In which a two day committee meeting makes a big decision, I visit The Royal Society Summer Science Exhibition and touch Moon rock, attend the Henley Royal Regatta, catch up with a ex-staff Member for luncheon, travel to Sheffield and find the worst hotel in England, discover my dog has excellent bladder control, and try to explain cricket to a Canadian.
In a slightly extended episode I welcome the croquet season, despair at my increasing weight having returned to the gym, fail to follow or understand a briefing on what constitutes ‘fake news’, travel to Kenya for the first time, experience British Airways First Class, deliver some lectures on leadership in Kenya, experience my first safari, and enjoy the best sleep ever on an aircraft.
In this episode I explore the city of Baltimore and discuss coping with jet lag, American portion sizes, a barman trying to put cheese in my Martini, striped ties and coloured blazers, and visiting the battlefield of Gettysburg.
A few years ago I purchased a travel humidor for my cigars. I have, frankly, never been really happy with it. It works well, but it looks like a mini hard shell suitcase! On the positive side my cigars have never been damaged! On the negative side it only can hold 5 cigars. So, on a long trip it is simply not big enough, and moreover if I manage to buy some cigars whilst on the trip it does not have enough capacity to store those new cigars (which means there is the danger of them being damaged or dried out before I arrive back home).