Lunch at The Leather Exchange pub
On Monday I had a great day out in London, Boris biking from Liverpool Street station down to my friend Ben Laurance’s for a pub lunch - of the most delicious home made fat ‘fish fingers’ in ciabatta rolls, mmmmm.
I then cycled over to Grays of Westminster to use my discount to get a Think Tank wheely bag for all this gear I’m increasingly lugging around. Needless to say I didn’t cycle away again…
Mike Baker with one of his corny jokes
Instead I trundled by Tube over to the splendid surroundings of the Inner Temple law chambers, which was the venue for the National Education Trust’s annual lecture, delivered this year by England’s Children’s Commissioner, Maggie Atkinson. It was chaired by my former BBC colleague, Mike Baker - which is the kind of thing he does these days but also he is a trustee of the NET. I was also very pleased to see my old chum Goffy (Hannah Richardson) too, the only reporter there.
I bagged a seat near the front which made it a perfect range to the dais for the brilliant Nikon 105mm f2.8. I shot this pro bono as a favour to Mike (who has been a great source of inspiration and advice to me) and the trust, which is only a small charity doing good work. The trust used some of the photos on their website, and liked them so much they subsequently also bought some prints for their office. Thanks! Such nice people.
The Office of the Children’s Commissioner also wanted to use one of my shots of Maggie Atkinson. But they have no budget for photographs. Sign of the times. Should I have let them use one for free?