Another excellent conference plus news of beanos.

I attended a conference jointly organised by the Leukaemia CARE and Lymphoma Association charities in Liverpool yesterday. Judging by the number of hands that were raised, there were more Lymphoma-ists there than Leukaemia folk, but I’m sure they won’t mind.

As at the previous conferences that I have attended (although I’ve not been to one of these joint ones before), the speakers were all absolutely first class, especially the specialist nurse from The Christie who gave a presentation on stem cell transplants. I will definitely go again next year.

Heading into another busy week now. Not only do we have the annual office strategy conference this week, but next weekend will be the Leica Forum Annual Beano, The One Challenge. We are heading to the home of Leica in Wetzlar, Germany, this year, but due to the aforementioned company do, we can’t fly out until the morning of the Challenge itself on Saturday. This doesn’t give us the usual opportunity of sussing out the location on the day before, but I am sure we will manage to scrape together something on the day.

We are using the Challenge as an excuse to take a few days in southern Germany and do a bit of touring around. I haven’t been to that part of Germany before (apart from on a visit to a glass factory on the Austrian border a few years ago, which doesn’t count). Our trip takes in the Bavarian Alps, Lake Constance and Baden-Baden, so this should be interesting. Lots to do before then though…

Determined to put my good fortune to good use, we have also decided on our now habitual “first week in March jaunt”. On the recommendation of a friend, we have decided to head to Sorrento for a few days and take a trip out to Pompeii (and Herculaneum, if the time allows). We have to fly into Naples, but have no desire to visit the city, so we will take a transfer bus directly from the airport to Sorrento. Will also try to hire a car for the day and drive down the Amalfi Coast road – one of the best drives in Europe, apparently – and maybe take a ferry to Capri for the day. Could be a busy week if we try to pack too much in, so will have to think about that carefully.

I have to say that I was pleasantly surprised by how very reasonable the hotel costs (a decent one according to Trip Advisor) and the BA flight from Gatwick was cheaper than the Easyjet one. Even the hotel we use at the airport, where we leave the car too, is charging about £20 less than they did last time. All very odd, but welcome.

I might even get to take some photographs – that would be a novelty…

2 thoughts on “Another excellent conference plus news of beanos.”

  1. This is to prove that I have read this blog entry 🙂

    Good travels in the pipe line I see. Lake Constanze, you should hop over to my favourite country, Switzerland, maybe. And get Mika to come up too 😉

    “Lake Constance is the only area in Europe where no borders exist, because there is no legally binding agreement as to where the borders lie between Switzerland, Germany and Austria. While Switzerland holds the view that the border runs through the middle of the lake, Austria is of the opinion that the lake stands in [international law] all the states on its banks. Germany holds an ambiguous opinion. Legal questions pertaining to ship transport and fishing are regulated in separate treaties.

    Naturally, disputes arise. One concerns a houseboat which was moored in two states (ECJ c. 224/97 Erich Ciola); another concerns the rights to fish in the Bay of Bregenz. In relation to the latter, an Austrian family was of the opinion that it alone had the right to fish in broad portions of the bay. However, this was accepted neither by the Austrian courts nor by the organs and courts of the other states.” | from Wiki

    Funny, elsewhere (some) prices go down, while here everything goes up all the time. Most depressing.

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