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NOT BEFORE TIME
Owners of drones are facing tough new curbs to ensure that the chaos at Gatwick Airport a year ago over a drone flying nearby - more than 1,000 flights were grounded - is never repeated.

Owners of drones in the UK must register their aircraft with an operator ID displayed on the drone by the end of this month with the Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) or risk a heavy fine. Operators are also required to pass a theory test before drones weighing 250gms to 20kg can be flown.

Radio-controlled drones or model aircraft flying at over 400 feet away become impossible to control. Both Heathrow and Gatwick Airports say they have invested millions of pounds in "military-grade" anti-drone equipment following last year's incident.

 

MORE RAIL MISERY FOR CHRISTMAS
Customers of South Western Railway are facing 27 days of damaging industrial action from the Rail, Maritime and Transport Union (RMT) in a long-running dispute over the role of guards on trains.

The action is due to commence on Monday December 2 and run till New Years Day.

 

UBER STRIPPED OF LONDON LICENCE
Giant US ride-hailing operator, Uber, has been stripped of its licence to operate in London after regulators found that 14,000 uninsured rides had been provided by 43 drivers using bogus identification. One of the Uber drivers had been stripped of his private hire licence after receiving a caution for distributing indecent images of children.

Uber have previously been banned from operating in Brighton and York amid customer safety concerns.

For its failure to stop the frauds Uber has been branded "not a fit and proper operator" by Transport for London (TfL) but is reportedly free to continue trading pending the result of an appeal, which it has three weeks to activate. If Uber loses the appeal the main beneficiaries will be London's black cab drivers, who have lost millions of customers to Uber from 2011.

 

NOROVIRUS AT BRISTOL EXHIBITION?
An exhibition of "all things Lego" at the Action Indoor Sports Centre in Hengrove, South Bristol, saw some visitors and some exhibitors hit with diarrhoea and sickness symptoms, both at and shortly after the event. (Bristol Live).

Public Health officials are investigating the incidents, which happened at the weekend Bristol Brick Show, November 16 and 17, and in the few days afterwards. Organisers Bristol Lego Users Group say they were "devastated" by the incidents, which affected dozens of the 4,000 attendees and exhibitors. Reportedly there have been outbreaks of Norovirus at Bristol schools, hospitals and some businesses.

 

THE RIGHT THING FOR THE WRONG REASON?
Around one in three of us buy second-hand items, with 70% of these regularly buying used goods doing it to save money, not the planet.

A recent survey conducted by mobile phone network giffgaff found that only 30% of consumers were likely to buy a used phone. This contrasted with those who would buy used books (74%), collectables (62%), cars (60%), furniture (58%), pieces of artwork (56%), DVD/Blu-ray discs (53%), bicycles (45%) and clothing, excluding shoes (38%).

 

PROFITABLE PUNT ON RITZ HOTEL
The 5-star West End hotel and casino, The Ritz, is up for sale from the billionaire Barclay Brothers, along with their three other businesses, the Telegraph Media Group, Shop Direct online retail group, which includes Littlewoods, and courier service Yodel.

The Ritz was bought in 1995 for £75 million. This was 24 years ago and based on the old premise that the value of money doubles every 7 years the hotel should be worth around £800 million today, which is what the Barclays are reportedly looking for.

 

MODERN ART MASTERS IN AMSTERDAM
Fans of the modern art master Chagall can view the Stedelijk Museum, Amsterdam's large collection of the artist's work for the first time in nearly 70 years.

The occasion is an exhibition, Chagall, Picasso, Mondrian and Others: Migrant Artists in Paris, running at the Stedelijk, Museumplein until February 2, 2020. It features more than 50 artists. photographers and graphic designers living and working in Paris between 1900 and 1950, and highlights the challenges faced by them from a society that was increasingly nationalistic, xenophobic, and anti-Semitic, this last in particular to Chagall, a Jewish-Russian in exile, who was asked to illustrate the fables of La Fontaine and caused outrage in the Paris press that French national heritage was being depicted by a foreign Jew.

