June 27th, 2004


A peek at the site of the 2005 WorldCon

So, yesterday, rwrylsin and I went to an "interested persons" meeting for the 2005 WorldCon, which will, of course, be held in Glasgow. We started at the SECC, which was also used for the 1995 WorldCon (which I wasn't at, alas), and wandered around various halls and rooms which will be used for the Con. Apparently, last time around, panel sessions were held in a large hall which had been partitioned into a number of sections, leading to a very noisy area. This time around, they will be held in various small and large rooms in the "Loch Suite" and parts of the Clyde Auditorium ("The Armadillo") nearby, thus the motto used in bidding, "Once More, With Ceiling". The Cldye auditorium itself has a very large stage and can seat about 3000, so it'll be used for the masquerade and Hugo awards ceremony. The dealers room and artshow will be held in a very large hall. I forsee myself spending far too much time and money in that area ... Now to imagine the place filled with somewhere between 4000 and 5000 fans. Eeek !
After that, we grabbed some lunch and headed in to a seminar room at the Hilton hotel near the city centre, where we got an overview of what cons and WorldCons are about (some of the people there had never been to a con before, amazingly), then some details of the plans for next year. The con chair was also involved in the 1995 con, (to which he attributes his hair loss), and it sounds like there's an experienced team working on planning and running the event. There will be a number of hotels and hostels lined up for accomodation covering most budgets, and possibly some sort of pass for cheap public transport for the duration of the event.

Meanwhile, rwrylsin and I have booked our places for the 2004 Discworld Convention. Woohoo !

(don't know if we'll make it back down under for the Australian Discworld Con in 2006, but it sounds cool)
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Following up to the last entry ...

... because I forgot to say anything about the people we met. They seemed nice, and fairly typically fannish, from what I can see. We found out that there are some people who meet regularly in a pub to discuss Buffy and other things, and we met a fan who also happened to be a fencer, and chatted for a while about fencing things and fan things. We've also been added to a list of Glasgow-based fans, since quite a few of the WorldCon committee live in various other places around the UK (from the sounds of things, quite a few have recently left Glasgow). We're vaguely planning to wander along to the pub to one of the meetings and start getting to know a few people.
And I think we'll be fervently hoping that the anti-smoking legislation currently before the Scottish Executive gets passed, because it seems that a lot of social activities (and con activities) over here are conducted in pubs. I experienced more than enough second-hand cigarette smoke when my father used to smoke (that is, before the triple-bypass), and these days I have a low tolerance for cigarette smoke. Of course, neither rwrylsin and I drink beer, either, but I'm sure we'll fit in somehow ...
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