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Saturday, September 20th, 2008
12:41 pm
Perfect Day (of the Dead)
For those of you at Zombiecon or were just wondering what some of the Teledudes were doing there, here is the evidence.

More details and stuff here.
Saturday, September 13th, 2008
8:53 am
Email to Ansible re: Teleduex

As far as everyone involved with the original Year of the Teledu is concerned, Teleduex is not happening. Though as Teleduex was something entirely separate, I cannot be 100% sure as I haven't heard anything from the person concerned either. I believe the person who wanted to run Teleduex may have bitten off more than they can chew and / or had some personal problems.

Year of the Teledu offered some funds to Teleduex but nothing has been handed over. This plus the complete lack of communication tells me the event is dead and has been for sometime. I had not realised that you were listing the event otherwise I would of contacted you sooner.


Chris Tregenza
Chairman, Year of the Teledu
Wednesday, September 3rd, 2008
2:49 pm
Perfect Day (Of The Dead)
Its Zombiecon this weekend!

As well as the Night of the Living Teledu programme item (2pm Saturday) my other plan for the weekend involves lots zombies, a video camera and some lip syncing.

In short, if at any point during the weekend you are dressed as a zombie I want you to mime along to Lou Reed. I will be editing it over the weekend so hopefully by Sunday a rough cut will be assembled.

However I need help.

Does anyone have a MP3 of the BBC version of Perfect Day?

I have the Lou Reed version but I really want the Beeb version. Alternatively, can anyone extract it from the YouTube vid?
Friday, August 22nd, 2008
10:24 am
Teledu in Exile
Teledu is dead, but yet it still lives. Which is why it will be at Zombiecon.

Zombiecon is being run by Stef & James and even if you have no interest in zombies, gore or horror it will be a fun weekend. S&J have a great track record of running events that challenge your expectations of an SF con and they often challenge your understanding of commonsense and health & safety.

Teledu will running a programme item on the Saturday. Jess & I haven't finished getting drunk finalised the details of what it will be but expect something along the lines of the cooperative games we did to promote Teledu. It may involve zombies and is provisionally entitled "Night of the Living Teledus".

I'm also planning to do something more ad-hoc during the weekend involving a video camera, zombies, music and lip syncing. If you have any experience of video editing and a suitable laptop, I would like to hear from you.

If you haven't joined Zombiecon, do it now because no one parties like the living dead.

Saturday, June 7th, 2008
9:08 am
Where's the Steam Punk Teledu Alex?
Teledude alex_holden has not only made a fabulous steampunk Dalek he has also featured on Boing Boing.

Well done Alex, this is your 0.0000015 minutes of internet fame.
Sunday, March 16th, 2008
10:14 am
Match It For Pratchett Website
There is now a Match It For Pratchett web site.

If you haven't donated yet, then please come along and find out how.
Friday, March 14th, 2008
5:37 pm
Match It for Pratchett

I've knocked up this icon for the Match It For Pratchett drive. Please use it to encourage your friends to donate or to show off that you have donated. Alternatively you can buy it on a t-shirt with all the profits ($10) going to Alzheimer's research.

If you don't know what this is all about, read this:

Terry Pratchett, author of the Discworld novels, has been diagnosed with a rare form of Alzheimer's. In response he has donated half a million pounds (approx $1 million) to Alzheimer's research and appeared on TV highlighting the low levels of research funding it receives. His readers and Science Fiction and Fantasy Fans from around the world are helping to match Terry's donation. Buy the T-Shirt and all the profits (roughly $10) will go to Alzheimer's Research or donate directly.

Please pass on this icon and t-shirt as far and as wide as possible.
Monday, February 18th, 2008
1:54 pm
Teledeux! (Cross-posted a bit)
Some among you may well remember last summer. Some among you may remember the crippling stress that was yearoftheteledu, and some among you may remember how many times since then I've cried "Never again! Never again!"

Some of you may also remember two facts: one is that it was a damn good con, and the other is that "Never again!" usually means "Not for a bit!"

Ladies and gentlemen, I bring you teledeux. Teledeux is to be a one-day event held in London, chaired by me and attended by as many people as I can possibly persuade to turn up. This idea was conceived approximately an hour ago, but I've already had the nod from tregenza, and I suspect I'll get all the leftover money from yearoftheteledu.

