The sun shone and the Members assembled. Not the headline of 30 and 31 of the previous two weeks but 23 made for a good size meeting . Birthday boy this week was Paul Booth and David Plumley’s renewal of membership means that he is in his fourteenth year.
It was to turn into something of the David Plumley show.
David Plumley’s first contribution was to deliver the Ed Slot. His theme was “changes to our business”, whether beneficial or not, need to be acknowledged and considered carefully.
Some changes are forced upon us, e.g. by changing regulations or the law. New technology can force changes and certain changes are brought about consciously by us and yet in all these circumstances we should weigh things up carefully and acknowledge the “law of unforeseen consequences”.
The 60 Second Round
Vincent Goode was the Oscar holder and was making the awards this week. He accordingly kicked off and waxed lyrical about the business cards he produces. They are not just any business cards; they are Speed Print cards.
Alan Moller embraced the spring and the sunny day by requesting referrals to landscape gardeners for the installation of lights as part of garden design.
Terry Maylin talked of successfully collecting debts for two clients for sums in and around £10,000 each.
Ben Golding announced that certain energy providers are putting their prices up. Apparently through the good offices of Utility Warehouse he can get people out of their current contracts where such price rises are taking place.
Simon Essex denied the rumour that he is changing his name to Archie. He is looking for graduates and people who are looking to recruit them.
Richard Reed once again emphasised that he does not charge for putting a package holiday together but he cannot deal with booking just flights alone on this basis.
Saj Sreedharan modestly indicated that his wife Stacey put together the flower arrangements and as it is their daughter Jasmine’s second birthday she presumably won’t be doing that today. Does this mean that their daughter Jasmine shares her birthday with Paul Booth!
Brian Painter was severely put to the test by a client this week who had a Mexican partner who had planted sensations on him, smacked of Voodoo. Symptoms included his brain getting hotter and then freezing, people turning blue at a certain distance and dreaming of being on the edge of a building about to jump. Four hours later our Pilgrim felt that he had cleared the problem but this was only on the basis that he had not heard back from him. The alternative is that the poor client’s brain has boiled over, frozen or he has jumped off the edge of a building. Maybe next week will reveal.
John Freeman has been taking a leek seriously, by attending a site and demonstrating that it was not his fault, but the fault of people stuffing various food products down the plughole, and then somebody trying to clear it with a sharp implement.
Pride of Place and the award of the Oscar went to Ashley Bermange. To the tune of “favourite things” he listed all of the things that he did. It was even more impressive because he sang it.
10-minute presentation by David Plumley
Most of us from time to time experience, if not ecstasy, sheer pleasure. David Plumley’s ten minutes consisted of a quiz….. whoopee, everyone thought. Well prepared as ever we all received little pieces of paper neatly prepared to enable us to answer several questions. They would be IT questions but surely that could not be too boring… well it was!!!
Howard won the quiz by getting at least 14 of the 17 answers correct. As the ringleader of the Naughty Corner, I did not have him down as geeky. Does his win show IT knowledge or was the fact that all questions were multi choice make the judicious use of a pin a potent method of answering? If you wish to answer that question in your comments it’s A for yes, B for no and C for don’t know.
I will not be at the next two meetings. I am off on my hols. It will remain to be seen whether this is an encouragement for good attendance or not!