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Midlands show dropped from calendar

By Chris Williams. Published: 25th Oct 2005, 01:56:20 | Permalink | Printable

Sobering news following success at Guildford

The ARM Club have confirmed that there will not be a RISC OS show in the Midlands this year. The event usually takes place around the end of November at the National Motorcycle Museum, located on the outskirts of Coventry and Birmingham. News of the cancellation comes as blow to users unable to make it to recent RISC OS events.

ARM Club committee member David Ruck said: "The decreasing number of exhibitors willing to attend the event means it is no longer possible to cover the cost of hiring the venue, which does not have any smaller rooms available."

He added: "We feel that a show at an alternative and much smaller venue, coming so soon after Guildford in the calendar, would not be in the interest of the exhibitors or visitors. The market would be better served by concentrating on the three larger shows at Wakefield, the South East and South West."

The Midlands show has been through a number of ups and downs, from the official public launch of the Castle Iyonix in 2002 to a devastating fire in 2003. Dealers and developers are now said go be gearing up for the RISC OS South West show, scheduled for February next year.

Several regular show exhibitors, including Icon Technology and MW Software, were said to be delighted by the success of the recent South East show, in Guildford.


ARM Club website

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Sad but undersandable.

 is a RISC OS UserRevin Kevin on 25/10/05 3:08PM
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How about drobe getting a list of postcodes from every user from RISC OS ltd, Qercus, and Drobe, and make a map showing users positions, that way shows could be put where the most users are, and next to a train station, that's why wakefield works for me.

 is a RISC OS Userrunningman on 25/10/05 5:00PM
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runningman: What train station? The only railway next to Wakefield is that tiny one in the park! (although it's not that far from the main one, I always walk from there). A train journey must be part of it. It doesn't feel right going by any other means (including the argument with the conductor about why buying two separate tickets is cheaper than buying one - check Langwathby to Wakefield, vs. Langwathby - Appleby then Appleby - Wakefield).

Seriously, shows are held where they are because that's where the show's organisers are based. The RISC OS show locations have a pretty good geographical spread over England, so I doubt that moving them would make a great deal of difference. A Scottish one might.

 is a RISC OS UserSimonC on 25/10/05 6:20PM
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Maybe Acorn/ARM will rush to put together a replacement show at Olympia to fill the void left by this cancellation ;-)

 is a RISC OS Usermarkee174 on 25/10/05 7:50PM
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It's a great shame that this show won't be going ahead. The recent SE show was exceptionally good and I enjoyed it a great deal. Speaking as an Exhibitor I would gladly have attended a Birmingham show even if it was smaller and I am sure many other potential exhibitors would think the same.

 is a RISC OS UserVirtualAcorn on 25/10/05 8:33PM
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I can only agree with VirtualAcorn: The SE Show has been great, and I have always enjoyed the Midlands Show, too. I would have been there, as always in the past years when it was on. With this show missing, I hope more exhibitors and visitors will come to the SW Show instead. I certainly will, but I would have been there anyway. Birmingham is rather more central than Bristol though and in contrast to the excellent transport facilities around the Birmingham venue the Bristol venue is not exactly travel friendly.

 is a RISC OS Userwuerthne on 25/10/05 9:10PM
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Thats a damn shame. Living in Birmingham I was looking forward to the Midlands show this year.

 is a RISC OS UserTrapper on 25/10/05 9:13PM
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This is a real shame - it's a nice venue and has always been a good show. I usually end up buying something in the Museum's shop too (great place for petrol heads).

Oh well, fast forward to February.

 is a RISC OS UserTonyStill on 25/10/05 9:15PM
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RISC OS users who live in the UK are quite lucky to have RISC OS computer shows, yet alone worry about getting to a show without needing a passport.

On the dark side of the planet in New Zealand (night time I mean), I can not recall an Acorn Computer show since the 1997 one in Auckland that I attended (notice the word "Acorn" I used?).

I do envy the lucky UK residents though.

Steve Harrington

Auckland, New Zealand :-(

 is a RISC OS UserSawadee on 26/10/05 10:43AM
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We have to have something to keep us in the UK ;-)

 is a RISC OS Usermarkee174 on 26/10/05 1:28PM
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So that's what it is?

RISC OS is holding you guys back!

I wondered why the British migration to New Zealand was dropping, and since the September 11th, I was blaming those Terrorist for the number of travellers declining.

The article mentions that the exhibitors willing to attend the Midlands Show event were dropping. What about the patrons attending, was that also declining?

Steve Harrington

 is a RISC OS UserSawadee on 27/10/05 11:50AM
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I second what runningman said. With limited time and money over recent years I was only able to travel to the (long dead) Scottish Shows. I've never seen an Iyonix or Select or pretty much anything since Acorn went bang. The south of the UK seems to be very well served though. An instance of 10% of the population thinking that 90% of the population lives in the south of England?

 is a RISC OS UserSpriteman on 27/10/05 12:53PM
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Without in any way demeaning your statement, more than 10% of the UK population lives within the M25.

I was one of a select few who saw a working Omega in Livingston a couple of years ago when I was working there, so people are prepared to travel if they think it's worth their while.

 is a RISC OS UserDS1 on 27/10/05 1:11PM
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Spriteman: I met someone at Wakefield this year who had travelled down from Edinburgh that morning, although any further north than that would be too much for a single day.

Unfortunately (as DS1 points out) the largest population is stuck down south, but on the plus side that leaves the nice bits of the country slightly less over-populated.

 is a RISC OS UserSimonC on 27/10/05 1:48PM
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DS1: The Livingston night had about 50 people there with about two weeks notice and had people coming from Inverness (3-4 hours drive). It was a few years ago now, though. Castle also came up to do an Iyonix demo but it was a bad date and the weather was bad so had a poorer turnout.

It would be nice to have something again but with the users in Scotland being scattered all over the place it's hard to get a good/central location and let everyone know about it in time.

 is a RISC OS Userliquid on 27/10/05 2:13PM
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liquid - I don't remember quite as many as 50 - it was in a class room and I don't remember too many people sitting on desks, but I do remember that MD turned up half an hour late. I think a few people had sloped off by then though.

It was a good evening, shame that ultimately it was a waste of time and effort.

 is a RISC OS UserDS1 on 27/10/05 4:30PM
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DS1: I stood at the back and counted everyone! :-)

 is a RISC OS Userliquid on 27/10/05 6:42PM
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