Today is launch day. The BBC World Service has me on its website and I gave my first talk about Saving Darfur yesterday to journalism students at City University. That went well, I think. They had some good questions and laughed at the slide of me on a donkey. Last week they had been told that the art of being a foreign correspondent was dying. I told them there were still plenty of opportunities out there. This evening it’s off to Soas for a chat with the BBC’s Adam Mynott, a good friend from our shared Nairobi days.
I have mixed feelings. It won’t be long before I embark on yet another new post. The launch of Saving Darfur means my connection with Sudan – its wonderful people and rich history – is drawing to a close. The next few days will be fun, as I get to talk about my book. But there’ll be a tinge of sadness too.
For now though the biggest dilemma is what am I going to wear? The uniform of a foreign corr is generally jeans and a shirt. But sling on a jacket and you could end looking like Jeremy Clarkson. Not good. Hmmm