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I've had my bath, I've had my nap, now it's time for fodder. But… 
17th-Aug-2006 06:33 pm
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I've had my bath, I've had my nap, now it's time for fodder. But first....

Registration is already happening for those who arrived a day early. So many of us are here, it makes sense.

And they put my screen name on my badge as requested. Must admit I was a little unnerved by so many of the committee greeting me by name, or 'You're TotKat's Mum'. There was a huge hug from Donal and a promise more from 'the other Irishman' in Ops.

The hotel is unrecognisable.

The newly covered 'terrace' is now a Costa Coffee bar.

Biers has been given a modernisation that's all but destroyed its former grunginess. I miss the darkness and the hideaway corners.

More spotting of The Man in the Hat, in the reception area - (it's just not the same without Poseidon ) - both times he was sans chapeau.

17th-Aug-2006 05:49 pm (UTC)
Looks very civilised, enjoy:)
17th-Aug-2006 05:58 pm (UTC)
Discworld Cons are always very civilised.
17th-Aug-2006 06:01 pm (UTC)
It all looks very organised and very swish

have a great time!
17th-Aug-2006 06:55 pm (UTC)
Have to say, Discworld Cons are some of the best organised ever. What started in 1996 as a 'small gathering in Manchester of 40 fans (that turned out to be over 800) has grown and it all operates like a well-oiled machine every two years.

I'm already having a good time. There was a free copy of 'Johnny and the Bomb' in my goodies bag and there's an extract from 'Wintersmith' in the Brochure, as well as a promotional pic from Sky 1's 'Hogfather' with what looks like a very young Kenneth Brannagh (can't be but the resemblance is uncanny). We're going to get a 'sneak preview' later this weekend.
24th-Aug-2006 07:43 pm (UTC)
I really should do things like find the stamp and the programme book and actually look at them, hell maybe checking the readme might be an idea :)
17th-Aug-2006 06:24 pm (UTC)
Very snazzy! What hotel is this?
17th-Aug-2006 06:48 pm (UTC)
Paramount Hinkley Island.


I've brought my swimming cossie.
24th-Aug-2006 07:43 pm (UTC)
*grump* I managed to completely fail to get into the swimming pool, even with no kids around.
17th-Aug-2006 06:31 pm (UTC)
Are these pics for your bid for WriterconUK to go to Hinckley? ;)
17th-Aug-2006 06:45 pm (UTC)
Nope. It's too expensive and off the beaten track.

Very comfy. My room's one of the newly refurbished ones. It took me a few soakings to get the space-age taps to put water in the sink and not all over me.
17th-Aug-2006 07:04 pm (UTC)
The ones in the Barbican are like that.
17th-Aug-2006 06:32 pm (UTC)
It all looks very nice! :)
17th-Aug-2006 06:50 pm (UTC)
It's changed hands recently and the new decor isn't to my taste. It's quite posh. Thank goodness the staff is the same, otherwise there would be much culture shock tomorrow as people start breakfasting in costume. Death stalking the corridors at 9 in the morning can be quite unnerving.
17th-Aug-2006 07:49 pm (UTC)
Death stalking the corridors at 9 in the morning can be quite unnerving.

I can imagine! *g* It all sounds like such a lot of fun! Do you dress up yourself? I'm going to have to start attending events like this one myself, when my circumstances allow me to. I wouldn't be one to dress up, though, although I love seeing other people in costume. :)
17th-Aug-2006 07:29 pm (UTC)
OMg they so wouldn't even let me in there :)

How civilised :) no rabid Pratchett fen wondering why he thinks the luggage doesn't have a soul? Darn...
18th-Aug-2006 11:55 am (UTC)
Not many rabid Fen. The Watch keeps them firmly under control. Mind you, things can get pretty hairy at Jam Sessions in Biers - and that's just the bloke who wanders around dressed as Conan, loincloth and bony ribs and not much else.
18th-Aug-2006 12:00 pm (UTC)
I love Cohen and his gang :) This sounds like a fun relaxed con, damn it. Remind me next time, I'll come as Nanny Ogg :)
17th-Aug-2006 11:21 pm (UTC)
Looks fun. Is envious!
18th-Aug-2006 12:37 pm (UTC)
It's always fun at DWCon. You have every right to be envious. See you at the next one in 2008?
18th-Aug-2006 03:42 am (UTC)
It does look nice, but rather like most of the other nice hotels I've been to. I don't know what it looked like before but it sounds like it used to be more unique.

Have a swell time anyway. It isn't where you but who you're with!
18th-Aug-2006 11:59 am (UTC)
I'm still reeling at being recognised by so many people from the Committee. I should be helping out with the online Live Chronicle later today, even managed to persuade Stephen Briggs (he adapts the books for the stage) to write about doing a Kaffe Klatch from a guest's POV.

There are two Klatches and a workshop being done by Diane Duane (don't know if you've heard of her, an American who writes SF (So you want to be a wizard? (1983)
18th-Aug-2006 12:12 pm (UTC)
It sounds like they are keeping you busy.

I've read quite a few of Diane Duane's books both her original and Star Trek related novels. Are there a lot of authors there?
18th-Aug-2006 12:23 pm (UTC)
Terry, Diane, Stephen Briggs (still doing the day job as a Civil Servant)Peter Morwood, Dave Langford, Lionel Fanthorp. Colin Smythe (Terry's agent and former publisher) is here, as always and there are artists here as well (hence my desire to see WriterCon UK include them - Graham Higgins, Sue Mason.
19th-Aug-2006 02:14 am (UTC)
I'm familiar with a few of those names.

Alas. It sounds like an author is well advised to keep his day job. How appalling it must be though--attending a con where you are an author (spoken in hushed and awed tones), and then have to go back to a job where you are probably treated like the lowliest of peons.

Life. There otta be law!
18th-Aug-2006 02:22 pm (UTC)
An article in todays Chronicle Live by Graham Higgins.
19th-Aug-2006 02:15 am (UTC)
We Spike fans are going to have to fight to keep you aren't we?

It sounds like a much nicer fandom all around.
19th-Aug-2006 12:21 pm (UTC)
No fear of that, I attended the very first DWCon back in 1996 way before Spike hit my radar screen. And it wasn't Terry's work that got me writing fiction.
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