And so FO Week's year winds its way to its
inevitable end, and as 2004 rapidly disappears in the rear view
mirror and we all contemplate having drawn another annum closer
to the blessed relief of the grave, I thought I'd share with
you some of my highlights of past 12 months. You'll see the
proper annual review elsewhere in the publication, but as ever
I plan, like a three-year old with a toy drum, to remain
offbeat. So, with little further ado, I bring you:
It's certainly been a mixed bag for parties, the big winners
including the CBoT Chinese New Year effort, the big losers
undoubtedly involving the Democrats, and no-one's sure who came
out on top in the Ukraine quite yet. As you know, I
consider myself something of a connoisseur of the free bar and
canapé circuit (I think it's because of all the
wonderful people I meet, although I can't say for sure as I
often have only a hazy recollection of who I spoke to, if
indeed I spoke to anyone at all). Anyway, I have noticed a few
trends this year, especially in London: with new office space
springing up left right and centre it looks like venue is the
new focus. A darkened basement with a bar in the corner is no
longer good enough (though it often is for me, I must say);
nowadays, if you're not hosting your bash at the top of the
Gherkin (FTSE Eurofirst and SunGard for instance) or
overlooking the Thames (CBoT) you're nowhere. Otherwise, well
done to Eurex for booking Kool & The Gang in Boca, even if
by the end of the year their US venture was making them feel
that Leonard Cohen might be more appropriate. Here's hoping
that the invites keep flowing in 2005.
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