Hi I'm going to the BTS meeting in April in Southampton and was wondering who else was going to be there. This is my first Titanic convention so it's a bit scary & it's always nice to have a name or two you know.
Hallo there, Lee - I'll be there, but then you already know that! (Llandrillo). Many other folks here will be as well - Geoff Whitfield of course, Jemma Hyder, Phil Gowan, Brian Meister, Ben Holme, the Cooks, Eric Sauder, Randy Bigham, Shelley, and any number of other top folks that I'm going to stop naming right now because I'll inadvertantly forget some...
Glad you're coming, Lee. I look forward to meeting you as well as a whole host of other good people. It is also my first convention (of any sort) so I know what you mean about it's being scary. However, as Inger has said, everyone is top-notch. All those she listed -- and a few others that come to mind (Paul Rogers, for one)-- are fine, nice folks.
I'm curious to know who all else from ET is going to the BTS convention. I have heard different names mentioned as possibilities.
I know there are several of our friends here who aren't able to get away this time -- George Behe, Doug Willingham, etc -- and they will be much missed.
For those of us leaving early to do research, England is only a few weeks away. I'm so looking forward to the trip, even the threat of war doesn't worry me -- well, it does a little!
That's why I had to leave of naming people, Randy - inevitably, given my sieve-like memory, I'd forget people like Paul who should not be forgotten!
Ian Bland is another person who will hopefully be there. Delightfully, confirmation has just been received regarding Christine Geyer's arrival date as well (ready the Bailey's and bring out the brass band!).
My first convention too! I'm a bit nervy about it as well but I'm still going.
Threat of war doesn't stop me either. Off to Geneva in a couple of weeks, originally to watch the England v Liechtenstein football match but looks like we'll be going ski-ing and drinking with a load of cops and bodyguards instead. Funny how things turn out....
You were very kind to mention everyone. And you don't have a sieve-like memory. At least you had better not have! I am counting on you at least remembering ME in about three weeks!
Good to hear that Ian and Christine are coming. I want to meet all these people I've been hearing so much about.
I am very glad to know you will be there. I look forward to meeting you and hearing more tales of your exciting (and catastrophic!) European adventures! Also please know my thoughts are still with you in your recent loss.
Whoops...and there's Boz - another reason not to reel off a list of names for fear of leaving folks off! Jemma is of course correct: after our efforts at the Texas Embassy, you'll be well primed to be part of the 2 am Can-Someone-Lend-Me-Their-Roomcard-So-I-Can-Buy-The-Next-Road brigade.
Randy who? Ooohhhhh...that Randy! It vaguely comes to mind...future running partner for Hampstead Heath!
We can always hood Dru up to intravenous supplies of Baileys, Jemma!
I will be there. I just reserved my place and booked my flight yesterday. It'll be the first time I've been since 2000. Last year and 2001, I hung out in Belfast with the Ulster Titanic Society. It was quite an experience though, seeing where the ships were built and the beautiful wood work in Belfast City Hall a.k.a. the "stone Titanic". The Ulster convention runs in various locations in Belfast 19-26 April if you've got time to spare after Southampton. http://www.ulstertitanic.com/
Anyway, I thought I'd take in more of Southampton this time. I'm bringing a friend from Canada who I met in Belfast last year. My friend Peter Mitchell will also be there with his furniture from the Olympic. The weekend before, we will be touring the North of England to take in the main Olympic fittings sites. See the Olympic board for more info if you want to join us for a tour of a very interesting site which has the gymnasium now under going redevelopment.
Will Eaton and Haas be again this year? I was lucky enough to get to sit next to Jack Eaton at the dinner in Belfast last year. He was a very entertaining and nice old guy. In fact, is there anywhere you can get a programme?
Good to see you'll be joining us in Southampton, Stuart! And Andrew, I didn't include you on the original list for reasons you know
Good to see that can be revised!
Randy, we can run past Keat's house (I'll have to look up it's location though! Although we'll have to have a pint in the Spaniard's Inn, where he once wrote poetry in the beer garden), the site of Andrew Marvell's cottage, a house where Dickens lived, and - best of all, and part of my regular run and walk to work - the house where A E Housman wrote A Shropshire Lad.
To all attending said convention, I was wondering if anyone would be interested in this.
I'll be bringing (all things being equal), thanks to Sir Randy Bigham, a newsreel, entitled "The Titanic Disaster". Not the event, mind you, but the press covering in 1958 at the Odeon theater of "A Night To Remember".
Those who remember the old newsreels may recall how they covered some eight to ten stories in a single episode. Consequently, this section is only 2 minutes long. HOWEVER, among those attending and seen are survivors Mr. and Mrs. Daniels, Charlotte (Collyer) Dutton, Steward Alfred Pugh and (you guessed it) Lawrence Beesley, who speaks! - Well, only two sentences. Also, Steward Pugh has a few words as well. The rest is taken up with a brief (but inaccutate) bio of the ship and such changes which have taken place since 1912 AND Sir Kenneth More, who plants a kiss on the cheek of Sylvia Lightoller.