Conventional Travel

In a little over two weeks this year’s Fantasycon will be underway, once again in Brighton. I’ll be there from Friday morning until Sunday evening and, as always, I’m looking forward to it. In terms of “doing stuff” I’m forgoing a reading this year (although willing to provide a service for insomniacs, contact me privately […]

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A good thing

So, 2012’s Eastercon has been and gone, and left me feeling (with a nod of gratitude to Jim Marshall) like a fan in front Nigel Tufnell’s stack in Tap’s heyday. It was a good thing, there was a lot of it and I possibly indulged a little too much. It had started so simply. No […]

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Those odd subjects of conversation

One of the things I look forward to about a convention weekend is the bar chat. Basically, the bar chat you get at a convention is the conversational equivalent of taking a bunch of regularly exercised, but well trained, puppies to the park and letting them off the lead. After feeding them amphetamines.  For four […]

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Conventional Happiness

Becoming really impressed with the organisation of this year’s Eastercon to be honest, and that’s before it even happens. Not only have they released a smart phone app that allows you to keep track of everything that’s going (and even reminds you about programme items you really wanted to see if you ask it nicely), […]

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Show of hands: Eastercon

All this genre chat reminds me that the annual SF get-together known as Eastercon is almost upon us.  I say this every year, but I adore Eastercon. Four days in a hotel with good friends talking about all the things we love. How could I not? This year’s event, being at Heathrow, has already sold […]

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Eastercon selling out!

By which I mean not that the venerable UK SF convention is going down the movie and TV stars route, but that with a week and a half still to go before the event there are almost no tickets left. I’ve been going to Eastercon for a long time now–I skipped the Heathrow one in […]

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