- Over 1000 people present at this black tie extravaganza with a good mix of men and ladies.
- Copious bottles of red and white wine on each table and I have to say although I wasn't tempted the waft of red wine smelt very nice
- By 10.30 the dinner and boring speeches were over and the bar was open - by that stage some people were already falling over
- The price of drinks at the Grosvenor was £20.00 for a gin and tonic! Luckily water was free and lime and soda was £1.00
- At the witching hour people were seen to be asleep in available chairs but the bar was going strong
- Conversation had mostly turned to the mundane with pet cats being the favourite topic amongst these high power executives. After comparing photos on our phones it was agreed my cat scabby won prettiest cat - but then I was the only sober judge
- The bar closed at 1 a.m. to everyone's horror but then another bar in the hotel was discovered.
- People at this stage were being helped into cabs by the staff, many of these people were unconscious.
- Very few people walking straight by 2 a.m. and some women had lost their high heels and were looking somewhat dishevelled. A few were in tears for no apparent reason.
- A core of people I was with were having the same conversation they had had four hours earlier - none of which they could recall having had.
- 3 a.m. and my last client decided to go home which meant I could also go off to my hotel.
- Roll on next year - great fun observing and waking up with a clear head and feeling fresh as a daisy. At least one of my colleagues will be throwing up throughout today!
I don't drink
Feedback from the annual insurance bash last night:-