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I am a NED @ Crowdbnk and a Strategic Advisor to StartUpCapitalVenture 2 in San Francisco; I am also on the CITI Advisory Board @ Columbia University, NY.

I chair Royal Trinity Hospice, Clapham, NISE NHS IP hub & Major Stanley's Trust at OURFC

 

 

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Social Networking 3/11 20-26 April 2015 Monday RWC2015 Area 2 Legacy Meeting @ RFU HQ Bump Vic Luck Jen Impett Mark Saltmarsh Lou Latter Erin Kirby Richard Hornblow Eddie Keal Gavin Williams Tuesday Sally Bateson & Anna Macleod @ Royal Trinity Sarah Round @ Royal Trinity Mark Field @ Pimlico Tom Bradby @ Uno, Pimlico Wednesday Gareth Thomas @ St Pancras Lucinda @ Pimlico Thursday Raahim, Riaz & Shaima @ Dress2Kill Ken Pyne @ Villa Bianco, Hampstead Friday Anna Macleod @...
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Social Networking 3/10 13-19 April 2015 Monday Tim Gilliat, Publishing Director, A&U @ Thomas Cubitt Mary Baker @ Phillips, Guildford Bump Ian Graves Neil Mesher Tuesday David McKay, Budge Rogers & Richard Chadwick @ RAC Sarah Ronald & Donald Fogarty @ Thomas Cubitt Kim Farrant @ Pimlico Wednesday Work Thursday Dr John Stedman @ NISE Harwell Paul Simon & Sting @ 02 Friday Sarah Gray @ Royal Trinity Hospice Saturday & Sunday Tony Barrett @ Pimlico Tennis Quiet...
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Social Networking 3/09 6-12 April 2015 Easter Monday Chelsea Physic Gardens for lunch Tuesday - Thursday Working at home Friday Royal Trinity Hospice Anna Macleod, Director of Fund Raising  Sarah Gray, Executive Secretary to YT Raahim @ 11 Pimlico Road Saturday Julie & Fred Brown @ Varsity Boat Race Bump Tom Pendry Sunday Campaigning with Nik Slingsby, Labour Candidate @ Pimlico Academy Street Market Bump William Thomson Peter York
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Blog 3 6-12 April 2015 Easter Monday was such a lovely day that we did a little bit of tidying up before heading over for lunch to the Chelsea Physic Garden. We sat with a married couple from NZ - both judges - and talked about everything except rugby. Later, we bumped into two of our dear friends from Wanstead - Katie & Marek. There was a thankful lull in the campaigning. If my Twitter accountis a fair reflection of the marginal seats then Labour will win two thirds ofthem....
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Blog 29th March – 5th April 2015   I started my week at a one day conference on Modern Digital Methods in Epidemiology at SOAS organised by The Royal Society of Tropical Medicine and Health. This is not a topic I know much about but because there was a brilliant paper on Ebola by Dr Nick Golding, from Oxford University I thought it were the full day (and he was on at 1620!) I wasn’t disappointed I just cannot make out too much from the notes I took. I did send a note to Tarek...
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Social Networking 3/08 30 Mar-5 April 2015 Monday Modern Digital Methods in Epidemiology @ SOAS Bump Dr Matthew Smith, Microsoft Lab, Cambridge DrAlexander Kumar Sounding Board @ Design Council Bump John Latham VC Coventry University Donald Fogarty, Future Rising Tuesday Mono Ghose @ Cork & Bottle Wednesday John Carlin @ El Pais One of a 100 signatures to Labour's Letter in reply...
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Social Networking 3/07 23-29 March 2015 Monday Trinity Hospice @ Weir Rd & Gloucester Rd Bump Dallas Pound Barry Moles James Hibbert Gary Witham Nicola Jibson Jodie Lawrence Estefania Fuiz Regan Anderton @ Thomas Cubitt Tuesday  Daisy @ Pimlico Wednesday  Lord Darzi @ St Mary's Hospital, Paddington Bump Dr Oliver Keown John Stedman David Hooper @ Pimlico Thursday Quiet working day Friday Dallas Pounds @ Royal Trinity Hospice Bump Clare Montagu Dr...
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Blog 23-29 March 2015 Royal Trinity Hospice  I was appointed the chairman of Trinity Hospice, Clapham towards the end of 2010 and took up my unpaid role on 1st Feb 2011 so I am in my fifth year. As is the case with a charity the job description said 12 days a year but in my first year I did over 80! On Monday, I joined James Hibbert a Trustee (he runs Dress2Kill) at our warehouse in Balham to better understand our online offering. We have 23 charity shops with a 24th being opened in...
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Social Networking 3/05 9-15 March 2015 Monday Jack @ Pimlico Tuesday Frances Edmonds @ Notting Hill Broadband Debate @ House of Commons Bump Adam Afriyie MP Michael Connarty MP David Williams Avanti David Cullen ITS David Webb FSB Helen Milner, CEO, Tinder Foundation Mark Pritchard MP Gareth Thomas MP Andrew McKinley FMP Wednesday Development Board @ Book Trust Bump Karen Brown, Chair Diana Gerald, CEO Marlene Johnson Jane Morris Keith Gilbey David Roche Crowdbnk @ Cork &...
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Social Networking 3/06 16-22 March 2015 Monday Reuben Exhibition @ RA Tuesday Charles Rennie Mackintosh lecture @ RIBA Wednesday MCC Cricket dinner @ Lord's Bump Joe Downey Simon Halliday Thursday Daisy @ Bill's, Kensington Friday Trinity Hospice Dallas Pounds, CEO Anna Macleod, Director of Fund Raising Tricia Hitch, Volunteer Tanya Shaw, Shine TV James Thellusson, Trustee Saturday England v France @ Twickenham Bump Carry & Jem Green Sunday Daisy @ Pimlico
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Social Networking 3/04 2-8 March 2015 Monday Robert White  & John Stedman @ NAO Anna Yallop  & Neil Watkins @ Portcullis House Trinity Board @ Trinity Hospice Bump Bishop of Southwark James Hibbert David Clarson Julia Robertson Dallas Pounds Lynne Ager Peter Gluckman Tessa Moore Sarah Gray Tuesday Guy Bell @ Pimlico Wednesday Ian Pearson @ Thomas Cubitt Thursday Crowdbnk Board @ Old Street Bump Ian Pearson Ayan Mitra Christopher Humphry Professor Kevin Theakston...
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Social Networking 3/03 23 Feb - 1 March 2015 Monday Finance & ResourcesCommittee @ Trinity Bump Dallas Pounds Clare Montagu Katharine Jackson David Clarson Tuesday Neil Watkins @ Portcullis House James Hibbert & Keata Murray @ D2K Father Owen Higgs @ St Gabriel's, Pimlico Wednesday Dr Simon Kemp @ Pimlico Fresh Thursday David Butler, Coca Cola @ RSA Launch of Cooperate to Innovate @ RSA Panel: Kim Hawthorne, Simon Fowler, Stella Creasy MP & Cllr Lib Peck Friday Dallas...
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MAR
On Friday evening I went to the sell out concert at The Barbican for Jazz for Labour where without exception the finest jazz singers and musicians dropped by to support our message of fairness and diversity. The idea for the concert was Bob Blizzard's the PPC for Waveney (Lowestoft to you and me) where he had been the MP for thirteen years. Bob is bonkers about Jazz - who isn't? John Prescott and Rachel Reeves welcomed us and then Andy Sheppard wowed us with a scintillating performance. At the...
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MAR
Selma is a film about Martin Luther King (David Oyelowo) and his relationships with Coretta (wife/Carmen Ejogo)), the black movement and most importantly, LBJ, the President of the USA (played brilliantly by Tom Wilkinson). It did not get the recognition it deserved in the Oscars (one for music). It is a much better film than the biopic on Mandela and worth a viewing.
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Travels & Travails in Barbados, Trinidad & St Lucia  It's been 20 odd years since my first family holiday in the West Indies. Then we spent Christmas in Barbados on the south coast in an old smuggling inn. It had its own beach which disappeared at high tide. The cellar was used for the annual pantomime. We loved it. Barbados has been as we now say the “Go-To” destination in the West Indies attracting a bevy of A and B celebrities on the beautiful west coast. The Sandy...
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Social Networking 3/02 16-22 February 2015 Monday Denis MacShane & Tom Levitt @ Uno Tina Hallett, PwC @ Cork & Bottle Mike Foster @ Thomas Cubitt Tuesday Francis Edmonds @ RAC James Hibbert @ Waterloo Bar & Kitchen Bump Nick Weaver Mackintosh Exhibition @ RIBA Bump Gill Webber Supper @ Como Lario Wednesday Alexander Hoare @ Hoare Bank Thursday Crowdbnk board @ Old Street Bump Ian Pearson Ayan Mitra Friday Dallas Pounds @ Trinity Anna Macleod @ Trinity Saturday &...
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01Social Networking 3/01 9-15 February 2015 Monday Phil & Frances Edmonds @ Thomas Cubitt Tuesday Matthew Pruen @ Pimlico Tarek Ebady @ Portcullis House Bump Glenda Jackson MP Stephen Timms MP Frank Field MP Jeremy Browne MP Baroness Estelle Morris Damian Green MP John Healey MP Daisy Wyatt @ Pimlico Wednesday Margaret Utting @ Merchant of Venice, Almeida Theatre Thursday Alex Mahon @ Soho House Gill Webber @ RIBA David & Caroline Hooper @ Behind the Beautiful Forevers,...
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BBC News Ebola crisis: Government response 'far too slow' The initial international response to the Ebola outbreak was criticised as "totally inadequate"  The government's response to the Ebola outbreak was "far too slow" and may have contributed to the loss of lives, a committee of MPs has said. The Public Accounts Committee said the government did not release funds quickly enough to deal with the crisis. It also said the decision to suspend flights to areas affected by the disease...
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Social Networking 2/51 19-22 January 2015 Monday RFU Legacy Group SE @ Twickenham Bump Vic Luck Dave Stubley Alex Teasdale Lisa Hampton Lance O'Meara Eddie Keal Richard Hornblow Lou Latter Dave Roberts Gavin Williams Jason McMahon Erin Kirby Nick Cole Nik Slingsby Labour PPC City of Westminster @ Pimlico Tuesday Cities lecture by Dr Judith Rodin @ RSA Triangle Party @ Constitutional Club Wednesday Work day Thursday Dean Stewart @ Oxford Street
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Social Networking 2/52 23 January - 8 February 2015 Friday 23/01 - Monday 02/02 St Lucia Bump Kenny Plummer Tuesday 03/02  Carolyn Cecil Associates 25th Anniversary bash @ Reform Club Bump Mihir Bose Sir David Nicholas Wednesday Development Board @ Book Trust Bump Karen Brown Thursday Lorne Forsyth @ Gavin Bistrot RIBA LIbrary Committee @ HQ Bump Gill Webber Friday Dallas Pounds, CEO Morgan Jones, Chairman, St Christopher's Hospice Mary...
