*Cleanzine-logo-10a.jpgCleanzine: your weekly cleaning and hygiene industry newsletter 16th May 2024 Issue no. 1114

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Years ago, as editor of Cleaning & Hygiene Today (CHT), I produced my first 'daily' from an exhibition. I vaguely recall being perched on a lidded bin and it wasn't even in a press office, but a large cupboard within the Birmingham NEC complex. I hand wrote the copy as there wasn't a computer available, which was subsequently faxed to a colleague who then keyed it into a computer, saved it to a floppy disk and handed it to the designer for laying out to page, which would be printed and couriered overnight from Kent up to the show. My colleague was sat with his foot in a bucket of ice as he'd injured his foot.

I'm producing today's copy, not from Interclean Amsterdam as had been planned, but from my home office, thanks to a stress fracture in my foot. Yes - I'm missing my first Interclean Amsterdam since the late 80s (and I don't like it one bit). Luckily, technology's moved on since my days on CHT.

John Austen's walking the show floor on my behalf, checking out what's new and interesting, and is WhatsApping me the pictures and any relevant notes. He's enjoying the networking, the camaraderie, the refreshments (he tells me the alcoholic smoothies on the ISSA stand are very good!) and the nightlife and I'm stuck at home with my foot this time in a bucket of ice...

I sincerely hope to see you at Interclean Amsterdam in 2020, and in the meantime, happy reading - and make mine a Margarita!

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Jan Hobbs

17th May 2018

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