The official day began at eight-thirty with a working breakfast with the ‘enlarged Presidency’ (the President, two Vice-Presidents, the three Group Presidents and the Secretary General) to prepare the afternoon’s Bureau meeting and the following day’s plenary session. There were no big issues to discuss on this occasion and most problem issues had already been resolved. The (afternoon) Bureau meeting itself discussed several policy documents and finished promptly at six. Our President was happy and proud about this. In the good old bad old days, Bureau meetings could carry on until gone nine in the evening.