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Friday, 26 January, 2001, 09:44 GMT
Davos diary, day two
Barbed wire barricade in Davos
Barbed wire fences are protecting Davos
The World Economic Forum in Davos is the meeting place for the movers and shakers of the globalised economy. Writing exclusively for BBC News Online, Vernon Ellis, the international chairman of management consultancy Accenture, reports his daily Davos experience.

Day 2: Thursday, 25 January

Thursday is my favourite day at Davos - a time to recharge batteries and meet old friends.

Not everyone has arrived yet, so the atmosphere is less hectic.

And there are always really interesting sessions outside the main business, economic and social agenda.

Today was no exception, but first there were journalists to talk to.

The debate on the digital divide is already engaging the media here. I shall be taking part in a session on this next Monday, so was asked to give several interviews during the day.

But nothing could prepare me for what happened live on BBC World television.

Crashing snow

I was literally in full flood when a huge sheet of melting snow crashed onto the balcony behind me.

Somehow I managed to keep going, helped by the professionalism of the interviewer and camera crew. But I have a sneaking feeling that clip will come back to haunt me!

Thankfully, a highlight of my day came immediately afterwards - two wonderful hours in the company of Ben Zander, the conductor.

He illustrated through a master class with a young string quartet how we can all reach for and attain unlimited possibilities.

The entire audience's faces glowed with pleasure, inspired to put into our own lives what he had demonstrated so powerfully.

Dinner and debate

Ben was one of a diverse group of clients and friends who came to a dinner we hosted that evening.

There was much to reflect on from the themes of the day. We ended with a deep and animated debate about European Union expansion.

It was a particularly rich discussion given the presence of a Polish and a Turkish business leader, a leading Dutch economist and the head of a European think tank. This is a vital subject, both for Europe and the applicant countries, and it we will continue to discuss at Davos and beyond.

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