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Perchance to dream…

Following two nights of sustained drinking and “freestyle” dancing, it was inevitable there would be more than a few casualties on the PIMS conference on board the Aurora last week.

So it proved, with the Diary noticing a fair number of delegates dozing off in seminars before performing the classic chin-hits-the chest-followed-by-startled-look-and-quick-scan-round-the-room-to-seewho-saw-them manoeuvre.But one stands out.

The Diary was sitting next to one man who, within minutes of arriving, slipped into something resembling a coma and was out for the count for the duration of the hour-long speech.

After regaining consciousness, our catatonic hero sheepishly grasped his seminar assessment form and boldly circled “excellent” for every category on the list. Whoever you were, for your blatant brass-neckery, the Diary gives you 10 out of 10.


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