It was time for farewells again, this lunchtime. Erika Reniers, a truly excellent official, was sent off in style by her many friends and colleagues. Retirement is a completely inappropriate term, since Erika is a very fit and active lady, but rules are rules and, sadly, go she must. I said a few heartfelt words. On these occasions I am always happy for the person who is heading off to pastures new. But I am also sad for the institution. Colleagues like Erika are gold dust and our administration will glitter a little less now that she has gone.