill. (Have you written to your MP about it yet? If not, do. Information here.)

I like the Oxford and Cambridsge Club, because I am taken there from time to time by my publiosher to discuss plans and ideas for books, so it has v. happy associations. Afterwards, it was good to walk back to Waterloo across the Mall and through St James' Park, with the heat of the day having gone, and the glow of lamps, and those big pleasure-boats chugging up and down the river with people waving up as one walked across Westminster Bridge.

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