I have spent the last few days mugging up about world politics, and on lwhat's been going on in Kent. That's because I was down to do a (non-political) AnyQuestions in Margate with Clive Aslet, Richard Dannatt, and Rod Liddle. And you don't turn up to do AQ without trying to find out what's going on in the place you're visiting. It's partly because it would be insulting to the audience no to. It's partly because you dont want a question thrown at you that refers to a local issue you have never heard of. Try dealing with a discussion on A and E provision when you havent caught up with the fact that there are plans to close the local hospital.
Let me admit (to my shame) that I had never been to Margate before -- and that it is just unbelievably beautiful (if a trifle whiffy from the "ozone" at times). And the Turner Contemporary (where we were based) is a gallery to die for. We did our programme from a room with a bank of windows overlooking the sea, and I have to say that I have never discussed, or spoken, from a more amazingly scenic venue (Certainly intending to go back to Turner Contemporary. And I'll also be going to what looked like an excellent gallery shop?). The beach looked pretty good too.