Guilty pleasure

I was recently asked to attend The Spectator Editors’ Dinner, which happened earlier on this week. It’s not the sort of event I’d normally attend and I wasn’t quite sure what I was letting myself in for when I agreed to go, but I had a great time. Held in what only can be described as a posh tent at the Royal Hospital Gardens in Chelsea on 18th November, the evening was spoiled only by me having to leave just after 11pm to get a train back to Reading so I could drive to Swansea in time for a 9am meeting the following morning! (I eventually arrived at my hotel just before 3am – not bad going and well done to Huffty.)

Before dinner, I particularly enjoyed chatting to Susanna Gross, the bridge columnist and hearing her encouraging words that as I still play occasionally and read the odd book on bridge, I probably was better than most social bridge players at the game. Sat at home on Friday evening I’m not sure about that, but perhaps if she’d like to invite me to play a rubber or two I could find out. Well, I can dream, can’t I? And while I’m doing that, it would be particularly thrilling to play with Zia Mahmood as well …

It was great that Mark Amory and Lady Clare Asquith struck up a conversation with me before dinner as well. There’s nothing like having your preconceptions challenged and they were very easy to talk to and made me feel very welcome, just at the point I was wondering what I was doing there.

The people sitting next to me on table 14 were very friendly and I definitely need to rethink my thoughts towards positive discrimination in the context of policing. Another preconception and prejudice challenged. I’m now also motivated to dig out my old copies of Model Engineer from the attic or perhaps even buy some new ones – thanks Owen.  Pete Hoskin, Rachel Johnson, Roger Alton, Celia Walden, Jeremy Clarke and Kate Chisholm were all brilliant hosts and David Blaine came over to the table and performed a card trick that I’m still trying to figure out how on earth he did it now.

I’d really like to go back again next year (assuming the magazine holds another event like this) and I’ll even pay for my own ticket this time if I can’t persuade work to book a whole table …

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