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Members' Articles

Over recent years, our members have contributed a host of articles to our regular monthly newsletters. These articles have covered a wide range of topics, both personal and professional, around their work and travel. They are gathered here under this heading, in reverse chronological order.

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Abseil in aid of Lord Mayors Appeal (I’ll do anything once)

Dangling in space, and being shouted at from above, manage to release general-issue ill-fitting glove, that is jamming descent mechanism

Arrive at foot of Lloyds of London building and see two ants above me dangling side by side unaccompanied! I had assumed we would go down in tandem i.e. I would be attached to a fit young man. Find Clerk who is unclerkishly unhelpful by saying I’m mad it is not something he would do and good luck.

So-long, and thanks for all the fish!

Valedictory from Immediate Past Master, Geoff Llewellyn

As I noted in my Blogs during my year as Master, it really was rather like going over a waterfall with a lot of fun things to do, as well as quite a workload to start and maintain initiatives that I’d kicked off with my “Call to Arms” – a label for which I’m indebted to Past Master Patrick McHugh who has contributed so much to the Company over nearly ten years since he was Master.

I’m immensely grateful to the Company members who responded in all kinds of ways, and who helped move the Company forward.

Farewell to a Clerk

We had effectively 4 different office addresses in his first 6 months before a happy wind blew us to the Skinner’s Hall where Leslie has successfully presided over the Company’s administration for the last 5 years.

Battlefield Visit to Ypres - August 2014

Details of a visit to Ypres and the Battlefields of Flanders at the end of August 2014 that is being organised by the City of London Historical Society.

There is a limit to the numbers that can be accommodated.....

A New Form of Relaxation

What do the Wardens Do, when not doing Warden Stuff?

And I am not referring to any sort of consultancy work - but something completely different.  Three of the current wardens are, by coincidence, involved in one way or another with the arts - and this short article is an insight to what one of us gets up to over in West London, the leafy "Queen of the Suburbs" when not doing WCoMC stuff!

Autumn Diary

Balancing the unhealthy demands of the City with extreme sports and unusual hobbies

Living slightly out of town, as do most of us these days, means we have lots of opportunities to balance the cultural and other less healthy demands of the City. But what happens in practice? In response to our indefatigable Editor, I’ve had a look at what I’ve got up to this Autumn.

Throwing the PQQ out with the bath water

Bidding for work in the public sector has invariably required, for all but the smallest assignments, the completion of a Pre-Qualification Questionnaire (PQQ) at the outset.  But over recent years the PQQ has lost its original purpose –

to limit the organisations invited to submit a full tender response to those who meet basic compliance criteria and have the capacity to deliver.  Indeed, many PQQs have become overly bureaucratic, politically correct, risk averse and yet non-discriminating in terms of capability and capacity.

Maison Secondaire...

Locals - though endearing - have patois deliberately difficult to understand; increased water pressure sees ancient geysers (not the author) forcibly ejected from window; and no word for 'entrepreneur'.

Peter Maile wrote engagingly about A Year in Provence and I would love to do likewise. Sadly living in rural France, part-time over the past 25 years, I only have enough material for a Long Weekend in Normandy. But I have some thoughts to share with you on the joys of a second home abroad.

Robbed in London

‘Unaccompanied midnight walking tour of Tottenham for the frail over 60’s (see-through carrier bag for wallet and ipad provided)’

Another episode of the newsletter drops from the e mail sky launched from the Consalvi editorial drone on the unsuspecting company below. Full of more news and views, some earnest, some worthy some earnestly worthy but all adding more to the average management consultant's incessant desire for knowledge and enlightenment.

Crossrail and Unexploded WW11 Bombs

It's estimated that there's about 17,000 tonnes of bombs that were dropped on London in WWII and the rule of thumb is that about 10% failed to explode,"  says Simon Cooke from consultancy 6Alpha - and WCoMC member.  - See astounding Crossrail statistics, wartime underground maps and pics


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