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We went to see the Wdding Dresses exhibition at the V&A yesterday which was simply wonderful; do go. We stayed on for lunch!
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After the V&A we went to see The Kingsman a spoof Bond film which was fun. It stars Colin Firth and there is a cameo performance by Michael Caine.
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http://www.washingtonpost.com/sf/business/collection/business-of-dying/  
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Book Trust I was asked to chair their Development Board last year and we had our regular meeting yesterday which was attended by Karen Brown our chair,  who is also chair at Oxfam.
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Ebola - the ugly virus by Derek Wyatt I took a call early one Saturday morning in late November to ask if I would consider going to Cairo to attend an Ebola conference. I could hardly spell the word Ebola and had not been that focused on the dreadful events in west Africa especially in Sierra Leone. I was rather skeptical as to whether I could really be of any use. The caller was persistent and said that the organisers (Microsoft) were looking for people who thought outside the box. I...
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My son is at Duke University in North Carolina; he sent me this link: http://www.ft.com/intl/cms/s/2/7a86c5ec-8a9f-11e4-be0e-00144feabdc0.html#axzz3QXdnTHxe   
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Bishop of Southwark at Trinity Hospice It was a real pleasure to meet and show Christopher, the Bishop of Southwark, around Trinity Hospice last month. As trustees we had wanted to find a link to continue our relationship with the Church because we were founded by the Sisters of St James's Servants of the Poor,  an Anglican movement, in 1892. We hoped he would become a Patron and all being well he will!! Hooray.
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Hoffman catch up Back in June, I took a seven day break from the routine of life by attending a Hoffman Process. We had no newspapers, no internet, no mobile phones, no radio, no television and no alcohol. During our process almost half was in silence. It was tough but it was revealing and helpful. The process looks at the patterns you have inherited from your parents and seeks solutions to them. If "solutions" isn't quite the right word perhaps "accommodation" is. It helped me...
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Frances Edmonds In 1986, when a publisher and board director at William Heinemann, I commissioned Frances Edmonds to write three books: Another Bloody Tour, Cricket XXX Cricket and Members Only. They sold and sold and sold and the first two topped both the hard and soft back charts for weeks. Just before Christmas, I bumped into her at a Carole Stone party. She was coming in as I was going out. In the intervening years, we have met maybe three maybe four times and we had been...
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Triangle Party One of the delights of living in Pimlico is that there are so many self-help groups and one of them is our Triangle Group which scrutinises planning and similar local issues. Of course we have socials and recently we held our Christmas get together.
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Rendezvous Hotel, St Lucia We spent ten days on this delightful island at the end of January staying on the beach. We were close to Catries, its small capital, with a remarkable port which can take five luxury liners at any one time and frequently does. If you need a break for whatever reason go spend a week or two here and you will return revived beyond your wildest dreams.
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Books on Holiday I read a number of books: The Resilience Dividend by Dr Judith Rodin Having attended her lecture the RSA I read her outstanding book on the subject of Resilience which every politician should read. XLR8 by John Kotter John Kotter works at the Harvard Business School and is a leading business guru and has written ten best selling business books including Leading Change an A Sense of Urgency. Some of the chapter headings might strike a chord: 1. Limits of...
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JAN
Social Networking 2/50 12-18 January 2015 Monday Crowdbnk Board @ Shoreditch Bump Ayan Mitre Ian Pearson Anna Yallop @ Parliament Bump Kate Hoey MP Harry Greenaway Paul Joseph @ RPC Bump James Hibbitt David Clarson @ Anchor & Hope Tuesday John Stedman @ Pimlico Draft Annual Plan 2014/15 @ Ofsted Alan Johnson MP @ Fabians Bump Nik Slingsby Wednesday Vanessa Bowcock @ Uno Frances Edmonds @ D Group Bump David Sole Thursday Bob Blizzard @...
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Social Networking 2/49 5-11 Jan 2015 Monday Work day Tuesday Skype call with John Stedman Steve Moore @ The Oak Tree Wednesday NISE NHS Board Meeting @ Harwell Richard Gorman @ Pimlico Fresh Thursday Colin Herridge & Francis Baron @ Uno Friday Dallas Pounds @ Trinity Hospice Anna Macleod @ Trinity House Bishop of Southwark @ Trinity Hospice Jane Morris @ Book Trust Saturday Hoffman @ Friends Meeting House, Brighton Bump Matthew Pruen Family...
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JAN
Book Trust This afternoon, I dropped into Book Trust to see Jane Morris to chat through our plans for our new Development Board which I chair. They have just moved to Battersea from Wandsworth.
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JAN
Two years ago, I started a travel scholarship worth £625 p.a. for a Year 12 or 13 student at Colchester RGS, my old secondary school. Chloe won last year's competition and here's her latest newsletter: I apologise for the length of this newsletter as well as the length of time it has taken to get to you! Throughout the whole Project Trust training and selection process I was repeatedly told how quick our year overseas would pass and until I got here I didn’t realise how...
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Social Networking 2/47-48 22 Dec 2014 - 5th Jan 2015 Monday: Christmas week Birthday @ Tinello Tuesday James Hibbert @ D2K Wednesday Christmas Eve Jack @ The Orange Thursday & Friday Christmas Day & Boxing Day Family @ Pimlico Saturday Harlequins 25 v 30 Northampton @ Twickenham Sunday Late Turner Exhibition & Turner Prize @ Tate Britain Monday Shopping Tuesday Rachel & Andy @ Pimlico Wednesday New Year's Eve Watched fireworks from...
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Made in Dagenham - the musical Last night we went to see MiD. It's an absolute cracker of a musical made famous by the film of the same name.   ** Best set by a mile ** Cracking performances by Gemma Arteries, Isla Blair and Adrian der Gregorian ** Lovely friendly theatre  ** Another book by Richard Bean
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On Friday, we went to see Dirty Rotten Scoundrels - the musical. The star was Robert Lindsay who was amazing as was the set, the music and the script. Go see.  
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DEC
Yesterday, I went to the Turner Prize exhibition and the Late Turner: Painting Set Free at Tate Britain. The Turner Prize left me cold; it has become too self indulgent. Late Turner (1835-50) was slight and disappointing. I do wish it was possible to have a list of paintings on a sheet of A4 before entering. There were so many at the show that it was not possible to read the information by the side of the paintings.
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DEC
After twice trying to see the Alan Turing biopic (both sold out), I finally saw The Imitation Game at Curzon Victoria (very swish) last week. It made a difficult subject understandable and the sets, script, music and acting were top class. Oscars await.
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DEC
We went to see Great Britain which has transferred from the National. It's about the he News of the World and its hacking culture. It was put together whilst the trials were taking place and only opened once the principlas had been sentenced. It looked slightly dated already but I can imagine back in June when it opened it seemed faster paced and hot. Nevertheless some great gags and Lucy Punch as Paige (ho ho) Britain was simply brilliant.
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DEC
For a birthday treat I went to Nattura Nordic for a seven course tasting evening last week. The pop up is now closed for the season. It was put together by Kitchen Theory. Earlier in the month, we had been to Dabbous in Whitfield Street. I think Noma in Copenhagen has a lot to answer for! Anyway, this next year I am going to Oslo not for the food but for the architecture. I may be Nordic Noired out.
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Social Networking 2/46 15-21 December 2014 Monday & Tuesday Cairo Ebola Conference @ Smart City HE Eng Atef Helmy Minister for ICT HE Dr Boutros-Ghali, ex UN SG Ahmed Hesham Monier Photographer CIT Ahmed Adel Dep Sec EAPD Tarek El Abbady MicroS Dr Baljit Dhadda Rockpools Andrew Cross MicroS P.Anandan MicroS Vida Natampally MicroS Emre Kiciman MicroS Simon Agass Catapult Dr Andrey Rzhetsky Uni of Chicago Dr Hazem Fahmy Sec Gen EAPD Justin Mackinnon Standby Task...
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Social Networking 2/45 8-14 Dec 2014 Monday Sir Ian Carruthers @ Queen Alexander Hospital, Portsmouth with Dr John Stedman Trinity Hospice Board meeting @ Trinity Hospice with Katharine Jackson, Peter Gluckman, James Hibbert, James Thellusson, Dallas Pounds, Adrian Williams & Tessa Moore Tuesday Jane Ralston @ Uno Wednesday Chuka Umana MP @ Digital Breakfast with Shadow Minister team Chris Bryant MP, Iain Wright MP, Chi Onwurah MP & Kevin Brennan MP James...
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DEC
Six months ago I began an email conversation with TfL about the bus stops for the 507. The route runs from Victoria Station to Waterloo and back. Because of the enormous refit of Victoria per se (six cranes and counting) the out bus to Waterloo was redriected down Vauxhall Bridge Road and left into Rochester Row. So after departing the next stop was in the middle of Rochester Row which from central Pimlico was a mile walk. I had noticed a bus stop in VBR which could be used by the 507 which...
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DEC
On Thursday immediately after the Varsity Match I legged it to Trinity Hospice for our annual Light Up a Life carol service. It was a beautiful evening and the packed Trinity Church (500+) sang well and gave generously.  For the first time, we also had a Light Up a Life carol service in South Kensington on my birthday! (04/12/14) which was also a great success.  Trinity will be 125 in 2016 and our aim is to make our presence better known north of the river. 
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I am wondering whether writing three or four blogs a week is as interesting as posting 1/2 tweets a day; I receive more tweet followings than I do from my web pages.....
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Social Networking 2/42 17-23 Nov 2014 Monday Crowdbnk Seminar @ Woolf Olin Bump John Pruthero Ian Pearson Ayan Mitra Ije Nwokorie, CEO, Woolf Olin Jamie Barber Andrew Ralston Jackie O'Leary Christopher Humphry Tuesday Healthcare Economics Forum @ Chandos House Bump Dr Rebecca MacDonald Peter Kellner, President of YouGov @ Portman Place James Hibbert @ D2K Bump Daisy Blount Peter Walsh Labour 1000 Club @ Brewer's Green Bump Ian Pearson Roger Truelove Vanessa...
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Social Networking 2/43 24-30 November 2014 Monday Jonathan Shaw @ Pimlico Tuesday Hospice UK AGM @ Leeds Armouries Bump Louise Malone Trinity Megan Cambridge Trinity Dallas Pounds Trinity Vincent's Winter Reception @ Scandinavian House Bump Melville Guest John Webster Reg Clark Saburo Takahashi Rob Rydon Wednesday Humanising Infrastructure @ Royal Academy of Arts Bump Sir John Armitt Vivien Lowell Charles Freeman Jolyon Brewis Dean Stewart @ Uno Anthony...
