1. So, the National Band Championships? To our utter, utter astonishment, we won
our division, and are now the Australian D Grade Champions. Discussions are underway about the practicality of going to next year's championships (which will have returned to the far side of the continent) to defend the title.
2. My hotel room number for the weekend (assigned entirely without any input from myself) was 42.
3. I got to more of Swancon than I'd feared, if less than I'd hoped (and in the process usefully expanded my working knowledge of the city's public transport options). I enjoyed what I got to, and caught up with the usual suspects, including leecetheartist
, who as usual introduced me to several games I was not previously familiar with. (I particularly liked Winter Tales
, where the movement of the pieces on the board is just the skeleton of the game, and the emphasis is on collaboratively spinning a story about what the characters represented by the pieces are up to. I like
collaborative storytelling. Other games I was introduced to included King of Tokyo
, a silly but fun game in which giant monsters slug it out for the chance to trash Japan, and Roll Through the Ages
, which had a bit too much number-crunching and not enough story for my taste.)
The guests at next year's Swancon are to include Tamora Pierce and Isobel Carmody.
4. I have a new gadget, a Kobo ebook reader. I haven't really used it much yet, because when I'm at home I prefer to make inroads on the enormous pile of unread dead-tree books in my living room, and save the ebooks for when I'm travelling. (I had intended to put it to work on the trip back, but it turned out I couldn't actually activate it and load it up until I got home.)
5. Too many people dying lately. I particularly regret the loss of Richard Griffiths, who played one of my favourite fictional detectives, Henry Crabbe, in the TV series Pie in the Sky
. If that doesn't ring a bell, his film credits include wicked uncles in both Withnail and I
and the Harry Potter
series. He also had a noteworthy stage career. By all accounts he was a really nice guy, and will be missed.