Come on over to teledeux. I'll get the ball rolling ASAP.

Current Mood: excited
1:34 pm
Teledu still has some money left in its bank accounts, approximately £300.

The Officers are looking for a good way to dispose of this money. My original plan was to organise some kind of Teledu in Exile or Floating Teledu (as in a floating card game, not a blimp) for this years Eastercon. However I am not going to Eastercon this year so this doesn't seem likely.

The Officers have vaguely discussed various ideas of what could happen to it including but not limited to:

* Passed on to a Teledu II or similar

* Donation to World Wildlife Fund or a badger related charity

* Donation to one or more Fan Funds

* A big, blow out party for the Officers

If you have other ideas, suggests or simply want the money for yourself then please comment below. In the spirit of Teledu, we are willing to hand the money over to anyone with a half-decent plan and plenty of enthusiasm.


P.S. I accidentally posted this to my own LJ rather than here and some interesting discussions have already started.
Monday, January 21st, 2008
2:21 pm
Teledu - On The Daily Mammal

This fine Teledu was drawn by Jennifer from The Daily Mammal blog. She dedicated it me and Croydon Fandom, which by extension includes all of the Teledudes.

Please show your gratitude by visiting her site and leaving a comment.

Thursday, November 22nd, 2007
9:07 am
On behalf of other people.


The creators of “Aliens Stole My Handbag”, “Damn Fine Con” &
“They Came And Shaved Us”, bring you the fourth part in the
Weird-Assed-Weekend-Trilogy -

5th- 7th September 2008. Quality Hotel, Walsall, West Midlands

ZombieCon promises to be two and half days and two long nights of all the Zombie related fun, frolics and sickness you can handle; consisting of demonstrations, workshops, talks, games, masquerade, and two discos.

It offers the discerning connoisseur of all things undead and gory –

A Weekend of Blood Filled Madness!

All the Flesh Curdling Shambling Horror you could wish for!

The potential to see the Dead literally rise from the ground!

Zombie makeup and prosthetic demonstrations by film make up artists followed by hands-on workshops! We have a room dedicated to makeup and costuming for the whole weekend allowing you to take advantage of the facilities therein whenever you feel the need to add a little gore or touch up your peeling flesh.

Zombie Choreography Lessons.
Author Talks and discussions on all things Zombie, Undead-related, or just downright … weird.

There will be a number of fun, silly and potentially life-threatening games to be played such as ‘Mall Mania’, ‘BrainStomping’, and ’Whack-A-Corpse!’ along with some more sedate ones such as the ‘Zombies!” board game.
Join in, with our ‘Brain hunt’ – some kind of weird-assed-easter-egg-type-thing or maybe bring up your breakfast when taking part in ‘Braaaiiins” – the Zombie food tasting item.

“Prom Night” – Time to dress up for the classic All American Prom Night Dance, as featured in oh-so-many horror films. Come clean n gleaming, in your best Tux or Ball gown, or maybe add a little ‘Carrie’ twist ;-)

“Dead Can’t Dance” – Fancy Dress Horror Disco. Come dressed as your favourite zombie hero – ‘Bub’, ‘Ed’ or even ‘Michael Jackson’ – we really wanna see those corpses!

We also hope to have Zombie short films shown and discussed with film directors and Zombie experts!

Dress up and win Horrific prizes in our weekend long masquerade challenge.

Buy tickets for the raffle, and interesting items in the auction of ‘Undead Goodies’ (aka ‘tat’).

We will be announcing various and varied guests soon, and will be adding more information on things happening at ZombieCon along with membership information at www.ZombieCon.co.uk so keep an eye out (literally)!

Join Now! Join Often!

Limited space for dealers. If you have cool merchandise that you think will suit the flavour of the con, please contact us about space.
NOTE: ZombieCon is a ‘Vitally Challenged’ Equal Opportunities Convention, and accept memberships from those living, dead, or recently risen.


After dealing with a whole world of, how should we put it.... 'challenges' Jumbo(Jamesb) and I have sorted out a final date for a full on 2.5 day convention. Many Many thanks to the people who forced this whole thing to happen, and who are continuing to support this madness!

