April 13 – In London for the EC

Meet with various other EC members at breakfast and pop out to catch a bus from outside the hotel. I have a bit a predjudice against buses which is unfortunately supported by the the driver of the number 59 bus who blythely sailed past the bus stop ignoring my signal. Perhaps I look like a desperate character – well it is in the morning. The next 59 doesn’t arrive for another 15 minutes or so which means that I’ll be a few minutes late.

View up the Thames from the top deck of a London Bus...

However I do get a good seat on the top deck at the front of the bus which means I get a great view of London in Spring. It was a bit of a grey day, but at least it wasn’t raining…

Obviously I can’t discuss what happens in an EC meeting due to the confidentiallity requirements that apply to all the elected EC members. However most of the discussions are published on the web in the abridged minutes which are available to MU members on the MU website. To access them you need to access the website using your member login. The quickest way to find the documents is to enter “EC minutes” into the “Search the MU website” search box at the top right corner of the page.

The abridged minutes have all the discussions bar those which are confidential such as details of ongoing collective bargaining negotiations, employment issues and commercially sensitive financial details as you’d expect with any organisation. The abridged minutes should be available following the EC meeting after that to which the minutes refer as the EC has check them out and approve them. This is the first time I’ve been on the EC but it seems that my colleagues are very focused on the issues brought before the EC and that they represent a broad range of the membership.

Hogan's HatsAfter the meeting I nip up to Camden to look for a hat (or hats) that I can use for the new trio (Heywood’s Heroes). The idea is to base the image on the 70’s TV series ‘Hogan’s Heroes‘. No luck with the hat though as all the ones I find are either too militaristic (Colonel Klink rather than Hogan) or too camp. I need somthing that looks a bit scruffy.

However the time spent means that I can collect the van from the hotel car par and avoid the congestion charge.


About Brian Heywood

Brian Heywood is a free range musician who specialises in edgy roots / country / celtic fusion music. Previous work has received comments such as "... aggressive, top notch fiddling set off by periodic guitar explosions." - Tom Nelligan, Dirty Linen Magazine (USA), "Just when it seemed as if newer electric British roots bands were getting thinner on the ground - Very welcome and very good." - fROOTS Magazine (UK) and Steve Barnes Fairbridge Festival Artistic Director (Australia) - "... a rocking band - I was delighted with the audience response."
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