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IN A triumph of advanced planning bosses at the Londonbased Estates Gazette last week organised a get-together of Liverpool property professionals.

The magazine is doing a major article on Merseyside's property market in June and wanted to hear the views of the right people.

A city centre location was arranged and invites were sent out. Unfortunately, only a handful of people showed up.

The reason? The event coincided with the first day of Chester Racecourse's May meeting and the lure of corporate hospitality and a flutter on the gee-gees proved far more tempting

All a-flutter

LISTENING to a speech on compliance with building regulations probably doesn't sound like the most exciting way to spend your lunchtime.

However, well done to Andrew Thomas, the operations director of the Centre for Construction Innovation North West, for causing knives and forks to drop to the floor at a lunch last week.

Speaking at the Liverpool Chamber of Commerce event at the Marriott Hotel,he told the assembled notables: 'Compliance with construction industry regulations is a bit like teenage sex. Lots of people say they are doing it but only half of them are, and of the half that are, only half of those are doing it well

TONIGHT sees the launch of Liverpool's latest Italian restaurant Il Forno, In Duke Street, in the city centre. Guests attending the opening night are hoping for a good time but it could get even livelier in the kitchens.

The owners have hired cooks and other staff from Italy and the contingent, it seems, includes devoted fans of Italian football giants AC Milan and Juventus.

Should be an interesting place to eat on Liverpool's Champions League final night on May 25

BRITISH Telecom is probably breaking out in a sweat since Birkenhead firm Designated Associates decided to teach businesses how to get free phone calls with a PC.

One satisfied customer who attended one of their recent courses cooed: 'God - it's better than sex - non-stop gossiping to local and international pals for nothing and spending what you save on designer goodies.'

And who said IT geeks couldn't make a woman happy
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Publication:Daily Post (Liverpool, England)
Date:May 11, 2005
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