Event Organisers Update May 2018 ISSUE 163 - an independent information source published by the Society of Event Organisers (SEO).
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TRUST YOUR PILOT
Of course there are times it goes tragically wrong for some unlucky ones. Like the 100+ on the elderly Boeing 737, built in 1979, that crashed just after take-off from Cuba a few days ago, cause unknown.
Sadly the cause is now thought to be known for the reason a Boeing 777, flight MH370, disappeared with 239 passengers and crew in 2014. Aviation experts now say that the pilot, Captain Zaharie Ahmad Shah deliberately brought his plane down in a remote location to kill himself and everyone on board.The tragedy was repeated in 2015 when co-pilot of Germanwings flight 4U9525, Andreas Lubitz deliberately crashed his Airbus A320 into the French Alps, after locking himself into the cockpit, and killed 150.
On a happier note the 300 passengers on BA 2063 from Gatwick to Mauritius in January this year may have had a very lucky escape. Their pilot, Julian Monaghan was suspected of being drunk as he climbed behind the controls of his Boeing 777 ready for take-off. The police were called and Monaghan was taken off the plane, reportedly with 86mg of alcohol per 100ml of blood. The drink-drive limit is 80mg but for pilots, who perform rather more complex tasks than driving a car it is 20mg, putting this pilot four times over the aviation limit.
Trust your pilot...
FLOORED AT GROSVENOR HOUSE
Reportedly after only two of the fifteen dances had been performed gaps opened up in the dance floor panels, which had been laid over carpet. After unsuccessful efforts to close the gaps, with a "massive hammer" the floor was declared unsafe for dancing on and the event was abandoned.
It is not known how many guests will be demanding their money back from organisers the Royal Caledonian Charities Trust, nor how this will affect the charities looking forward to pocketing some financial benefit from the night.
BOAT SHOW SUNK
Organisers British Marine say that there was little support for the format, venue and duration of the 2019 event. This was confirmed by research into the marine industry and the experience of British Marine sales staff trying to sell stands.
The show had recently been cut from ten to five days, and prices dropped accordingly.
Monet and Architecture features his oil paintings of buildings, with only five owned by the National, fifteen coming from private collections and 57 from other museums and galleries around the world. In particular there are a large number painted in villages and cities in France including Rouen (some of the famous cathedral series) Le Havre, Honfleur, Trouville, Sainte-Adresse, Varengville, Dieppe, Giverny, Vetheuil, Argenteuil, Antibes and Paris (Paris streets, bridges and some of the Gare Saint-Lazare series) Also represented are works painted in Venice, Bordighera and Dolceaqua in Italy and London, where he had a room at the Savoy Hotel and captured views of Waterloo and Charing Cross bridges and, from the newly-built St Thomas's Hospital, our Houses of Parliament, sometimes veiled in the infamous and lethal polluting fog that fascinated Monet artistically.
Another Monet worth seeking out from the permanent collection whilst at the National is his 1870 The Beach at Trouville, with two ladies in the foreground said to be Mont's wife Camille and Eugene Boudin, wife of the painter whose beach scenes influenced Monet. Unique about this work are the grains of sand still clinging to the paint, the proof that it really was painted at least partly on the beach.
Monet and Architecture runs till July 29, price £18.
Held at the Institute of Directors as the first Speaker Afternoon Tea event this featured generational expert Dr Eliza Filby who pointed out that we currently, and uniquely have all four generations competing in the workforce. These are :-
o Baby Boomers age 53-76, born 1942-1965
o Generation X age 38-52, born 1966-1980
o Millenials age 22-37, born 1981-1996
o Generation Z age 8-21, born 1997-2010
All have different expectations as to their employment with a declining few embracing the Baby Boomer ideal of a steady if unexciting job for life, a pension at the end and the male partner as breadwinner. Younger employees will want a job with a purpose that inspires them and are more likely to rate an in-company gym above a pension pot. And it's perhaps a challenging thought for some that in 12 years time half the work force will be millennials, so any knowledge of what makes them tick must be helpful.
Dr Filby was joined in the discussion by Bossa Studios founder Roberta Lucca, consultants Alex Sbardella and Chris Roebuck and beer and jam maker Fraser Doherty who all gave their differing views.
Note: Those born since 2010 are termed Generation Alpha.
OK, it helped that we had lovely sunny weather, which brought out the best in the city's beautifully preserved old-town complex, especially the Ryneck Glowny grand square and the atmospheric old Jewish district of Kazimierz. This was one of the great Jewish centres of Europe until the Nazis implemented their "Final Solution" here in 1941 and forcibly "resettled" all the Jews they could find in a new ghetto area in Podgorze, south of Kazimierz, and in the concentration camp at Plaszow. These black times of man's inhumanity to man were thrust into public awareness by the 1994 Stephen Spielberg film Schindler's List, much of which was shot around Krakow, and visitors wanting another sobering and affecting experience that will stay with them for life can also visit the nearby Auschwitz-Birkenhau death camp, a venue that all politicians, especially the anti-semitic ones, should be required to experience for their humanisation.
Our Krakow hotel for the night was the very centrally-located five-star Sheraton Grand, which offers 232 guestrooms, including 25 Club rooms and 8 luxury suites, and 8 meeting spaces for 12-300 delegates. The hotel also has a gym, indoor heated pool, sauna, massage services and barman who knows a lot about vodka and is happy to share it.. (see separate article in this issue) Krakow also has a very impressive ICE Congress Centre in the heart of the city which offers a huge Auditorium Hall with fixed, raked seating for up to 1915 delegates and ten simultaneous interpretation booths, a smaller Theatre Hall with fixed raked seating for 600 and 6 simultaneous interpretation booths, a 300-400 seat Chamber Hall with 2 simultaneous interpretation booths and a divisible Conference Hall Complex for up to 400.
