Talking of laughs (and no, I don't mean the RGF allocations), I received a very nice e-mail from Business Birmingham entitled "Birmingham is pushing the Boundaries" to thank me for visiting them on their MIPIM stand this year. This made me smile more than a little, since my visit was really rather short.
In actual fact, I was chucked OFF the Birmingham stand (with its very good John Travolta-type dance floor) after a minute and a half, along with the lovely Stacey Meadwell of Estates Gazette for "not having a meeting with representatives from Birmingham". Stacey and I have been having something of a laugh about this ever since, as, of course, she is EG's Regional editor (and therefore champion of all-things-not-London - which, of course, means Birmingham much of the time in the senior trade magazine).
I'm attempting to pull together a regeneration fund to benefit all parts of the UK (but explicitly not, in the main, in London or the South East), so I could also be counted as something of a full-on Brummie supporter. In short, it doesn't take much to see that we clearly are friends and allies of the City of Birmingham. The sort of bods you'd think Birmingham would want to encourage onto their stand. A less cautious soul might even say we could be one of Birmingham's best bets.