An email arrives:
I've immensely enjoyed the coverage of the LHC startup. I used to work at CERN, but escaped in 1995. I thought you might be amused by this email I received from an old friend who works at the coalface of one of the LHC detectors:
nice to hear from you. How are the kids?
We've been very busy but now we are pretty much ready. Today it's chaos, indeed. The control room is full of people I never saw, probably trying to be interviewed, in their best cloths. So I escaped.
**** Name withheld*****"