Today I watched as my daughter was admitted to membership of the Royal College of Physicians of London. It took me back 35 years to when I was admitted. It was a great pleasure to see her welcomed in by the President, Carol Black. 44 years ago when I first met Carol she was Lady President of the Union among the students at Bristol University. She was a final year student, in English I think, but having met the medics she changed courses and started again as a medical student. I have followed her career. She became a Professor of Medicine at the Royal Free Medical School and one of the leading experts in the world on scleroderma. She is only the second woman to become President of the College.
Also today my eldest son was awarded a fellowship to support a sabbatical year in the States later this year. I'm not sure where he will go, but it means I will have an excuse to spend some time in America this year.