DOAG (Germany) - BGOUG (Bulgaria) - UKOUG Tour - November, 2010
After DOAG and BGOUG it was back to Birmingham. I wasn't planning to go ... didn't even have a spot on the program to speak ... but given everything that was happening, missed flights, etc.,  and that most of my friends would be there, it was the best option so I took it.

My time was well rewarded. Due to all of the European weather issues there were some speaker cancellations and I was given two spots to speak on Day 2. The first a hour hour session in Hall 1 ... the second a 45 minute session in Hall 9. I used the first for "Edition-Based Redefinition Live in SQL*Plus" and the second for a slightly abbreviated version of "Developing and Deploying Extremely Large Databases."

Larry "Dr. Paranoia" Carpenter attended the second and we have now coined some new database size definitions which I will put into my blog.
Birmingham with snow   Cloudberry Brandy from Finland ... a present for Debra from Heli
Alex presenting on 11gR2 Clusterware   But first something important from Pythian
Clusterware made real
Graham's Keynote in Hall 1
A Family Reunion   David Kurtz
ACE Hotel Recommendations

  ACE Restaurant Recommendations

Thai Pinto
36-38 High Street
Leatherhead, Surrey KT22 8AJ
013-7238-8304 / 378094
Lal Akash
31 High Street
Leatherhead, Surrey KT22 8AB
The Quilon Restaurant
41 Buckingham Gate
London, SW1E 6AF

My recommendations:
  • Crab cakes
    Claw meat tossed with curry leaves, ginger, green chillies and cooked on a skillet
  • Pachadi: Pineapple and pomegranate mixed with yoghurt, ground coconut, cumin seeds and mustard
  • Kovallam fish curry
    Chunks of halibut simmered in coconut, chilli, and raw mango
  • Lemon rice
    Basmati rice tossed in lime juice, curry leaves, split bengal gram and pure ghee
  • Hot rice kheer
    Creamy hot rice pudding served with rose ice cream
  • and if there is anything left of that bottle of 25 year old Macallan in the bar ...
    ask for four ice cubes and it is worth every quid in your pocket