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  • It was the Guerilla Film Makers Summer Networking Barbecue. The day was hot and the coals were hotter.

    Some people were busy 'networking' in a formal 'making contacts' sort of way, and some people were just having a gab and munching on meat. I was one of the latter, I'd brought some picnic blankets and spread them out on the lawn where I parked myself with the friends I already knew. A few people I had spoken to online saw me and came over to chat, most were new backers of the film we were crowdfunding for so they were happy warm hello's with mutual interest.

    A woman was walking around with a list getting email addresses. She wasn't introducing herself or telling anyone who she was, unless they asked, just demanding their email without explanation and in a very firm voice. Most people were slightly too taken aback by her approach to do anything but comply. I did that thing where I smile sweetly and give a decisive shake of my head. It seems to deflect the majority of ardent people with clipboards and she moved on to my companion.

    "She's an odd one." He said after she'd gone.

    "Yes, she'd probably have an easier time of it if she just said hello first.."

    "She's got a lot of names. I'm rubbish at mingling, I just come and talk to you."

    "Me too."

    "Come on." He nudged me. "Shall we go and see if there's any burgers left?"

    And we wandered over to say hello to Judy who was toiling in the midst of the sizzle.
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