Embarrassment is such a very English foible. We would rather say nothing sometimes, than say the wrong thing. And if there are any man traps more likely to ensnare an English sensibility then race, sex, death and religion have to be at the top of any list.
Everyone knows the personal journey to hell and back endured by my good pal Angie Robinson. I'm not even going to link to it, or mention it here, because that's kind of the point. But if there is one person who isn't suffering from acute embarrassment it's Angie. She knows she has to carry on despite being portrayed as a scarlet woman and all the rest of it. She did a great job last night at the Chamber of Commerce dinner, speaking at her annual dinner.
That's sex and death, then.
Next year's president of Greater Manchester Chamber will be Moneeb Awan from eSAY Solutions, a very lively, very funny and very edgy guy. He's in a techie business so he has a very moden outlook on life. Last night at the Chamber dinner we chatted about his personal style and what he will bring to the role. My advice, seeing as he asked for it, was: "to thine own self be true." He said he'd like to have a Buzzcocks track as his walk up music when he delivers his presidential address.
Like Angie he's not easily embarrassed either. Good job.
Labour peer Lord Peter Smith, who was sat on the other side of Moneeb from me, asked this: "will this dinner become a curry night?"