Xmas Round Robin

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The Annual Xmas Round Robin

Well, what a year it’s been! We’ve all been so busy and no time for any of that keeping in touch malarkey so here’s the usual Round Robin you all look forward to receiving from us so much.

Dipping back to the end of 2014 it was fab fun to see in the New Year with Barack and Michelle and the kids at the White House with the flypast and everything and then to jet across to ‘Frisco with the rest of the gang in Air Force 1 to do it all again because of the time difference. Needless to say we were all a bit jetlagged catching our next flight to Honolulu for a well-earned couple of weeks on the beach and “her indoors” caught a few gnarly waves surfing for the first time in the competition (nice 18-carat trophy and $3000 (US) cash prize for the Macy’s sale too. Can’t be bad.
Blighted Blighty

Okay, so back in blighty (mid-Jan) and planning the exchange with our charity team in southern Africa ahead of the auction. Bit of a shock to get such a great donation from Bill and Melinda but all for a good cause and Steve J would’ve been so proud. But that was all down to junior’s efforts on his UN ambassadorial visit with the Dalai Lama the previous September. Not entirely sure how he found the time to take that trip, write “the” book and complete his joint honours (he *only* gone and got a first with distinctionz!

Meanwhile, child #2, who shall remain nameless (you know why people!) completed the ascent of Kilimanjaro and raised $13,546.23 for Mme Tussaud’s as well as organising the Everest base camp litter pick for the Easter weekend (which went well, the Coke cans alone weighed in at 14 tons (or should that be tonnes?) and paid for a new defibrillator for the orphanage in Laos.

After much deliberation, I finally accepted the joint consultancy role with Moscow and Nusa Penida and hope to have the R&D team up and running on the sustainable energy and water retrieval scheme by July of 2015, we should be able to irrigate at least 30,000 hectares annually while allowing the Wellington office to maintain its ethical stance on horsemeat. Thankfully.

Uncle “Tyler” passed away (#sadface). It was quite a shock as his halitosis had responded well to the surgery, but in the end it was the Epidermophyton floccosum that did for him in the end at the end.
Tripping out

We only squeezed in the two trips to “the holiday home that shall not be revealed” this year, but you know, sometimes I wonder why we don’t just make the Carib’n (shh) our permanent home. It was wonderful to catch up with Bob’s kids and to have a bit of a, ahem, jam with Zig and the band as always.

Before I forget, those of you from the old “club” will be well aware of the 150th anniversary that’s coming up so don’t forget to organise your ramekins (hint, hint) and make sure nobody lets on to Syd’s crowd until the night before. There’s so much more to tell you, but I’m running out of time (another flight to catch ahead of the 2016 “launch”, don’t tell Branson, by the way, you know what he’s like), so suffice to say, we’re all doing “ab fab”,everyfing is tickety boo and Xmas greets from all at “The Towers” (Heh, heh! One in the eye for Teresa)