A Chance Meeting, as we say in Middle Earth


A chance meeting: Roger and Sara meet Shoghi Emerson, former Brussels assistant, on the Ponte Vecchio in Florence, June 11th

After the euro-elections, Sara and I decided to take a short break in Italy.  One evening we were walking amongst the crowds on the Ponte Vecchio in Florence, the old colonnaded bridge over the Arno, with shops along its length, when I caught sight of a face I knew in the crowd.  After a moment’s double-take, I realised it was Shoghi Emerson, who had served as my Brussels assistant for a year, leaving around a year ago to pursue his studies in Bologna.  He was making a short visit with his brother to Florence, and just happened to be on the bridge.  Looking fit and tanned, with a short beard, he could have been auditioning for a Hollywood movie.  But his ambitions are more modest: with luck, we may see him back in Brussels.  I hope so.
Tolkein’s “Chance Meeting” quote seemed entirely appropriate.

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