Event Organisers Update August 2018 ISSUE 165 - an independent information source published by the Society of Event Organisers (SEO).
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ONE WAS THERE, ACCIDENTALLY
We didn't realise, and we suspect nor did the coach company, that the day selected of Saturday August 4th was the day of the Gay Pride celebrations in Brighton. With all the traffic log-jams the 3.5 hour journey took 4.5 hours and the road closures meant our coach had to drop us off a good 15 minute walk in the heat from the town, and we had to be back there 4.5 hours later for the run home.
So we quickly headed to our usual Brighton bar, the quirky Font in the Lanes operating out of a de-consecrated church, and seriously enjoyed the sit-down away from all the mayhem and a cold refreshing pint. We then popped around the corner to nab an outside table lunch at Donatello (see Foodie News review in this issue). This was a good move as we could watch some of the revellers walking past and have to say that many of the attractive young ladies were dressed and made up to a high standard, and certainly appealing eye-candy for this 70+ year-old straight.
After lunch there was just time for a bit of shopping around Churchill Square before pushing our way through the crowds thronging around the pier - and we could believe the forecast of up to 400,000 pouring into Brighton - and boarding our thankfully air-conditioned coach for the ride home, which we mostly slept through.
By all accounts we didn't have a bad day compared to some there, especially the 50,000 plus who attended the Britney Spears gig in Preston Park and, due to the currently abysmal service on the railways, were unable to get home and spent an uncomfortable night on Brighton's shingle beach. The only beach sleeping we've ever done was in the 1960's on the sandy beach at Walton-on-the-Naze where if you made an indentation for your hip you could be quite comfortable.
EJECTION FOR GRAPHIC TRUTH
The stall featured plastic models of foetuses at various stages of development laid on a time-line, and this was deemed upsetting by organisers Lambeth Council to visitors who had had abortions. A teacher visiting, Katie Stacey, 26, said that abortion was a "perfectly legal medical procedure" and that women attending a family event "should not feel attacked for their right to choose it."
Life say they are considering legal action against what they see as censorship. Question is, for all of our thinking teachers of the young out there, does being "perfectly legal" make it right?
ECOLI DEATH IN UNKNOWN CORFU HOTEL
Natalie Rawnsley, 37, died in a Corfu hospital 36 hours after swallowing a few bites of the chicken.
The name of the hotel has not been released.
The five-star hotel offers spectacular views over the Capital as well as marble bathrooms, an infinity pool 600 feet off the ground and a standard room rate of £399.
Reasons for the losses have been rocketing costs and a very competitive hotel landscape in London, where 5,000 new rooms were added in 2016.
These include a new 1,500 seat theatre, another performing arts centre, a cinema, two hotels and a number of new restaurants. The exhibition halls are having mezzanine floors put in to increase floor space for exhibitions, the main delivery hub is to be moved underground and Yoo Capital has launched a campaign to get the Tube service from Earl's Court to Olympia reinstated, a move that will be much appreciated by the all-important visitors.
The wines are increasingly popular in the UK as the demand for light, fresh wines with low alcohol and calories grows - apparently last year we necked more than 1.5 million litres with a value of 3.4 million euros.
The big grape variety, and getting bigger is Alvarinho and this was the grape used for one of our high-scorers, the Casa Do Capitao - Mor Reserva 2016 from the Quinta de Pacos which delivered a fruity vanilla and lychee hit. (Importer Casa Leal) Also excellent was the Alvarinho Deu La Deu Premium 2015 from the Adega Dde Moncao with lots of fresh citrus. (Importer Clarke Foyster) However our top favourites were a very fruity white from Arinto grapes and an equally fruity rose from Espadeiro e Tintas grapes, both from 2017 bottlings by the Quinta de Linhares. (Importer Lisbon Wines Ltd)
DE NIRO HOTEL SCRAPPED
The Wellington Hotel was to have 83 bedrooms, a spa, a restaurant and a members club and would have taken up the whole Strand side of Covent Garden, spreading across six buildings However BD Hotels say that a change in the economics killed it. Covent Garden landlord, Capco (formerly owners of Olympia) say that they have not reached satisfactory commercial terms, presumably agreement on rent.
BD Hotels have 24 hotels in the USA, including the Greenwich Hotel, co-owned with De Niro and developed in conjunction with him. In 2015 De Niro commented that he was talking to BD about another Greenwich-style property in another city, but that it "had to be the right city".
