The special remembrance service at Enniskillen with Thatcher in attendance in a mammoth security exercise

This chilly morning studying the papers and financial news with the aid of my Prestel Citi-service terminal before lunch of roast chicken and then transcribing the Hall/Saunders tape as Di ferries the children everywhere this afternoon The news today is of the special remembrance service at Enniskillen with Thatcher in attendance in a mammoth security exercise and Shevardnadze is still optimistic on an arms agreement with the US.

A little late to bed last night, catching up on my journal, but I had not managed to read the day’s financial papers. This morning, I stayed in bed for most of it and read yesterday’s Financial Times, The Investors Chronicle and then the today’s Observer. All this told me to be very careful with stock exchange investments and I do not know that the sages are any the wiser after this US budget agreement, which is a bit marginal. It was nearly lunchtime before I was showered and dressed and then I called up the Prestel Citiservice with my terminal and updated my personal and family portfolios of shares. I could then check both of the Prestel stockbrokers, Hoare Gareth and BZW, on their advice on them. I am disappointed at getting into Plessey and Bank of Scotland and do not think much of the BZW analysts opinion of these companies. Lunch of roast chicken, then, this afternoon, I started to transcribe the relevant parts of the second Hall/Saunders tape, whilst Di embarked on a bewildering series of ferrying jobs

, involving activities for Daniel, Debbie and Della! Daniel had to go over to his friend Gary in Cambridge and back, Debbie to her ballet practice and performance, and then Della to another birthday party. I joined in for just a short visit to St Neots priory centre to see Debbie perform. The parents were pleased, but I could only see Rosemary King’s display as part of her business. Adults are charged £1.50 a head and children 75p and I counted some 300+ people there. Excluding revenue from refreshments and drinks, that would gross about £400, less the cost of the hall. The display was well presented with a nice wardrobe, but the kids were a bit sparsely rehearsed and poorly coordinated. The rest of this afternoon and evening, I transcribed the rest of this latest tape, just finishing in time to print it out as well. I also had a visit from Mr Gunn, who came to borrow my video, so that they could record the forthcoming School Association event. The news today is of the special remembrance service at Enniskillen and Thatcher attended in a mammoth security exercise, to show the IRA that their actions were counterproductive. An alarming incident in Cornwall, as police shot dead a man threatening them with a shotgun before he fired. There is to be an enquiry into the incident. Shevardnadze is still optimistic on an arms agreement with the US. Today was quite chilly, but we have yet to get the frosts. I tended the ducks and doves twice on a day that had some weak sunshine as well as drizzle.