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The End of an Era
Posted by Barbie on 06/03/2016

As agreed by the board in 2014, a petition has been filed to have Birmingham Perl Mongers Limited removed from the companies register, held at Companies House. As of April 2016, the company was officially struck off, and is no longer an active company.

Birmingham Perl Mongers user group continues to exist, and our mailing list and social meetings will continue, unaffected.

The company was formed in 2006 to help the group organise the 2006 YAPC::Europe event in Birmingham. In 2009 we also organised the QA Hackthon, and between 2008 and 2015 we sponsored and funded the CPAN Testers server. 

It has been a very successful 10 years as far as the board are concerned, but time has come to end this part of our story. The company no longer has funds to organise events, and does not have the capacity to keep the company going. Thank you to everyone who has been a part of the story for the last 10 years, either as a board member, group member, speaker, attendee or writer. It has been very much appreciated.

Brian McCauley (1967-2015)
Posted by Barbie on 10/05/2015
Brian McCauley (4th Feb 1967 - 8th May 2015)

It is with great sadness that I announce the passing of our friend and colleague, Brian McCauley. Brian was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer earlier this year, but unfortunately it was too aggressive for treatment to be effective. He passed away at the QEII Hospital, Birmingham, with his wife Sam and his family by his side, on Friday 8th May 2015.

Brian has been an integral part of Birmingham Perl Mongers, since JJ and I met him and Sam in Paris, flying home from the YAPC::Europe conference in 2002. He was a co-organiser of YAPC::Europe 2006 here in Birmingham, as well working behind the scenes for the QA Hackathon in 2009. He has been a director and more recently secretary of Birmingham Perl Mongers Limited. On CPAN he was NOBULL, and he and Sam attended every YAPC::Europe since Paris, and YAPC::NA 2008 in Chicago. He was previously a frequent poster to Usenet, Perl Monks and other Perl forums, so you may well have met him, talked with him, used his code or read his words in that time.

Brian also loved games, especially Fluxx. It would not be uncommon for both Brian and Sam, together with Geoff Avery, to instigate playing various variations of Fluxx at YAPC social evenings, sometimes well into the night.

Brian was not religious and would be uncomfortable to have prayers said of him. If you knew him you are welcome to join Birmingham Perl Mongers on Wednesday 13th May to raise a toast and say a fond farewell to our friend and colleague Brian McCauley. We'll be at The Dragon Inn on Hurst Street from 7pm.

Brian, you will be missed.

Brian McCauley
(4th Feb 1967 - 8th May 2015)

Photo taken at our Christmas social December 2014, by Chris Marsh.

Our October Technical this Wednesday
Posted by Barbie on 27/10/2014

This month's technical meeting is, as per usual, at The Birmingham Science Park, Aston on 29th October 2014. The talks start at 7.30pm, so please make sure you are there in plenty of time. Free car parking is available at the venue, and bus stops are nearby too.

This month we are delighted to have Mel Marsh presenting her experiences of Agile development and Scrum from the perspective of a Scrum Master. Other talks include a look at CPAN and CPAN Testers.

Early arrivals can meet us at The Sack of Potatoes just around the corner from around 6pm.

New Date for October Technical
Posted by Barbie on 29/09/2014

Apologies for the late notice, but the date of the October Technical Meeting has been changed to the 29th October. All being well we'll have the same speakers and talks lined up for you.

Happy Birthday to us!
Posted by Barbie on 09/09/2014

This Wednesday, 10th September, Birmingham Perl Mongers will be celebrating their 14th birthday. We'll be heading to our regular haunt, The Dragon Inn on Hurst Street, and will be there from about 6.30pm onwards. Feel free to join us, and raise a glass tomany more years. For directions, please see our social meeting page.

