Monday, May 17, 2010

London: Murphy's Law

We're due up in London on 6 June for our first international trade fair, Treasure, as part of London Jewellery Week. It's now 17 May 10, and three things are happening that are causing us to shake our heads in disbelief.
1. The bloody protests in Bangkok.

I'm thankful that all my friends and colleagues are safe in this time of intense political unrest. I called our production manager today, and she updated me on the situation in Bangkok - the factories close early because of the curfews imposed by the government. And because the production areas are so close to the protest sites, many have decided that it's unsafe to travel to work. This means that production has grinded to a halt....all of three weeks before the fair starts.

2. Volcanic ash.
Woke up today to news that Heathrow had closed because of errant volcanic ash. We're crossing our fingers that it's a fleeting thing that will resolve itself soon.

3. British Airways strike.
News of British Airways, the airline we booked our flight on, suffering a huge strike! The website says that they'll announce contingency plans (if any) at end-May so we are sitting tight and allowing ourselves to let go of what we cannot control.

These issues aside, we're terribly excited by our trip to London though. London has always held a special place in my heart - the very first European country I visited back in 2001, a little green college student visiting one of her good friends for the summer. I fell in love with the tube (I wasn't exposed to the tube strikes, heh), the crisp British accent and the sheer diversity of the city. I remember being a tube carriage once and heard seven different languages being spoken.

Also, we'll be speaking at ESSENCE, an inaugural collective of 10 industry players on the topic of sustainability and ethical jewellery. It's something that we've been meaning to do more of, but haven't had the opportunity to do so. Thus, we're awfully chuffed and honoured to be part of this.
Now...first, we just need to GET to London.

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