I can't believe that 15 years have already passed since we were throwing our hats up in the air after that final recital of Jerusalem in the college chapel. Since then so may things have happened. I did my after A level studies in France and then went to work in the city as a shipbroker and I am still doing it 13 years on and absolutely loving it.
During that time I have spent a good part of my time in London, a couple of years in Hong Kong and for the past six years have been in Paris. I also married a French girl (called France funnily enough) in 2001 and now have two little boys called Julian (two and a half) and James (9 months). It is now time for me to move on again as I will take up a new position in Shanghai and will be leaving during the first week in May which unfortunately means that I will not be able to join you for a few pints in the St James' in June. A shame because I would have liked to catch up with all those who could have made it.
I will of course count on you to pass on my best regard to all attendees that remember me and if you or any of the others happen to be in Shanghai then do not hesitate to drop me an email.