April 6th, 2008


eastercon 2008

I went to my first Eastercon at easter. I enjoyed myself. Who knew that going to programme items could be fun. All the items with Neil Gaiman were great even other panelists did seem to defer to him. I really enjoyed the critical items i went to. The not the clarke awards was particulary great. I also did a fair few of the comic panels.
China Mieville GoH spot was very good. Charlie Strosses was okay but it was stuff i mostly knew anyway. The funniest panel was almost certainly sex and the singularity.

The beer was pretty good in the real ale bar and on the monday night I even talked to random people I didnt already know. I even geeked out about the eee with Charlie Stross and someone else at David Devereux. Also Charlie showed off his sony ebook reader. Very shiny it was.

Im thinking about going to LX next year. Although Im not entirely sure about the guests. I certainly intend to go to Odyssey in 2010. Since Im a big fan of two of the guests and Heathrow isnt Bradford. Possibly as soul destorying but a lot closer to home. Not that I felt the need to flee as much as I thought I might have done. Although breakfast was a bit scary at times.

I also found a few pubs outside the hotel whilst I was there. I had to escape from the fans. There was only so much I could take. :) things within 2k of the radisson edwardian

hmm this seems to have actually turned into a coherent con report. How strange. Blarp


$newjob is okay. Im almost used to getting up at 7am for a 9am start. The leaving at 17:30 is quite good though.

The best bit of course is having a new area to explore for RGL review purposes. Chiswick it would seem has a lot of good restaurants and pubs. Ive only had go to two(Oriental Brasserie and Yupa's of them twice and thats because other people wanted to go. I still havent run out of new places to try. One of which is michelin starred(La Trompette) and another which is the sister restaurant to Le Cassoulet