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Social Networking 2/44 1-6 December 2014 Monday Ex Labour MPS Christmas Party @ 3 Stags, Kennington Bump Jonathan Shaw Paul Clark Howard Stoate Chris Pond Tom Levitt Anne Campbell Tuesday In & Out Club @ House of Commons Bump James Arbuthnot MP Peter Kellner Dean Stewart Roger Truelove Ian Pearson Baroness Ann Taylor Sir Richard Ottoway MP Karina Robinson Wednesday Lord Sainsbury @ Trinity Hospice Bump Lucy Price Richard Briance Dallas Pounds European...
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Social Networking 2/41 10-16 November 2014 Monday Denis MacShane & David Locke QC @ Pimlico Spice Tuesday Andy Burnham MP  @ HoC 100th Anniversary end of WW1 @ Westminster Abbey Bump Gisela Stuart MP Charles Hendry MP John Bercow MP Guy Bell @ Uno Wednesday Alan Sugar @ Hilton West Bump Caroline Flint MP Jonathan Shaw Tom Levitt Sylvia Heal Thursday Crowdbnk Board @ Old Street Tom Adeyoola, CEO, Metail @ Metail, Shoreditch Bump Ed...
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Social Networking 2/40 2-8 November 2014 Monday Stefan Karas @ Trinity Hospice Bump Sarah Grey Dallas Pounds Morgan Jones Susie Parsons Tuesday Tata Inaugural Reception @ Science Museum Bump Paul Farrelly MP John Spellar MP Stephen Pound MP Bill Esterson MP Richard Burden MP Wednesday Baroness Cumberlege @ APHealth Group, Parliament Speaker: Jeremy Hunt Sec of State Bump Virginia Bottomley ex Sec of State Krupesh Hirani, Aspire Kevin Craig, PLMR Hakim Yardi,...
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I was a guest last night at Tata's inaugural party at the Science Museum last night. I noticed the Indian High commissioner and met the Japanese Ambassador. There were a host of MPs there and the chat was mainly how Labour had given up on the Rochester by election.
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NOV
I was at Ronnie's on Friday evening to celebrate its 55th anniversary. Georgie Fame was the main attraction -he is always sold out when he does his annual visits......
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NOV
We went to see Gone Girl on Saturday evening in Chelsea. What a great film with brilliant acting, direction, music, design, script et al. A Who Dunnit or not this fabulous film keeps you on the edge of your seat for over 2 hours (unless you've read the book). Go book.
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Social Networking 2/39 27Oct - 2 November 2014 Monday Returned from Seattle Tuesday Terry Salter @ Trinity Hospice Bump Dallas Pounds Adam Marsh Ayumi Tanaka Caroline Walford Catherine Holohan Mark Coldrick Rob Williamson Wednesday James Hibbert @ D2K Thursday Terry Salter and his Gardeners @ Trinity Hospice Friday Keith Gilbey, Jane Morris,  David Roche @ BookTrust 55th anniversary of Ronnie Scott's @ Ronnie Scott's Saturday Gone Girl @...
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OCT
I chaired the first meeting of BookTrust's new development committee this morning. We are in transition in every way - moving to Battersea Studios next month, we have a realtively new Chairin Karen Brown and shortly, a new CEO (April, 2015).
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OCT
The Innovators by Walter Isaacson This is supposed to be a history of the origins of the digital age stretching back to Charles Babbage. Whilst there is some new material it is slight and he misses completely the UK's part in the development of the computer in Manchester and Cambridge after the second war which diminishes the book. 
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OCT
Last night I hosted a small party for our award winning gardeners at Trinity Hospice. Earlier this month at the London Gardens Society awards at the Guildhall they received two gold medals, one silver and the silver plate for the overall best Hospice garden. I gave a bottle of champagne to mark the occasion to Terry Salter, our head gardener who was ably supported on the night by six other volunteer gardeners (we have sixteen in total).
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OCT
Matthew Engel has done a kind of latter day sainthood travelling in the footsteps of Nikolaus Pevsner by recounting and recalling every county by English county and recording the whole adventure in just one volume: Engel's England. Interesting that it has taken two Jewish émigrés to record their adopted countries.  He approached me to check out some of his recollections of Kent especially those on Sittingbourne and Sheppey which he recorded on pages 188-201. Of Sheppey he
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OCT
I had a quick meeting with James Hibbert at Dress2Kill earlier today. We act as sounding boards to one another and he will shortly become a trustee at Trinity Hospice and help us with our retail offering. Dress2Kill had Jon Snow and Will Greenwood in today for suits; James is to open a new shop in Manchester shortly.
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OCT
Social Networking 2/38 20-26 October 2014 New Orleans, Vancouver & Seattle Monday New Orleans WW2 The National War Museum Lunch @ Flaming Torch Supper @ Muriel's  Jazz @ Hotel Sonesta & more music on Bourbon Street Tuesday New Orleans to Vancouver via Dallas/Fort Worth Supper @ Cardero's, Coal Harbor with Erik, my nephew, Katie, partner and Reggie, their 8 week old baby Wednesday Breakfast @ Four Seasons Seaplane to Nanaimo Lunch @ Cedar with
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OCT
The Iceberg: A Memoir by Marion Coutts Marion was married to the art critic Tom Lubbock. In 2008 he was diagnosed with a brain tumour and died in Trinity Hospice in the second week of January, 2011. This is her account of the trial and tribulations she went through with their young son called "Ev", It continually moved me to tears. It is a powerful and brave book and Tom's time at Trinity is movingly told just as it was. Even if you haven't yet lost someone close to you, you...
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OCT
As I was due in Seattle for a family wedding on 24th October, I chose to arrive via New Orleans and then Vancouver. I met Jack, my son, in New Orleans for three days. He was on half term from his Duke, his university where he is studying for a master's. We were both keen to sample the music and the food there. We both arrived seperately within an hour of one another. I'd flown via Charlotte where I had, as they are fond of saying there, "de-planed" and legged it to connect to a flight to NO.
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OCT
Social Networking 2/37 13-19 October 2014 Monday Working Day Tuesday Trinity Hospice Strategy Group @ Trinity Bump David Clarson Adrian Williams Peter Gluckman Dallas Pounds Katharine Jackson Clare Montagu Wednesday Places to call home @ RA Bump Mark Fisher Emma McHugh Lord Paul Tyler Baroness Janet Whitaker Stephen Howlett CEO Peabody Karen Brown Chair BookTrust @ RSA Bump Viv Bird CEO Keith Gilbey John Kerslake @ Thomas Cubitt Thursday Daisy Blount &
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OCT
I moved at the end of September and so understandably news has been slight. As we all know a death in the family, a divorce and moving are the three most stressful events which can happen to you. Nonetheless, the move has gone well, just my books and study to resolve even though I donated nearly 300 to the BOA's Olympic reference library at the East London University and a further 500 to Trinity Hospice shops for resale...... and, I need to find space for all my paintings....
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OCT
Social Networking 2/36 6-12 October 2014 Monday Work day Tuesday Dr John Stedman @ NISE, Harwell Clive Hooker @ Harwell Wednesday Work day Thursday Crowdbnk Board @ Old Street Bump Ayan Mitra Ian Pearson Barry Parr Christopher Humphry Adrian Williams @ Trinity Hospice Friday James Hibbert @ D2K Daisy Blount @ Match Capital Saturday Richmond v Ealing Trailfinders Lost 16-26 (top of the table clash) Bump Ian Botes Carla Botes Steve James Earnie...
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OCT
Social Networking 2/35 29 Sept - 5 Oct 2014 Monday Ayan Mitra @ Thomas Cubitt Tuesday James Thellusson @ Thomas Cubitt Wednesday Emma Parkes-McQueen @ Pimlico Fresh Data meeting @ Trinity Hospice Trinity Shops Board @ Trinity Hospice Thursday Dianne Thompson, Camelot 20th Anniversary Luncheon @ The Oval Bump David Owen Mihir Bose John Inverdale Sir Chris Hoy Sarah Webb FISP Reception @ Army & Navy Club Bump Ian Taylor Friday Dallas Pounds Clare...
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OCT
Social Networking 2/34 22-28 September 2014 Monday & Tuesday Moved House Wednesday-Saturday Unpacking Sunday Physic Garden, Chelsea
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OCT
Social Networking 2/31, 2/32 & 2/33 1st-21st September 2014 Monday 1st Colin Herridge @ Pimlico Tuesday-Sunday UCH & R&R Monday 8th Frank Sobey @ Pimlico Alice Hanning Lee @ Pimlico Ian Pearson @ Pimlico Tuesday Packing Wednesday KCW Editorial Board @ Chelsea Physic Gardens In & Out Club @ Portcullis House Bump James Arbuthnot MP Simon Burns MP Thursday Stanley's Lunch @ RAC Bump Stephen Pearson John Webster Ronnie Lamb Volunteers...
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SEP
Normal Service being Resumed It has been a tough time these past eight weeks with a minor operation not going to plan resulting in two further operations and though I haven't had sign off I am hopeful that tomorrow my consultant will tell me I am finally on the mend!
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SEP
We went to see Philip Seymour Hoffman in A Most Wanted Man last Saturday at The Barbican largely because we thought he was an exceptional actor. The film itself, set in Hamburg, is an hour too long and to be frank thin though PSH was worth the ticket price.
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SEP
Last Thursday, I popped into Trinity Hospice to say hi to all our wonderful Volunteers at our annual party.
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SEP
Sofia Helin appeared on behalf of How 2 Academy in Westminster last week. Over 600 people turned up to hear her interviewed by Mariella Fostrup. She was excellent though she didn't give too much away regarding the third series of The Bridge which is currently filming.
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SEP
We had an editorial board meeting at the Chelsea Physic Gardens (which are exceptional) last week. The hot news is that we are expanding into Westminster for our October edition.
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SEP
On Monday evening, we held our quarterly board meeting and welcomed new trustee, Tessa Moore and a potential new trustee in James Hibbert. We had a full agenda but somehow managed to finish early. I blame the chairman. We examined property, futuristic funding, strategy and sub committees.
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Social Networking 2/30 25/08 - 01/09 2014 Monday Bank Holiday R&R Tuesday Nik Slingsby @ Goya Richard Blaksley @ Uno Wednesday James Hibbert @ Uno John Stedman @ Pimlico Thursday Daisy's birthday @ Kazam Kate Hawthorne @ Chelsea Arts Club Friday Budge Rogers, Richard. Chadwick & David McKay @ Thomas Cubitt   Saturday & Sunday Family Christening @ Knutsford
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AUG
Social Networking 2/27-2/30 21st July to 24th August 2014 I went in for day surgery in late July and was reassured it was a simple procedure. I went back in last Wednesday for a second operation to make good the first! As a consequence, I have had to take things easy for a month, which is not something I am very good at. But it does look as though the second intervention has done the trick! Full service resumes next Tuesday...... 
