Last night, I had the pleasure of attending a talk on 'Reducing multiple cardiovascular risk through obesity management' at the Kettering Hotel. The talk was organised by Orlistat, and was attended by hospital doctors, medical students, GPs, dieticians and various members of the multi-disciplinary team that make up the hospital staff. The talk was presented by my current endocrinology consultant, Dr K. Rizvi. Like me, he also did his medical degree at the University Hospital of Cardiff, Wales.
Overall, the evening was excellent. Dr Rizvi's talk was pitched just right and was interesting throughout. I'm sure all the attendees felt the same.
The highlight of the evening however, was the dinner. It was a full three course meal - the starter was a salad with grilled cheese, pasta as the main course and the dessert was raspberry cheesecake with clotted cream. The coffee afterwards was just heavenly.
Dr Rizvi delivering his talk
After the talk we were exploring the hotel and taking pictures at opportune moments.
The starter was grilled cheese salad
Anand and our organiser
Suboohi and Hanna
The other side of the story...
I had been looking forward to the talk last night for days before - the talk was scheduled at 7pm, and I was planning to stay at the hospital accommodation overnight. That meant after work I would have a full 2 hours to spend with my friends before the actual talk, and if the talk finished early - maybe, just maybe we could all go somewhere e.g. for a meal or the cinema I was hoping.
To my utmost disappointment when I arrived at work yesterday morning, everyone's mood was just "bleah" (translation: cannot be bothered) about the talk. In fact, by 5pm they even managed to drown my enthusiasm in their moat of indifference. One or two of us even decided not to go.
Suboohi was kind enough, and invited the team to her flat for tea and a light meal before we actually head for the Hotel. Tea at Suboohi's house was wonderful, but what I enjoyed most was the conversations I had with her husband Bilal.
My friends dragged themselves to the talk with heavy hearts - and I bet they didn't regret it as the evening was beyond legendary.
The talk and food was superb - but the best thing to me, was the time we spent laughing and making jokes at the dinner table - and that was *only* with three members of our team. Imagine if we had full attendance - the evening would have been phenomenal.
The icing on the cake was, literally and metaphorically, free.
I've also updated my Fotopages.