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BatVink
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Posted: 18th Oct 2007 14:00
There's loads of bus routes too, check the email for attendees you got a week or so ago, it lists the ones you can take.

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Posted: 19th Oct 2007 00:51
How late is the convention running on Sunday?


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Posted: 19th Oct 2007 13:27
I can imagine very late

Only a week to go now!

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Posted: 19th Oct 2007 15:03
Quote: "I can imagine very late "


Oh no - I've already booked an early train ...
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Posted: 19th Oct 2007 15:53
It will finish around 15:00-16:00, although I'm sure people will leave early or hang around for a while.

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Posted: 19th Oct 2007 16:20
Michelle e-mailed me too, thank you both

It's fortunate for me, my flight leaves from Leeds at 1650, and I have no checked luggage. I wish I could hang out longer on Sunday but I've got to be home in time to put the kids to bed.


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Posted: 20th Oct 2007 02:36
For those 0 people who would like to know my journey timetable, it is thus :

08:42 Chichester
10:02 Basingstoke
10:47 Basingstoke
15:02 Leeds

The way back is a bit more complicated :

12:40 Leeds
15:33 Kings Cross London
16:17 London Victoria
18:02 Chichester

Will be bringing my laptop (brought with the remains of my redundancy pay, and has an amazing Windows Index value of 1.0)

Just got to get my mobile charged and topped up, just in case

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Posted: 20th Oct 2007 03:00 Edited at: 20th Oct 2007 03:06
Hey Mson, it would appear we are taking the same coach to Leeds

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Posted: 20th Oct 2007 11:04
From Manchester city center or chorlton?
Im going from Manchester Coach Station

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Posted: 20th Oct 2007 13:20
Cant remember if its been asked before, but do the rooms have internet access ?

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Posted: 20th Oct 2007 16:03
not sure. There is wireless access in the conference room, but given the design of the building, it's unlikely to reach the bedrooms.

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As long as the wireless signal is useable, that'll be fine

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Posted: 23rd Oct 2007 15:43
I could have missed this (in which case I offer a grovelling apology to Mrs BatVink) but I don't think anyone has posted the conference centre's postal address as yet?

I think it is:

Hinsley Hall
62 Headingley Lane
Leeds LS6 2BX

I only say this because I'm in the midst of printing out multimap route maps to the location so I can get there without getting too lost!

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Posted: 23rd Oct 2007 15:49
I got this link at some point for the place. It has the address on the front page. (Though watch out for the dodgy annoying music )

http://www.hinsley-hall.co.uk/

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Posted: 23rd Oct 2007 16:44
You should have received a PDF file about 2 weeks ago, with the address, Google Map link, and itinerary. If you didn't get it, let me / Mrs B know.

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Posted: 24th Oct 2007 19:57
Sadly, I'm not going to be there on Friday until about 21:30, so I suspect that there will be no dinner for Cash


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Posted: 25th Oct 2007 12:08
A day to go!

Would anyone like me to bring a copy of the latest DX9 SDK or things like that ?

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Posted: 25th Oct 2007 13:10
I wanted to take a demo of one of my programmes with me, but I havn't had the time this week to even turn my computer on yet

CASH: Don't worry as im sure you'll still be able to find some of them at the bar later

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Posted: 25th Oct 2007 13:45
Nearly there! I can tell you that the TGC chaps are working like mad to present some fantastic stuff this weekend. In fact, they are trying to cut down the content to make sure there's time for coffee

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Posted: 26th Oct 2007 11:55
Quote: "How late is the convention running on Sunday?"


Quote: "I can imagine very late "


Quote: "Oh no - I've already booked an early train ... "


Quote: "It will finish around 15:00-16:00, although I'm sure people will leave early or hang around for a while."


Hang the extra expense - looks like I'll be abandoning my return travel plans and might return on Monday morning. Don't want to miss anything.
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Posted: 26th Oct 2007 12:30
Sunday afternoon is when you get to quiz Lee about anything and everything. He may even be strapped to a polygraph

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Posted: 26th Oct 2007 13:16
That clinches it!

