I have spent the last few days in China. The stock market has collapsed over the past year by 70 per cent as GDP growth has slowed from 10 per cent to 7 per cent. But the optimism amongst Chinese business people has not diminished and they remain confident that they can continue to generate wealth at a spectacular rate in the coming years.
Friday before last I was invited, along with a group of Leeds Commonwealth Games medallists, by The Lord Mayor and all at the City Council to a reception at the Civic Hall. There were eight athletes, and we raised a toast to the city's resounding success, which I believe it was claimed stood us in a very healthy position in the medal table by the end.
It's official - Scotland is having a fashion moment. Harvey Nichols has just celebrated its 10th anniversary, Hayley Scanlan was name Scottish Young Designer of the Year 2012, and today, fashion designer extraordinaire, Karl Lagerfeld, brings CHANEL's Métiers d'Art 2012/13 show to the capital city, Edinburgh.
Recently I was invited to Shanghai to speak about the transformational design of businesses at Radical Design Week - Shanghai.
David Beckham has announced that the upcoming MLS final on December 1 will be his last game for LA Galaxy, as he seeks one last challenge. With a career that has seen him enjoy spells at Manchester United, Real Madrid, Milan and - er - Preston North End, where will be next for the former England captain?