When first I boarded the plane in London, Dubai bound, I had no idea what a marathon this trip would turn into. I think the boss knew as he gave me a frequent flyer card wallet when we met in Hong Kong for lunch shortly before Christmas.
Day 1- 3 Dubai – watching the 24 hour endurance race was excellent fun
Day 4-5 Hong Kong
I then left to Hong Kong with the CEO of PCG Entertainment – we travelled together, except Nick’s bag got checked in all the way to Beijing…so when we de-planed in Hong Kong, no bags for Nick. Poor man.
Anyway we started our visit to Hong Kong with a late night meeting with the lads to discuss the tactics for the meting the following morning.
We met and had an interesting meeting – friends of Henry Chung – I had to leave after lunch to go and meet our auditors and accountants and our interim finance function based out of Money Swap. I also caught up with Pete Charlton, the Regional Managing Partner of Clifford Chance. Nice man and so bloody tall !! Clever too.
Having collected my visa the Monday night I was then able to tarvel on the Tuesday…..
Arrived in Beijing…then I had my i-Pad stolen by the Cabbie…welcome to Beijing…
Its been an awful long time since I blogged..three years indeed. I have been one heck of a lot in that period…so the books I am writing will be interesting :
1 Divorce and relationships
2 Creating businesses from scratch
3 Prospecting for business
4 Due diligence for dummies
5 Business relationship management for dummies
That will do for starters…crumbs it’s rather a lot really.
I have learnt so much in the last three years and continue to learn at pace.
More to come…….
The working population cannot pay enough tax or generate enough taxes to pay the pensions of the ageing population. Take the survey and help us decide what to advise George Osborne what else he should do. He showed political leadership – shame the Labour party cannot grow up and help dig us out of the mess they helped create.
Be interested in your views.
ian’s programme tonight talked about the concept of the wealthy giving 10% of their post tax income to chairty – and if they dont set a policy to tax them the difference ?
For those of you keeping up to date with matters : the Bank of England today announced a rate drop to 0.5%. Well I am not convinced this is going to work as :
- the credit crisis is due to banks freezing on lending and nothing to do with rates
- the quantative easing is just going to allow the Government to borrow more and put us all further at risk
- the credit easing needed is about investor confidence and baks recognising if they don’t lend soon, no-one will do business with them other than to have checking accounts
We need to create some new instiutions with private money and help conmpanies survive as without the liquidity we will get to melt down sooner than we think.
Attached is the clip from CNBC Europe yesterday