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Charles Christian's Australia trip – thank you darlings, I was fabulous

Time for a thank you note to everyone one I met, talked at and/or stared at glassy-eyed from jet-lag during my trip last week to Australia (well at least to Sydney & Melbourne). Like the Terminator, I will be back – and I will be increasing the Insider's coverage of APAC news, including an Australia/New Zealand (& hopefully wider) version of the Insider 250 chart.

First off a very big thanks to the board & management of DocsCorp for inviting me over in the first place to speak at their user conferences in Sydney & Melbourne, with particular thanks to David Woolstencroft and Kerry Carroll, as well as my minders Anna Pham and Karina Rodrigues, for their hospitality, organisational skills – and a tub of Vegemite

Next, thank you to Lucas Garlepp & Lisa Oldfield of Elite for the reception on Tuesday, to Mike Kohlsdorf of Aderant for breakfast on Wednesday, to Althea Ward of DLA Philips Fox for the wine & hospitality in Melbourne on Wednesday, to Derek Giles of Swerdlove for the comedy club trip, to Miles Ashcroft of Freehills for organising the ILTA reception on the Thursday evening, to Marin Sardelic and Stephen Butler of RedRain for dinner on Thursday (they do shut early in Sydney don't they) to Lisa Macdonald and Graham Payne of LexisNexis for the lunch on Friday, and to Linda Bretherton of Aderant for Friday night's party (and for not letting me fall in Sydney harbour).

Thanks also to Chrissy Burns of Blake Dawson, Roxana Jarolimek of Clayton Utz, Peter Campbell of Sparke Helmore and Gerard Neiditsch & his team at Mallesons Stephen Jaques for your time.

And, along with the vendors and consultancies already mentioned, I'd also like to thank the following for your time and hospitality (and yet more tubs of Vegemite): Anthony Bleasdale of LexisNexis, Robert Fraser of Trinogy Systems, James Hoare & Robyn Williams of MacroView, Brian Armstrong of APS, Andrea Foot of APS Billback, Brian Smith & Paul Houghton of CaseFlow, Howard Hutchins of Speech Recognition Australia, Garry Russell of PursuIT, Jenny Katrivesis & George Katrivesis of Chilli Marketing, Justin North of Janders Dean and David Blumentals of CRM4Legal. (And a special thanks also to Mel O'Tonin.)

The view from reception at Blake Dawson

Charles Christian, surrounded by his minders Anna & Karina (has this turned into a Russian novel) and some of the team at DocsCorp including Kerry Carroll (right) and David Woolstencroft (who seems a lot shorter than I remember) and Shaun Locke.