Halfway between Noumea and Brisbane last year, my wonderful crew Ian and Jochen brought out a bottle of fine wine to celebrate my 70th birthday in Tainui. 2 months later, when I mentioned this celebration back in Sydney, my pedantic sister Mary pointed out that I had the dates wrong – it was only my 69th!
Well this time, my new decade has arrived for real. In Moscow Maxine treated me to herself, to drinks at the Ritz, to La Boheme at the Bolshoi and then dinner at Pushkin restaurant. How lucky can a bloke be?