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Collectormania 14 - Part Two - Sunday

I knew I had the first photo op at 10.30am, so I left the girls to sleep while I had a shower, washed my hair and tried to pass for a human…


I woke the girls when I came out and Jade went in next.  Got dressed, dried my hair and put on my face, while Lise got herself organised.  Then they swapped places.  I had my morning protein shake and was about ready to go when Sue came down.  We went up to the Centre, arranging to meet the girls at Costa or after they had done the queue for Mercedes, which was directly after mine.  I couldn’t pick up the scooter until 11am, so we went and got coffee and breakfast for Suze.

I saw the line forming for Denise, so I left her there and went over to the line.  Nice steward brought me a chair until the line was moving, which I appreciated.  It didn’t take long actually and it amused me to see that I was almost the only woman in the queue.  We got moving and I was 6th?  Denise, bless her heart, recognised me from the day before and we had a good shot.  Malcolm had rigged himself up with a voice mike – Malcolm amplified! The mind boggles – but it saved his voice for sure.  I wound up talking to his daughter later when I was waiting for Denise to come back from lunch and get my picture signed, but I get ahead of myself.

Denise Crosby – now there’s a woman who knows how to moisturise! – what a lovely lady she was.  I don’t care if she swears like a stevedore, she’s a lady to her toes.

We were in and out so fast, I was back to Sue in quick order and Lise & Jade arrived shortly after.   At 10.50am I went off to pick up the scooter and climbed in with sigh of relief.


I don’t know what I’m going to do next year when they move venues.  I don’t know if I will be able to take the scooter down to the football stadium, but unless I can do without one or find a way to get one out there, I can’t see me doing this without one – so my days of Collectormania may be over.  Maybe my knee operation will be so successful, I will be able to manage on foot, who knows?  It is in the lap of the gods now.  It would be a real shame if that was it – apart from James going again, of course.  I’ll have to do the wheelchair bit again, if I need to sit.  I did that at GMEX last year and that worked quite well;  push it until you need to sit.


I mentioned it to the man at Shopmobility, who hadn’t a clue and appeared to care even less, about maybe having a facility out there.  Well, they have till next June to figure it out – it’s due to be Fri-Sun 5th – 7th June, 2009.  I did see bars and food areas marked on the plan they had up and I’m hoping the floor plan will be available later on.

This is the only information I could find about buses out to the Stadium, on their website – doesn’t appear that there are any buses on Sundays or Public Holidays L But I guess they only play on Saturdays - not a lot of good for us!  It does cost £5 to park for a match, but the flier Showmasters were handing out says Free parking and free entry.


“From Central Milton Keynes Railway Station Service 7 towards Fenny Stratford, Lakes Estate or Newton Longville will operate every 20 mins (Mon - Sat Daytime) and Service 7E towards Bletchley/Fenny Stratford will run Hourly (Mon - Sat evenings) direct to Stadium MK, stopping adjacent to the stadium entrance.  Journey time approx 20 - 25 mins. Also bus number 32 also operates hourly from the Central Milton Keynes Station to the Stadium (Saxon Street/Dawson Road) but in one direction only (i.e you cant get the 32 back to the Station).


I’ll post more when there is some.


We split up and reformed several times during the day but we all had lunch together at Bhs.  They usually have salads but these were conspicuous by their absence that day and I was reduced to picking the chicken salad out of a baguette.  I nearly gave myself a heart attack when I couldn’t see my camera but it had fallen right to the bottom of my bag! Arrgh!  Then I had to dash off to the loo and when I got back, we returned to the fray!


We had a good look round the dealers, as there was a lot less people about and that made for easier movement for all of us.  I had a mooch around and found some nice trading cards in a Buffy folder and bought three of Spike that were particularly nice and Lise found a set she liked too.  I didn’t buy much else but there are endless models and figures, comics and pictures.


I’d taken a few shots of where Ricci Harnett, Jamie Ferguson and Danny Webb were sitting the day before and Ricci had a flame-haired steward with him.  I’d had a brief conversation with Jamie Ferguson the day before, when he caught my eye in a quiet moment, along the lines of ‘Hello, are you having a good time?’ to which I replied, yes, I was thank you, are you?  And he said he was enjoying himself very much.  We smiled again and I continued on.

