London Show set to go ahead as an in-person event

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With last year’s London Show becoming a virtual event because of the pandemic and associated restrictions, the RISC OS User Group of London (ROUGOL) has announced that this year’s event is to return to its physical form!

The date for the show is scheduled for Saturday, 30th October, 2021, and the venue will once again be the St Giles Hotel, Feltham.

It’s been two years since the last time the RISC OS community converged on Feltham – and more than a year and a half since it last converged anywhere at all in the UK, so this should prove to be an interesting event. It will be an opportunity to meet up with old friends, and find out what’s been happening behind the lockdown doors, and to see what developers have been able to do with their time.

The organisers are expecting the usual mix of exhibitors, with a number already confirmed, including:

  • Elesar Ltd showing off an expanding range of software and hardware.
  • AMCOG Games with a new horror-themed game, and probably demonstrating another horror-themed game from another source.
  • Soft Rock Software, hopefully with the beginnings of another horror-themed game (but I’ve started a bit later than planned, so it may only be at an early stage).
  • Archive Magazine will be represented by new editor Gavin Smith putting in his first appearance as an exhibitor at the show.
  • Drag ‘n Drop will also be represented, by its editor Chris Dewhurst – who will also have his own newest tome, the Application Tutorial and Listings Book, for you to consider.
  • Neil Fazakerley with his Riscy Robots – controlled from a Raspberry Pi running RISC OS, and with a competition for someone to win their very own robot. The task? Prove yourself to be the slickest at controlling one!
  • Another new exhibitor will be Cloverleaf, with details and/or demonstrations of their software and hardware products.

With the return of a physical event, there is once again the opportunity to bring in old hardware and software to donate to the charity stand, or to buy someone else’s kindly donated old kit, to raise money for Combat Stress, a very worthy cause.

And while the country is now starting to return to something close to normal, many attractions in cities like London remain much quieter than they were before the pandemic – so why not take the opportunity to make it a long weekend and take in some of those attractions? ROUGOL has negotiated a special rate for those attending to the show – so when booking your rooms, don’t forget to enter the code ‘ROUGOL’ on the hotel website to take advantage.

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