I’ve been too busy to post every day since arriving into the UK on Monday night so here is a summary of a great 6 days in the Olympic city.
Day 1 – Tuesday. Started with a 7 hour breakfast with the world famous Thomas and Penny Power. Fabulous time catching up and solving the world. Then off to a cocktail party with Virgin Galactic. Busy first day.
Day 2 – Wednesday. Off to the Farnborough airshow as a guest of the world famous Sir Richard Branson. It was awesome to see the (replica) spacecraft that I will be going into space in. Richard announced some new space/satellite initiatives which had a swarm of press in a frenzy over. It was absolute hoot to meet some other “Future Astronauts” (FAs) like me. Around 120 of us FAs there + partners.
The airshow was a sight with a low flying A380 which was busting some moves over head. I’ve been on the A380 10 times and never knew it could move like the late Michael Jackson! Unbelievable. The other jets where impressive but the star of the show was definitely the Virgin Galactic spaceship.
Then off to a legendary Virgin party that night. Got to spend some time with Richard & caught up with his mum again which was cool. Mrs Branson told me her book is finished called – “Mums the word”. Full of juicy details she said.
Day 3 – Thursday. Wee bit seedy after a BIG night at the Virgin party. Off on a bus trip to get a behind the scenes tour of the Olympics. It was fascinating to hear how the area where many of the games will be held (Stratford) had very little infracture 7 years ago. Today is has the largest shopping centre in Europe, new accomodation and 5 new sporting stadiums.
Our tour guide said that a train every 14 seconds will be arriving at Stratford International train station bringing spectators to the games. Also met with the world famous Giles Brennand who is interesting in taking our business to Hong Kong later in the year.
Day 4 – Friday. The world famous Colin Dunn & I did some market research and met with a bunch of Accountants and would be licensees of ours all day. Great to know that our business is directly transferable to the UK – just need to find the right people.
The world famous Nat Nixon started her 3 day “how to be a great speaker” course with the equally world famous Joanna Martin today. We’re starting a charity next year, which Nat will head up, so she is learning some new skills.
Day 5 – Saturday. I flew up north to see my awesome (and world famous in Northumberland) Grandfather. He is 91 and we all reckon he has at least another 9 years in him yet. Still as whitty as ever. Great to see him and his wife of 24 years – my step grandmother (who too is world famous in Northumberland) – Nancy.
Day 6 – Sunday. Did very little. Nat was at her course all day (I did pop in and say Hi to the group and tell a quick story) so I was on my own. Had a very long breakfast, went shopping, had a massage at Harrods (that was cool) and then went to Hyde park for a walk. Off to dinner tonight at a swish restaurant with Nat. Looking forward to hearing all about the course.
Off back to Australia tomorrow. Nat is staying on for the Olympics. We have a friend competing. The very talented (and who actually is world famous) Natalie Cook. It’s Nat’s 5th Olympics in a row (Beach volleyball) which makes Australian Olympic history. She’s won gold before – time to do it again!