The last week before I fly off to Sweden with the good doctor and suddenly there seems to be lots to do. For example, not being able to go upstairs to my dressing room, or to pack for myself, I had to prepare packing lists for the 15 kg check-in suitcase and a separate list for the 10 kgÂ carry on case allowed by Ryanair. Michael has already warned me any overweight can be very expensive with this particular airline.
Another job I did was to draft a valedictory address to my students in China. I hope to get the good doctor to take a video of it on Friday and then persuade Monti to make me a DVD which can be played, in my absence, to the students the beginning of the lectures in October.
Readers will recall me going to the hygienist recently to have my teeth de-scaled and not being very impressed by the thoroughness of the operation. Accordingly, my erstwhile private dentist very kindly looked in today to inspect my teeth and give me his opinion on the quality of the â€˜cleanâ€™. I am glad to say that he agreed with me, indeed he confirmed that it was a very poor job am offered to speak to the Teeth Commissioner on my behalf, following which I shall probably have to make a formal complaint. Apart from anything else I was told that the general clean cost Â£16 under the NHS and the Â£45 odd that we paid is what we should have been charged for dental work other than a clean.