So here we are at another bored meeting.
Our new chap, Sir Cumspect, new Chair of Audit Committee is in attendance at his first Board meeting. Dim Tim, as he is known to his mates, is cosying up to Sir John Fuller-Pomp our Chairman who he seems to know well. He seems to know our Vice-Chair Lord Ambrosia very well too. And of course Alec, Tony and Lyle all know Sir Tim very well. Nice cosy time it looks like we are all going to have today.
In fact, Sir Tim says very little all meeting – in the actual meeting that is. He has plenty to say over breakfast and coffee. Seems like see all, say nowt is his mantra too – today at least.
Al Mann has sent his apologies. He has now been elevated to Leader of the London Borough where the Company’s HQ is. I haven’t seen him since and can only imagine how unbearably pumped up he is about it so I’m pleased he is absent today.
And Gloria Ewes can’t be bothered to turn up. We have of course flown her first class from the US and put her up in her usual top west end hotel and have sent a limousine to pick her up and bring her over to the meeting. This Board meeting is at our Canary Wharf offices so why she couldn’t stay over here is beyond me. Well it’s not actually. Not the right kind of shops and right kind of people over here. Too many jumped up City boys and girls. Working class made good. No, our Gloria likes old money! As she said to me when I ventured she try a hotel in Canary Wharf: “Oh no – it’s ghastly!”.
I suppose I should say something and clamp down on it but I did once mention it to Alec and he just said to leave it. So I did. Don’t rock the boat.
But anyway, the limo has come back empty. The driver was given the message that Gloria was feeling under the weather and we weren’t to disturb her. She was hoping to be able to get the flight back this evening but would let us know if we needed to change it for her.
I’m wondering if she is too ill to go shopping. I can’t actually imagine Gloria being too ill to go shopping. Later, I do discretely ring the hotel and find that she hasn’t actually ventured out. But she has been on the phone a lot and several shops have sent an assistant over with dozens of items for her to try on in the hotel. Some left empty handed and none left without selling something. It apparently took three concierge staff to collect her bags and load the limo to the airport.
Anyway the Board meeting passed without anything of note happening. All seemed very upbeat – still buoyed by the election result. All very affable and cosy once more.