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Suffolk: steal a lazy long weekend there soon by Derek Wyatt  I would spend most of my summer holidays as a boy with my grandfather in his small terraced house in The Croft, Bures on the Stour which bordered Essex and Suffolk. He had retired early from the Admiralty and sought a place by the sea to continue his love of sailing but somehow ended up in a backwater.   He was a canny old bird. Every day he would try to avoid the washing up! He would go and do the daily...
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AUG
The BBC has not been fit for purpose for over twenty years. It chose not to participate in satellite or cable. The consequence of this was it missed the digital revolution which has transformed our lives. More recently, it lost £100m in a digital production project without anyone really minding. It also turned down a Facebook equivalent before we had ever heard of social networks. True, they did see the importance of the net and its web sites did once lead the way but no longer....
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JUL
I returned yesterday from 14 days in the Sierra Nevada about 60 miles south east of Granada itself where we also had a long weekend. I read John Gill's book Andalucia: A Cultural History first published by Signal in 2008 during my stay. He writes about the amazing success of Chris Stewart's Driving Over Lemons (published 1999). Chris came in for criticism by Margaret Moran who also had a holiday home close by: "His loudest critic was, bizarrely, the Labour MP for Luton South, Margaret...
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JUL
Social Networking 2/24/& 2/25 5th-19th July 2014 Largely spent in a small villa in the Sierra Nevade where we were in the peace and quiet of the foothills; we did have a long weekend in Granada and spent a morning at the Alhambra and another at Lorca's house. (I will write more shortly)
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JUL
Holiday Reading Eating Well for Optimum Health by Andrew Weil MD Contented Dementia* by Oliver James - already a classic Hard Choices* by Hillary Clinton You Can Change Your Life* by Tim Laurence Daring Greatly* by Brene Brown * started yet to finish!
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JUL
Last week I spent seven days on the Hoffman Process without access to email, mobile, newspapers, books,  television and radio contact! It was wonderful as was the process. Check it out......
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JUL
Social Networking 2/21 16-22 June 2014 Monday Ian @ Fitness First Allison @ Physio Suit fitting @ D2K Visit to Cocorose pop up shop @ Covent Garden Tuesday 02 shop @ Westminster Sally Bailey @ Uno James Hibbert @ D2K Wednesday Work! Thursday GRRF @ D2K Bump James Hibbert Keata Murray   Friday Dallas Pounds @ Trinity Hospice Saturday & Sunday Hoffman Process at Florence House
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JUL
Social Networking 2/22 23-29 June 2014 Monday- Friday Hoffman Process Saturday R&R Sunday Country Fayre @ Trinity Hospice Lunch @ Inn on the Park
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JUL
On Monday morning we held interviews for the new post of Medical Director at Trinity Hospice and Dr Sam Lund was appointed. Well done Sam!!
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JUN
Social Networking 2/20 9th-15th June 2014   Monday James Hibbert @ D2K   Board Meeting @ Trinity Hospice Bump Dallas Pounds James Thellusson Lynne Ager James Glover Adrian Williams Peter Gluckman Julia Robertson Geraldine Walters Iain McGourty Sarah Gray Tessa Moore Katharine Jackson David Clarson   Tuesday Myles Wickstead @ Portcullis House   John Stedman & Andrew Smith MP @ Portcullis House Bump Laura Sandys MP Graham Allen MP Keith Vaz...
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JUN
Cocorose the winner of our Pop@HoF competition has opened for three months a small boutique at 1 Shelton Street (Upper St Martin's Lane end). They have all their fab ballet style shoes on display and for sale. I dropped in on Monday to check them out!
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JUN
I spoke at our Wandsworth Friends garden party (my fourth) last Thursday at Trinity. We raised over £30k at the auction and with raffles and entry tickets we hope to have topped £50k. £50k sponsors one community nurse a year so well done them.
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JUN
Social Networking 2/19 2-8 June 2014 Monday Gym @ Fitness First Physio @ Ecclestone Street Colin Herridge. Steve Gauge @ Waterloo Dr John Stedman @ Pimlico Fresh Ian Pearson @ Three Stags Tuesday Keata Murray @ Uno John Hopkins @ Cork & Bottle Wednesday Maria Turner @ BIS Bump Dr John Stedman Vince Cable Sophie de S Gunther Trey Barnes Thursday Worked @ home Friday Anna Yallop @ Thomas Cubitt Saturday Supper @ Barrica Sunday Drinks @...
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JUN
Last night we held our quarterly board meeting; we had a full house with presentations from James Glover, HR Director and Dallas Pounds, CEO. Iain McGourty retired after nine years as a Trustee - he has overseen our charity shops grow from £400k to nearly £4m p.a. in that time. He has done an amazing job. Afterwards we retired to The Calf in Old Clapham and treated Tessa Moore to supper - she is joining the board in September.  
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JUN
On Sunday, we went to the rather plush new Curzon @ Victoria which is a new statement on cinema going. We saw Fading Gigolo and like the title it did but Woody Allen was quite funny........though how they raised the money to make this is anybody's guess. 
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JUN
Steve Gauge, Colin Herridge and myself met on Monday to discuss our new book and we sketched out 15 chapters......watch this space.......
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MAY
Cocorose were the worthy winners of our PoP@HoF over 15 days. More soon.
31
MAY
I managed to sneak into Ronnie's on Thursday evening to hear Madeleine Peyroux for the third time
29
MAY
I was an invited guest at the premier of Ken Loach's new film Jimmy's Hall last night at the BFI. It is a lovely film set on the west coast of Ireland in the 1930s. It is a slight, romantically tinged tale but as you would expect involves the church, a nascent IRA and landowners. It was beautifully shot. Definitely worth a viewing.   www.jimmyhallsfilm.ie
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MAY
Our PoP@HoF finished on bank Holiday Monday; our ten winners collectively turned over nearly £60k. We are announcing the winners of the competition later today! 
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MAY
Social Networking 2/17 19-26 May 2014 Monday Conference call Crowdbnk Dean Stewart @ Peter Jones Ian Pearson @ Pimlico Tuesday Chelsea Flower Show PoP@HoF Wednesday PoP @ HoF John Greg MP @ Westminster RPA Dinner @ Battersea Bump Rob Andrew Ken Kennedy Vic Luck James Hibbert Thursday Jeh Kazimi @ Pimlico Surrey RFU Dinner @ Twickenham Bump Ian Ritchie, CEO, RFU Keith Heal, President, Surrey RFU Friday Supper @ Crown Inn,...
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MAY
Suffolk: steal a lazy long weekend there soon by Derek Wyatt  I would spend most of my summer holidays as a boy with my grandfather in his small terraced house in The Croft, Bures on the Stour which bordered Essex and Suffolk. He had retired early from the Admiralty and sought a place by the sea to continue his love of sailing but somehow ended up in a backwater.   He was a canny old bird. Every day he would try to avoid the washing up! He would go and do the daily...
29
MAY
On Monday, Jack and I went to say goodbye to Jan Brychta a dear friend of ours for 30 years. He was a famous Czech artist (alongside Lida, his wife) and together they made the painful decision to leave their beloved country as the Russian troops rolled down Wencelas Square in 1968. Eventually, as so many refugees do, they settled in London and to a new life here (not always easy). It was a moving occasion with deft speeches from Alex and Edita, their children.
22
MAY
I was at our Pop@HoF store(s) yesterday and Tuesday to see how they were progressing. I was interviewed for our web site and introduced the stall holders to Crowdbnk.   
22
MAY
Last week I popped into the Jazz awards and met James Pearson, the musical director at Ronnie Scott's, and Ambre Hammond, the celebrated Australian pianist, as you do.
22
MAY
Last Tuesday evening, I was a guest at the opening of Andrew Parsons outstanding photographic exhibition sponsored by Maitland entitled Royalty, Politics and War. I was busy minding my own business when in walked first George Osborne (who has lost a lot of weight) and David Cameron - an impressive call by the sponsors! Andrew's photos are fantastic.
22
MAY
Last Friday and Saturday, we went up to stay at the Swan Inn in Lavenham. I hadn't visited the village since 1974.......but not much had changed and probably hasn't for centuries. It has a spectacular collection of 15th and 16th century houses and a wonderful, wonderful square. We were quite taken by the church too.
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MAY
On Tuesday, I went to my first - and hopefully not my last - Chelsea Flower Show and loved it. I am not a gardener but I loved the whole thing though it took a toll of my poor old legs. 
13
MAY
On Thursday evening I went to a launch party in Somerset House for Ian Leslie's book on Curiosity. I had been invited by the evergreen enthusiast, Steve Moore. The book joins a slighter longer reading queue in my front room!
13
MAY
I had seen both Joanna Hogg's previous films - Unrelated (2008) and Archipelago (2010) - and I have met her a couple of times (both grandparents were Labour MPs). I saw her latest - Exhibition - at the Barbican over the Bank holiday weekend. It was a tougher call to stay the course and at times I found the subject matter bleak.  
13
MAY
The ten stalls by the ground floor escalator were open for business this morning at 0930 and will be for the next 12 days. Do go along and support our start up businesses.
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MAY
Over the bank holiday, we took the water taxi from Pimlico to Tate Modern which was great fun. First we visited old Tate for a rather ordinary breakfast in the new members' room. At TM we saw the Henri Matisse exhibition entitled The Cut-Outs which was frankly unremarkable. We then went on to visit the Richard Hamilton which by contrast was simply stunning.
12
MAY
On Thursday evening, I attended a debate at the RSA entitled: How do we drive productivity & innovation in the charity sector? Time for an injection of creative destruction Given by Dan Corry, CEO New Philanthropy Capital The talk and further information is on www.thersa.org  (use the search).  
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MAY
Last night, board members of the Great Retail Revival Foundation, visited House of Fraser in Oxford Street, to help our ten winners set up their stalls for today's opening! I am going later today.
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APR
Last Thursday, I flew to Durham, North Carolina to support my son's application for a MMS course at Duke University. We left LHR at 1100 and arrived at 1430, drove quickly to Durham where Duke is situated, showered and then set off for Raleigh for a Bruce Springsteen concert. We were actually quite amazed we could find tickets so late and even on the night there were still a few empty seats left...... I had last heard the Boss at a 4th July concert at Wembley in 1984 -...
