So this might actually be a record of me attempting to do a blog post within a couple of days of returning from the ALTC conference … I always have the intention of doing it but somehow I always get sidetracked .. anyhow, in the hope that this post actually gets finished I shall crack on as they say..
CakesThis years conference was a special one, the 25th anniversary to be precise. There were even cakes, both edible varieties and even really cool virtual ones courtesy of the fabulous Bryan Matthers, who despite not being in actual physical attendance at the conference was ever present where ever I went. I was lucky enough to be able to attend for the full three days. It was a real packed programme and it was so difficult to try and select which of the sessions that I would go to. I’m sure I missed some absolute gems in terms of sessions but here are some of the highlights of the sessions that I did go to and some other fabulous experiences that were had along the way.
The JourneyI went up to Manchester by train and was accompanied by my new colleague Luke, who I have to say spent most of the journey looking after me and trying to avoid my usual travelling mishaps like spilling my coffee everywhere. My other colleague Chris Jobling very sensibly opted for a different train !
Throughout the journey the usual pre conference twitter exchanges were in full swing. This even included an impromptu Snapchat tutorial (through the medium of Snapchat) with my buddy Suzanne Faulkner. Chaos ensued as we attempted to snap our way through the various functions of adding bunny ears and sparkly unicorn horns. It was a giggle … there may even be a repeat attempt at some point .. watch this space. (I can feel my two children cringing from here ..)
So far this morning I have ran for a train 🚂 got stuck in the ticket barrier with my suitcase … causing chaos already … I have however now found my travelling companion @LO_Salt (am sure he was hiding !) #altc pic.twitter.com/Zyvd2Jl94a— Deb Baff 🤗 💖 🦄 (@debbaff) September 10, 2018
And that was all before the conference actually started !
This is true!! We have been improving the weather in Wales 🏴 and Scotland 🏴. pic.twitter.com/iCG8LHrYul— Suzanne Faulkner 👻📱🛴 (@SFaulknerPandO) September 10, 2018