Lunch in London, at Mercer’s, in Threadneedle Street, with my publishers, Informa Group, and Professor Robert Merkin, who is collaborating with Dr. Julian Critchlow, on the Fourth Edition of my large tome, Arbitration Practice and Procedure Interlocutory Hearing Problems. It was good to meet Robert at last as he is one of the other big names in arbitration publishing. I’m confident that between him, and Julian, they will do a good job of the update.
Recently I’ve been having difficult in holding my cutlery which I have fitted with cellular foam tubing – so much cheaper than the specialist cutlery with thick handles. However, I’m finding these foam handles are slippery and therefore hard to grip with my weak hands. So I conceived the idea of applying some sort of pimpled surface, rather like you can get on a table tennis bat.. I thought I would be able to walk into a sports shop and get some of these table tennis bat covers and then, cut them up and stick them on to my cutlery handles. However this did not prove to be the case.
I then had a brain wave of ringing my friend John Gray, the erstwhile CEO of Gray Nicolls, the famous cricket bat manufacturers, originally from Cambridge. (He was the chap who gave me a wonderful week on his magnificent yacht in Elba last Summer). He got straight onto the case and telephoned son Nick in Australia, where some of the bats are now made. Nick reminded dad that they used pimpled surfaces on their wicket keeping gloves. Nick then contacted their factory in India, where this material is made, and a small batch is on its way. Wow, I shall report further when it arrives.