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SXSW Breakfast, Anyone?

Wednesday, March 8th, 2017

I’ve been a regular at Austin’s SXSW for far longer than I care to remember. It’s a heady mix of music, film, and ‘interactive’ stuff and I’ve always met many old friends, made new ones, and had my creative batteries refilled from spending a week or two in Texas.

This year is no different, and I’m flying out today.

The other thing that happens every year at SXSW is Saturday morning breakfast at Magnolia Cafe on South Congress. As usual I’ll be there a little bit ahead of 8am to grab a table and see who else turns up. A few of you have already asked and got the date in your diary, for everyone else reading let me know if you plan on turning up.

And if you want to meet at SXSW for any reason, I’m there for the full duration through to Sunday 19th March.

This weekend, I find myself in San Francisco

Tuesday, October 8th, 2013

Lots of little things have lined up to make a quick three night trip to San Francisco and Silicon Valley the ‘proverbial good idea’, so I’m flying over the Atlantic to visit friends, bounce around the Valley, and take in my first American Football game (with some tickets on the half way line).

If you want to meet up for coffee, give me a nudge on email ( or through Twitter (@Ewan). There’ll be more quick updates and pictures through the usual social media outlets, if you haven’t spotted them already.

First up, though, is the San Francisco 49ers vs the Carolina Panthers at Candlestick Park… just a little bit excited for that one!


A Travelling Geeks personal retrospective

Saturday, December 12th, 2009

During Blog World Expo this year, Renee Blodgett asked if I would be free for the few days before Le Web, as she would be planning “a little something” with her Travelling Geeks project. In essence it was asking if I would like to meet with some of the newer French start-ups in the city in a more intimate environment than Geraldine’s 2,300 attendee strong conference.

It sounded like fun to me, so I agreed.

In reality it was asking if I’d like to run round Paris as part of a modern day version Tom Baker and Lalla Ward in The City of Death (except the Louvre was on strike), so we had to resort to looking at the latest companies, and their plans either as they started in the world or expanded out from France to the world.

The companies (of which I’ll discuss a few in an upcoming post) was part of the reason – the other part was very much a social need, to meet other bloggers, writers and reporters… people who were in the same space as me. Who day in and day out face the same challenges as I do. From this Travelling Geeks edition I knew many of the names by reputation, but very few of them from the real world.

There was a perception that the group was “American Bloggers” but let’s dispel that right now. Apart from the Scottish flavour from myself the group also had Belgium, South Africa, France and Morocco represented. How can you not have fun (and culture clash) in a group like that?

I definitely had fun, and the links and stories I made from spending time with everyone was probably one of the highlights of the TG experience (plus of course a bundle of in-jokes that would be dead to you if I tried to get them on Twitter). So a big thank you to all!

The Travelling Geeks

SXSW Interactive Social Breakfast – 2009 Edition

Monday, February 16th, 2009

Following on the almost success of last year, I’m announcing the SXSW Interactive Social Breakfast for 2009. The formula for this isn’t as detailed as those put on around the world by others around the world (notably Jeff Pulver).

In short, I’m definitely going to Magnolia’s for breakfast on the morning of Saturday 14th March, at 8am. Why Magnolia’s? Because many SXSW years ago I needed breakfast – I jumped in a taxi and asked for the best local place that the driver would go to. He took me to Magnolia’s, and it’s been in my SXSW calendar ever since.

Magnolia Cafe, South Congress

So I’d be delighted if all my friends(new and old) who are going to be in Austin for the festival would come along to enjoy one of the best local restaurants I know. The address is 1920 South Congress, and I suspect many of you will need to take a $5 taxi from central Austin. It is worth it.

So add it to the diary, grab a few of your friends, and I’ll see you over pancakes. BTW there’s no table reservations or reserved rooms, just turn up, seat yourself, and see who you can recognise.

Perhaps we need stickers?