Event Organisers Update September 2018 ISSUE 166 - an independent information source published by the Society of Event Organisers (SEO).
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Event Organisers Update
The newsletter for organisers of events.
FAKE TRIPADVISOR REVIEWER JAILED
The agency, PromoSalento, tried to submit more than 1,000 fake positive reviews, illegal in Italy before they were caught and the owner jailed in what is the first conviction of its kind, though hopefully with more to follow.
TripAdvisor has sadly not been transparent enough to release the names of the hotels and restaurants which were happy to pay to mislead their public, yet. According to website Fakespot, which aims to weed out bogus reviews, up to one third of TripAdvisor reviews are fake, a claim contested by TripAdvisor.
VENUE "SHAMBLES" AT WREST PARK
The event was organised by GCE Live (Giles Cooper Entertainment) whose website states that the company "has been involved in some of the most memorable live experiences in the UK for almost three decades".
GREED IN UNI SECTOR REDUCING NOW
He is Professor Ian Wright, currently at Cambridge University and, unlike Breakwell, who also got a free house with household expenses paid and a free car, he is expected to provide his own accommodation and vehicle. It is also thought that, unlike Breakwell, he will not be able to sit on the University's remuneration committee, which decides salaries and other benefits.
Other very well paid University Vice-Chancellors in 2015-2016 were Keith Burnett, Sheffield (£423,000), Bob Cryan, Huddersfield (£365,000), Louise Richardson, Oxford (£350,000), Paul O'Prey, Roehampton, (£342,000), Dominic Shellard, De Montford (£326,000), John Vinney, Bournemouth, (305,000), Anne Carlisle, Falmouth, (£298,000), and Joy Carter, Winchester, (£282,000), and these figures are likely to have increased since then.
o The 19-storey Lume Hotel has opened on Manchester's Oxford Road, offering 12 lower storeys (212 guest rooms) operated by Crowne Plaza Hotels and including a 120-seat restaurant, gym club lounge and seven meetings rooms for more than 200 delegates.
The upper 7 storeys, operated by Staybridge Suites, offer 116 studio and one-bedroom suites, as well as panoramic views over Manchester from the 18th floor terrace. (The Business Desk)
o A clay pigeon shooter has been found dead during a shoot at Clandon Park House, a Grade 1 listed National Trust property near Guildford, Surrey.
It is thought that he was cleaning his gun when it went off and shot him in the head.
Clandon Park House, a Palladian mansion, was gutted down to a shell in 2015 when a serious fire, thought to have been started in electrical circuitry in the basement, ripped through the building. Since then a salvage plan has been completed and there are now ambitious re-build plans in place.
o Furious objections have been lodged over plans to demolish the current 906 bedroom Holiday Inn London - Kensington Forum Hotel, part of Intercontinental Hotels Group (IHG) on Cromwell Road and replace it with a 50% bigger building comprising two towers and containing 749 bedrooms, 340 serviced apartments and 46 homes to buy or rent.
The current building, near Gloucester Road tube station is described as a "brutalist eyesore", offers more than 20 meetings spaces and is said to be London's fifth biggest hotel. A previous rejected plan by the owners, Queensgate Investment would have replaced the current hotel with a 2,000 room monster that would have been the biggest in the world. Since the Grenfell tragedy last year high rise buildings have been a particularly sensitive issue in Kensington borough
Core is the first venture of chef Clare Smyth, who formerly ran the three Michelin star Restaurant Gordon Ramsay, and was shortlisted for the award with Aulis, Le Gavroche and The Ledbury. Prices at Core start at £65 for a three-course lunch selection from four starters, mains and desserts or £85 for the dinner. There is a five-course Small Tasting Menu for £95 and a 13-course Tasting Menu for £115
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This includes around 70 artworks and some are very ugly and unsettling. "Suicide" by German painter George Grosz features two men who have killed themselves, one lying on a pavement after blowing his brains out and the other hanging from a lamp-post, while a naked prostitute looks on and leers from a nearby window. Continuing the grisly theme is Rudolph Schlicter's "The Artist With Two Hanged Women" showing a kneeling man gazing up at two young women in long high-heeled leather boots hanging from a ceiling, this combination reportedly reflecting Schlicter's two sexual obsessions.
If so the contributions from Otto Dix, who served on the bloody Western Front, may well signal a mind in turmoil, going by his "Lust Murder" watercolour showing a man with a demonic grin on his face walking away from the battered body of a woman, her heavily bruised buttocks exposed, and his "Lust Murderer", a grinning man, maybe Jack the Ripper, with a knife in one hand dancing with a severed and mutilated leg in the other, surrounded by hacked off limbs and other bits, some still spurting.
Much more edifying, for us anyway, was an enigmatic work by Max Beckmann, whose painting of a dark-haired, sloe-eyed girl "The Egyptian" sold at auction in Berlin for a record 5.5 million euros. The Beckmann at this exhibition however was "Anni (Girl with Fan)" showing a striking young woman with exotically slanting eyes in an oval face set on a Modigliani-slender neck, holding a fan and staring flirtatiously around the back of her male companion, straight at the viewer, causing this vulnerable male one to fall ever so slightly in love and make the trip to the Tate most worthwhile after all.