Blimey - just noticed the time, I'd better detach myself from my life support machine.
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Posted: 26th Oct 2007 13:18
Im setting off in a few minutes, see you there. Mines a pint

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Posted: 26th Oct 2007 13:42
Last minute preps, and I'm on my way

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Posted: 26th Oct 2007 13:56
I'm off in my car in another hour or so. Working near Reading today and am going direct from there. Well over 3 hours driving ahead. Can't wait.

Boo!
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Posted: 26th Oct 2007 14:30
Have fun lads. I would be coming but I didn't want to be away on my birthday - so you can all breathe a sigh of relief for this year at least

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Posted: 26th Oct 2007 14:51
just booked my tickets, will be getting the 4pm nat express ^_^

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Posted: 26th Oct 2007 15:42
I'm leaving cheltenham at 5/5.30pm after work... what a nice trip through birmingham rush hour and then the M1 that'll be!! lol
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Posted: 26th Oct 2007 17:55
Just arrived and using the net in the room to post.

With me are

Batvink,
Mrs Batvink,
Mnemonix,
MSon.

Looks like the internet works here

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Posted: 26th Oct 2007 18:16
Ravey is round at my house. When Lee arrives we'll be setting off. Probably take us an hour to get.
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Posted: 27th Oct 2007 00:44 Edited at: 27th Oct 2007 18:08
From Mrs BatVink:
Hope you all arrived safely at Hinsley Hall, sorry I wasn't there to say hello to all of you but I wish you all a fab conference and hope the beer doesn't run out at the bar.

Enjoy every minute!

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Its all going well.

Everyone managed to get plastered...

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Posted: 27th Oct 2007 21:58 Edited at: 28th Oct 2007 10:56
agreed. the bars now out of southern comfort

See post below - more user friendly photo size, plus minor edit...

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Posted: 28th Oct 2007 10:56 Edited at: 28th Oct 2007 11:08
Image edited ... it was just too damn big!





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mis-spelt goorf

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I'm currently writing this on the floor of a GNER train, having failed to find a vacant seat (again). However, this'll be posted as soon as I get internet access again.

It was a very enjoyable convention - although getting to and from Leeds wasn't as much fun.

I would like to thank the BAtvinks for organising said meeting and for it being at such a nice place (complete with weird porter). I would also like to apologise for bailing out of Ravey's talk - alas, he chose the very time I had to leave in order to get home on Sunday (being only once service to London Kings Cross).

Lee's & Mikes were also interesting, but alas the bribes to leave the evil Microsoft system and embrace the Might Apple didn't work, which was a pity.

I would also like to thank myself for arrive, two hours behind schedule (due to initial track maintenance along the South Coast and accumalative train delays), but nevertheless arriving on the day I wanted, and in the correct year.

So, it is time to say cheerio and move completely to OSX.

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Posted: 28th Oct 2007 22:51
home now. having fun with splines XD

Quote: "It was a very enjoyable convention - although getting to and from Leeds wasn't as much fun."


now you know how it feels for those of us having to make the opposite journey to chichester

thanks everyone ^_^

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Posted: 28th Oct 2007 23:02 Edited at: 28th Oct 2007 23:04
Splines all the way

Nick: Is that it? You're leaving us? Even after the "unmentionable" news? I thought that would keep you here

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Posted: 28th Oct 2007 23:35
I'd also like to add my thanks to that already expressed. It's definitely a big "thank you" to Mr. and Mrs. BatVink for organising the Convention and for videotaping it, as well as thanks to Lee, Mike, Ravey, Rick and Paul for their very interesting and well put together presentations.

On the assumption that there will be another convention next year (and let's hope there is) please can we have a 2 hour coding compo?

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Posted: 28th Oct 2007 23:36 Edited at: 28th Oct 2007 23:40
Just walked in the door. Only took 5ish hours. (How was your journey home Phillip? I hope it was better than your journey there).

It was great meeting up with people again, I had a great time. (Although that saturday morning hangover wasn't very pleasent, but becoming a tradition it seems )

Talks were great. Looking forward to seeing the new things coming out when they arrive.

Look forward to another event next year, though may find another way of getting to the convention as driving that distance with all those delays isn't much fun.

