Sep. 12th, 2017

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Maya (D's cat) has finally, after a year of being stopped by a "gate" at the top of the stairs, has discovered she can leap over the bannisters and I find her at the bottom of the stairs when I go down for breakfast.
As part of D's plan to relocate, drove over with S. intending to try to find living quarters and other requirements, not very successful (S didn't really pull his weight as part of the reconnaissance.
Only 3 days dancing this month due to teacher taking 2 weeks off and I went to Helsinki for Worldcon (see separate post for details) Two classes and last Saturday social. Line dancing has finished for the moment ;-(
I caught a Norwegian Airlines flight from Gatwick to Helsinki (take of was about a half hour late, caught the train to the city center, after much wandering finally found hotel on fifth floor of the building.
Took me over an hour from getting off the train to getting to my room!
Using the same train daily to get the the con the walk normally took less than 20 minutes! On Tuesday I spent the day walking around the city, including
On Wednesday Worldcon 75 started with the Opening Ceremony at 3:00pm
On Thursday evening James B invited over a dozen fans, most fans of Lois Mcmaster Bujold, out for a delightful curry at a restaurant in the main city center. A wonderful time was had by all both gastronomically and conversationally.
Friday Evening was the Hugos and Saturday was the Masquerade, the Closing Ceremony was Sunday afternoon.
Monday I tried to remotely renew my library books, but had run out of renewals (had to physically return the boks to the library on my return).
Read a little then went to the information centre, where I bought a 48 hour pass for 39€, this gave access to one of the hop on & off bus services (with commentary) and to various bus tours. It did not however give access to public transport.
First thing I did in the afternoon (as my feet hurt), was a boat cruise around the islands of Helsinki, nice sunny day so very enjoyable. On return to mainland caught Hop on and off bus and stayed on for the complete circuit of the city; took over an hour with "free" earbuds allowing access to the commentary (available in multiple languages).
On Tuesday visited the Island of Suomenlina, and went to the Ehrensvärd Museum; on the island (all included in the price), went back to my room and slept for a couple of hours!
Went on the Imperial evening cruise starting at 7:00 with commentry on the Imperial Russian connection to Finland 200 years ago.
Wednesday I was due to fly out in the late afternoon, but caught the train to the airport just after noon. Had 3 hours to wait between arrival and boarding. Was on the same plane and in the same seat as on my journey out! (plane was named after Jean Sibelius)
Got back to Gatwick airport and caught 7:05 train home, after renewing my season ticket. Luckly I had booked Thursday off work, since I had to buy som food, and return my overdue library books, which entailed a journey to Brighton.
Back to work on Friday, and had to change all my passwords, as they had all expired while I was away. Heard Sir Bruce Forsyth had died on getting home.
Saw the US total eclipse on CNN, watch for an hour or so. Booked ticket to London, as want to see the robot exhibition at the Science Museum. Also booked appointment to see a Physiotherapist
Got the most recent collected editon of The Rivers of London: Black Mould (Graphic Novel). Also started watching the coolest reality show "Astronauts: Do You Have What It Takes?"
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My Shedule of Events at Worldcon 75


Summary: Opening Ceremonies []
101a&b - Messukeskus
Messuaukio 1, Helsinki, 00520
The Opening ceremony is the official start to Worldcon 75. It will take you to a journey through the Finnish seasons with dance and music and introduce our Guests.
Start: 2017-08-09 15:00
End: 2017-08-09 16:00

Summary: Fandom as Collaborative Culture!
206 - Messukeskus
Messuaukio 1, Helsinki, 00520
SF fandom has always been based on collaboration: filking, fanzines, conventions, book circles - you name it! One might argue that without collaborative culture, fandom isn't fandom anymore! The panelists discuss the old and new ways of keeping our fandom collaborative!
Start: 2017-08-09 18:00
End: 2017-08-09 19:00

Summary: Infamous Bad Book Cover Show
209 - Messukeskus
Messuaukio 1, Helsinki, 00520
Come see the worst covers of novels - ever!
Start: 2017-08-09 20:00
End: 2017-08-09 21:00


Summary: Tove Jansson's Illustrations for The Hobbit
203a - Messukeskus
Messuaukio 1, Helsinki, 00520
Tove Jansson famously illustrated the second Swedish translation (1962) of J. R. R. Tolkien's The Hobbit, and the illustrations were also used in the first Finnish translation of the novel (1973). Some were also seen in the Tolkien Calendar 2016. The talk examines the illustrations and their background, reception in Sweden and Finland, how Jansson's illustration style changes, and the comparisons between The Hobbit art and her other work (Moomins, Lewis Carroll) from around the same time. This is an updated version of the talk given at Finncon 2014 and Oxonmoot 2014.
Start: 2017-08-10 10:00
End: 2017-08-10 11:00