Admission, Adults Euro 18.50. Timings Daily 10.00 - 18.00pm, Fridays 10.00 - 22.00pm.

 

DER GOLEM
Golem is a Hebrew word meaning "shapeless thing" and in Jewish mythology golems were giants created from clay, mud, earth etc. and given life and some human characteristics by a demon spirit.

Today's golem-like entities include Gollom from J.R.R. Tolkien's Lord of The Rings trilogy, Frankenstein's monster, and Arnold Schwartzenegger's Terminator, but one of the first cinematic manifestations was inspired by a 1914 novel, Der Golem, from Gustav Meyrink. Director and actor Paul Wegener first directed and starred as the monster in Der Golem in 1915 and then as a parody in 1917, The Golem and the Dancer. Both films are sadly now lost but it was Wegener's third silent film on the subject, The Golem:How He Came into the World released nearly a century ago in 1920 which has survived to please fans of horror and German Expressionist movies alike.

The story is of late 16th century Prague where Rabbi Loew sees a warning in the stars that the Jews in the city's ghetto are about to be attacked by the anti-Semitic Holy Roman Emperor, Rudolf II, and either killed or expelled, so he creates a golem from clay and gives it life to protect his people. The creature, which is activated by a five-pointed star amulet containing a magic word and mounted on its chest, and de-activated by it being taken away, first performs a series of domestic tasks before Rabbi Loew is invited to bring it to the palace of Rudolf, for the entertainment of his court.

While there the Rabbi uses his magic powers to project some history of his people on a wall, warning the Emperor and the audience that they mustn't laugh at any time or great calamity will befall them. At the appearance of the Wandering Jew in the film a court jester makes a remark to one of the ladies there, who starts to giggle, which gets the Emperor and everyone else laughing, until the roof starts to move down to crush them. The golem steps up and holds up the roof, saving everyone and resulting in a shaken Rudolf giving all the previously doomed Jews a pardon. Sadly the Rabbi's evil assistant then starts to control the golem for his own purposes, which causes it to run amok, throwing the assistant from a tower and destroying some of the town's buildings before it meets one of the town's angelic children, who unwittingly pulls of the amulet, collapsing the golem.

Der Golem was released on Blu-ray earlier this month by Eureka Entertainment as part of its Masters of Cinema Series. The pack includes a choice of three musical scores, a new audio commentary, new video essays, a collector's booklet and the 60-minute US version of the film.

 

WEREWOLF
Of all the concentration camps operated by the Nazis during WW2, Gross-Rosen, a complex of 100 forced labour camps in the south-west of Poland was one of the largest, holding around 11% of all those held captive by the Nazis. It was, by accounts also one of the cruellest, being the final destination of those Jews and political enemies of the Nazis ordered to disappear without trace in Hitler's Night and Fog decrees. Soviet POWs were also killed there. One surviving inmate was Simon Wiesenthal, well-known for his effective Nazi-hunting after the end of the war.

As in all camps the SS used dogs trained to attack and kill prisoners in Gross-Rosen, one of the bestial atrocities that camp commandant at Plaszov, Amon Goeth also inflicted on prisoners, a sadistic inhuman made infamous by the film Schindler's List. Goeth then suffered a botched execution by the Poles, experiencing two un-successful hangings before the third attempt broke his neck.

So it's Gross-Rosen and SS dogs that feature so strongly in Werewolf, an affecting and horrifying wartime thriller from Polish director Adrian Panek and released this month. Opening inside the camp as the Russians move closer in the summer of 1945 the film shows the Nazi guards, and their savage dogs, indulge in final acts of bloody violence against their helpless captives, mostly Polish Jews.

After the Nazis have fled, and the camp is liberated, eight children and young people who have survived are driven deep into the surrounding forest by the Russians and dumped at an abandoned mansion nearby, with no electricity, no running water and little food. The fleeing SS, meanwhile, have let slip their dogs, and these, crazed with hunger, surround the mansion, trapping the children inside and exchanging one set of horrors for another. As the children are terrified by the slavering hounds jumping at the windows and doors from outside they realise they will have to work together to survive.