Time to mutext this typing and getting some sleep

Jas
(Thanks to the TGC Team & Mr & Mrs Batvink for aranging such a nice place with internet )

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Posted: 28th Oct 2007 23:41
Haha! Sorry. But it looks like Scraggle was sleeping.

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Posted: 29th Oct 2007 00:06
As a first time convention attendee I found it very useful. The TGC presenters all did a great job with their presentations and I must send a BIG thank you to Steve & Michelle for doing a super job organising the Yorkshire TGC show!

Tonight Lee, Mike and Ravey are out on the town in Manchester, so no work gets done I guess till mid week!

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Posted: 29th Oct 2007 00:36
Three cheers for Mr & Mrs B for organizing the whole thing. It was fantastic

Enjoyed meeting everybody who turned up and discussing geeky matters in great detail, not to mention the frozen peas paradox.


Mutexes to all who were there.
Thanks TGC for letting me win the big books that made my suitcase heavy!

P.S. Cheers for activating dark A.I. so fast Rick

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Posted: 29th Oct 2007 01:10
Quote: "Nick: Is that it? You're leaving us? Even after the "unmentionable" news? I thought that would keep you here"

Yes, the unmentionable news was certainly interesting, and the intricate use of cheese in the torture chamber was just remarkable, but alas, it can only be powered by Winsnooze machines (How do you want to be tortured today?).

I'm firming worshipping the might Apple now, and all of my stuff down is designed to be compatible with Linux (ARM and Intel), Mac and Windows, so I need something that can deal with all of them...

It was an enjoyable convention though!

Quote: "now you know how it feels for those of us having to make the opposite journey to chichester"

It would have been alright if there hadn't been rail maintenance between Chichester and my change point, delaying everything by 2 hours

And everyone decided they wanted to go on holiday too! So it was standing room only (both going and coming back).

But aside from that it was okay

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Posted: 29th Oct 2007 02:35
I would like to thank TGC for such an informative and fun weekend!

The venue was excellent and the presentations were full of information. Was also nice to put faces to names of people I'd only spoken to on the forum!!

Thanks again TGC!

Mike
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Posted: 29th Oct 2007 02:38
Great time was had but taking well over 5 hours to drive there and 5 and a half hours hours to drive back to Essex was a dampener (the driving rain, stupid roadworks, broken down lorries, numerous accidents, half term holidayers, etc didn't help).

Thanks to the BatVinks for organising a fun weekend and thanks to TGC for the great talks (specially Ravey's).

Tired now. Going to bed to dream of Mutexes and peas...

zzzZZZZzzzZZZZ

Boo!
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Posted: 29th Oct 2007 12:06
I really enjoyed the convention - what an amazing bunch of people turned up!

Lee, Mike and myself actually ate a pizza round Mike's house and brainstormed before getting an eary night, rather than larging it up as was initially planned - I guess we are getting old!

I will be setting off shortly to return to the "Southern TGC Nerve Centre".

Thanks to everyone for making the convention great fun and very interesting. Big thanks to Mr & Mrs Batvink for doing an awesome job of organising the whole event.

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I'm back in Germany. It's a shame that the convention was so short. It was great meeting all of you. I loved the presentations, I got great ideas from all of them. Lee's was fantastic and impressive, I learned a lot from RickV, Paul's was brilliant and taught me about something which I had no idea about, Mike's absolutely convinced me that Dark GDK is the way to go, and Ravey's gave me some fantastic ideas that I can apply to Geisha House.

Thanks Mr. and Mrs. Batvink for putting that all together! I'm quite happy to have been introduced to Tetley's and Guinness as well.


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Posted: 29th Oct 2007 18:45
i enjoyed your demo of geisha house. perhaps next yr i'll be able to steal the spotlight with my current projet ^_^

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Posted: 29th Oct 2007 22:04
Note to self: Don't keep drinking pints of Tetley's - there will be an internal Mutex error eventually (as each time you drink one, the results will be different).

Ravey - I was wondering why I had received emails from Lee - clearly you had not taken him out for more alco-pop abuse.

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