Early morning, posh conference room in a posh Rugby club. Shiny people, the smell of freshly brewed coffee and strong cologne on academic wrists, name badges slapped on and welcome packs given. We meet for breakfast of coffee and pastries, sausage rolls 4 sorts of cereal with 3 types of milk and after introductions we sit down to discuss what we will discuss later. Talk a lot about relevant things, make big plans about what to do after lunch. Break for lunch. Eat freshly cut sandwiches, pasta salad, chicken wings, parma ham with cold melon, fresh fruits, chocolate cheesecake, strawberry cheesecake, some more coffee. Sit for another round of presentations and talks about what to do after tea. More coffee, cream biscuits, chips, sugar coated wafers, chocolate fingers and then back to PowerPoint. Discussions about semantics, no conclusions, my eyes start to shut. My stomach is over loaded, my body has a sugar high, and my mind is numb with listening and talking about things which are important enough to warrant a day out on the office like this. However, nothing comes out of it. Nothing new, nothing important, nothing relevant, nothing that we could not have sorted via a quick email exchange.
Welcome to the gravy train my friend!!