All the meeting rooms were labelled with place names (not numbers) beginning with G. The launch was in "Gumbleton Thrabbles" a delightful, but little known, Surrey village, fbb seems to recollect!
It was very hot in Guildford and, fortunately, there was plenty of water and/or fruit juice (fbb had three glasses) but that, of course, provoked the next important decision. Then the door passes became suddenly important.
Thank to the ever present threat of flushing something intangible down the pan, you could get out into the stairwell to take a "bathroom break" but you needed your key pass to get back in. Thankfully fbb has taken his or he might still be there, stranded in a stairwell until tomorrow morning.
Three speeches entertained (?) the crowds. First up was the bloke who nobody knew, last seen shaking hands with GRF,
By 2030 that will increase to 140 million people and Tone has to encourage 55% of the increased number to use public transport. (fbb thinks).
First Bus' RailAir 2 will not solve all the problems, but many, many more schemes (Crossrail - happening, western rail link - maybe, southern rail links - maybe possibly) will all be needed. If he fails, then the whole of Surrey will need to be a car park. (Maybe fbb has got that wrong?)
All a bit scary.
Then followed Simon Goff, interim MD of First Berkshire, Hampshire Dorset, South Somerset and the Scilly Isles.
Then up stood Mr Fearnley and did his "Young Mr Grace" bit, "You've all done very well!" etc. etc.
fbb does not think they were serious, but the First marketing manager was seen hurriedly making notes.
Then it was lunch which was surprisingly plentiful ...
There was time for networking or, for people outside the net like fbb, there was time to gaze out of the window on the limpid ripples of the River Guild as the trout swam lazily in the sun. This is the river ...
fbb jests; it is the river Wey, navigable from the Thames as far south as Godalming ...
But before departing from the Guilded ford, fbb had some more investigation to instigate.