Pictures from SEAL meeting in Wickford March 10th, 2006

These are my pictures from the March 10th, 2006 SEAL meeting in Wickford, England.

Through the OS4 betatesters' mailing list, I had "met" fellow betatester Tony Wyatt from Sydney in Australia, and we had starting exchanging e-mails privately in between. When I heard that Tony and his wife Evelyn intended to go to UK on vacation and wanted to meet some local Amigans while there, my wife Jette and I decided to take a quick weekend trip to London to meet them in person.

We decided to use the SEAL meeting on Friday March 10th as our rendez-vous venue, which would additionally give us the opportunity to meet some of the nice people behind SEAL and the Total Amiga magazine, of which some are also OS4 beta testers.

We were warmly welcomed by the locals, who even arranged for us to meet for dinner the following night, together with some of the SEAL members.

SEAL was just starting a new era by going dual-format; they would now cover Macs as well as Amigas. This meant that there were quite a lot more people attending the meeting than on previous occasions, but their new venue in the Wickford Community Association Hall seemed quite up to the task. There was room for setting up a number of machines for more informal demonstrations, as well as holding a more formal talk with a presentation being projected from a portable Mac.

There was a nice and lively atmosphere at the meeting, and I'm sure Amigans and Macheads will find lots of common interests within the SEAL framework in the times ahead.

Thanks a lot to the SEAL guys and especially Sicky for all the arrangements. It was great meeting you all, and I wish you lots of luck with SEAL and Total Amiga in the future.

Niels Bache ( Niels Bache

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Nigel "hyph-n" Derbyshire demonstrating a nice little video camera mounted on the portable Mac.Slide 1 Nigel's AmigaOne bares it all.Slide 2 Robert "Rhino" Williams, secretary of SEAL and editor of Total Amiga, opens the meeting formally and introduces Nigel's talk and demo.Slide 3 Nigel's session was about the new office products from Apple, Pages 2 (DTP etc.) and Keynote 3 (presentations).Slide 4 Some of the audience: Tony's wife Evelyn, my wife Jette, SEAL's chairman Mick "Sicky" Sutton, Robert, and Tony Wyatt.Slide 5 Tony studying the innards of SEAL member Sam "Bifford" Byford's Pegasos.Slide 6 Macheads and Amigans getting a lively debate over a Mac. David Kennedy, new Mac-using member Mike behind David, Adrian, and Mick in the foreground.Slide 7 Luckily, Evelyn and Jette seemed to pass the time fine chatting, while their husbands were letting their inner nerds loose.Slide 8 Nigel explaining some details about SEAL to some of the new members and prospects.Slide 9 Mike "Vision" Hunt in the foreground waiting while Robert and Mick prepare the raffle tickets.Slide 10 Sam ended up being the lucky winner of the copy of Amiga Forever that I had been given by Cloanto for donating to such an event.Slide 11 In the Festival Park Basildon, gathering for the Saturday night dinner: Nigel, Robert, and Mike Hunt.Slide 12 David, Nigel's wife Nicky, Nigel.Slide 13 Jette, Mick's wife Sharon, Mick, David.Slide 14 Nicky, Evelyn, Tony.Slide 15 At the dinner table. Evelyn, Tony, Robert.Slide 16 Sharon, Mick, Mike, Jette.Slide 17 Nigel, David, Elliott Bird.Slide 18 Jette, Nicky, Nigel.Slide 19

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