Event Organisers Update June 2018 ISSUE 164

A SERIOUS MESS There’s a joke going the rounds that the reason our railways have named their latest debacle “Railplan 20/20” is because 2020 is the year by which …

BREWERY CATERER SUED Two diners who suffered campylobacter poisoning after eating chicken liver parfait at The Brewery are suing the venue’s caterers at the time …

BA PILOT JAILED The BA pilot who was hauled out of his cockpit by police and found to be four times over the limit of alcohol for flying has been jailed for nine months …

HOTEL FIRES A major fire, origin unknown, damaged the five-star 12-storey Mandarin Oriental Hotel, Knightsbridge, London earlier this month with 120 firefighters and 20 …

TOP FOR MEETINGS Figures for 2017 released by the International Congress and Convention Association (ICCA) indicate that the USA has hosted the most events …

CHASE 25 The Charities and Association event, Chase 25, takes place on Thursday July 5 at The Brewery, Chiswell Street, London on Thursday July 5. Registration is …

CONFEX FUTURE FOCUS This takes place on July 4-5 at the Victoria Warehouse, Manchester. The seminar programme promises that visitors attending can meet …

THE PRIME OF MISS JEAN BRODIE Those who loved the 1969 film starring Maggie Smith in the Brodie title role, Celia Johnson as her sceptical headmistress, Robert …

KING OF HEARTS In 1966 this genial French anti-war comedy-drama starring a younger-looking 32 year old Alan Bates and featuring the beautiful 24 year-old …

A SERIOUS MESS

There’s a joke going the rounds that the reason our railways have named their latest debacle “Railplan 20/20” is because 2020 is the year by which they are finally hoping to get some of their trains running to time.

Of course it’s no joke for the millions who have to travel and are currently suffering the worst service ever in their efforts just to get to work and back. And sadly they are the railway’s captive market, who have little choice but to keep suffering, and paying for the privilege. Continue reading

BREWERY CATERER SUED

Two diners who suffered campylobacter poisoning after eating chicken liver parfait at The Brewery are suing the venue’s caterers at the time Gather and Gather.

The parfait was part of a pigeon breast starter served at the Digital Impact Awards last October and one of the diners, telecoms executive Philip Earlam, 47, was left fighting for his life in hospital after the campylobacter apparently triggered a condition known as Miller Fisher Syndrome. This causes absence of the tendon reflexes, paralysis of the eye muscles, abnormal muscle co-ordination and is fatal in eight per cent of cases. Continue reading

BA PILOT JAILED

The BA pilot who was hauled out of his cockpit by police and found to be four times over the limit of alcohol for flying has been jailed for nine months.

Julian Monaghan, 49, was due to be the third pilot on the BA Boeing 777 8.00pm flight from Gatwick to Mauritius on January 8 but was arrested after a flight technician became concerned that he could smell alcohol on his breath. In 2015 and 2017 pilots over the limit were jailed for similar periods. Continue reading

HOTEL FIRES

A major fire, origin unknown, damaged the five-star 12-storey Mandarin Oriental Hotel, Knightsbridge, London earlier this month with 120 firefighters and 20 engines involved. The hotel was safely evacuated and no-one was hurt. The hotel had just completed a £185million refurbishment.

In 2009 a major blaze swept through the uncompleted 44-storey Bejing Television Cultural Center, due to house the new 241-room, 5 star Mandarin Oriental Hotel. More than 600 firefighters attended and one died at the scene from smoke inhalation, with seven others injured. The cause was a massive firework display staged on the last day of the Chinese New Year.

CHASE 25

The Charities and Association event, Chase 25, takes place on Thursday July 5 at The Brewery, Chiswell Street, London on Thursday July 5.

Registration is free to all those from the non-profit sector and is from 08.15. The day comprises a programme of free seminars and presentations under the themes of innovation, culture, digital and leadership and concludes with a networking garden party from 17.15 to 21.00

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THE PRIME OF MISS JEAN BRODIE

Those who loved the 1969 film starring Maggie Smith in the Brodie title role, Celia Johnson as her sceptical headmistress, Robert Stephens as the randy art master, Gordon Jackson as the dependable music teacher and Pamela Franklin as the precocious schoolgirl nemesis who betrays her will enjoy the latest theatrical incarnation of the Muriel Spark novel. Continue reading