Posted by: Closed Circuit17/02/2012
‘Black tie’- a phrase that causes hearts to sink for those who don’t particularly enjoy dressing up in a penguin suit.
The consolation is that you know everyone else at the event will also be formally dressed and will look just as daft - or will they?
Invites to last week’s Chartered Institute of Housing presidential dinner certainly said the ‘dress code is black tie’.
But Closed Circuit was not alone in noticing that the only person among the 600 attendees not in black tie was the new president himself, Robin Lawler. Mr Lawler opted for a lounge suit and tie instead.
‘None of us like wearing this stuff but you have to go along with it, so it’s a poor show really,’ grumbled one chief executive in his tuxedo.
Mr Lawler said attendees at the week’s other glittering occasion, the Baftas had ‘opted for about half [ties] and half [dickie bows]’, so he was in good company.
To the Palace of Westminster and a reception last week organised by the Chartered Institute of Housing’s south east branch.
Andy Yallop, chair and chief executive of developer Croudace Homes, recounts the tale of a recent planning application in an ‘unnamed local authority in the south east’.
The process to approve the materials to be used took so long that the frustrated house builder, not expecting any problems, began onsite anyway to build much-needed housing.
So, imagine its surprise when the council rejected the development. The reason: the thickness of the paving slabs. Talk about crazy paving…
As if anyone in the audience needed to be told how much winners of Tenant Participatory Advisory Service awards value their trophies, a video shown at the beginning of the 2012 Northern Finals last week summed up the feeling.
Resident Linda Fletcher told of her joy at being announced Tenant of the Year National Winner 2008. The day she won the award had been the best of her life, she said, ‘and I’ve been married three times’. Closed Circuit is sure Ms Fletcher just meant the TPAS do had better canapés.
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