Hurray for my favourite author Hilary Mantel, who I met on the plane between Stockholm and London last night, and who today becomes a dame, after writing some of the most insightful books, such as Wolf Hall http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wolf_Hall and Bringing up the Bodies http://www.theguardian.com/stage/2014/may/18/wolf-hall-bring-up-the-bodies-review-mantel-aldwych-theatre . Probing into the the corruptive forces of absolute power, but also human tenderness, love given and love lost, now officially becomes a Dame, saluted for her literary work. http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/11395098/Prince-Charles-tells-Hilary-Mantel-he-is-a-fan-of-Wolf-Hall-as-he-makes-her-a-Dame.html
So bumped into her, and told her how much I enjoy her writing, after I had moderated Spelplanen http://www.spelplanen.nu/ and she had made interviews with Swedish media http://www.dn.se/dnbok/hilary-mantel-jag-har-alltid-misstrott-den-officiella-historien/
Her hubby took the picture. They are both supersweet and humble people IRL.
Am also enjoying the BBC TV series enormously. http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/p02gfy02
Lessons to be learned for today? Centralised power stinks big time. Look at Putin. Look at federalistic ideas for the EU. For humans to be our best- this goes for all of us- we need a balance of powers, vocalized opposition and a flow of ideas.