roger.holmes at microspot.co.uk
Thu Aug 9 14:54:48 CDT 2007
> First a simple question, how many readers of this list are in the UK?
> If Bletchley Park might be able to do a VCF in two or three years
> time, maybe we could do something much simpler in the mean time,
> without using the VCF name. Just a get together of anyone in the UK
> with an interest in old computers and hopefully a few who would
> want to exhibit theirs. Who would be interested and about how much
> space, if any would they want?
> I guess we would need to double that up to allow for aisles etc.
> Then we'll know the size of venues to look for. By the way, I was
> really thrown by the mention of the planet Venus, it took me a
> while to work out it was a typo for venues :-)
> Then there's the question of vehicle parking. How many and are we
> talking only cars and small vans or big vans and articulated lorries?
To which the answers (so far) are (including someone else's very
valid question of where they are) :
Rob <robert at irrelevant.com> Manchester
Ian <silvercreekvalley at yahoo.com>
Yorkshire At a push
I would be happy to demo a few interesting machines
Peter Turnbull <pete at dunnington.plus.com>
interested in exhibiting, and *maybe* assisting with organisation
Julian <julian at jnt.me.uk>
Philip Pemberton <classiccmp at philpem.me.uk> West
Yorkshire interested in
visiting the show, and possibly exhibiting
Andrew Burton <aliensrcooluk at yahoo.co.uk> south-east, a few
miles from Cambridge. enough to have a table for my laptop & opened
I'd just bring my car
Pete Edwards <stimpy.u.idiot at gmail.com>
Rod Smallwood <RodSmallwood at mail.ediconsulting.co.uk>
50 miles west of London near the (in)famous Greenham Common
Austin Pass <austin at ozpass.co.uk>
Manchester some of my
transit van and could offer load space to other local
Adrian Burgess <classiccmp at discordance.org.uk> Half way between
Nottingham and Lincoln
Andy Piercy <andy.piercy at gmail.com>
Gordon JC Pearce <gordon at gjcp.net> half-way up
Scotland, West side
Stan Barr <stanb at dial.pipex.com>
John Honniball <coredump at gifford.co.uk> North Bristol
Tony Duell <ard at p850ug1.demon.co.uk> south-west
London, near Richmond I'd want to bring at least one interesting
Pete (Ensor?) <classiccmp at memory-alpha.org.uk> Birmingham
James <james at machineroom.info>
Southampton possibly showing
my 340 node Transputer system
Liam Proven <lproven at gmail.com> Mitcham, SW
Commented but didn't actually say was in UK:
John Foust <jfoust at threedee.com>
Tim Walls <tim.walls at snowgoons.com> Leeds,
Yorkshire but prefers London
Mike Hatch <mike at brickfieldspark.org> Aldershot,
James Carter <james at jfc.org.uk> York
Roger Holmes <roger.holmes at microspot.co.uk> Weald of Kent,70 miles
south-east of London. Maybe a Lisa 2, my 1301 takes 3 months to
assemble/debug and weighs 5 tons.
So we have 23 people interested, very few exhibitors and a large
geographic spread but with clusters in Yorkshire(5), Manchester(3)
and London(2 plus 2 nearby).
Thank you all very much for responding.
For my t'pennyworth (and saying it as a southerner) it seems like an
event within a few miles of the M62 would be feasible, but its too
far away for me to get involved in organising. An event down south
does not seem feasible to me, though any of you are welcome to see my
1301 (plus 'The Darling Buds of May' farm) if you're in the area,
though please check I'll be home that day.
Whilst I agree that the social aspect is important, I must say I'm
also interested in Rod's idea of a virtual meeting of some sort.
There's no way I could show you all my 1301 in person, but this would
be a way to do it, but does it need to be interactive? If it was, it
could still be recorded and put on a web site somewhere for all to
see. Maybe this could in some way be interactive through this list.
Could we do an introductory video to our machines (via U-Tube maybe
if the list server itself doesn't have enough storage/bandwidth),
then other listers could ask questions and ask for other things to be
shown, and that way listers throughout the world could be involved.
It also creates an archive which can maybe be preserved long after
the machines themselves have become fatally non functional or even
scrapped, or even just temporarily non functional for that matter.
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