Event Organisers Update September 2019 ISSUE 178 - an independent information source published by the Society of Event Organisers (SEO).
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THOMAS COOK COLLAPSE
There has been anger at reports that a few bosses there "creamed off" £47 million in bonuses, now referred to as "rewards for failure" but gratitude to some Thomas Cook employees who turned up to help the company's stranded passengers, knowing they wouldn't be paid. Reportedly some holiday makers barricaded themselves in their hotel rooms, or fled their hotels when some of the hoteliers who hadn't been paid by Thomas Cook insisted that the customers should pay, presenting bills for up to £1000.
The Insolvency Service, which has the power to order the return of the director's bonuses to creditors, will be investigating the collapse.
DEFENCE EXHIBITION IN THE FIRING LINE
The event has had its share of criticism in past years, some based on its showing of illegal torture weapons and attendance at it by representatives of some of the World's most tyrannical and murderous governments.
MORE TRIPADVISOR FAKERY
Some of the most troubling findings are for hotels in Las Vegas and the Middle East, though Which? say that reviews for some hotels in London, Paris, Barcelona and Cape Town were "suspicious" Tripadvisor has had to remove 730 five star ratings for the "best hotel in Jordan", and has admitted that 14 of the 15 hotels reported to them by Which? had been caught with fake positive reviews in the past year.
CONFLICT AT EASYHOTEL
The bid of 95 pence per share from a consortium of property investors in Canada and Luxembourg values the company at £138.7 million and has been accepted by the EasyHotel board. However Mr Haji-Ioannou has accused the consortium of trying to steal the company and advised shareholders to reject its bid.
FOOD - BIGGER THAN THE PLATE
One fascinating exhibit is a range of giant socks filled with used coffee grounds from the museum's coffee shop, on which are growing edible oyster mushrooms. Also there are non-flushing toilets where the waste is collected in plastic bags, edible water bottles and sausages made from insects, these tipped as the protein to fight world hunger. There is also some sad footage of factory farming, with fish being mechanically gutted, young chickens being swept up into a massive killing machine, and a bull encouraged to mount a cow and then having its penis guided into a rubber collecting receptacle for its ejaculating semen.
Is nothing sacred?
ORGANISERS OF OVERSEAS EVENTS WANTED
o Organisers are being sought for a Hosted Fam Trip to Noordwijk, a seaside resort on the West coast of Holland.
The town, which is 25 minutes from Schipol Airport and located between Amsterdam, Rotterdam and The Hague offers 2100+ beds, 118 restaurants and beach pavilions and 13 kilometres of sandy coastline. Its large-scale conference facilities host more than 250 international conferences a year and the trip is offered after the IBTM event industry exhibition, November 22 - 24.
o Hostings are also being offered to Convene, the event trade show being held in Vilnius, Lithuania.
This takes place 12-13 February, 2020.
High Noon, often described as "a Western for people who don't like Westerns" tells the dramatic story of retiring Marshal of Hadleyville Will Kane (Cooper) who has just married Amy Fowler (Grace Kelly) and is preparing to go on his honeymoon when he hears that vicious outlaw Frank Miller (Ian MacDonald), whom Kane helped to put away has been released and is arriving that day on the noon train when he will hook up with three of his old gang and find and kill Kane, as he promised when he was put away. Kane realises that if he goes away without facing the four they will attack others in the town and then come looking for him anyway, forcing him to spend the rest of his life running. Kane's new bride hates the idea of him staying to protect Hadleyville and goes out to the rail station to wait for the noon train to take her away from town, and her marriage. Kane tries to recruit some special deputies to face the gang with him but they all have good reason to not want to risk getting killed and he reluctantly realises, as the clocks tick closer to noon, that he is on his own.
As well as Cooper's nervy and world-weary performance, reportedly made more realistic by genuine pain from bleeding stomach ulcers, there are a number of other strong performances, including the debut of spaghetti Western star Lee Van Cleef as one of the outlaw gang in a non-speaking role, though he might have said "Uurrrgh" as he was the second one to be shot by Cooper in the brilliant climax. There is also a meaty early role for Lloyd Bridges as a hot-headed deputy, before he re-invented himself to such good comedic effect in parodies such as Airplane! and Hotshots!, and a strong role for exotic Mexican actress Katy Jurado playing a saloon-bar owner and former lover of both Kane and Miller, for which she received the Golden Globe Award for Supporting Actress.
