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NL October 2015


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New Master, David Peregrine-Jones, receiving the robes from Immediate Past Master, Patrick Chapman

Master David Peregrine-Jones and Mistress Caroline Helm

Ann Chapman passing the badge of the Mistress to Caroline Helm

Sir Anthony Cleaver addressing the Installation Dinner

New Wardens

David Johnson - Second Warden

Sally Garratt - Third Warden

New Assistants

Kanan Barot

Alan Buchan

Drewe Lacey


The Installation Dinner at Vintners' Hall


The Sea Cadets On Guard



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Issue 24:  Oct 2015


The advice from the Oracle at Delphi, c2500 years ago, is today equally valid...  Sir Anthony Cleaver's speech at the Installation Dinner... 


Thoughts from Down Under:  Past Master William Barnard enjoying getting to know the wide variety and excellence of today's Australian (and Kiwi) wines...


"It's the combination of the feeling of its power and menace; its aerobatic performance; the immense delta wing; and yet it moved so gracefully..."  

Past Master Edward Sankey says a bittersweet farewell to the last flying Avro Vulcan, XH558...


"Did you order the Code Red...!!?  Freeman Simon Davey delicately probes the veracity of Jack Nicholson's assertion - "You want answers?  You want ANSWERS?!  You can't handle the truth...


Does the post-Capitalism system now rest on knowledge and intellectual capital, rather than financial capital?  Liveryman and Economist, Rebecca Harding, reviews "Post Capitalism: A Guide to our Future" by Paul Mason, 2015


A Prussian General's philosophy on training junior officers:     Liveryman Ian Lawson demonstrates its relevance for Leadership in modern organisations....


From the point of view of the City University one of the most important interactions with the City was in the context of management development and financial research.... Liveryman Allan Williams traces the growing linkage between the City University and the City of London...


What is a company for...?   WCoMC sponsored this debate at Cass Business School, orchestrated by Past Master Bob Garratt on 20 October 2015 and covered by the Financial Times....


Religious Freedom issues:  Two perspectives....

In a world rife with conflict and war, the Faith Group discuss some of the key issues...


- Master's Reception and Admissions:   Thursday November 19th, 2015 at 6:30 PM  to  8:30 PM  at Guildhall, Gresham St,  London, EC2V-7HH   An opportunity for all members of the Company to meet the new Master informally.  Book at !

- The Lord Mayor’s Show [for the 800th year], Saturday 14th November.  All Freemen and Liverymen invited to join the WCoMC marchers.  Please email David Johnson at to book your place in the WCoMC 'Squad' (or for breakfast and lunch).  The official site is  

The Museum of London invites up to 6 WCoMC members  for a (free) breakfast viewing (coffee and croissants) on the following dates -  Thurs 5 November, Thurs 12 Nov and Thurs 19 Nov at 8-10 am. This is a fascinating and one-off exhibition of items from the Black Museum of Scotland Yard.  Book through and copy Bob Garratt at

Christmas Market  at Guildhall on Monday 30th November and Tuesday 1 December for the British Red Cross.  The Worshipful Company of Feltmakers is calling for hats! – by 20th November.  Ladies and gents headwear for any season that are now surplus to your requirements. Donated items clearly marked  “For the Feltmakers stall at the Red Cross Christmas market” could be sent either to the offices of the Red cross at 44, Moorfields, London EC2Y 9AL and marked for the attention of Laura Deacon, Community Fundraising Manager, OR to  John Hall at Barford Brothers Ltd, 111 North St, Luton, Bedfordshire LU27QG. For further information contact Eda Rose-Lawson at OR Susan Wood at

- Faith Group Forum on Monday 16th November at 6 pm for 6:30 at St Ethelburga's Centre for Reconciliation and Peace, 78 Bishopsgate, London, EC2N 4AG  "Religious Freedom Issues - two perspectives".   In a world rife with conflict and war, the Faith Group discuss some of the key issues....

Maintaining that healthy level of insanity in your Client's workplace....

Key to the Management Consultant taking control of the new Project is to scramble all existing Communication systems...  Priority is to send your IT team in to change the Voicemail messages of the Upper Circle - CEO, CFO, Divisional Managers etc.  Ergo.... 

- "Hello.  This is George’s answering machine and I will need a few things from you. #1 is your full name including middle name. #2 is your address including postal code. #3 is your credit card number with the 3 digit security code on the back. There’s an off-limits site I want to join and I don’t want to use my mother's details..."

-"Hello, I understand how annoying long messages can be. Why do people always waste so much time talking about inconsequentials ? Well I’m with you on this one. I can’t stand people who leave long messages talking about nothing useful. Why can’t they just get to the point? All they have to say is “Hey I’m not here because I’m doing important stuff. Leave a message!”  Anyway I’ve kept this message short. Leave one after the beep…."

- "Alright listen, I’m on one line with my girlfriend and her best friend is on the other. Leave a message and if you promise to not tell either of them that I’m a player, I’ll call you back."

- "Hello. This is George’s p.a. and he’s on annual leave. He’s partying in the Caribbean.  If you like you can rob his place and I won’t say a word..."

- "Hello.  This is George.  I didn’t answer your earlier call because, well, I didn’t want to..."

- "Luke.. This is George.  I am your father!"

- "Yo Yo Yo.. This is George, who’s here to make the save. You want to talk to me but I will be charging a fee. Leave a message so I can make enough for a massage...!"

- "Moan out loud. This is George…I’m busy.. working... out... leave... a.. message..!"

- "Oh no.. You’re calling.. Someone… please pull my plug!!!    Hello.. anyone there??  NOoooo…"

- "Sorry I don’t answer the phone or check my messages but if you are calling to invite me to a party, leave a message and I’ll call you back within seconds...

"This is George and I just picked up the best answering machine in the world. The recordings are in high quality. Leave a message now so I can listen to it in 5.1 surround sound!"

"Yo, this is Bob coming to you from the rave, never knowing when to behave. I can rhyme in perfect time and you should leave one before I come in from the sun…"

"If a telephone rings in an empty room and no one is there to answer it, was there really a phone call? Help me to investigate this phenomenon by leaving your name and number after the tone…"

"What the heck do you want!?"

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