All Saints, Farnborough, Berkshire 3:55 pm August 20 2014
Yesterday I drove to Farnborough in Berkshire, on the border with Oxfordshire, to meet up with friends from Trinity College, Dublin where I had the excessive pleasure of spending time after school before joining up with Glyndebourne in 1962. Law was what was planned for me - but not really me for it, though many of my dearest friends are lawyers........
There were four old friends from Trinity, one with whom I shared rooms who is a passionate Yorkshire polemicist, and former Anglican priest of the Anglo-Catholic persuasion and now a Roman Catholic; a retired barrister and immigration judge with whom I went on a wonderful pilgrimage around Europen music festivals in 1961; the mother of a respected journalist who was much in the news two years ago as a result of her work on a celebrated case where two rather distinguished public figures went to jail - briefly; and our host my dear friend Hugo Patten, an exceptionally accomplished violinist, flautist, keyboard player, and tenor who made his living in the IT business practically before it was invented as a profession. He has the good fortune to have a pretty house in Farnborough where both his parents and his parents-in-law lived. It is now a perfect family "compound"!
We four, together with a good many other assorted characters of Trinity c.1960, had the privilege of enjoying life in a manner that the pressures of modern life deny to most of today's youth. Music and theatre were driving forces for each of us; but above all was the wonder of being just 20 or so and the discovery of the joys of adulthood, reached in those days much later than now.
So a fun day out in the country.......but now back to the reality of 2014.