High Noon was released on September 16 in a Blu-ray format by Eureka Entertainment as part of their Masters of Cinema Series. It comes with a Limited Edition 100-page Collectors Book (first 3,000 copies only and the list of extras includes three documentaries totalling 79 minutes on the making of the film, an audio interview with writer Carl Foreman, two audio commentaries and a video interview with film historian Neil Sinyard.
THE CHANT OF JIMMIE BLACKSMITH
Jimmy and Jack then went on the run, along with Jimmy's brother Joe, and carried out another four murders that July, said to be revenge for those who had also previously slighted Jimmy, two land-owners named Alexander McKay and Keiran Fitzpatrick and a woman named Elizabeth O'Brien, along with her 18 month old son James. Tracked by more than 100 volunteers and police Jimmy was shot in the mouth on October 13, captured on October 27 and hanged on January 18. Joe Governor was shot and killed on October 31 and Jack Underwood was hanged on January 14. Jimmy's wife Ethel remarried after her husband was hanged and suffered more abuse for it, with it being written about her that "The second marriage is just as repulsive as the first, for the bride groom is a half-caste, and in spite of all her faults the woman is white. That the institution of marriage should be for such degrading and soul-destroying unions is disgraceful".
The story was written up as a novel in 1970 by Thomas McNally, The Chant of Jimmie Blacksmith, and then, in 1978, was shot as a powerful and thought-provoking film by Fred Schepisi. The film, for this viewer, made uncomfortable viewing, as it pulls no punches on the intimidation and racial hatred suffered by the indigenous Australians from the ignorant white folk at the time, and nor does it shrink from portraying the horrific violence in the form of axe-murders it sparks and the pointless deaths on both sides Brutality breeds brutality is the message. Late in the film one of the more sympathetic white characters nails some of it down when he comments "You cant say we haven't given you anything. We've introduced you to alcohol, religion, influenza, measles, syphilis and schools".
The Chant of Jimmie Blacksmith was released last month in a dual-format Blu-ray/DVD edition by Eureka Entertainment as part of their Masters of Cinema series. The pack contains both the Australian and International versions of the film, audio commentaries on the Australian version, interviews, documentaries and a collectors booklet.
Leafing through the rest of the issue we came across a full page advertisement for Longleat, and opposite, a full page puff for the venue, this entitled "Venue Showcase". And we wondered, not unnaturally, If what was presented as editorial was actually paid for advertorial, and should therefore be identified as such, for transparency.
Perhaps the editor of Conference News, Martin Fullard, would like to comment?
Scientists have analysed hundreds of samples of Loch Ness water for DNA left behind by animals from their skin, urine and faeces, and the only significant amount of DNA found, other than the 68% human, was the 10% from eels.
The most famous photo of Nessie, submitted by London surgeon Robert Wilson in 1934 was proved to be a hoax and partially made using a toy bought in Woolworths.
Kate Cunningham, a 34 year old mother of two wed the 25 foot elder to protest plans by Highways England to drive a by-pass through the Rimrose Valley Country Park to serve the Port of Liverpool. Kate, who now takes the name Kate Rose Elder is concerned that the move will destroy more green space.
From Dunni Akinola
I just wanted to commend you on the stories you report - most interesting and informative.
However, I am also writing about your first article in this issue. Whilst you might not believe in the way animals are slaughtered in the Islamic way, I think you need to do your research on why animals are slaughtered in the halal way - these are not just for religious reasons, but for health reasons too...
If you know of the health reasons for halal slaughter I would be happy to publish them.
All Thomas Cook directors receiving bonuses voluntarily pay them back to help compensate creditors, and staff who worked with no thought of reward helping stranded customers, as a large flock of pigs flies over their offices... Clarion Events comment: "We know the items we promote are used to kill people but, hey, the money's good"... A list of PR firms who write positive reviews for a fee is circulated amongst hoteliers., as the number of fake reviews on Tripadvisor hits 2 in 7... Editor of Conference News, Martin Fullard, explains the close relationship of advertising to editorial at Mash Media... Monster Jellied Eels become a sought-after delicacy from Loch Ness... Comments on the woman who married a tree include "That's one way of getting plenty of wood", whatever that means... and much, much more...
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