I hurt myself today

To see if I still feel

I focus on the pain

The only thing that’s real

The needle tears a hole

The old familiar sting

Try to kill it all away

But I remember everything

What have I become

My sweetest friend

Everyone I know goes away

In the end

And you could have it all

My empire of dirt

I will let you down

I will make you hurt

I wear this crown of thorns

Upon my liar’s chair

Full of broken thoughts

I cannot repair

Beneath the stains of time

The feelings disappear

You are someone else

I am still right here

What have I become

My sweetest friend

Everyone I know goes away

In the end

And you could have it all

My empire of dirt

I will let you down

I will make you hurt

If I could start again

A million miles away

I would keep myself

I would find a way

It was the last song Johnny Cash ever sang. He died just days after the recording of ‘Hurt’. Have there ever been a more naked, scarred and true voice than when Johnny did this song. I am not sure. You can hear the pain. You can hear his life, in this song. Magic.

Watch one of the best videos ever here; Johnny Cash: Hurt

Another evening flying above the clouds on new missions. There is no place I think better than in the air.

I guess it is the habit of having travel all around the world the lst twenty years or so. I really do feel comfortable in a plane. It has been my office in the air for many years now.

Today I participated in the second of three Swedish Customs & Trade Symposiums (Customs Day 2018), this time in Stockholm.

The event is an annual event organized in the three major cities of Sweden, namely; Gothenburg, Stockholm and Malmö.

In the Stockholm event today approximately 500 people participated.

I was invited to a panel (two speakers) to talk about ‘Global Customs Trends’, where I primarily talked about Brexit.

The event is co-organized by Swedish Customs, Stockholm Chamber of Commerce and the Swedish Confederation of Transport Enterprises.

Great event. The new CEO of the Stockholm Chamber of Commerce, Dr. Andreas Hatzigeorgieu opened the event with a great speech about the Chambers view on future trade.

Next stop Malmö – next week.

170 days to Brexit. On 20-21 November, only days after the extra EU Summit, we arrange a high-level non-profit Brexit Symposium in Soest, Germany.

We have a great lunch-to-lunch agenda with amazing speakers concentrating on practical preparations for Brexit regardless of scenario. You find the updated agenda below. Don’t miss it, still some places left. This is a unique one-time EU-UK event.

Direct link English: https://lnkd.in/g-hZ6ra

Direct link German: https://lnkd.in/gh2fhmr

What do you build? A bridge or a wall? There are different ways of meeting challenges. Either you can try to build a wall to shut out problems and challanges – or you can try to build bridges over to the other side.

For me the choice has always been easy. I build bridges, bridges to the future. I believe in cooperation. To build things together.

it is important to find new ways. If you build one wall, you will sooner or later have to build another. And another. If you build walls on all sides you will soon find yourself in a closed room without any doors leading out again.

We need bridges and we need to pass these bridges together.

What do you build?

Bristish companies are getting increasingly worried for Brexit and according to a new study the anxiety is now at an all-time-high.

Policians and negotiators are working hard to find a way forward. Government agencies, on both sides, are working hard to prepare.

172 days to go.

The Guardian writes today that British businesses are the most anxious they have been about Brexit since the 2016 referendum, with more bosses reining in hiring and investment plans, a study has found.

Gloom over Brexit has risen, too; 79% of CFOs say they expect the long-term business environment to be worse as a result of leaving the EU, up from 75% in the second quarter of 2018. This is the third consecutive quarterly rise, to the highest level since the referendum.

For me it is important to also look at the opportunities. A smart border solution would and should not only be about damage reduction, but also building the best border process in the world. This would actually over time prove to improve trade everywhere.

Source: The Guardian

You can read the article here: Brexit anxiety for businesses ‘at highest since referendum’