Watford, Hertfordshire - A decidedly downmarket UK town once dubbed by Mahatma Gandhi as 'the arse-end of the universe' will be hosting this year's meeting of the smoke 'n' mirrors cabal known as the Bilderberg Group.
Announcing the 6-9 June gathering at Watford's Grovel Hotel & Spa the Group's PR said a last minute bucket-shop bargain basement deal had secured the venue following the cancellation of a holistic colonic irrigation therapists' seminar on esthetic grounds.
Formerly part of the GrovelLodge hospitality empire the hotel's chief attraction appears to be a life-sized female nude nude statue located in the parking lot popular with lamp post-deprived canines.
But in reality it has to be the cheap accommodation, catering and bar prices that are drawing in the usual suspects from the world of faux royalty, politics and organized crime.
Of course the booking has disappointed some seasoned Bilderbergers more accustomed to swish megabux hangouts like Switzerland's seven-star Gnomes of Zurich Hotel or the Bombe d'Or in Caracas. [WTF? -'Ed'].
But at an average of $75 per person/night plus food, drink and entertainment the Grovel Hotel's a sure winner, decidedly head and shoulders above its nearest local equivalent, the fabled Cockroach Towers just outside Heathrow Airport.
"The New World Order is tightening its belt same as everybody else," a hotel porter told QM-NewsCorpse reporters, "and is having to cut up its credit cards in the wake of the Diabolical Liberty Reserve scam.
"Wanna see a pic of Henry Kissinger in flagrente delicto with Kim Bassinger? Yeah, me neither, that really sucks."