The clocks might have gone back but there was no apparent brightness in the sky when we all turned up. It was also the Halloween Special. Scott Griffiths and Paul Booth set up a projection on one of the walls showing unpleasant creatures emerging and the venue itself was suitably decked out. Unfortunately half term accounted for several absences. But 20 people sat down to breakfast. David Plumley has not recovered from his trip to Chile, I hope you are feeling better soon David.
The Performance League
All relevant documentation was safety stored on Scott Griffiths desk.
Whilst it was safe it was unavailable.
With David Plumley being absent we did not have a designated Ed Slot.
However this gave Matt Barry the opportunity of showcasing the Brentwood Business Showcase, which was an effective use of the Ed Slot.
The 60 Second Round
Mason Edwards was the Oscar adjudicator and so was first with the 60 second Halloween themed offerings. Horror for cleaners tends to involve lavatories and bathrooms and Mason’s offering was no exception.
Mike Rogers was back and in full flow about Mr & Mrs Pumpkin and their daughter Helen Pumpkin. He organised a mortgage for them that didn’t involve all three of them being on the title deeds to the property…something new that has come in recently. If Mike Rogers was making a welcome return so was Marcelle Saad who is back from her holiday in South Africa, and now having to do catch up with the work that has been left during her month long sojourn.
Kieran Peaty informed us how he gets involved with tender information I do not know whether that means “sensitive” information, probably not.
Toby Acton acronymised Halloween.
Brian Painter attended a 28 year old wife whose 28 year old husband came home late and was in intimate discussion with her mother aged 48. This ménage a trois, was it real or imagined? Our Pilgrim is sorting it out.
Ford Asprey was probably the most ghoulish, talking of people in the construction industry cutting off thumbs with saws. One of the individuals he was working with many years ago self-amputated and finished up being called (I didn’t quite pick it up, but let’s say Thumbelina!!).
Terry Maylin woke up in a cold sweat this week because a client referred to him had not had the benefit of proper advice and his claim could have included interest at 8.75% and compensation…but it didn’t.
Ben Golding had the unfortunate experience some time ago of being eyed up to occupy a cage that had formerly be used by prospective punters much beloved dog… he only just escaped…with his little Piggy.
Matt Barry’s horror was mixing up 15 languages in leaflets for his clients and Scott illustrated characters known as BURT. Apparently Google can now look both forwards and backwards when they analyse messages. It should have been ERNIE. Examining (W)Riting Never Involves Educated guesses.
Tina Walker is going trick or treating today, although the trick will be serving the summons that she has been asked to do.
I am not quite sure how the Halloween theme applied but Howard Bullock went into the wrong flat in Leigh on Sea and found himself with two women. It was unclear as to whether he tried to sell them a pension or not.
Saj Sreedharan donned a mask, declared himself to be Dracula and played music from his mobile phone. He is looking for hotel managers but what for was not explained.
Mason Edwards finished up trying to decide between Vincent Goode and Jill Willis. Vincent adopted a Scottish accent and had a microphone for the scary bits and Jill Willis used her mobile ‘phone to good effect to illustrate the importance of being focused when you spend your marketing budget. He settled for Jill but congratulations to both for excellent presentations.
This weeks statistics and points of note
- 20 Members Present
- 19 referrals
- £8,750.00 worth of business recorded
- Oscar Winner Jill Willis
10-minute presentation by Richard Reed
It was Richard Reeds turn and for the sake of new members he traced through his working history as well as explaining how he puts together packages that were ATOL protected at no extra cost to us punters. Richard has helped many of us with holiday plans, so let’s see if we can go out and get him some positive referrals.