It must be something in the air.
The weekend before last was the bi activist gathering; last weekend was the twice-yearly queer left gathering. This time it was in Manchester - and where last time it had been the dayglo surroundings of the Lib Dem party HQ press room, this time it was one of the swish new hotels that have popped up near Piccadilly station.
There was some overlap with the previous weekend's bisexual activist - talking about diversity work, the left-right coalition government's action plan on LGBT equality, and suchlike. There was welcome praise for my inky press efforts here just as there was there!
It's a lot more fun being in government than in opposition: the things you get to talk about are much more likely to lead to real change.
It's also lovely to be able to sit back and let the new generation of officers lead the discussion and planning, and just interject when you're feeling wise or motivated on a topic. Having been Chair, I now know quite how much work doing that role in the organisation takes; it probably makes me a lot more tolerant of this one than I was of the ones who came before me!