Event Organisers Update August 2019 ISSUE 177 - an independent information source published by the Society of Event Organisers (SEO).
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COMPASSION VERSUS RELIGION
However we have to support the right of a 16 year old vegetarian schoolgirl from Eastbourne, Abigail Ward, to express her views about halal religious slaughter in her Religious Education GCSE exam, saying the practice, whereby the animal has to be fully conscious when its throat is cut, rather than stunned first, is "absolutely disgusting".
Though all vegetarians and vegans, and most carnivores we suspect would agree with her view the GCS examiner working for the Oxford, Cambridge and RSV (OCR) board disagreed, calling her comment "obscenely racist" and "Islamophobic" and disqualified her. When her school, Gildredge House in Eastbourne appealed against the absurd and ignorant misunderstanding and the stupid decision of the OCR examiner OCR agreed and apologised that her valid criticism of a cruel religious practice had been deemed racist and deserving of punishment.
It is a matter of shame in the UK that halal slaughter enjoys "religious exception" from the EUs 2009 Slaughter Regulation which compassionately requires all animals to be stunned before slaughter. This exception makes no sense, should be removed and only survives because some are frightened to be branded Islamophobic or racist for saying so.
Note: Reader's views on this issue welcomed.
MORE FAT CATS?
According to a recent piece in the Daily Mail, Balcombe enjoys a package worth up to £230,000, plus generous expenses and has just 285 staff. This contrasts with the 42,232 staff of Metropolitan Police Commissioner Cressida Dick, whose package is very similar at £229,592.
There is a view in Westminster that increases in tourist visits have more to do with the fall in value of sterling than with any efforts by the BTA with the £60 million of public money they receive.
DON'T GET CAUGHT WITH THIS ONE
Well no. It's just a scam by thieves who have got hold of your personal details and used them to place, and pay for the phone order. And the "courier" is the thief.
Advice from Which? is to contact the supplier of the unexpected item - it could also be something other than a phone - immediately and arrange for it to be sent back and credited. Then when the "courier" comes knocking you can explain that the matter has been dealt with.
BRIDGET RILEY IN LONDON
Running from October 23rd 2019 to Jan 28th 2020 the exhibition spans 70 years of Riley's mostly abstract work and includes the iconic black and white paintings from the 1960s. Of these a number feature geometric patterns that deceive the eye in a sometimes disconcerting way - the 1967 Cataract 3 has close-packed wavy lines that shimmer and seem to roll, flow and cascade like waves, whereas the 1961 Movement in Squares presents two checkerboards that seem to be moving towards each other and disappearing down a crevasse.
Other parts of the exhibition feature her early fascination with pointillist Seurat, her only three-dimensional work Continuum and her later works of the 80s and 90s using vertical stripes split into diagonal slabs in a riot of colours, such as Justinian (1988), High Sky (1991) and From Here (1994) each using more colours and hues than the last. Latterly Riley went for thin vertical lines of solid colours, such as Aria from 2012.
The exhibition is currently running at the Royal Scottish Academy, Edinburgh, until September 22, and opens in London on October 23rd.
PYGMALION AT SHAW'S HERTFORDSHIRE HOME
Shaw's Corner, now owned and run by the National Trust is the country house and garden retreat of famed Irish playwright George Bernard Shaw, who wrote much of his output in the writing shed in the garden, especially adapted to swivel around to catch the sun. Pygmalion was the 1912 play he wrote, for which he then penned an Oscar-winning screenplay in 1938. The highly-rated film starred Leslie Howard as the cynical and manipulative Professor of phonetics, Henry Higgins, who takes on a bet that he cant turn lowly and common Covent Garden flower seller Eliza Doolittle, played by Wendy Hiller, into an elegant society lady.The film was re-made in 1964 as a highly-rated musical, My Fair Lady, starring Rex Harrison as the professor and Audrey Hepburn as Eliza.
There are some similarities in the story of Pygmalion. He was a sculptor in Greek mythology who could see no good in women, especially the local prostitutes, and determined to have nothing to do with them However he carved a beautiful woman, Galatea, out of ivory and then fell in love and lust (unrequited) with his creation, talking to it, kissing it, caressing it, dressing and undressing it, and bringing it flowers and other presents. Pygmalion then prayed to the gods to bring Galatea to life, which the goddess of love, Aphrodite, duly did for him and the misogynist sculptor and his lovely new woman got married, lived happily ever after and produced a son, Paphos, from whom the Cyprus city got its name.
The screening of Pygmalion is free to all National Trust members - non-members can pay £8.50 for the entry to Shaws Corner house and garden, or join the Trust for 1 year for individual membership of £72.
LESS TO TAKE HOME
For their shampoo, conditioner and bubble bath guests will be offered squirts from larger refillable containers, part of the group's wider drive to cut down on the use of throwaway plastic.
Naturally no top-end Intercontinental guests would be so cheap as to take in their own plastic bottles and fill them up with squirts from Interconti's dispensers. Would they?
VENUES AND EVENTS LIVE
On display are venues, restaurants and event suppliers and visitors can also attend a range of educational sessions.
Used Cars stars Kurt Russell who plays devious car salesman Rudy Russo, working for the affable but not too successful Luke Fuchs, played by former welterweight boxer turned actor Jack Warden. Warden also plays Luke's brother Roy, who runs a competing and more successful used car lot just across the road, but which is threatened by the plan to take over the space for a new freeway exit. Hence Roy schemes to get rid of Luke who is in failing health with his heart and take over his business. To this end he hires a Demolition Derby driver, the mad Mickey (Michael Talbott) to take Luke for a crazy, death-defying ride in one of his own cars, pretending to be a potential buyer. The plan works as Mickey crashes the car back on the lot and Luke dies of a heart attack a few minutes later. However, seeing what Roy is up to and why Rudy arranges to seat Luke behind the wheel of one of his own four-wheel death traps and then buries the whole car, telling Roy and everyone else that Luke has taken off to Miami Beach for a vacation.
