Event Organisers Update January 2018 ISSUE 160

LEAPS OF FAITH IN CHESTER A trampoline centre in Chester has removed its Tower Jump after a fourth visitor broke her back using it last year. Dental nurse Lucy …

BAD PUBLICITY FOR DUPED VENUE The far-right ultranationalist political group Britain First called itself Patriot Merchandise to secure a meeting room for their …

HOTEL NEWS
o Five thieves armed with axes raided the jewellery store at the Ritz Hotel, Paris …
o A Britannia hotel, the Grand Burstin in Folkestone, Kent has been ordered to …
o Marriott International Hotels and the Thompson Group have been criticised by …

LAUGHS FOR YOUR EVENTS A number of comedians suitable for hiring at a range of corporate events were showcased recently by London speaker bureau Performing …

BIG ONES
o Said to be Europe’s largest the 500 million euro refurbished Paris Convention …
o A new 51,000 square metre conference centre, Caesars Forum, is planned for Las …

GLENGARRY GLEN ROSS One of the world’s best plays, in the opinion of the writer, is coming to the end of its London production run on February 3 at the Playhouse …

LEAPS OF FAITH IN CHESTER

A trampoline centre in Chester has removed its Tower Jump after a fourth visitor broke her back using it last year.

Dental nurse Lucy Jones, 19, broke a vertebra in her spine after taking the twelve foot jump into a foam pit and needed rods in her back to help the healing process. She was housebound for four months after the accident and is now suing the trampoline centre, Flip Out Chester. On February 1st last year three others broke their backs there after making the jump, one of whom is also suing the centre.

Flip Out are based in Bournemouth, have 20 centres in the UK and promote them for personal and corporate events.

BAD PUBLICITY FOR DUPED VENUE

The far-right ultranationalist political group Britain First called itself Patriot Merchandise to secure a meeting room for their 2017 one-day conference last December at Wyboston Lakes in Bedfordshire. (Conference News)

The booking was made at short notice and images on social media showed the Oakley Suite decked with banners carrying the slogan “Taking our country back”.

Management at the venue have donated the fee paid to charity and have stated that they would not have accepted the booking had they realised the nature of it and that the values of their company “conflict in totality” with those of Britain First.

HOTEL NEWS

o Five thieves armed with axes raided the jewellery store at the Ritz Hotel, Paris and took items worth £4 million on January 10th. Police very quickly arrived and caught three of the thieves as the other two, accomplices waiting outside to receive the loot, made off in a car and on a motorbike, the motorcyclist dropping the bag of the stolen goods as he pulled away. Police said no-one was hurt.

o A Britannia hotel, the Grand Burstin in Folkestone, Kent has been ordered to pay £12,781 compensation to a widow who had jewellery stolen from her locked bedroom.

Primrose Grainger, 77, woke up to see two thieves in her room taking her valuable rings from her bedside table in July 2013. Britannia Hotels argued in court that she could have avoided the loss by putting her valuables in one of its safe deposit boxes. However the judge at Central London county court heard that there had been a spate of robberies at the hotel and that the thieves had probably found a key to her room in the building. He found that Britannia Hotels could have prevented the theft by upgrading its keycard security.

A claim from Ms Grainger for psychiatric damage was rejected on the grounds that this was “not foreseeable” by the hotel.

o Marriott International Hotels and the Thompson Group have been criticised by environmentalists for continuing to supply and promote “walking with lions” experiences for Marriott guests at the four-star Ranch Protea Hotel, Limpopo.

The human-wildlife interactions are designed to instill a lack of fear of humans into the lions, which are later sold to those organising sick “canned hunts”. Here the lions are transferred to small enclosures where brave hunters pay to shoot the docile animals at close range. The lion’s body parts and bones are then sold to the Chinese medicine industry.

LAUGHS FOR YOUR EVENTS

A number of comedians suitable for hiring at a range of corporate events were showcased recently by London speaker bureau Performing Artistes.

o Cally Beaton has had 25 years in the media industry and is a sought-after comedian, public speaker, panellist and presenter who enjoys turning gender stereotypes on their heads. She has been described as “fiery, intelligent and totally original”.

o Daliso Chaponda is the son of a Malawian politician and has built a reputation in comedy clubs in South Africa, Canada, Singapore, and Australia as well as the UK, including in Big Value shows at last year’s Edinburgh Fringe. He is also a prolific fiction writer.

o Rhys James has already appeared on numerous TV programmes and specialises in stand-up comedy combined with unpretentious poetry, also a popular act at the Edinburgh Fringe. He has been described by Time Out as a “Sickeningly talented young stand-up”.

o Geoff Norcott is a writer, comedian and presenter with extensive experience of corporate events and an ability to work with material supplied. He has also clocked up multiple TV appearances and has been described as “fantastic” and “a much-needed morale boost”.

o Mike Osman is an experienced after dinner speaker whose comedy impressions now include a lifelike Donald Trump, complete with custom-made blonde wig, orange tan and outrageous rhetoric, and available for selfies. Also Jamie Oliver, Boris Johnson Gordon Ramsay and Nigel Farage.

