THE DIARIES OF PAUL K LYONS - 1991
In my last diary entry of 1991 I summarised the year: ‘All in all, a stable year of consolidation and some stagnation; a year that has readied me for risk and change in 1992 - the year of my fortieth birthday.’ It was a period of ‘near harmony with Barbara and Adam’, which included a wonderful week’s holiday in Malvern, and many fun times in Brighton during the summer. Of Adam I wrote, ‘he continues to be such a joy box, such good value, whether in creating fun about us, or whether taxing us with difficult questions. I have absolutely zero complaints with regard to Adam, I could not wish for a more wonderful son.’
FT Newsletters was opposed to my relocating to Brussels, but, after much negotiation, I managed to secure a deal whereby I was able to cover the costs of renting a small flat in Brussels and more regular stay-overs, through a business expense account. Having an address in Brussels was important for me - without it, I would not have been able to acquire a press pass for the EU institutions. I was able to negotiate the Brussels deal as a quid pro quo for agreeing to launch a new newsletter on East European energy issues. Also, I wrote a second book for the FT, to be published as ‘EC Energy Policies - A Critical Assessment’ in 1992.
Paul K Lyons (January 2016)