To Warwick yesterday, for a degree ceremony which was half-Hogwarts half-Gormenghast, and entirely fun - for me at least. Organ, choir, brass, flummery, and a greater array of coloured capes and hoods than you'll see anywhere outside a film set.
So I am now not only a Doctor of Philosophy in History, but I have a certificate, and a few photos of me looking like Thomas Cromwell, to prove it. My wife, father and brother were all there, along with my nephew, who is a first-year undergraduate at Warwick.
And in further cause for family celebration, my eldest celebrated her 18th birthday yesterday (well, yesterday was the birthday she continues to celebrate tonight ... and tomorrow ... and Saturday). But no permission has yet been given for a photo to be posted. Watch this space!
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