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Claire and I have decided that after all the fun and games of last year’s BiCon, we’re going again this year. So, if you want to come, now’s the time (well, within the next 30 days or so) to let us know, and we can help you out with lifts, combining payment, etc. If there’s anybody out there we haven’t put off with all our incessant talk about what it was like last year, we’d love for you to join us.

Here’s the (very, very vague; liable to change) plan:

  • On the afternoon/evening of Thursday 28th August, we’ll drive from Aberystwyth to Leicester University. The journey’ll be about three-and-a-half to four hours, and we’re easily able to pick up people from Aberystwyth, Shrewsbury, Telford, Wolverhampton, Birmingham or Coventry areas on our way through, as well as pretty much anywhere in the Northern half of mid-Wales. We’ll check in at the University, get our welcome packs and accomodation, and find out who we’re living with.
  • BiCon kicks off on the morning of Friday 29th August. We’ll get in a full day of workshops and whatnot.
  • BiCon continues on Saturday 30th August. We’re aware, however, that this evening is likely to clash with Penny/TGB‘s combined 21st/30th birthday party, so rather than going to The BiCon Ball this year, we’ll zip up to Warrington (again, providing lifts where needed, if we’ve got space) early in the evening to join the party, and return either late on in the evening or early the following morning.
  • Then, we’ve got another activity-packed day on Sunday 31st August, after which we’ll either return to Aberystwyth or stay overnight and return after breakfast, depending on what the options are (the website isn’t very specific right now, grr) and what we’ve all got to do on Monday (nothing, one hopes).

BiCon’s fabulous, but by badgering you all in bulk online like this I’ll be able to better refrain from badgering you all in person. If you need further persuading, just ask. The cost of the conference plus accomodation this year starts at £100 (if you’re unwaged) and climbs gradually with your earnings potential – or, if you want to live off-campus or you already live or have somewhere to stay in the area, it’s as little as £25 for the entire event or £12 per day – so if you consider it a holiday, it’s about as economical as the Real Ale Ramble (which I’ll be bothering you all about in the near future, too).

Oh, and if you don’t want to leave a comment that could be interpreted as “I’m a dirty bi slut” by the world at large, speak to me privately and we’ll get you to BiCon without the knowledge of the world at large.


  1. Katie Katie says:

    It may also be worth noting that the Helping Hand Fund is open.

    I take it if you’re travelling across in the afternoon you won’t be at Bi ReCon? I’m trying to poke someone from NUS Wales to go along at the moment, but not having much luck.
    (I’m intending to go to that, at least, in NUS Women’s rep capacity as Meg has asked the women’s bi rep to speak/attend and I think the buck may have been passed to me as there’s something going on in Spain she wants to go to*, and I should find out soon if I can get HHF and actually go to the rest of BiCon myself.)

    * I don’t blame her – I’d rather go to Spain than Leicester! – but, argh! Speaking? In public? *fear*

  2. Sarah Sarah says:

    I’m a maybe for this, will let you know soon or something.

  3. Dan Q Dan Q says:

    No; no Bi ReCon for me: can’t spare the time, I’m afraid. Plus, it sounds like the least-awesome bit of BiCon, from my perspective.

  4. Sarah Sarah says:

    Actually thinking about it I live in Leicester don’t I? Thats why I wasn’t going to go. Will have a think about it.

  5. Dan Q Dan Q says:

    Unless you’re likely to be seen by people you know on campus outside of termtime, you’re probably in the clear. Of course, the temptation will be to commute in from home (and that’ll save you a fortune, too, as you won’t be paying for the accommodation), but you might have to do more “sneaking.” Perhaps you could come along just for the Friday (£12): should be easy enough to excuse yourself from the family and anybody else for a day without excess suspicion?

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