• Al Ramos, Virginia Field and Glen Bortolin

    Al Ramos, Virginia Field and Glen Bortolin

  • Deb Bowden and Alice Tan

    Deb Bowden and Alice Tan

  • Lyn Cook and Caroline Abbott

    Lyn Cook and Caroline Abbott

  • Margaret Russell and Anka Kuzmanovic

    Margaret Russell and Anka Kuzmanovic

  • Michael Dogan, Tania Perin and aryl Smeaton

    Michael Dogan, Tania Perin and aryl Smeaton

  • Chris Uhlmann and Steve Lewis.

    Chris Uhlmann and Steve Lewis.

  • Denny Smith, Lynette Bender, Steve Lewis and Karen Johnston

    Denny Smith, Lynette Bender, Steve Lewis and Karen Johnston

  • Craig Richardson and Derek Ambrose

    Craig Richardson and Derek Ambrose

  • Kate Leonard, Susan Nesbitt, Alison Pratt and Lyn Sharpe

    Kate Leonard, Susan Nesbitt, Alison Pratt and Lyn Sharpe

  • John Asdagi and Dermot Walsh

    John Asdagi and Dermot Walsh

  • Carolyn Petrelli, Tony Chase and Kirsten Carter

    Carolyn Petrelli, Tony Chase and Kirsten Carter

  • Steven McDonnell and Maria Swindale

    Steven McDonnell and Maria Swindale

  • Catherine Hill, Maryane Bogovic and Cathy Moore

    Catherine Hill, Maryane Bogovic and Cathy Moore

  • The Mandarin Code by Steve Lewis and Chris Uhlmann

    The Mandarin Code by Steve Lewis and Chris Uhlmann

Wizard People Scribing Services Business Lunch.

27 November 2014

Wizard and scribe in the same sentence conjures up images of a beakish Dickensian character dipping his quill into an ink well and dripping it over his neat piles of documents, then with his wizard powers magically cleaning it up. Fanciful I know but the scribes are still a part of today’s recruitment business, it’s just that the equipment is 21st century and their discipline is essential to the business of recruitment and selection committee reports, et al, that government and private enterprise increasingly hands over to a contractor.

Wizard People Scribing Service was established in 1992 to service the Human Resources Consultants need for people who know the rules and regulations of recruitment and can handle the whole kit and kaboodle from applications to success or the sorry you missed out letter.

And for their end of year business lunch this group of scribes – with a lot of friends keen to join them – came to listen to two scribes of the bookish kind present their slick and smooth tale of the how, what, where and when of their Canberra based book, The Mandarin Code. Steve Lewis and Chris Uhlmann have honed their book promotion show as an after lunch/dinner banter with comedic timing and the now practiced art of giving the audience just enough teasing to make them buy. Blush making readings of “political erotica” – that’s sex to you and me -  thankfully interrupted to be left to the imagination and the improbable tales especially of Christopher Pyne in Oman were scintillating. Oh how we love to ponder the fiction for the truth. 

 I can recommend The Mandarin Code as the perfect Christmas gift for the beach or backyard reading this summer; with I’m told a future television series on the cards giving this book and its predecessor The Marmalade Files instant cred, but anyone with an idea of the "who is it" in the book should direct all enquiries to the writers who will deny it I'm sure.