I missed half of interesting north because I was sat in a plane, and then a train. Considering the flight from Munich to Manchester was delayed by 45 minutes and the train managed to clock up a staggering 30 minute delay, it’s amazing I got to see anything at all so these aren’t really detailed notes of the whole day; just some observations.
First observation: it was really rather good, lot’s of people stayed to the end to listen to Toby swear a lot (Toby get’s brilliantly angry about what we’re doing to the future and his bit was aces). Yes, it was a good thing, with good speakers talking about good things.
Second observation: The audience were really very good; they were open, interested, kind and prepared to listen to some complicated stuff. There was a lot of paying attention and I had the feeling that they genuinely came to learn stuff and not just hang out with the cool cats (if you know what I mean).
Third observation: it is odd when you spot someone in the audience that, a couple of months ago, you had randomly picked out to be stalked by one of your fictional characters. It’s even odder when his wife is speaking at the conference.
Final observation: I bloody love Sheffield. Love it. The people were lovely, the place is lovely and “Airtight Ale” is one of the best beers I’ve ever “experienced”.
If I had to give any highlights of the day it would be Toby (even though he is a divvy), Tom Armitage, Eliot Fineberg and Oli Shaw because there seemed to be a melancholic thread that ran through their talks. That’s not to say the others weren’t smashing, they were. Trust me.
Many thanks to Tim and his team for putting a smashing event together. A word of special thanks to Greg who just looked after me, which is very difficult to do. Greg, seriously, thank you.
If you were there, and watched my twenty minutes, then I’d like to say thank you to you too. I know that it wasn’t easy for you all.