User avatarReport from Bournemouth

This week, my boss sent me to Bournemouth to attend two days of a big meeting where lots of people who all like yellow things came to spend time in each others’ company and talk about what they would do if people who like yellow things were in charge of everything.

I had never been to Bournemouth before, so I thought it would be useful if I presented my findings here for the enrichment of all Beans readers.

I learned three things.

The first thing is that people who like yellow things had a very good idea when they brought their annual conference to Bournemouth, because Bournemouth likes yellow things too. All the buses are yellow. The taxis are yellow. Signs directing you around the town centre are yellow. Bournemouth is a place full of yellow things.

The second thing is that hotels in Bournemouth are a bit rubbish. I was booked in a “Ramada Encore” hotel. The publicity promised me a “design-led experience”, whatever that means. I don’t know what design was leading them, but it was the first time I stayed in a hotel room that had no carpet, which meant it echoed, and the bathroom had stainless steel fittings and green glass walls which made it feel like having a shower in a futuristic operating theatre.

The room was very bare and sparse, but thankfully one picture had been hung on the wall, which added all the colour, life and homeliness that the room would otherwise have lacked.

The third thing I learned was that the person who likes yellow things the most, who is called Sir Vince Cable, has the ability to retreat into small holes in brickwork. Some had been specially provided for him at convenient points around the conference centre.

In the coming weeks I am going to Brighton to spend four days at a conference for all the people who like red things and to Manchester for a meeting of everyone who likes blue things. I will report back on my findings at those events too.

20 comments to Report from Bournemouth

  • I prefer orange things myself. Did you see our protest outside the People who Like Yellow Things meeting?

  • I didn’t, no. At one point there was a group of people who were chanting “stripes! stripes! stripes!” outside the venue but I think the Police carted them off on suspicion of inciting terrorism.

  • Ian "Mac Mac Mac Mac" McIver

    I think that was some confused R.E.M. fans who were looking for Michael STIPES STIPES STIPES who was rumoured to be in the area. Stipes, as we all know, prefers the colour green.

  • He needs to go to the meeting for the people who like green things. But I doubt people who like green things will ever be in charge of all the other colours.

  • Ian "Mac Mac Mac Mac" McIver

    Does that make you a colour racist?

  • No. It just means I like things neatly organised.

  • Ian "Mac Mac Mac Mac" McIver

    You’ve done a lot of trekkin’ recently, haven’t you? Look at you with your trekkin’ credentials!

  • Yes, but not trekkin’ abroad, which is the only sort of trekkin’ that is formally recognised on the Beans. That’s why I considered using the word “trekkin'” in the titles of these posts and then decided against it.

  • Your attention to detail is not lost on me. There’s a lot to like about it. I like the vowels.

  • I like the apostrophe at the end of the word “trekkin'”.

  • I like punctuation marks that look wrong together but are actually correct.

  • Are there other examples of punctuation marks that look wrong together but are actually right?

  • Chris’ Chips

  • Did you just stab me?

    *edit* that should have been an interrobang !+?

  • In your first example, which punctuation marks are there that look wrong together? I can only see one. Is the other one invisible?

  • Ian "Mac Mac Mac Mac" McIver

    Who’s stabbing who? And what’s an interrobang?!

  • There’s only one thing for sure, and that’s that we’ve both asked Kev some questions and neither of us should be getting our hopes up about having them answered.

  • Ian "Mac Mac Mac Mac" McIver

    … who?

    Oh right him, yeah, good old Hilly McHill Chang McKev Face.

  • an interrobang is a question mark and exclamation point combined into a single character…

  • Technically Chris a space is a punctuation mark, so “Chris’ chips” meets the original brief.

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