David and Jacqueline visit Rome

The Master of Balliol held another of his Seminars in Rome just after Whitsun, which was a perfect excuse to enjoy dolce far niente and to see Philip again. We also wandered around the town centre enjoying not really being tourists. The Seminar in the beautiful Villa Spada was very interesting, with the topical subject of “Brexit” and the relationship between the British and the Irish in this context. The former Prime Minister of Italy, Giuliano Amato, gave a very engaging speech on why he in particular felt that Britain should “remain”. The consensus among the fairly intellectual group present agreed with him after considerable deliberation of the pros and cons