I take a mug because the rooms generally have cardboard cups, and some herb tea bags. And, because I’m coming by car, my own pillow. York pillows have been worn down by generations of students with heads full of heavy learning. If this long hot summer has finally ended, some of the lecture rooms at York can get very cold, so various layers of clothing. And chocolate. Rumours that I will look vaguely smart for the gala dinner are exaggerated. I can make the smartest clothes look scruffy.