The event of the week for me was going to St Andrews to get an honorary degree in rather more glitzy company than, I suspect, I deserve to be mixing in. No false modesty here, let me assure you. The chief honorand was Hillary Clinton who gave the speech at the “awards ceremony”.
It was a rather special ceremony, in fact, as it was marking the 600th anniversary of the university. So, in addition to some Clinton good sense on world geo-politics, and safe cookers for the developing world (is it really the case that unsafe cookers and cooking fires kill more people every year than malaria?), there was plenty of tribute paid to the university itself and Scottish educational traditions.
But she was just the tip of the intellectual iceberg.