They tried to bring back the annual international online information meeting, but it just wasn’t the same. A couple of unknown academics from an equally unknown university were supposedly in charge. They didn’t seem to be coping very well.
I decided to take a place in the main hall for the opening keynote speech. The few audience members, none of whom I recognised, were scattered across the auditorium.
I took my place next to a group of women. When the speaker stepped up to the stage we were all surprised that this person was an Indian woman (as opposed to an Indian man).
Across the aisle a bunch of male delegates were talking and nodding in my direction. I overheard one say ‘Yes, that one. The one with the ginger hair. That’s her!’