April 19th, 2004

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(News) A couple of Iraq stories before I head to bed.....

Iranian delegates arrive in Iraq at request of the US authorities to help resolve problems. (Iran's Influence in Iraq; BBC On-Line; Thursday 15th April 2004)

Spanish troops are being withdrawn fom Iraq but Spain has pledged to bolster it's forces in Afghanistan under UN guidance. (Spain PM Orders Iraq Troops Home; BBC On-Line; Sunday 18th April 2004)

With Spain pulling out (their troops were stationed in the Polish-controlled zone) and the Polish Foreign Ministers criticism of the US earlier you can't help but wonder if other countries will actually start following suit. It's not a surprise that the US has started taking the UN's guidance about a UN-appointed interim-government alot more seriously in the last couple of days and the possibility of a new UN Resolution is on the cards again. As much as I'd like Bush and co to get really hit hard with all this it is unfair on the servicemen stationed in Iraq and the Iraqi people. Let's just hope that a) Bush gets kicked so far from office he and all his cronies/puppet-masters burn up upon re-entry and b) the world has a stronger backbone to turn round to the US and tell it where to go if it ever tries something like this again.

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Dragonmeet 2004

Well, I've taken the plunge. After four years out of the convention organising circuit I've been persuaded back into the fold. I'm back on board the Dragonmeet Committee again after helping relaunch and rebrand the convention back in 2000. I'll be looking after Traders and Special Guests this year which should be fun (with the compulsory headaches and general stress it will all entail...).

For those who don't know Dragonmeet it's a one-day Games Convention held in London in early December. The date of this years event is Saturday December 4th. It's built up a very good reputation over the last four years and has attracted a fair amount of interest from American companies too which is fairly rare for UK-based Cons.

The old Dragonmeet website can be found HERE if you'd like to see what's gone before. The 2004 site should hopefully be up shortly.

Now I have several ideas for special guests in mind but thought it'd be fun to also throw this one out to LJland. Who would you like to see at Dragonmeet 2004? Please restrict your answers to game industry types and not the Sarah Michelle Geller's of the world ;-p

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