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Breakout82 / ConferenCe & Meetings World / issUe 66UK Party planner, socialite and sister of the Duchess of Cambridge, Pippa Middleton has reportedly signed a £400,000 book deal from Penguin's commercial imprint.The book is said to be titled: 'How to Be the Perfect Party Hostess'."It will be about entertaining and how to throw the perfect party. It's not just about being the perfect hostess - it will also include recipes and information about how to host different types of events," a 'friend' to Middleton told the Daily Mail newspaper: "Pippa has been sketching out the chapters and has decided to start each one with an amusing anecdote."Middleton works for London-based events company Table Talk and edits The Party Times, an online newsletter on Party Pieces website.Pippa Middleton scores publishing contract for being a party plannerGo to work on a gherkinHungover delegates at the 50th International Congress and Convention Association (ICCA)Congress in Leipzig were given a vacuum packed gherkin in brine by organisers to help recover from the previous night's social programme.ROI Institute guru Elling Hamso from Norway was one of many delegates munching through the Central and East European equivalent of alka seltzer in the plenary hall as the morning session kicked off.Hope it improved your return on investment (ROI) in the meeting, Elling?Jersey Conference Bureau, in the Channel Islands, invited a handful of event organisers to join its staff in an attempt to create the biggest Quick Response Code (QR) out of sand.Event organisers took a trip to the beach in Jersey to attempt the record, however, the tide came in as last-minute changes were being made, so the code wouldn't have scanned properly. Another attempt is planned for the spring.Organisers from Pickled Egg Events, Adding Value, Reflex Event Management, Kuoni DMC, Deloitte, Reservations 2000 and Carlson Wagonlit to create the sand art on St Brelade's Bay Beach using rakes.The code was 625 squares measuring 40m x 25m."The idea of building a QR code out of sand on the beach with rakes certainly caught the participants' imagination, especially as the tide was lapping at our feet by the end," said GM of Jersey Conference Bureau, Hamish Reid. "We had immediate sign up f rom numerous corporate and agency bookers for this one day fam event. It was a great way to show the easy access and speed of getting around Jersey."Sadly a couple of the 625 squares were wrong so we'll try it again and again and one day we'll get the QR code to work."Jersey Conference Bureau attempts Guinness Record for biggest QR codeA venue you couldnt refuseWhere else in the world would you expect a museum dedicated to organised crime than in the city of Las Vegas?The US$42m Mob Museum, the National Museum of Organised Crime and Law Enforcement, is set to open on Valentine's Day 2012 and For all the latest breaking news, daily updates, visitwww.c-mw.netdo you have a story For breakout? email: vcarley@mashmedia.netpresents a view of the mob's impact of Las Vegas history and its unique imprint on the world.It includes 1,600sqm of exhibition space on three floors in addition to a retail store, special event areas, educational areas and office space.Only in Las Vegas.