In the absence of any drinking water I reluctantly put some coins in the tea machine. Nothing happens.
I look round at a security guard.
'Do you know anything about the tea machine, please?'
'It's out of order. There's a lot of money in there.'
'Could someone put up a sign saying out of order?'
'Every time we do that, one of you lot rips it down.'
The solicitor arrives. I explain about my friend. A mental health nurse is found in the bowels of the building. She interviews my friend and writes a report.
On the floor behind the tea machine I spot a laminated 'out of order' sign, complete with a lump of Blu-Tack, so I stick it on the front.
None of the above is meant to detract from the appalling seriousness of today's Supreme Court case, VB and others v Westminster Magistrates' Court, or from the genuine welcome, openness and courtesy to be found everywhere in the Supreme Court, where a child can sleep with his head on his mother's shoulder in the public seats even though allegations of torture and genocide in Rwanda lie at the heart of this dreadful matter.
'We do acknowledge that what we're asking for is without precedent in extradition law,' says counsel.
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|Photo of sky reflected on Supreme Court café table