Best day this week
Oddly, it was Tuesday, the day of a friend’s funeral in Lancaster.  We didn’t have to set off too early, and had a good run up the M1/M6, stopping only to swap over the driving halfway.  We met friends at a pub near the crematorium beforehand, and then travelled in convoy for the funeral.  It was a small, moving, but also uplifting ceremony, somewhat unconventional but absolutely fitting for our very unconventional friend.  It was a beautiful spring day, which also seemed fitting somehow. Afterwards we repaired to the pub for lunch before heading back home.   Despite the sadness of the occasion it was a lovely day with friends, which I think she would have liked.

Best work meeting of the week

A Friday afternoon meeting in central London where we made some progress on planning for next year.  We decided to prioritise a small number of trusts for three months each in an effort to share out our attention in a more useful way.

Favourite meal of the week
A very simple one this time.  At a charity quiz evening on Friday I won a “breakfast hamper” in the raffle.  Several of the items were made by my old school friend N, a cordon bleu trained cook.  For breakfast on Saturday morning I had some of her delicious apricot, walnut and rye bread with home-made marmalade.

Favourite Mensa activity this week
We had a First Thursday at Jury’s Inn, which was smaller than last month but still enjoyable, but more unusual was an Architectural Experience Day on Saturday.  It was held at the University of Northampton, and included an understanding of architectural tasks, software, a look at their 3D suite, and a particularly interesting talk about local Roman archaeology.

Super-cool 3D glasses!

Favourite moment of the week
Getting back from the Architecture Day on Saturday evening at the end of a very, very long week, knowing that we had no commitments on Sunday and I could have a lie-in and then catch up with a backlog of personal chores.

Cultural experience of the week
We went to see Hamlet at MK Theatre.  It wasn’t something I was particularly looking forward to; I just felt that everyone, including me, should see Hamlet at least once in their life.  It was a modern-day production so I was even less excited by the prospect.  However, it was actually very good and I’m glad we went to see it.

Progress on last week’s objectives

Sell profit-sharing from my previous employer – not yet, but have dug out the relevant paperwork and the shares have gone up in the meantime!
Get election paperwork finalised and send to office - Done
Identify and prepare possible syndicate topics for Portmeirion weekend
– Done.

Key objectives for the coming week
- Finish the reading group book
- Order case for Kindle
- Circulate survey of local members for Mensa Brilliant event(s).

Mad purchase of the week
My Kindle arrived on Wednesday, though I’ve been so busy I’ve not really had chance to play with it yet.  I have downloaded a couple of free books but in the short term I’m committed to finishing a couple of “real” books for other reasons first.

Most frustrating work meeting of the week

Had a two hour drive to Colchester on Friday morning for a meeting that added no real value.  As I was going into London in the afternoon, I had to park the car in east London and then head out that way again afterwards to pick up the car and go home.  Without the morning meeting in Colchester it would have been an easy return trip to central London by train.

Sad moment of the week

Saying goodbye to Minty at her funeral.  As well as a reminder of our own mortality, her loss will leave a gap for many of us.

What have I learned this week
I’ve learned a lot more about Hamlet, having finally seen the play.  I’ve learned that someone I eventually got to meet on Thursday, having nearly-but-not-quite met him several times previously, is a lot more down to earth than I anticipated (he’s an academic and I was expecting someone a bit woolly and idealistic).  And I’ve learned that serious archaeologists are rather damning about the Rome wasn’t built in a day project at Wroxeter because it’s based on a text-book designed for use with Italian materials and climate, rather than on archaeological evidence of what was actually built by the Romans in England.  Interesting – I hadn’t looked at it that way but it’s a valid criticism I suppose.  We’re hoping to visit Wroxeter on the way back from Portmeirion next weekend so may have chance to discuss it with the local guides.