On Sunday, I saw Ricci’s steward sitting by herself and I saw what I thought were some line tattoos, you know, just the outlines, so I stopped to chat.  She’d had some tribal/leaf/vine type tattooing done and showed me some of the completed work further up her arm.  Irish lass, very nice.  I showed her some of mine and we sat talking about tattoos until Ricci came back from his break.  We finished what we were saying and I apologised for monopolising his steward, reversing my scooter back a bit to include him.  He was very friendly and we told him what we’d been talking about and I showed him the Elvish script one I had, which lead to sci-fi and ‘letting your freak flag fly’ and how conventions were the only place you could hear Klingon spoken!  He said he’d seen lots of costumes – there were several men near us in various rig-outs and he told us about the time he’d dressed up as Frankenfurter from the Rocky Horror show at a do in Trafalgar Square once and he won a prize – a bar of Slut Soap!  We cracked up at that and fell about laughing and I said, ‘that’s it!  I’ll have to get you to sign your photo with some reference to the slut soap now’  - and he did!!  I have not a clue if I have ever seen him in anything, but it’s quite possible and I’ll remember him if I see him listed anywhere.  But as he said, I have a unique autograph now.


I’d been disappointed to find out that Anita Dobson had cancelled, as I was going to buy a photo op with her, but the organisers said she’d had an eye operation and cancelled the whole gig.  I wish her well and that it is totally successful but hope she will come again another time.


I heard that Michael Dorn had refused all photos while he was autographing and wasn’t keen on anyone taking his picture in the queue either – his attitude appeared to be ‘if they don’t pay for it, they can’t have it’, which didn’t make him very popular as you can imagine.  It would appear we are a very precious commodity…  I already have his autograph from Grand Slam 2003, so I didn’t care anyway.


Lise & Jade were pretty tired and decided to go, so we said goodbye and they took off.  Sue & I decided to have another autograph with Michael Rosenbaum and went to check out the virtual numbers. 


He was due to do another photo shoot at 5 to 3pm – a very odd time to do a major shoot - and I think most people had gone to queue for that, as it was very quiet when we went round.  So we went up together and I got out my camera to see if we couldn’t get Sue a photo she was happier with.  She wasn’t super happy with the shot she had the previous day.


Michael greeted me, ‘Hello, Jill with a J’ and signed the photo I bought of him as Kip in ‘Kickin’ it Old Skool’ – don’t ask, I haven’t a clue!  I just picked the only one of him with hair!  He was very sweet and signed it – ‘All my kisses’ !  He got up and leaned across the table for a photo with me and his steward took a couple.  Before he sat down again, his assistant? came up with a notepad in her hand and he stood and talked to her for a few minutes and I took the opportunity to take a few shots.  He came back to us to sign the photo Sue had picked and I passed my camera over to his steward again for her to take a shot of them, to make sure she got a clear one – I didn’t want to screw it up!  We said goodbye to him and I said come back soon and he grinned and held up a small post-it note with ‘I like UK and I’ m coming back’ on it, to my amusement.  What a cutie!


I shot off to the loo and on the way back, I saw one of the Cylons had teamed up with ‘Darth Vader’ and I couldn’t resist having a photo with them.  There had been two Cylons walking round this weekend and the usual assortment of Star Wars Stormtroopers, Bounty Hunters and Aliens in full costume, posing for photos, mostly for charity.  There had been three Aliens and one had a penchant for chasing pretty girls and making them scream – ear-splittingly on occasion throughout the day!  One had snuck up behind Lise earlier and she let out a shriek like a steam-whistle – I didn’t see her but I heard her!

Anyway, the guys I posed with were collecting for a children’s school and I gave them a fiver, much to the surprise and delight of the guy holding the collection box.  I got a very nice thank you from him.


I just had one more thing I wanted to do and that was to have Denise Crosby sign our photo and I’d picked it up after lunch.  I knew she’d gone to lunch at 1pm when I’d stopped by earlier and had a chat with a couple of ladies I have known for a while.  So I was there when she came back at 2pm and was first in the queue.  She was lovely and remembered ‘Jill with a J’, signing the photo very carefully.  She kindly let me take a photo of her and I said it had been lovely meeting her and please to come back soon.  She also said she would.  Big smiles all round and I took myself off quite happily.

I found Sue again and we went off for a last coffee to fortify us before we went home – Sue had a 2½ hour drive and I had a two hour bus ride.  I’d left my backpack in her car when we’d left the Hotel in the morning and she went off to pick it up for me, while I returned the scooter.  I met her near Door 8, which was a short step to my bus stop and we said goodbye.


