It's been interesting talking to him about the situation in Georgia, as he worked for the FCO at the embassy there for a while, and has met Mikheil Saakashvili and other movers and shakers.
He has converted me to the philosophy of the Georgian table; of the tamada and the supra.
Would the world be a better place if we devoted ourselves more seriously to our pleasures?
How can I, that girl standing there,
My attention fix
On Roman or on Russian
Or on Spanish politics?
Yet here's a travelled man that knows
What he talks about,
And there's a politician
That has read and thought,
And maybe what they say is true
Of war and war's alarms,
But O that I were young again
And held her in my arms!