Event Organisers Update March 2017 ISSUE 150

NAMED AND SHAMED The number of hotels amongst businesses named by the government as paying employees less than the national minimum or living wage rate …

MURDERER FROM PREMIER INN A former receptionist at Premier Inn, Cardiff has been jailed for life with a minimum term of 23 years for the murder of a former girlfriend …

WEASEL WORDS Relatives of the 38 British tourists killed in the June 2015 terrorist massacre in Sousse Tunisia have claimed that Tui, the parent company of travel agent …

BAD NAME CHOICES Following our piece in last month’s issue about Liverpool streets, such as Penny Lane, named after slave traders, a row has broken out over a building …

TO CURRY FAVOUR Those who admire our pillar of political integrity and judgement, Speaker John Bercow, might well spot him at his favourite curry house, Madhu’s at…

TACKY THEN The five-star Mandarin Oriental Hotel, Knightsbridge, formerly the Hyde Park Hotel is “as tacky as a plastic Christmas tree in a spray tan salon”…

A MAN FOR ALL SEASONS Boasting one of the most impressive cast lists in cinema history A Man For All Seasons, the 1966 film of the final years of Sir Thomas More …

NAMED AND SHAMED

The number of hotels amongst businesses named by the government as paying employees less than the national minimum or living wage rate has risen from 4 out of 197 in August last year to 14 out of 359 this February.

This equates to nearly double the percentage caught, with the amount underpaid by the hotels rising from £10,533 last August to £87,334 this February. In August last year the hotels named, with the underpayment and the number of workers involved were: Continue reading

MURDERER FROM PREMIER INN

A former receptionist at Premier Inn, Cardiff has been jailed for life with a minimum term of 23 years for the murder of a former girlfriend and her current boyfriend.

Andrew Saunders, 21, stabbed to death Zoe Morgan, 21, and Lee Simmonds, 33 , last September in a premeditated killing that featured Saunders researching sick internet sites and threatening the couple.

The Attorney General’s Office is currently considering whether the sentence was unduly lenient.

WEASEL WORDS

Relatives of the 38 British tourists killed in the June 2015 terrorist massacre in Sousse Tunisia have claimed that Tui, the parent company of travel agent Thompson instructed its sales staff to play down the risk of terrorist attacks in the country, despite warnings from the Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO).

A coroner has obtained an internal Tui document that was published two days after the Bardo museum massacre in March 2015, when 22 European tourists were shot, which instructed Tui staff to tell customers “Tunisia remains a popular destination for us and customers are enjoying their holidays as normal”.

Three months after Tui’s reassuring words 38 more tourists were shot in Tunisia.

BAD NAME CHOICES

Following our piece in last month’s issue about Liverpool streets, such as Penny Lane, named after slave traders, a row has broken out over a building in another UK seafaring city famous for its slave traders.

Colston Hall, a music and event venue in Bristol was named after Edward Colston, deputy governor of the Royal African Company which got very rich indeed from 1672 to 1698 transporting around 100,000 captured Africans to plantations in America and the West Indies, with thousands dying and being dumped in the sea. Colston, who also has half a dozen streets, pubs, three schools and student flats named after him, as well as a stained glass window dedicated to him in Bristol Cathedral latterly made lots of friends in Bristol with generous philanthropy. His bronze statue in the city centre has a plaque describing the slaver as “virtuous” and “wise”. Continue reading

TO CURRY FAVOUR

Those who admire our pillar of political integrity and judgement, Speaker John Bercow, might well spot him at his favourite curry house, Madhu’s at the Sheraton Skyline hotel, Heathrow Airport.

Bercow opened Madhu’s in 2014, and four weeks later accepted a £5,000 donation from them to his 2015 re-election fund.

Now some unkind Westminster types are saying that the arrangement is a bit smelly, and not specifically in the vindaloo sense.

As if…

TACKY THEN

The five-star Mandarin Oriental Hotel, Knightsbridge, formerly the Hyde Park Hotel is “as tacky as a plastic Christmas tree in a spray tan salon”.

This is the view of Daily Mail TV critic Christopher Stevens, who gave a one star out of five panning to C4 documentary “A Very British Hotel”, claiming that the title was a hilarious misnaming on account of the fact that none of the staff shown were actually from Britain. This was, according to the GM, because “the work is too hard, the hours too long and the pay too poor to attract anyone but immigrants” Of course it wasn’t because the mainly very rich middle-eastern clientele who drop huge piles of money there are well used to being served by immigrants.

Stevens also opined that the programme proved that “A chav is a chav, no matter how rich they are” and that the hotel “looks like a cheap knock-off from Taiwan”.

A MAN FOR ALL SEASONS

Boasting one of the most impressive cast lists in cinema history A Man For All Seasons, the 1966 film of the final years of Sir Thomas More (1529-1535) was showered with accolades, winning six Academy Awards for Best Picture, Best Director, Best Actor, Best Adapted Screenplay, Best Cinematography and Best Costume Design.

King Henry VIII wants to divorce his wife Catherine of Aragon and marry his mistress Anne Boleyn and only More stands in his way. Continue reading

Charity Matters Feb/Mar 2017 ISSUE 71

SICKENING ECHO OF HOLOCAUST Amnesty International have provided photographic and witness evidence that between 2011 and 2015 Syrian president …

SEX ABUSE IN FOOTBALL Another one hundred football clubs have been named in Operation Hydrant, the police investigation looking at cases of sex abuse in football…

OWN GOALS Ex-England football captain David Beckham has been accused of using his work for charity as part of a campaign to win a knighthood after emails between …

DARK NET Extreme internet pornography is being blamed for the doubling of criminal convictions for rape by those aged under 17 in the last four years. Recent cases …

DON’T DO AS I DO The married head of the Care4Calais charity set up to help migrants had an affair with one, despite preaching that her charity’s strict policy was “no …

MORE HOMELESS Shelter has revealed that two London families an hour are made homeless. The charity has predicted that 1260 families in the capital will lose their home …

MUSICAL SUPPORT FOR CHARITY An opera singer is donating some of the profits from the sales of her CD to the Action for Pulmonary Fibrosis charity after her 78 year…

TIME TO DO IT YOURSELVES The donations website JustGiving has been accused of greed as figures reveal that it makes £20 million a year and pays one of its founders a …

SICKENING ECHO OF HOLOCAUST

Amnesty International have provided photographic and witness evidence that between 2011 and 2015 Syrian president Bashar al-Assad, 51, authorised the torture and execution by hanging of up to 13,000 civilian political prisoners.

Torture condoned by Assad to punish opponents and crush dissent included beatings, burnings with acid and electricity and starvation, before victims were taken to a basement and hanged in batches of 50. Bodies were then taken to hospitals where doctors were forced, under threat of death, to issue death certificates stating the victims had died of natural causes.

Britain’s foreign secretary Boris Johnson said he was sickened by the Amnesty evidence, and that Assad “has no future” as the leader of Syria.