A long month has ended. A busy but energising start to the year.
More than 80 hours of flying. 11 flights, 8 cities, 5 countries and 4 continents ... That's a lot, even for me!
I went to the US, China, Russia, Nigeria and Ghana. Working weeks away, but managed to disciplined and be home every weekend. Something I hope to maintain throughout the year.
The year started with Las Vegas and the CES show. A positive experience. A chance to meet many people in our industry and learn of their thoughts for the year ... most of which were positive.
Next off was China and a chance to progress new product projects which I hope will see the light of day in time for Christmas this year.
Russia was next. Its been a slow recovery after the crisis and this year offers lots of promise (and risk), so the trip was to discuss the aggressive year ahead. It was also celebrated by way of the senior team taking me out for a (belated) birthday dinner and marred by the terrible terrorist attack at the airport (which fell right in between my 3 day trip).
Last for the month was my whistle-stop tour of West Africa. Accra, Lagos and Abuja in 4 days.
The markets seem to be rebounding there after a, mostly, slow 2010, and we had a small prayer ceremony to inaugurate our new purpose built office building in Accra.
In Nigeria, I made my first trip to Abuja in nearly 20 years, and I was impressed with the city and its development, and with what a totally different place it is from Lagos.
With the family, life got back to "routine" after our excellent Christmas break. The kids went back to school and we all enjoyed the Dubai marathon day out together.
On the personal front, I only managed one round of golf at the beginning of the month, but plenty of football. Freeplay Energy finished the E-Sports indoor 5 a side tournament as champions and we started playing in the DuPlay league.
I continued my dietary discipline, and feel great - I am sure this helped my energy levels to be able to keep up my travels at this pace.
Last but not least, Arsenal had a great month. Reaching the final of the Carling Cup, passing 2 rounds of the FA Cup and keeping up the pressure in the Premiership.
Next month brings Shaan's birthday, a week of skiing and big conference in Dubai for our top Russian customers. Roll on February!