Yesterday we looked at van hire for the Midlands Model Engineering Exhibition
at Donington Park, 16-21 October 2004, where Isomatic Phase Converters
will be sharing a stand with Boost Energy Systems
. The problems are:
1) there is a capacity and weight limit for my Toyota Corolla hatchback
2) small 'car derivative' vans have more capacity but weight limit is not much greater
3) 'real' vans are more expensive to hire
4) some hire companies charge for 8 days even though we return on the seventh day
5) no hire companies have facilities for late evening return
6) only one hire company is within walking distance of our home or office
7) no hire company is within walking distance of our workshop/warehouse.
We did talk to a very helpful young lady at our nearest hire company Apex Car Rental
We tried the Preston Cross Hotel
jazz gig for the first time yesterday afternoon. The band was 'Vintage Jazz', very good in a traditional New Orleans style. I was particularly impressed with the trombonist, who also sang like a black guy.
Comparisons are with the Epsom Playhouse jazz club that we have been attending every other Tuesday (but closed throughout August).
Advantages of Preston Cross:
Cheaper entrance fee
No need to book
Large hall with tables for everyone, including tablecloths.
Reasonably comfortable chairs
Full Sunday lunch available if you want it
Good Beer; Gales
Elderly couples dancing as if they were young again.
Advantages of Epsom jazz club:
More varied bands, including some really good ones, John Softley's band being the best so far.
Yesterday we had to rebuild a Three phase converter
that had been badly damaged during transport by TNT. I ended the day by delivering the rebuilt unit to the customer's house using my own car.
During the day I asked for a quote for air freight to Uganda and TNT refused to provide insurance cover for the sale price of the finished converter. The contract, like all our other contracts for transport outside the British Isles will go to Davies Turner
Having found one hotel already fully booked for 16 October we settled on The Melbourne Arms