As I’ve noted before, we sure know how to treat our guests and Julian Assange had a very special one today – a trip to Woolwich Crown Court.
His heart must have soared after getting up at 3am to travel to the Belmarsh Prison complex in all its industrial glory.
And it was certainly worth it. The hearing lasted for, ooh, 10 minutes. One of the other reporters got it down as just over 12. Well, time does seem to pass more slowly here.
Undeterred, the world’s media took up every one of the 100 tickets on offer for seats in the court or a temporary building, connected via video link, outside.
Veterans of Woolwich terror cases will know being sent to the court is like being offered a cruise on the Titanic. It’s always going to end in tears and a cold bath.
True to form, those of us in the annexe were treated to court announcements over a Tannoy at full blast while the volume on the video link was set at “whispering asthmatic mouse”.
And that is not to mention the security arrangements and impressive queues which left a couple of dozen people still queuing outside while the hearing took place.
Did I say that one of the BBC reporters stood up when the judge came in – even though he was in the annexe where no-one can see?
His suitably respectful actions were met with a gale of laughter. It was a shame for him that he was sitting at the front.
Still, the silver lining is we are all back here again on February 7 for the full two-day hearing.
There will be few surprises as Assange’s QC, the inimitable Geoffrey Robertson, released his skeleton argument after the hearing.
It is on his website here.