sue           After last month’s introduction to Scottish whisky from Wullie MacMorland, our holiday in Egypt and organising Mike Carn’s reception at the Ambassador’s Residence, I was looking forward to a respite before writing the Chairman’s Corner this month.

It was not to be. Sue Bennion’s husband rang me last week with the news that Sue was in hospital. She had not been feeling well for a while, and needed some tests done. This was followed early this week by the devastating news that she has inoperable cancer of the liver and pancreas.

I know that all our thoughts and prayers will be with both of them at this time, and they are taking it one day at a time. For those who know Sue and Peter personally, do send them supportive notes. Sue prefers not to receive visitors at the hospital at the moment, and she has nowhere to put flowers except behind her head! Notes and cards are her preferred method of communications, and Peter is there with her every day.

At our lunch next Friday we will be addressed by Sir Christopher Greenwood. Judge Greenwood is the British representative at the ICJ, and I am looking forward to hearing from him about the organisation and what it is like to be one of the judges. Please let myself or Allan know if you will attend.

There are still a couple of places available for the 7th May evening reception; please let me know if you plan to attend. Invites will be sent to registered guests at the end of the month.

And of course it is St George’s Day next week. No special actions, although English patriotic dress is welcomed to celebrate our patron saint day.