Having been booked for their first gig as the 'The Nightlife Thugs', the group agreed to change their name when Garry Roberts took offense to the name. Bob Geldof had read about a gang of children in Woody Guthrie's autobiography 'Bound for Glory' and 'The BoomTown Rats' were born.
I can relate to the spirit of a 'gang of children'. No money, highly resourceful, passionate, spirited, connected and bound for glory. I have woken up this morning with a new outlook on life. Maybe it's because my darling wife enjoyed a well deserved evening in town with the girls and I have been up since 5am tending to, cooking for and cleaning up after my little rats. I haven't had time to bury my head in soul destroying headlines. I have had the ABC news in the background and caught a few more doomsday headlines. The one that piqued my interest was a prediction that 'working from home' is here to stay. It makes sense. If Mark Zuckerberg thinks it's a good idea, let's face it, it's probably going to happen.
What will be the effect of this on Hospitality? Let's deconstruct this dish.
Less workplace socialisation,
Epic Christmas parties,
The office property market will collapse. Today's The Australian front page warns of 'Towering infernos of cash',
Homes will be more populated, more often and more utilised than ever before,
People will want to 'get out of the house' and
Communal environments will thrive. Pubs, bars, restaurants and cafes will thrive. Regional areas will thrive. Conferencing will thrive. Domestic tourism will thrive.
As my ex-favourite New Zealand 'pin up' Rachel Hunter proclaimed, "It won't hippin over night, but it will hippin". My new kiwi crush is Jacinda Ardern. How good is she? How is any of this relevant? I've lost my train.
Oh yes, the boom. I genuinely believe that those of us who survive this awful business will sprout green shoots and regrow our forrest. The oldest and tallest trees will be largely untouched and the undergrowth will regenerate. Maybe this is the pandemic that we 'had to have'.
I haven't taken my eye off the ball. We still need industrial reform. We still need to simplify and improve the tax system. We still need life support to stay alive and we still need a material shot in the arm from government.
NEWSFLASH. I just overheard another ScoMo commitment of $1.8 billion to guess who? The Construction industry. Local roads this time. Wow. The geniuses are clearly not reading the HospoVet.
Let's wrap it up. I've got to get the kids dressed and ready for Kinder. Let's keep prepping for a return to business. Let's wait for Monday when DapperDan tells us what we can or can't do on the following Monday and why. I don’t like Mondays.