Blog: Hot halls
Dave Leggett | 28 September 2004
I was just chatting to Jesse Crosse on the phone and we both agreed that the main exhibiter halls in Paris last week were way too hot for comfort. It was ever thus. Frankfurt is the same. Must be something to do with the heat thrown out by all the lighting. It really is quite unbearable and I'm a sweater, so I emerge from these things in a state of dehydration looking drenched and, well, a mess. This year, in anticipation of the heat, I decided to drop the usual formal suit, collar and tie approach adopted by many and opt for a more casual look that included a loose-fitting short-sleeved shirt and chinos. No tie. I could see I was much better equipped for the conditions than many of the besuited around me who were really suffering. Maybe some people thought I looked a bit too casually attired or perhaps that I was a cameraman. I think I can live with that. Horses for courses I say.
There's some good stuff coming up from Jesse in the coming months. He's off to Shanghai next month for this year's 'Challenge Bibendum' - an annual event that brings together the industry with policymakers around environmentally positive vehicles. In recent years it's been held in the US, so holding it in China should give it an interesting slant. Last year's review from Jesse is available via the link below.
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