THE DIARIES OF PAUL K LYONS - 1994
Daily life continued to be dominated by the demands of my small business, producing the subscription newsletter EC Inform-Energy and writing/producing a management report on EU energy policy. Once a month, I travelled by Eurostar to Brussels (often catching up on my diary during the journey), where I stayed for a few days in a small rented flat, and raced around the EU institutions, collecting papers, interviewing officials, attending press conferences, etc.
Barbara and I continued our efforts to sell the Brighton house, though buyer after buyer pulled out after finding some problem or other. Adam was settled and doing well at Emmanuel Primary School; towards the end of the year I volunteered to devise, fund and produce a Souvenir Programme for the school’s 150th anniversary in 1995. It looked increasingly likely that Barbara would move her RHS place of work from London to Wisley, and so this gave some focus to our thinking about the future - the idea being that we would both move to the Guildford-Godalming area of Surrey.
During the year, I received another batch of my estranged father’s papers from Gail, his widow, in New York City, and this prompted me to write her a rather reflective letter which I included in the diary. I dusted off my children’s stage play called ‘King Top-of-the-World’ (which had only been entered into a competition to date), and duly sent it off to various theatre companies, but without any result. Also, for the first time, I wrote a short story with Adam. We called it ‘Trapped’, and published it in an edition of five copies, giving a couple to friends.
The three of us - Barbara, Adam and I - took two holidays: a week in August at a National Trust property near Fowey, Cornwall; and a few days at an energy conference in Budapest - where I loved the steam baths.
Paul K Lyons (December 2016)