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Thursday, February 05, 2009


Bugfest SW-Carnival of Monsters 21st February 2009 Stanchester School TA19 6UG 10.30am

Today I have found myself with an unexpected day at home because of the snow, so after a snow ball fight, watching Nick and the children (but mostly Nick) build a snow dalek (pictured), I found I had a little time to catch up on Bugfest preparations.
Organising Bugfest is a little like cooking a roast dinner- lots of components to bring together at the same time, which means being very organised, multi-tasking, pre empting the unimaginable and gorging yourself when it's all done ( or is that just me?). I have had to learn the art of how to twist people's arms in all sorts of devious ways. Being a woman, deviousness, as you will know, is not a natually occuring facet of mine, but in the name of Bugfest and the children's hospice we are supporting, I'll do anything (well almost).

We are very fortunate to have a cohort of charity daleks, a clockwork robot, a scarecrow and 'Bugfest' doctors adding to the visitor experience this year. This, in addition to our regular and esteemed traders; Exotic pets magazine, Tarantula Barn, Mendip Monsters, Curtis Lakin, The Phasmid Study Group as well as other new traders, and a well known Sci-fi trader; should prove a great mix of mayhem and monsters. Bugfest are also urging visitors, especially children to join in the fun and come in sci-fi fancy dress or Bug attire.

With only two weeks to go visitors are being urged to buy advance tickets . For Blog readers, there is a special discounted 'hidden' website page which allows you to buy cheaper tickets. ( eg. £10 for family instead of £14). Don't leave it too late. If it's busy on the day, you may not get in!

I may be able to multi-task but I am not cooking roast dinners for 100's of disgruntled guests!

1 comment:

drjon said...

I see no pictured Snow Dalek.

Did it look like this?