Lord Bates is away from the office at the moment. He has begun a 2,000-mile walk from Mount Olympus in Greece to London in order to highlight the campaign for an Olympic Truce during London 2012. As regular readers will know, this is something to which he is strongly committed. His trip is self-financed and he set off from an Athens youth hostel last Friday.
He says he would prefer Britain to “compete in peace rather than in medals” by becoming the first host of the modern Games to take the truce seriously. He wants the creation of “humanitarian windows” in conflict zones such as Afghanistan.
His progress can be tracked on www.walkfortruce.org The site also has more details of his campaign.