Not on Breakfast TV and Tickets for Ghostbusters… October 4th 2013

Well, I didn’t make the final six for the Businesswoman of the Year – so, no Breakfast TV appearance this month. I did of course get the  ‘well done, it is such a great achievement to make the selection committee stage and you should be very proud’ letter. Felt a bit disappointed at first (see Blog entry David vs Goliath) but I am proud and it certainly has been an interesting process – I’ve had lots of congratulations from friends and colleagues; people I haven’t seen for ages got in touch to say well done; I’ve had two job offers (!); started a blog; increased my Twitter following by 65% (ok it’s still not great but it’s better); the wonderful Sara Fox ordered Laurent Perrier Rose for us just before the list was announced (we’ll drink to the tv or the cv) and I’ve been Fred Hoffman’s, Magnus Scheving’s and Bronia Szczygiel’s #FF on Twitter (Fred’s for two weeks running – hey, thanks Fred!)  Also, when I emailed a friend flippantly saying I must work on getting a minimum 8 million annually she replied ‘Are you asking really an 8 million a year person Tee? I think you are too kind and considerate to be in that race – and you inspire people just as you are.’ Wow – food for thought. Thanks Hilda.

Today has been a good mix – inbetween planning for my upcoming networking evening and a leadership talk for a Chinese delegation from SiChuan Province (I’m fine on the leadership side, working hard ensuring I don’t make any errors on the cultural side) I’ve been madly trying to buy tickets for ‘Future Cinema does GhostBusters’ at the Troxy – which, if it is anything like their previous events will be brilliant. Being part of a huge audience joining in the Bugsy Malone’s custard pie scene (yes, literally joining in – they provided plates full of spray foam and plastic capes) while ‘You Give a Little Love and It All Comes Back to You’ plays in Fats Sams on the screen in front of you  was one of the most joyful experiences I’ve had in years! So, I can thoroughly recommend it! Three nights sold out already… My friend Frances looked amazing in hot pants when we went to Future Cinema does Saturday Night Fever – I think maybe she should go as the Stay Puft Marshmallow man this time (although she’ll probably be Sigourney Weaver and I’ll end up as Stay Puft!) We are taking our kids by the way. Have a nice weekend.

Photo from the event - yes, Stay Puft Man appeared - both on the screen and in the Troxy - fabulous!

Photo from the event - yes, Stay Puft Man appeared - both on the screen and in the Troxy - fabulous!

Future Cinema Does Ghostbusters

The 12ft Lego Gherkin - September 12th 2013

While I was in Sierra Leone the 30 St Mary Axe team held a three-day event where the UK’s only Certified Lego Builder was joined by tenants of the building and city workers, many who brought their families along, to build a 12ft model of the Gherkin in the plaza. They also commissioned 500 sets of Lego with profits from sales going to Teenage Cancer Trust and today Swiss Re’s lovely Lorraine Sage gave me the one she has been saving for me. Apparently she has had to fight off a big queue of people who wanted it. Thanks Lorraine!!

I was so disappointed to miss it! I also would have loved to see Sara Fox, she of ‘the woman who built the Gherkin’ fame, being directed on how she should be placing her Lego by a bossy seven year old. Kettle and pot come to mind. Lorraine tells me Sara took it very well.  :-)