Chairman’s Blog – Meeting Thursday 4th October 2012
26 in attendance including Adrian Crosdale, City Lighting Services Limited, (we’ve heard of him!) and Gabby Timms from Time 107.5 fm. Nick Cooke was standing in for David Plumley who is away on holiday and as if to celebrate sporting the only outlandish shirt of the day. Not the “dazzling man about town puce” of Kevin Brooks, but the “loud lumberjack check” which normally inspires me to do DIY.
The Education Slot was delivered by Paul Booth who with particular reference to Power Groups urged responses to e-mails where attendance or non-attendance was being sought. It is perhaps worth pointing up the importance of responding to such round robin e-mails even if the answer is negative.
The 60 second round had its moments. Graham Thurston had his hands clasped firmly behind his back, but we have another member of the hands in pockets club, Claire Greenslade who was seen during the delivery of her 60 seconds surreptitiously pushing her hands out of sight. I suppose it is taking advantage of a time when she is wearing trousers. I think this is turning into a form of “coming out”, Jamie Nye already having done so. Please keep your eyes peeled for closet hand in pocket members.
Nick Morgan, as well as judging the Oscar award, produced more illustrations. His claim to being a “Classic Morgan” was slightly tarnished with an illustration of Fozzy’s Big Bash. Nick Cooke was disturbed in the middle of his late breakfast to deliver his 60 seconds. I noticed his plate contained baked beans, tomatoes and egg. Suddenly I realised the reason for the lumberjack shirt!! Any spillage would go totally unnoticed.
Kim Douglas, fresh from the Finance Group Seminar on Wednesday, was much louder and much longer in her delivery. Geoff Todd struggled for his strap line on his mobile phone, but had to settle for his cherry picker. Let’s try and help him. The resident bard from RMK referred to Toddy’s Terrific Topiary. Can anyone think of anything more suitable to describe either Geoff’s product or anybody else’s products.
In the absence of Brian Painter reminders of flatulence and other matters intestinal apparently were being overlooked until Kevin Radford regaled us with the letter “S” and all things that rhymed with Pooh. It left with me with an uneasy feeling that there was some connection between words beginning with the letter “S” and Pooh. What is even more disturbing is that Nick Morgan had the audacity to award him the Oscar for such lavatorial references – I am not bitter!
By the way, the egg was so firm that I was concerned that my digestive juices would not adequately deal with it. I limited myself to 2 spoonfuls…!!!
It was Jamie Nye’s 10 minute slot and he presented it very successfully, your challenge next time you do a 10 minutes Jamie is to combine it with breakfast – well done.
The referrals round was very productive. £27,900.00 worth of business passed.
Finally one thought about the function of the bell man in the 60 second round. We had the able John Probert standing in for the missing Mike Rogers. It is Mike Rogers view that the bell ringing is an art rather than a science; more to be delivered with Salvador Dali like panache rather than Isaac Newton like precision. Would anyone care to comment upon this rather esoteric and philosophical issue.
As always in anticipation of next week……..