It has been really lovely to catch up with you all again!  And I will miss you until we meet again.  Will I go to London and stand in the street to see James if he does a UK premiere for ‘Dragonball’??  Damn right, I will!  And holler loudly!


I thought about that on the ride home and then read my book back to Cambridge.  There’s no buses down my road after 6pm, so I nipped into the loo at the bus station and when I came out, there was a taxi at the rank, thank you!  So a painless way home for about ¼ to 7pm.  I text the girls to let them know I was home and they both let me know they were home too.  Good, nice to know.



So there you have it, another successful Collectormania but the last in the old venue.  If you come from outside England next time, it will be where they held the party at CM13 and James sang for us.


Take care and be nice to each other.



( 12 comments — Leave a comment )
Oct. 2nd, 2008 03:09 am (UTC)
It´s in the beginning of June at least, I might be able to go to UK. IF James comes and has some concerts. Hopefully the week before CM.

And that football stadium was awful. I´d prefer the shopping centre!

We´ll see what happens... You have things going on, I´m bored. There´s the Estonia cruise on Monday, can be fun. And we had the 50-year party for our papermachine yesterday. REALLY fun. Snapped tons of photos, so I´ll try to get them uploaded to PBase this week. Done 1/3 of them so far.

It´s 5 AM, parhaps time to go to bed. I wanted some of the party pics up ´till tomorrow morning when people go to work. I know they want to see them;O)
Oct. 2nd, 2008 12:18 pm (UTC)
Well, the on-dit is that James has let them know he's available - that is an unconfirmed report, although it was from a semi-official source. So we shall have to wait and see. It is considerably later than his usual visit and he may get busy before that. i think the second one will be in late Sept/early Oct, depending on how the new venue shapes up. And yes, i prefer the Centre too but they have said no more.

i bet your party photos are a hoot, specially if it went well!

Take care, petal!
Oct. 2nd, 2008 03:11 am (UTC)
And if the party pics are blurry and funny edited in PS, I blame it on all the beer I drank!
Oct. 2nd, 2008 12:19 pm (UTC)
Oct. 7th, 2008 02:46 am (UTC)
Awesome reports! Thanks for posting your Michael-stories.
Oct. 7th, 2008 02:47 am (UTC)
Whoops - forgot to sigh in. The above comment is mine :)
Oct. 7th, 2008 09:31 am (UTC)
No probs, Tasabian!
Glad you enjoyed the reports.
Oct. 7th, 2008 11:26 pm (UTC)
It always makes me smile to read how sweet and generous Michael Rosenbaum is with his fans. Thanks so much for sharing all this! :-)
Oct. 8th, 2008 07:51 am (UTC)
Glad to hear he's this nice with most of us - though i was tickled to hear from one of the stewards that we were some of the few that he's actually posed with. i thought he was a doll!
And you're welcome! i hope you enjoyed the photos on Pbase.
Oct. 12th, 2008 10:56 pm (UTC)
I thought the event organizers were forbidding fans to take posed photos with the stars....so either they relaxed their vigilance, or Michael just went ahead and did it anyway, I'm imagining! Hee!

And, Oh yes! I found the link here. Lovely photos! He's looking might-ty fine.

What is the tattoo of on your cheek?
Oct. 13th, 2008 12:14 am (UTC)
You're right, they have signs up saying no posed photos but you can snap them while they write and sometimes like this one, the stars decide to participate. i just asked the steward to take a picture of me with Michael, while i was there, if you know what i mean. i thought she'd taken one or two while we were talking and when Michael got up to give me a hug, it was his idea to have one taken then. Very sweet... Both times, i was there at a very quiet time and there wasn't a line of people waiting, so he was obviously very relaxed.

The tattoos are different every day as i put them on with a stencil. Saturday, it was love, beauty & dream and on Sunday, it was courage. One day, i'll find a tattoo artist to do it for real - very few will do your face [it's very painful] - hopefully, without having to travel back up to Yorkshire to the guy who did my first two real ones!

Glad you liked the photos :D
Oct. 13th, 2008 12:29 am (UTC)
You know I just realized I'd missed the other pages in your gallery.....so scrolled through and saw the hug, and how he signed your photo...."My sweet, sweet Jill...."

Oh my gosh, woman, you hit the jackpot! I'm wildly envious!

Lucky you!!
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