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  1. Aughh, that's another GoT guest I'd like to be able to meet, but I can't make this event. Hoping you can get Wilf back for Collectormania or LFCC.
  2. Pilou Asbaek Appreciation Thread

    I posted this in the main photo thread, but might as well post it here too as it was the highlight of my weekend, let's face it.
  3. Feedback - Saturday problems and other things

    Apologies if I've missed it, but has Jason made/does he plan to make any comment anywhere about how the event went and what happened re things like Saturday entry? I know there have been other events going on so waited for a while, but now am not sure whether the SM comment has been delayed, posted elsewhere or abandoned.
  4. Post your lfcc pics here!

    OK, sorry it's a bit late as this is the first time I'm using Flickr to share photos instead of Photobucket (damn you, Photobucket!), so apologies if this doesn't work. Here goes... Natalie Dormer Sat (I bought a photoshoot before upgrading to Diamond, so this was it. Doesn't she have amazing eyes?) Sarah Douglas. Terence Stamp (who gave me such a squish in this photo!). Conleth Hill. Tricia Helfer. Mark Sheppard. Natalie Dormer Sun. Alyson Hannigan. (FINALLY. She's like the most adorable girl next door imaginable.) Pilou Asbæk. (Best way to end a convention/signing event EVER. )
  5. I use these too - just got a new delivery today, as a matter of fact...
  6. I've booked my hotel room and bought my weekend ticket and a couple of photoshoots.
  7. Fave moment of the convention?

    Being unexpectedly hugged by Pilou Asbæk in my last photoshoot on Sunday.
  8. when do you...

    When it's over. And no, I don't mean that in a negative way! Most of the time, I'm walking out of the building on Sunday, having got most (if not all) of the things I wanted, having met lots of friends, had some excellent guest encounters and often some wonderful surprises. And I may be knackered and my feet are killing me, but I'm usually riding an enormous high all the way home, and then trying to make that feeling last as long as possible. I find the LFCC in particular stressful at times and don't look forward to it in the run-up to the event because of the things than can potentially go wrong, but the memories I obtain are priceless. Wouldn't miss it for the world.
  9. How much have people spent this year?

    About £1.1K this year (normally I budget for circa £1.5K and before the cancellations, it was around that). I travel to the event each day (with a railcard) so can save a bit on travel and a lot on hotel costs, at least.
  10. Do toploaders damage autographs

    I use the hard plastic autograph holders to get my autos home safely (having given the ink time to dry before putting them in), then transfer them to acid-free pockets and store them in hanging binder boxes (I also get mine from Arrowfile) .
  11. Who did everyone meet?

    That guest list was quite something and I had to restrict myself from going nuts (the Diamond Passes alone did horrible things to my budget), but I met Alyson Hannigan (finally! YAY!), Sarah Douglas, Terence Stamp, Tricia Helfer, Natalie Dormer, Conleth Hill, Mark Sheppard (again) and Pilou Asbæk (the latter was my stand-out guest of the weekend, but they were all lovely).
  12. Pilou Asbaek Appreciation Thread

    I was in the queue when you were having that photo taken, Skyggebjerg! When Pilou realized that there were going to be three shots, said, "Oh, [redacted]!" and was then trying to keep his balance, I was cracking up! Brilliant.
  13. Feedback - Saturday problems and other things

    I am quite happy with the idea of having a Gold Pass but having to get VQTs for Diamond guests, so long as we get in ahead of general entry and have a crack at getting decent ones. That's what the GP is all about - getting to jump a fair way down the queue, and we pay a lot for it. As has already been discussed rather a lot, that did not happen on Saturday, despite assurances (don't know how Sunday went but understand Friday was OK). But when this system first took started (I'm thinking of when Sigourney Weaver, Michael Gambon and Christopher Lloyd were Diamond guests), it worked fairly well (bar a delay at one queue where they didn't start giving out the VQTs straight away). We Golds went in, got our VQTs and were pretty much out of the way as the general entry arrived to obtain theirs. On a semi-related note: I know it's not practical to list the exact positions of every guest, but perhaps an indicator of where the Diamond guests are going to be might be useful as they're guaranteed to need VQTs (doesn't have to be the actor's name, just "Diamond guest", so if things swap around on another day as happened with Pamela Anderson moving into John Cleese's space, there's minimal confusion). Saves a lot of faffing around wondering where they are. I found Terence Stamp OK, but was searching for Conleth Hill for a while, while those critical minutes were ticking away. Pre-scanning and security were very efficient. Very happy with that. The DP collection point probably needs more people; that Saturday queue was rather long and slow, although the crew on it were doing their best. I wasn't fussed as I had a large window between photoshoots so wasn't in a hurry, but was wondering how many people were potentially missing out on stuff because they were stuck in that queue. Liked the photo schedules (as posted on the forum) on walls everywhere. Very helpful. Things were very crowded in places on Saturday (particularly where GoT guests like Conleth Hill were signing) - people were resorting to cutting through the queues themselves as there was actually some breathing space. Trying to navigate the "space" between the two sets of opposing queues got a bit nerve-wracking at times (I'm a claustrophobe), although it was still not so bad as that one LFCC a few years back where they ended up doing "one in, one out" as the venue reached critical mass capacity-wise. I didn't go anywhere near the dealer areas on Sat, though (except to go to lunch) as they looked very crowded; that's one reason I couldn't find out about the goody bag as I couldn't even work out where the info desk was, let alone try to find it. Some areas were blissfully spacious and cool, however, so it was nice to escape to those after braving the crush points. The walled-off section in the guest hall was a good idea as that meant all you could do in there was queue - no cutting through (in theory, anyway - I certainly never noticed anyone doing it when I was getting Tricia Helfer's auto in there). Having the guests overflow into the adjoining hall on Sat was also a good thing on the whole. No complaints re Sunday - that went perfectly well for me. So much quieter, so I was able to amble round the dealer areas (and find the info desk!). I do wonder how many people with DPs/Golds/early batches decided to skip morning sessions and turn up at the afternoon ones so they could have a lie-in, though - the photo areas A-D seemed to have relatively few people around them when I was there for morning sessions between 9:30 and 10:30! Again, made it very nice and chilled for early birds like me, but possibly unnecessarily squishy later on. Not that SM can do anything about that! TL;DR: Saturday stressful/squishy in places. Sunday nice.
  14. Latest Guest Announcement - JOHN RHYS-DAVIES

    Awwww, I remember him tickling me at Collectormania a few years ago. My grin in the photo is about a mile wide. Lovely guest.
  15. Sarah Douglas Appreciation

    Her auto queue was incredibly slow on Saturday. Mainly because she is very chatty! I really enjoyed meeting her; we talked a little bit about her relationship with Jane Badler (in V) as I love her as Pamela in that as well as her role in Superman II, and she remembered me in the photoshoot (always nice), although she blew my mind a bit when she referred to Terence Stamp as "Terry". Well, of course he is. But I have to adjust. It may take a while.