I’m at a conference (on communicating evidence to patients with… GERD GIGERENZER!!!) in Frankfurt and late for lunch, but I thought it might amuse you to see the language the Spectator are using.
From: Events [mailto:firstname.lastname@example.org]
Sent: 26 October 2009 12:19
Subject: URGENT – EVENT CANCELLATION – AIDS – REALISM OR DENIAL – 28 OCTOBER 2009
I am writing to inform you that, with much regret, the event on “Aids – realism or denial” due to take place on Wednesday 28 October, has been cancelled due to several members of the panel having pulled out at the last minute, leaving us with an unbalanced panel which would not make for a rounded discussion on the film.
The purpose of the event which was to have a rational and balanced discussion in an area of science too often characterised by hysteria. House of Numbers is a controversial film and we wanted it scrutinised by leading authorities and to follow its showing with real debate encompassing a wide spectrum of opinion. It has proved very difficult to put together a panel which could do this. We thought we had managed but several last-minute defections have defeated us. We will look at staging this event at a later date with another, more dependable panel.
We apologise to you who signed up to attend, however, we have been left with no option but to cancel.
We will be fully reimbursing your ticket fees today and can confirm that the refund should show in your accounts by the end of the week. We will be in touch should we manage to stage this event in the future. In meantime, we would like to thank you for your support and encourage you to visit our website on www.spectator.co.uk/events to view our forthcoming events which may be of interest.