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  1. Tom Beaker

    Photo orientation

    I was wearing shorts. No one needs my legs immortalising in print for posterity. Or my posterior for those sideways shots!
  2. See my suggestion of using Whatsapp broadcast groups in the 'Highs & Lows' thread....
  3. Tom Beaker

    LFCC 2018: Highs and Lows

    I am going to try to keep this concise! The Great :) GP entry times – So much better than last year – and whomever let us into the GP atrium area on Sunday to get us out of the rain needs a pay rise. So many of the pit bosses were fantastic. Mary, in particular, needs a pay rise! So many of them were all great at resolving individual issues. Kelly. She rocks in so many ways and was utterly, utterly brilliant. Also a shout out to the woman staffing the Extra help desk in the mornings who was doing sterling work. In fact, so many of the red and blue shirt crew were superb. Pretty much all of the guests we met were excellent, chatty, informative and enjoyed meeting fans (and in some instance other guests! ) David Tennant. What a last minute surprise that was. Nicely done on that one. The Olympia security staff and crowd control (Yellowjackets as I called them). They really helped with the organisation and smooth running of the event this year. The Not So Great Confusion abounded on all three days with handing out VQ tickets to GP people. GP holders with the early entry should not have to stand arguing to get VQ tickets. This happened with Momoa on Friday, Momoa on Saturday and Ecclestone on Sunday. Some of photo shoot queues were very badly organised and presented a real issue to many getting to lifts in the first floor in the atrium and around the first floor of venue in general. Sunday was extremely bad for this around booths F and G. The lack of seating and places to relax meant many were using the first floor as a place to sit around the atrium balcony. This contributed to the pinch points for foot traffic around booths F &G considerably. It would be so helpful to have an Extra Help room (say one of the smaller rooms such as Pillar) which there were seats and a quiet space to decompress. The Goody Bag voucher snafu. Given the cost of the GP, a goody bag could have been included – a good lanyard, copy of the convention brochure, bottle of water etc., an LFCC pen. Some poor signage – particularly where to get the items included with the DPs had no signs at all! Confusion and mixed messages about the extra help queuing, entry times etc. Not selling Diamond Passes on the Sales Desk – or having clear signage that DPs were not available through the sales desk. This caused a lot of distress after announcing David Tennant, both for people queuing and for the brave staff on the Sales Desk. Isolated / confused communications between the crew resulted in mixed / contradictory messages being given to attendees. This was most evident in some of the VQ/DP auto lines. Peter Weller charging for quotes. I have discussed this elsewhere. It is not acceptable springing with additional costs at the signing table in front of the guest. I would welcome a statement from Showmasters on this practice going forward for future events. The Lanyards provided this year were, to be blunt, very poor. They were also quite dangerous, as they had no stress-break buckle on them, which would release if the Lanyard caught on something. Suggestions Is there no way Extra Help could be nearer the lifts for those needing them to access the first floor? I appreciate this is a logistic and practical venue problem and that SM do their level best with the layout given the constraints of the venue layout, entrances and crowd management. Getting the word out the floor crew especially the blue shirts operating the front lines – could you use a private Kik or Whatsapp group. Almost all the crew had mobile phones. In addition, if a crewmember asks a question, the response form the management / office is seen by all, probably saving time on being asked the same thing 20 times over! Likewise, a Whatsapp broadcast group for all attendees to sign up to. Allows the admin to broadcast messages, such as calling VQ ticket numbers for major guests, guest updates and important messages. It is one way, so you are not hammered with a thousand messages back after every message! At a cost of around 40p for a fully printed lanyard (with a decent stress-break clip), it does not add much to the overhead on a Diamond Pass. At each of the busy photo booths, consider a designated Queue Manager who co-ordinates the other crew on that booth – and is equipped with a voice amplifier (or in some cases a bullhorn what goes up to 11!). In addition, the Whatsapp broadcast group would be excellent for calling photo shoots in batch groups to stop everyone milling in the photo area awaiting their batch to be called. The convention brochure being free to GP holders would be a nice touch. Next year, have a few convention sponsors – I’m thinking Evian, Lynx, Kleenex and ‘Scholl Gel Inserts’ could be great contenders! Again, cannot stress enough the fantastic work of the Extra Help Team, the blue and Red shirts crews over the weekend. Plus, also, the acts of kindness and consideration that the attendees were showing each other. I saw some truly gracious and selfless acts between us conventioneers this year. Helping each other is a great way for everyone to achieve the best experience they can.
  4. Tom Beaker

    Autographs still wet.

    I was going to ask the same thing. There are known issues with some types of printer paper and sharpies, to do with ink interactions between the printer ink and the carrier for the sharpie ink. I havens found a specific list of paper brands / types, just mention of 'cheaper brands' and inkjet specific paper.
  5. Tom Beaker

    Autographs still wet.

    Were thy done in Sharpie or paint marker? I noticed quite a few paint markers on guest tables this year.
  6. Tom Beaker

    Are you missing the Con?

    Just got home. No post con blues, just a yearning for bed!
  7. Tom Beaker

    What did you get signed?

    My Tardis poster, which is now pretty much complete. All the doctors, four through twelve and as many companions as will fit (leaving space for Karen Gillan and Catherine Tate). Sleepy Hollow (Miranda and Ray) Original Superman II poster Aliens press book. Serenity flyer Other stuff my brain can't remember!I 'll try and post a photo or two when I finally make it home!
  8. Tom Beaker

    Photo orientation

    Me, I got fed up with the photographer rubbing Vaseline on the lens at every one if my shoots...
  9. Tom Beaker

    Peter Weller Auto Problem

    I don't think it's acceptable and very bad form if this is sanctioned practice. Charge 45 for the auto. Don't charge me 40 at the desk and write out the dedication on the auto ticket, then try to charge me a crisp fiver for extra words! It's profiteering at best. Others may have a different view but it's a slippery slope from this to charging by the word.
  10. Tom Beaker

    LFCC 2018: Highs and Lows

    The air con broke on Thursday in the Auto pit. Apparently has a bad water leak and had to be switched off. Not a Showmasters issue, an Olympia one.
  11. Tom Beaker

    Guest interactions.

    David Tennant, laughing hard when my partner said 'Youre my favourite Hamlet, much better than Bumblesnatch guy'. He was a lovely lovely guy. Peter Capaldi taking the time to talk through my Tardis poster signatures. Jason Momoa's photo with my OH. Made her weekend and she loved his Phi Zappa Krappa shirt, for which she got a wink and a smile. Ray Park, who chatted about Sleepy Hollow as I was the first person to give him something to sign from the film. He wrote a mini essay on my poster. Special mention to him as well for the time he took with the young fans. Jewel Staite, having a great laugh with us about Firefly Flux. Photobombing my own Tom Baker photo up, which made Tom laugh. James Callis, wonderfully chatty and had a discussion about why Eureka was renamed here in the UK, and Archimedes. Helen Atkinson Wood, we had a great laugh about my dedication which involved some parts of a horses anatomy and a bread roll.
  12. Tom Beaker

    General Chat

    Yeah, we are done Heading back to the hotel to collapse!
  13. Gracious, talkative. Top chap.
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