It is the greatest show on earth, well Amsterdam anyway, but in the run up to IBC there are little things that make Julian Clover grumpy.
Sitting as I am at the airport, drinking coffee, and waiting for my flight to be called it’s time to reflect on those little things that have got on my nerves these past few weeks.
Don’t get me wrong, IBC is the best there is, and our industry would be all the poorer for it. But time as well to look at the world and say a few things that will hopefully make next year’s run in just that bit more pleasant.
So this is my Top 10 complaints
10. Don’t call and ask if I’m going to IBC, of course I am, why would I want to go anywhere else.
9. In the unlikely event that I agree to make an appointment, don’t call to reconfirm, I’m too busy dealing with all those I haven’t got time to see.
8. No means no. If IBC went on for two months I would try and see everyone, but until that happens I’ll run out of time and energy after a few days.
7. IBC actually starts on Thursday. The conference kicks things off, that’s why I’m sitting at an airport on Wednesday.
6. This is the worst time of year to send me anything. It will get lost in the sheer volume. It’s a combination of news worthiness and luck. Remember, there’s also that conference.
5. I’ll get in ahead and send you something on Wednesday? I’m at the airport.
4. Lots of releases, that’ll do the trick. We try to be as balanced as we can and include everyone with something interesting to say.
3. How about an off-site meeting, we’ll have you back in no time? That’s what they all say… a trip to the Coffee Zone is about the farthest we’ll travel. (There’s an exception to every rule of course and my Saturday lunchtime is happily blocked out).
2. We don’t actually have a stand, meet us between Hall 5 and 17? Come on play the game, we have enough trouble seeing people with stands.
1. People who take me away from their stand to a restaurant and are then too mean to buy a coffee.
IBC is great isn’t it? See you in baggage reclaim!