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On Monday I finally caught up with schnee and was able to pass on the chilli cider I'd brought him from Middle Farm (to my great relief, as it was sticky and I didn't want to take it home).

The convention hotel is frequented by pilots, which obviously added to my enjoyment of the weekend; I made a point of getting in the lift with them and chatting them up. An attractive young Lufthansa guy asked me what was going on.

"Well, it's a furry convention..." I began.
"Oh, I understand that!" he said. "But why is everyone a fox?"

All too soon it was time for the closing ceremony, at which Jeff Minter announced, to great applause, that he's a furry after all.

I visited my hard-drinking, hard-partying Norwegian friends from last year for gin and conversation, then enjoyed a pleasantly low-key evening in the bar with a small group including Schnee, Pan and Ultrafox.

Bed at a staid and sensible 2AM. Must be getting old.


Nothing left to do but have a final cooked breakfast to see me down the M40, then say my goodbyes.

Just before leaving, I ran into a cleaning lady scrubbing the floor and thanked her profusely for what must have been a busy weekend of hoovering fun fur fluff from every surface. She said we'd been lovely and it had been 'really interesting'.

Then I overheard a concierge in the car park telling someone we were a 'fetish group'. NO TIP FOR YOU.

Home in under two and a half hours. If I listed everyone who contributed to making it a wonderful weekend I would wear my fingers to nubs, but hopefully they can work out who they are.


So happy to read that you had such a great time! 😊


PS: I liked the fox comment. 😆

Edited at 2015-05-29 03:53 pm (UTC)
Thank you! And now I'm back and have had some sleep, I hope we can plan planny plans soon!
Was there by any chance a large ARM engineering meeting in the other side of the hotel during the convention? I didn't get to go to it this year, but those who did all reported they were sharing with a furrycon :)
I think the big thing this year was Team GB fittings! (They were at the NEC but had dinner in the hotel.)
At Further Confusion it was teenage volleyball players...
I remember! They were quite loud at times - though to be fair, so were we.
There was, at least when the con started — I think the ARM event was only there on Thursday, before CFz was officially open.
Good heavens! Not that I noticed; on Tuesday there were signs for some kind of probiotic symposium...

They didn't also report sightings of Mark Knopfler, I suppose?

(It was the Metropole Hilton near the NEC and Birmingham Airport.)
I met some hard-partying, hard-drinking Norwegians at the airport on the way home — wonder if those were the same! We had a nice chat, anyway, and they shared their rum with me.
Sounds like them :) Trash and Kaos? Blonde and lovely?
I didn't catch their names, but the description fits!
"Oh, I understand that!" he said. "But why is everyone a fox?"

To which your reply was...? =:)
'Foxes are popular!'
It probably does make quite a fun change for a hotel from the usual estate agents/financial planners/MLM hucksters. ^_^

I must make another pilgrimage to Middle Farm someday. Truly a miraculous establishment. ^_^ Just, a bit of a pain to reach, if you're not driving, and AFAIK, no mail order - if they could only be thusly persuaded, I'd leap at the opportunity. As is, there isn't really anywhere to go to for a good selection of farmhouse cider - plenty of little places that sell one or two varieties, but nowhere like Master of Malt is for spirits, or Beers of Europe. Say, ever thought of going into business? =:D
I do have friends who make their own, and whose ultimate ambition is to buy an orchard from someone ready to retire. I suspect my true talents lie elsewhere, though!