Another outstandingly unique venue around 10 kilometres from Krakow is the Weiliczka Salt Mine, a UNESCO World Heritage site and a deep, vast underground complex of corridors and chambers hewn out of the salty rock, which visitors are encouraged to taste. There is a lot here about the history of salt-mining as well as 7 chambers and two chapels used for events and ranging from 58 to 680 square metres of space, each with its own dining facility. Chambers are mostly very high-ceilinged and furnished with modern AV equipment and Internet and mobile phone coverage available in most. Some in the group voiced concerns about Health and Safety and it is true that on August 16 2010 a thunderstorm caused a power cut that was unusually long enough for the mine authorities to order an evacuation of the 1,000 visitors trapped 400 feet underground with no lifts working and poor visibility. This entailed a climb up 760 steps so organisers will need to weigh up the chances of this happening while their group is down there. Fortunately everyone stayed calm on this occasion so there was no panicky stampede. In any event a large group of 600 could take up to an hour to get to the surface, even with the lifts working.
More information on Krakow venues from Chandra Woollard. Chandra.Woollard@marriott.com +44 (0)20 7012 7143
For those who like their drinks fruity and sweet the distillers Soplica produce a range of ten flavoured variants (Nalewki), all at ABV 30% and comprising the very popular cherry along with raspberry, strawberry, blackcurrant, plum, mirabelle, blueberry, quince, walnut and hazelnut. These probably go down, like all alcopops, rather too easily, especially when straight out of the fridge, and it is all too easy to over-indulge. Also bitter-sweet and fruity and with an ABV of 36% is the herb and orange flavoured Wodka Zoladkowa Gorzka which has won many awards and is valued as a digestif, and, flavoured with bison grass that gives a vanilla flavour is Zubrowka (Bison Grass Vodka in the UK) at 40% ABV and often mixed with apple juice to produce a longer drink.
Of the "straight" unflavoured premium rye based vodkas we tried, all straight out of the freezer, our personal easy winner was Potocki (pron. Potoski), a lovely creamy and nutty spirit at 40% ABV that sells for around £30 a bottle in the UK and is, for our money, worth every penny. Almost as good but without the creaminess were Belvedere and Chopin, both at 40% ABV and the latter named after Poland's best known composer.
THE OLD DARK HOUSE
Long before this, in 1932, a seriously good ghoulish classic appeared - The Old Dark House. This was directed by James Whale, who went on to direct The Bride of Frankenstein and The Invisible Man, and was based on the J.B.Priestley novel Benighted, where a group of travellers are stranded in heavy rain and a mudlide in Wales and seek shelter in an old house occupied by the eccentric and potentially dangerous Femm family.
A great cast included Boris Karloff in Frankenstein's monster mode shambling around and scaring all as the disfigured butler, Morgan and top actor Charles Laughton as a cheerily nice guy, the opposite of another performance he clocked up that year as the evil Dr Moreau, splicing humans with animals in his House of Pain on the Island of Lost Souls. There are also memorable performances from Melvyn Douglas, Eva Moore, Gloria Stewart and Raymond Massey.
Thought lost for many years The Old Dark House has been restored and was released in cinemas at the end of last month. It is also available this month as a special Dual Format Blu-Ray and DVD edition from Eureka Entertainments as part of their Masters of Cinema series, with the pack including three feature-length audio commentaries, a video essay and interviews.
Apparently more than half of the millennials out there are unhappy to have their drunken antics published for prospective employers to view and are choosing more sophisticated breaks which generate classy, rather than tacky photos that can be uploaded onto social media and draw the envy of friends, the whole point for many of going away in the first place.
Club 18-30 ads used to advise their potential customers "If you're over 30 you're past it.If you're under 18 you're not ready"
This is the conclusion of researchers at the Technical University of Madrid after a study of the wine tasting talents of 208 volunteers, who blind-tasted three reds, two whites and a rose. It was found that the female volunteers were more easily able to discern differences in the wines and to pick out the best. The women also enjoyed the wines more and strongly preferred white to red.
So chaps, like the writer, who never taste the wine in a restaurant but just sniff it to check for it being "corked",( the only justification for refusing it and increasingly unlikely in this age of the screw top) are still getting it all wrong ?
This is what male stripper group Dreamboys from London claim. They specialise in hen parties and till recently have taken bookings through stag and hen party specialists Bargain Travel Bureau of Brighton. This lucrative arrangement however has now come to an end as the two companies prepare to sue each other over the damaging effects of an alleged string of hen party cancellations, which both companies claim has damaged their reputations.
Each company blames the other for the cancellations and Bargain Travel also claim they had complaints about the quality of the Dreamboys show and "the services provided".
We are starting an ongoing survey of problems reported to us that organisers have with their use of speakers. Some common examples are listed on our website Please check the ones that you have experienced and add any others not on the list. No identities of anyone contributing to the survey will be revealed and speakers will not be named.
Police issue airline passengers with breath-test kits, to check the pilot and crew before take-off… Another ball is abandoned at the Grosvenor House Hotel when part of the ceiling falls in… A new London-based photographic library, the 18-30 agency, makes a fortune supplying backdrop projections of famous world landmarks to millennials who can then use them to take faked pictures of themselves in famous places for social media use. A spokesman says;- "This is a brilliant way to pretend to friends, and potential employers that you've been travelling to some of the world's beautiful and cultured places when in fact you've been dogging, snorting and getting trolleyed on a beach in Kos"... Men admit "You can't actually taste wine when it doesn't touch the sides going down"... Dreamboys strippers explain what their "services" are, how much they cost and how they make every girl's dream come true… and much, much more…
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