Flew to Copenhagen from Gatwick with Elaine and Louise on Wednesday, 30 January, to speak at a series of events. The really big day was February 1st, originally because it was Elaine’s birthday and because I was to do three major speeches in that one day. The news that my father, Tim, had died that morning was kept from me until after I had done the last speech.
The first event was organised by the Confederation of Danish Industry, the second by the High Level Advisory Board (with the audience including some 30 CEOs and the Crown Princess) and the third, out at UN City, a much larger event for the UN Global Compact. Though I say it myself, all three went very well indeed.
After discussion with the family back in Little Rissington, we decided to stay on in Copenhagen to complete my work visits on Monday. That night we had dinner with Louise and her son Noah, at Krogs, an extraordinary fish restaurant. And toasted Tim’s memory alongside Elaine’s birthday.
While we were visiting the glorious Design Museum, where we were blown away by many things, including their unbelievable exhibition of chairs, I heard from Chris Sveen, CSO at UBQ Materials, where I’m on the Advisory Board. We were invited to meet him and Glenn Frommer, who I think I last saw in Hong Kong, to dinner at Veve – a truly ravishing vegetarian restaurant. During the course – or perhaps I should say many courses – of the evening Glenn and I discovered a shared interest in SF bands, including The Grateful Dead.