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    UKLUG! (Finally) decided I’m going

    Bob Balaban  August 9 2009 07:06:21 PM
    Greetings, Geeks!

    UK Lotus User Group are having a get-together in Edinburgh in October. This is another in a series of "User Group" meetings/conferences (ILUG, IAmLUG, UKLUG) of previous years that have been a raging success. For those of you who don't (yet) know, Edinburgh is NOT in England. It is the capital of Scotland, a real, honest-to-goodness country to the north of England. Scotland is part of Great Britain, which consists of the countries England, Scotland, and Wales (Wales is to the West of England). Great Britain, in turn, is part of the country known as the United Kingdom, or UK (full name: United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland).

    As you may have guessed by now, UK is the superset (geek term) of Great Britain and that part of the Irish Island that includes the "Six Counties" of Northern Ireland. "Northern Ireland", for the geographically challenged amnog you, is a chunk of property north of the Republic of Ireland, across a bit of water from GreatBritain.

    Yes, it's all confusing, I admit. If you have any questions about how this all came about or why it still is the way it is, ask The Queen (tip, don't ask about Diana or Camilla. Touchy.). They used to have a whole Empire, consisting of chunks of property that are now India, Pakistan, Bangla Desh, Myanmar, Sri Lanka, Kenya and Nigeria (and probably some I forgot, like South Africa, Rhodesia (now Zimbabwe), maybe even Tanzania, not sure about that one... for sure,. they got around).

    ANYWAY. Edinburgh is the ancient capital of Scotland, and site of the forthcoming UKLUG2009. I didn't get a speaker slot :-(, and nobody's paying my expenses for me :-( :-(, but I'm going anyway. Why? Because it's going to be the epicenter of the Yellowverse in early October, that's why. You should go too. I suspect and anticipate epic levels of awesomeness.

    Geek ya there!