TEENAGERS CRUSHED Three teenagers were crushed to death as they waited to get into a St. Patricks Day disco at the Grenvale Hotel in Cookstown, County …
TRUST Like lots of others we rushed to renew our passport early because of the possibility of a no-deal Brexit, which had more than nine months left on it Like lots …
DE MONTFORD UNIVERSITY AND VESTED INTERESTS The Vice-Chancellor of De Montford University, Dominic Shellard, has resigned over business links he …
SLEEP TIGHT One concern many travelers have is being the victim of an infestation of bed bugs, something that unfortunately happened to the writer at the Moorfields …
SIESTA TIME A study by Greek cardiologists has found that an afternoon nap is as good for reducing blood pressure as taking pills or reducing salt in the diet …
SHOAH : FOUR SISTERS Shoah, for many was the ultimate Holocaust documentary, taking its French director Claude Lanzmann 11 years to shoot and spanning more …
Three teenagers were crushed to
death as they waited to get into a St. Patricks Day disco at the Grenvale Hotel
in Cookstown, County Tyrone, Northern Ireland.
It is understood that around
400 young people were in the crowd waiting for the hotel’s club entrance door
to be opened at 9.30 pm when the lethal pushing and shoving started by people
desperate to get to the front of the queue, resulting in the deaths of Lauren
Bullock, 17, Morgan Barnard, 17, and Connor Currie, 16.
The owner of the hotel, Michael
McElhatton, 53, and a 40 year old man were arrested two days later on suspicion
of manslaughter. Mr McElhatton has since been released on police bail.
In a sad sign of our times sick
internet trolls quickly set up fake profiles mocking those who died.
The three-star, 11 bedroom
hotel on the outskirts of Cookstown is a popular venue for weddings, with a
capacity of 250, and conferences for up to 200.
Like lots of others we rushed
to renew our passport early because of the possibility of a no-deal Brexit,
which had more than nine months left on it Like lots of others we were
impressed that HM Passport Office were pledging to add up to nine months that
passports had to run to the expiry date. Indeed the helpful HM Passport Office
information leaflet we got a few weeks ago from the Post Office, who processed
our application, stated: “You can renew your passport whenever you want.
You do not have to wait for it to run out. We will add any period your passport
has left to run (up to nine months) to your new passport”.
Sadly this isn’t the truth.
Apparently last September HM Passport Office quietly “altered their
policy” and no longer add back up to nine months of validity. This is now
made clear on their web site as their information leaflets distributed by the
Post Office tell a very different story.
The concept of reduction in
trust comes to mind…
The Vice-Chancellor of De
Montford University, Dominic Shellard, has resigned over business links he had
with the chairman of the university’s remuneration committee, Anthony
Shellard owned shares in the
Metamorph Group, a holding company run by Stockdale, who approved a 22.4%
salary increase for Shellard, the largest pay rise of any UK University Vice –
Chancellor this year and one that bought Shellard’s salary to £350,000.
Following Shellard’s resigning Stockdale has resigned his post on the
university’s governing board.
The Office for Students watchdog has now launched a probe into “regulatory matters” at De Montford.
One concern many travelers have
is being the victim of an infestation of bed bugs, something that unfortunately
happened to the writer at the Moorfields Premier Inn, Liverpool last month.
So what’s it like? Well it’s
horrible. The bites don’t really come out till two days after, when they itch
maddeningly, and scratching too hard breaks the skin on the bumps that form and
risks infection. Creams can stop some of the itching but I needed a course of
anti-biotics and anti-histamine to properly clear it all up.
Just in case any of our
readers, or their delegates, are similarly unlucky we are publishing the emails
between ourselves and Premier Inn, part of Whitbread and these follow here.
1. From Premier Inn to Peter
Cotterell 08 March 2019
Shoah, for many was the
ultimate Holocaust documentary, taking its French director Claude Lanzmann 11
years to shoot and spanning more than nine hours after the selections had been
made from the 350 hours of footage shot. Shoah is Hebrew for
“catastrophe”, also “calamity” and “destruction”.
The film, released in 1985
concentrated on four main areas – the Chelmo, Auschwitz-Birkenhau and Treblinka
extermination camps in Poland and the Warsaw ghetto in Poland, and Lanzmann
interviewed survivors from, witnesses to and perpetrators of what has been
called the greatest evil of modern times. Excepting a poor reception in Poland,
where the hatred of Polish peasantry for the Jews was exposed (without
balancing this with the help given by many Poles to the Jews) Shoah was a
triumph, winning universal acclaim, a 100% score on the Rotten Tomatoes
website, based on 33 reviews giving an average rating of 9.2/10, and a BAFTA
award for the best documentary.
A study by Greek cardiologists
has found that an afternoon nap is as good for reducing blood pressure as
taking pills or reducing salt in the diet.
It’s also as effective as
cutting down on drinking, so those who enjoy a snooze after a few lunchtime
bevvys may well have it right.
Could bringing back lunchtime
drinking and having healthy power naps spanning the after-lunch “graveyard
session” ever catch on at conferences?
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The credibility of those who
are paid and used to promote products and services to their willing followers
on social media has taken a significant nosedive.
Ten of the world’s models,
including the likes of Kendall Jenner and Bella Hadid were used along with
another 400 influencers by organiser Billy McFarland, who is now in jail for fraud,
to promote his Fyre Festival, puffed up as a luxury music festival in the
Bahamas with five-star accommodation, private jets and limos for transport and
gourmet cuisine. All this, and the paid endorsements of models that their
followers trusted, persuaded 5,000 aspirants to pay up to £9,000 for a ticket
to the event in 2017.
Those organisers and PR types
who think they are being awfully clever arranging for planted question at their
events should know that they are very easy for an intelligent audience to spot
and that they are really nothing new.
One former orator and advocate
of the deception once boasted “At all our meetings I had party members in
the audience with orders to interrupt, along carefully prepared lines, to give
the impression of a spontaneous expression of public opinion. These
interruptions strengthened the force of my argument”.
The clever orator who
orchestrated his own heckling? Adolf Hitler, in 1921.