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APR
I must have been one of the last people to have read Michael Lewis's FlashBoys which has been so well trailed and reviewed these past three weeks and not surprisingly it has gone to No.1 in the non-fiction charts. Lewis has had a litany of golden hits with his books some of which have made it onto the silver screen. No doubt FlashBoys will follow! Anyway, he makes a slightly dull subject - unless you understand nano second hot fibre horse trading - come to life though the...
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APR
On Sunday, Jack and I squeezed time to go to Nasher Museum of Art, at Duke. It is a smallish building but attractive nonetheless with four galleries. We saw some Warhol and Lichenstein which we both adored. Most of all we enjoyed the exhibition of Archibald Motley's Jazz Age Modernity which was anything motley: worth the trip alone.  www.nasjer.duke.edu Book: Archibald Motley: Jazz Age Modernist Edited by Richard J. Powell
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APR
Social Networking 2/12 14-20 April 2014 Monday The Peter Family - Brian, Liddy, Matt, Katherine & Julia @ Parliament Vic Luck and Richard Hornblow @ Waterloo Conference Call @ Great Retail Revival Kirsty McNeill @ Balls Bros The Peter Family plus Daisy & Jack @ Grumbles Tuesday Dr John Stedman @ Twickenham Trentham & Newcastle u L v Parliament XV @ Twickenham Bump Paul Farrelly MP Bill Beaumont Wednesday Dr. John Stedman @ Southampton General...
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APR
Social Networking 2/13 21st-28th April 2014 Easter Bank Holiday Monday R&R Tuesday Gareth Austin-Jones & Janan Leo @ Pimlico Fresh James Hibbert @ D2K Lily Rice @ Waterloo SE RFU 2015 Legacy @ City Hall Bump Kieran Bracken Jason Leonard Wednesday Daisy @ Bills, Kensington Thursday Duke University, North Carolina Bruce Springsteen @ PCU, Raleigh Friday Dr James McNamara @ Duke Daniel Laskowitz @ Duke Rajendra Morey @ Duke Saturday David...
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APR
Visiting America I started going to America in 1979 and I have never stopped going back (thirty plus visits and counting). I love the place and its people. I especially like its music whether classical, blues, bluegrass, country or rock. I have also frequented its jazz bars in Seattle, Georgetown, New Orleans, LA, Chicago and NY listening to the likes of Lionel Hampton, Stanley Turrentino, Booker T and Ramsey Lewis. In 1979, my visit took in San Francisco, Sacramento, Lake...
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APR
Social Networking 2/11 7-13 April 2014 Monday Ian Burt @ Fitness First Alexander Jones, CEO, Centre for Cities @ Westminster James Hibbert @ D2K Bump Anthony Barry Keata Murray Jonathan Shaw @ Thomas Cubitt Tuesday London Book Fair Reception @ Spanish Embassy Wednesday Geoff Bennett @ Pimlico Thursday Crowdbnk Board @ Kensington Bump Ian Pearson Ayan Mitra Barry Parr Christopher Humphrey Karen Duncan Brian & Julia Peter @ Pimlico Hester Finch @...
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APR
I heard Georgie Fame for the third time yesterday evening at Ronnie's. He had had to cancel his appearance just after Christmas through ill health. He looked thinner in the face but his voice was in splendid nick. He is one of the most knowledgeable musicians in the business.
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APR
Social Networking 2/10 31st Match-6th April 2014 Monday Ian Burt @ Fitness First James Hibbert @ Pimlico Peter Gluckman @ Thomas Cubitt Tuesday Vic Luck @ Japanese Chamber of Commerce & Industry Bump Takaaki Hanoaka Patrick Macartney James Hibbert @ D2K Richard Gorman @ Olivelli Dr John Stedman @ NICE SE Skype Karen Duncan & Emily Murphy @ Uno Wednesday Matthew Pruen @ Pimlico Craig Nicholson @ Pimlico Fresh Kate Kiln @ Uno Roger Truelove...
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APR
I met Alex Jones yesterday to have a download on her team's work on the future shape of global cities. Fascinating. www.centreforcities.org
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APR
We had a lively and formative board meeting yesterday afternoon; our plans gather for Pop at HoF at speed!
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APR
Jonathan Shaw was a minister and MP for Chatham & Aylesford; we were best of friends in Westminster but since we both stepped down in 2010 it has been harder to maintain our friendship so we have agreed to find time to meet once a month starting last night. We had a most enjoyable supper at Thomas Cubitt's.
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APR
See: www.greatretailrevival.org   or http://www.houseoffraser.co.uk/london-oxfordst-department-store/store_page_1008,default,pg.html
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APR
http://www.retail-jeweller.com/news/joulberry-announced-as-one-of-nine-new-pop-up-concessions-at-house-of-fraser-oxford-street/5058878.article    https://www.alisonathome.com/get-inspired/pop-at-hof/ http://needtoknowpr.wordpress.com/2014/04/01/skribbies-in-house-of-fraser-pop-up-shop/    http://diarydirectory.blogspot.co.uk/2014/04/house-of-fraser-pop-up-competition.html
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APR
http://startups.co.uk/shortlist-announced-for-house-of-fraser-pop-up-shop-competition/  
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APR
The LIVE judging of the POP at HOF competition took place on Friday last week. Twenty short-listed retail brands competed for a spot in the final stage of the competition, a pop up shop in House of Fraser’s flagship Oxford Street and on House of Fraser's website from 8-26 May 2014. Nine winners were chosen directly by the judging panel. A tenth spot will be given to the winner from a shortlist of four (also chosen by the judging panel) which will be chosen via a public. The 9...
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http://vimeo.com/90569231
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MAR
Social Networking 2/9 24th-31st March 2014 Monday Great Retail Revival @ D2K Anthony Bird James Hibbert Keata Murray Prem Goyal @ Cinnamon Richard Briance @ Edmund Rothschild Andy Bibby @ Ronnie Scott's Bump James Pearson, Music Director Tuesday NISE SE @ Harwell RWC 2015 Legacy SE Group @ Twickenham Bump Vic Luck Richard Hornblow Eddie Keen Wednesday CRGS Travel Scholarship 2014 interviews @ CRGS Ken Jenkinson Chloe Bates Tom Ellis Abbie Main Rebecca...
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MAR
A Taste of Honey by Shelagh Delaney at The National We went to see this performance at The National on Saturday evening. There were brilliant performances from Lesley Sharp and Kate O'Flynn and an excellent cameo support from Dean Lennox Kelly but in essence the play was an hour too long and should have been hacked back. The set was sensational but the play though radical in 1958 has not stood the test of time.
29
MAR
On Monday, I took Andrew Bibby and his two daughters Emily and Sarah to Ronnie's on Monday evening to hear Trilok Gurtu and the RS All Stars. It was a sell out concert though I struggled with the fusion of Indian and Western jazz.... On Thursday, we were back to hear a celebration of the legendary Stan Tracey led by his son Clark.
29
MAR
I went to see Andrew Hammond at Royal Mail on Friday afternoon to chat (given I am keen stamp collector) about the RWC 2015 stamps.
23
MAR
We went to see the great DB's work at the NPG which was simply fab; we stayed on to see the smaller and lesser WW1 exhibit which was messy and incoherent.   We then indulged ourselves at the Portrait restaurant for a late lunch and counted over 20 cranes at work from the panoramic view. They say there are more cranes at work in London than the rest of the UK......
23
MAR
The Great Retail Revival Foundation's competition for ten places in a pop up at House of Fraser's Oxford Street store closed at midnight on Thursday; we have been stunned by the interest and this weekend we've all been busy shortlisting the entries.
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MAR
Social Networking 2/8 17-23 March 2014 Monday Ayan Mitra, CEO, Crowdbnk @ HQ Angela Bowland @ Pimlico Bump Philip Bernie Paul Farrelly Caroline Dalmeny @ Pimlico Tuesday Dr John Stedman @ Portcullis House Bump John Denham MP Jon Cruddas MP Jack Dromey MP Hoffman Open Evening @ Regent's Park Wednesday Florence Panel-Coates @ Queen's Hospital, Romford Bump Dr John Stedman Keith & Rosemary White @ Portcullis House Bump John Bercow MP, Speaker Sir Menzies...
17
MAR
I went up to Oxford to see the Cezanne exhibition and later have lunch there outdoors and in the sun. The exhibition is part of the Henry Pearlman (1895-1974) collection. He began late in 1945 and so the Cezanne's are frankly pretty thin and not his best work. There were others from his collection also on show including Manet, Degas, Van Gogh, Gauguin, Modigliani and Lipchitz which were better.  There was a goodly crowd at the exhibition which continues to 22nd June. The...
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MAR
Social Networking 2/7 10-16 March 2014 Monday GRRF Board @ D2K Bump James Hibbert Anthony Barry Keata Murray Dominic Wright Gurshinder Liddar Tuesday Dr John Stedman, CEO, NISE SE Skype call Wednesday: English Cricket Needs a Miracle David Taylor @ Lords Cricket Ground Bump Hugh Robertson MP Mike Gatting, President MCC Thursday Crowdbnk Board @ Kensington Bump Ian Pearson Ayan Mitra Christopher Humphry Barry Parr Sunil Aggarwal Rupert Stevenson @...
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MAR
The Great Retail Revival Foundation's Pop @ HoF competition is going extremely well. Entries are coming in every day (cut off is this Thursday) and we have a wide range of retailers wanting to win one of the ten slots in the pop-up.
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MAR
Social Networking 2/6 3-9 March 2014 Monday Ian @ Fitness First Allison @ Physio Tom Levitt @ Labour Former MPs Bump John Austin Sylvia Heal Gillian Merron Tuesday Legacy Group @ RFU bump Vic Luck Richard Hornblow Jason McMahon Tom Levitt @ Duck House, Vaudeville Theatre Wednesday Trinity Away Day @ Sage Publications Bump Richard Gluckman James Thellusson Iain McGourty Adrian Williams David Clarson Julia Robertson Katharine Jackson Dallas Pounds Paul
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MAR
I went last night to see the play about MPs expenses called The Duck House which at times had me rolling in the aisles. At the end I thought it no more than a series of quite funny sketches stitched together but it was still enjoyable and reminded me a little of the old Brian Rix farces. www.the-duck-house.co.uk  
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MAR
Social Networking 2/5 24 Feb - 2 March 2014 Monday The Great Retail Revival @ D2K James Hibbert Keata Murray Anthony Barry Robin Kadmka Ronnie Lamb @ RSA Tuesday Richard Gorman @ The Cut Simon Halliday @ Portcullis Bump Gareth Thomas MP James Arbuthnot MP @ Portcullis Bump HH Jeff Blackett Colin Herridge David & Liz Clarson Mihir & Caroline Bose Karen Duncan Roger Truelove Wednesday Dr John Stedman @ Oxford OURFC v Penguins International @ Iffley...
