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New usergroup to launch at North-East roadshow

Published: 14th Oct 2006, 00:22:50 | Permalink | Printable

Roadshow hits Glasgow, Newcastle next week

RISC OS show newsA new RISC OS usergroup for the north east of England is set to launch at next week's RISC OS roadshow. Michael Bell hopes to round up RISC OS using punters living in Northumbria, and hold the group's first meeting from his home in Forest Hall, Newcastle-upon-Tyne. Michael booked a stand at the forthcoming mini-tour of the north end of the UK in order to promote his new usergroup.

Roadshow details
Wed 18 Oct: 3pm to 8pm: Arran Suite, Glasgow Holiday Inn, Stewartfield Way, East Kilbride, G74 5LA. Attending: RISCOS Ltd, CJE Micros, Castle, Liquid Silicon, NAUG.

Thu 19 Oct: 4pm to 8pm: Village Hotel, Newcastle Colbalt Business Park, West Allotment, Newcastle-upon-Tyne, NE27 0BY. Attending: ROL, CJE, Castle, Icon Technology, Qercus, Mathmagical Software.

Free parking at both venues. Email paul (at) riscos (dot) com to arrange to pick up a product from a supplier unable to attend the roadshow, or call 02920 464020.
In a bid to reach out to northern users who feel left out of the annual show calendar, the RISCOS Ltd organised roadshow will visit Glasgow on Wednesday, October 18, and Newcastle the day after. On October 21, the roadshow heads south to the South East show in Guildford.

Michael said: "I will be taking a table at the Acorn Roadshow in Newcastle on October 19, and I will be trying to recruit members for a Northumbria Acorn Users Group, NAUG.

"The first meeting will be held in my house at 8.00 pm on Thursday, November 2, when we will decide how to continue. Remember, the meeting doesn't have to be a mid-week evening."

Michael lives at 10 Cambridge Avenue, Forest Hall, Newcastle-upon-Tyne, NE12 8AR, and you can contact him on 0191 266 6435 or email michael (at) beaverbell (dot) co (dot) uk.

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RISC OS roadshow details on the ROL website

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Ohhh for goodness sake....... How stupid are ROL?

I'm in Glasgow, I live in Woodlands 100M from the M8 sliproad, 10 mins slow walk from the city centre, 10 mins walk from Glasgow Uni etc etc etc. Where do ROL go?

East Kilbride!!! (THink of the Peter Kay sketch "Garlic Bread") East Kilbride.

Do they have a CLUE how hard EK is to get to from the rest of Scotland. Even Edinburgh would be easier for me and that is 40 miles away.

ARRRRRRGGGGHHHHHHHHH. I just noticed when it is on. A wednesday. 3-8PM. Hmmm.......finish work at 6, 1 hour to get to EK........probably 30 mins to hear what they say... then they pack up early.

I DONT THINK I'LL BOTHER.

Annoyed Bob

 is a RISC OS Usernijinsky on 14/10/06 1:40PM
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Nijinsky:

I'm not much of a fan of ROL, but don't you think your criticism is a touch OTT? They may not have made this event ideal for you personally, but it's probably welcome to many others, and at the end of the day, at least they tried.

 is a RISC OS UserVinceH on 14/10/06 3:36PM
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EK is no problem for me. In fact it will take me 5 minutes to get to the Hilton from my house.....by walking!

Getting to EK is not that bad. Anyway there is a new road from the M77 (forgotten about that Bob?) right up to the roundabout where the Hilton is situated. It takes about 10 minutes drive from Ibrox to EK these days.

For folks coming from the East there is dual carriageway all the way from the M8 to the Hilton, albeit the roundabout at Strathclyde Country park is busy from 4:30-6pm.

Bob if it takes you 1hr to get to EK you must be doing it by bike with a puncture. It took 30mins at worst from Woodlands before the new road was built.

 is a RISC OS Usermripley on 14/10/06 5:44PM
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Would come but it's very short notice for location and tbh if I leave work in Edinburgh at 5.30-6 I aint gonna get there with much time to spare.

Good luck, I hope it is successfull

John

 is a RISC OS Usermr1mac on 14/10/06 10:17PM
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Positive news, but should a new RO usergroup be identifying itself with the Acorn name?

 is a RISC OS Usertimephoenix on 15/10/06 6:51AM
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Yeh Okay I was a bit OTT.

However, the 1 hour was not from woodlands. Try this in the rush hour. Go from the royal infirnary to woodlands 15 mins, quick 5 miute change at home. jump back in car and 30 mins from woodlands to EK, find hotel, park car, walk into foyer and find room. It all adds up.

I have organised many events like this (years ago). Rule No1, If it is work related, do it during work hours and get the people there and back before 5pm. If it is personally related, do it out of hours.

You know I think I'll actually go just to see an iyonix. I'll let you know how long it takes. Cheers Bob

 is a RISC OS Usernijinsky on 15/10/06 2:01PM
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nijinsky:

I was assuming you meant by public transport; according to SPT, you can do Central to EK in 30 mins, though the hotel in question seems to be a bit remote even by EK standards (it might be nearer one of the stations just before EK, but the map I have isn't clear).

