I was honoured to stand in for my sister, Annie, last night at a Mother/Daughter function. My clever and beautiful niece is studying at Sydney University, and Annie is based in Hong Kong, so I was lucky enough to be invited to her college, Sancta Sophia. Afternoon tea in the Quadrangle, reminiscient of Oxford, a church service, then a formal dinner in the dining hall. The girls were resplendent in their academic gowns. Coffee and port in front of a roaring fire downstairs completed the evening. I just looked up "resplendent" to check the spelling, and the meaning is: "shining brilliantly, gleaming, splendid". These young women are certainly that.