Friday, March 31, 2017

Packed diary

Culture Secretary Karen Bradley may not (yet or ever) have the showbiz personality of some predecessors, but she's certainly putting in some graft. Her first list of ministerial meetings, for the three months October to December runs to 52. Early on was a meeting with Jeremy Darroch of BSkyB (and dinner with Sky News at the Conservative Party Conference).  For the BBC, one-to-ones were granted to James Harding, Director of News, and No 1 Arts Hack Will Gompertz; and there was a general discussion with unnamed Beeboids.

No lack of energy on the entertainment front either, though no hard rock concerts (cf John Whittingdale). Family support for Manchester City brought four tickets for Manchester City v Southampton, and two tickets plus the role of Man City mascot for the away game at Leicester. Four seats were taken at Chelsea v Everton, England v Scotland, and in other codes, the rugby league and union clashes between England and Australia; the American Football match between the Cincinnati Bengals and the Washington Redskins; and the ATP finals.

Talk Talk provided three seats for the XFactor final, while the BBC stumped up four seats for the final of Strictly Come Dancing, the Sports Personality of the Year and three seats for a Dr Who screening. In the wider world of performance, there were four seats for School of Rock and two for Akram Khan's take on Giselle. For the visual arts, one ticket to Beyond Caravaggio, and from the world of pure imagination, an unspecified number of tickets and tokens for Winter Wonderland in Hyde Park.

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