I decided that this Asian dry-run was quite sufficient for me, I wasn’t prepared to move there more permanently despite a valuable package being offered. Jane came down and joined me for a few days holiday after the show before I headed back. When I discussed it with her it was evident that grandchildren were in her thinking and she didn’t want to be in Singapore when that was about to happen, so the idea was dead in the water – literally.
Almost my last night there, I got a call at around 11pm while lying in bed, it was the UK Managing Director of Blenheim, David Pegler, who kindly explained that when I had finished in Malaysia there was nothing currently for me to do back in London. Presumably it was his clumsy way of trying to get me to take the Asian role, I just bid him goodnight. He had always been a bit odd towards me, for example he would call Event Director away-days and did not invite me saying that I already knew what he was going to present (I was a know-all?). I was certainly older than the others but would have happily played my role, I concluded that he was more embarrassed by his own lack of experience.