You are quite right - we must not let the grass grow under our feet, so to speak.
Since our last discussion in the Forum, I have been quietly sending and receiving emails 'behind the scenes'.
Unless I am misinterpreting the consensus (in which case everyone please let me know !), it is for another Convention at the Corus, and with a line-up not dissimilar to last time, but with rather more 'unallocated time'.
Regarding speakers, one suggestion, which sounds very interesting to me, comes from Steve W - he is in touch with someone who interviewed DW in his later life. I will leave Steve to say more - it sounds most informative and amusing !
Re timing, perhaps it is a problem of all 'second Conventions' - it proves very hard to find a date that will suit everyone, and it would be such a pity to leave anyone from 'the original crew' out. That is why, even when we had established everyones' preferences for what they wanted to do, fixing a date proved impossible in the Spring.
So what now ?
The Summer is probably out as people will be taking their holidays (if I'm wrong on that, please shout !) , and one international friend (I'm deliberately not mentioning any names here for security reasons) is away until the second week of September in any event. What about the remainder of the early Autumn ?
All ideas welcome, but can I suggest as a starter I list out possible dates so everyone can say when they're free ? If we can then alight on a date we can all make (touch wood !), we could ask you, Nick, to use your charm on Corus and negotiate us a favourable deal. Just so everyone knows for their early planning, when I spoke to them in the Spring their prices were pretty much unchanged. That might however, depending on Nick's negotiating skills, in practical terms mean a very slight increase as we learned last time there were a few incidental expenses.
For info, I've put against each date below the number of 'key players' I definitely know can't make the date (forgive me anyone if you've already told me a date you can't make and I've left you out !). I've also noted a few dates I myself regrettably can't make. I should add for the avoidance of doubt that while I would obviously love to attend (complete understatement), I would completely understand if it turned out there was a date everyone could manage except me, and l am certainly delighted to do everything I can to help with the organisation whether you pick a date I can attend or not. I am sure evryone else will say the same. The Convention is the thing.
That said, and to start the ball rolling again, here are some possible dates - as I say, if anyone wants to extend the date range in either direction please say - I'm just concentrating on early Autumn 'to get the debate re-started'...
Sept 5 (1 key player away)
Sept 12 (1 key player away)
Sept 19 (me away)
Sept 26 (me away)
Oct 17 (me away)
Oct 24 (me away)
Oct 31 (me away)
As I say, please don't feel constrained in any way by what I've written - this is just to get things started.
VERY best to all as always !