BIG ONES

o Said to be Europe’s largest the 500 million euro refurbished Paris Convention Centre offers a plenary hall of 5,200 seats linked directly to 44,000 square metres of exhibition space, another 172,000 square metres of exhibition space and up to 50 additional rooms created by partitions. The Centre was formerly part of the Parc des Expositions at the Port de Versailles on the outskirts of the city.

o A new 51,000 square metre conference centre, Caesars Forum, is planned for Las Vegas for 2020.

Costing around $375 million (£271 million) this will incorporate the world’s two largest pillarless ballrooms and 28,000 square metres of flexible space built on an 18 acre site east of the Las Vegas Strip.

GLENGARRY GLEN ROSS

One of the world’s best plays, in the opinion of the writer, is coming to the end of its London production run on February 3 at the Playhouse Theatre, Northumberland Avenue.

Glengarry Glen Ross is a politically-incorrect, scabrous, profane and wickedly funny 1983 satire from David Mamet on what a nightmare the American Dream really is and features four real estate salesmen in Chicago who are incentivised by a scheme where the top performer gets a Cadillac and the bottom one gets fired. Desperate to keep their jobs they lie, cheat, steal and corrupt – “All in a days work” and “Business as usual”, as the publicity notes. The title comes from two of the land packages offered by their firm, Glengarry Highlands and Glen Ross Farms. Continue reading

Event Organisers Update December 2017 ISSUE 159

BLAZE KILLS TWO AT CAMERON HOUSE Two people have died in a fire at the five star Cameron House resort, Loch Lomond, one at the scene and one in hospital…

GO DO LIKEWISE? Money-grubbing at our universities that sets the young a bad example still fills the pages of our national newspapers, though unsurprisingly …

UNIVERSITY AND NHS FINED FOR DEATH Imperial College London has been fined £70,000, and an NHS Trust £80,000 for health and safety breaches after a 32 year old…

WATCH WHAT YOU ARE EATING Some large contract caterers serving food in UK event venues have admitted including on their menus species of fish on the red …

MORE HOLIDAY FRAUDSTERS Another couple from Liverpool have been found submitting a fraudulent claim for holiday food poisoning.Craig and Lisa Boyd …

TOUT LEADER? The owner of a Magaluf nightclub where a young female teenager performed an oral sex act on 24 men there in 2014 to win what she thought was a …

IN AND OUT COMING The old In and Out club on Piccadilly is being developed into a luxury hotel after planning permission was granted to the billionaire Reuben brothers… 

METROPOLIS Those who haven’t seen Fritz Lang’s famously ground-breaking Expressionist sci-fi feature film, Metropolis from 1927 have missed a real treat…

BLAZE KILLS TWO AT CAMERON HOUSE

Two people have died in a fire at the five star Cameron House resort, Loch Lomond, one at the scene and one in hospital.

The fire and ambulance services were alerted early on the morning of Monday December 18 and more than 200 guests were evacuated, with three being taken to hospital, and others treated for smoke inhalation at the scene. Dozens of firefighters attended the blaze, which reached the roof of the main building and caused extensive damage. No cause for the fire has yet been named. Continue reading

GO DO LIKEWISE?

Money-grubbing at our universities that sets the young a bad example still fills the pages of our national newspapers, though unsurprisingly doesn’t get much play in our plucky little trade mags that run advertising and PR for the sector.

o Following months of calls for Dame Glynis Bakewell, £468k vice-chancellor for the University of Bath to stand down she is finally doing so, after first grabbing a six-month sabbatical on full pay (Headline SHAMELESS TO THE LAST) Meanwhile her University has suffered a 6% drop in applications from new students, thought to be not unconnected to Bakewell’s greed.

o Sir Christopher Snowden, the £423k vice-chancellor of the University of Southampton has announced he will be axing 75 academic staff to “save money” (and help fund his “bloated salary”?)

o Former vice-chancellor of the tiny Bath Spa University, Christina Slade took a package worth £800,000 in her final year, which included a £429,000 golden goodbye.

Universities have also been accused of “mis-selling” low-quality degree courses to students, with the head of the National Audit Office, Sir Amyas Moore saying that if universities were banks they would be under investigation.