A couple of days after the show and the dust begins to settle. On Monday night the Level 3 students were given a final farewell by the department with drinks in the Dolche Vita. They've had a roller coaster three years as the last cohort on the old degree to go through - but they'll leave us all with memories of some fantastic times. It's a tough job market they're moving into, but I think they're ready.
We're beginning to understand what the birthday celebration meant. Gary phoned to tell us that over 4,000 people had come through Ham house during the day. Emails and cards of congratulations have been flooding in and it seems everybody had a great time. The sad thing is that not only is it over so quickly, but within 48 hours all the students have left Uni. It's been quite a steep comedown for us all.
I can't help thinking back to a cold morning in Cantabria last December when Jennie, Zoe, Hannah and Charlotte, working with Spiral, were given an hour to come up with the shape of their perfect celebration to present back to the larger group. It's amazing how the seed of that initial, back of an envelope, brainstorm, planted back in Winter, took root in Spring and grew into a spectacular event remarkably similar to that seemingly impossible dream.
Four students, four hundred years, four thousand people...