Event Organisers Update December 2015 ISSUE 135 - an independent information source published by the Society of Event Organisers (SEO).
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Event Organisers Update
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BRINGING THIS UP AGAIN
Many deaths are of young children, and most are among the poor in Africa and South-East Asia. Children under 5 account for 40% of poisoning cases and 30% of the deaths. Common killers are bacteria such as salmonella, along with viruses, parasites such as the pork tapeworm, toxins and chemicals, and the WHO has called for better inspections of foods at farms and factories and training of street food vendors, a common source of contaminated foods.
Five people were seriously injured, with two young women both losing a leg.
Merlin say that the accident, in which a car with 18 passengers in it smashed into a stationary one at 50mph was caused by human error in which controls that should have prevented the crash were over-ridden in error by a member of their staff. They plan to re-open the ride next year with some extra safety controls in place, and to continue selling it as safe fun to both the leisure and corporate markets.
The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) have still to report.
LIVE EVENTS SURGE
According to research company Mintel, who say that 40% of us go to a show at least once a year, the reason is an increased focus on live events as streaming has hit recording sales. Apparently 7% of us go at least once a month, and the surge in demand has been matched by an increase in ticket prices.
Also significantly more popular, to the tune of £80 billion are eating out, going to the pub and seeing films at the cinema, this last enjoyed by the 70% of us who see at least one film.
MORE EATING OUT
This has been revealed in the 2016 edition of Hardens London Restaurants, the 25th, published last month. This rates around 1500 restaurants in the capital on their food, service and ambience, based on reviews from 6,700 contributors. Also noted is the continuing rise of Japanese cuisine, and the enduring popularity of Italian.
The guide continues to be popular as a useful business gift for companies to give to their clients. A recent survey for the corporate market identified the top 20 private dining rooms in London.
FREE F&B IN NEWCASTLE
The offer, dubbed "Eat Your Suite" is made by the managers of catering at the venue, Sodexo Prestige Venues and Events and applies to rooms, suites or executive boxes hired for events between January and March 2016.
As an example an organiser paying £450 for a full day hire of the Sir Bobby Robson Suite, capacity up to 120, gets a credit for the same amount to spend on food and beverage.
0191 201 8525 email firstname.lastname@example.org
AN AFFECTING VENUE
This operated as the UK's first children's charity, and the UK's first public art gallery due to the support given by artists, from 1739 when it's founder Thomas Coram was granted a Royal Charter to take in and care for unwanted children. At the time it was common for babies to be left on London's streets to die. And the mortality rate for under 5's was 75%, and 90% in workhouses.
Coram's Foundling Hospital compassionately provided somewhere babies could be taken and left by their mothers, many of whom had fallen on hard times, to be looked after The acceptance criteria altered over the years, and the tens of thousands of children, but an early stipulation was for the mother to supply with the child some unique token, such as a piece of writing, embroidery or customised coin or locket, so that the children could be identified to mothers who came back at a later date to claim them. Sadly very few did .Another was a later requirement for mothers to write and petition the hospital, supplying reasons why they were deserving of the charity offered, with preference being given to women with no means of support who had been deceived by promises of marriage from men. The museum has a collection of some of the petitions and tokens submitted, which make poignant and affecting viewing.
Well-known and wealthy men who supported the work of the hospital with their patronage, and brought in their rich colleagues and friends, included the composer Handel, and four armchairs in the second-floor Handel Gallery have built-in speakers where today's visitors can listen to his Messiah and other works. Also very active was the artist Hogarth, whose satirical cartoon Gin Lane drew attention to the common problem of alcoholism.
Today organisers can hire the Court Room, with what is claimed to be one of London's finest Rococo interiors, and which accommodates up to 40 for a dinner, or the Picture Gallery, hung with valuable paintings, which accommodates up to 100 for a dinner.
Tel 020 7841 3616 Web foundlingmuseum.org.uk
ON THE SEAFRONT
This overlooks the seafront at St Annes on Sea, a very British seaside town for families on the Lancashire coast a few miles south of very different Blackpool, and offers a modern, light and airy, high-ceilinged, white-painted Atrium Suite for conferences, presentations and dinners with a capacity around 180, depending on layout. One recent customer was a Porsche dealership that showcased its luxury cars there, offering test drives, and the suite serves as a fitting venue for the hotel's own party nights, with a variety of themes.
Complementing the Atrium is a range of four meeting rooms for 35/70/100/200 delegates theatre-style and four boardrooms for 10/10/10/18. Bedrooms include front-facing luxury doubles with proper baths in the bathrooms and large balconies for relaxed alfresco dining and sundowner drinks overlooking the beach, weather permitting. The breakdown of bedrooms is 49 doubles, 3 triples and 61 family rooms - 40 for 4, 12 for 5, 8 for 6 and 1 for seven - making 113 in all.
