I knew Lotusphere 2008 was going to be good when…..

I’m a big Led Zeppelin fan and I was lucky enough to get a ticket to their reunion gig. Imagine my joy when boarding my British Airways flight to Orlando to discover a certain Robert Plant on my flight. I’m not the sort of person who normally gets star struck so walked past him as I ventured through Business class to my cattle-class seat. But by the end of the flight I had decided it would have been rude not to thank Robert for the gig. Okay, I might have had to let my bag go around the carousel a number of times so that I could ‘accidentally’ bump into him to thank him, but it was great to meet one of my favourite artists.

Lotusphere 2008 was my first Lotusphere and I’m used to academic conferences that can be a bit of drag when you’re not presenting. But after meeting one of my idols, I knew Lotusphere was going to be good!

(Some friends falsely accuse me of being the reason why Zeppelin did not reform. I think this is grossly unfair. All I did was to suggest (blurt out) to Robert that whatever he decided the fans would accept his decision)

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