Not Crete related. But I had the pleasure of meeting Chrisopher Somerville 18 months or so ago when he came to our town library as part of the Essex book fair initiative promoting his book of the Coast TV series & gave a talk of his favourite areas of the Essex coast, having lived in the area for a time. A very nice man & a thoroughly pleasant evening.
I'm in my mid 40's and my partner Julie is a few years younger but I would say we were the youngest there by some distance. He started his Essex route in the south at Canvey Island. Mmmm, a strange choice methinks, until he explains it relates to the poetic elements of songs by one of his (& my) favourite bands. He then proceeded to play a nice loud CD of a Dr Feelgood number and the looks on some of the more senior members & vast majority of the audience was quite hilarious. I think they thought the whole talk was to be like this. I wouldn't have complained but he did revert to a gentler style for the rest of the lecture.