I’ve been away at a lake over the weekend. On opening my email, I find that over 120 readers have contributed support to my trip to England. I appreciate this not just for the financial support (which is appreciated), but as a demonstration of interest by readers. I must say that I take satisfaction in the sequence of deciding to take the trip and readers volunteering support, as opposed to engaging in a public telethon to ratchet up contributions before making the decision. The Guardian has confirmed that they will accommodate me in the panel. They seem a bit impressed that public support extends to actual contributions.
I have several offers of accommodation which I appreciate. Hotel prices in London do leave one with sticker shock if you aren’t on a government tab.
I’ve got lots of time to fill in. A few CA readers are helping to make appointments; I’ll do some emails later today and see what turns up.