I am sure it is very bad for one to get treated like royalty, so it is probably a very good thing that in my case it is only going to last a week! Blog regulars may recall that back in May I heard that I had been awarded the Princess of Asturias prize in Social Sciences for 2016. Well here I am in Oviedo to receive the award, and trying damn hard not to let the wonderful reception go to my head -- and really enjoying what I am seeing of, to me, a new part of Spain, and meeting people interested in humanities in all kinds of different ways.
It's a very big occasion in Asturias, and I am being followed round by cameras and interested jounalists -- and am even stopped in the street by people who just want to say congratulations -- and absolutely everything is done for me, from opening the car door to carrying my bag. I guess it's what a few people on the planet have every day, but for me it is a curious and pleasant temporary novelty. This is my view from the stage at the University of Oviedo, where this morning I did a Q and A about Classics and other things. (Thanks all for the tremendous welcome.)