Trevar and I both made it London this week and are now present with cameras running at the Battle of Ideas hosted by the Institute of Ideas at the Royal College of Art at Hyde Park. There’s a massive buzz of energy about the place and the event- a series of seventy debates running across two days.
It’s a convergence of three of FORA’s favorite partnerships with The Times of London (another sponsor), Pfizer, and the Institute of Ideas. I’ve sat in on two great sessions dealing with music and society and one sizzling discussion on UK foreign policy after Blair.
On Trevar’s inaugural visit to London we took a bit of time yesterday to move around- the Tate, the Millenium Bridge, the new Globe, Waterloo Bridge, past Trafalgar and up to Westminster via St James Park, (sat through an evensong and there and had a moment at Newton’s final resting place), Picadilly Circus then up Regent Street before wrapping up with great Indian food and horrible service (dude stood over Trevar and asked “do you want to give a tip?” w/o telling him that gratuity was included in the bill).
Day ended back at the hotel just off of Gloucester Road in South Kensington with Trev talking to his dog (extremely confused and looking mildly disturbed by Trevar being trapped on the computer screen) and girlfriend on Skype video.
You have to love Trevar’s money shot (below) of the double decker blurring in front of the Parliament buildings. Classic London stuff.