Friends have already been to their children’s graduation. They have warned me of over-priced gowns, sweltering queues, the overburdening of taxi services and restaurants on the festal day.
I’m glad to see that Pascoe’s graduation will be on the verdant and expansive UEA campus. One of my own graduations was in the SunderIand Empire – a theatre famed for its tough audience where many comics have “died”. Luckily my task on that day was to avoid being a laughing stock rather than the reverse.
And Pascoe’s graduation is at a reasonable time in the morning so we don’t need to drive over the night before. I look at the forecast. Another scorcher – we’ll take a picnic and eat it next to one of the Henry Moores, reclining on the green lawn rather than joining the scrum for a pub lunch. Then there is to be a civilised drinks reception in a marquee where Pascoe will collect the - ahem – George Duncan Memorial Prize for outstanding achievement. Sounds idyllic. What could possibly go wrong?
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