Began this morning taking part in an interview on England and Englishness with Michael Kenny of ippr, for a very interesting project they are doing on English cultural and political identities. This evening, had to scarper home sharpish after catching most of a very interesting Friedrich Ebert Stiftung event involving two of continent's the best social democratic thinkers - Erhard Eppler and David Marquand - to commune with that greatest of all English institutions, the FA Cup, hosting a Merseyside derby no less.
But unfortunately not on that greatest of British institutions, the BBC.
Did the Football Association know what it was doing when it sold the rights to an ITV/Setanta consortium, after the sterling service done recently (and especially during last year's roller-coaster tournament) by the BBC, in its partnership with Sky?
Tts a bit predictably Fabian to assume the BBC does these things better than its commercial cousin.
But the fact is that it does. And ITV should be sick as a parrot about its amateurish performance so far.
They got a lot of flak for their terrible highlights coverage of the 3rd round Saturday - where they gave about 2 minutes to Nottingham Forest's victory at Manchester City, so as to make space for extended highlights of a nil-nil draw between Hull and Newcastle.
With first pick of the games in this round, they passed up the Liverpool-Everton game the first time around, to show what turned out to be a reserve fixture between Spurs and Manchester United, in Alex Ferguson's continuing efforts to undermine our great footballing traditions.
But they surpassed themselves tonight, when accidentally cutting to an advertising break and so missing the winning goal at the end of extra time. Never has the case for having the Radio 5 commentary on been better made, though ITV cut back in time to see some celebrating players.
Most amusing was the wording of one of those non-apology apologies - "sorry, if you missed the goal due to technical difficulties". Well, it was a bit difficult not to if you weren't going to show it.
Still, its the winning that counts. This corner of next left - having grown-up in the north-west - has lost its scouse accent, but remains blue, not red, when it comes to football. No complacency or gloating here (but rather a particularly heartfelt word of condolence to our new Fabian chair Sadiq Khan MP, a Liverpudlian like so many of his Tooting constituents), but the winner of the Everton-Villa tie in the next round must have a great chance of getting to Wembley.
Perhaps ITV could keep its eye on the ball too.