Werewolf, with its cast of mostly non-professional child actors acting naturally, has its share of psychological tension, jump scares and, unbelievably, has a happy and hopeful ending as the children finally realise how they can control the murderous, feral dogs. And it is beautifully shot, with a score that ranges from melancholic to heart-pounding. It has been released by Eureka Entertainments as part of their Montage Pictures range.

OLD GRIT'S DIARY

Monday
Delegates to events are not eating up their greens, according to the results of a survey on food waste conducted by Lime Venue Portfolio and BCD Meetings and Events.

In the survey around a third of organisers admitted to throwing away at least 15% of the food they commission, with salads accounting for 40% of the total waste. Other categories were breads at 16%, desserts at 13% and vegetable side dishes at 11%.

 

Thursday
We here that a motorist who was stuck in the car park at Bristol Airport due to a faulty barrier and was let out by the attendant without his number plate being recorded received a bill for £490.

The car park operators accepted this was their error and not a result of the new car parking charges at the airport which have been the reason for "massive dissatisfaction" from customers. This could be due to the ambiguous presentation of prices for the Drop and Go car park where Up to 10 mins is £3, 10 to 20 mins is £5, 20 to 40 mins is £7, 40 to 60 mins is £20 and every hour, or part of thereafter is £20. Questions are if you stay 10 mins do you pay £3 or £5? And for a stay of 20 mins is the fee £5 or £7? And for 40 mins is it £7 or £20? The only clear price is the one for 61 mins which is £40, possibly making little Bristol Airport the World's most expensive airport car parking.

FOODIE NEWS

o It has been our pleasure over the last two years to attend an enjoyable annual group evening outing, midweek, to Peterborough Greyhounds organised by our local Sandy Probus business/luncheon club.

Inclusive of the 1 hour plus return coach journey the price for the evening is £25, which gets us entry, a race programme, an inside table space by the track for the evening and a two-course dinner comprising a starter and main course. On both occasions the food has been substantial and very good. Starters (5) now include a tasty Savoury Prawn Mayonnaise served with salad and brown bread and butter, Jerk Chicken Drumsticks with sliced onion and peppers and a choice of dip and Rosemary and Garlic Crusted Brie Wedges served with a tangy relish and mixed leaves. There is also a vegetarian soup and vegetarian seasonal melon.

Main course choices (8) include a shortcrust pastry Steak and Ale Pie with Doombar gravy, and a Redcurrant Roasted Lamb Shank, both served with potatoes and seasonal vegetables, a chicken breast with wine sauce and wild mushrooms served with new potatoes and seasonal vegetables, or white rice, and Steamed Cod Romesco on a bed of spinach with the Romesco tomato and almond sauce, garden peas and new potatoes, or white rice, There are also two vegetarian choices, a Mediterranean Roasted Vegetables and Bell Pepper Pie with shortcrust pastry and served with peas and vegan gravy, and a Mexican Bean Burger served in a toasted roll with salad garnish, relish and fries. For non-vegetarians there is also a thick-cut Gammon Steak, or Maple Gammon Steak, with tomato, onion rings, garden peas and chips, this same selection offered with a field mushroom for the 8 oz English Fillet Steak dish, which is charged at £4.50 extra. Diners can also order extra side dishes such as Potato Chips, Sweet Potato Fries, Potato Wedges or Jacket Potato, all at £2.50, as well as Side Salad (£2.75), Beer Battered Onion Rings (£2), Corn on the Cob (£1.95), Mushrooms (£1.75) and Peas (£1).

Desserts are also available for an extra cost of around £5 on our package and the range of five includes Blackberry and Apple Crumble. Baked Caramel Vanilla Cheesecake, Lemon Meringue Pie, and Chocolate Fudge Gateaux, all served with a choice of custard, fresh cream or ice cream.

