A relaxed style and a peppering of dry humour made John’s talk especially enjoyable. It was always bound to be interesting because we all know that he has an intimate knowledge of Romania, gleaned from numerous visits and inspired by a genuine love of the place.

Haunted forest glades, the shock of bears rummaging in suburban rubbish, the inscrutable road signs, empty petrol stations, ‘Will o’the Wisp’ alight, relics of Vlad the Impaler, colourful street art; were all to be seen in this travelogue with a difference.

John started with an apology, for his photographs. He meant that they were not exhibition quality. Thank goodness! The lifeless perfection that sometimes means would not have conveyed the truth, sparkle and colour these shots did.

A memorable evening.