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  1. Disclaimer: this was written after another "fun packed" 15 hour nightshift as a key worker (don't even get me started on that subject) so this post might appear less diplomatic than i would normally post on any forum.

    Having noticed that many of the actors that i enjoyed watching as a kid (i was born in 1971) are popping their clogs i was wondering if trying to grab as many of these people as possible before they all snuff it would be a better idea than grabbing all the ones known by the youngsters these days and they might be considerably cheaper to recruit to the events. (i live in Scotland and i know that we will never see the majority of the Stargate cast etc, in Braehead Arena and where a lot of the actors/actresses that attend here were more background actors, third spearman to the right etc. this isn't a criticism just an observation).

    so i would like to see as many of the original cast from:

    The Hitchhiker's Guide To The Galaxy

    Space 1999

    Blake's 7

    Sapphire & Steel

    ok, that's my tuppence, time to go to the bathroom for S.S. & S.

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  2. I don't know whether the schedule only covers those photo shoots that were sold ahead of the event or includes time for those tickets that could be sold on the day.

     

    LFCC had several photo shoots that didn't run according to the schedule, whether this was because guest was late getting to the booth (Dave Prowse was supposed to be after Kenny Baker on one day and Dave actually arrived there first) or photo shoot over-running generally I don't know.

    I discussed the matter with Sophie and she thought it was strange that there wasn't a joint option as well... i guess since the glasgow event is seen as a much more low key event compared the london show i think there was less effort put in to organising the photoshoots.

     

    on the plus side the staff were a hell of a lot more informed and knowledgeable than the london gig, far more helpful so a big thumbs up for them!

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    ok, so i'm wondering why there is no joint photoshoot with Sylvester and Sophie.... i take it these two actors don't get on in real life?

     

     

    I'd imagine (putting myself in the organiser's shoes) that there's only so many photoshoots they can have going on at any one time so if you start trying to factor in all of the joint/group photoshoots on top of that it would be murder. I personally would like to be able to have one with Syl, Sophie and Bonnie. Others may want Syl and Bonnie, some want Bonnie and Sophie. Then you start trying to roll that out over the other programmes/films covered....

     

    i do see your point of view but if you take a look at the photoshoot rota for sunday you will see Sophie is doing a shoot directly before Sylvester with only a 5 minute break between them so a join shoot with those two actors was feasible.

  4. This is totally a missed opportunity with Sylvester and both of his assistants there with a console all on the same day. Surely this can be arranged...

    yeah i agree, there seems to be alot of "missed opportunities" when it comes to photoshoots... with so many of the original star wars cast at the LFCC they never offered a group photo session there either.

     

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  5. The Scots have 5 current series of bank notes whereas England just has the one. For an Englishman living in the South of England it is pretty unlikely that they will have ever seen a Scottish note, let alone be familiar with all of the different variations that there are so I don't think it is surprising or unacceptable that they would be questioned at a London venue.

     

    From a practical standpoint in terms of an event, staff will not have handled Scottish bank notes with enough regularity to be able to spot an obvious forgery (forgery testing machines would be impractical at an event like this as they would slow everything down and you would need a large number of them, along with the fact that some Scottish notes currently in circulation would not pass standard automated forgery tests) so I do not think it is unfair that they would take a bit longer to question and scrutinise them.

     

    If Scots are so steadfastly of the opinion that they are separate and should have their own notes, then following that logic along you must then think that England should have its own notes, and surely then if you want to spend money there you should expect to use English notes, right? If you see them as different countries that require different currency, then you should get out local money just like you would if travelling to another country like France.

     

    Granted I am biassed on this issue as when I have travelled to Scotland I have had no problem using English notes whatsoever. I imagine this is due to the fact that there are vastly more Bank of England in circulation than any of the Scottish bank ones, and also Scotland has cross pollination of notes from England as opposed to the other way round where only people in the North of England may have come into frequent contact with them.

     

    Lastly, just pointing out that all of this talk about "English" notes is not really correct, as although they are issued by the Bank of England this is the central bank for the UK. These "Bank of England" notes should really be seen as the official "UK" notes with the NI and Scottish ones being just regional variants that are additionally issued in specific areas. Who knows though, maybe by next year it will be irrelevant and the Scottish visitors will have to trade in some of their boring, continent standardised Euros for some good old great British Pound Sterling notes ;) .

    scotland has 5 different types of bank notes? please name them as i have only been living in scotland for 40 years...clydesdale bank, RoBS and BoS come to mind but i'd love to know the other two that you have added to the list.

     

    Scottish notes have the same anti-forgery features as english notes so this comment that they wouldnt pass inspection is nonsense. im glad you havent had any issues with english notes in scottish shops and stores, i guess that means that scottish retailers are more educated than their english counterparts ;)

     

    you then talk about people coming to england using english notes and people going to scotland should use their local currency, fair enough but surely since you are keen on the idea of a united kingdom, then all notes should be accepted and respected regardless of which part of the country you are in.

     

    if English notes were the "official currency" then there wouldnt be these issues but since there is no bank of Great Britain or United Kingdom then there is no standardised currency.

     

    oh and one more thing, tory propaganda about scotland being independant and having the euro is absolute rubbish, as we have already established in this thread, Scotland already has its own banking and independant currency system

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    Theres having a debate and then theres trolling for a reaction.

    If you're referring to my comment ... no.

     

    There are two contradictory arguments coming from the Scots to the English, not just in this thread but in general. The first is that we are one country and should be treated as such, the second is that we are two seperate countries and should be treated as such.