News in Brief

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Archived News

The Social moves to Selly Park - The August Social Meeting will be held at The Selly ... more
Technical Discussion for April - Due to the holiday season, and general lack of plann ... more
Security Talk for Feb Tech Meet - Mike Kemp will once again being presenting another ... more
Celebrating our 10th Birthday - This month the Social Meeting is someth ... more
May 2010 Technical Meeting - Once agan we welcome Richard Wallman along to our May 20 ... more
Our Technical Meetings in 2010 - Organising the technical meetings this year has prov ... more
November Tech Meeting^W^WEmergency Social - For various reasons no technical speakers ... more
Rescheduled October Dates - Please note that the social and technical meeting dates i ... more
Happy 9th Birthday - This Wednesday (9th September 2009) at our regular Social Meetin ... more at YAPC::Europe - As per usual, will be inattendance at YAPC::E ... more
QA Hackathon Reviews - After several months of planning, the 2009 QA Hackathon finall ... more
Javascript at the March Tech Meet - For the March Technical Meeting, Birmingham Perl ... more
TPF & GSoC 2009 Needs You! - Once again the time has come around for the Google S ... more
YAPC Surveys Online - Since YAPC::Europe in 2006, when Birmingham hosted the annual e ... more
Feb Tech Talks Uploaded - The presentations given by Brian and Barbie at February' ... more
QA Hackathon - As some may be aware Birmingham Perl Mongers are organising the 2009 Q ... more
We're Also On Facebook - Foillowing up on the last news item, I should also mention t ... more
We're LinkedIn - For those familiar with the professional networking site, Linked ... more
New Inn for October - As we may be venturing to The New Inn in Harborne for our Chris ... more
Membership Fee Changes - Following an motion passed at the AGM in January, as of Octo ... more
Venue Change for Tech Meet - Unfortunately it seems all our regular haunts for techni ... more
October Guest Visit - In response to our frequent visits to this year ... more
August Technical Meeting - Cancelled - Unfortunately our technical meeting is again s ... more
Special Emergency Social - As Jörg Plate is in town this week, we have invited h ... more
QA Hackathon in Birmingham - After a successful QA Hackathon in Oslo earlier this yea ... more
New Planets Found! - Okay, they weren't exactly found, and they're not astrol ... more
Preliminary Schedule for YAPC::Europe - The preliminary schedule has now been release ... more
YAPC::Europe 2008 - Next week Barbie will be attending YAPC::NA in Chicago. However, ... more
New UK Perl Group - With apologies to Bath & Bristol Perl Mongers, I have been me ... more
Summer Social Venues - This week Birmingham Perl Mongers had their regular monthly so ... more
Tour Photos Update - I've been rather lax at getting all the photos sorted from t ... more
More BWT dates - The Birmingham Perl Mongers 2008 World Tour continues on. This week ... more
UKUUG 2008 Spring Conference Photos - The UKUUG Spring Conference is now over. Thanks ... more
Mapping Birmingham - For those that might not have heard, there is a growing group of ... more
UKUUG Spring 2008 Conference - The UKUUG Spring 2008 Conference will be held at the B ... more
Monotone and Perl/GTk - The next technical meeting is to feature a gues ... more
LUGRadio Live Dates - Dates for LUGRadio Live 2008 (original UK version) have been an ... more
The 2008 BWT Begins - Once again Birmingham Perl Mongers are embarking on a World Tou ... more
The 2008 UKUUG Conference - From Monday 31st March to Wednesday 2nd April, the annual ... more
2008 Birmingham Perl Mongers World Tour - Following our successful trips over the las ... more
Christmas Bash Photos - Last night was the December Social. This year w ... more
Lights Out In London - After a great weekend at the London Perl Workshop, last week J ... more
London Perl Workshop Photos - This weekend several members of headed to ... more
London Perl Workshop 2007 - It's that time of the year, when the announcement for ... more
Night Of The Regex - Tonight the Birmingham Perl Mongers present 'A Night Of Regu ... more
Domain Expiring - As of tomorrow the domain will expire. While now ... more
Vienna Photos - Birmingham Perl Mongers attended YAPC::Europe 2007 in Vienna in force ... more
Birthday Bash - We celebrated's 7th Birthday last night. We were al ... more
YAPC::Europe::2007 - The Aftermath - Well YAPC::Europe::2007 went down extremely well ... more
World Tour - Second Leg - Due to holidays and conferences we decided to split the 200 ... more
The Perl Survey - Take part in the 2007 Perl Survey!The Perl Survey is an attempt to ... more
New Book Monitor - Due to being busy with other things, I haven't been able to ke ... more
JJ on - An article JJ has written entitled 'Option and Configuration Pro ... more
LRL 2007 Photos - This weekend was LUGRadio Live. Several members from ... more
Steve's Place - The next Social Meeting will be a slightly special occa ... more
Server Move - If you're a frequent visitor to any of the Birmingham Perl Monger s ... more
BWT - Wolves LUG - 06/06/2007 - World Tour 2007 - Wolves LUG - 6th June ... more
Apologies - Sorry to those turned up last night and couldn't find the venue. Unfo ... more
Change of Venue - Due to two major european football matches this Wednesday, we were ... more
Website Upgrade - I've been meaning to upgrade the website for some time. The pre ... more
LUGRadio Live 2007 Schedule - For those in the UK, or close enough that you might be ... more
BWT - Malvern LUG - 01/05/2007 - World Tour 2007 - Malvern LUG - 1st Ma ... more
BWT - Wolves LUG Date - Another date has been added to the World Tour. ... more
New Calendar - Zeth Green and David Goodwin took it upon themselves to create a Googl ... more