Summary: Guest of Honour Interview: Nalo Hopkinson
103 - Messukeskus
Messuaukio 1, Helsinki, 00520
Guest of Honour Nalo Hopkinson interviewed by Juha Tupasela.
Start: 2017-08-10 11:00
End: 2017-08-10 12:00

Summary: Guest of Honour Presentation: Walter Jon Williams
103 - Messukeskus
Messuaukio 1, Helsinki, 00520
Start: 2017-08-10 12:00
End: 2017-08-10 13:00

Summary: Moomins!
103 - Messukeskus
Messuaukio 1, Helsinki, 00520
The panel discusses the Moomintroll books of Tove Jansson - what was their impact on them as children, or as adults?
Start: 2017-08-10 15:00
End: 2017-08-10 16:00

Summary: Guest of Honour Interview: Johanna Sinisalo
101a&b - Messukeskus
Messuaukio 1, Helsinki, 00520
Guest of Honour Johanna Sinisalo interviewed by Jeff Vandermeer
Start: 2017-08-10 16:00
End: 2017-08-10 17:00

Summary: Perils Of Book Collecting (James Bryant)
215 - Messukeskus
Messuaukio 1, Helsinki, 00520
Discussing the pitfalls and challenges of collecting books: how to store and sort them, getting back books from people who borrowed them, checking the structural integrity of the floor, and finding places to store them.
Start: 2017-08-10 18:00
End: 2017-08-10 19:00


Summary: Audiobooks: What's the Deal?
Hall 3.2 (NEW!) - Messukeskus
Messuaukio 1, Helsinki, 00520
Audiobook Markets are increasing year over year as busy people rely more on their earbuds than their eyes to consume fiction. What does this mean for authors, producers, narrators, and reader/listeners?
Start: 2017-08-11 10:00
End: 2017-08-11 11:00

Summary: Caribbean Science Fiction
101c - Messukeskus
Messuaukio 1, Helsinki, 00520
Three writers from varying Caribbean islands, creative backgrounds, and personal experiences discuss: What does Caribbean science fiction even mean? How do the faces, voices, experiences, and landscapes of the islands shape readers' perceptions of the future? What do those landscapes have to teach through the lens of science fiction? 
Start: 2017-08-11 11:00
End: 2017-08-11 12:00

Summary: Guest of Honor Presentation: Nalo Hopkinson []
Hall 3.2 (NEW!) - Messukeskus
Messuaukio 1, Helsinki, 00520
Start: 2017-08-11 13:00
End: 2017-08-11 14:00

Summary: Two's Company: Collaborative Genre Writing
Hall 3 - Messukeskus
Messuaukio 1, Helsinki, 00520
Collaborative writing: How does it work and what are the benefits?
Start: 2017-08-11 16:00
End: 2017-08-11 17:00

Summary: Concert: Unreality
101a&b - Messukeskus
Messuaukio 1, Helsinki, 00520
Unreality's concert collects some of our choir's best songs and you can hear the most amazing extended program in all our history!
Come with us and listen to the music of far planets and unknown dimensions. We'll be travelling both in time and space, battling invaders side by side with giant robots, rebels and kind hearted braves. Step into the unknown with us and experience one unbelievable adventure after the other!
Start: 2017-08-11 17:00
End: 2017-08-11 18:30

Summary: Hugo Awards Ceremonies
Hall 1 - Messukeskus
Messuaukio 1, Helsinki, 00520
The Hugo Awards Ceremony is the absolutely unmissable event at Worldcon 75! Come join Toastmistress Karen Lord and presenters from around the world to be the first to hear who has won the mostprestigious awards in science fiction!
Doors open at 19.00, the Hugo Awards Ceremony will begin at 19.30.
Start: 2017-08-11 19:30
End: 2017-08-11 22:30


Summary: Girl power! Cool comics written by women
216 - Messukeskus
Messuaukio 1, Helsinki, 00520
Women have written comics for a long time, but what are some recent examples of cool comics written by women? Our panel discusses female comic writers and recommends their favourites.
Start: 2017-08-12 10:00
End: 2017-08-12 11:00

Summary: My First Novel - How to get Started
101a&b - Messukeskus
Messuaukio 1, Helsinki, 00520
Many people dream about writing a novel, but never actually get started. The panel discusses the various ways one may find the inspiration and drive to actually put the pen to paper (or characters on the screen).
Start: 2017-08-12 11:00
End: 2017-08-12 12:00