NO NEPOTISM HERE, RIGHT BRUV?
ADNEC say that they sacked Pegler last November because they found out he was employing his brother, Richard Pegler there on a deal worth up to £120,000 a year and failed to tell either ADNEC or the Excel board about it. ADNEC also allege that David Pegler put "inappropriate pressure" on two potential suppliers to Excel to employ his brother in a high-paying job saying that this would give them a competitive advantage when seeking contracts with Excel, an aspect that has been denied by Pegler.
Pegler, say ADNEC, also took a number of first class flights and train journeys that were against Excel's rules on expenses.
David Pegler is counter-suing ADNEC for £1 million for the loss of his job.
THE BUTTERFLY TREE
This ravishingly-shot and quirky Australian film from 2017 is the visually stunning debut of its writer and director Priscilla Cameron and stars the very talented Melissa George as a lovely former burlesque dancer, Evelyn who opens a flower shop in a small town in lush Queensland, entrances a local teacher, Al, (played by Ewen Leslie) while bewitching a sixteen year old boy, Fin, (played by Ed Oxenbould) without realising that Fin is Al's son. Fin's love of beauty reflects in his hobby of gazing at butterflies caught under a tent he has rigged up in a fig tree. Sometimes he kills them and uses their wings to decorate a photo of his beautiful mother, Rose, who hanged herself when he was thirteen.
Evelyn starts a questionable relationship with Fin, which includes encouraging him to take pictures of her breasts thus speeding on his sexual awakening, but the photos are found by Al, so cue another fracture in the already rocky relationship between father and son, This is also not helped by Al conducting an affair in the house with a pretty young student at his school, Shelley, played by Sophie Lowe.
The film has had mixed reviews, with some critics not liking the art-house emphasis on beautiful visual effects, which they see as overpowering the narrative. However this viewer was hooked into the beautiful dream, with its four strong and believable performances, as it langorously unfolded towards a finale that will be, for many, a waking up to something more like a nightmare, which then ends happy.
The Butterfly Tree was launched by Eureka Entertainment Ltd in selected UK and Ireland cinemas last month, and a dual format edition (Blu-Ray and DVD) launches next month as part of Eureka's Montage Pictures range.
Reportedly Malcolm Bell, the CEO of Visit Cornwall (traffic jams in the heat anyone?) has described the sensible warnings as "nanny-state" and has claimed that Cornwall coastal areas benefit from cooling sea breezes.
For Old Grit a fan on full pelt in all the rooms he uses and swigging ice-cold drinks straight out of the fridge have done the trick, kept him cool, and saved the travel costs and hassle.
Phoebe Luckhurst, writing in the London Evening Standard, tells the sad tale of her planned mini-break in Berlin, thwarted by airline easyJet cancelling her Gatwick flight, along with many others. Apparently easyJet counter staff have been trained to helpfully tell people whose holidays/business plans have been ruined to "calm down" an optimistic order that has never worked in the past and didn't play well on this occasion either, with very angry people shouting at the easyJet staff and definitely not calming down.
Luckhurst was more stoical, shrugged, put it down to time wasted, went home and resolved never to book flights in August again, but to enjoy herself at home instead and wait for travel until September, when things are quieter. Which sounds like a plan to us.
Van Zandt, who is also the guitarist for Bruce Springsteen's E Street Band, and his 26-person party arrived by private plane and was subjected to a huge cock-up on the organisational front there when the security handling agent processed them and their luggage through the wrong part of the airport. This resulted in huge delays and prompted Van Zandt to rant "Warning Rock Bands! Do not leave Liverpool from John Lennon Airport. The most arrogant and obnoxious security in 40 years of travel. Liverpool! Of all places! Best audience, worst airport. Yoko should remove John Lennon's name!".
Now you know.
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An association of masochists books Brighton for its 2019 conference. A spokesperson tells the press "We are especially looking forward to the terrible train service and sleeping on the pebble beach"... August becomes the quietest month for travel as millions see the sense in not travelling then... Millions more question whether travel is really necessary for good time anyway... Staying at home and supporting local restaurants becomes the Next Big Thing... Malcolm Bell, CEO of Visit Cornwall denies he is putting tourism profits before tourist's well-being... and much, much more...
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