Spring in Los Angeles means a lot of things, hiking in runyon canyon, just north west of hollywood, where you can let the dogs run free and have the whole county at your feet. Eating, drinking, chatting, rehearsing and more outdoors, the wonderful climate here is truly perfect. And it also meant a time to connect with fellow cantabrigians at a pot luck party at the lovely home of Glen Shadrake in Venice Beach. Complete with a grand piano, a russian singer pianist, and then some of us singing and playing along as well, lots of great food and wine, and even a remarkable reconnection with a dear chum from who I had not seen since we treaded the boards as undergraduates a couple of decades ago(!!), Linda Slade, actress and producer from London, now in LA too! All in a fun friendly evening. Syabas to Prem Sundaram0 ( for making it all happen.