Last night we were waiting in the lobby for our daughter, when in walked Tony Blair with Cherie and entourage. She looked straight ahead. He responded to our greetings of 'Hi', with a lovely 'Hello'. Even reception was impressed.
The hotel is under new management and today the head of guest relations asked me if everything was in order. She apologized for all the nerves of yesterday, but apparently President Shimon Peres arrived in the afternoon, as well as the Mayor of Rome. Today, it's a famous Russian actress, and the Blair entourage are still here.
At Tel Aviv University last night, Mr. Blair received an award from the Dan David Foundation.
He is sharing this award between Africa and his former constituency in the North East of England. According to the wife of one of the other prize recipients, cosmologist Professor Paul Richards of Berkley in California, Mr. Blair will be giving half his award towards the purchase of DDT-impregnated nets for Africa, which will be distributed by churches, synagogues and mosques. This will go some way to eradicating malaria. The other half will be donated to minority and under-privileged children in his old constituency.
Meanwhile the wedding moves closer.