I spent last week at the British World Conference held at the University of Southern Queensland in Toowoomba from 2 to 5 July. It was quite a coup for USQ to host this conference, which has been running for a decade and has previously been held in much larger cities, including London, Cape Town and Melbourne.
Toowoomba has fewer than 100,000 inhabitants, and USQ is small, so the vibe was very different, more intimate and a bit provincial. This wasn’t helped by Qantas, which forgot to add a leap-second to its computer booking system on 30 June. The following day planes were delayed up to 4 hours, throwing connections into chaos.