Summary: Concert: Pixel Sisters
102 - Messukeskus
Messuaukio 1, Helsinki, 00520
Acapella concert by the Pixel Sisters!
Start: 2017-08-12 12:00
End: 2017-08-12 13:00

Summary: Science Fiction Gone Wrong
101a&b - Messukeskus
Messuaukio 1, Helsinki, 00520
Sometimes science fiction is a prophetic vision of the future. However, science fiction often turns out to be wrong. This can happen either through the actual dates of science fiction arriving on the calendar or scientific discoveries. We celebrat science fiction's triumphs, but what about its failures? What can we learn from science fiction gone wrong? What does it show us about the state of collective consciousness at the time it was written?
Start: 2017-08-12 13:00
End: 2017-08-12 14:00

Summary: Urban Fantasy and Paranormal Romance
101c - Messukeskus
Messuaukio 1, Helsinki, 00520
Paranormal romance exploded into the SF scene a few years back, but urban fantasy goes a lot further. Very often these two get mixed up, but are there any similarities between the two? The panelists also recommend their favorite books!
Start: 2017-08-12 14:00
End: 2017-08-12 15:00

Summary: Pre-Potter Wizarding Schools []
Hall 3.2 (NEW!) - Messukeskus
Messuaukio 1, Helsinki, 00520
Harry Potter wasn't the first piece of fiction with wizarding schools, although it did make them hugely popular. The panel discusses some of the older examples of wizarding schools and why does this type of boarding school -genre still remain popular.
Start: 2017-08-12 15:00
End: 2017-08-12 16:00

Summary: Masquerade
Hall 1 - Messukeskus
Messuaukio 1, Helsinki, 00520
Lights!  Camera!  Action!  Come see our costumers and cosplayers cross the main stage to show off their creativity and skill.  Color, cut, construction, all combined to create a spectacle for all ages!  Who will be your favorite?  Who will the judges select?  Stay for the Halftime entertainment, provided by Sassafrass, while waiting for the judging results.
Doors open at 19.00, Masquerade will begin at 19.30
Start: 2017-08-12 19:30
End: 2017-08-12 22:30

Summary: Masquerade Half-time []
Hall 1 - Messukeskus
Messuaukio 1, Helsinki, 00520
While the judges deliberate, enjoy the music of Sassafrass.  This a cappella group has been performing for almost 20 years.  Their repertoire is predominantly original works with fantasy, mythology and science fiction themes.  They will be performing works from their Norse Mythology song cycle.  More information can be found at
Start: 2017-08-12 20:00
End: 2017-08-12 21:00


Summary: Book Blogs
207 - Messukeskus
Messuaukio 1, Helsinki, 00520
Blogging/vlogging about books has caused some recent controversy. Some authors have claimed bad reviews in book blogs have resulted in poor sales. Book bloggers and authors discuss the importance and power of book bloggers/vloggers.
Start: 2017-08-13 10:00
End: 2017-08-13 11:00

Summary: Guest of Honour Presentation: John-Henri Holmberg
103 - Messukeskus
Messuaukio 1, Helsinki, 00520
Start: 2017-08-13 11:00
End: 2017-08-13 12:00

Summary: Concert: Worldcon 75 Choir
102 - Messukeskus
Messuaukio 1, Helsinki, 00520
The Worldcon 75 Choir will perform a selection of songs.
Start: 2017-08-13 12:00
End: 2017-08-13 13:00

Summary: Oral Storytelling on Audio
215 - Messukeskus
Messuaukio 1, Helsinki, 00520
Audio as a format of storytelling is not a new thing, but it is very big right now through podcasts. Are there differences in telling your story in writing versus on audio?
Start: 2017-08-13 13:00
End: 2017-08-13 14:00

Summary: WorldCon: Who We Are and Who We Think We Might Be
Hall 3 - Messukeskus
Messuaukio 1, Helsinki, 00520
Starting at Worldcon 71 and continuing through Worldcon 73, we have collected data on the demographic variables represented by those attending our conventions. As popular culture conventions continue to grow in popularity and as we strive to be a diverse and inclusive community of fans, it is important to rely on objective and empirically-based information to both understand who we are and what purposes Worldcon fulfills for its attendees.
Start: 2017-08-13 15:00
End: 2017-08-13 16:00

Summary: Closing Ceremonies
101a&b - Messukeskus
Messuaukio 1, Helsinki, 00520
The final big event of the convention. Come along to relive the best memories of the past five days and say goodbye to Worldcon 75 as we pass the torch to the Worldcon 76 team from San Jose.
Start: 2017-08-13 17:00
End: 2017-08-13 18:00

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