Congratulations to my old friend Paul on becoming Paul Brannen MEP. Odd to think I’ve known him since we were nine. Oh the stories I could tell, but I won’t. He’ll be a brilliant MEP I’m sure. And he believes in Europe, unlike the dimwits from UKIP. This photo shows him being pensive in Poland, in 1985. Gosh. Almost 30 years ago.
I went on an expedition to the north coast of Kent with Fran and Sarah the other day.
We had a fabulous lunch at the Michelin-starred Sportsman in Seasalter (smoked mackerel starter highly recommended) and were impressed by the highly civilised response of the staff to my spectacular smashing of a wine glass.
We then repaired to Whitstable to forage for books and saunter along the shingle beach. Then we sat in Sarah’s idyllic garden which is several hundred miles long, having a nice chat with Stuart and Rufus the cat from next door.