As a native geordie I was pleased to have a chance to attend a PHP conference in the north east. Even after living in Manchester for nearly a decade now, Newcastle still feels like home. Despite the nostalgia of revisiting the Tyneside Cinema for the first time in many years, I was a little apprehensive about it's suitability as a conference venue – I couldn't help but recall the regular disturbances to films watched there, caused by the noisy metro line passing underneath the building. I'm pleased to report that I was wrong to doubt the choice, the venue and staff were excellent throughout as we took over both the third and fourth floors of the building.
I arrived in plenty of time to enjoy the complimentary bacon sandwich and coffee on offer before finding some faces I recognised and settling in to the Electra Room where the main track was due to start, with Inviqa's very own Rowan Merewood taking to the stage to deliver the opening keynote. (more...)