All Hail David Miles, Chapter Director, for his successful running of the final meeting of 2012! The excitement of Secret Santa, the impending (and demonstrably false) Mayan doomsday predicted for the following day, the anticipation of a lie-in the next Thursday morning, and all of us doing the 60 second presentations of the person to our left, caused us to regress to pre-teen behaviour, making the phrase “herding cats” something for David to aspire to.
It was a great meeting, lots of prezzies given out, mince pies a go go, silly hats, and we still got some good business taken care of. This is BNI Clerkenwell.
Thank you for…the mince pies!
Jean Liggett (Properties of the World) and Chandra Sharma (Tangent Office Resources) share a pre-meeting laugh with Karen Topp (Karen Topp Consulting).
Quentin Bargate (Bargate Murray) exercises his photographic creativity, while Nevan Burke (The Best of Islington) looks on. On a related note: in 2013, look for the new, avant garde piece: “Yellow Balloon” in the Tate Modern.
No, not rubbish: Secret Santa presents! Woo hoo!
Karen karefully kaptures the koolest Kringle kontribution.
Julian Fox (TechRelate) and Tim Boeckmann (Bureaucloud) are very pleased with their Secret Santa gifts. Hmm, Julian is maybe a bit too pleased.
Helen Ainslow (Lionel Wiffen Ltd) is Santa’s elf-helper this year. Ratan Lele (Westbury Accountants) benefits from her beneficence.
Laurence Summers (Blue Badge Tour Guide) celebrates…something…with great gusto!
Julian is particularly pleased with his chocolates (hey, who copped out and put in mere chocolates? Imagination people, imagination!).
Karen helps Tim adorn his new winter beanie (see, now that’s a good Secret Santa gift!).
An American Christmas to you all! (different from a Canadian Christmas, really different).
We can’t see it, but the expression on Ian Winsley’s (Selby Carpets) face is one of transcendent jubilation at the reveal of his new desktop ping pong set. Everyone gathers ’round, their expressions ranging from stupefied awe to jejune blaséness.
Alright, alright, who thought it’d be a good idea to give knives to the barracuda lawyer?
Confusion reigns, but then Helen has a really great idea!
Daniel Lloyd-Morgan (DLM Garden Design) gets his heart’s desire: lovely, scented, feminine lotion and soap.
Some people just think that, just because they have a phone that is larger than a coffee table, they can take photos as well as the pros can. Oh, you foolish fools, put that massive phone away and let the guy with the overly large camera get all those candid photos instead!
The calm before the storm, moments before the pitched minced pie fight, David Miles (Divadani) reigns supreme from the Top Table.
Always impeccably styled: Elizabeth Floyd (Business Training Made Simple) shows off her new adornment.
Mark Smith (Simplexity Travel) waxes poetic on themes of “Simplicity” vs “Simplexity”.
Contented hat-wearers Karen and Tim listen to their fellow members’ 60 second presentations.
Christmas-themed Lina Christodoulou (Christo Print & Design) successfully hides from the camera, while Jean Liggett and Merle Wilson (Improve Confidence) laugh on.
An alternate angle of Tim (aforementioned hat-wearer) and Julian (maverick non-hat-wearer), still enjoying their fellow members’ 60 second presentations.
Laughing together are Elizabeth, Ian Selvan (Centrepoint Software) and Jean Liggett.
Andrew Pegg (Midas Corporate Consulting) violates numerous health and safety statutes while: standing on a chair, man-handling a £1700 camera lens, imitating (poorly) the chapter’s photographer who has the power to put an embarrassing photo of Andrew online for everyone to see. Could this end well for Andrew, y’all?
Nope, it didn’t end well. Poor Andrew!
Herding cats can’t be that hard, look at the fun Helen, Chandra and David are having!
Despite his risky mick-taking of the Chapter’s photographer, Andrew is awarded the John Magee Cup for the best 60 second presentation, by the Chapter’s respected resident stand-up comedian, Ratan Lele. The Chapter’s photographer admits that some could have seen it as a funny presentation…
Minced pies for the Chapter’s top performers! Well done Made Simple!
Down to some serious business: Ian Winsley gives an effective 10 minute presentation on what Selby Carpets offers its customers. Here is he showing of a sample book of flooring, while his slide details what Selby Carpets does.
“Have a great Christmas and Happy New Year”, any questions for Ian?
Selby Carpet industrial carpet swatch book, lovely stuff!
Karen Topp (Karen Topp Consulting) reads out a well-deserved testimonial for James Bridgman (Silverleaf).
I leave you with: The Leaning Tower of Pie-sa! (contender for worst joke of 2012).