This week is "Great Britain Week" in Kunming, with the British Embassy organising various exhibitions, food and drink tasting, trade fairs, lectures and other events to promote Britain and British brands. I was one of 50 or so foreigners invited to the Opening Reception at a rather swanky hotel in Kunming. The event was outside, lit by burning incense pots and accompanied by a live quartet [see photo above]. There was a buffet around the outside with various "British" dishes, such as lamb chops, fish and chips, beef curry, baked potatoes, shepherd's pie, etc. And on display in the car park were various British luxury cars (Rolls Royce, Jaguar, Land Rover, Aston Martin, etc).
I was there representing Robert's School, along with Robert and his wife, and I did my bit to look British with a Union Jack tie! The opening speech from the British Consul-General (and my former boss when I was working with VSO!), Tina Redshaw, ended with a list of quality British companies already working in Kunming. She mentioned Rolls Royce, Crowne Plaza Hotels, British Airways, Aston Martin, etc, but the first company on her list was... Robert's School! Something of a compliment, for sure.
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