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    Latest Guest Announcement - NADJA REGIN

    Really marvellous news. I bet we'll have to pay big money though.
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    Guest suggestions

    Any chance of asking Anita Ekberg - it looks like she could do with the money: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-20...hard-times.html
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    Guest Announcement Philip Madoc

    His name has gone on ze list. Unt ven ze vor is over he vill be shot.
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    Guest announcement Jean Boht

    Can she bring her composer husband Carl Davis?
  5. I've already had my hands on one. They're heavier than you might think
  6. I bet we'll be paying a premium for her to sign anything from her back catalogue...
  7. Will he have copies of his history of BBC visual effects to sign?
  8. From various ITC series: Richard Bradford Stuart Damon (with Alexandra Bastedo and William Gaunt) Peter Wyngarde (with Rosemary Nichols and Joel Fabiani) Kaz Garas (with Anneke Wills) Steve Forrest (with Sue Lloyd) Michael Quinn
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    Guest announcement Bettine Le Beau

    She was also in an episode of The Likely Lads, with Rodney Bewes.
  10. As I don't want to break the rules of the forum, I won't be able to explain why Mr Croft and Mr Perry won't be able to attend Autographica. Mr Lloyd had a bad stroke that has left him blind, so a signing session is fairly unlikely now.
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    an important message from Jason, Paul & Dave

    I'm offering some thoughts below - not particularly criticisms, but rather thoughts (some of which I have raised before) about barriers that might impact on people attending. I'm not quite sure that Autographica/Showmasters fully appreciate the economic conditions at the moment. People are losing their jobs, everything is increasing in price, those who have jobs are seeing hours/wages cut. People are being squeezed. Events like these are luxuries. When you're being squeezed the luxuries are the first to go. People can't support every event when the market is incredibly crowded. I was made redundant six weeks ago, though various other things this year (such as the threat or being sacked, spiralling personal debt and cuts in wages) have meant I have had to cut down on the number of events I go to - and when I do be very selective about what I spend my limited money on. There have been a number of occasions this year when I cannot justify spending the money on autographs from people attending the shows, because they just haven't been worth it. Just because a guest is "rare" or a "first timer" doesn't mean they are worth the £15 which they often charge. For people who are effectively background artistes in franchises such as Bond or Star Wars to be charging £15+ is, in my opinion (and the opinion of many others I attend the shows with) silly. I know you have to pay for their accommodation, time, travel etc - but time and time again the costs seem excessive. This puts people off attending, and - if they do attend - may result in them spending their money in the dealers room rather than on the guests. I've known that happen countless times - not just with me, but with my friends who also attend. Added to this, there is barely a weekend without some sort of autograph event somewhere in the coutry. There are a limited number of people doing this hobby. Given the choice, people do have to make decisions about what else is happening, and it may just be that other events offer people what they want, over and above what Showmasters/Autographica offer. I've said this before, too - I think that the events are spead too thinly. Autographica and Collectormania used to stand alone in the schedule (along with other key biannual events run by others). But now they're crowded out, not only by events run by others, but by Showmasters' other events. Regardless of whether Autographica is a "high point" in the calendar, if it is scheduled close to another event which people may go to, then there may be choices involved. Focusing, it seems, solely on London and the South East is also a problem for many people. I know that Autographica splits its events between London and Birmingham, and there are events in Scotland, but even travelling to Birmingham is a big commitment to many. For those of us in the north of England, attending these events often means a 200 or 400 mile round trip. It can often cost c.£100 before we have even got into the event. This may act as a barrier to even attempting to get to the event.
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    Jimmy Perry, David Croft, and Jeremy Lloyd

    It would make more sense to have them at a London show - particularly for Mr Perry who is London-based. (Mr Croft is based in East Anglia.) There are at least three Croft and Perry related events that I know of coming up in the next twelve months - and there have been at least four in 2010 already.
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    Jack Shepherd for Autographica 17 please

    I suggest you go to the Almeida theatre from mid November onwards.
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    GUEST DAYS AND PRICES

    Have I missed an announcement about Sheila White? Is she the actress from the Confessions films?
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    GUEST DAYS AND PRICES

    Please can you spell the names of your guests correctly. Her name is Sylvia Syms. Thanks
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