July 1986 that august body, the Paintmakers Association, met to throw it about in delightful Torquay. It can be said at once they did not foozle but, can it be stated their machinations were of a profound nature? They spoke of teaching modules and moaned about competition from that traditional (and world renowned) centre of paint technology learning, the Polytechnic of the South Bank. They showed a video about young people replete with hackneyed phrases: ‘industry is a rat race; industry is a dirty boring factory.’ (What's new Mr Magoo?) They complimented themselves on their novella Blight. The titanium dioxide boys came up for their monthly dubbing. On a more interesting note Disraeli was resurrected: ‘Change is a constant’ and, perhaps most interesting of all, Mr Julian Oliver of ICI, spoke on effective government lobbying.
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