Driving the dictator
Another classic trip from 20 years of TG mag: delivering Admiral General Aladeen to a big telly interview.
Posted: 28 Oct 2013
Halfway to the embassy, Derren gets a call. The Korean stunt is off: Sacha’s plane has been delayed. We’re told to head to his Piccadilly hotel and await instructions. We make a U-turn – no mean feat in a car measuring 20 feet from nose to tail – and head back to the centre of town, straight into London’s worst traffic of the year. Her Maj is opening Parliament today, so the whole of Westminster has been shut down, reducing the rest of the city to a crawl. As we inch down Park Lane, scooters and cyclists buzz around the Prombron and I keep expecting to hear a dull thud followed by a deal of screaming.