I am in Manchester for Ben Crystal's recording of Donne's Gunpowder Day sermon for November 5th, 1622.
I know that John Donne is here with us.
Yesterday, at the airport, when we were picking up luggage from the luggage carousel, I saw a bag go by on the conveyer belt with a wide red strap around it.
On the strap, in large white letters, was the name "John Dunne."
Suddenly, a hand reached out from the crowd and picked up the bag. The crowd closed around me again before I had a chance to see who had picked it up.
Nevertheless, a good omen, I think, for our work here.