Goodness me, it has been a wee while since I have awarded my prestigious and world renowned "Prats of The Week" Award.
Therefore, without any further ado, I am pleased to be able to award St Pancras Station (the bar to be precise) my "Prats of The Week" award.
They banned the use of one solitary birthday candle on a birthday cake, lest it pose a health and safety hazard!
Michael Leventhal wanted to celebrate his lady friend's birthday a couple of months ago at the bar, which is the longest champagne bar in Europe.
He therefore booked the bar, and e-mailed a request for help in arranging a birthday surprise.
Mr Leventhal asked whether he could bring a candle (a massive 4 incher!) and have it placed on a cake, brought to the bar and presented to his companion when she was not expecting it.
Guess what happened next?
Mr Leventhal was told that a full risk assessment of children's candle would have to be made, before it could be allowed on the premises.
Pass the sick bag someone!
Who allowed these petty minded twats to dictate to us in this manner?
I recall the Hitchhicker's Guide to The Galaxy, where Ford Prefect and Arthur Dent end up on spaceship carrying an assortment of risk assessment "experts" and their ilk, who had been thrwon off their own planet because they were a pain in the derriere.
Oh how I wish......
However, I digress, it seems that no one at St Pancrearse station was prepared to go out on limb for this "highly dangerous" request, until a senior official signed off on it.
An e-mail from Raymond Lay, the bar's events manager, said:
"I have asked the station operations if we would be allowed to have a lit candle at the champagne bar for a birthday cake and they have said that we will have to submit a risk assessment form stating what the risk will be to the bar and the station, and what we will put in place to combat any possible risks.
The risk assessment form will then be put to Mike Page (head of station operations).
Unfortunately Mike Page will not be back from holiday . . . so the champagne bar would not be able to let you light the candle for your friend's birthday cake."
St Pancrearse station is standing by its guns, and have stated that there is a danger from naked flames so a risk assessment was required. If permission had been granted, a spokesman said, a fire extinguisher would have had to be on stand-by in case the candle burnt out of control.
I am very glad that these people were not around when man first invented fire, can you imagine the discussion that would have taken place then?
"What is it?"
"What does it do?"
"It burns things"
"Sorry mate, that's a fire hazard; it's more than my job's worth."
St Pancrearse station was built at the time of steam, when fire was used to heat the water in the engines.
Yet it survived that!
It also survived the bombing during the last war.
Now it seems that one 4 inch candle threatens the entire infrastructure, what the hell have they built the new station with?
Would not a glass of water been enough to extinguish the conflagration of a 4 inch candle?
St Pancrearse station, well deserving Prats of The Week!
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