I am on a transatlantic flight the day after the London 2012 Paralympics closing ceremony. I pass athletes from Brazil in the departures lounge, and a wheelchair athlete for Team USA is boarding my flight just ahead of me. It has been a wonderful summer of watching the Olympics and Paralympics, and no-one wants it to be over.
On the plane I am going to watch "The Hunger Games" which I have just read, and "Game of Thrones" which I can resist no longer because now it is not just my family but all my colleagues who are raving about it.
For the first time ever I am flying long haul with just carry-on luggage. It has demanded great discipline in the packing. This is not at all the usual ICIS way, which requires an extensive wardrobe and a variety of shoes, a heavy laptop plus accoutrements, for ICIS training a projector, and for conferences a batch of ICB magazines which otherwise might get stuck at customs and miss the conference.