Event Organisers Update October 2017 ISSUE 157 - an independent information source published by the Society of Event Organisers (SEO).
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THE AMERICAN RIGHT TO BEAR ARMS KILLS MORE
In what was America’s worst mass shooting retired accountant Stephen Paddock, 64, with no criminal record, took a room on the 32nd floor of the Mandalay Bay Resort Casino and ended his cowardly and motiveless killing spree by killing himself as SWAT teams cleared the hotel and closed in. It is thought the gun smoke created from the firing of hundreds of rounds of ammunition set off the fire alarm in his room, helping the police to find him.
Reportedly Paddock had devices fitted to his semi-automatic rifles - "bump stocks" - which enabled the rifles to be fired continuously with one pull of the trigger. Since the massacre sales of these have soared and the value of shares in firearms manufacturers have also risen sharply.
Calls for tightening of gun law in the wake of the massacre have been largely ignored by President Trump, who reportedly values his friendly relationship with the powerful gun lobby there.
In the 50 years since 1966 America has seen thirteen other mass shootings of innocent men, women and children that have killed 250 and injured thousands, with four of the thirteen gunmen, and one couple being killed by police, five killing themselves and three jailed.
SPRINKLERS A MUST?
These detect a fire, suppress a fire and raise the alarm and there are calls for all buildings more than 30 metres high to be retrofitted with sprinklers. Costs given for a flat are up to £2,500, so for a hotel room would be considerably cheaper. This is against a cost of refurbishment after a fire of £77,000.
If you use high-rise hotels do they have sprinklers?
DEVON HOTELIER JAILED
Shirley Bothroyd, 59, owner of the seafront Bay Hotel, Teignmouth, Devon since 2013 and formerly a human rights lawyer pleaded guilty to grabbing her chef from behind by her hair, forcing her to the floor and slapping her repeatedly around the face in June this year. Bothroyd also pleaded guilty to using abusive and threatening behaviour towards her receptionist in the same month. She was also charged with offences relating to other staff members, including her hotel manager and assistant manager, and with assaulting a police officer in July. She admitted to being an alcoholic and claimed other serious health problems, including three strokes, skin cancer and fits.
Magistrates at Newton Abbott court described her evidence as "contradictory and implausible" and found her guilty on all charges. As well as the 22 weeks custodial sentence she was also ordered to pay a total of £1235 in compensation to her victims, costs and victim surcharge.
Bothroyd bought the 18 bedroom hotel, originally built for the Earl of Devon in 1859, for £1.75 million in 2013. It was closed by emergency services in July after a fire in the penthouse suite and the collapse of three ceilings.
All of the above enjoyed pay increases from 2010 to 2016 of 34-67% at a time when the average pay for all their academic staff dropped in real terms by 2.6% and that for their professors only increased by 3.1%. Meanwhile many students, and their parents, struggle to pay increasing tuition fees as the vice-chancellors enjoy higher salaries than the £150,000 paid to the Prime Minister.
Another university vice-chancellor exposed as overpaid in the national press has been Louise Richardson of Oxford who enjoys a salary of £350,000.
The tourists were seeing London from a coach operated by BM Coaches of Hayes when the driver, who has since been suspended, made an unscheduled stop near Grenfell, where 80 people died in June, so that some of his passengers could get out and take their pictures. It is not known whether the sick stop was at the request of the passengers, their Chinese tour guide or whether the driver made it to earn some extra cash in tips.
A disgusted witness who approached the driver to question what he was doing was told by him that the passengers were health and safety experts from China. The Chinese tour guide has since been sent home to China in disgrace and BM Coaches has made a donation to the official Grenfell fund.
CHEAPO CITY BREAKS IN EUROPE
The cheapest was Vilnius in Lithuania at £150.94 and 20th was Vienna, Austria at more than double the price (£317.59) Full results, cheapest first, below.
JOURNEY TO THE CENTER OF THE EARTH
This starred the late James Mason, who took the lead role of leader of the underground expedition at the last minute when the first choice of director Henri Levin, Clifton Webb, suffered a double hernia requiring urgent surgery. Singer Pat Boone was already on board having been persuaded to participate by the inclusion of some songs for him to croon, and a generous percentage of the profits, and Arlene Dahl had agreed to star as the love interest, eventually, for Mason. Other stars were the fabulously colourful sets, the rockslides, the exploding volcanoes, the lost city of Atlantis, the giant flesh-eating lizards and the musical score, some of which was definitely effectively creepy Hammer Horror.
Journey to the Center of the Earth was released by Eureka Entertainment on Blu-Ray last month as part of its Eureka Classics range. The pack includes an audio commentary, a new video interview and a featurette on the film's restoration.
Following a complaint from a British cleaner that the ad discriminated against all cleaners who did not speak Romanian, and was possibly in breach of the Equality Act 2010 the hotel altered it to add Polish, Russian and English to the list of required languages. They admitted the discrimination was posted in error, and apologised, but refused to reveal whether the error was that of the hotel, or that of Premier Inn Head Office.