The packages for groups offered by the venue comprise Bronze, which covers entry, race programme, starter, and main course costs £14.95 on Wednesdays, £16.95 on Fridays and £23.95 on Saturdays. The Silver option adds a dessert and hot drink and costs £19.95 on Wednesdays, £21.95 on Fridays and £27.95 on Saturdays. And the Gold option adds dessert, cheeses and biscuits, hot drink and a table near the winning post, and costs £25.95 for Wednesdays, £28.95 for Fridays and £36.95 for Saturdays. All options include the service of a venue staff member to collect your bets and monies and bring you your winnings, if any, to your table.

Reservations. Tel: 01733 296939 Web: peterboroughgreyhounds.com

 

o Some cheerful Christmas news for foodies comes from the Good Housekeeping's annual taste tests of Xmas fare, which shows that you don't have to spend fortunes to enjoy the tastiest treats. The Institute blind tasted 383 products across 20 categories this year and noted how well 26 products mostly from the likes of Tesco, Lidl, Iceland, Marks and Spencers and others scored.

For starters the FishRjumpin' smoked salmon from the Fish Society scored 78% and costs £8.90 for 200 grammes, while the Scottish Gravadlax from Lidl scored 86% and cost £3.49 for 100 grammes.

Moving on to the meat the frozen turkey breast crown with pork, sage and onion stuffing from M&S scored 84% and cost £14.40 for 1.2 kilos, the Crackling Gammon Joint with maple and bourbon glaze from Tesco cost £16 for 2.8 kilo and scored 84%, as did the British Smoked Strung gammon joint from Aldi costing £5.49 per kilo. Separate stuffing treats comprising pigs in blankets (OK sausages in bacon) came from Tesco for its finest stuffing wreath with pigs and cranberry compote at £5 for 534 grammes scoring 80%, as did ASDA extra special pigs on Festive Feast at £5 for 694 grammes, these two just topped by Sainsburys Taste The Difference 6 outdoor bred pork chipolatas in bacon, scoring 83% and costing £3 for 260 grammes. Vegetarians can enjoy Tescos Finest butternut squash, mushroom and chestnut wreath, which cost £2.50 for 250 grammes and scored 82%, as did the Portobello Mushroom Wellington from Cook at £10 for 360 grammes. A vegan choice is ASDA's Vegan Festive Wellington which scored 77% and cost £3 for 500 grammes.

Going for the puddings the Iceland 12 month matured Christmas Pudding cost £4 for 400 grammes and scored 79%, as did Lidl's 24 month matured at £11.99 for 907 grammes. Something a bit different was Aldi's Specially Selected morello cherry Christmas pudding, which scored 81% and cost £6.99 for 800 grammes. A dessert centrepiece was M&S Sticky Toffee Pudding Trifle which scored 86% and cost £12 for 1 kilo. The mince pie sector was topped by Baking Agents mini bake at home mince pies (Ocado) which scored 90% and cost £3.79 for 12. Also doing well were Eat's mince pies which cost £1.50 each and scored 82%. For the gluten free versions Tesco's Free From deep filled mince pies cost £1.50 for 4 and scored 79%, as did Costa Coffee's mincemeat tart at £2.10 each. A Christmas cake option was Waitrose richly fruited at £16 for 1.3 kilos and scoring 79%. Those liking something seriously sweet are offered a chocolate praline yule log from Paul, perhaps pricey at £35.95 for 805 grammes and scoring 83%, while those looking for savoury to finish can enjoy Lidl's Deluxe mature blue stilton at £2.99 for 220 grammes and scoring 86%.

Finally to wash it all down in style Morrissons have their Best Prosecco DOCG Conegliano Valdobbiadene Prosecco Superiore at £10 for 75 cl and scoring 89%, and their Mulled wine at £3.75 for 75cl and scoring 88%. Or you could splash out on Waitrose Champagne Bollinger at £45 for 75cl and scoring 83%.