Yes, it's in September.
Yes, it's in the West Midlands
Yes, it's at the Novacon Hotel.
Yes, it's a ZOMBIE Convention.
All of which we are really pleased with :-)

It will be really cool to see you, our friends there, and 'I' know, that 'you' know, it'll be a Blast! Why the fcuk wouldn't it be? ;-)

So pop along to our (still in progress) website www.ZombieCon.co.uk and Join Up Now !!!!!

on behalf of DictatorsForLife James'n'Stef
Tuesday, October 2nd, 2007
11:15 pm
There's no such thing as a new idea
From our expert on fannish history:

'Lexicon is another new one: Wigston Stage Hotel, Leicester, 28-31 May 1982, GoH Bob Shaw, £8 att to 43 Station Rd, Kirby Muxloe, Leicester LE9 9EL.' Ansible 22

Apparently this was monumentally expensive at the time.

No mention of space-hoppers though.

But Teledu may still have been the first convention at the Stage, because he goes on to inform me:

I've since discovered that it never actually took place:
'Lexicon (28-31 May) never happened, we hear; the hotel refused to go
ahead owing to lack of advance memberships....' (Ansible #26)
Friday, September 28th, 2007
11:01 am
Fanzine of the Teledu listed on Nova Awards site
Now that I've finally sent paper copies of the two Fanzines of the Teledu to the Nova Award Administrator, they're listed on the Nova awards site. If you read fanzines and you're going to Novacon, then please make an effort to vote for the best fanzines, fan artists and fan writers in the Nova Awards.
Sunday, September 2nd, 2007
10:13 pm
Of interest to fans of certain black-and-white animals...

Wednesday, August 22nd, 2007
10:43 am
This might make a fun program item at con: Pecha Kucha

You have 6 minute 40 seconds to do a presentation that consists of 20 powerpoint slides displayed for 20 seconds each.

Tuesday, August 14th, 2007
10:10 am
Paging Doug
Doug - Have you received my recent emails regarding the domain transfer?\

Saturday, August 11th, 2007
4:53 pm
Thanks of the Teledu
Here is the full list of everyone received the Officer's thanks at the closing ceremony.

For her excellent artwork - Anne
For hosting the wiki (and continuing to do so) - Alex Mc.
For keeping us company in the dealers room - Everyone in the Confounding Tales house
For the wonderful badges and printing lots of stuff - Alison
For the at-con Newsletter - Phil
For doing an excellent Read Me having only attened one convention previously - John
For fighting spam - Alex H.
For the Beer of the Teledu and especially for labeling all the bottles by hand - Mel and his family
For the most involved family - The Taylors
For getting the idea of Teledu and throwing themselves into it whole heartedly - Assaf, Max and Charlie
For programming above and beyond the call of duty - Doug, Ang, Jane, Lisa and David
For the hotel - Sally
For keeping me company when I popped out for smoke (plus an awful lot more) - Flick and Abi
For making the technology work - Noel, Elvis and Jamie
For all their support plus plugs in their award winning fanzine - Mark and Claire
For being Jim - Jim
For doing the weekly email updated and so much more behind the scenes - Kay
For being stupid enough to say Yes when I asked them to be Officers - Meike and Jess


P.s. If you are still waiting for your mug, don't worry. My arse is finally in gear and they should be going in the next week.
Thursday, August 9th, 2007
9:50 am
What Now: Part Deux
The general consensus following last weeks discussion was that:

* The domain, YearOfTheTeledu.org, will be renewed for a number of years

* The Wiki will be frozen once after some suitable tiding up (e.g. changing the front page to reflect that the event has happen)

Alex has kindly offered to keep hosting the Wiki and Teledu will be making a modest donation to help with his running costs.

However we need a couple of volunteers to oversee the Wiki. This will involve tiding things up and then acting as the point of contact for the domain registration and also as a contact for Alex. By default they will also become keepers of the Year of the Teledu name so in a few years time, when the domain expires, they will need to decide what then happens. However I doubt all this adds up to more than a couple of hours work a year.

If you would like volunteer, please comment below.

Wednesday, August 8th, 2007
11:19 am
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