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Mice Net : August 2008
knock, knock From a venue operator… A hired entertainer did his gig and retired to his dressing room, taking a couple of female guests with him. He called a staffer to bring some drinks to him backstage and then proceeded to get to know the young ladies a little more intimately. Unfortunately, in the heat of the moment he forgot to lock the door and so the trio were a little taken aback when the waiter stormed in with the drinks. The waiter dropped off the drinks and hot-tailed it out of there quick as a wink. melbourne cup mayhem hail storm hui And another one from “across the ditch”… One time we were organising a hui for just over 100 delegates when the city was struck by a terrible storm. Flights were cancelled from about midday, and road closures blocked traffic going out of the city. Throughout the day we monitored weather reports and flight cancellations, and stayed in constant contact to re-book as many flights as possible for the following morning, to ensure that our folks could get home as soon as possible. (Had we waited until the flights were officially cancelled by the airline, many of our delegates would have been forced to stay another full day - that’s how long it was taking to clear the backlog of stranded travellers!) We kept the client and delegates informed at each step of the way, which meant they not only had input into their arrangements but remained focused on the conference program. It seemed every single hotel in the city was booked – in the end we were able to not only house all the delegates at a fabulous hotel, but still managed to keep the total conference under-budget! 72 mice.net “I was in charge of organising a Melbourne Cup lunch at a prominent Hobart venue. The venue was all decked out in racing day livery, 150 ladies in beautiful fashions sipped champagne and enjoyed luscious canapes, a tasty light buffet lunch and delectable desserts. Three video monitors (this was before plasma screens) were placed around the room by a well known AV supplier. I received a quick course in tuning the monitors to the racing channel and then changed to a music channel so as not to interfere with the ambience of the occasion with racing chatter and advertisements before the big race. And then the moment came! A guest reminded me that the time for the “the race” was approaching… I moved over to the monitor and changed it to the racing channel. Or so I thought. Lo and behold, all I got was Mr Ed the talking horse! (Does anyone remember Mr Ed?). My face took on a bright shade of crimson as the guests were getting agitated as the race had already started. I looked for a technician but he had left the building. No matter what I tried, I could not locate the broadcast! In panic, I raced into an office nearby and grabbed a transistor radio - yes, that is what they were called - and rushed back to the function and managed to tune the radio to the race just as the horses entered the finishing straight. At least my guests got to hear the end result! Needless to say my acute embarrassment was compounded even further when the general manager called me into his office and let fly with a multitude of expletives that I will never forget. The moral of the story? Check and double check and leave nothing to chance. Nothing is fool proof!”