Wednesday 25 May 2011

UKlug 2011 -raw chilies and refrigerated underpants

Well it's done!
Another Lug is in the box... And by all accounts it was a good one :)

So some thoughts from the comfort of terminal 3 Manchester airport ... Most importantly I learned an invaluable life lesson Never let a colleague order you 5 raw chilies at an Indian restaurant and then eat them ... No matter how much you enjoy it at the time, certain parts of your anatomy south if the belly button will thank you in the morning and Manchester airport does not have underpant freezing facilities!

However that aside uklug,what can one say? I have now been involved with the organization of 2 I and 2 UK lugs and with each one I come to a deeper understanding that herding cats is actually a doodle, organizing geeks on the other hand is best done only when you gave access to a dark room, soothing music and a supply of krispy creme donuts and / or Tunnocks teacakes.

Team building on the persistent Skype chat will only work if you sing the 'tigger song' at least once a call.

It is possible to make Eileen Fitzgerald (@eileenfirzy) speak at such a high frequency that bats get confused.

Giving a session with Mr Frank Doherty (@fsdoc) is both a pleasure and a privilege as he is a gentleman and scholar and an admin ranked in the dominoyesmaybe top 10.

Talking of Mr Doherty , his daughter Rebecca who foolishly volunteered to be one of the reception desk possee and checkin maaasive (aka Kitty's Geek Herders and freestyle extreme clipboard team) is amazing! If you are having an event invite her along ,she is fantastic and should do really well in her chosen career of hospitality management! Well done Rebecca!

The sessions were well attended and from what i heard very well received again another triumph directly related to the quality of experts and their desire to share with the greater community!

To all the foreign folk both attendee and speakers thank you so much for coming we really appreciate it. Some of you came from a very long way away and I hope the jet lag was worth it .. I suspect it was.

A big shout out to Warren and Kitty Elsmore without whom there would be no Uklug and without their good humour and organisational skills chaos and tears would result.

Oh for all those who volunteered for 'Moon the Mooney' on Tuesday afternoon this has been postponed until the next lug when participants are reminded that clean underwear is required aand in order to add the 'blast' to adminblast you must have had beans for breakfast!!

Another thing of note was that having that tornado of yellow tinted enthusiasm Mat Newman (@matnewmann)in the same bar as Bill Buchan (@u235) and myself did nor trigger the apocalypse but did result in a 'timtam-slamgasm' that could have destablised the space time continuum, we have dispatched Mark Myers (@stickfight) into the rift that ensued to recover Tom Duff's (@duffbert) spectacles and Francie Tanner's (@akafrancie) luggage.

So .. The sessions are over the beer has been quaffed the sponsors have been quizzed about new releases and prices and Big Firm Tony and Tim Clark has eaten an acre of naan bread. That's it for another year, thank you all for coming and I am already looking forward to seeing you all again next year

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