Thus the stage is now set for an entertaining all-out war for customers between Rudi and Roy. Rudi shoots a live TV commercial involving a female model Margaret (Cheryl Rixon) draped over the bonnet of one of his cars. She catches her dress in the bonnet ornament and when the bonnet release is activated, accidentally of course, the bonnet flies up taking her dress with it. The shocking bad taste continues when Roy arranges a customer evening with circus animals and Rudi pulls all the customers to his side of the road with raunchy strippers strutting their stuff to hard-rock music on top of some of his cars. Subtle it aint.
Kurt Russell may be best known for his associations with Elvis Presley, having been seen as a nasty kid kicking Presley's shins in It Happened at the World's Fair in 1963,(uncredeited), as Presley in the well-regarded biopic Elvis - The Movie in 1979 and then doing the voice of Elvis, again uncredited, for Forrest Gump in 1994. Russell also had an excellent role as helicopter pilot R.J.Macready in The Thing, the 1982 remake of the 1951 sci-fi horror The Thing From another World, and as Wyatt Earp in Tombstone (1993) where he was well-supported by Val Kilmer as Doc Holliday. For Used Cars strong support came from Gerrit Graham as his superstitious and equally devious colleague and Deborah Harmon who turns up as Luke Fuch's estranged and lovely daughter Barbara Jane and ends up as Rudi's love interest.
Used Cars was released on August 12 on Blu-ray by Eureka Entertainment as part of their Eureka Classics range. The special features include a 27 minute interview with producer Bob Gale, a radio interview with Kurt Russell and an outakes and gag reel, and there is a Limited Edition Collectors booklet for the first print run.
THE THIRD WIFE
May, played by the luminously lovely Nguyen Phuong Tra My - who was controversially 13 at the time of filming - is betrothed as a third wife to wealthy silk farmer Hung (Le Vu Long) and is welcomed into the family by Hung's first wife Ha (Tran Nu Yen Khe) who has given him sons, and his second wife Juan (Mia The Hung May) who has given him daughters. As part of the big-sisterly advice on sex and life that May gets she learns that she can improve her status, and compete with the second wife Juan, who is often kind to her, by producing sons rather than daughters. By the time May is pregnant, and praying for a boy, she is developing a Sapphire attraction towards Juan, who she observes having a steamy and unwise sexual liaison with Hun's hard-drinking eldest son, (Nguyen Thanh Tam).
This relationship comes to an end when Hung arranges marriage, and child bride Tuyet (Pham Thi Kim Ngan) for Son, who is ungrateful on the basis that he only wants to marry someone he loves, a worryingly progressive view in this society, at that time, and rejects her. When Hung tries to annul the marriage, by paying Tuyet's father three times the dowry he paid Hung, Tuyet's father refuses to take her back and asks her :"What did you do to bring this upon our family? This is your only duty and you cant do it right?" At this cruel injustice Tuyet takes her own life, a very young victim of a very ignorant patriarchy. Meanwhile May continues to be embroiled in her own set of serious problems as one of Xuan's young daughters, Nhan, played by Mai Cat Vi, shows signs of healthy rebellion , questioning her mother's putting down of the family's pet calf with nightshade, then refusing to eat what her mother wants her to, and in the last scene in the film, cutting off her hair. Nhan could just be an early nail in the patriarchal coffin, and is surely the future...
The Third Wife is one of those films you'll probably want to watch more than once, so the DVD might be the better investment. This was released by Eureka Entertainment in a dual-format Blu-ray & DVD edition as part of its Montage Pictures range this month, and the pack contains a booklet containing a new essay by David West, news editor at NEO Asian pop culture magazine.
So it was with Shane Hatharall, who paid £2 by text to park his car at Clarence House, Newport two years ago. The company running the parking site, Parking Eye, claimed he hadn't paid and fined him £165, later admitting that their text payment system was down. However despite receiving proof from Mr. Hatherall that the £2 had been paid they still insisted he paid the fine, which he refused to do.
Parking Eye then took Mr Hatherall to court, but backed down and pulled out before the case was heard, prompting Mr Hatherall to claim that Parking Eye "made its money by bullying people with threats of court action".
Significantly, since the story made the press a number of others have written letters revealing that they have been similarly treated by Parking Eye, with one calling them "chancers" and another saying "It's really time we started boycotting places that employ Parking Eye".
Parking Eye's website claims that they "dramatically improve the customer experience" and features the general manager of the London Heathrow Marriott hotel, Ron Vos claiming that his Parking Eye site there is "well-managed". Parking Eye are members of the British Parking Association, for what its worth...
Wonder if that nice Nicola Sturgeon is telling her people any of this?
The outspoken delegate was quickly denied any further free speech and separated from the microphone...
The Oxford, Cambridge and RSA (OCR) examination board admit "Unfortunately we have acquired a number of snowflake, holier-than-thou examiners who have just learnt how to spell Islamophobic"... Sally Balcombe of Visit Britain accepts that when sterling is low inbound tourism automatically increases and the £60 million of taxpayers money paid to her quango is highly questionable... Hundreds of "couriers" are jailed for fraud as outraged members of the public take photographs of them and pass them onto the police... Intercontinental Hotel Group (IHG) report a huge increase in toiletry consumption at hotels where the new refillable containers are installed... The British Parking Association (BPA) announce an increased commitment to transparency and advise drivers "If you don't want to be bullied into paying unjustified fines with threats of court action don't use our member Parking Eye... The Scottish National Party (SNP) abandon their expensive dream of Scottish independence... and much, much more...
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