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.
Fine dining for up to 50 people
with views over the Liverpool waterfront will be offered from next month on a
new balcony at the 7th floor Carpathia restaurant at the 30, James Street
hotel. The building was originally the offices of the White Star Line, owners
of the tragic Titanic, which hit an iceberg and sank in 1914, killing more than
1,500 passengers in the freezing seas; 1,352 men, half of which were crew, 109
women and 53 children.
On a happier note the
restaurant menu offers such starters as pan-fried sea-bream with salt baked
beetroot, lemon balm and olive oil (£9.50), and confit duck leg terrine with
orange gel, baby onions, beetroot puree and sourdough (£7.50). Main courses are
such as fillet of red mullet with a citrus and peanut crust, chilli and garlic
greens and minted pea puree (£17.50) and 8 oz fillet steak, short beef rib and
potato lattice with white onion puree, baby vegetables and roasting jus
(£28.50). Desserts include sticky toffee pudding with vanilla bean ice cream,
and almond brittle and baked rhubarb and custard cheesecake with set rhubarb
jelly and stem ginger, both at £6.50.
International Confex, the Event
Production Show and the PA Show are all moving from Olympia in 2020 and
relocating at Excel in Docklands.
The events have been at Olympia
since 2013 but the organisers, Mash Media, now feel that Excel is a better
venue in which to grow the shows, which will take place Tuesday February 25 and
Wednesday February 26, 2020.
Now all they have to do is to
get the visitors out there.
A new 88-bedroom boutique hotel
is to be created by 2021 in Coventry city centre, in the former offices of the
Coventry Evening Telegraph. (The Business Desk)
There will be a 1950’s theme to
the unit, which will be operated by Bespoke Hotels, and there will be
conference rooms, a restaurant, a roof-top bar and a range of loft-style
two-storey bedrooms in the former print room.
Behind the hotel, and part of
the deal agreed, there will be student accommodation with 833 rooms opening as
phase one in September 2020.
Charles Laughton, 1999-1962,
was the brilliant, bisexual and tortured actor who appeared in more than 50
films, most from 1933, after giving up a career as a manager at his parent’s
Scarborough hotel, the Pavilion, now demolished.
Laughton graced a number of
memorable roles as a monster or misfit which included Captain Bligh in Mutiny
on the Bounty, Quasimodo in the Hunchback of Notre Dame, Doctor Moreau in The
Island of Lost Souls and Henry VIII in The Private Life of Henry VIII. Another
memorable role was as crusty and eccentric lawyer, Sir Wilfrid Robarts in
Witness For The Prosecution, based on an Agatha Christie play and directed by
Billy Wilder in 1957.
A four-session course The
Pre-Raphaelite Revolution is being offered by the Leighton House Museum in
The four two-hour sessions take
place on Tuesday Feb 26, Tuesday March 5, Tuesday March 12 and Tuesday March
26, 10.30am to 12.30 pm and the price of £125 includes light refreshments. The
course covers the formation of the Pre-Raphaelite Brotherhood (PRB) and
includes the contributions of such as John Everett Millais, William Holman
Hunt, Dante Gabriel Rosetti, Edward Burne-Jones and William Morris, and some of
their models, muses, mistresses, mates and fellow -artists.
It is led by curator and
lecturer Jo Banham, whose specialist areas of knowledge are Victorian art and
design, and the history of wallpapers.
Those interested in this
important sphere of art might also enjoy the 5hour, 29 minute DVD of the BBC TV
programme about the PRB, Desperate Romantics, and the 418-page book by Franny
Moyle of the same name on which it is based.
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One useful and enjoyable annual
event put on for organisers is the Speaker Drinks evening staged at the
Institute of Directors venue on Pall Mall by speaker agency Performing
This showcases stand-up
comedians and their acts and allows plenty of time for delegates to network
with, and perhaps book their chosen performer(s) The latest event presented
five, four who made us laugh and one who made us laugh and think. Andy Parsons,
well-known from his appearances on topical news show Mock the Week, told jokes
about topical issues, including the current bad joke Brexit, (he is an activist
for a second public vote on the issue) and introduced the other four stand-up
specialists, including Markus Birdman, Naomi Cooper and George Lewis, all of
whom went down well with the mostly female audience.
Tourism chiefs at VisitScotland
used a picture of a Glencoe cottage once owned as a holiday home by disgraced
BBC celebrity and sex offender Jimmy Savile, to promote tourism in the
Savile is thought to have
sexually abused more than 450 people over a 60-year period, over 300 of them
under 18 and some as young as eight. He owned the cottage for 13 years, from
1998 to 2011 when he died without ever being caught or charged aged 84. It was
featured in a highly regarded Louis Theroux documentary in 2000, When Lous
met….Jimmy. In a van on the way back from Glencoe Theroux asks why Savile had
claimed to the media that he hated children and Savile told him “It’s to
put a lot of salacious tabloid people off the hunt”. As the couple said
goodbye Theroux claimed that he had “a new-found respect for Jimmy”
though he felt he, like most other people, had never got close in the week he
had lived with him for the documentary.
At Savile’s death the leader of
Leeds City Council, Councillor Keith Wakefield described Savile as “Leeds
born and bred, and he remained a Leeds lad all his life”.
VisitScotland have now removed
the shot of Savile’s cottage from their website, “in case it caused any
Plans are being considered for The
Entertainment Resort, a world-class theme park with supporting hotels
containing conference space, as well as cinemas, nightclubs and restaurants.
This would be on the Swanscombe
Peninsula in Kent and just across the Thames from Tilbury.