By Brian Wheeler
At The Atrium restaurant, Westminster
VENUE: The Atrium restaurant - scene of many a Westminster drama, including Cherie Blair's "I'm not Superwoman" speech and Joanna Lumley's humbling of immigration minister Phil Woolas.
UKIP unveiled one of its campaign posters at its manifesto launch
It is in the same building as the offices of the BBC, ITV, Sky and many other broadcasters. UKIP hired a tiny side room for some reason, which rapidly became very hot and sweaty indeed.
VISUAL STYLE: Basic. Pre-Cameron Tory with a hint of punk rebellion. Their latest poster reads "Sod The Lot. Vote UKIP". Journalists all went home with "hilarious" T-shirts printed with slogans such as "Withdraw! Before it's too late!" and "I love it when you talk straight to me" printed on them.
ATMOSPHERE: Golf club AGM.
MUSIC: None. No films either - but at least we got coffee and croissants, unlike at Monday's Labour launch.
STAR TURN: Ex-leader Nigel Farage took over - as he tends to - but there was also the briefest of cameos from Caroline, Lady Pearson of Rannoch.
UKIP leader Lord Pearson on why they are backing some candidates from other parties
The wife of the party leader Lord Pearson, she is standing in Kensington and Chelsea in West London. She is not a political creature, her husband confesses. She even bans him from talking about Europe at dinner parties, he told me last week.
DO SAY: This lot are really going to shake up the old Lib-Lab-Con gang.
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