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Mice Net : December 2008
thumbs up-down THUMBS UP THUMBS DOWN A big thumbs up to the individual who contacted mice.net about being defrauded of $10,000 on an event scam (see page 27). Obviously we’re sorry that they lost money but their efforts did potentially save at least two other companies from being defrauded as well. So from all of our readers and the events industry at large, thank you. Parents who leave their children behind when you travel, fear not, you can now go away without feeling bad about leaving the little tikes at home thanks to Singapore’s Mixed Reality Lab at the National University of Singapore. As the lab’s director, Adrian David Cheok told delegates at ITB Asia in Singapore recently the “huggy pyjamas” are the way to go. Your better half simply tucks your child into bed at home in their huggy pyjama suit and you can send them a hug from anywhere in the world. The huggy pyjamas will squeeze the child – like a hug - and your child will know that you love them, even when you’re so far away. If you want to see the system in action visit www.youtube.com/watch?v=hQ6usrx-GPM. Thanks Professor Cheok, and thanks ITB Asia for such an informative seminar on new technology… not. Every so often you meet someone who is doing great things, and Billie Paris from Moral Fibre is certainly one of those. Her company provides t-shirts, polo shirts, hoodies, and bags, including conference-style satchels, that are not only 100 per cent organic but carbon neutral, with the manufacture of the products assisting displaced women in third world countries. Billie says one normal t-shirt produces 7kg of CO2. Hers produce just 0.7kg of CO2. Her t-shirts are more expensive ($10.80 for an Environmentally sustainable products from Moral Fibre™ order of 1000 compared to $3 each for those purchased in China), however hers are directly benefiting those less fortunate and have almost zero impact on the environment. And her products are so soft you can’t believe it. Visit www.moralfibre.com for further details. Someone has to do something about Sydney International Airport’s customs declaration debacle. Arriving in Sydney early on a Saturday morning editor Brad Foster went through customs to the baggage claim relatively quickly. His declaration form was stamped that he had “nothing to declare”. After picking up his bag from the designated carousel he was met with a queue that ran the length of the baggage claim area. On enquiring why this was the case an official said that the long queue was because a number of aircraft had landed around the same time and they were therefore busier than usual. But hold on a minute. Wouldn’t they know this well before the aircraft arrived? Early enough in fact so that they could appoint the appropriate level of staff to manage the influx? And why, if you have nothing to declare must you remain in a queue with those who have something to declare until you are then allowed to proceed outside? They don’t seem to have the same problem in Singapore! Fear not mice.net readers and fellow travellers, we’re not going to let this rest. We’re going to get answers and report back on why our system appears to be so antiquated. www.sydneywideconferences.com.au is a comprehensive directory of venues, accommodation, team building activities, conference and exhibition services in Greater Sydney. Log on as we can help you plan your next conference, exhibition or event. 14 mice.net