I spent two very enjoyable evenings out in London last week. Because of the tube strike I walked everywhere. It was hardly a hardship as the weather was superb. I had forgotten just how beautiful a summer's evening in the city can be. Watching everyone out -- playing, relaxing, socialising or just ambling home -- shows the human scale of a city, which is after all just a big village.
On Wednesday I was out with my friend Steve celebrating the fact that his book is officially a "worldwide bestseller" having shifted 250,000 copies. On Thursday I was saying goodbye to Carlton who is leaving beautiful London for Sheffield. Having said that when I was in Sheffield in the summer last year it was also very fine.