Day 20

Before I started Bjørn warned me to expect massive highs and lows. As a Gillingham fan I am used to that! Seriously, waking in a noisy dormitory with this for a view and with rain absolutely lashing down was not a great start but by 9am Ikhlaq was on the phone to say he had a signed shirt!

What a man! Yesterday he called to say that he could not meet but today he admitted why. He had been chasing around Birmingham getting signatures on his Team United FC shirt. Sadly he had to shoot off but he did say that he has also got signatures from their women’s team as well as Richard Sneekes. He is a Dutch player who was at WBA with great success and is now coaching in non-league football. Ikhlaq was kind enough to go to his home to get it signed. Ikhlaq, you are a star! Huge thanks. The sun is now shining on my day ……if not in the black Birmingham sky!

As I write this, Jim Peacock has just sent me the photo from my meeting with Gavin Shuker from Luton. Gavin is the youngest MP in the House of Commons and just one month ago was elected to represent Luton South. He is a local boy made good who even had Esther Rantzen lose her deposit. We met at the Icon Hotel where he is pictured with the hotel’s operations’ manager James Terzeon and Jim Peacock from TheBestOfLuton. He listened to me attentively for 20 minutes, accepted a Forget Me Not badge on behalf of the project and promised to follow Bjørn and I. So now we have football stars, pop stars, presidents and MPs! Most importantly, we have YOU! You make the hard yards softer! Thanks.

The afternoon and evening were equally exciting for the project. John Simpson in the WBA Media Department did us proud and West Bromwich will now be represented in South Africa. (Ground 11 ticked off…..81 to go)

In the evening, I was a guest at Warren Cass’ excellent Business Scene meeting at the Grosvenor Casino. Warren was kind enough to give me a speaking spot which was as welcome as it was unexpected. I met some excellent contacts with Warren promising to assist and after my presentation Lyndsay Gallagher (a top lady footballer) and Geoff Hinsley from Eleven Sports introduced themselves and promised to help. THANKS.

Then, a fellow Ecademist kindly drove all across town to meet and I had a very pleasant evening with the totally charming Lorna Allenwho was kind enough to record a video. Thanks!

To top an excellent day, a friend of mine called to ask whether I knew that a mutual friend had recently moved to Birmingham and whether I’d like Graham Perry’s number. “Of course, fantastic, thanks”. Minutes later Graham is on the phone and 30 minutes later he arrives with his partner Barbara and we put the world to rights, reminisce about our last meeting in Florida and generally have a good time. Graham has a video conferencing company in the city centre and is clearly well connected. He promised to assist and to bring others in to help too. If you want to know anything about video then I can recommend Graham. TOP GUY!


2 Responses to “Day 20”

  • It was a great privilege to meet you Steve.
    Have a blessed journey!


  • Steve Hall:

    The privilege was ALL mine and thanks for coming across town to see me. It was much appreciated!
    As you can see my little legs have taken me far since we met! Hope all is well

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