To Belgium and back

I’ll be heading off shortly to drive to Ghent in Belgium where I’ll be the keynote speaker on Friday morning at the EuroBlog 2007 conference. Very much looking forward to meeting up with old friends including Philip Young and Serge Cornelus, as well as meeting new faces.

My topic for discussion is “What is the impact of virtual worlds on communicating in real life?” As you might expect, Second Life will feature in this session.

It’s only a flying visit to the conference, unfortunately, as I need to be in London late Friday afternoon to be part of a pretty exciting event that’s a project I’ve been involved with for the past few weeks. Second Life features in this event.

The prime reason I’m driving is that it’s quicker than using public transport to get from here to Ghent, and then in one day from Ghent to London then London to home. It’s not that far, in fact – about 220 miles including a stretch beneath the English Channel via Eurotunnel car train. I’ll have my new TomTom 710 Go with me to guide me to all destinations. A great deal from Amazon UK.

Plus, driving gives me the opportunity to pick up a case of very low cost (by comparison to the UK) champagne in France. Orders from my wife!

So light blogging until the weekend. Probably not much chance to tweet on Twitter, especially since it seems that SMS posting from my mobile phone doesn’t work – none of the texts I’ve sent to Twitter have ever appeared.

Anyway, I just need to cross-post the shownotes for FIR #223 – recorded in the wee hours of this morning – and then I’m off. I won’t be picking up email again until tonight and probably not with any reliability before Saturday, but I will have my mobile phone on (no, I don’t have a Blackberry).

More later.

Neville Hobson

Social Strategist, Communicator, Writer, and Podcaster with a curiosity for tech and how people use it. Believer in an Internet for everyone. Early adopter (and leaver) and experimenter with social media. Occasional test pilot of shiny new objects. Avid tea drinker.

  1. Vicky

    Hi Neville,
    Welcome to Belgium for your short visit. What your new TomTom probably won’t tell you is that we currently have a 90 km/h speed limit on most of our highways. Our government calls it “smog alarm” and it’s currently the hottest discussion topic on Belgian forums (guess how many people support this decision…?). But so far so good: by the time your TomTom will guide you out of Ghent right to the champagne caves, the smog alarm is not longer valid. And people will find another hot forum topic to discuss :-)

  2. neville

    Its was a short but sweet visit, Vicky. A great pleasure to be there. My TomTom knew about the 90kmh speed limit so I didn’t get any nasty surprises from the police! Even so, I made it to Calais in good time.

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