A tradition has grown at the Committee whereby on the Wednesday evenings of our plenary sessions ‘cultural evenings’ are organised. These provide food and refreshment but are primarily windows to illustrate the culture of a particular country or region. This evening the country was Italy, the country of our current President, Mario Sepi. Through the generosity of a number of Italian companies and organisations we were treated to a sumptuous feast and a wide array of examples of Italian culture, from antiquity through to modern times. As part of my official duties (honest) I posed with some examples of Italian fashion garments. The clothes, as you can see, were magnificent.