Event Organisers Update April 2017 ISSUE 151 - an independent information source published by the Society of Event Organisers (SEO).
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Event Organisers Update
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TIME OUT BRINGS IT UP
Time for London to clean its act up say the mag, and pinpoint postcode district E13 (Plaistow, West Ham, Upton Park and parts of Newham) as having the worst record in this respect. Other significantly bad spots in that area are East postcodes 5,6,7,8,9,12 and 15. Northern postcodes also identified are 1,7,16 and 18 and NW ones as 5,6,8 and 10. South London has SE 5,9,13,15,17 and 20 and West London has W9.
Areas represented by the above postcodes can be identified from website doogal.co.uk/london_postcards. This, of course, doesn't mean that every eatery there is a potential health risk.
Just check with the FSA before you book, and mind how you go.
Tickets for the "Spectacular" cost £70 and fans were being asked to pay an "extortionate" £26.80 for the stunning opportunity to have their photo taken with one of the programme's judges, and other minor celebrities. Fans who paid for tickets will get their money refunded but will lose anything they have already paid out for travel or accommodation.
Organisers SME promote themselves as "YOUR CONNECTION TO SUCCESS" and had promised exhibitors paying £375 plus VAT per square metre for stands at the event a "captive audience" of 36,000 passionate fans of the programme, predominately female. They targeted companies selling fashion and lifestyle products and promised visitors, with the approval of the strictly non-commercial BBC "At the heart of the Spectacular will be an unrivalled shopping experience featuring a showcase of carefully selected lifestyle and fashion brands that will bring alive the magic of Strictly Come Dancing".
HOTEL OWNERS BANNED
The ban on the former owners of the Paragon Hotel in Birmingham, and others in Amersham, Kingston-upon-Thames and Hurley-on-Thames follows an investigation by the Insolvency Service which found that the couple's bank had lost £31.8 million as a result of being misled by them over the financial viability of the hotel group. A judge accused Mr Dhillon of being "a man who regards truth as being merely an optional extra when doing business".
The Paragon, offering more than 200 bedrooms and 13 meetings rooms for up to 500 was sold in 2013 for £3 million
East London was hit the hardest, and in one December night in 1940, dubbed "The Second Great Fire of London", more than 124, 000 bombs were dropped by German planes on the Capital.
STYLISH MEETING IN HARROGATE
Amongst others the Mercer features works by the Victorian "Painter of Moonlight" Atkinson Grimshaw, (1836-1893) whose early detailed Pre-Raphaelite landscapes and later evocative nocturnes of local and London scenes are portrayed in a comprehensive large format book on sale there. This was £20 but the gallery has discounted it to £10, a bargain for something containing up to 100 of his works.
The Mercer also has a school room for 30 in rows. The famous Harrogate Pump Room is part of the same group and where the rich would come and brave drinking the purgative sulphur waters after too much culinary indulgence. This holds 75-100 for a reception and for £100 per hour.
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YO HO HO
Firstly there are 918 outside cabins that have bi-fold doors that can open up in fine weather to turn the area into an open air balcony. Secondly there is a large "Magic Carpet" platform that slides up and down outside between Decks 2 and 16, and can be used to drop passengers to sea level to board a tender, and can be parked at other decks for al fresco parties and alternative dining. Note that the Caribbean Hurricane Season can run from May to December, if you're unlucky.
Prices for basic cabins are expected to start at around £3,000 per person.
The original TV offering starred Alison Steadman, creating a tough act to follow as Beverly, the aspirational Essex-girl hostess from hell, bullying, patronising, cajoling and flirting with her drinks party guests while berating and ridiculing her hen-pecked and highly-strung husband, with tragic results. The live revival stars a superbly naff Amanda Abington in the Beverly role, strongly supported by Ben Caplin as her estate agent husband, Lawrence. Also excellent are Rose Keegan as divorcee Sue, twitchy about the party being held by her 15 year-old daughter Abigail, a few doors away, Charlotte Mills as Angela, the gauche and amiable chatterbox nurse who never says no to a G&T/ice and lemon and Ciaran Owens as her sullen computer-operator and one-time footballer husband Tony.
Abington opens the play with some superb scene-setting and stealing, dirty dancing on her own to Donna Summer's orgasmic Love to Love You Baby and it then romps along from there as the characters develop and the laughs, perceptive observations from Leigh and toe-curlings come thick and fast. For our money (£38 for a front stalls seat at the Cambridge Arts Theatre) Ciaran Owens, playing "Tone" the object of Beverly's erotic intentions, shows along with his neanderthal persona, a real talent for reaction comedy. But really, they were all good, and the audience was suitably appreciative.
Abigail's Party finishes its tour in Richmond, April 24 - 29. Catch it if you can, for chuckles and cringes.
Latest nonsense from the Department for International Development (Dfid) is to blow £17 million of UK taxpayer's money to fund a geothermal energy project that will, if successful, slash energy bills for the luxury hotels on the Caribbean island of St Lucia, allowing them to make more money from the celebrity rich who stay there.
Apparently the ramping up of aid to the Caribbean was a priority of our much-loved former prime minister, one D.Cameron.........
Reportedly the 61 year-old makes between £10,000 and £25,000 giving lunchtime speeches on how business should conduct itself, and be "socially inclusive" having registered at the House of Lords on some of those days to claim £300 per day, plus travel costs, from the taxpayer. Apparently Lord Jones justifies his greed by claiming that the nation gets the benefit of his experience.
Following on from successful 2011 actions against the Desborough Riitz, so called for nearly 90 years, and the Ritz wedding venue in Kettering, Northants the brother's company has now targeted the 80 year old Brighouse Ritz in Yorkshire, a music venue, Barclay's lawyers demanding that they change their name or face legal action from the £6.5 billion pair. None of these venues pose any threat to the London Ritz and the actions are reminiscent of the Hilton Group legally forcing a little curry house in Newport, Monmouthshire to stop calling itself the Hilton Tandoori.
The Barclays also own the Daily Telegraph, where the brave editorial team have been noticeably quiet about the stupidity, though have previously published a fawning piece about the Ritz restaurant.
To the annual Wines of Portugal Grand Tasting where some 700 wines are offered. This visit our personal show star is a new port from the Symington Family Estates, Graham's Six Grapes River Quintas Special Edition NV, a lovely fresh and intense addition to the producer's award-winning, one hundred year-old Six Grapes range.
Apparently this collection was a favourite choice of Sir Winston Churchill and the likely retail price of around £20+ a bottle for this clever blend will doubtless play well with port-lovers who want something with a vintage style that they can afford to drink as an everyday tipple.
Serve it cold.
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.
Efforts in Leicester restaurants lead to the city's food hygiene scores beating London's… Event organisers accept that audience figures for TV shows do not strictly translate into ticket and add-on sales for overpriced live spin-offs… David Cameron explains why he was especially keen to get taxpayer's money to luxury hotels in the Caribbean… Lord Digby Jones gives back the taxpayer's money he has claimed, but doesn't need, in the House of Lords… featured in a double-page spread in the Daily Telegraph owners the fabulously rich octogenarian Barclay twins cease and desist from suing venues using the name Ritz, fully reimburse all those they have already sued and increase the amounts they give to charities. Their personal PR consultant comments "Hopefully people won’t now think so badly of them when they're gone"… and much, much more…
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