DIARY: HOTCAKES

So Rob Van Pooss is on holiday after quitting his post as managing director of Essex Radio. Let’s hope he’s not on the piste. Hotcakes hears that last time Van Pooss went skiing he and his pissed-up mates missed the last chair lift down and found themselves stranded on the top of the mountain. Van Pooss spied a bus full of German skiers, marched over and ordered them off. He then shepherded his chums on and drove down to the resort, leaving the bunch of bewildered and shivering Germans behind.

So Rob Van Pooss is on holiday after quitting his post as managing

director of Essex Radio. Let’s hope he’s not on the piste. Hotcakes

hears that last time Van Pooss went skiing he and his pissed-up mates

missed the last chair lift down and found themselves stranded on the top

of the mountain. Van Pooss spied a bus full of German skiers, marched

over and ordered them off. He then shepherded his chums on and drove

down to the resort, leaving the bunch of bewildered and shivering

Germans behind.



’He’s not from Essex,’ says the storyteller. ’But it’s his spiritual

home.’



Nickelodeon recently took 25 media buyers to Florida on a nice little

’get-acquainted-with-our-studios’ jolly.



Things started to go awry at the airport, however, when 17 of the party

got stuck in a lift. ’Seventeen sweaty people in a hot lift for a long

time - it was certainly a ’bonding’ experience,’ said one of the

unfortunate punters.



But the trip got worse when they arrived at the plush Grand Cyprus hotel

in Orlando. Hurricane Floyd decided to take a bit of a left turn and

head inland towards the swampy southern state. All planes were grounded.

The buyers were stuck in Florida.



Colleagues back home were jealous, thinking their lucky compadres were

holed up in a hotel bar with no possible way of doing any work. But the

truth was that hotel guests were instructed to stay in their bedrooms,

stay away from the window and fill their baths with water (answers on a

postcard).



Naturally, a few plucky Brits escaped the confines of their bedrooms and

headed for the local supermarket. ’It was most amusing,’ reports one.

’There were all these people buying wood and firelighters and lots of

tinned foods, and all we were interested in was buying as much booze as

we could carry.’



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