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Expo2004 offers guided tours

By Chris Williams. Published: 5th Mar 2004, 07:33:44 | Permalink | Printable

The show can wait

The Big Ben Club are currently busy organising the Expo2004 show, to be held this June in Utrecht, Holland. While many RISC OS users from the European mainland and the UK will hopefully flock to the event, the Big Ben Club have thoughtfully planned ahead for those people who will also be travelling to the area and would prefer to experience Utrecht's rich architecture and culture, rather than another conference hall full of excitable RISC OS users. Seen one Iyonix, seen them all, surely?

The Club are willing to provide a guided tour of the city during the morning of the show day, provided there's sufficient demand, with the tour guide being a local resident who was born in Utrecht and therefore knows the place inside out.

"The tour offer is a new element at the Expo so it's a try out. It should not be too much of a worry for me, organising the Expo itself is just enough," joked event organiser Aad Bezemer.

"I noticed last year several [RISC OS users'] partners were going into town by themselves and that gave me this idea. So it is just for partners and family who have seen enough shows, but would like to see something from Holland. With this year's experience, we will see what will happen next year."

Utrecht's canalsUtrecht is known for its architecture, canals and the Dom tower. There's also an old monastery, footie club and university. One review describes the city as "one of the fastest growing cities in Europe but still retains an oasis of tranquility compared to Amsterdam which is only half an hour's train ride away."

The Expo2004's exhibitor list includes the usual faces: Castle, RISCOS Ltd., Desk, X-Ample, Aemulor and CinoDVD team, Archive, MW Software plus Ray "Dr. Wimp" Favre.


Big Ben Club website - contact Aad if you want the guided tour

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Maybe there should be 2 completely different tours - the 'Select' tour as the '5' tour - ignoring each other, going off in opposite directions and doing their own thing. Each group will visit only half the interesting sites but both tours will be at exactly the same time so you can't do both...

 is a RISC OS Usermarkee174 on 5/3/04 12:17PM
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Satire! :)

 is a RISC OS Usermonkeyson on 5/3/04 12:35PM
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Indeed. Althought its probably too absurd to happen in real life.

 is a RISC OS Usermarkee174 on 5/3/04 12:41PM
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I don't know why you lot are complaining. Windows has split (ie the '95/98 and the NT streams). Unix split early on and is now posively fragmented. RISC OS is surely only following the example of those other more widely used OSs.

 is a RISC OS Usermrtd on 5/3/04 1:26PM
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Is there a connection between the slow but very reliable en almost indestructible sea-scout-boats (lelyvlet) in the picture and RISC OS? :fish:

 is a RISC OS Useregel on 5/3/04 1:39PM
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In reply to markee174:

Sorry, there must be three tours - 'Select' tour, '5' tour and, of course, the 'OMEGA' tour! OMEGA has a nice architecture but Utrecht's architecture exists and can be explored by everybody.

 is a RISC OS UserGollum on 5/3/04 4:22PM
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In reply to markee174:

Sorry, there must be three tours - the 'Select' tour, the '5' tour and, of course, the OMEGA tour.

 is a RISC OS UserGollum on 5/3/04 4:27PM
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I thought about the Microdigital tour, but I'm not sure if they know what they are doing yet. Probably wandering aimlessly around lost in the suburbs ;-)

 is a RISC OS Usermarkee174 on 5/3/04 4:48PM
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Castle will be doing a mystery tour - it promises to be very good but no details will be released before the day!

 is a RISC OS Usermarkee174 on 5/3/04 4:50PM
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Of course Omega users would take the Select tour.

 is a RISC OS UserJGZimmerle on 5/3/04 7:05PM
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Omega and Amsterdam? It all makes sense now, the network drivers have been pulled into a black hole

 is a RISC OS Usermavhc on 5/3/04 7:39PM
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In reply to mavhc:

Don't worry! The drivers come back, slightly transformed! Hawking's radiation of black holes, you know?

 is a RISC OS UserGollum on 5/3/04 8:31PM
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The Acorn plc tour has been cancelled due to them selling off the coach at short notice - turns out the engine was worth more on its own...

 is a RISC OS Usermarkee174 on 5/3/04 9:20PM
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markee174 Announcing the MD 'Omega Overvecht Stroll'. If you are lucky and get aimless enough you will hopefully come across the Rooi Brug (our local red light district ;) which should at least occupied until you can work out where you go from there.

gollum Isn't the Omega architecture rather more like the Leidse Rijn? New but no great advance on anything built in the last 10 years in Almere? :)

JGZ The Select tour will involve visiting a number of major junctions in the Utrecht to show the benefits of their restructuring, with their nice new rounded courners, coloured street signs and cool new rubbish bins ;)

 is a RISC OS Userblahsnr on 5/3/04 9:22PM
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The Select tour guide will spend hours telling you about how they have rebuilt the coach chassis 'under the hood' so that it now looks much more shiny.

 is a RISC OS Usermarkee174 on 5/3/04 9:27PM
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A printed tour guide has just been announced covering all excursion options in depth. It promises to be much better than any tour guide you may have used previously, and guarentees you won't get lost.

 is a RISC OS Usermartin on 7/3/04 8:45AM
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