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FEB
Social Networking 2/4 17th-23rd February 2014 Monday-Tuesday Marrakesh Wednesday HRH Duchess of Cornwall @ Trinity Hospice Bump Dallas Pounds Clare Montagu Skype: John Stedman, CEO @ NISE  Thursday Daily Telegraph photography shoot @ D2K Bump James Hibbert Anthony Bird Paul Bentley @ 1 Aldwych Louise @ The Delaunay, 55 Aldwych Friday Dallas Pounds @ Trinity Hospice Clare Montagu @ Trinity Restaurant Richard Hornblow & Ian Bray @ Fullers...
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FEB
WE launched our competition to find nine retail start ups to show their wares in the House of Fraser store in Oxford Street in Friday's Daily Telegraph (Business B8).   Go to www.thegreatretailrevival.org for all of the details as to how to enter. I am called a "Retail Expert" in the article; I chair Trinity Hospice where we have 24 charity shops....... Spread the word........... 
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FEB
A week ago we left for Marrakesh for five days and had a ball.....full report shortly.  
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FEB
Social Networking 2/3 10-16 February 2014 Monday Physio @ Light Centre Great Retail Revival Foundation @ The Cut James Hibbert Robin Kadrnka Keata Murray Design Council Sounding Board @ Design Council Bump Ellie Runcie Tuesday Skype: Dr John Stedman @ NISE Deepak Verma @ Thomas Cubitt Al Wayne @ Goya Wednesday Skype: Dr John Stedman @ NISE James Hibbert @ D2K RIBA Gallery launch @ HQ Bump Richard Rogers Alistair Darling @ InterContinental Bump Kevin...
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FEB
Social Networking 2/2 3-9 February 2014 Monday Allison Swann @ Physio Conference Call GRR Conference Call RWC SE Legacy sub group Ian Burt @ Fitness First The Mistress Contract @ Royal Court Theatre Tuesday Conference Call NISE Colin Herridge & Jeff Blackett @ Daley's Shelly Bancroft @ 54 The Gallery, Shepherd Market (opening party) John Hopkins & Dugald MacDonald @ Le Boudin Blanc Wednesday Dr John Stedman CEO, NISE SE & Nick Moberly, CEO, Royal
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FEB
We went to see Abi Morgan's latest play at the Royal Court on Monday. It is about a man and a woman from California who sign a contract for mistress services - mainly sex -for money. It was based on a true story. The play started at a ferociously funny pace but soon tailed off and the 90 minutes could so easily have been shorter. Pity.
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FEB
Social Networking 2/1 27 Jan - 2 Feb 2014 Monday Ian Burt @ Fitness First Allison Swan@ Physio Martin Short @ Dean Street James Hibbert @ D2K Bump Anthony Bird Keata Murray Crowdbnk Party @ Groucho's Bump Ian Pearson Ayan Mitra Karen Duncan Paul Stricker George Neris Tuesday Mr Speaker @ Waterloo Richard Briance & Alexander Hoare @ Thomas Cubitt Wednesday Richard and Tom Blaksly @ Boisdale Thursday Raj Manak & Geoff Hyde @ Thomas...
3
FEB
For too many years inept Mayors of Paris have spent their time doodling as other world class cities have roared ahead with new museums, galleries, transport infrastructure et al. I mean how do you spend allegedly 100 million euros on Gare du Nord - it's a shocking terminal and its Eurostar hub is appalling. However, there were signs of green shoots..... Here are five cracking restaurants to try: Le Petit Medicis 13 rue de Medicis running alongside Luxembourg Park for a...
3
FEB
I went to the second meeting of the RIBA Library Committee on Tuesday last. It was such a stimulating afternoon (two and a half hours) and we had a goodly conversation on digital. At the Gill Webber said she had been at a meeting at the British Library where they had decided to call the area North Bank something I had been trying to persuade Boris and the CEO of Camden Borough Council of for the past six years. Now for the White City area to be rebranded Left/West Bank and Shoreditch...
3
FEB
Last Wednesday evening, I went with some close family friends to Boisdale in Belgravia for jazz and a meal........another late evening......
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FEB
It's been a couple of years since I have been to the Pompidou Centre which I thought looked a bit tired but yesterday's visit blew my mind.......I know not difficult...... First up were the two galleries - Contemporary Collections from the 1960s which was sensational and Multiple Modernities 1905-1970 which was absolutely fascinating. For once there were walls which had space left on them. For too long French curators have overwhelmed our senses by putting too much up just because there
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FEB
November, December & January were sad months - worsened by the overnight news of the death of Philip Seymour Hoffman - for a number of creative and original people with whom I worked or partied. Tom Rosenthal, publisher and bon viveur (1935-2014) I knew Tom just as he was leaving Secker & Warburg where he built an astonishing list of poets and fine writers. it was the talk at Heinemann that his expenses were in the early 1980s a thousand pounds a week which...
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JAN
Social Networking 52 20-26 January 2014 Monday Ian Grey @ Fitness First Allison Swan @ Light Studio James Thellusson @ La Bottega Jackie Howard & Peter Shaw @ Pimlico Tuesday RFU SE Legacy Board @ Twickenham Bump Vic Luck Richard Hornblow Nick Cole Eddie Keal Gavin Williams Louise Latter Wednesday NISE SE @ Harwell (new chair) Bump Dr John Stedman Jo Willett @ Cork & Bottle Thursday Interview for Chair @ Booktrust Bump Viv Bird, CEO David...
21
JAN
The Great Retail Revival Foundation which I chair has just won its first contract to create a pop up for 12 new start ups. More soon.
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JAN
Social Networking 51 13-19 January 2014 Monday Ian Burt @ Fitness First Allison Swan @ Light Centre Tuesday Karen Rothery, CEO, BUCS @ RAC David Hopper @ RAC James Hibbert @ D2K GRR Board Meeting Keata Murray Wednesday Away all day on interview Thursday Ian Bray @ Fullers Brewery Bump Vic Luck Moises Naim @ RSA End of Power Lecture Carole Stone @ Covent Garden Friday James Hibbert @ Oliverra Saturday & Sunday The Wolf from Wall Street @ Vue,...
20
JAN
Could there be another film as bad/delightful as greedy Gordon Gekko in Wall Street (1987)? There can. Step forward The Wolf at Wall Street starring Leonardo DiCaprio (still Oscar-free). The film is 90 minutes too long so if you have to leave early you will already have guessed the ending as the bad boy never wins (allegedly). But this is a tour de force by DiCaprio and he must land the Oscar this year. if he doesn't maybe he should move away from being too typecast viz Titantic, Howard...
12
JAN
Yesterday evening, we went to see 12 Years a Slave at The Barbican (packed). I am not sure there was anything that was surprising about the story line itself although the rape scene caused a number of women to leave the cinema. The script, direction and acting was top of the range and sure it will attract a bounty of prizes but it did not in the end push the boundaries of film making. In a month which has already seen Mandela's death and biopic, the inquest to the quite...
12
JAN
Social Networking 50 6-12 January 2014 Monday Allison Swan @ Light Centre Ian Burt @ Fitness First Jack @ Pimlico Elie Bitar @ Uno's Tuesday James Hibbert @ D2K John Robertson MP @ Portcullis House Bump Menzies Campbell MP Paul Farrelly MP Paul Flynn MP John Mann MP Patrick Mercer MP Hilary Benn MP Elizabeth Bailey @ Westminster Jonathan Price @ Thomas Cubitt Wednesday Katharine Jackson @ Sage David Clulow @ Victoria Street Jonathan and Sam Shaw @...
10
JAN
It was catch up week after a long Christmas festival.... Monday 5+2  Supper: Elie Bitar, who works in Port Harcourt, south east Nigeria for a bio-mass company, at Uno's in Wilton Street (great pasta) though I was on 5+2 so had to restrict myself to a salad Tuesday Lunch: James Hibbert, CEO, D2K at Thaid Down (I made that up) in The Cut Tea: Jonathan Price, Chairman of Gifted Wednesday Lunch: Katharine Jackson, COO, Sage Supper: Jonathan and Sam Shaw at Mekong,...
5
JAN
Saw Mandela film last night; not easy to make given there have already been two other films - The Colour of Freedom (2007) and Invictus (2009). Many people will know the last decade of Madiba's life better than his first eighty years and so understandably there had to be some context and besides how do you make 27 painful years in prison remotely interesting? So, all in all, I enjoyed it though the first half sketched too quickly the nature of Mandela's uneven life.
4
JAN
This time last year I began a training and diet regime which saw me lose nearly 26lbs over the year. First up was an exercise, diet and vitamin plan which involved me in a 1-1 with a trainer, a diet which involved no meat and no grain and a vitamin plan including green lipped mussels for my arthritis. The results were encouraging - I lost weight, I gained some flexibility and my arthritis went into remission. In September, I re-started with a new regime a 1-1 with...
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JAN
Social Networking 49 30 Dec-5 Jan 2014 Monday Physio @ Light Centre Tuesday NYE Gym @ Queen Elizabeth Sports Centre Wednesday NYD Lazy lunch @ Cote Brasserie Thursday Ian Burt @ Fitness First Lazy lunch 2.0 @ Clos Maggiore Carole Stone @ Covent Garden Roger  & Christine Truelove @ Pimlico Friday Gym @ Queen Elizabeth SC Saturday & Sunday Mandela biopic @ The Barbican
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DEC
Social Networking 48 23rd-29th December 2013 Monday - Friday Christmas away Saturday Harlequins v Exeter @ Twickenham Sunday Lunch @ Sumo Fresh
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DEC
Social Networking 47 16-22 December 2013 Monday Chelsea & Kensington Today Christmas Party @ Chelsea Arts Club Dr John Stedman @ RAC Denis MacShane and Calum MacDonald @ Pimlico Tuesday Geoff Bennett @ Pimlico D&J @ Trinity Restaurant Wednesday Kelly Weaver @ C&B Richard Gorman @ Thai Silk John Webster @ RAC Russam Christmas drinks @ Truckles Bump Ian Joseph Melissa Baxter Dallas Pounds Thursday Crowdbnk Board, Strategy & Party @...
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DEC
Since 2007. I have spent Christmas time either abroad - usually with my children - or with dear friends in Bath and Cambridge. With Daisy and Jack (I have them every other Christmas) we spent time in Whistler, Vancouver and Nanaimo on Vancouver Island in 2008, in Verbier in 2010 and Vancouver, Nanaimo and Montreal in 2012. Somewhere in between, I snucked away to Malindi on the Kenyan coast and chilled. This year, I spent it with new friends in Wanstead and went
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DEC
We had a small celebration on Saturday evening at Heston Blumenthal's restaurant at the Mandarin Hotel, Knightsbridge.  It was a feast for foodies and we loved it. 
