You are absolutely correct on pt. #1, the Wire got it wrong: it *is* COPEDIUM.
I am seriously considering a major splurge on this: I haven't been to Europe in too many years, and I've never seen Julian. It's just money, right?? And I could meet some of you folks! I really wanna do this thing...
Go for it. Enjoy it to the fullest.
When I read about the £200 book I got a bit of the 'Cope's sold out' thing, but I've mulled it over and looked at my own life and how I make money (been self employed for 25 years), and I'm quite happy to say good luck to Copey and good luck to everyone that buys the lovely book, and have a bingo time at the gig/event, and boo-hoo to the finger waggers.