Dear fellow CADS

Last month’s lunch saw us entertaining not one but two speakers. First; as and with our appetiser, BBC and ESU Award winner Frederike Brockhoven gave us a highly entertaining, passionate, professional and articulate argument for how innovation happens, and how it is only later judged to be good or bad – going on to explore several important and topical issues. And following an excellent lunch, Tim Cooke updated us with his work on micro-finance in Kenya and Uganda, particularly that part associated with Kibera.

Allan Poot showed us the CADs golf trophy of which he will be the custodian for the next year, and we discussed the forthcoming outing to the Peace Palace, and the initial feedback from the recent quenstionnaire.  The Peace Palace outing is on Friday November 15th,  inncluding a tour of the Palace and the ICJ, and lunch in their Refectory. It starts at 1100 outside the Palace, and finishes at 1400. Reservation by email to me, please.

At the October lunch on Friday, Mike Carn will be present with poppies for the Royal British Legion Poppy Appeal, and we will have a couple of WWII veterans present to help us youngsters remember what it was all about, and how the work goes on supporting modern veterans. Pieter Blickman will receive our cheque in memory of Sue Bennion, and tell us about ‘A Dog Named Sue’ (with apologies to Johnny Cash). Our speaker will be the former Artis director and radio personality Maarten Frankenhuis, who is giving a tribute speech to his friend Gerard Metzelaar, our founder who passed away earlier this year.

Three other dates for your diary. On Saturday November 9th, CADS will lay a wreath at the Remembrance Service in the Nieuwe Oosterbegraafplaats. Do come along for the ceremony at 1030hrs. On Friday November 29th, the lunch at The Apollo starts early, with a reception at 1200hrs for the new British Ambassador Geoffrey Adams. And then on Saturday December 7th, CADS will join BritSoc in hosting the Xmas Ball at the Olof Chapel in the Barbizon Palace. Tickets are 105 Euros per head including dinner, drinks, and dancing until 1am. Extraordinary value for a meal prepared by a Michelin-starred chef in a 5* hotel, and a great way to prepare for the Jokathon the following Friday!