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PH at NSIF 2Among a whole series of very enjoyable speaking engagements in recent weeks I found myself at St Andrew Church in Holborn last week as MC for a Christmas concert organised by the Nicholls Spinal Injury Foundation, which benefited from a super choir called Walton Voices.

One of my tasks was to introduce the various readers who included some of the famous patrons of the charity. One such was Lord (Jeffrey) Archer who gave a highly entertaining rendition of The Twelve Days of Christmas by John Julius Norwich.

Taking the chance for a quick chat with him afterwards I told the best-selling author that whenever I am engaged to conduct an auction (usually for charity) someone usually reminds me that the absolute master of the craft is Jeffrey Archer…and I know this to be true. No doubt seeking to make me feel better about my inferior skills he said “It does help if you are a Lord…and if you’re rich yourself”

Two perfect excuses for being the underdog, then!