Big brother Andrew, and Sally, arrived today. First time they've been out to visit us in Asia. In fact, first time they've been on a long-haul flight. Here for a fortnight. Should be fun. But work meant that I didn't actually see them today.
My evening was spent with a delegation from the V&A: curators, press officers and half a dozen journalists from Harper's Bazaar, Observer, Metro, Country Life, Apollo and Die Welt. They're here on a fact-finding visit in advance of a major exhibition, Masterpieces of Chinese Painting 700-1900, which will be at the V&A this autumn.
We had dinner near the Forbidden City and were joined by a young, jet-setting guy called Taro Gold who'd made the acquaintance of the V&A's Head of Publicity. The sort of person who just isn't like the rest of us. From a wealthy family, brought up in myriad countries, starred in musicals, wrote best-selling books on love & enlightenment, founded a couple of IT start-ups in California and sold them for a fortune, became a pop star in Japan etc. Where do you live now? "Oh, San Diego, Paris, Tokyo... but actually I'm thinking of living in London." It's another world.