I’ve always been hopeless at maths. I don’t know why – I think it is because my brain is wired that way. Maths just doesn’t make sense to me. When I passed my O level (yes, I really did), my teacher came to find me and tell me what a surprise this was to her (me too) and how it was not my hard work but a fluke. Rude but accurate I’m afraid.
However, even the most incompetent sometimes have to rise to the challenge, and mine came in September, when I ran an event in Durham Cathedral. What with speakers coming from the south coast, advertising, caterers and sound systems, there was quite a bit of money to find. And the punters were charged a pittance for attending. The organising agency is a charity which runs on a near zero account, so almost no float, and no cushion of its own if it all went horribly wrong.
Of course it didn’t go wrong – quite the reverse; it was very good. However, even at £15 clergy and others complained about the charge. I know my maths is bad, but even I can see that if there are out-goings, there need to be in-comings. Three walked out (after coffee and biscuits) saying that this should be put on for free. Bizarre!
You will be glad to know that we have covered our costs. Even I can manage that much maths. But there are obviously some whose maths is worse that mine, and haven’t figured out that if you put nothing in, nothing comes out.