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Birmingham: RWM – Recycling & Waste Management

RWM signifies Recycling & Waste Management. The Circular Economy Connect Theatre was more than a presentation venue, it was also a new area dedicated to facilitating networking and learning among sustainability and waste professionals across commerce and industry.  Keynoter Sir Stuart Rose spoke at the Circular Economy Connect Theatre to an attentive audience, keen to learn how to drive up recycling rates, re-think product design or simply learn how to manage waste management better.  Paul Vanston of Kent Resource Partnership told delegates that “It is important local authorities gear up their understanding of the theory and practice of the circular economy”. And Roy Vercoulen revealed the benefits of Cradle to Cradle product optimization. “Circular economy”, hey?  And what was that about “going circular”?  How would these people answer the charge that they were just… um… going round in circles…?

Cologne: Kind + Jugend

Kind und Jugend (kids and youngsters, more or less, if your German’s a little rusty) is billed as the leading international trade fair for the baby and toddler outfitting sector in Europe.  Kind + Jugend 2014 could claim to span around 100,000 square meters of exhibition space, and played host to more than 1,000 exhibitors from all over the world, showing their wares to over 20,000 trade visitors from 110 countries.   The supporting program included numerous lectures, the Innovation Area and designers’ presentations, with a primarily focus on trends in babywear and kids’ apparel.  There was an impressive range of peripheral kid-oriented products aside from the clothes:  things like car seats, furniture, safety indoors & outdoors,  shoes, dolls, wooden & cuddly toys, electronic & acoustic toys & games, prams, buggies, joggers…  In all cases there was a careful focus on product safety & certification.  Now, what’s the German word for ear-muffs…?

Cologne: Spoga + Gafa

New inspirations and fresh impulses were in the (garden) air again when Cologne, Germany, was once again the “treffpunkt”  (that’s meeting place to us non-German speakers) for the garden industry.  Around 40,000 trade visitors discovered trends, collected ideas and established contacts at what describes itself as the world’s leading horticultural trade fair.  On the tour bus, Claudia Gölz, head of the NED.WORK agency from Düsseldorf, informed visitors about the latest garden trends in Germany, as part of a guided tour through  over 200 magnificent model gardens at local attraction Appeltern.  The group learned about the diversity of garden creation in Europe, the different ways gardens can be planted and furnished, and about the specific materials that can be used.  What’s that scent in the air?  Appeltern blossom?  Or Cologne…?  #spoga+gafa

Cologne: Gamescom

Gamescom is Europe’s epicenter for games and gamers, the largest trade fair and gaming event highlight for interactive games in Cologne, Germany. More than 335,000 visitors celebrated the `next generation of gaming` at this mammoth event.  Visitors could look at Europe’s biggest trade fair for interactive games and entertainment, and discover the latest and best games, try everything out, and celebrate the games community’s highlight of the year.  Worried about extreme content?  With colored wristbands, the Gamescom exhibitors collaborated with the USK (an entertainment Software Self-Regulation Body) to ensure that younger visitors could only see what was meant for their inexperienced eyes.  Anyone who wanted to test a game had to wear a wristband, so that stand personnel could see which visitors were allowed in which areas by the color of the wristband.  Hey, that’s not a wristband, fraulein, that’s my Mickey Mouse Club watch….

Paris: Eurosatory

Eurosatory 2014 was the Land and Air-land Defence and Security Exhibition, held in Paris, France. This was an exhibition of international dimension, a fact emphasized by the presence of six new countries.  Eurosatory is positioned as the premier global meeting for land and Air-Land defense. The exhibition also confirmed it’s now-established involvement in the areas of homeland security and civil security, with the presence of several Interior Ministry office-holders.  Over 50% of exhibitors were offering security solutions.  With a wide selection of materials and systems on show, an unrivaled number of exhibitors and the widest exhibition area, Eurosatory reinforced its position as an international defence leader, and emerged as a major event for new products and innovations. From year to year Eurosatory has improved its already comprehensive cover of the Land and Air-land Defence and Security industries, imposing itself as the industry’s event of reference.  Wait.  Did that sound… well… defensive…?

Paris: Paris Air Show 2013

PAS 2013: Show Floor

PAS 2013: Show Floor

PAS 2013: UK Pavillion

PAS 2013: UK Pavillion








Qu’est ce que vous cherchez, exactement?  Ah, excusez-moi, what ees you look for, plis?  We have fighter planes, helicopters, executive jets, airliners, pilot training schemes…  Alors, flying lessons?  Okay, see that guy with the big bushy handlebar mustache…?  At France’s you-had-to-be-there aviation fest, the biggest draws included the new Boeing 787 Dreamliner, (though after the in-flight battery fire that grounded the new plane earlier in the year there were some rueful jokes about “batteries not included”).  The Airbus 380 put on a show to keep competitor Boeing on the back foot if they could.  At Le Bourget Airport, which hosted the event, the Russians were in evidence checking out the latest helicopters.  Heads of state were to be seen showing interest in fighter jets.  These included French President Francois Hollande.  Also to be seen was Nicolas Maduro, the President of Venezuela, echoing his predecessor (the late Hugo Chavez) by sporting a flight jacket in the national colors.  Fighter jets for Venezuela?  ¡Caramba!  The main thing they need to fight is currency inflation…

Paris Air Show

Paris Air Show


1. Buzz “Lightyear” Aldrin

2. Broadcast Pavillion

3. Qatar Air

4. Flyover

London UK: World Travel Market #WTM2013

WTM stands for World Travel Market, billed as must-attend business-to-business event presenting a diverse range of destinations and industry sectors to nearly 50,000 global travel professionals. WTM is owned by the world’s leading events organizer Reed Travel Exhibitions (RTE), which organizes a portfolio of other travel industry events including Arabian Travel Market and International Luxury Travel Market. RTE is the world’s leading provider of exhibitions in the travel and tourism industry, with a wide-ranging portfolio of 20 international events in 13 countries throughout the Americas, Europe, the Middle East, Asia Pacific and Africa. Its market-leading business-to-business events cover travel and tourism branches including leisure travel, luxury travel, meetings, events, incentives and business travel, as well as golf, ski and spa travel. Attendees range from agents to government ministers — they’ll be the ones heading for the spa… #WTM