A moment of crisis at last week’s ICAEW council meeting – actually there were several, including the parlous state of the institute’s bank balance – but this one seemed more important.
The chairman was all set to kick off proceedings at the earlier-than-usual time of 9am when he noticed his gavel – the wooden hammer used to silence loud and vociferous councillors – was not in its customary position.
He couldn’t hit the front bench to get the attention of the good and the great, so a minion was dispatched to find the weapon, where upon business resumed.
It’s good to see the institute clinging on to some of its traditions in this modern world.
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