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“It was the best of times, it was the worst of times …” It’s always good to attend EBF and enjoy the company of fellow members but it really was a miserable morning to set out in the dark for our weekly celebration of matters networking. Despite the feeling of gloom our members rose to the occasion. Various absences led to a 21 member attendance. Reasons to be cheerful: whilst custodian of the Oscar Vincent Goode had turned it from Oscar to Oscarina.
The Performance League
Terry Maylin has gone green. The colour coding for the league makes this the highest accolade from one week to another and he is well on course to winning the league with only a week to go.
This was amalgamated into the 10 minute presentation to accommodate Toby Acton’s instructional presentation on the presentation of the 60m Second Round. We accordingly very promptly had the business card box whizzing round and we were into the 60 Second Round before we knew it.
The 60 Second Round
Although he had gone to the trouble of dressing up the Oscar, the Mayor of Gants Hill had also composed a poem which might well have been a contender for the Oscar/Oscarina if he had not been the awarding member this week.
Kieran Peaty was a bit Eeyore in presentation; he seems to have had a boring week in trying to get jobs on site! Ah the trials and tribulations of an architect!
Saj Sreedharan told of the funeral directors from hell who had no cool storage for his delivery of flowers; heaven knows how they were able to deal with the bodies without reduced temperatures.
Nick Cooke does inspections not surveys and deals with sloping, sagging and falling down; for roofs, walls and chimney breasts. Match the adjectives to the nouns
Terry Maylin told how he was always alive to untrustworthy clients but the culmination of his 60 seconds was the production of a blue pig “..….. take your legal work to the blue pig. Your bills will not be that big”. This was his version, sticking it to Ben Golding who was next up and who retaliated with the Purple Piggy. This plethora of pork perked us all up.
Kevin Radford will be having the facility of an underwriter in his office. Something to do with Lexicon or was it Lego?
Richard Reed was boasting various good value offers all over the world that are protected. No “Thomas Cook like” bookings through him.
John Freeman produced a cylindrical object that he told us was a water softener. How many you would need in a domestic setting?…. heaven knows!
And so to our new section – “rant of the week”. This goes to Stuart Smallcombe, bemoaning the complicated market for mobile phones but after 56 second of rant he pointed out that if you came to him you would get personal service and all your worries would disappear.
Scott Griffiths produced the quote of the week “in two months’ time the 90’s will be 30 years old…” His client “the Piccadilly Whip” sounds like a throwback to this glorious time in our lives.
I mentioned last week that Paul Booth is available for engagements including bar mitzvahs
Brian Painter engaged him this week to help illustrate the extent of the services that he offers. For the removal of a fear of wasps Brian is the “Bees Knees…” Is that a “dad” joke?
Tina Walker was equally quotable “ she will “take away your pain” and has now adopted the tag line “one fee and that’s me”
Allan Moller this week has been involved with getting a granny annex ready. The only thing he didn’t do was get the granny in.
Not a bad 60 second round that produced an Oscar award to Mason Edwards for emphasising the importance to him of his staff turning up smart in uniforms. Well done Mason. You deserve the Oscarina.
10-minute Training Session by Toby Acton
Stepping in to the breach of Jill Willis’s absence through cold/flu, he produced a slide show that illustrated how we should structure our 60 second Presentation and even managed to do great impressions of various members. Highly entertaining.