I'd have thought 30 mins from Woodlands to EK in the rush hour was a bit optimistic; I had to do it from Partick a few times, and it was nearer an hour, even avoiding the M8...

ROL have a track record of this kind of thing, though. I had planned to go to their Manchester show last year, but by the time I'd left work and crossed the Pennines, it would have been packing up. I realise that there are constraints both ways: the exhibitors have to go on somewhere else afterwards, and in the case of the "roadshows", this may well be to a stop somewhere on route to the next venue. In the end it's a compromise; the problem is that at present, it seems to be assuming that most RISC OS users are either students, unemployed or retired.

Also, hiring a venue in the centre of Glasgow, while desirable, is going to cost significantly more than doing the same in a hotel on the EK ring road. With only four companies shown as attending (plus NAUG), each exhibitor has to pay for travel, accommodation and 20-25% of the venue hire costs. I don't know how many users are likely to attend, but a city centre location may not even be viable once the costs are added up.

 is a RISC OS Userstevef on 15/10/06 2:27PM
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I was actually thinking of going via the M73, however, the M77 seems better.

I'll try and go.

bob

 is a RISC OS Usernijinsky on 15/10/06 5:19PM
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Venues are dirt cheap mid week evenings which is why its been scheduled that way. But its a real shame if because of the starting time the maximum audience is missed, especially in these locations which don't have any other RISC OS shows near by. The sentiment at the Birmingham openday we attended last year, was that people can't make it because they need to book time off work to be able to travel and get there before the last 5 minutes, particularly at the end of the holiday calendar when most people wont have any days left.

 is a RISC OS Userdruck on 16/10/06 9:52AM
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I have tons of holidays, but I'm not taking a day off to go and look at a computer. That is just daft.

I'll try and make it for the last 30 mins. Incidentally, rule number3 for organising events.

I used to always check the events schedule. Never good to hold an event when the football is on the telly. Some may not like footy, however, many do. PS if it was in Edinburgh I may be able to persuade a worldwide IDE developer to attend.

Cheers Bob

 is a RISC OS Usernijinsky on 16/10/06 2:06PM
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If it was in Edinburgh or even somewhere half way between Glasgow & Edinburgh then I would have attended.

And yeah I can't get any more time off or a half day may have been a possibillity...

Anyway I am still glad they are holding this event and I hope it is successfull so they are tempted to hold another in the future...

Can I suggest if another is held please sort a venue and publisise times more than 2 weeks before the event which may allow people more time to plan for it and organise arround other commitments.

John

 is a RISC OS Usermrmac on 16/10/06 5:36PM
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mrmac: The date was originally pulished back in June!

 is a RISC OS Userhelpful on 16/10/06 5:56PM
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Yes helpful, but not location or anything... Anyway it's not enough notice for me to get away from work early.

I found original post about a week ago and looked for any follow up information. There was nothing so I took it there wouldn't be a visit after all - It wouldn't be the first time somthing RISC OS related has been planned only for it not to go ahead in the end.

I am sorry but in my mind a weeks notice isn't good enough for this sort of event. a confirmation of date and location or at least mention it was still going aheas 1 month before would have been nice. The original post IIRC just said they planed to visit on the 18th (to me that means possiblly till they publish final details)...

Anyway I guess I won't be alone in thinking the very same.

It's no big deal I am sure if it's only me who doesn't turn up but thought it wasn't unreasonable to make the comments I did and wish everyone good luck with the visit.

Thanks

John

PS I am not trying to have a go at anyone here, just explain my point of view better as someone surely thinks my point of view is misplaced.

 is a RISC OS Usermr1mac on 16/10/06 7:25PM
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bob (njnsky) - quite right about the football, especially when its champions league, world cup or local derby's. The safest days of the week are Monday, Thursday or Friday, Ok not 100% safe but the "safest" (the only footie on thu+fri is the UEFA stuff which is for the teams NOT in the champions league OR who failed early on..........hello Celtic!)

Oh dear, that's me dead.....however I would say the same if it was Rangers but they don't even get into UEFA (dead from the blue and the green irrespective of the foot I kick with, thank god I'm Huddersfield Town supporter ;-) )

 is a RISC OS Usermripley on 17/10/06 7:13PM
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Ooops :-) Celtic playing just now in the Champions League (same group as ManU) Rangers are playing on Thursday in the UEFA.

If free since Dumbarton did not make it this year. :-)

Cheers Bob

 is a RISC OS Usernijinsky on 17/10/06 8:43PM
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Ahhh well

Not going to be finished work until 6.20, I'm not going to bother hammering down to EK for the last 30 mins.

Bye Bob

 is a RISC OS Usernijinsky on 18/10/06 4:54PM
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Hope it went well...

John

 is a RISC OS Usermr1mac on 18/10/06 10:28PM
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Anyone manage to go last night. I actually tried in the end but turned back at newton mearns junction of the M77 at 7.35.

By the time I parked and found the room I would have had 5 mins. If the gig was 6pm to 10pm I would have made it and perhaps thought about buying an iyonix.

cheers bob

 is a RISC OS Usernijinsky on 19/10/06 12:18PM
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