Leisure facilities at the Dalmeny include two restaurants, two bars, a 20 metre indoor heated pool and splash pool with overlooking lounge, jacuzzi, sauna, steam room, squash court, aerobic studio, gym and cinema. And for golfers there is the world-famous Lytham Golf Course very close.
Tel 01253 712236 Web dalmenyhotel.co.uk
BRUM FOR BIZ
This is the finding of the 2015/2016 seventh annual British Meetings and Events Industry Survey (BMEIS) carried out among 500 British event organisers from the corporate and not for profit sectors.
It also emerged that, in choosing a destination for an event, access, location in the UK and value for money were the most important criteria.
For Shane popular male star Alan Ladd played the laconic and kindly gunslinger with a mysteriously violent past, a soft spot for kids, a keen sense of injustice and a talent for stylish and accurate shooting and lively fist-fighting. The action takes place in beautifully photogenic Wyoming where the homesteaders he stays to help are being chased off their land by violent cattle barons and a seriously psychopathic hired hit-man called Wilson, played convincingly by Jack Palance. Those in great support include Van Heflin as the homesteader who gives Shane a job, Jean Arthur as the homesteader's wife, who definitely likes Shane but not his gun and Brandon de Wilde who plays the homesteader's son Joey, who grows to idolise Shane and who gives the film, which became a template for many to follow, some human focus.
Ladd sadly died in 1964, aged just 50, after taking an accidental overdose of drugs and alcohol for his insomnia. Two years previously he had been found uncurious in a pool of blood and with a bullet wound near his heart, which could have been a suicide attempt. Despite this he went on to play, in 1963, the washed-up Tinseltown cowboy, Nevada Smith, opposite George Peppard playing the ruthless Jonas Cord in the trashily entertaining soap about the early days of Hollywood, The Carpetbaggers. Based on the Harold Robbins novel and released in 1964 it was one of the most popular films of the year and one that Ladd died before he could see.
Film trivia fans will want to know that Ladd was wary of guns and is seen to blink as he blasts two of the baddies in the final shoot-out. Jack Palance was equally wary of horses and a scene where he mounts one is actually filmed footage of him dismounting, played back in reverse. Ladd's son David played a tiny and uncredited non-speaking part of a little boy in Shane, before going on with his own career as an actor (playing opposite his Dad in the 1958 The Proud Rebel, playing parts in 1960's TV westerns Wagon Train and Gunsmoke and playing the drug pusher Sonny in The Wild Geese in 1978) and later a producer.
And Ladd's final moving scene in Shane when, injured, he says goodbye to Joey before riding off into the sunset was undermined on the set by De Wilde who tried to make Ladd corpse as he was saying his tear-jerking lines to him by sticking out his tongue and crossing his eyes. This was an ad-lib performance that reportedly caused Ladd to call to the boy's father "Make that kid stop or I'll beat him over the head with a brick" De Wilde then stopped.
Shane has been released in a Blu-ray edition, which further enhances the stunning landscape shots, by Eureka Entertainment as part of their Masters of Cinema series, and includes audio commentaries and a 24 page book.
OLD GRITS DIARY
One can assume the blunt-talking Ford's remarks will get millions all of a twitter, and not generate thousands of vital Facebook friends for him any time soon.
Apparently tests by AP news agency indicate that levels of human waste in the waters of the Olympic Lagoon and Marina are 1.7 million times what would be deemed "highly alarming" in the US, this due to the hundreds of millions of litres of raw sewage being pumped into the bay by the environmentally aware there.. Apparently just three teaspoonful of eau de Rio is enough to cause infection.
If you go, and get your face splashed don't lick your lips..........
This, he says, is to address terrorist fears, so we can all be assured that he is not simply looking to make political hay and collect votes out of the bigotry and xenophobia in the land of the free. Nor that the next stage is to nuke anyone with a funny name and a beard.
Sadly for all those who say his hate preaching rules him out of the White House it should be remembered that he has been preaching in America, where anything can and does happen, and that it worked for Hitler.
The SEO is carrying out an on-going survey to identify what criteria in venue selection are most important to event organisers from the corporate, association and charity sectors.
Results will be published in the Event Organisers Update, Charity Matters and Marketing Matters newsletters.
Merlin Entertainments announce the all safety checks on their roller-coasters will in future be carried out by robots. A spokesperson says; "With our targeting of the lucrative corporate market next year we can't afford any more human errors that maim people"... Self-obsession becomes the new rock and roll as sales of selfie sticks go stratospheric... A spokesman for the city of Rio drinks a cup of seawater from the Olympic Lagoon on prime-time television to prove how safe it is. Shortly after the transmission he is found dead, clutching his stomach... Top speaker presentation for 2015 is "Why we must embrace diversity" by Donald "Adolf" Trump... and much, much more...
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