Describing the opportunity MacCormack emphasises the astonishing nature of it all:
Just suppose your Brilliant Pal said…”would you mind awfully if we travelled first class by sea to New York, and then sailed from Los Angeles to San Francisco, Canada, Hawaii and on to Japan? And then, from Japan to Siberia, through Russia [Trans-Siberian Express] to Moscow [for May Day Parade], Poland, East and West Germany, just in time for tea at the George V Hotel in Paris? Followed by a relaxing holiday in Rome, just to chill out?”
And then, just suppose, when you thought all the fun had finished, your Brilliant Pal said: “Would you mind being a
dog [Diamond], coming back to New York on an even better ship, eating caviar every day and joining another band, then another band, helping out on a few albums [six], and generally hanging out and having the time of your life for a couple more years?
Supposing all that happened…Wouldn’t it be fantastic to have kept a photo or two?