Christmas fun at the Mad House. Some of the serfs gathered to listen to the last ever "Queen's Speech" from our former Director General and CEO, Dr Vanessa Lawrence CB HonFREng, Co-Chair of the United Nations Committee of Experts on Global Geospatial Information Management. After nearly 14 years (the same length of service as me), she stepped down in April this year but wanted to come back and address her loyal subjects for one last time.
The day was co-incidental with Christmas Jumper Day, hence the strange attire worn by some, and also the annual carol singsong. Normally, it is held outdoors around the Christmas tree and accompanied by a local brass band but this year was held indoors with just an electronic piano - just not the same at all.
Vanessa gave her speech from the first floor "bridge" which links the two sides of the building and for some reason or other, I kept thinking of the speeches I had seen from Mussolini and other dictators. After consuming as many mince pies as I could and getting seconds on the mulled wine, I decided it was all too much and I voted with my feet by leaving early.
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