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  • David J Marks


Happy first Monday morning in July, hold on what happened to June? Where did it disappear to?

OMG love, love, love this weather, The Lovin Spoonful had a hit record "Hot town summer in the city back of my neck getting burnt and pretty (actual lyrics are "dirty and gritty") been down isn't it a pity doesn't seem to be a shadow in the city" Summer breeze by The Isely Brothers, Sweet days of summer the jasmine in bloom July is dressed up and playing her tune when I come home from a hard days work and you're waiting there not a care in the world, summer breeze makes me feel fine blowing through the jasmine in my mind and of course The Beatles here comes the sun doodoodoodoo here comes the sun and I say it's alright. Does anyone out there remember The Beatles or The Loving Spoonful for that matter, such great summer songs? I just simply love this weather regardless of the fact I'm working in the office or making sales calls.

The Meetings Show has been and gone by and large it was a good Meetings Show for MM and Company, it's always very difficult to justify the expense of an exhibition. We zapped seventy three name badges some were new potential clients and I'm happy to say a lot were very good friends and clients. Our world wall of fame photos (that's a mouthful) was brilliant if you didn't see the stand I can send you a pic if you are interested, the map was a mosaic of thousands of photos I have taken over the 21 years MM and Company has been hosting FAM trips and believe me there were a lot of photos on the wall. Naturally there were also lots of photos of Leyla and Hannah as well. So many people came up and said "what a great idea" and they took photos of the wall we will be repeating it next year. MM and Company has exhibited at fifteen conference and incentive exhibitions over our twenty one year history and a design has never been repeated, we will be breaking with tradition next year, only there will be some design improvements, what those improvements will be I'm not sure yet, I have a year to think about it.

The World Cup is producing some great football and some surprises. I have to be very careful what I say here as I would not wish to upset any of my DMC clients, colleagues and friends so I will leave the World Cup there although I should add the Russians are putting on a great tournament and hopefully that will generate some new conference and incentive requests for Russian Event the DMC we have been representing since January 2000.

DMC News* MM and Company News* Destination News*

DMC News The summer has well and truly arrived, Europe is hot, the UAE is even hotter, everyone thoughts are turning to sunscreen, swim suits, spritzers, sun, sea and sand. It's been a busy six months and our DMCs are looking forward to a break.

Leyla and Hannah's twitter and witter bit of the Monday morning e mail

Leyla has this annoying thing of digging me somewhere to make me flinch normally I have a hot drink in my hand, what is it with kids? The trouble is I laugh and the more I laugh the more she does it.

Picture the scene, Saturday night Leyla has been dropped off y a friend's Dad from a party as arranged, so far all good, its midnight I have waited up for her, she is hungry I suggest some cereal and then bed, she has other ideas. My final words are make sure you clear up the kitchen before you go to bed.

I am in bed reading my magazine The Week and I can smell that something is on fire, I run down stairs shouting "Leyla are you Ok is something burning" she looks at me as if I am bonkers "no Daddy nothing is burning" she says I reply "are you sure?" Leyla is adamant that nothing is amiss and she looks at me as if to say "nothing to see her move along" type of comment. I can still smell smoke so I check the house, I go outside to check the neighbours houses, nothing is obviously on fire. A long time ago I was caught up in a hotel fire 19 people died that night, I had to escape from a hotel that was very much alight so I guess I am a little sensitive to that type of thing. Sunday morning the kitchen is not exactly as I like it but not too bad in th sink is a soaking wet tea towel with a huge hole burnt in its centre, hummmm so that was the source.

When madam face finally emerged from her cave I calmly, very calmly said "Leyla I am proud of you but also a little disappointed" immediately she goes on the defensive "why what have I done" Leyla I am proud of you because you handled a situation very well indeed last night a tea towel caught fire, you picked it up and put it in the sink ran water over it to put out the flames and the problem was solved well done" she smiled as if to say "yeah Dad I am cool in a crisis" I am disappointed that you lied to me it was not nice and not necessary we all have left things too close to the gas ring and the item has caught fire. She got over it very quickly and all was well.

Hannah had a cheerleading competition on Sunday she went to practise on Sunday morning for two hours then competed for two hours we all went to watch her do her stuff.

Well that's about it, you are up to date, I hope you have an amazing week

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