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Acorn World show is back this September

Published: 24th Jul 2009, 18:24:06 | Permalink | Printable

A two-day event - named after Acorn's annual shows during its heyday - will celebrate the history of Acorn at a conference hall in Huddersfield in September. It will feature a talk by RISC OS Open and exhibitions by Viewdata BBS, The Centre For Computing History and plenty other groups and companies.

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This is part of a bigger exhibition AIUI. Fantastic idea however, bringing it all the way to the present with RISC OS.

Is this the same Cedar Court as the Wakefield show?

Also, how do you buy tickets, I couldn't access the other site properly with Netsurf?

 is a RISC OS UserAW on 24/7/09 7:35PM
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No, it's the Cedar Court Huddersfield (Junction 24 of the M62, so 'round the corner' from the Wakefield one).

 is a RISC OS Userstevef on 26/7/09 12:08PM
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Hi Andrew, thanks for the positive comments and encouragement: if only everyone could be as enthusiastic as you, eh? ;)

As others have pointed out, no - it's not the same venue as the Wakefield Show (though it isn't too far away).

To my knowledge the issue that was preventing Netsurf from displaying the menu has been addressed, so the link to the Ticket Order page should now be visible. But if you have any further problems with the site, please PM me via STH.

 is a RISC OS Userdllm on 29/7/09 9:35AM
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Wow, so they've licensed the Acorn name and logo from the current trademark holders?

I love the way the website appears to have been bashed together in a 1999-era Windows copy of Adobe PageMill 3.0!

 is a RISC OS Usertomato on 24/7/09 9:41PM
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You just can't win with some of you guys, can you? ;)

There's UPROAR when the Acorn name is "hijacked" by the PC Laptop crew. But when it's used in relation to an event showcasing genuine Acorn machines, you can't resist a snipe either! ;)

 is a RISC OS Userdllm on 29/7/09 10:39AM
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It's all academic, of course, but it's a shame someone in the RISC OS community didn't acquire the Acorn trademark rights before the naff PC laptop me-too vendors did. Acorn may have been a 'dead' and failed company, but at least there was brand awareness there, particularly with British computer industry veterans. Perhaps the rights were too expensive or perhaps no-one thought it was a good idea.

My remark was because calling an event 'Acorn World' seems naive given that another (possibly unfriendly) organisation is now actively using the brand. I hope it doesn't become a magnet for solicitors' letters!

Seriously, though, I do hope your event is a success. In particular it's a testament to the BBC Micro and its remarkable longevity that people are still talking about it!

 is a RISC OS Usertomato on 29/7/09 10:48PM
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Is it April already?

 is a RISC OS Userdruck on 25/7/09 11:56AM
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I'm assured it's real.

 is a RISC OS Userdiomus on 25/7/09 6:12PM
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Perhaps someone should tell that to the venue.

 is a RISC OS Userdruck on 26/7/09 2:57PM
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Why?

 is a RISC OS UserAW on 26/7/09 9:51PM
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Try phoning them yourself, they knew nothing about it when I called yesterday.

 is a RISC OS Userdruck on 27/7/09 3:18PM
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It's a part of Retro Reunited, so they're more likely to know it by that name.

 is a RISC OS UserTomWalker on 27/7/09 4:07PM
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Great. Now I'll have to ring the hotel and make sure you haven't confused them with your unnecessary phone call.

Had you bothered reading the FIRST block of text on the homepage, you'd have noticed that it clearly states: "This event forms part of the Retro Reunited Classic Gaming & Computing convention".

Anyway thanks for complicating things, druck.

 is a RISC OS Userdllm on 29/7/09 10:33AM
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Why should asking the venue if any computer related event was on that weekend complicate things? Their very simple answer was 'no'. I suggest you start by addressing that if you want this event to be taken seriously.

 is a RISC OS Userdruck on 29/7/09 12:36PM
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Regards, Martin.

 is a RISC OS Usermartin on 27/7/09 9:10PM
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Apart from the "Archimedes & RISC PC Gaming Table" there doesn't seem to be any RISC OS stuff. It's all just 8 bit.

 is a RISC OS UserIvanDobski on 28/7/09 5:36PM
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The "Centre for Computing History" table looks mainly 32-bit to me. Also there'll probably be some RISC OS stuff on the homebrew tables. Plus the ROOL talk.

 is a RISC OS UserTomWalker on 28/7/09 5:53PM
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That's a fair comment.

Though I should point out that two of the Robotic Arms will be driven by an Iyonix, and the fileserver for the Viewdata BBS is an A5000. We will also have the famous RISC PC 'Pizza Oven' slice on display, and possibly another Iyonix (in an unusual 'clear' case). Furthermore, I am hoping to organise an 'Acorn through the Ages'-type display, which would feature a variety of RISC OS machines. And finally, as Tom points out, you have the talk from ROOL on the Sunday, which will be followed by further demonstrations and a chance to meet/chat with members of the ROOL team.

Anyway, I am more than willing to re-shuffle the floorplan to accommodate the needs of current RISC OS users if there's interest.

If you look at the plan there are 2 x 6ft tables (at right-angles) marked 'MISC HARDWARE' that are intended for BBC items. However, this area could in theory be turned into a general RISC OS zone. Anyway, my email address (should anybody wish to contribute some ideas for a RISC OS area) is dave.moore AT acornworld.co.uk

 is a RISC OS Userdllm on 29/7/09 10:04AM
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Sounds like Wakefield+ then!

 is a RISC OS UserAW on 29/7/09 7:56PM
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Apart from yourself who else is developing games for RISC OS?

 is a RISC OS UserAW on 28/7/09 7:23PM
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