arrived at the unofficial breakfast and hooked up with Barbie and some of his fellow Perl mingers (Mongers) where we had a quick chat over an 8 item English (Fry up) breakfast after which we walked down the sunny streets of Wolverhampton (We’ll actually a little chilly with a hint of rain to be honest) to take our place in the orderly queue forming outside the venue.

After paying our £5.00 entrance fee and grabbing a goodie bag each we headed off to the various stalls to see what other swag was available. This might sound a little mercenary but four years of this event has taught me that computer geeks are like locusts they’ll clean out a vendors carrier bags quicker than a piranha gnawing on a tasty leg.

Having retired to a quiet corner to asses our punitive strike on the unsuspecting stall owners we took our seats clutching our ill gotten gains and waited for the four drink sodden presenters to take the stage.

I have to say that the attendance seemed down on last year which surprised me given as this is possibly the last ever LugRadio Live but maybe more attended on the Sunday which I didn’t go to but for example I was expecting long waits to go on the Bytemark game rig but to be honest there was plenty of seats available (although I understand there was a bigger take up in the afternoon).

Some of the talks was not really “Up my street” although I thought Bruno’s talk “Baguette on Snails” was hysterical. I also enjoyed Neuro’s “Second Life and Open Source” and of course Gong-a-Thon.

I shall miss the event now that supposedly there will be no more unless the guys relent and put something on next year, the finality only hit me when I heard my wife on the phone to her sister just before my daughter and I left for the event “Oh he’s off out all day to a Linux show, he goes every year” I realised that I’d have to find something else to do on July 19th 2009.

So another chapter closes in the Linux annual calendar, LugRadio Live UK 2008 is over and possibly forever.

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