Category: Events

London Perl Workshop is Amazing: I didn’t organise that shit :)

I had an amazing London Perl Workshop, because I didn’t organise that shit.*

I had an amazing London Perl Workshop *because* I didn’t organise it.

For the first time. It was the first time I have ever been at one I didn’t organise. I got to experience that. The London Perl Workshop is amazing.

The first two reactions I got from two organisers will stay with me a long time. Thanks Neil and Katherine that was awesome, and yes I was really happy all day 🙂

I went to my first, ever LPW talk, it was by Dave Cross and it was really good, how awesome is that? All the talks were awesome.

All the ones I saw I loved and I think I smiled throughout them. More on that on my work blog later.

The organisers are stunning, and I love them.
The London Perl Workshop was amazing.
I love that now as a speaker.
I am now also just an attendee :).

I got to go to the after event and I wasn’t just the person who was in an emotional collapse being thanked by everyone but too drained to engage properly. I was alert and truly happy. I was always happy to be the organiser, this was different, this was me being happy being around the people I have known for years and rarely get to socialise with.

I’m not just as the person who organised it (though I am still the person they give thanks and a lot of love to and that almost made me cry, in fact as I write this I am welling up with love and pride for all of the community I love).

The London Perl Workshop was amazing.

Thanks Neil, Katherine, Rick, Pete and Lee.
Thanks to all the volunteers.
Thanks to all the speakers.
Thanks to all the sponsors.
Thanks to all the attendees.

The London Perl Workshop IS amazing.
I love my community.

The London Perl Workshop is Amazing.
I didn’t organise that shit 🙂

* I may have had some slight involvement but it was less than 2% of what I did on previous years and had no worries associated with it. Sorry for using the word shit it just seemed to flow off the tongue and as Mr7 points out Daddy has a potty mouth.

The Lancaster Social

In a week and a bit time I am organising, with a crew of others, the first Lancaster Social. It is going to be fun and I get to speak and present at it, which will be less fun for me. If you are in Lancaster then please contemplate joining us. A little bit more about it:

The LancSoc Organisers and your hosts, the White Cross Business Park, would like to invite you to the first Lancaster Social.

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What is the Lancaster Social?

The Lancaster Social is an open network event. There are no restrictions on entry, no requirements. We aim to meet three times a year.

Is it just for businesses?

Perhaps we didn’t make the word open clear. the event is aimed at everyone and encourages people to grow their contact circle outside of professional, personal, cultural restraints.

Where is it?

The first event is on Monday, 24th February, at the Chapel, White Cross Estate, Lancaster (LA1 4XQ), between 5p.m. and 7p.m.

What does it cost?

The event is free. There will be a small charge for refreshments, but if you wish you may bring your own.

What are its aims?

There are a number of membership based, group based, society based social networking events in the city. The Lancaster Social wants to cross-pollinate from all sectors.

We hope to bring together business, government, academia, communities, network organisations and interests groups in a single location to encourage interaction.

We also hope to introduce low cost/freely available tools to help businesses and social groups to use digital media and have a section called ‘bring your problem, where people can suggest an issue and the whole group can suggest an answer’. This is peer-based learning, encouragement and interaction.

Do I need to be a Member/have obligations?

Nope. You can join as a member, this is also free and membership just indicates support of the idea.

Can I bring stuff to market myself/organisation at the event

Hell, yes. We actively encourage it, go ahead. This isn’t about restricting but enabling and supporting. A community as rich as Lancasters survives on diversity and we hope to enhance that.

I can have a page on a website?

Yes. We have a website at, you are free to sign up and we will allow you to post on the site as a member

Are there tickets:

We are using eventbrite to judge numbers – sign up here:

If you forget, turn up on a whim, or are just as disorganised as us, don’t stress we’ll still let you in.

I look forward to seeing you there!