I went to the London Twestival 2009

Picture of the London Twestival

Amanda Rose (instigator of Twestival) and myself (with my Twestival designer and developer hat on) at the London Twestival 2009, held at Shoreditch Studios on Thursday 12 February 2009.

Many thanks to Steph Bouchet for the picture.

Snow engulfs London

Picture of snow in West London

The effect of the recent snow can be seen in the West London Scott household back garden on the afternoon of 2 February 2009.

This is the greatest volume of snow I’ve seen in London since I moved down in the 1980’s – although I’ve seen much more in Manchester!

Wanted: venue for WordCamp UK 2009

WordCamp UK logo

Bids are invited to accommodate WordCamp UK 2009.

WordCamp UK is an informal annual gathering of WordPress bloggers, podcasters, designers and developers based in the United Kingdom.

The target date for this year’s event is the weekend of 18 and 19 July 2009.

Bids must include at least two conference rooms (both with wifi, projectors, etc), one to accommodate 150 minimum (the planned total attendance) and the other for a minimum of 75.

This is intended to give flexibly in the format, which has still to be decided, to stream into separate parallel sessions.

Further venue requirements can be found on the WordCamp UK wiki.

Bids should be posted to the WordCamp UK mailing list (registration required) as soon as possible, and in no event later than 0000 (midnight) GMT on Sunday 25 January 2009.

Members of the mailing list will be involved in deciding the successful bid.

Merry Christmas from Manchester

Picture of Santas loitoring in Deansgate, Manchester

I’m currently away from my normal West London stomping ground to be in Manchester visiting familiy and friends.

Pictured are Santas loitering outside the Moon Under Water in Deansgate.

I went to Twinterval 2008

Picture of Tony Scott at Twinterval 2008

Went to Twinterval 2008 on Monday at the Match Bar, Margaret Street, London W1.

A good time was had by all – it was good to meet fellow Twitter users face to face.

Also caught up with Mauricio Reyes, who I last met at a meeting of the WordPress UK London local.

Above I’m pictured (some rights reserved) by Paul Parkinson, sampling some of the Czech bottled beer available at the gathering.

Christmas preparations underway

Picture of bottles and cans in the kitchen

Training for Christmas is fully underway in the Scott household.

Where beer and cider worlds collide. With wine*

What’s the connection between the worlds of wine, beer and cider?

Picture of beer and wine bottles

Well, the obvious answer (alcohol) was not the conclusion reached during discussion between Robert McIntosh and myself at the London Bloggers meeting on Tuesday at Ember in Farringdon.

During the wine tasting session organised by Robert, we discussed the common themes between the wine community and the real ale and cider movements.

There is an obvious connection between real ale and real cider, demonstrated by the regular appearances of cider (and perry) at CAMRA real ale festivals.

But what is the connection between the consumers of hop and apple-based drinks, and grape-based beverages?

The majority of members of both groups tend to drink wine, beer and cider (but not at the same time normally!).

The commonality between the real ale and cider groups, and the hard core wine aficionados, seems to be spreading the availability of the ‘real thing’.

In beer and cider it involves getting into as many outlets as possible drinks produced using traditional methods and ingredients.

In the wine world it involves making easily available wines that are outside the fairly standardised range distributed through supermarkets and the off-license chains

How to prove the thesis of a common ground between these interest groups correct?

I’m more from a real ale background, whilst Robert is from a wine background. Together we’re proposing a wine/beer/cider tasting evening in the London area to bring together those who might be interested in the intersection between these currently disparate areas.

The evening could also involve matching each drink with a food dish from a range that could be produced by food bloggers.

Whether this actually happens depends on the level of interest shown beforehand.

Therefore if interested readers could leave a comment to this post we can take the idea from there.

* With apologies to James Cridland for the title of this post!

The December 2008 wine tasting London Bloggers meeting

Picture of London Bloggers logo

Another excellent London Bloggers gathering included wine tasting along with the usual fun and games.

Robert McIntosh gave an illuminating presentation on wine, followed by a tasting session of a range wines produced by wineries who have their own blogs.

I must admit, like a number of others, the sherry was not to my liking – all the other wines I liked with varying degrees of enthusiasm.

For various reasons, I haven’t been able to get to a London Bloggers meeting since June – it was therefore good to catch up with Alexandra and Andy.

Also met for the first time:

  • Melinda – We discussed AI and whether it is fully achievable in the foreseeable future.
  • Willem – We discussed stuff in general!

Sorry if I’ve missed anyone off the list (I definitely have) – but I wasn’t taking detailed notes due to the wine tasting!