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It was dark, it was damp and four of us arrived before 6.a.m. Those four sad characters were then joined by a further 18 members. 22 sat down to breakfast and so the meeting commenced. Apologies for absence largely focused around people on holiday. Ben Golding gets the prize for being on holiday in Florida when Hurricane Michael struck. We hope to see him in a couple of weeks’ time.
Rupert Miles’ theme was to create a trap (for yourself) by making a public commitment to do things that you are finding hard to get to and thereby ensure that you get those things done. This suggestion was linked to “Linked In” and spreading the word through our “Linked In” contacts. For me, with Linked In, I get defeated by the password but it was food for thought.
The 60 Second Round
Having been stimulated somewhat by Rupert we kicked off.
Marcelle Saad illustrated her services by explaining how she dealt with the contents of a bag of jewellery brought in by a couple. Cleaning, polishing, valuing, replacing, remodelling and finally selling off old gold not required.
Anna Marie illustrated her expertise with a poem and framed photographs for family that seemed ideally designed for grandparent presents at Christmas.
Richard Reed was commendably brief, because he is going away and does not need any immediate referrals. Described by one members (who shall remain anonymous) as perhaps his best 60 seconds.
The word of the meeting was “droppage”. Introduced by Nick Cooke who considers that it has many meanings and certainly different meaning to different people. In his case the droppage was to a floor that ceased to be supported by a steel beam.
Idle and irreverent suggestions and other examples of droppage looked to be taking us down an avenue that was perhaps unnecessary but it was soon over, after all 60 seconds is 60 seconds.
Kevin Radford told us the unusual and interesting fact that celebrities often have to pay more for their insurance…..because they are celebrities. This was a 60 second that gave some of us pleasure at least.
His Worship the Mayor of Gants Hill is into self-publishing. This is not an exercise in ego expansion. He will simply publish peoples books who haven’t got a publisher. Maybe we should think of an “EBF Annual”.
Ellen Beckenham went all socialist on us or rather she was illustrating how asbestos knows no social barriers; it affects the poor and rich alike. She was certainly bucking the trend, “It’s the same the whole world over it’s the poor what gets the blame, it’s the rich wot gets the pleasure…”
In the absence of Howard Bullock, Stuart Smallcombe took the role of lead “Naughty Cornerer”. He did however extol the virtues of telephone recording, he explained this is not as expensive as it used to be.
Jill Willis offered up an email advertising plan to expand the return that we get from our existing clients.
Alan Moller continued in almost Lou Bega style describing the girls all over the world that he worked for. There is Judy, Val, and Vera and the most recent one is Anne…..? I am looking forward to find out who next week’s dusky maiden with electrical problems will be.
As for the Oscar, Matt Barry was awarding; David Plumley was receiving. His 60 seconds amounted to an extended metaphor about a house and the protection it might get at its doors and at its windows and the quality of the guards that protect it. For the 4/5 bedroomed house read a computer and I think you know where this went.
10-minute presentation by Scott Griffiths
Scott Griffiths went decidedly low Tech
A quiz of 20 questions that were dealt with by members holding up a piece of paper with an arrow on it. Either up or down depending upon whether the statement that he gave was either greater or lesser. Maybe it was just because it was paper and low Tech but the successful members tended to be those who are almost IT blind.
Warning for next week – in the absence of Scott Griffiths David Plumley and myself the Naughty Corner have taken over. Stuart, Dean and Paul will be the direct stand-ins and Howard Bullock has been nominated to do the Ed Slot. I would strongly recommend everyone possible turns up to see what it is like when the lunatics take over the asylum.