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    Opinions on the day Sat

    absolutely reprehensible that SM staff STILL have this atttitude. i remember the same attitude from London a few years ago when the "professional" photographer was unable to get pics in focus. seems nothing's changed and once they have the money the concern goes out the window?
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    Latest Guest Announcement - DANNY GLOVER

    Danny was great. he signed my Predator 2 cover and put "s*** happens!" on it :-D
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    Opinions on the day Sat

    it was ok. signage on the NEC itself was lacking, got early and there was nothing on the carpark signs as my email had said, finally found the hall ok though. bit odd that Danny Glover didn't have a VQ system until later on, not sure why SM didn't think he would need one. his handler told me he didn't have one then when i went back 20 mins later they were handing them out, fortunately i still got a reasonably low number. venders were the usual load of overpriced tat, seems very little genuine memorabilia these days, it's 5 stalls of pokemon, 2 of sugary cakes and 12 of vinyl bobblehead-looking things. room was pretty good, fairly spaced out and the temp was decent. SM staff doing their usual idiotically persistant "move up move up" litany - do you all not have eyes? do you not see the people in the area already that might appreciate a little breathing space? do you not understand the concept of people maybe not liking strangers squashing up to them for no good reason - especially later in the day when they're likely sweaty and smelly? do you not grasp the fact that squashing up together makes it harder to get bags open at the time to get your items out? or risks an item getting bent or crumpled by someone bumping into you or catching you with their bag as they move, etc etc? do you think me moving 3" closer to the person in front is going to make things go faster? you're not enhancing anyone's convention experience or making things even remotely more efficient with your persistent whining, so either give it a rest or have the common sense to set up some snake-like barriers or something. didn't quite get the in having us all snake up in the building then get let outside and back in through a different door, why not just make a gap at the end we could file through? the guests i met were great, Danny and Christophe especially, and Kristanna was just sweet :-)
  4. can't help feeling the GL shoot will be marred by the fact they made them paint over the flag on the roof :-/
  5. well i always wanted this signed but £45....hard think time
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    Photos Thread

    And here you're all "Nyah nyah, I'm getting strangled by Hannibal, die with envy!" I haven't washed my neck since! great pic but damn, that's some tan Mads has! he wandered past the Rutger desk on Sat, i didn't think he looked that brown! "I haven't washed my neck since!" ....hmm, i guess you're not trying to pull his hand away then!....it does look like you're thinking "tighter! TIGHTER!" :-D
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    Hotels

    What was wrong with hotel olympia? Just having a quick look at it on Tripadviser: a lot. no kidding! my room's furniture was shoddy, there was a LOT of black mould in the bathroom and the fixtures were broken. i got a room change but the other room wasn't much better - a lack of mould was about as good as it got. didn't even have a goddamn plug for the basin! it was very noisy with traffic too, but having been up through the night and wrecked with a lot of walking it didn't affect me too much [traffic is kinda white noise to me so i tune it out better than music or voices] but i can imagine it would really affect some people ~ with no aircon, you had little option to have the windows open.
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    Steven Berkoff

    hmmm. i seem to recall quite a few comments about the quality and blurriness of photos on last year too, was it the same photographers this time?
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    Hotels

    This year at the Hilton it cost me £180 per night (thats a double 'wheelchair accessible' room). No breakfast included. Looking at next years rates for the Hilton, to book in advance its currently at £240 a night for the same room. So that's a hike of £60 a night, clear example of profiteering on the fact the LFCC is now more or less fixed at Olympia. Kind of annoying as the other 'accessible' hotels in the area are really too far away from Olympia for it to be comfortable trekking to an fro in a wheelchair for me. i had something like that when i went to Download, the calendar-rate list for the place i stayed at was £50 every day until the fest weekend, then £100 for those 2 days. very annoying.
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    Security at LFCC

    i found it odd that they still had the weapons dealers - i mean, if i wanted to cause a scene i'd stand calmly in the queue, get a bag search no bother, then wander into the hall and pick up anything from a zombie-slayer machete to a katana and go hog wild - what's to stop that? i thought some of those sized blades etc were illegal too, but i'm not 100% on the knife law.
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    Hotels

    i usually go to the Premier, but due to last minute stuff this year i had to go to the Hotel Olympia. worst hotel ever, i'd rather doss in the event doorway next time!
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    Steven Berkoff

    No one has been in the Office yesterday, People are only getting back today at the earliest. I can't make any promises about refunds being given though. That someone got autograph vouchers at the Show is kind of unusual. I can understand why someone would be unhappy about a Picture like this. But if they start doing this regularly there'll be a line around the venue trying to get refunds because someone doesn't like the Expression on their face. There's way too many People abusing such things nowadays. right, i have big a problem with this comment. as far as i'm concerned, if someone's paid money for a product [photo] and entered into a paid transaction with you, if it's not of satisfactory quality/fit for purpose [ie, display proudly] then they are entitled to a refund. REFUND, not some "autograph voucher" cop-out. statutory rights/consumer rights cover this and putting some of your own caveats in the blurb doesn't override the Law. people pay a LOT of money for a photo in some cases, and the fact that some are so bad that one guy has actually just torn it up is simply unacceptable. that comment about not liking an expression is a very sly form of sneering insult as far as i'm concerned - those photos should be "fit for purpose" and if someone doesn't think it's acceptable then at the VERY LEAST they should get another try. you're damn right someone should complain if they don't like a miserable-looking guest who's ruined the event for them - why should you pocket the money and leave them with a ruined bitter experience - or no product at all, if the thing was so bad they'd rather rip it up? If we'd ordered a book in advance and when we got it the print was blurry or such, would you try the same brush-off? it is NOT abusing, and i'm really unimpressed you're trying to play that card; how are they abusing if they hand the pic back and get a refund? if they KEPT the pic and got a refund, you might have a point, beyond that the punter has had a wasted trip and a downer of an experience, so what exactly is it you're saying they're abusing? related to this is the commentary about him having to be actively pleaded with to do a shoot - don't these guests have a contract with you? People pay a lot of money and travel huge distances for a pic/auto and guests shouldn't be allowed to pull a strop like this on a whim - i fell victim to this a few years back when Val Kilmer just decided to no-show, and afer costs and several hundred miles of travel, i wasn't impressed. sickness should be the only excuse not to do what was agreed.
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    Another Good/Bad Thread

    i know what it was and where it was from, i meant i didn't know enough about it to say it was accurate/the real thing/whatever. the Dredd bike was cool, shame they couldn't have done a bit more of a back drop for it to give a bit atmosphere. i really liked that flick, would love to have Karl as a guest here :-)
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    Kim Coates appreciation thread!

    ha! i may have been the person he thanked. were you in real early? we were laughing cos he signed the other pic "Where were you?!" :-D
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    Julian sands

    very nice guy, signed my Warlock DVD and had a little chat. Been a fan since i saw it so was nice to meet him 30 years down the line :-D
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