Having posted a cheeky item on Gazprom two weeks ago, it was off to Russsia for the Drews, including a visit to a little place near St Petersburg where the new Nordstream pipeline will enter the Baltic on its westward mission to feed Europe's gas habit.
Couldn't find it at first, but then I spotted the signpost.
Gives you a reassuring feeling, doesn't it ?
Unhappily I was just a little too early to join in the 75th birthday celebrations for Rem Vyakhirev, the cheery old apparatchik who was running Gazprom when I was in Moscow in the '90s. For most Russians the big celebration is at 60, before the booze catches up with them. I have shared a few *ahem* toasts with Rem Ivanovich and the lads in my time and congratulations are in order on his reaching this landmark !