Alex Holden (alex_holden) wrote,
Alex Holden

ConFounding Tales! interim report

I'll do a full con report later, but here's a quick Sunday morning update while I sit in the bar with the free WiFi in it, waiting for the day's activities to start. I'm having a great time up here in Glasgow, and I'm very glad I came. The programme is packed with fun SF-themed games with lots of audience participation. I particularly enjoyed satellite_1's game, which was loosely based on the Knightmare TV show, except with several "mission controls" simultaneously trying to guide their blindfolded "space probe" to the correct destination planet within a time limit.

The best thing to happen yesterday was that I went to the Space Baron's wedding Ceilidh and thoroughly enjoyed Scottish folk-dancing with lots of young ladies. Considering I've never been to a Ceilidh before and generally avoid dancing altogether because I'm so bad at it, I was surprised by how much fun it was. It certainly helped a lot that I went to the introductory workshop "for English and other foreigners" beforehand - it was too short to learn the steps to the dances off by heart, but the practise and the pep-talk gave me enough confidence to get up and have a go (thanks also to Ann who asked me up for the first dance while I was still trying to work up the courage to ask someone to be my dance partner). There were lots of other novice dancers there, plus as the night wore on people got increasingly inebriated, so if you botched a move and suddenly found yourself at the opposite side of the floor to your partner or trying to dance with the wrong person, that just made it funnier. The best one (I can't remember the name but I think the band said it was an Arcadian?) involved the men stood in one line and the women in another line facing them. The top couple joined hands and spun around a few times, then they set off down the middle of the line; the man spins the next woman in the line around his right while his partner spins around the next man on her right, then you meet in the middle and spin around to the left, catch the next pair and spin to the right, meet your partner in the middle and spin to the left again, and so on, till you reach the bottom. Then you join the end of the line and spin around each couple that comes down the line, gradually advancing back to the top, at which point it starts all over again. New couples keep starting off down the line at a regular pace, so there are several pairs going at a time. The music sped up once we'd got the hang of the steps, and suddenly the line was one massive spinning whirl of people going round and round at breakneck pace, all trying not to miss a catch or collide with another spinning couple. Incredible.
Tags: confounding tales, conreps, cons

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