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A new month, a new year and a new positive approach from all of our members.
19 members and 3 guests sat down to our usual high quality breakfast and then kicked off what was a typically good humoured and positive meeting.
David Plumley was manfully managing his man flu and against all the odds delivered an effective Ed Slot emphasising the importance of acting promptly on all referrals received.
If you are busy and do not feel able to deal with the matter immediately, do not let that get in the way of making an initial contact as soon as you can when you will at least have an opportunity of discussing time scales. This, in itself, might be a worthwhile New Year’s Resolution for all of us and indeed New Year’s resolutions were the theme for the 60 second round.
The 60 Second Round
Tina Walker was first up but in true Theresa May fashion was beset by a coughing fit and sat down.
Richard Reed’s resolution was not 100% clear but I think he just felt he must strive to be more diligent. This is something we can all aspire to.
The first real amusement came when whimsical Alan Shaw told of his first job of the new year when he got locked in some premises that he was inspecting for Kevin Brooks. He seemed to have been in fear of spending considerable time in the premises but somebody did release him. If part of your comments to this Blog could include whether you, if you had seen him in this restricted situation, would have taken pity and let him and let him out……. on further thought, perhaps no comments are needed.
Kevin Brooks had more serious things on his mind, his New Years resolution is not to go to barbers in Upminster. He felt the haircut that he was sporting was slightly too severe. Beware of Turks bearing scissors!!
And so the second member of the School of Whimsy, aka Nick Cooke, arose and produced what he described as an old bifold that reminded him of his services and had been used for advertising just that many years ago. Everybody but me was too polite to point out that it was, in fact, a trifold, but Christmas and New Year celebrations can often create illusions.
Mike Rogers immediately broke his resolution not to rant.. but it was in a good cause. Those people on standard variable rates should really convert to a fixed rate which are much lower. Lost for words, Brian Painter who rose to his feet majestically remained majestically silent as he tried to operate that part of his brain that deals with thought and speech. He rediscovered himself however to recite his 2 most recent phobic clients one with the craving for chocolate and somebody who is apparently a habitual liar. We all wondered how he would know?
John Freeman declared he was looking for any small jobs from fixing of toilet seats upwards. It was Ellen Beckenham who is about to commence her first full year of trading and produced a clear straightforward 60 seconds which won her the Oscar.
This weeks statistics and points of note
Questions & Answers Session
In Matt Barry’s absence we had a Q&A session. This is always very useful for when we have visitors and it could best be described as “interesting and informative”.
We are hopeful that our visitors will convert to members of at least some of them. I am hopeful that we will have a good turnout for next week.