Till July 2019
BIG GIRLS DON'T CRY
This is a solid two hours of their songs, beautifully performed as a concert by the tribute group The East Coast Boys, who move, sing and sound like their heroes for Rag Doll, Sherry, Walk Like a Man, Bye Bye Baby, Can't Take My Eyes Off You, The Sun Ain't Gonna Shine (Anymore), Silence is Golden, Oh, What a Night, My Eyes Adored You, Will You Love Me Tomorrow and dozens more, most of the lovely harmonies enhanced by the strong, soaring and exciting falsetto of East Coast Boy Lee Matthews.
The boys demonstrated just how difficult this style of singing is when they invited their audience to sing Sherry and split them into ladies and gents. Actually for our money the girls were pretty good, mostly hitting the high notes, but us chaps were seriously rubbish. Falsetto, as many will remember, was memorably performed by Barry Gibb of the Bee Gees, Brian Wilson of the Beach Boys, Jeff Lynne of the Electric Light Orchestra, Del Shannon and a few others but Valli was arguably the king.
Big Girls Don't Cry is staged by Peel Talent and was conceived by the company's director, Jack Applebaum. For show dates see the website - The East Coast Boys are also bookable for a range of corporate events.
Stanton, who died on September 15 last year, aged 91, was a character actor, singer and musician whose film career spanned more than sixty years. Some will remember him as one of the doomed crew of the spaceship Nostromo in Alien, 1970, and some as the spirited old lag in the fantasy prison movie The Green Mile in 1999. Others may recall Stanton's more substantial role in Repo Man, 1984, as the repossession senior teaching the new rookie the ropes, or his starring role, also 1984 as the damaged amnesiac walking out of the desert to unite with his brother, son, and former wife in Paris, Texas.
It was more than thirty years later, in 2016 that Stanton deservedly got the starring role for Lucky, playing Lucky, a cantankerous 90 year-old curmudgeon who is fiercely independent and loves his life of crossword puzzles, drinking and smoking in the Arizona desert town where he spends his days. For all his tough outer skin Lucky is afraid of dying and vulnerable and Stanton revels in his swansong role with a relish that begs the question, "is he acting?" He is also blessed with some great support from the likes of Tom Skerritt, the captain of the Nostromo in Alien, Beth Grant, Ed Begley Jr, Ron Livinston, film director David Lynch in an unusual acting role and fellow character actor John Carroll Lynch making his film directing debut.
Lucky is being released in UK and Ireland cinemas, and on demand from September 14 by Eureka Entertainment. It has been described as "at once a love letter to the life and career of Harry Dean Stanton as well as a meditation on mortality, loneliness, spirituality and human connection" and as a bonus Stanton sings in the screenplay and performs the Western love song Red River Valley hauntingly on harmonica on the soundtrack. Go get the man at his peak.
Many made time for drinks, meals out and sightseeing and 25% claimed to be "stuck in meetings" when they were really enjoying free time.
Sadly for Dicky 18% of his Virgin West Coast trains have been running late, and one irate female customer retorted that his sanctimonious comments were "Hypocrisy on a giant scale" after she was delayed by 12 hours getting to Scotland. Others pointed out that in the year to August 18 only 40% of Dicky's trains arrived punctually exactly on time.
A well-known saying about glass houses and throwing stones comes to mind...
This of course is possibly OK if the guests are in a physical relationship, and all find such voyeuristic activities a bit of a turn-on. However, as pointed out in an amusing Daily Telegraph opinion piece by Annabel Fenwick Elliott it might be a positive turn-off if one was sharing one of these awfully trendy suites with one's father, mother, sister, brother, daughter, son, friend or even business colleague.
Apparently luxury hotels offering such facilities include the Waldorf Hilton in London, the Innside Hotel in Manchester, the LLoyd Hotel and Cultural Embassy in Amsterdam, the Hotel St Germain in Toronto, the Sentido Aegean Pearl in Rethymnon, Crete and the Blue Woods Hotel, Deerlijk, near Ghent, Belgium. A designer of hotel ineriors has commented on the trend thus "Today's generation are much more comfortable with being exposed".
Reportedly some hotels with the open plan rooms have fitted movable curtains or blinds around their baths, showers, toilets and bidets to give guests some optional privacy, which would seem a low cost and sensible thing for them all to do. Otherwise they could issue branded blindfolds, except that some of "todays generation" and some of yesterday's no doubt, might think they were for bondage games and really have a good time not seeing anyone do anything.
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.
The transparent management of TripAdvisor explain why they dont reveal the names of hotels or restaurants that they know submit fake positive reviews to mislead their publics. A top executive comments "It's more than my job's worth"... A spokesperson for Giles Cooper Entertainment (GCE Live) reveals whether or not their recent Van Morrison concert at Wrest Park was one of the "memorable live experiences" promoted on their website... Overpaid University Vice-Chancellors pledge to pay half their inflated salaries back, to help struggling students... Flocks of pigs are spotted flying over major UK university towns... Sir Richard Branson helpfully advises "If you really have to be somewhere at a set time don't use my trains, or anyone else's. We're all useless"... The Association of British Voyeurs books all its future conferences into luxury hotels with open plan bedrooms... and much, much more...
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