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Carnival atmosphere lights up GIRO conference

As regulars will know, the GIRO conference is not just about technical content and making sure we receive CPD. It is also an ideal opportunity to catch up and socialise with fellow general insurance actuaries. GIRO 2010, which took place in October, allowed us to do this in style and with that all-important element of fun.

The evening before the conference was quiet and relaxed, allowing for time to mingle and catch up with colleagues around the diverse mix of sponsored stands. However, it wasn’t until the second night that revelry slipped into overdrive and a carnival atmosphere ensued.

A funfair with a variety of interactive activities was on offer, from roulette and the coconut shy, to darts and crazy golf. It was a unique opportunity to relax while unleashing the competitive spirit within. The evening saw some rare sights from the typically risk-averse actuarial community — never have so many been seen around a set of roulette and Blackjack tables, even without betting with real money. The carnival theme continued with the refreshments, with candyfloss and toffee apples consumed alongside the odd alcoholic tipple.

No GIRO would be complete without the conference dinner — a chance to dress up and let your hair down. This year’s dinner included entertainment by the band Kitty la Roar and The Nick of Time. Who would have thought that mixing up Peggy Lee with Nirvana or Mack the Knife with Shaggy could be so entertaining? If it worked for Hugh Hefner’s 80th birthday party, then why not GIRO..? A special mention has to go to Stuart Shepley who gave us a glimpse of his inner diva, leading the way with Big Spender.

It would be remiss of me not to mention the amount of socialising that happened on the golf course. Having the conference at Celtic Manor allowed budding golfers to try their skills on the Ryder Cup course and allowed those to dream of sinking the final putt on 17, just like Graeme McDowell did one week earlier.

Finally, I would like to take this opportunity to thank the 2010 GIRO Committee for arranging a fabulous conference. Here’s looking forward to socialising again in Liverpool in 2011.

By Ruth Stephens