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Thursday, October 19th, 2006
2:49 pm
JETS reminder
Apologies to those of you who'll probably see this a dozen times in the next half hour or so.... If you can think of somewhere that it should be mentioned and isn't, please the word along!

This is just a reminder that nominations for JETS, the Japan Expeditionary Travel Scholarship, close on Monday 13 November at midnight.

For more information, please see the LFF website: http://astralpole.org/display.php?id=12
Monday, July 24th, 2006
1:50 pm
Japanese Expeditionary Travel Scholarship (JETS)
Nominations are now open for a one-off race to attend the 2007 Worldcon in Japan.

The Japanese Expeditionary Travel Scholarship (JETS) is a special fund created for the purpose of assisting a European science fiction fan, elected by popular vote of other European fans, to travel to and attend Nippon 2007, the 65th World Science Fiction Convention which will be held on 30 August to 3 September 2007 in Yokohama.

More information under the cutCollapse )

Variously crossposted: sorry to those who will see this several times; we don't want to miss anyone.
Tuesday, November 15th, 2005
3:41 pm
You Might Be Interested In ...

"Distraction" is a biennial series of small conventions, each to be based on a key element of science fiction and fantasy, considering all SF+F media (books, films, TV etc.)

It's planned to run alternate years with Redemption, so the first one will be the last weekend in February (24 - 26) in 2006. The venue will be the Chequers Hotel in Newbury, which will take a 100-person convention fairly comfortably. (Although it isn't good for wheelchairs or people who can't do stairs.)

The people running it are Fran and John Dowd, Steve and Alice Lawson, James Bacon, Julia Daly, John Richards and Douglas Spencer - most of whom were on the committee for Paragon2, this year's Eastercon at Hinckley. We're looking to recreate the buzz from Paragon2, mixing serious discussion on multi-media SF with a lot of fun, and incorporating some of the things we've seen Redemption do.

Distraction 2006 will have Government as the main topic for discussion and activity.

Provisional future topics... Distraction 2008: Gender

You can find out more about the 2006 convention by going to the website where you can also find a membership form - http://www.distraction.org.uk/

There's also a Distraction LJ (  distraction_con  ) and a Yahoo Group at http://groups.yahoo.com/group/Distraction_Con/

At the moment the groups are just starting a discussion on a reading / watching / listening / looking at list about Government - please join in, even if you have no intention of coming to the con !!!

(I'm going to cross-post this to the Redemption LJ as well, so sorry if you're seeing it twice.)

Tuesday, July 26th, 2005
9:35 am
Souvenir Book
My souvenir book arrived today. It looks really good. Well done to all concerned.
Friday, July 22nd, 2005
12:56 pm
Paragon2 Souvenir Books
More than 2.5 cwt of Souvenir books, all enveloped and stamped were taken to the post office today in time for the 12:30 collection. These are the UK addresses and, royal mail willing, should thud heavily onto doormats early next week.

Foreign addresses will be posted tomorrow morning. Delivery will depend on the speed of yak train, camel or shiny van used by the various mail carriers between Sheffield and the afore mentioned exotic parts.

One copy is being sent to each Adult and junior Member. Children and infants do not get a copy.

There are a small number of people (mainly walkins) for whom we do not have postal addresses. If you believe yours is one of these please email me on members[at]paragon2.org.uk obviously replace the [at].
Tuesday, April 19th, 2005
1:11 pm
Last Call for Souvenir Book
Just a note to say thankyou to everyone who has already sent in material for the Paragon2 Souvenir Book. If you were intending to and haven't got around to it, can you get it sorted this weekend? As we're starting to pull it all together.

Photos, drawings, cartoons, con reports, articles about individual events, personal experiences or critical reviews, all welcome.

Email to thesofa (at) gmail.com or physical post to 4 Burnside Avenue, Sheffield, S8 9FR.

Cross-posted to lots of places, sorry if this pops up two or three or more times.
Monday, April 18th, 2005
4:18 pm
Blake's 7 Wobblevision shot at Paragon 2
From darkest Hinckley comes one of Blake’s 7’s darkest moments:
On Easter Saturday, the day the new Dr Who first aired, we bring you an eggstraordinary Eastercon and Wobblevision production of :



The production of this episode eggsceeds the normal eggsemplary standards of eggscellence (that's enough eggs - Ed).
Monday, April 11th, 2005
3:23 pm
Hinckley photos
My photos (two pages) from Paragon 2 are now up at:

Wednesday, March 30th, 2005
10:05 am
For those trying to pick up chicks through LJ...
I took some (not particularly good) photos of the people at the Eastercon LJ panel. Do people object to them being posted here/in my own journal?
I'm kind of assuming at the moment that I'm OK to post my general convention photos in my own journal, but since everyone at that panel is fairly likely to read this, I thought I'd check about those ones specifically... :-)

Too tired to type, so hope this can be understood.
Monday, March 28th, 2005
7:21 pm
Tuesday, March 22nd, 2005
6:22 pm
Tim's Bike Ride - Progress Report
Tim Kirk is doing a sponsored bike ride from York to Paragon2, about 170 miles. The ride is in aid of St Leonard’s Hospice in York, where both KIM Campbell (known to many in fandom, and a member of Paragon2) and Tim’s mum, Gill Kirk (known to very few in fandom) died within a year of each other. If you haven't completed your sponsorship form for Tim, it is available as a pdf from the website at http://www.paragon2.org.uk/sponsorform.pdf

Sparks emailed me the following at 4:15 pm today:

Fran just got a call from Tim, he's 45 miles short of the hotel and heading
into 20 mile an hour head winds, he's a bit knackered but sounds well. He's
going to keep going until his light batteries fail then will stop.

