Dave Petley down from Durham to update us on landslides. It’s what we do on the side. Professor Dave runs the Institute of Hazard Risk and Resilience which we and he sort of started many years ago when we funded his work trying to stop people being killed by landslides. (It was partly me atoning for my under-performance as geography undergraduate).
Anyway, it’s grown into a sizeable thing funded by far more than just us, with a fancy new eco-friendly building and looks at all sorts of things that might do us in.
Useful when planning trips. We are off to New Zealand soon. But yesterday Nelson apparently had humungous rain. Best check it out.
Lunched at the RAC with a nice Montagny Château de Saule from crazy Alain Roy. Saw a nice play about the problems of having three difficult sons; 'The Lion in Winter'. Joanna Lumley wonderful. (Sigh).
Finished off with raw fish at Nobu with Wine-Buying young cousin Iain. Got a bottle of Smith and Shaw Chardonnay by Martin Shaw, our most famous Flying Winemaker from the early days. His style is still unmistakeable – super-clean, crisp, very minerally. Perfect match.