Monday, 8 May 2017

My diary from today 2 years ago

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I was in Mosow on the eve of the 70th VE Day anniversary and the British general election that was to lead to Brexit and to change the world.

Eating two lunches was inevitably a mistake, though each was delicious. And now dinner with the Moscow Oxford and Cambridge association which fortunately and oddly is not until 8.30. They work late in Moscow. I walked for hours today and saw the outsides of many locked churches. The Kremlin was closed, Red Square ditto. The city is full of bemedalled veterans. Can they be 1945 vintage? The fortieth anniversary of VE Day seems very recent and the interval between then and now is thirty years, a life, which happens while you try to attach meaning to it.

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