London Geek Dinner | June 7, 2005

I’ve just got back from the London Geek Dinner at The Texas Embassy and had a thoroughly good time. I got to London pretty early so was one of the first people to arrive. Grabbing a margarita from the bar I introduced myself to Hugh MacLeod and we chatted for a while about blogging, RSS feed anxiety and suits. I have to admit that I hadn’t really come across Hugh before but he seemed like a thoroughly interesting chap.

The room slowly started to fill up as more and more people arrived. Simon turned up followed by Jeremy and Richard. I briefly said hi to Robert Scoble although I wasn’t sure if he remembered meeting at SXSW or if he was just being polite.

I was sat opposite a couple of guys from the BBC, and overheard one of them say “Andy Budd is supposed to be here tonight”. It turned out to be none other than superstar blogger Tom Coates. I’ve been wanting to meet Tom for ages but have never managed to pin him down. As such, it was great to finally put a face to a blog.

I spent quite a while chatting to Paul Hammond from the BBC and Francois Jordaan from wheel, both of whom convinced me that I need to get to more events in London. There seem to be a lot of design, IA and techie events going on in the capitol, however not being part of the London web design scene I usually only find out about them the day after they’ve finished.

I was having a great time chatting to people and would have loved to have stayed longer, however me, Jeremy and Richard had to leave early to get the last fast train back to Brighton. Still it was an excellent night and a good start to a very hectic week. Next stop @media 2005. Hope to see a few of you there.

Posted at June 7, 2005 11:44 PM


david said on June 8, 2005 6:58 AM

I remember chatting to him online at an unrelated discussion group - seemed like a great guy and his cartoons rock!