Event Organisers Update July 2017 ISSUE 154

BRIT SCAM The image of Nigerians as people you could trust took a battering a few years back over advance fee “419” fraud, a scam that invited victims to help…

LIVE THERE, MEET THERE Vienna is the world’s best city in which to live, as well as where the most delegates attend meetings. The number one ranking for living was …

TIME FOR SLAVERY EXHIBITION AT BRITISH MUSEUM? A new book about the naturalist and collector, Sir Hans Sloane, whose extensive collections were the basis …

ART OF ANCIENT ROME A large collection of 130 paintings by Victorian artist Sir Lawrence Alma-Tadema (1836 – 1912) are now on show at the Leighton House …

BAVARIAN OKTOBERFEST IN GREENWICH Those who like healthy German pork knuckles and sausages washed down with refreshing and slimming citrus white beer …

MICHAEL WEBB Those organising events for the charity and association sectors, and those companies supplying them will know about the CHASE exhibition…

WESTFRONT 1918, KAMERADSCHAFT Austrian film director George Wilhelm Pabst (1885-1967) had a talent for developing the acting talent of others, and for featuring …

BRIT SCAM

The image of Nigerians as people you could trust took a battering a few years back over advance fee “419” fraud, a scam that invited victims to help illegally launder a large sum of money “locked” in Nigeria for rewards in millions of pounds sterling. Drawn in by their own greed victims paid out thousands in advance fees to “smooth the deal through”, only to find there was no deal.

Sadly this old scam is ongoing, and not just from Nigeria these days, but the damage to a specific country and its people has been done. Continue reading

LIVE THERE, MEET THERE

Vienna is the world’s best city in which to live, as well as where the most delegates attend meetings.

The number one ranking for living was awarded to Vienna for the 8th year running by the Mercer Quality of Living Index, and the Vienna delegate count ranking for 2016 by event industry body ICCA. The top ten cities for both organisations follow – the only other city in both of the top ten tables was Copenhagen. Continue reading

TIME FOR SLAVERY EXHIBITION AT BRITISH MUSEUM?

A new book about the naturalist and collector, Sir Hans Sloane, whose extensive collections were the basis for the British and Natural History museums makes it clear that slavers in Liverpool and Bristol were not the only ones to make fortunes from the vile trade, and have streets named after them in their honour, according to “Collecting the World: The Life and Curiosity of Hans Sloane” by James Delbourgo. Continue reading

ART OF ANCIENT ROME

A large collection of 130 paintings by Victorian artist Sir Lawrence Alma-Tadema (1836 – 1912) are now on show at the Leighton House Museum, Kensington.

Alma-Tadema specialised in depictions of Ancient Rome, often incorporating beautiful women, usually beautifully dressed, lounging on marble seats with a backdrop of flowers and the bright blue sea. A rather darker theme was his famous “The Roses of Heliogabalus” which showed the debauched Syrian teenage emperor Heliogabalus (203 – 222) enjoying the sight of his guests at one of his orgies smothered under tons of flower petals dropped on them, one of a number of perversions that got him assassinated by the Praetorian Guard, with the blessing of an outraged Senate and people of Rome, when he was 18. Continue reading

BAVARIAN OKTOBERFEST IN GREENWICH

Those who like healthy German pork knuckles and sausages washed down with refreshing and slimming citrus white beer will want to know about the Oktoberfest event being sponsored by beer brewer Erdinger and running in Greenwich, October 5-22.

Reportedly 250,000 pints of beer are being shipped in for the 5,000 expected visitors (5 pints each) and admission prices start at £5 for entrance to the beer garden, £15 for standing room only in the beer tent, £20-£30 for a guaranteed table and seat and a corporate package of VIP tables of 8 for £1480, including some food and all drink.

Web: erdinger-oktoberfest.co.uk

WESTFRONT 1918, KAMERADSCHAFT

Austrian film director George Wilhelm Pabst (1885-1967) had a talent for developing the acting talent of others, and for featuring the plight of women, and this was showcased in his early and most famous films, including the two silent ones he made in 1929 with the stylish and strikingly beautiful American actress Louise Brooks, Pandora’s Box and Diary of a Lost Girl. Continue reading

Charity Matters Jun/Jul 2017 ISSUE 73

SOME REAL CHARITY “Charity begins at home” runs the saying, and no better example of this in action can be found than the speedy actions of hundreds of …

LOW According to the Charity Fraud Line the number of frauds perpetrated on charities has increased by 30% in three years, with analysts claiming that more than £2 billion …

MISGUIDED? Claims that refugee charities are paying criminal gangs of people traffickers to ferry desperate migrants to their rescue boats moored off Libya have …

CLEAN UP AT PETPLAN The RSPCA has welcomed moves by specialist pet insurer Petplan to dump its online-only dog breeder approval scheme and carry out …

FINES FOR FACEBOOK? The NSPCC has called for heavy fines for Facebook and other social network companies if they fail to delete content that could harm children …

TUTOR STOLE FOR GIRLFRIEND A Muslim I.T. tutor stole from his charity employer to pay for hotel stays with his secret Christian girlfriend. Inner London crown court …

SOME GOOD FROM BRAVE REMORSE A dog-owner who was prosecuted after his three dogs died when left in his car without water or ventilation for five hours has told …

SOME REAL CHARITY

“Charity begins at home” runs the saying, and no better example of this in action can be found than the speedy actions of hundreds of local people who donated food and drink, clothes, toiletries, money, blankets, sleeping bags, shelter and accommodation and their time for survivors of the tragic Grenfell Tower blaze last week that took at least 50 lives and injured hundreds, with the number of dead still rising.

This “Blitz Spirit” was provided by ordinary people of all ages, genders colours and creeds who just wanted to help those in their community who had not lost their lives but everything else, and who were not celebrities looking for any personal or corporate publicity for their efforts.

There’s another saying, “Virtue is its own reward” that also seems appropriate here.