    The Scots can't have different bank notes and then expect an Englishman who's never seen them before to NOT question them. That's just silly. If the Scots want different bank notes, fine! No worries. But realise that they will cause problems South of the border. If the Scots don't want problems South of the border, don't have different currency. It can't be both ways.

    "Here are our differences, we are proud of our differences. Oh my god, you're confused by our differences; racist!"

    Why should the scots have the same bank notes as the English ? Why not the English use our notes then problem solved ;-)

     

    OK. I don't have a problem with that idea at all. :-)

    My point isn't that our notes are "right" and yours are "wrong"; my point is that some Scots seem to look for any difference from the English that they can and then get annoyed when those differences cause problems. Let's all have the same notes, it make no difference to me what the design on them is as long as everyone can recognise them. :-)

     

    The "Scots" dont have to look for differences at all, we have a separate legal system and a separate education system and until recently a separate language

  7. yeah i managed to have a brief chat with him and Femi Taylor the following day about the recent additions to the star wars films where their respective parts had been expanded and how there was still plenty more film available to add in when lucas decides he needs to buff the film yet again.

     

    one thing i was sad to hear was that they weren't paid any extra for these additions and that both the actors that i have mentioned that lucas/studios weren't particularly good payers... pity really.

     

    and now i wait for this post to be deleted...5...4...3...2...1

  8. It just depends what happens after September, if nothing happens then that can be done. Even if a day or so before the event they get all the staff and volunteers together and maybe have a day long class somewhere and teach them about the Scottish money and how to recognize them so they know. They could even do role playing and so they can put themselves in the shoes of the fans and keep practicing till they get it right. It might not even take a full day, maybe just 9am till 12pm but as you say it's just educating they need, It's not their fault but we can change that and help them.

    they wouldnt even need that. a simple A4 sheet with miniaturised renditions of each type of Scottish bank note could be handed out to the staff or left at each desk where a guest was signing, all they would have to do was compare the note handed to them with the picture chart and do anti forgery tests and the problem is solved....whether SM want to solve the problem.... now that's another matter.

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  9. as for issues with scottish notes at the LFFC 2014 not being recognised, again this can be put down to poor training and a lack of basic education by SM to it's staff, something that can very easily be rectified as there are posters available from some of the banks, north and south of the border to explain the style and layout of non english notes.

  10. Actually, if you had read the thread properly I think you'll find that I was replying to a post from 'Indestructible' - it was them who stated that it was the ENGLISH who had bailed out the SCOTTISH banks - I then ASKED what specifically Scottish banks were bailed out and you replied RBS.

     

    Also, it was the whole banking sector that was in crisis at the time (wasn't the first in trouble Northern Rock??)

    yes Northern Rock was an English bank that was bailed out using British Tax Payers money first; Lloyds of London has also been given british tax payers money as financial aid...and not for the first time i might add but strangely when a "scottish bank" receive financial aid everyone in england starts moaning.

     

    i would also like to add that the Royal Bank of Scotland (RBS) is actually a public limited company which means it's technically not a fully fledged bank as say, The Bank of Scotland or the Bank of England for that matter.

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  11. Actually ... Scottish banknotes are NOT legal tender.

     

    Sorry, but it's true.

     

    http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/scotland/7203378.stm

    actually english bank notes are no longer legal tender either, as they can not back the promise of a "pound of sterling" as a replacement for the paper pound which is what they were based on historically.

     

    personally i find it offensive when english people make those stupid monopoly money jokes; i tend to wipe the smirk from their face when i tell them i find what they have just said as racist and point out they wouldnt be making the same comment to someone from say kenya...and then english people wonder why we wont to vote "Yes" and have a republic of scotland and leave the UK!

  12. All I can say is that the emails I sent before the show were answered quickly. They will probably have several hundred complaints to deal with after this show possibly thousands so you might be waiting for a while.

     

    You could try to get in touch with the Citizens Advice or the Trading Standards Agency if you feel you are not getting the service you feel you deserve.

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    i dont think R2-D2 and 3-PO are the only ones to have disagreements.

     

    i found it a bit strange that the BSG characters were seated next to each other and so were alot of the GoT actors but the Star Wars people were spread all over, i would have thought they would have put Ian and David together along with Jeremy to make an empire section and kenny, leia and lando to make a rebel section. then again there wasn't an option for a leia and lando shoot which would have been cool... so maybe there is some bad feelings between them...who knows

    Regarding the Star Wars guests layout it just based on how busy they are expected to be. Ian and Carrie being the busiest and having their own booths. Billy would expected to be busier than Kenny, Dave, and Jeremy as they are more frequent with their appearances. The VT guests were based primarily one side and non-VT the other.

    I'm curious as to why there wasn't an option for a star wars cast photo shoot? SM could've made a mint even if it was limited to 500 patrons over the whole weekend

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    i dont think R2-D2 and 3-PO are the only ones to have disagreements.

     

    i found it a bit strange that the BSG characters were seated next to each other and so were alot of the GoT actors but the Star Wars people were spread all over, i would have thought they would have put Ian and David together along with Jeremy to make an empire section and kenny, leia and lando to make a rebel section. then again there wasn't an option for a leia and lando shoot which would have been cool... so maybe there is some bad feelings between them...who knows

    Regarding the Star Wars guests layout it just based on how busy they are expected to be. Ian and Carrie being the busiest and having their own booths. Billy would expected to be busier than Kenny, Dave, and Jeremy as they are more frequent with their appearances. The VT guests were based primarily one side and non-VT the other.

    I'm curious as to why there wasn't an option for a star wars cast photo shoot? SM could've made a mint even if it was limited to 500 patrons over the whole weekend

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