Happy shopping…

NEXT ISSUE

Armed fighter drones are scrambled at Heathrow airport to gun down drones that have strayed into the airport's exclusion zone, and to terminate the operators… A statement from the RMT union on the eve of its current strike states "We believe it is fair and entirely justifiable to knowingly damage the lives of others in order to improve our own, and that knowingly putting the jobs of innocent others at risk is entirely right and proper when it serves to protect the well-paid jobs of our own members and the generous salaries expenses and pension pots of RMT officials" and is signed by the union's general secretary, Nick Cash… London's black cabs come back into favour as travellers begin to appreciate the increased safety and security offered… Event organisers refuse to serve desserts to naughty delegates who haven't eaten up all their main course… and much, much more…

ANNOUNCEMENTS

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o AUDIO VISUAL AND IT COMPANIES

EXHIBITIONS & LIVE EVENT AUDIO VISUAL SUPPLIER COVERING UK & EUROPE
Located in London and Birmingham, Computec AV cater for all your rental requirements. Equipment available includes LCD/Plasma screens, PA systems, Projection Equipment and Lighting. Also in-house we have our Set Creation company specialising in staging, bespoke set design and build. Tel 020 8807 2002, Fax 020 8807 3818, email: sales@computecgroup.com Web: computecgroup.com

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EVENT TRAINING - WITH A QUALIFICATION
The Society of Event Organisers, SEO, offers a four-day qualification course, the Certificate in Conference Organisation (CCO) running in Central London three times a year, and which can also be presented at your premesis - dates by arrangement. Contact Peter Cotterell Tel. 01767 312986, email peter.cotterell@eou.org.uk visit seoevent.co.uk

o MAGICIANS

TOP CLASS MAGIC AND ILLUSION ENTERTAINMENT FOR CORPORATE & PRIVATE EVENTS
Specializing in cabaret shows and close up Magic for galas, charity events, weddings, & corporate events Le Magician Dean Metcalfe is a master manipulator perfector of his own spectacular close-up Magic, performances worldwide, see website for live showreels and more details visit lemagicianilluminaire.com

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MOCHA:IDEAS, FILM AND MOTION CONTENT THAT CONNECT
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OUT OF HOURS SUPPORT GROUP provides MEDICAL COVER and SECURITY SERVICES for the full range of events.
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Out of Hours Security teams work separately or alongside the medical teams. Security staff are registered and licensed by the SIA. All staff wear visible ID at all times. Contact Leo Burdock at leo@outofhoursmedics.co.uk or visit outofhoursmedics.co.uk Tel: 07904033828

o NEWSLETTERS

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o VENUES. LEEDS

CONFERENCES & MEETINGS UP TO 90 DELEGATES
LCI offers conferencing with an ethical edge in Leeds City Centre. Five Rooms (Max 90 people) with Smartboards, loop systems, WIFI. Disabled access. LCI supports community/voluntary groups by offering significant discounts. Very close to railway & bus stations. Contact Moira or Wendy on 0113 245 4700 or email conferencing@leedschurchinstitute.org

o VENUES. LONDON. NON-RESIDENTIAL

BOARDROOM OFF CITY ROAD
Our pleasant boardroom is available for full or half day meetings. It seats 14 people, boardroom-style, or can be arranged to suit your needs. Catering and equipment is available on request. We are conveniently located just off City Road. Call Claire/Nora on 0207 324 0750; fax 0207 324 0760; email: enquiries@keyring.org; address: 27, Corsham Street, London, N1 6DR

BEAUTIFUL ARCHITECTURE. BEAUTIFUL INTERIORS. HEART OF LONDON
The classical regency terrace at Park Crescent, near Regents Park includes number 16, which offers seven beautifully appointed meetings rooms, all with natural light and modern facilities, for up to 60 delegates, and a dedicated team to ensure event success. Tel. 020 7612 7070, Fax. 020 7612 7078, email. enquiries@16parkcrescent.co.uk visit 16parkcrescent.co.uk

o VENUE TRAINING

VENUE TRAINING, WITH A QUALIFICATION
The Society of Event Organisers, SEO, offers a four-day qualification course, the Certificate in Conference Venue Marketing (CCVM) running in Central London once a year, and which can also be presented at your premesis - dates by arrangement. Contact Peter Cotterell Tel. 01767 312986, email peter.cotterell@eou.org.uk visit seoevent.co.uk

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