This week in London……
…it’s bright, sunny, beautiful – and hectic. After two days in jaunty Dublin with son J and a deliciously pampered stay at Dunbrody Country House in the soft green, rain fresh landscape of County Wexford further south – anything that moved faster than an overfed snail would seem hectic. Celebrity chef and owner Kevin Dundon treated and fed us royally at Dunbrody – where the kitchen garden burgeons with fresh ingredients (quite something to be eating the courgette flowers seen growing that morning) and the cotton tail rabbits are kept at bay with a topsy scarecrow.
Here in London – with the Olympic Games exactly a year away – joined the celebrations in Trafalgar Square in the company of PM David Cameron, Mayor Boris Johnson and Princess Anne – not to mention President of the IOC Jaques Rogge, teams of athletes, performers, the BBC and a million visitors from every corner of the globe. Humbling. More so was meeting Lord Seb Coe, Chair of the London Olympics for a quick but vital interview in his glass and steel offices in Canary Wharf. A two hour walking tour of the Olympic Park was a mind blowing experience of just a fraction of what has and is still to go into these Games. The line is On Time and Under Budget – but it’s much more besides. With a price tag of 9 billion pounds and a city of 8,5 million people – one can only say that this will be an event of olympic proportions in every sense.
Treat of note was a visit to the Royal Opera House to see a triple bill by the Russian Mariinsky (ex Kirov) Ballet Company dancing Chopiniana, The Firebird and Scheherazade……beyond description.
Next stop St Ives in Cornwall to see the one-time home of Emily Hobhouse, heroine of the Anglo-Boer war…..so watch this space…..nx