In my more introspective moments, I sometimes wonder when the staff
uniforms at London’s Queen Elizabeth II Conference Centre changed colour
and where Reg the pig, the world’s first DNA-tested farm animal was
hosed down before being put on show.
Now, thanks to a six-page information sheet accompanying a double-sheet
press release marking the centre’s 10th anniversary, I need wonder no
The information sheet (or should I say manual) recalls scores of golden
moments, such as the completion of the mews goods lift and that article
praising the centre’s biscuit selection (following its 1990 hosting of
the second International Symposium on Conference and Meetings Safety).
On contacting the centre’s agency, McLean Aylwin Communications, I was
disappointed to hear that the release was mainly targeted at the
specialist conference press. ‘We don’t make a habit of sending out this
much information,’ a spokesman stressed.
More’s the pity, I say.