No post yesterday sorry. But it was a hectic day. I was up at 6 am much too early. But it was off to london for the Saatchi bill at House of Parliament. We arrived in London Station but our tickets were rejected at the exit barrier. But on hand was a BR staff. She took my ticket and continued to tell me that YOU should not be on this train with this Ticket. Why not I asked TOO Early she snapped back. But reluctantly she opened the barrier and allowed us exit. I wanted to go to the information desk and complain. Because I had not purchased a cheap day return. I pain full whack ticket price of just under £70 for 2 tickets. If I had purchased cheapday tkts it would have cost me £56. Pluss my tkt stated access to the High Speed . But we were in a hurry so Mavis said leave it. We made our way to the underground where once again our ticket was rejected. But another BR staff member was on hand. He looked at the ticket and said OH. from Whitstable are you. We then got his life story of 25 years holidays at Whitstable. He was a nice guy . I told him about the woman staff member. He said ignore her. Theres no problem. Yours is a British Rail ticket and sometimes our machines chuck em out its admin error that’s all . What a difference.
Next we arrived at Westminster 2 stops down the line. Following the signs for Houses of Parliament we emerged into daylight opposite Big Ben. How neat is that. Now more problems to follow. The first police security said sorry try the next one. They were a bit more helpful but refered us to yet another checkpoint. They were not expecting us we were not on there list so no access again. But Mavis explained what it was about and the reception made a phone call. Ah! now we know where we are going. back to the first one. finally we got in a line and went through checks. First any metal objects placed in the tray. Wrist watches ,wallet, belts. phones,cameras ipads etc. Next top coat in the tray. next jacket in the tray. Now that disappears in a xray m/c while we pass through a x-ray thing. OK thank you sir he said. we now collect our stuff . All under the watchful eyes of police with Guns slung over their shoulders all a bit un nerving. But at last issued with a photo id card we are now inside. But we are too early and sit and wait. But a nice security man came up and spoke to Mavis its ok to go up now. At last we find the sign Lord Saatchi.
Not many here yet they are still setting up the cameras and sound equipment But slowly it fills up. Then someone spoke to mavis. You are not sitting there he said you are on the panel . Oh that’s a surprise so she was escorted to the panel . Someone sat next to her but was asked to move to another seat. We soon fond out why.
Lord Saatchi entered and greeted Mavis like an old friend. ( I know they have been emailing each other ,it’s a good job I am not jealous.) but they got on like a house on fire. He had stated he wanted mavis sitting next to him. Thats why the other man was asked to move.
The whole experience was very informative. I began to understand what this Bill was about. ( Ill leave those details for you to read on Mavis blog)
When they were all done we were asked to make our way to the parliamentary Gardens . We were greeted by a film crew and Mavis was once again whisked away to be interviewed again. when that was over I was told that a car was waiting for us. Oh Ok I said. I just follow the flow. It’s a bit like the unknown husband following his film star wife about. Always there in the background. But we were escorted to the car by 2 very nice young ladies. Now we are off to a recording studio in Farringdon .
We were plied with tea and coffee and given a menu to choose lunch. Soon mavis and Professor Dean Fennel were inside the glass box with headphones on being interviewed by different people. Now I was thinking we might get out of here about 3 pm and get home. But no way There we were more interviews. Then we were escorted upstairs to another studio where they set up cameras to do another video. Then back down stairs back in the glass box more interviews. But now its pushing 5.30pm. We can see mavis is getting really tired. Its been a hell of a day for her. Even though she has loved every minute. Finally they said we have a car outside ready to take you to the station of your choice. We thanked everyone for their hospitality . Now we have to say goodbye to Our new lovely friend from Boston USA. Will we ever meet you again we asked. Yes I do get here to England a few times. So he promised to keep in touch. So now we are in the car going to Victoria Station. No problems with the tickets now. But Mavis is rushing through the barrier and heading for a train that has one minute to go to departure. I am shouting Mavis its the wrong Platform She has almost reached the train and it begins to leave. See I said you would not have caught it she just said THANKS. OOPS So we had to wait another half hour for the next one. WE eventually got home at around 8.15 pm. Exhausted. After me walking louis and a coffee. it was not long before I was tucked up in bed. I am not sure when mavis came. Wow What a day. Then This morning I am in a deep sleep its 9 am mavis is already up. The doorbell rings. Its the local paper ,they have come to interview her. She opened the door in her dressing gown and said sorry you will have to come back in a minute I need to get dressed.
I was half awake now. Oh god not another day like yesterday I thought. So I got up quietly slipped into the den and closed the door. A little while later Mavis poked her head in and said get dressed and come out here. I was not feeling much like talking I can tell you. BUT it’s for Mavis. I must lose the long face put on a smile and go and meet them. Good morning Ray the man said. I think I grunted a half hearted Morning as I put the kettle on I needed a cup of tea, But he was such a nice young man I soon responded to his questions. He promised to send photographers along later was that ok. Mavis said Of course its ok. So the days not over yet. But I ve just discovered that our kettle as died. It wont cut off and its sprung a leak so a new one is urgent.