Wednesday, June 08, 2005

London Geek Dinner

Paul and I went along to the London Geek Dinner at the Texas Embassy Cantina last night.

(Did you know that from 1836 to 1845 Texas was actually was a country, and that the Republic of Texas set up an Embassy in St James Street in London? Neither did I, but I digress.)

We bumped into Ian outside as he arrived at the same time as us, but that was the only person I saw all night that I can ever remember meeting before.

It was a huge gathering of something like a couple of hundred people and took over the entire first floor of the restaurant. Kudos to Hugh MacLeod and Robert Scoble for the way it was organised. I know how difficult it can be to put events together, and I think that the lightness and sureness of the hand on the tiller in the case was remarkable. It all seemed to come together by magic which means there must have been plenty of trouble shooting behind the scenes.

Very unusually for me I spoke to a load of people, frequently - and this is practically unheard of - initiating the conversation myself.

I'm sure a lot of these conversations will spin out onto the blog in days to come. I even got some takers for AbbeyFest.

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