Flying should indeed be challenging – but also fun.

My wife and I are very much looking forward to joining the great national celebration of the modern nation of Canada, established 150 years ago.

Needless to say, I really could not be more pleased to be joining what appears to be a great many old friends to celebrate the Soil Association's seventieth anniversary, and as your Patron to have this chance to offer my warmest congratulations...

Your stories are brimming with ideas, and fizzing with energy, and hopefully encouraging others, who are listening today, to follow your example. 

...one of the many outstanding attributes of the Atlantic Salmon Trust is its uncanny ability to sense well in advance the key issues which need to be tackled and it has established an outstanding track record in relation to the practical, management-orientated research that they have commissioned or supported over the past five decades.

If we are to face the anxieties of our age with equanimity, we need disinterested enquiry, serious scholarship and a spirit of rigorous and humane partnership. 

It was my conviction then, as it still remains, that art and literature are utterly essential to understanding what it means to be human.

Mesdames et Messieurs, Ladies and Gentlemen, let us never forget – N’oublions jamais.

In my case, I fear I have many more interests than talents – which is why I feel so greatly honoured to be given such an award in the city of the Strozzis and the Medicis, the home of the Renaissance. 

I cannot tell you how deeply touched and grateful I am to receive from Your Excellency the Order of the Star of Romania