Tim sneaks onto earlier plane than planned, and as I rush to airport to meet him after quizzical phone call from same, he catches rick to my place, thus managing to miss each other. Return back home and all four guys in the security hut report acapella-style that ‘Your friend has arrived sir’. No. Really?

Only ten days til the start of conf. Smell it? I’m sitting in it. No plane flights for speakers arranged yet. Eek. Vijay has decided to go ahead with MumJava. Seven days and counting.

Misread note from Sophie in the Uk saying that Manju has won 3rd prize in a cat photo competition. Wondered why he wasn’t in today.