I agree. George Aligiah is one of my favourite broadcasters. Unfortunately, I'm unable to go to his talk tonight. However, I'm told that at yesterday lunchtime though there were still some tickets available for the festival's opening event so it should be possible to grab a last minute ticket to hear him.
John Sergeant sells out well in advance in 2009 [*], George Aligiah still has unsold tickets the day before. I wonder why ... ah yes, George Aligiah was not in Strictly Come Dancing. That'll be it ... or the recession ... or something.