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Dear Picocon attendees who I asked about balloons (and people in need of balloons):

I'd resigned myself to flowers (which are really not much like balloons at all), and so went around to the south side of South Kensington station, where the nice flower stand is. There, in front of me, on the south side of the street, was a much, much larger flower shop, La Jolie Fleur, which had opened just in time* for me to go in and ask if they did balloons. None were obvious, but they did! They do! So if you need balloons in the South Kensington area, now you know where you can go too.

The store wasn't there the last time I was in the area, which was several months ago, and the staff all seemed fairly new to the enterprise.

P.S. Picocon itself was my favorite edition of the con yet. Two good short stories readings from Michael Marshall Smith and Pat Cadigan; Robert Rankin being silly and playing the ukelele poorly-by-intent (and being impatient with how long the sessions) were; a largely-topical discussion on ray guns from the three guests of honor (the sort of panel where, by design, staying on topic is entirely optional); and thus usually silliness and fundraising with liquid nitrogen and bad writing, and visits with friends I don't see nearly often enough. Also, it didn't rain.


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Mar. 1st, 2009 10:00 am (UTC)
The balloon was fab.
Mar. 1st, 2009 12:05 pm (UTC)
it sounds great, sorry yet again for my lack of attendance.
Mar. 1st, 2009 06:31 pm (UTC)
There's always next year.
Mar. 1st, 2009 12:36 pm (UTC)
It always puzzles me why nobody posts about cons *before* they attend, only afterwards... and then I usually find most of my friends have been there, and have ot only hope they encountered each other, all being cool people who deserve to hang out together. So, did you meet tanngrisnir at all, he was there, big Viking-style Scot :)
Mar. 1st, 2009 06:31 pm (UTC)
I don't think I explicitly posted about Picocon on LJ, although I know I commented on several other peoples' posts about it in advance, so say I was going; but I did add myself to the FB event for it in advance for just this sort of reason. (I realize that, given the FB works, it's random if you happen to be alerted to anything that happens on it, and then only if you're checking opportunely.) Further, since it's a daycon, I don't think it would have occurred to me to talk about it much in advance. I didn't have to travel much to get there!

No, I didn't meet tanngrisnir there, but there were a good 100 or so people at the con. Actually, now that I think about it, I didn't meet anyone much new; just got to know people I'd previously met better. Hopefully other people were diligent in talking to any first-time attendees there!

Mar. 1st, 2009 12:52 pm (UTC)
the balloon is lovely!
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