I said we’d organise something, so here’s a very important date to put in your diaries – 19th November 2015. Previous get togethers have been in London, generally organised round Old Holborn’s annual Guy Fawkes walk to Parliament, but we’re going to give that a swerve this year and go for something much more grown up – and based in George Osborne’s ‘northern powerhouse’ – Manchester.
I’ve discovered that there is an organisation after our own hearts called ‘Anotherway Now’. Their directors appear to be the man who so convincinglysold Bank of Scotland to the public (Hypnotist and copywriter Phil Brisk) and one of the partners in a New Delhi firm of architects (???). Their business manager is an ‘Ettie Brisk’ who I am presuming is a relation?
They believe ‘it takes bravery to tell the truth‘ – it is one of their founding principles.
For us, integrity captures the spirit of truth and honesty in which we aim to work – even when acting with truth and honesty requires courage. It also expresses our intention to adhere to our founding principles at all times.
Another of their founding principles that they intend to adhere to at all times is reconnecting people who have stopped communicating:
If your people have stopped communicating … yes, you’ve guessed it, we’ll reconnect them!
which is why they have decided to give us all a wonderful opportunity – not to be missed (and you get a Christmas drink with Ms Raccoon thrown in).
Yes, Anotherway.com is hosting a question and answer session with Meirion Jones who says he is ‘the former head of investigations at BBC2’s Newsnight, – an investigative journalist best known for revealing the years of ‘child abuse Savile got away with’. He says he could have exposed Savile in 2011, just as soon as he was safely dead…
“It is an opportunity for us to talk to some very interesting and inspiring people.
“We want to share that.”
Gosh, what could be more inspiring than to talk to Meirion Jones in person, surrounded by ‘trainers’ who specialise in ‘reconnecting communications’? A two-way conversation that anyone who is ‘brave enough to speak the truth’ can be part of? I daresay even Mark Williams-Thomas might be there, given that Mr Jones’ un-broadcast programme ‘also sparked the still ongoing Operation Yewtree’.
Interestingly, this session with Meirion Jones is to be held at the International Anthony Burgess Foundation in Chorlton Mill. Burgess, although a fine and distinguished writer, is best known for his Clockwork Orange book; a novel whose hero is a sociopath who destroys everything around him for his own amusement – along with his bestest friend, a sometime policeman called ‘Dim’…of course in the book, the government give our hero a well paying job rather than leave him to scratch his way round the rubber-chicken circuit.
So, the venue for the Raccoon Annual Beanfeast is to be the International Anthony Burgess Foundation, 7 for 7.30pm on the 19th November 2015. Tickets are £12 each, available HERE– and worth every penny! I have already spoken to a number of journalists and interested parties who intend to be there, it should be a night to remember.
Would one of you be kind enough to buy me a ticket in your name – I will reimburse you of course, but the postal service being what it is, I am concerned that an application in the name of Anna Raccoon might go astray, or perhaps the tickets go astray on their return journey, and you can’t have a party with the Divine Ms R on the missing list can you?
Tickets are available from Ettie Brisk; by phone 07889 834706 or she has an e-mail [email protected]
There is a small, very small, fund behind the bar, left over from the last lock-in, that could be applied to the purchase price of a ticket for anyone desperate to be there and genuinely in financial difficulties – wouldn’t want you to miss the chance of a lifetime.
This is Question Time for Raccoonites…see you there!