We should be told.
For those equally unsure some of the parlours, specifically in Earl's Court Gardens where terraced houses sell for a bargain £4.5 million, have streaming of moving images of the treatments, so one can see before one buys.
Sadly some locals are not enthusiastic about the parlours, on the basis that they give the area "a creeping seediness" that can only reduce house prices, and have complained to Kensington and Chelsea council, which is currently considering whether or not to renew the licences the parlours need to stay in business. One resident, claims that the parlours are offering services that are more sexual than therapeutic, though of course they could well be both. He also suggests that the council is trying to recreate in Earl's Court the "port district of old Amsterdam" an area of which he apparently has some special knowledge.
Michael O'Leary is most flattered to hear of a new pub in London, the Ryan O'Leary, said to be inspired by himself and his marketing strategies and flies across to check it out. He is recognised and welcomed as soon as he walks in. "What'll you have, Mr O'Leary, Sir" asks the barman.
"I'll have a pint of the black stuff" says Michael and slaps a £5 note on the counter. "All our beer is only £1 a pint" says the barman and gives him his £4 change, saying "We pride ourselves on being the cheapest, and this pub was inspired by you, Sir" "I'm very flattered" says O'Leary "and that's the best deal I've ever had" and waits for his beer.
"Did you happen to bring your glass, Sir?" asks the barman, "Only if you didn't we can hire you one of ours for just £3, which includes all the pouring, washing and drying up charges" "No" mumbles Michael, feeling a bit conned, and hands over another £3. "Next time, Sir, book one in advance online and it's only £2" advises the barman as he pulls the pint. "Unless you pay by credit card and then it's £8.50". "OK and thanks a bunch" mutters Michael and goes to sit down.
"Now Mr O'Leary, Sir, you are not telling me you forgot your chair?" says the barman. "What do you mean?" says Michael, a tad upset by this time. "Well" says the barman, "Here at the Ryan O'Leary we have a large choice of comfortable seating to rent to all our valued customers who don't bring their own. For instance we have an Economy wooden seat for those whose bottoms are no wider than 9 inches for a bargain price of £5 per 30 minutes. For our, ahem, larger customers, which if truth be told all of you are, the Economies go for £10 per 30 minutes, and the Premium Class armchairs for £30. There is of course a 50% discount for pre-booking online. And while you are sitting there, Sir, may we offer you one of our popular and tasty snacks, some £1 soup perhaps, with the bowl and spoon rental just £5 extra, or our 50p sandwich with fillings from only £4?"
"I've had enough of this exploitative nonsense" snarls Michael. "You lot clearly have no concept of customer care and I'm going to lodge the strongest possible complaint" "I'm really sorry to hear that, Sir" says the barman, "But rest assured, inspired by you we take all complaints very seriously, Just call this premium rate number You'll eventually be put through to our exclusive call centre in Delhi with calls costing only £2 a minute if we keep you on hold, or £4 a minute while we're actually talking to you, with all phone time free after the first £200. You can’t say fairer than that, Sir"
O'Leary screams a number of very rude words and quickly leaves for the airport...
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From Tom Brady
Ref. EVENT DISASTER IN LIVERPOOL article and Lee O'Hanlon, CEO of Tiny Cow
O'Hanlon's event management company Tiny Cow use the advertising slogan "we make it happen".’
The Right Impression are business and healthcare consultants who periodically become involved in the organisation of events, mainly in the healthcare sector. Our strapline is, and always has been, ‘We make it happen’; and, unlike Mr O'Hanlon's event management company Tiny Cow, we really do.
Please find attached a story featuring Michael O’Leary that you, and possibly your readers, may enjoy.
Keep up the good and entertaining work.
Bad luck on having the same strapline as Lee O'Hanlon's discredited company Tiny Cow. It wont please you to know that since our article was published Hope and Glory Festivals have gone into liquidation owing more than £888,000 and an independent report has placed blame for the shambles squarely in the court of Tiny Cow. Change your strapline to "We really do make it happen"?
Meanwhile thanks for the Ryanair joke, which I have arrogantly re-written from the 2013 original, hopefully improving it, and published in this issue.
Hope we continue to entertain.
Sales of flame throwers, machine guns and grenades take off in the US as the American public arm themselves against the next mass killer… Dozens of University vice-chancellors take substantial voluntary cuts in wages to restore the good name of the academic sector… A flock of pigs is seen flying over Bath… New start-up company Ghoulie Tours offers tourists the chance to impress their social media friends with dozens of selfies taken at UK sites where tragedies or terrorist attacks have left people dead. CEO Sid Sicko tells the press "We've had a huge response from China"… Residents in Earl's Court Gardens club together to offer owners of massage parlours £1 million to close up and leave. A spokesperson comments "It's a cost-effective way of maintaining the value of our properties"... A new pub chain, the Ryan O'Leary opens in London and other major UK cities… and much, much more…
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