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So, we have gone down to Coventry to take part in the Redemption Multimedia conference. Wendy and I were up north in Fraserburgh for the first part of the week and drove down on Wednesday back to Glasgow and then flew down to Birmingham on the Thursday. So a busy week so far. We were gouged by wonderful FlyBe because we hadn't checked in our luggage online and it cost us £30 for 1 bag!

We wanted to get the bus to Coventry and were directed to stance K. This showed the 900 bus to Coventry arriving in 4 minutes. Great we thought, and waited. I suddenly noticed that the next stance (J) also had the bus number 900. Hmmmm, I thought. Why is there two stances which have the 900 bus. At that moment the 900 arrived at the next stance. So I went and asked if it went to Coventry.
"Naww, Stuuunce K, mate, Stance K" he said and he pointed to the stance next door as if I was an idiot who didn't speak English (like him). 

We waited, and waited, watching three or four 900 buses all going to Birmingham stopping at stance J while the electronic display at our stance clicked down twice to 900's going to Coventry which didn't turn yup.

Finally, the 900 bus to Coventry arrived and we boarded. It was a standard bus with hardly any space for luggage, and as it was the one bus going through the airport to Coventry this now made perfect sense.


We got to the bus station in Coventry 39 minutes later (which was marked on all the timetables and maps at the airport as Pool Meadow Bus Station, so tough if you didn't know that this was Coventry Bus station. It must be such fun for people who haven't done much research and expect to find sensible bus numbers and electronic timetable displays which are accurate, and maps which actually supply reasonable information, like me for instance) and the hotel 4 minutes later.
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Yesterday was the actual first day of the convention. Didn't manage to get to any of the panels in the morning as I was either helping [livejournal.com profile] dalg in setting up the Satellite 2 table or running around trying to help people (I really must stop doing that). We found the Oxfam shop in central Coventry which had the best SF section I have seen outside of the Oxfam in Morningside, Edinburgh (which is another snippet I really should post) and although that doesn't sound to much like a complement I should point out that I thought that Oxfam in Morningside was better laid out than Watersons and better stocked than Borders (at least with SF). So we asked the Oxfam manager if he was interested in SF and if he knew that there was a SF Multimedia con on in a hotel 100 odd paces away from his shop. He was very interested. He suggested an exchange of Oxfam flyers with Redemption flyers. So I went and got some Redemption flyers from the con reception desk who also said that there was already someone selling books for Oxfam. Went up and spoke to him and although he was selling books for the con charities, he wasn't willing to even have the Oxfam fliers on his tables! I was a bit surprised.

Still, told this  story to Christine and Micheal and they were perfectly happy to have the flyers on their table for Satellite 2 Huzza!!

Went to the Opening ceremony which was good. Well organized, coherent and fun. I then went to "The mythology of the Dalek-Gallifrey time war" which at the begining was divided between those who treated it as a pure thought experiment and those who thought that it should just remain as Myth to support the backstory in the series. But as it progressed it slowly moved towards those who had carefully thought through the details and could quote chapter and verse from the series to support their pet theory why it MUST have happened this way, no doubt about it. More than a little scary.

Had a wee interrupt earlier and now have a chance to complete the entry for yesterday. After the time war panel me and [livejournal.com profile] dalg went to the "Could time travel one day be possible". The answer it appears is yes... according to current day understanding of Physics. It was interesting as we wandered back and forwards between real physics of possible time travel (it has been described as an engineering problem) and time travel anecdotes from audience members favorite stories. Eventually the panel (who were mostly real astrophysicists and physicists) went through each panelists favorite time travel story or film with recommendations for "Back to the future" being the only one I can remember at this moment.

Finally I stayed for the "Monsters v Aliens: Whats the difference?" panel which [livejournal.com profile] dalg wimped out of and went to bed. This was an interesting panel which started out as a sort of fight between Star Trek and Dr Who (with Star Trek having Aliens and Dr Who having Monsters) and came down to a sort of agreement that Monsters were things you either couldn't communicate with or had an agenda which they would not compromise on (and therefore you had to destroy) and Aliens were things you could communicate with and had some kind of culture that the audience could relate to (and therefore you could work with). People found a number of contradictions with this and a number of series which also contradicted or changed monster/alien status half way through (AVP being an example, the Borg another, etc.).

Then I gave up and went to bed. Which was not a lot of fun as The Friday night Ceilidh was in full swing in the Main Hall which was one floor below me. [livejournal.com profile] dalg  said that it was fairly loud on the 7th floor, so you an imagine what I was like for me. I could actually hear something (it was either the plumbing in the bathroom or the light fittings in the room) rattling when they hit the extra loud notes.

I lay a while and listened to a talking book on my iPod with the volume  turned up until I could not keep my eyes open. When I woke an hour or two later thankfully the Ceilidh was finished. I suppose that it was well advertised in the program and I knew I was on the 3rd floor when I checked in so I should have known better. Still, I have the Cabaret and Disco in the main hall tonight until 2am to listen to.  ;-)

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I forgot to mention in my last port. We went down for the greeting meal (which was very good) and grabbed the first table we could see. It had a first timer to conventions already sitting at it and we said hello. Then the convention Guest of honour, Paul Cornell, joined us at the table and kept us entertained with Dr Who script stories and discussions on the merits of Captain Britain comics (which he now writes) throughout the meal... Which was nice.

There was a long and interesting discussion on the current crop of SF American TV series currently on over here and also what the Brits are showing in return. Strong support for "Being Human" and a great deal of support for BSG (I've been told everyone will know that means BattleStar Gallactica) which I didn't think too much of, as you had to suspend belief too much in each episode to allow the characters to function as real human beings.

I just felt that in real life, the first time they came up against a problem then the entire crew would go to pieces agonising over their personal hangups and worried about who hadn't screwed who that week, and whether anyone would notice the extraordinary number of enemy Cylon spies were in the command crew. I felt that if you couldn't believe in the ability of the characters to be meaningful members of a military crew then the rest of the special effects were not going to keep it going.

The stories I watched were interesting, just the people were so irritating. Most of the stories revolved around a command given to Starbuck, Starbuck ignores/dismisses/contradicts order (delete where applicable) and goes and does her own thing, commanding office realises the error of his ways and everything goes on as always, type formula. Not good in my opinion, just dramatic.

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