“Always remember the 5th November, gunpowder treason and plot”… you see, it’s the 5th November that most people remember either because they have an historical sense of the importance of why the Houses of Parliament should not have been destroyed, because you like fireworks or perhaps more importantly, love the taste of toffee apples. But who remembers the 4th November… apart from people who like burning other people’s bonfires down the night before!
Well…we do. In particular we all enjoyed our 4th November meeting when lots of strange things happened.
15 of us witnessed some strange and wondrous happenings;
It started with Adam Hotson receiving an apology for absence from Jim Henshaw at 4.30 in the morning.
It carried on…. a rather strange transfer of power. Out, hitherto esteemed Education and Development Officer Nige Kirby; in Higo Heij. Now Hugo can talk himself into and out of anything, as we have all come to appreciate. Today as no exception; he did not deliver an education slot, he introduced details of the 10 minute speakers at the outset and then sat down.
As my old granny would have said…”what will they think of next”…
Well, what they next thought about was the 60 second round. Richard Willis was awarding the Oscar and found a theme which frankly was all in his own imagination. In his own 60 seconds he advised against “crap” social media presence and tweet “shit”. It was all rather too technical for most of us. Hugo revealed the reason for his confused state of mind, they have just moved into new offices in Writtle. Chris Vernon enquired whether we have seen Watch Dog, when no one had he was stuck with explaining what had happened and that of course was going to take more than 60 seconds.
Dr Deb talked of making saving and spending and linked her Utility Warehouse business, that could produce savings for all of us with her vegan based luxury skin and hair products to help is spend. She delivered her 60 seconds in her usual exuberant enthusiastic way. She was altogether far too energetic for that time of the morning, particularly as she followed Christine who had walked around the room in her 60 seconds.
We were calmed down by Brian Painter who told of a man who could not wee after an experience behind a grave stone with the vicar’s wife. Twenty or so years this culminated in almost creating a flood in Stansted’s Departure Lounge. Maybe Richard Willis had a point about his perceived theme. For the Oscar however he opted for Chris Adams and the support he could give to all businesses with appropriate antivirus and backup support that would also help us spend money. Well done Chris.
More momentous and of importance to the group was the induction of our new member Laura Rudd who received her EBF equipment. At the same time as being inducted she also delivered her first 10 minute presentation. Despite protests of being nervous she gave a good 10 minute slot and prompted lots of questions. She has laid the foundations for her grand opening in November and we will all be there.
On a personal note, I was not in any way affronted by the disbelief expressed by almost everyone when I owned up to growing a moustache for Movember. I would almost go so far as to say that I noted a hint of disbelief. Oh ye of little faith! I am hoping by this time next week to have something that broadly resembles a slug under my nose. I expect at least a fiver from everyone at the end of the month for my chosen cancer charity.
I am now going to lock myself away and let me moustache grow. If Dr Deb has any suggestions for either the skin or the hair that will be underneath my nose next week please add them to the comments at the end of this Blog.