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A view from the Chair: My Kingdom for a Norse

A view from the Chair: My Kingdom for a Norse

Posted 01-09-2017

You may recall that last month I ruminated on ideas that were pretty naff and at the conclusion I was starting to think about the good things but ran out of column space.

Life is of course full of wondrous things and having returned from my Icelandic expedition unscathed and without a coating of lava I will start by praising that North Atlantic rock pile. No wonder the Vikings liked it. Wonderful scenery, glaciers, volcanos, abundant wildlife, history-it has it all. Shame the beer is about 7 quid a go but it is about a billion percent proof so you only need a couple.

It is a tragedy that the glaciers are expected to disappear within decades due to climate change. I could wax lyrically on the futility of it but hey what’s the point.

So apart from that what else is making the Galbers smile just now?

Well the myriad number of festivals locally; I mention them every year but 1066 area really must be the best place in Britain (maybe the world!) for these. From the Rye Jazz festival, to Bikefest in Bexhill and pirates and fish festivals in Hastings. And we now have a Pride festival-I didn’t get to it but did see the one in Reykjavik-where as you might expect there was a significant Viking bent to it.

And of course event after event on our new pier. Restoring it and not letting it fall in to the sea was one of the great ideas.

Hastings Utd and Everton starting the season well. I don’t remember the last time they both did.

Then there was the look on Mrs G’s face when I told her her new hat made her look like a Pekinese. A short lived pleasure but worth it.

And it is only 4 weeks to the Hastings Expo, our flagship business event. This year’s event promises to be a bumper one, with a mega Chamber meeting first. It should be a great day.
I crave your forgiveness that this month’s missive is a bit brief, as deadline day arrived I have taken to my bed with what can politely only be described as a most spectacular case of indigestion. Mrs G seems to be recalling the Pekinese comment. Where’s a big hairy Viking when you need one?

Clive.galbraith@greeninsurance.co.uk

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