After chairing a session of the Social Stock Exchange Admissions Panel, I raced home and then we drove south – for a dinner in Lewes with Carlota Perez. Recently LSE Centennial Professor, she is an authority on long-wave economic cycles of the sort studied by Nikolai Kondratiev.
A delightful evening at a nearby Thai restaurant, providing an insight on why Carlota and I seemed to differ in terms of the periodicity of the fading and building waves – but are simply using slightly different lenses to view the same phenomena.
En route to the restaurant, as we were trying to find somewhere to pay for parking by the train station, someone called my name – and it turned out to be Oliver Dudok van Heel, who used to work with SustainAbility, with his 7-year-old barefoot daughter.
We had dropped off our luggage on the way to Lewes at Old Whyly, a delightful boutique B&B that Hania and Jake had stayed at last year. Very taken with it all, particularly our hostess, Sarah Burgoyne.
Among places we visited over the next couple of days was Charleston, country home of the Bloomsbury Set, and somewhere often frequented by Molly March, who I grew up with in Cyprus – and would later marry Nick, son of Peggy Ashcroft and Jeremy Hutchinson.
I had always thought I didn’t like Bloomsbury art, but viewed in context and in an ensemble, I think I could begin to see what they were aiming for …