Posted by: Closed Circuit06/02/2012
The chief executive of the Chartered Institute of Housing in Scotland was unable to attend its presidential dinner last week after a nasty accident on an ancient ruin.
Alan Ferguson was reportedly holidaying in Greece when he took a tumble down the hill on which the Acropolis stands, rupturing his patellar tendon and rendering him bed-bound for the foreseeable future.
While Closed Circuit wishes Mr Ferguson well, it would like to remind readers that those who climb too enthusiastically up ancient monuments are always likely to come a-cropolis.
Closed Circuit enjoyed a night out at the theatre with United House recently.
The contractor has sponsored the Donmar Warehouse’s production of existentialist playwright Jean-Paul Satre’s Huis Clos (No Exit), most famous for the line ‘hell is other people’.
After an intense, almost claustrophobic, 105-minute performance, Closed Circuit caught up with Paul Nicholls, group director responsible for business development at United House, and pondered who would be the two people we would least like to spend a windowless infinity with. Discretion obviously prevents Closed Circuit from mentioning any names.
It’s amazing how a selfless act can leave you caught short.
Just ask junior housing minister Andrew Stunell who found himself locked in the opposition’s lobby during a commons vote on a Labour amendment to the Local Government Finance Bill.
In the Commons, MPs walk through one of two lobbies to dictate how they will vote. The luckless minister found himself trapped in the opposition lobby after nipping to the washroom to refill a water jug to refresh his thirsty colleagues.
Labour, rather cruelly spun the line that the embarrassed Mr Stunell had ‘plumbed new depths of incompetence’ - even though he had indeed voted with the government. Naturally, the minister protested he had acted out of kindness so his colleagues would be refreshed - but that didn’t wash with the opposition. Water carry on!
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