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2 March 2010

January is ordinarily a quiet month, so I was shocked when this year kicked off to find myself with five big nights out requiring babysitters plus two work-related events, not to mention a high-value case scheduled to mediate in early January, necessitating nose and grindstone becoming quickly reacquainted when the office reopened post-festivities. However, the snow soon put paid to that.

One of the work events was billed as ‘Mixology’ – a client entertainment evening with a difference. It was basically a group lesson in cocktail making sited in a London bar. The evening was well organised, with the specialist event-attached barmen obviously well used to hosting. It began fairly sedately with people politely sitting at the nearest table to await instructions. Each table was a team and was to submit its best cocktail in several rounds before the bartenders would award the winners’ prizes. Some people donned their game faces at this point, while others feigned disinteres...

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