Current Mood: impressed
3:36 pm
Spare Cuddly Toy, anybody?
On behalf of the Circus Maximus, SMS has asked:

"We've now realised we're going to need some beasts to attack the
Crucified Cristians (Burning them isn't an option really is it) and to
engage in Mortal Combat with Gladiators.

As such: Any cuddly toys that folk wouldsn't worry about being damaged
(Or indeed killed) would be welcome."

And as I really would like it if he didn't burn crucified dolls in the middle of the Rotunda, if anyone does have a cuddly toy on its last legs that they would be willing to sacrifice in a noble cause, please add it to your packing list.

Thanks, I think.

Current Mood: bouncy
Monday, March 21st, 2005
10:51 pm
Lift from SW London
If anyone needs a lift to Paragon2 and is in the SW London area I'm going up (from Kingston upon Thames) on Friday and coming back on Sunday.
Thursday, March 17th, 2005
12:15 am
Springing Clocks
Can I remind everyone while I remember, that the clocks spring forward an hour at 1:00 am on Sunday over the Easter weekend? (That's late Saturday night / early Sunday morning.)

Current Mood: bouncy
Tuesday, March 8th, 2005
1:34 pm
PR4 and stuff
PR4 was posted Saturday morning, you should have it real soon now if not before.

The website has been massively updated, with all sorts of info on the programme, and checklists of stuff you could do to bring with you.

Visit http://www.paragon2.org.uk/programme.htm
Saturday, March 5th, 2005
10:50 am
Richard III Script
David Wake has been working long and hard on the script for the Audience Participation Richard III. It’s been a difficult process!! More of a challenge perhaps than we originally thought. The Rocky Horror audience script took a long time to develop, and I suspect the first person who stood up in a cinema and fired a water pistol wasn’t the most popular guy in the universe. And there are many different versions, protocols and etiquettes around, it’s still evolving. We’re trying to jump in partway through this process, with an entertaining, complete script that the audience isn’t yet familiar with. We’ve kept the key set speeches and the plot, but just the bare bones and then added extra script for both cast and audience to keep everyone involved and having fun. Perhaps not the purist approach, but it gives everyone a head start. If other groups or conventions want to take it and run with it, it’ll change and develop.

Or at least we hope so - and we’ve already been approached by some other interested parties.

There are currently two versions of the script, one with some surprises in it! and one for you to look at in advance. You can still contribute audience lines if you want. It’s up on the web at http://www.paragon2.org.uk/richard.htm - to contribute, just follow the email link on site.

(Or post here, if you prefer)

If you volunteered and haven't heard from David, or are interested in any aspects of the production - acting, costume, music etc., just shout (and then write to us).

crossposted all over the place
Wednesday, March 2nd, 2005
3:30 pm
Change of hotel ownership
I see that the Hanover International is no longer the Hanover International, but is now the Hinckley Island Hotel owned by Paramount (! I don't think it's that Paramount; if there are Vulcans manning the hotel desk when we get there, we'll know I was wrong)

Are there any consequences for the con with the change of ownership (other than confusing taxi drivers and attendees)?

Incidentally the link from the Paragon 2 web site now flashes onto a screen on the Hanover web site and then vanishes again.

Monday, February 28th, 2005
3:56 pm
Tun on Thursday
If you're going to the Tun on Thursday, can I ask you to periodically shout in a Loud Voice "Easter is Only Three Weeks Away"?

We're at the traditional point of knowing lots of people are coming without actually KNOWING, i.e. no membership forms received and no hotel rooms booked. If people aren't sure they're members, they can get in touch with us direct, ditto if they're not sure they booked hotel.

Most important of course from our point of view is that we don't have the money - there's lots of stuff waiting in the wings to have money spent on it. If we get the money now we can spend it, if you come as a walkin it will cost you £30 more and we won't get to buy things for James to play with.

Current Mood: sleepy
Sunday, February 20th, 2005
8:41 pm
Day memberships for Paragon2
If you're planning on coming to Paragon2 at Easter for just a day, you can now buy your membership in advance. They will be cheaper than on the door and members will get a printed membership badge. You can do this via the online system using paypal http://www.paragon2.org.uk/dayonline.htm or using the Day Membership form downloadable as a pdf - http://www.paragon2.org.uk/DAYWEBFORM.pdf

Please note we cannot book hotel rooms for day members.

The day rates are:

Day - Friday or Monday: £15 Day - Saturday or Sunday - £20

Advance memberships for Paragon2, by post or online, will close midnight Sunday 20 March. From then on, the rates on the door will apply. Friday and Monday day memberships will remain at £15, but Saturday or Sunday will increase to £35. A full membership on the door will cost £75.

Current Mood: cheerful
3:23 pm
Eastercon group
If there's an issue you want to discuss, which seems more relevant to continuing Eastercons than just to Paragon2, there's a new community called, well, Eastercon.

See you there.

Current Mood: bouncy
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