If you've watched/listened to the news today, it won't have escaped your notice that the Indian prime minister is in town. And if you tried to get through the Westminster area, you'd have been sent off in all sorts of odd directions; all roads closed all day. This surprised my colleague and me; we needed to get to the building in the middle to retrieve our visitor, the guy delivering a training course to our colleagues, and take him to lunch. There wasn't nearly as much fuss when the Chinese premier came last month. But it was so wonderful how quiet the whole area was without traffic.
I gather there were protesters up on Whitehall, but we couldn't get up that far; on the way back, we did see the small welcoming committee, with their lovely crocheted banner, chatting away to the police on a warm, sunny afternoon.