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DEC
Last week saw the end of series 3 of Borgen on BBC4; it was brilliantly scripted and beautifully acted with lots of nuanced pieces.  First it was the Swedes with Wallander then the Danes with The Bridge and Borgen (and The Killing soon).....what price a dark murder series from Helsinki and something from Norway?? 
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DEC
Tech Support, Last year I upgraded from Boyfriend to Husband and noticed a distinct slowdown in overall system performance, particularly in the Flower and Jewellery applications, which operated flawlessly under Boyfriend. In addition, Husband un-installed many other valuable programmes, such as Romance and Personal Attention and then installed undesirable programs such as Rugby, Football, Sailing and Continuous TV. Conversation no longer runs, and Housecleaning simply crashes the...
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DEC
Tuesday Family @ Trinity Restaurant, Clapham Wednesday Russams @ Truckles, Bloomsbury Thursday Crowdbnk @ Kensington Wine Rooms, Kensington
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DEC
Social Networking 46 9th-15th December Monday Allison Swan @ Physio Trinity Board @ Trinity Hospice Bump Katharine Jackson David Clarson Peter Gluckman Dr Tim Ladbrooke Iain McGourty Geraldine Walters Dallas Pounds David Coggins Sarah Gray Tuesday James Hibbert @ D2K Bump Lynn Murray Nik Slingsby @ Goya Wednesday Viv Bird & Huw Shanks @ BookTrust Baljit Dhanda @ Cork & Bottle Anthony Lilleyman @ Cork & Bottle Jonathan Price @ Thomas...
17
DEC
On Friday, my children joined me at The Wentworth in Aldeburgh for a long weekend. We played golf, walked to Thorpeness and had our customary fish and chips......and slept and slept.
9
DEC
Social Networking 45 2nd-8th December 2013 Monday Great Retail Revival Board Bump James Hibbert Keata Murray Anthony Barry Robin Kadrnka Volunteers Awards @ Trinity Hospice Bump Lynne Agers Dallas Pounds Sir John Ritblat @ Home Bump Gill Webber Tuesday Geoff Bennett @ Pimlico James Arbuthnot @ Portcullis House Bump Ian Pearson David Clarson Heather Miles James Thellusson Keata Murray Gill Webber Ayan Mitra Wednesday 64 Dennis MacShane @ Pimlico Shops...
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DEC
On Sunday last, we went to see Man Tran at Ronnie Scott's. All their shows at RS were sold out! They were in quite brilliant form and it seeemd a long time since I saw them first at The Octagon in Reading in 1979 or 1980......
3
DEC
Why BBC4 has Borgen on at 6pm on a Saturday evening is a mystery to us all but the two two hour event is a must watch in our household(s) where Sunday afternoon is now our regular fix. Episode 5 was so real but we felt episode 6 just fell beow our high expectations.......role on Sunday.....
3
DEC
As a patron of RIBA I was given a private showing last night of Sir John Ritblat's redesigned hosue in Regent's Park yesterday evening. It is quite astonishing and you need to use the search to see it........
24
NOV
On Monday last, I was a guest of the Old Ipswichians at Evensong at St Paul's Cathedral which was sung by the school's choir. It was a very moving event. Afterwards we had a drink and supper.
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NOV
Social Networking 44 18-24 November 2013 Monday Jim Dawton @ Cork & Bottle Evensong @ St Paul's Cathedral Tuesday Geoff @ Pimlico Paul Derrett @ Adjournment Restaurant Wednesday Major Stanley's @ OURFC Bump Jason Leonard Simon Halliday John Webster Malcolm Phillips Peter Carroll Stephen Pearson John Purcell Clive Hooker Geoff Windsor-Lewis Ronnie Lamb Tim Stevens Steve Lewis Mike Simmie Thursday Mihir Bose @ Shepherd's Bush Great Retail Revival @...
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NOV
On Saturday evening, we went to see Madam Butterfly at the ENO. It was simply stunning. The sets were sensational.  
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NOV
Social Networking 43 11-17 November 2013 Monday The En Primeur Tasting @ Bafta Bump James & Andrew Hibbert Lynn Murray, Hatch Mansfield Patrick McGrath, Hatch Mansfield Tim Stephens @ OURFC Bump John Carter, Captain OURFC Committee Meeting Bump Ronnie Lamb Stephen Pearson Sir Ivor Roberts Brian Loughman Colin Smith @ The Oxford Wine Cafe, South Parade Tuesday Legacy Sub Committee @ Twickenham Bump Vic Luck Richard Hornblow Wednesday Lynne Ager @ Clarence
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NOV
I spent most of the morning watching the first two episodes of the third series of Borgen which was just as good as ever. Having recently visited Copenhagen the scenes looked very familiar. Catch it on the iPlayer!
16
NOV
On Wednesday, with Lynne Ager, a fellow trustee at Trinity Hospice, we went Christmas shopping at Clarence House. Once a year the Highgrove shop is brought to town.......
16
NOV
It has been a week of pitching: ** to the OURFC about our joint plans for RWC2015 ** to a film company with two outlines one of which we are going to work up and ** to Camelot for a new mobile lottery format
16
NOV
Yesterday afternoon our team spent a couple of hours pouring through our plans for next year. WE have a client we are working with and we discussed and debated our proposition......we are stronger and stronger as we flesh out the parts.
16
NOV
Last night, I went to see Henrik Ibsen's Ghosts at the Almeida and tonight I will be watching the opening of the third series of Borgen. Having recently had four days in Copenhagen, I am hooked on all things Danish! Ghosts is a dark play about late 19th century Lutheran morals centred around an all too familiar dysfunctional but reasonably wealthy family. It is a very clever construct with the interweaving of the various relationships laid bare. I suspect it caused quite...
12
NOV
There are ways and ways to celebrate Monday mornings but few would rate as highly as the most serious wine tasting organised by Hatch Mansfield who look after a number of key vineyards across the world but not alas in Italy!  Nonetheless there were over 100 classy wines to taste and I bought a case of Chorey-Les-Beaune and a case of Fixin Clos Moreau both from Louis Jadot. I fell heavily for the Meursault Perrieres ((£53 a bottle) and the Chassagne-Montrachet (£39) but...
10
NOV
You can register for Walking Home for Christmas at: www.walkinghomeforchristmas.com There will be a page in tomorrow's CityAM.  Help us raise money for Walking with the Wounded.  
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NOV
Social Networking 42 4-10 November 2013 Monday PB @ Goya Tuesday Great Retail Revival presentations Bump James Hibbert Keata Murray John King CEO, House of Fraser Allan Winstanley House of Fraser Wednesday AQOTWF Thursday AQOTWF Friday Dallas Pounds@ Trinity Hospice Bump David Clarson Dr Richard Smith Great Retail Revival @ Waterloo Bump Keata Murray Robin Kadrnka James Hibbert Anthony Barry Ian Pearson & Heather Miles @ Pig's Ear,...
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NOV
Social Networking 41 28 Oct - 3 Nov 2013 Monday Finance Committee @ Trinity H Bump David Clarson Katharine Jackson Dallas Pounds David Coggins Julia Robertson David Clarson Peter Gluckman Katharine Jackson Tuesday Bernie Frieder @ RAC Jonathan Price @ Thomas Cubitt Wednesday Geoff Bennett @ Pimlico Oliver Foster @ Pagefield Bump Mark Gallagher Thursday The Great Retail Revival (New Chair) James Hibbert, Dress2Kill Robin Kadrnka, BrandArkade Keata...
31
OCT
Last month, I applied for a vacancy as a trustee of the Design Council. Today, I was told I had been unsuccessful but then was asked if I would like to join their Advisory Board.....silver linings.....
31
OCT
I went along to a meeting at Dress2Kill not quite sure what the agenda was......I met Robin Kadrnka from brandarkade, Keata Murray from Retail Works and Martin Monks from Branded for Life plus James Hibbert from Dress2Killand I ended chairman of a company called The Great Retail Revival Ltd. We're going to have some fun. Yea....  
31
OCT
James Hibbert who owns Dress2Kill is a font of ideas. He wants to help Walking with the Wounded and raise money for the charity. We raised over £200k for WtW in the summer by cycling from Melbourne to Sydney which we branded "Ride of the Lions".....and now we are going to do a soft launch for this Christmas by asking people to walk home from their business rather than take the bus/tube/train/car. More details shortly.
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OCT
Social Networking 39 14-20 October 2013 Monday Angela Bowland, Kate Kiln & Philip Bernie @ Thomas Cubbit Tuesday James Hibbert @ Dress2Kill Bump Mike Strange Wednesday Margaret Hodge MP & Michael Grade @ British Academy Bump Mark Gallagher, CEO, Pagefield Nick Boakes Gill Webber, RIBA Anna Yallop @ Cork & Bottle Jon & Sara Millard @ House of Commons Bump Gerry Sutcliffe MP Paul Farrelly MP Aidan Burley MP Gisela Stuart MP Thursday Crowdbnk...
24
OCT
Happy Danes by Derek Wyatt  Denmark has been the go-to destination over the past 18 months.   This love-in with all things Danish started, unusually, because of three quite stunning dramas across our television screens. First up was The Killing starring Sofie Grabol as Detective Inspector Sarah Lund. This was followed by the brilliant Borgen starring Sidse Babett Knusden as the Danish PM which is now in its third series and finally by The Bridge where a cut up torso...
17
OCT
I travelled up to the University Church of St.Mary the Virgin in the High at Oxford for the memorial service for Sir Patrick Nairne GCB MC PC. Patrick had died earlier on 4th June aged 91.  There were several beautiful speeches from Sandy Nairne - a son and currently Director of the NPG, from Professor Sir Andrew Motion a lifelong friend and Lord Wilson of Dinton with some touching prayers by The Revd Charlie Cleverly (a Godson). The church was packed out and if I had one...
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OCT
Social Networking 38 7-13 October 2013 Monday Former Labour MPs @ Three Staggs Bump John Austin Tom Levitt Sylvia Heal Martin Linton Huw Edwards Gillian Merron Candy Atherton Tuesday Ayan Mitre @ Crowdbnk Richard Raine @ 2Amici Wednesday Sally Banks @ RAC Thursday Carole Stone & Stefan Shakespeare, YouGov @ Corinthia Hotel Bump Richard Lindley Friday Dallas Pounds & Heather Miles @ Trinity Hospice Chapel by Niall McLaughlin @ Saturday &...
13
OCT
We went to see MAAN last night; despite some serious reservations by the critics it was almost a full house and the play has been over 80% most nights. The main reason being Vanessa Redgrave and James Earl Jones's reprise of their starring roles in Driving Miss Daisy. . It was bravely directed by Mark Rylance but it didn't appeal to me. 
