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Back, tired but happy, from 
18th-Aug-2008 10:57 am
knitting sketch
a second very successful Midimeet organised by writerconuk

Banner by kazzy_cee

It was touch and go whether I'd be attending as I was unwell on Thursday night. But, thanks to bogwitch's trusty steed (a very throaty MG), I made it with time to spare before registration at the Reading Novotel.

The journey from leafy Hertfordshire to The Thameside town, was made easier with the help of Bogwitch's Dad, TomTom - well his SatNav. Together we vanquished Batman on the M25 and sped cross-country down narrow A roads. All was well until we reached the town centre street leading to our hotel. There we encountered a very French 'Route Baree' sign, with no indications of an alternative route. I put my map-reading skills to the test and mapread through the one-way system, ignoring the SatNav Bint's instructions.

gillo and just_sue kick start the Meet - from the reader's POV.
Midimeet 2008

kazzy_cee makes icons easy peasy
Midimeet 2008

The importance of Research by ninngloreth
Midimeet 2008

When world's collide - speakr2customrs - who else?
Midimeet 2008

Characterisation by shapinglight
Midimeet 2008

Beta thoughts from kitty_poker1
Midimeet 2008

Symbolism and Atmosphere: Making fic resonate on a deeper level by quinara
Midimeet 2008

Unfortunately, I missed the final presentation 'Erotica', by our Chair, xanpet2000, because I was totally knackered and went downstairs for a rest on one of the 3B's Bar sofa's. On the way out, I met some of

the Town Hall Security team, Toby and his handler
Midimeet 2008

The serious business of the Meet ended with the AGM, where we elected a new Chair, Treasurer, and Secretary and made decisions about next year. Keep an eye on writerconuk for news and polls.

After a swim in the hotel pool, I just had time to change for dinner at
Il Gusto,
Midimeet 2008

a Greek/Italian (Mediterranean?) restaurant in a former Corn Store. Dinner was a very good natured, noisy affair, from 7.30 to about 10.45.

Chair 2007/8 begins to relax
Midimeet 2008

Chair 2008/2009 relaxing with new friends.
Midimeet 2008

Many, many thanks to mabel_marsters for the lift home, bogwitch for the lift to the venue and a wonderful goody bag, all the attendees who contributed to the programme, peasant_, just_sue and xanpet2000 for organising the whole thing. I had a wonderful time, despite being a bit under the weather. It was great meeting so many new (to me) LJ friends. See you all again next year.

18th-Aug-2008 10:41 am (UTC)
Great pics. Thanks for posting them.

It was lovely to meet you again too.
18th-Aug-2008 11:37 am (UTC)
18th-Aug-2008 11:04 am (UTC)
glad you had fun, thank you for sharing the pics
18th-Aug-2008 11:38 am (UTC)

Think about joining us next year, we're all muti-fandom now.
18th-Aug-2008 12:01 pm (UTC)
well you never know!
seriously, travelled up from Plymouth from Roscoff last Wed. so was only just home
18th-Aug-2008 11:28 am (UTC)
Well you covered up that you were not feeling 100% well - I'd have never guessed! Hope you are feeling much better today.

What on earth am I saying in that photo! *lol!!!*

I did enjoy that meal - it was scrummy!

18th-Aug-2008 11:36 am (UTC)
My Lasagne was heavenly.

Your presentation was flawless and so very informative. Thanks for the handout, I shall make good use of the cropping ideas.
18th-Aug-2008 12:04 pm (UTC)
I'm glad you were able to attend and wish I'd been there.

I hope you're feeling better now.

That's a very handsome dog. What breed is he?
18th-Aug-2008 12:07 pm (UTC)
Still feeling tired. I think not coping well with a noisy crowd added to my problem.

The dog was bee-u-ti-ful - an American Bulldog crossed with something rare and exotic I couldn't quite hear and had never heard of anyway.

I wish you were closer, too.
19th-Aug-2008 12:02 am (UTC)
I thought it looked a lot like an American Bulldog except for the size. Probably mixed with one of the Mastiff breeds.

Crowds are definitely a drain when you arne't feeling chipper to begin with. Hopefully, the good company made up for it and you've been able to rest today.
18th-Aug-2008 01:30 pm (UTC)
Great pictures. I almost feel like I was there.:)
18th-Aug-2008 02:42 pm (UTC)
Thank you. Hopefully, programme items will trickle online over the coming week.
18th-Aug-2008 02:03 pm (UTC)
Hee, photos! I look like shapinglight's sending me to sleep... She wasn't!

Thanks for these. It was wonderful to meet you, so I'm glad you made it!
18th-Aug-2008 02:18 pm (UTC)
It was great to finally meet you 'in the flesh'. Where exactly in Herts are you?
18th-Aug-2008 02:36 pm (UTC)
Chorleywood? It's on the border of Bucks, between Rickmansworth and Amersham. Zone 7 on the Tube! (We're on the Met Line.) Whereabouts are you?
18th-Aug-2008 02:41 pm (UTC)
Hitchin, over in the North East. Bogwitch is over your side in Hemel.
18th-Aug-2008 03:46 pm (UTC)
Cool. Yeah, bogwitch and I have chatted every now and then about the delights Herts has to offer.
18th-Aug-2008 08:58 pm (UTC)
What is that expression on my face? I look like I'm about to throttle him! LOL. I never would have guessed that you were feeling unwell and so glad you made it. Thank you so much for the bubbly and the contributions to the AGM.

See you again next year,

Love XP
19th-Aug-2008 11:12 am (UTC)
I'm just about recovered enough to walk the dog today.

Here's to another great event next year. Thanks for taking the Chair for 2008 and circulating the constitution. Looking forward to putting the organisation on a legal footing for 20010.
18th-Aug-2008 11:40 pm (UTC)
I didn't get to spend as much time with you as I'd have liked, but it was good to see you there. It was great fun, wasn't it?
19th-Aug-2008 11:13 am (UTC)
It was great fun. Thanks so much for doing another programme item this year.
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