I have literally lost count of the scores of keynotes and speeches I have done in recent months, but one that stands out – and I was reminded of it by an email today – was India’s first Green Literature Festival, where I did the opening speech on Wednesday 10th December. A fireside chat format, with Santhosh Jayaram, Global Head – Sustainability, at HCL Technologies Limited.
Did that from home, then made my way into Somerset House for Christmas celebration with the team. We had three competing teams playing Hidden City‘s Hunt for the Cheshire Cat. I played along for a couple of hours, but then my persistent cough got the better of me and I unhooked. Bt not before I had enjoyed many aspects of the hunt, including finding the blackbirds in Leicester Square:
Went back to Waterstone’s, Piccadilly, where the hunt had briefly taken us earlier and, unexpectedly, bumped into Elaine – who had been meant to meet us later in the evening at St Katharine’s Docks.
We went back to Somerset House a little later to meet up with the team and then catch the Uber boat down to the Tower. Glorious London-at-night spectacle and wonderful to walk by the Tower and into St Katharine’s.
We started with a drink at The Dickens Inn, before moving across to Kilikya, a delightful Turkish restaurant overlooking the dock itself. Then into a taxi back to Barnes and Richmond with Louise and Mark Roper, the latter having organised the day.