A first rate meal, beautifully served, can be an excellent way to conduct business. It conveys a sense of conviviality to the client, putting them at ease. A restaurant is a more egalitarian environment, an escape that allows elusion from the accoutrements of the office, of phones, faxes and staff.
I love the scene in Pretty Woman where Vivian (Julia Roberts) accompanies Edward Lewis (Richard Gere) to a business dinner. Faced with some dining difficulties, her escargot flies through the air and is deftly caught by the waiter, who puts her at ease with “It happens all the time”. With the magic of movies, the waiter’s timing is impeccable.
Every couple wants a dream wedding day. In fact, the word “perfect” is sprinkled through most wedding related articles, magazines and websites, like confetti.
Driving to work and Paula Abdul is singing “ Who'd a thought we could be lovers, she makes the bed and he steals the covers, she likes it neat and he makes a mess, I take it easy baby, I get obsessed .... you know it ain't fiction just a natural fact, We come together 'cuz opposites attract.
My friend recently told me about a dinner with a very prominent CEO, who we will call John, at a famous fine dining institution. Having had enough to eat, John was waiting for his plate to be removed and becoming more and more agitated, until he was quietly seething as the waiters apparently ignored him. Finally my friend quietly leant across the table and discreetly said, John, you need to turn your fork over and place the knife and fork together, where upon the plate was promptly removed.
I recently read that the Queen is very keen on strawberries – but only in summer when they come fresh from the Balmoral gardens (her summer retreat). But if strawberries are included in the winter menu she will scrub out the offending item. Apparently eating like a royal, means eating seasonal.
Royal Queens, drama queens, drag queens or Katy Perry the Candy Queen, it doesn’t matter what kind of queen we are talking about, the point about queens is that they are the focus, the centre of attention.
Time has become an industry. Google time management and you get over 93 million responses, including (ironically) “Top 10 Time Management Books Reviewed to Save You Time”. We watch time; manage time, talk of good times and bad, but most of all we want to avoid “wasting” it. In our efforts to wring productivity from every waking moment we allocate it, analyse it and wrestle against it.
Autumn in the Hawkesbury is wonderful; a mellow, gentle season. The blazing crush of the summer sunlight softens and the days crisp around the edges as they cool and shorten. The leaves render the landscape with brushstrokes of a blockbuster artist, of a Van Gogh or Renoir. There is a confidence about autumn; she wears her glorious colours with assurance and maturity.