This evening, with the day’s session safely out of the way, I happily joined the UK members of the European Economic and Social Committee in a central Brussels restaurant. I had received a kind invitation to join them to celebrate the 70th birthday of David Sears (Employers’ Group, United Kingdom). The EESC does not, in a formal sense, have ‘national delegations’, but it obviously does have loose groupings of members from the same Member State. With great efficiency and diplomacy, David acts as the coordinator for the 24 UK members, liaising both with them all and between them and the British permanent representation. As the picture shows, a good time was had by one and all, but I have my doubts about that first digit. Seventy? It is difficult to believe. (Thanks to Brenda for the photograph.)