February 26th, 2007

breaking bad


I can hardly do justice to the intense experience of being at Redemption. It's a very warm, inclusive, creative experience, run by fans with massive participation by every member, and this dizzying diversity of people united in the best way. So much going on that I can't begin to convey.

The people who made it happen deserve congratulations. In particular steverogerson and watervole and sugoll who are the backbone of the convention committee. Humbling, really, to see how much they did. Please note that the Redemption committee will be running Orbital 2008 (Eastercon). I can honestly recommend it to everyone on my f-list, sign up and you won't be disappointed. I can't stress this enough, and I really hope you are there.

A lot of my livejournal friends were at Redemption, and that was what made the weekend so wonderful. In addition, I am starting to recognise many of the other faces at Redemptions through the years, and I assume for better or worse they are starting to recognise me ('that loud mouth one') and give me a friendly vibe back.

I'll post about the monologues and the panels in a bit.
breaking bad


I give up on describing the panels. I've written and deleted more than once. I am not entirely satisfied by my own contributions, but the panels themselves went very well, and I enjoyed doing them. One of my fellow panellists wants to keep in touch, which is lovely. All I can say about the panel discussing torture is, in the words of Basil Fawlty 'Don't mention the war. I did once but I think I got away with it.' ie - I blew my top, in a quite unnecessary fashion, but I think most people gave me the benefit of the doubt.

You will be pleased to know that the conclusion of each panel was that science fiction fans are the last, best, hope of humanity. It's so obvious when you point it out :-)

That would be an ecumenical matter

Best conflict resolution ever. You may have heard that two islands near Aran (Inis Oir and Inis Mor) were in dispute over which one was the 'real' Craggy island. It has now been decided that the two islands will play an annual five-a-side football match, with the winner being given the title of Craggy Island for the year, and host the Friends of Ted event.

The Friends of Ted event features a bizarre array of themed events associated with the comedy series, such as the Father Jack Cocktail Evening, the Father Dougal Breakfast Movie Charades, the Lovely Girls Contest and Charity Auction and A Song for Europe. Also featured on the bill is the Toilet Duck Comedy Awards, Crazy Golf, Hide A Nun and Seek, Ludo Aerobics, Buckeroo Speed Dating and a Ferrero Rocher Quiz Night. Fancy dress five-aside football will pit priests against nuns.

So sad that Ted has gone.