Like 5,000 other bankers and payments people, I left yesterday for an 11-hour flight in my case to Hong Kong:
As you can see, I flew Cathay Pacific sponsored by HSBC at Heathrow which, on landing in HK, switched to the Royal Bank of Scotland as sponsor no less! As the latter is owned by the UK government, you might have thought it would be the other way around. Time will tell.
Hong Kong is somewhere I've been to a few times now and it always makes me think of tower blocks. There are towers everywhere. Office towers, hotel towers and dwelling towers.
These towers are vibrant with humanity, life, business and commerce, which is why we all love Hong Kong even if it's usually shrouded in mist or monsoons (today is no exception):
Enough of all this though.
I'm here, along with 5,000 other banking souls, to soak up the debate, dialogue and insights of another SIBOS.
So, for those of you who are here, welcome; for those you who are not, apologies … I might just spend the week boring you with stories from Hong Kong.
Ah well … we'll see how it goes.