Benedict and Blair
Tony Blair met the Pope yesterday and had a 'dynamic discussion' lasting nearly 40 minutes. The ceremonial of such visits is always impressive - but the presentation of gifts was rather unusual. Our Prime Minister gave the Holy Father silver cuff-links, books and a (budget-price) CD box set of Mozart's piano concertos, performed by Daniel Barenboim and the Berlin Philharmonic. From the BBC pictures, it was clear that this had just been picked up from a Roman store, because the security tag was still attached. I hope this doesn't set any Vatican alarms off!