I have seen enough black Tech-Ed bags to send me blind.....
Pre-conf was good, I decided to attend the VB6 to VB.NET session and it was surprisingly very good - I thought I'd 'keep in touch' with the developer platforms since the CLR is going to be a major feature of SQL Server 2005 (although C# is probably going to be more favourable). The session materials can be found here: http://www.mcwtech.com/2005/teched/emea/ - I was definitely impressed with all the features that were demo'd to us in one day!
I'm going to be on the SQL Server ATE stand over the next three days (schedule below) so please drop by and ask questions.
Tuesday 5th: 1400-1630
Wednesday 6th: 1100-1400
Thursday 7th: 1100-1400