25 years ago today Pan Am Flight 103 from London Heathrow to New York JFK broke up in mid-air after a bomb ripped a hole in it and crashed on the village of Lockerbie in Scotland. This anniversary has a special significance for me, because I was on that flight to New York exactly one week before and when the news of the bombing came through I had just returned to London from New York and was still suffering from jet lag. I think about the victims of this terrorist act, but also the New Yorkers who I got to know during that first visit to the city who have since died. The most important of them are Lamar Elmore the then head of Wines of Germany, and Louis Broman who was later head of Wines of Spain with whom I stayed. Both were generous, extremely intelligent and charming people. No image can adequately accompany these thoughts.
PS Regular stories will return to this blog very shortly. Several have been delayed because of the bout of influenza I’ve just had.