This is just about as impactful, engaging and immersive as a pop-up installation can get.
Driving blips, thinned chips, and putting yips aside, though, what a couple of days it has been. The hospitality of Dubai Duty Free is on such a level that you not only feel treated and privileged but also humbled.
I predicted he would shoot the lights out the next day. And he did, an errant drive on the front nine flying into the car park and smashing the headlamp of a Lamborghini.
It doesn’t do wonders for your golfing confidence when you see your coach hurriedly put up a ‘Closed’ sign on the door and hide behind a golf bag when you pull up into the car park outside.
I know the Irish founded the duty free industry but I didn’t realise they a) still populated it in such quantity and b) all had my phone number.
Is this the most productive airport retail space in the world by sales per square metre?
By the time my first coffee kicked in, I had big stories on the boil from the USA (14 hours behind) and Brazil (11 hours), and news in from New Zealand (four hours ahead). All I need is a store opening from Kiritimati and I could (almost) report on yesterday, today and tomorrow simultaneously.
So, Zàijiàn Shanghai, annyeong-ha-seyo Busan. Another Trinity Forum done. Time for a moment to be, as it were, free of duty.
“Can you swap out the decaff for Ristretto (Nespresso’s short, strong version) please?” Give me strength. I need it.
Khun Vichai was a man not simply of great achievement but one of compassion, grace and humility. He gave then gave again to all manner of causes, big and small.
Here was PMI CEO André Calantzopoulos cast in an almost messianic role, treating an audience of influencers, journalists, business partners and company executives to a catwalk-style reveal of the new IQOS product lines. Versace, Dior, Chanel, Apple, eat your hearts out.
Lost in Translation? The story of my life. As Irving Berlin said, “I got lost but look what I found.”
Those who work with me know that a) I am a fan of the Mr. Men series and characters (created by English author Roger Hargreaves) and b) that I am capable of adopting several of their personas.