It's raining in Auckland. Dear God. I seem to recall it always rains when we come to Auckland. No wonder the people have a beaten look about them, a look of disappointment. It's as though they expected better.
Well, such is life. We all have our crosses to bear but we all have to make the best of things.
"You're so positive, darling," said Camilla.
"There's no sense in complaining, is there," I said.
I met the Prime Minister and a small fellow whose name I didn't catch. I gather he leads the Opposition party.
She seemed quite nice.
Andrew's television interview. Good God. What was he thinking? As always with the Prince of Pies and Teenage Thighs, he wasn't thinking.
We were served tea and biscuits, and watched it in our room.
"He didn't just say that," said Camilla. "Tell me he didn't just say Epstein's behaviour was 'unbecoming'."
"He has one foot in the grave," I remarked, "and another in his mouth."
We watched the rest of it in silence.
"Well," she said, when it was finally over.
"Well, well, well."
I picked up a biscuit and stared at it. It was hard and round, like a flat disc. I said, "What do they call this?"
"I believe it's called an Anzac Biscuit. You dunk it."
It was quite nice.
"Well," he said.
"Well," I said.
I left a silence, and wondered whether he might fill it with tears, or an apology, or to beg me to go easy on him.
He said, "What's the weather like?"
"Yes, I heard you were in Auckland."
I left another silence.
"Sorry," he said.
I remembered Barry Humphries once wrote that the English have 25 different words for sorry and they don't mean any one of them.
"Well," I said.
"I don't know what I was thinking."
"No, I'm sure you don't."
"What do you think should happen now?"
I outlined the course of action. He listened in silence, and when I finished, he said, "That's a bit harsh."
"Sorry," I said.
To Christchurch. It's not raining. In fact the weather is wonderful, and there's a very warm feeling on our walkabout. People always want to connect and the tragedy of March 15 forms part of that need.
We relaxed afterwards with tea and biscuits.
"That was nice today," Camilla said.
"You were very good."
"So were you. You always are."
"Well," I said. "The thing is that I really like the whole thing. The walkabouts, the little chats, the look on people's faces when you stop and give them a bit of time. It gives them something, I think. It's what we do, isn't it? It's good."
"It is good," she said.
I thought of Andrew skulking in darkness for the rest of his days.
Camilla held up a biscuit. It was round and large, like a dark snowball. She said, "Do you know what this one's called?"
"Mallow Puff," she said.
What a name. How I roared!
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