I met Dudley Ankerson in Argentina in 1980 and we have been firm friends ever since. He worked in the FCO all his life and yesterday we met for a glass of wine. He gently dropped into the conversation that he'd been awarded a CMG for his work. I had missed it in the Queen's Birthday Honours and felt slightly embarrassed but nonetheless am thrilled he has been awarded it. He will receive it in December and then we are all going out for lunch.