BWT - B'ham LUG - 19/04/2007 - World Tour 2007 - Birmingham LUG - 19th ... more
BWT - Malvern Date Announced - The guys at Malvern LUG have invited us to come along ... more
BWT - - 02/04/2007 - World Tour 2007 - - 2nd Apri ... more
Tech Meet Venue Change Tonight - Due to a cockup on my part, the band room at O'N ... more
YAPC::Europe::2007 Blog - The guys over at have set up a blog to let everyo ... more
BWT - GloucsLUG - 20/03/2007 - World Tour 2007 - Gloucestershire LUG - ... more
Created In Birmingham - JJ recently forwarded me a link to a new site, Created In Bir ... more
YAPC::Europe::2007 - Date Change - Due to circumstances beyond their control, the org ... more
2007 World Tour - Throughout 2007, Birmingham Perl Mongers plan to vent ... more
Social Venue & Date Change - In case anyone had been reading the website and thou ... more
The AGM - As Birmingham Perl Mongers are a not-for-profit limited company, we now hav ... more
A Bumper Photo Bundle - Following a quick clean up of photos on my hard disk for the ... more
Technical Talks - After a brief call for speakers and talks last month, we've bee ... more
Thoughts For Xmas - Our Xmas social is only two months away and we should really be t ... more
The Birthday Bash - It's our Birthday Bash! Birmingham Perl Mongers will be 6 thi ... more
The Calm Before The Storm - The Wednesday before the conference was to be a technical ... more
YAPC::Europe - Staff Wanted - The 7th YAPC::Europe conference preparations are well u ... more
World Tour of UK Perl Mongers - Over the last 7 months, Birmingham Perl Mongers have ... more
May Tech Meet Cancelled - Unfortunately I've come down with Chickenpox and seeing ... more
YE2006 - Attendance Fees - The latest Backstage Pass bulletin for the 2006 YAPC::Euro ... more
YE2006 - Lightning Talks - The latest bulletin for the 2006 YAPC::Europe Perl Confere ... more
Apress eBook Bundle - Apress have recently let me know about a Perl Bundle of their e ... more
YE2006 - Website & Wiki - Welcome to the sixth bulletin for the 2006 YAPC::Europe ... more
YE2006 - Accommodation - Hello, and welcome to the fifth bulletin about the YAPC::Eur ... more
Planning Meeting - For the next few months our planning meetings will happen alongsid ... more
YE2006 - The Venue - YAPC::Europe::2006 30th August - 1st September 2006 Birmingham, ... more
Server Back Online - For those wondering where we disappeared to last week, unfortuna ... more
YE2006 - Call for Papers - YAPC::Europe::2006 30th August - 1st September 2006 Birmi ... more
April Social Cancelled - For anyone who was intending coming along to the Old Joint S ... more
World Tour of UK Perl Mongers - Due to a bout of chickenpox, the last couple of dates ... more
YE2006 - The Dates - Hello, and welcome to our long anticipated second official bulle ... more
2006 mini-LinuxBierWanderung - The LinuxBierWanderung (Linux Beer Hike) has been goin ... more
World Tour of UK Perl Mongers - Birmingham Perl Mongers are planning to visit several ... more
Our Website Relaunch - Clear Your Cache!To start the new year off in style, Birmingha ... more
Birmingham OpenGuide - Following a lengthy absence, The Birmingham OpenGuide Team are ... more
CPAN Testers Statistics - The CPAN testing statistics have been updated again. 214534 ... more
December Social - Following vigorous last minute voting, I can announce that the winn ... more
CPAN Testers Statistics Updated - For my "Project: yacsmoke2 for YAPC::Europe::2 ... more
LUGRadio - Season 3 - Our friends over at WolveLUG have now launched the first episod ... more
Talks Wanted - Do you have a talk regarding Perl, Linux, Open Source or any subject t ... more
YAPC::Europe::2006 - Yea, us! We won the bid to host the YAPC::Europe Perl Conference ... more
Brum & YAPC::NA Photos - The latest updates for the photo pages, consisting of th ... more
Big Photo Album Update - More photos have been added to the album. First off I've fin ... more
Code Review Meeting - As I will be taking a back seat for the next couple of months, ... more
YAPC::Europe::2005 - The host for next year's YAPC::Europe Perl conference was announ ... more
Special Social for Mike - Mike Bissett, co-founder of, will be returnin ... more
Next Social - Brum goes to Wolves - On Wednesday 14th June, the Wolves LUG and Birmin ... more
SBLUG takes on Perl - On Thursday 15th July, the South Birmingham LUG are holding a & ... more
Technical Meeting - 30th June - For our next tech meet, 30th June, we have guest spea ... more
Brum 2006 Planning Meeting - In July 2003, Steve enthused more than he previously had ... more
New Photos - Now armed with a digital camera, I can put up the meeting photos a bit q ... more
AFFS Conference - I have been very lax in finishing the report I was going to post. I ... more
The Flyer - With much appreciation to Chris Marsh, we now have an official flyer/post ... more
Talks Wanted - Do you have a talk regarding Perl, Linux, OpenSource or any subject th ... more
Agents & Recruiters - Everyone in IT has their own story about agents and recruit ... more
May 2004 Social Night Out - The next social meeting, on Wednesday 12th ... more
Birmingham OpenGuides - Some may have noticed that the link to Birmingham OpenGuides ... more
OSCON 2004 - Open source has never just been about code. It's been about building com ... more
Talks Wanted - I'm looking for speakers for the next technical meeting on April 28th ... more
Last Nights Tech Meet - Last night's technical meeting was very well attended. Thanks ... more
New Photos - Even more photos from last year have been put online. The first lot are ... more
YAPC::Europe::2004 website live - This year's YAPC::Europe Conference is to be held i ... more
The Movie (update) - If you haven't heard already, are currently planni ... more
Sponsorship - We have 3 venues we can suitably use for small technical meetings. The ... more