Portugal July 07

In July 07 I spent a week in Portugal with a very old close friend who
has recently moved out there, staying with him and his young friend in
their little flat near Sintra where they are living prior to my friend
moving further south to the Algarve. We visited Sintra, and the Quinta
de Regulare and Feather Palace there, and went for a drive in the lovely
cabriolet beetle I hired out to the temple of Diana and the circle of
Almendres – the greatest stone circle in the Iberian Peninsular. It was
a lovely few days break, in baking weather (compared to the floods at

Glastonbury 07


This was my 13th Festival (you can see a retrospective in the theatre area of this website in the Arts Manager section). I spent most of the week working hard enjoying the sunshine, until my job was largely over, the Festival had begun proper, and the rain had started. It wasn’t too bad, to be honest, to start with – indeed I kept saying to people, “it’s not as bad as 98”, but on the Monday morning after the Festival, as we all were packing up to go home, I was not saying that anymore. Nationwide flooding had begun – to continue later in July.