There was a spectacular end to the inaugural Hay Festival held in Trivandrum, Kerala in India last night.
The festival, which is sponsored by the Daily Telegraph, finished with a concert given by Bob Geldof.
For his final song, Geldof was joined onstage for a joint rendition of A Hole in Fill by Sting who was, unknown to many in the audience, sitting watching the show.
The festival, which the Daily Telegraph sponsor, was attended by Simon Schama, William Dalrymple, Vikram Seth and Sebastian Faulks and has attracted more than 3,000 visitors in the last three days.
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What a month October has been for me. In Newcastle Sting joked with me "haven't you got a home to go to?" I have, and I've even spent the bulk of the time at work, but I have been out of the office with whirlwind trips around the UK and now to see Sting in Florence. This was going to be my grand tour (or was that 2007-8?) where I turn into Renaissance man, and learn all those "things they would not teach me of in college?" Time to soak up culture on a scale of unbelievable beauty, awe inspiring artwork and a glass or two of Chianti. Even the odd shower of rain, couldn't dampen my spirits. Did I mention Pizza? I am reliably informed that some fans were lucky enough to see Sting having a quick Pizza opposite the Teatro, before the sound check, whilst I was still admiring Renaissance artwork.
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