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MondayI was just thinking that all my flowers would be dead by the time I returned, but it is nicer to leave some for the visitors.
This was SIG( Special Interest Group) day, and I was booked to go to the BEsig (Business English) Pre Conference Event. It was very well done, with only two speakers for the day. In the morning we had Martin Lisboa, who was excellent and in the afternoon Fiona Mee Alvarez from York Associates did an great session for two and a half hours. I sat next to Candy, and renewed my acquaintance with some of the others, and made some new contacts too. In the evening we moved into our house which we were sharing.
The royal hall, where they had the welcoming session, is really splendid inside. It was a great place to catch up with everyone over a drink.
That is one of the good things about this kind of conference- the networking! I think more than half of my PLN were there and we spend a wonderful week catching up and making new friendships.
In our fridge we found: a bottle of milk, a bottle of champagne and a chocolate gateau ! This was no good, so we skipped the plenary, knowing that it would be recorded, and headed over to Betty's tea-room for breakfast. It was a bit grey and misty, so we were glad to get inside. After breakfast, we wandered down to the conference venue and separated into groups to go to the sessions which interested us most. It was an enjoyable day, which ended in a local restaurant with loads of people.
Today the weather was a little brighter. There is an amazing tree outside our house, which is covered in blossom.
There were some excellent sessions on today, again. I really enjoyed Andreas Grundvig's talk on impoliteness, or using non-adjacency pairs, among others. In the evening I went to the International quiz with my colleague Martin, who wanted to experience everything, as it was his first time at a conference. We came middle of the table- so not too embarrassing.
Today nearly all the focus was on the Pecha Kuchas in the evening. They were extremely well done, and only two of the presenters weren't people I was friends with already.
After the PKs there was an open mike night, which proves yet again how much talent there is amongst our colleagues and peers.
Roseli and Tamas did a good session on mentoring. This was useful for work, so I went along, and was glad that I had.
Time to say our goodbyes :-( Actually I'm all conferenced-out. I stayed until the end, had a coffee with everyone, and then headed off to the train station, where I found myself explaining how to use twitter to a lovely gentleman sitting next to me. It turned out that it was Andrew Wright- of games and activities fame!