13
OCT
We went out to Cuddesdon on Friday afternoon to see the Stirling Prize short listed Edward King Chapel at Ripon College designed by Niall McLaughlin. The interior was simply stunning - a small, simple, high roofed, friendly spiritual place to be. We loved it. Do go it is open most days. 
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OCT
Social Networking 37 30th Sept - 6th October 2013 Monday John Webster @ RAC Trinity Board @ Trinity Hospice Bump Julia Robertson Peter Gluckman David Clarson Iain McQuorty Lynne Ager James Thellusson Dr. Tim Ladbrooke Katharine Jackson Dallas Pounds Stefan Karas David Coggins Tuesday Gal Moore & Raj Singh @ Henry's Wednesday Daisy @ Brixton Thursday Vic Luck, Richard Hornblow & Mark Campion @ RFU HQ Bump John Spencer Bill Beaumont Alvarez &...
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SEP
We went to see Chimerica last night at the Harold Pinter Theatre. The first half was over long and after a volley of very funny one liners it became caught by its set which started to dictate and then impact on the actors. The second half was much shorter - we debated going home at the interval but stayed - and thankfully it picked up a tad. But overall I thought it was unsatisfactory as a play despite its hype since transferring from The Almeida.
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SEP
Social Networking 36 23-29 September 2013 Monday Geoff Bennett @ Pimlico Tuesday Labour Party Conference @ Brighton Bump Peter Hain MP Cllr Roger Truelove Cllr Ghlin Whelan Harriet Harman MP Bill Thomas Carole Stone Todd Freeman PPC Lucian Hudson Clare Ward Lawrie Quinn Supper @ Pimlico Bump Laura Sandys MP Wednesday Breakfast @ Pimlico Bump Lord Michael Howard Tessa Moore @ Loosebox Thursday James Hibbert @ D2K Hatty Cadman @ Blue Boar, St...
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SEP
Social Networking 35 16-22 September 2013 Monday David Clarson & Dr Chris Gerry Tuesday Ayan Mitra, Karen Duncan, Sunil Aggarwal, Christopher Humphry, Ian Pearson, Barry Parr & Rob Taylor @ Crowdbnk Board Elizabeth Lourd's Book Launch @ Daunt, Marylebone Street, SW1 for The Lure of the Honey Bird Wednesday Area 2 RWC Legacy Board Meeting @ RFU Vic Luck, Nick Cole, Louise Latter, Ben Calveley, Gavin Williams, Chris Fowke, Erin Kirby, Simon Cooper, Andrew Harris,
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SEP
Yesterday evening, we went to see Jasmine Blue at the Stratford Picture House. Though it was a warm evening the cinema chose to increase the indoor temperature to 25C which was decidely uncomfortable. The film itself was terribly disappointing and you do wonder why the critics loved it so much. Was it the love-in for Woody? Was it the relief that he had made a film in which you could understand some of the texture? What was it? Anyway, save your money and go to something else.
21
SEP
Thursday was catch up day: Barry McGovern an old mucker from Sky TV Lunch at Gran Paradiso, Pimlico Also at the restaurant were Hugh Grant, Evan Harris and Lord Ashcroft Andy Kenny, Managing Director @ Sport-Rapport Drinks at Cork & Bottle We met at the House of Lords to celebrate Wheel Power in July Roya Nasser, my former secretary, now living in Paris Supper at Cork & Bottle A first meeting since 1984
21
SEP
Last night, I went to Brasserie Zedel for the first time. We had drinks at Bar Amercaine - which was packed - so we queued for ten minutes! And then stayed for supper which was a delight though the service was disappointing.
19
SEP
I received a surprise present in the post yesterday. It was Nigel Slater's book entitled "Appetite". A dear friend had sent it as she knew I was on a new diet and felt the message and the menus would help me. I have started to read it and am enjoying it immensely.
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SEP
I am reading "The Blunders of Governments" by the esteemed duo King and Crewe which sounds more like a railway company but I will let that pass. I was in on the CSA blunder(s) in 1998 and if only the two authors had really known how bad these reforms were and why they had to be delayed for two years.....but they feature in my own book which  I hope to complete in the middle of next year.
18
SEP
Is there a better book shop in the UK than Daunt's in Marylebone High Street? I doubt it though given its size The Aldeburgh Book shop runs it close...... Anyway, last night I was back for another launch party this time for Elizabeth Laird's The Lure of the Honey Bird - The Story Tellers of Ethiopia which looks a lot of fun. I took time out to buy some Tim Parks books on Italy - well four exactly!
17
SEP
Last Wednesday, we went to see the late show at Ronnie's featuring the legendary Jose Feliciano. He was simply wonderful and brought the house down.
17
SEP
I went with Julia Robertson, the group CEO of Impellum and a Trinity Hospice trustee to see Ginny Tate (ex trustee/volunteer at Trinity). Ginny has a house about an hour from Faro on the coast. Last year, she lost her wonderful husband and best friend, Saxon (as in Tate & Lyle). The weather was a fine 25-28C though it rained on Saturday!! It was great to see Ginny again. She was incredibly supportive of Trinity.   
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SEP
As a Patron, I was invited to the RIBA presentation fo the six architects short-listed for the Stirling Prize which will be announced next Thursday (26/09). My favourite was Niall McLaughlin's wonderful  new church at Rippon Theological College at Cuddesdon, near Oxford. www.architecture.com
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SEP
Social Networking 34 09-15 September 2013 Monday Carole Stone & Richard Lindley @ Cork & Bottle Daisy @ Brixton Tuesday Philip Lay @ Ebury Wine Bar Emma Jacobs @ Groucho Stirling Prize shortlist @ RIBA Gill Webber Wednesday Jose Feliciano @ Ronnie Scott's Thursday Richard Gorman, Peter Winterbottom, James Hibbert & Mike Gore @ RAC Friday Dallas Pounds & David Clarson @ Trinity Hospice Ginny Tate & Julia Robertson @ Carvoeiro,...
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SEP
Social Networking 33 2-8 September 2013 Monday Virginia Bottomley Jim Murphy MP & Laura Sandys MP Bob Blizzard, Laurie Quinn, Gilly Merron and Martin Linton @ Three Stags Tuesday Swim 30 minutes @RAC Stanley's lunch: Ronnie Lamb, Peter Caroll, John Purcell and John Webster on The Terrace @ RAC Supper: Mihir Bose, Caroline Cecil, Stefan Stern, David Hooper, Michael Green, Clive Jones, Kate Hoey and David Elstein @ Reform Club Wednesday Gym - one hour Nigel
4
SEP
David Elstein gave a tour de force speech last night about the state of hacking and the power of the BBC' News and Current Affairs department and called for the latter to be broken up.
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SEP
1. David Frost came to Paul Hamlyn and suggested he did books for M&S. Paul duly presented to M&S and duly won - over the years - a series of lucrative contracts.   Frostie chose to take 1p in the £ for every book sold and his royalty cheques were a joy to behold (well for him anyway). 2. He came into Sky in 1997 after a light lunch on a couple or three bottles of red and suggested that we run a gambling and lottery channel. We turned him down. He always was ahead...
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SEP
"The English are feeling the pinch in relation to recent events in Syria and have therefore raised their security level from "Miffed" to "Peeved." Soon, though, security levels may be raised yet again to "Irritated" or even "A Bit Cross." The English have not been "A Bit Cross" since the blitz in 1940 when tea supplies nearly ran out. Terrorists have been re-categorized from "Tiresome" to "A Bloody Nuisance." The last time the British issued a "Bloody Nuisance" warning level was in 1588, when...
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AUG
Social Networking 31 25 July - 24 August 2013   Summer Holiday in Siena Bump Carlo Cignozzi, Winemaker & Mozart Music maker, Montalcino Jeremy & Jacqueline Sinclair, CEO, M&C Saatchi Carole Stone & Richard Lindley, Serial Networker & Former ITN Newsreader Diana Grandi, NG Photographer Mark & Vicky Jefferson, Wine Buffs and Bon Viveurs Chris Larkin & Suki Stephens, Actor (Yes Minister & Teacher/Copy Writer/Genuine Good Eggs) Ken Clarke MP Hatty...
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AUG
I met Ben O'Brien this morning at Sourced, his creation, at St Pancras International. I may become an investor. 
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AUG
Siena Holiday Reads & Films Part of a holiday is about playing catch up with books and films you should have read or seen. I began collecting books to read back in March and brought most of them with me. Here's a selection I actually managed to finish: A Delicate Truth **** by John Le Carre From the Master maybe his last. I gobbled up the last quarter unsure what would happen The New Digital Age ** by Eric Schmidt Slightly boring Perfect CV**** by Max...
28
JUL
Driving to Siena   This is my twentieth visit to Italy starting way back in 1978. I’ve been all over the place but still haven’t conquered Napoli or the Lakes. Since, 1997, I have begun to settle for Siena and its surrounding small hill towns and I am once again “stationed” here for a month.   This time I am back close to Siena where we stayed en famille in 1997 and again in 2005. After my divorce in 2007, I started coming back here more...
24
JUL
On Monday evening I went to the first of six Wynton Marsalis scheduled concerts at Ronnie Scott's. He was in sensational form and his band was exceptional. Last night, they streamed the concert live through the RS web site and The Guardian also took a feed. It was a different set from Monday's and a different selection of older pieces and those he wrote himself. The Guardian has a review of last night in today's paper.   Ronnie Scott's is a delight. It may no...
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JUL
Social Networking 30 15 - 25 July 2013 Monday British Influence @ St James's Park Bump Caroline Spelman MP Ken Clarke MP Peter Mandelson Ian Taylor Peter Kellner Laura Sandys MP Tuesday Board Meeting @ Crowdbnk Crowdbnk Summer Party @ The Pregnant Man Bump Mark Call Jake Sumner Jack Wyatt Paddy Flood Ayan Mitra Karen Duncan Ian Pearson Paul O'Donnell Wednesday Major Stanley's @ Knightsbridge Bump Stephen Pearson Frazer Gemmell Labour Business Party @...
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JUL
We went up to Aldeburgh on Friday to stay at the White Lion (a first). On Saturday morning we were at Minsmere - the RSPB reserve - which was fun even though it was raining whilst the rest of the country bathed in sunshine. I tried to follow the golf and the cricket but there is little or no O2 signal in this part of the country due to obdurate local councillors and so accessing the Apps was difficult..........I so wanted Lee Westwood to win but Phil Mickelson pipped him in...
15
JUL
On Saturday, we drove down to Chichester where my parents used to live and where I played for a season at the local rugby club in 1971-72.  We went to see If Only which had been well reviewed by both the FT and The Observer. This is David Edgar's latest political play set in 2010 around the Election and 2014 when our country will be celebrating the 100 years since the start of WW1.  No sooner had we arrived and taken our seats (matinee) than (Sir) John and...