I went to BritMums Live… and forgot to take any pictures

 

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Well where to start then eh? BritMums Live 2013 seemed to take an eternity to come round and, after a fleeting day and a half of camaraderie, chatter and cupcakes, it’s over and we’re a year away from the 2014 event. Sigh… Anyway, I promised myself – and Twitter, for that matter – not to dwell on that side of things and sound like Morrissey at his morose best, so here are my other thoughts.

It was great to catching up with friends from last year and make a whole bunch of new ones too. As anyone will tell you, there are too many to name, but I seemed to hang round with Babberblog, Hello Wall… The Voice of Sarah Miles, Mutterings of a Fool, Mama Bear With Me, A Party of Seven, OneDad3Girls, A Plucky Heroine and Story of Mum more than most. Thanks for the laughs gang!

Of course, the very nature of blogging is about sharing experiences and inner thoughts and feelings so it wasn’t all laughter. During her keynote speech, the incredible Katie Piper described the horrific ordeal she had been through, while there were some incredibly brave appearances at the podium during the Bloggers’ Keynote from some of our own as they described experiences of loss and abuse. I admire every one of them for their courage, honesty and resilience.

With the conference over for another year, it was time to hurry home, groaning under the weight of freebies in the bags I had amassed from the various PRs in The Hub. Despite the farcical saga that was what ought to have been a two-hour trip home – it took almost twice that – I’m still basking in the glory of the weekend’s awesomeness and can’t wait for next year.

To finish off, here are a few other selected moments of note:

I didn’t take any pictures. Only realised that when I got home. What a plank.

Mammasaurus warning me that I would instantly become every woman’s object of desire come wine o’clock – mainly due to the ratio of women to men, rather than me, I’m sure! Thankfully the evening didn’t descend into a recreation of that cringeworthy TV show of old, Man oh Man. Phew.

Katy Hill sitting down next to me during the Brilliance in Blogging awards and talking to me too. You know the bits in films where someone cool sits next to the dork and is nice to them? It was like that.

Meeting Dust and Love and There is Always Time for Biscuits who joined us for a few pints after the first day.

Babberblog somehow finding late-night pizza and sneaking it into the hotel bar when three of us menfolk had failed to eat properly. I know, right? Three of us living up to stereotype during a conference when we were among the few representatives of our kind. Must do better next year!

Comments

  1. Suzanne

    Great post and glad you survived! You were very brave men folk! Good to meet you although I doubt you will remember as that was post beers and pre pizza, in the Travelodge canteen/bar and you mentioned on more than one occasion that you thought you were “going to die”!

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      Tom

      Ha! I remember meeting you, Suzanne. Lovely to do so too. 🙂 I also recall predicting my own demise while waiting for the pizza. I think it’s fair to say I don’t deal with hunger very well!

  2. Sarah Miles

    Bwahaha to Suzanne’s comment!

    Yes, the delights of the TL bar and it’s ambient lighting were upon us once more! 3 Men and a Pizza. Still can’t believe Ben went for a run the next morning…mad fool.

    Glad you had a good time, if not a good journey home. Next year a few of us a planning an all-weekender!

    Thanks for linking up x

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      Tom

      Cheers Sarah. Great to see you and the gang again and already looking forward to next year. Yep, Ben is a crazy fool!

  3. sarah

    haha i remember you saying very frankly…’i think i might actually die!’ when there was no promise of pizza. 🙂

    lovely to see you again. Cannot believe you used the word ‘plank’ cant remember the last time i heard that word in use anywhere other than a wood yard…;)

    also you are not a dork. She chose wisely and say with the only men in a sea of women. Who wouldnt do the same?
    x

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      Tom

      Thanks Sarah! I remember that too. I always promise myself I will never again drink on an empty stomach, but do I learn? 🙂

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      Tom

      Thank you! Hope you did too? I think I saw you at one point – well it was someone with your avatar on their T-shirt, anyway! – but it was from a distance. Hope to meet you next year. 🙂

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  4. David

    Sounds like you all had a great time and I’m sorry to have missed it yet again. Do you need to be nominated to go or can anyone get tickets? That will certainly influence my possibility of visiting!

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      Tom

      Cheers David. Anyone can buy tickets and the early bird ones are available now. I’ll be ordering mine as soon as I get paid next week. See you there – I’ve decided that you’ll be joining us too! 🙂

  5. Andy

    Sadly I have deleted the photo of the half pint of beer you left in All Bar One so I have no photos to add. Great to meet you too. I was really pleased to find we had more in common than being parents and enjoyed the chat. Hope to see you again at some point.

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      Tom

      A half? A half?! It was about a third by the time we left! 😉 Great to meet you too, sir. Hope to see you next year or at some other bloggy thing before then.

  6. Richy

    I briefly thought about going this year, but didn’t do anything about it. After reading this, and Lewis’s review, I wish I had.

    Next year…

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      1. Richy

        Depending on funds in July I might just do that. Mrs B has already granted me permission to attend, provided she gets to come to that London too to catch up with some friends.

        Win!

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  7. Mammasaurus

    Jolly good to see you as always and I can only apologise for any sentence I used that included the words ‘the’, ‘meat’ and ‘parade’
    *hangs head in shame*

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  8. Amanda

    Haha, I love that you were eating pizza in the bar! Glad you had a great time… I think the fact you failed to take any photos shows you were too busy enjoying yourself 🙂

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      Tom

      Thanks Amanda; it felt very naughty and rebellious! I like the excuse you’ve given me for my laziness with the camera too – thank you! 🙂

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