Tuesday, January 3, 2012

Talented females

Popped into the National Portrait Gallery this morning to see a couple of exhibitions, including The First Actresses. Less interested in the actual paintings, but the social & cultural context of 17th century England was intriguing. Before 1660, all actors were male. It was only when the Restoration came in that women were allowed to take to the stage. Here's Nell Gwyn, popular actress - and misstress of George II. 

While in the gallery I bumped into someone I've not seen in seven years: Lydia Gommersall, ex-wife of Sir Stephen who was Ambassador in Tokyo while we were there. Very nice to see her.

Aside from that it was bumper-to-bumper meetings in our Spring Gardens office - productive and good to see people, including Leigh who got an OBE in the New Years Honours List. Good for her.

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