...I hurried to Westminster Cathedral to lead another History Walk. I thought there might be half a dozen people. There were over forty! A wonderful crowd, including some students visiting from the North American College in Rome - wonderful chaps, and it was great to meet them.
Walking through Westminster, past the Green Coat Boy and the Greycoat Hospital, and across Horseferry Road, and down towards the Abbey, is a route crammed with history...the only odd feeling at the moment is the startling appearance, or rather disappearance, of Big Ben. One looks up - and there it isn't. The great clock is lost behind scaffolding, as is the tower: at dusk it looks even odder, like a grim square giant unlit candle with a tiny wick (the tip of the tower) barely visible on top. Bleak. However, the work needs to be done, and it's right that Parliament has decided to get a grip on the project.