That’s not a question about the weather – specifically the absence of the forecast “barbecue summer”. Rather, it’s a recognition that this summer has flown past, without too many blog entries from me. Over the next few days I’ll pick out a few highlights.
We spent a week in London in July, which was great.
One of the most memorable things that we did was to visit the Houses of Parliament. We didn’t follow the usual tourist route, but had arranged in advance with our local M.P. for a tour with a member of his staff. This had two advantages.
Firstly, we were able to access areas that would be off limits to routine tourists – thanks to her staff pass.
Secondly, and far more importantly, we were able to get a first hand insight into working in Parliament. The young woman who showed us around was enthusiastic, informative and engaging. She managed to connect with each of us (probably not too easy), and left us feeling a bit more positively disposed towards our tarnished home of government.
I wonder if I’d give a similar impression to people visiting my place of work?
Even if you can’t get the same sort of tour that we did, the Houses of Parliament are well worth the visit.