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We were 26 this week and we started at 7:24 AM
It was Simon Essex who delivered this week. His subject was keeping your brain healthy thus ensuring you maximise your memory. Top tips included a healthy diet, exercise, watch your blood pressure and exercise your brain by continuing to give it challenges. I regard the weekly preparation of this blog as been something of brain exercise so I will now carry on giving my brain a workout.
The 60 Second Round
Stuart Smallcombe won the Oscar last week and therefore was this week’s adjudicator . He also posed the question, “when is a phone system not a phone system?” And the answer was, when you don’t have a phone! Toby Acton was also Into epithets namely, “you don’t know what you don’t know”. His free service involving a questionnaire to businessmen is to try and help them know what they don’t know.
Sarah Steel won the Exotic Travel Location(‘ETL’) of the week. She went to Grimsby! When I lived there it used to be a fishing port. And you don’t get much more exotic than that. Matt Barry is likely to be next up for the ETL accolade as he is due his annual visit to Amsterdam. However John Hammond was away from the exotic location he has been in over the last few weeks but he is due back in Liverpool next week. Tina Walker was close to winning as she spoke to us this week from an hotel in Birchington which is near Margate. It was a close call but I think Grimsby just gets it. Still on the travel theme, Colin O’Connor has just come back from a trip to Wales where he went down a slate mine which exhibited all the signs of not having much in common with the current health and safety regulations.
Neil Bellham warned us that the Chile Republic product launch was just round the corner.
As someone who suffers from back problems I thought Vincent Goode was offering something of use to me. He spoke of square spine binding but this was not what I thought. It is how he binds short run pamphlets and booklets. He showed us some examples and it was interesting.
Terry Maylin warned of the hazards of trying to serve legal notices without the help of a trained lawyer, particularly with reference to landlord and tenant matters. It seemed particularly relevant given the recent attempts to serve Prince Andrew with court papers.
Kevin Radford aka the Bard of Hadleigh seems to have a worthy successor in Paul Dulieu who had penned a rhyme to advertise his services. He might now be ready and able to take on the Bard title. Hereinafter he will be referred to as the Bard of Brentwood. He would have won the Oscar for his offering had not Mrs Malyon intervened with an illustrated guide round her festive home kits which will enable you to make your own scones and Christmas puddings with all the appropriate decorations. She was forgiven for an early mention of Christmas and Stuart awarded her the Oscar.
Meeting Secretaries Report
Scott Griffiths did not have much to offer us this week but he can always be relied on for a good statistic. Referrals are currently running at the average value of £650 per referral.
10-minute presentation by Ben Ben Golding
This week Ben Golding, ably assisted by Joanna Lumley, very expertly extolled the virtues of Utility Warehouse. He is a performer and today’s was an excellent performance. Brian Painter accurately observed that we have previously had members who represented Utility Warehouse but he is head and shoulders above them in his enthusiasm, clear presentation and helpful availability.
Referrals & Testimonials
After a couple of weeks in the doldrums last week and this week showed that there is business out there and it is being referred.