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Gary Fry (Gary_fry)
Username: Gary_fry

Registered: 03-2008
Posted From: 86.31.31.223
Posted on Friday, September 17, 2010 - 08:36 pm:   

Well, there they all are. I'm at home. But tomorrow I shall join the hoolie. I leave this thread in preparation for reportage fresh from the front. The violence, the vomit. And that's just registration.
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Ian Alexander Martin (Iam)
Username: Iam

Registered: 10-2009
Posted From: 207.6.255.47
Posted on Friday, September 17, 2010 - 10:57 pm:   

I'm home as well, Gary. Why can't I find you here, then? Have the cats hidden you somewhere?

...anyone seen copies of Andrew Hook's new book on tables yet?
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Stephen Theaker (Stephen_theaker)
Username: Stephen_theaker

Registered: 12-2009
Posted From: 79.121.170.41
Posted on Friday, September 17, 2010 - 11:05 pm:   

I will go and check for you, Ian...
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Stephen Theaker (Stephen_theaker)
Username: Stephen_theaker

Registered: 12-2009
Posted From: 79.121.170.41
Posted on Friday, September 17, 2010 - 11:07 pm:   

Just found Andrew holding a copy in the lobby - looks great.
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Gary Fry (Gary_fry)
Username: Gary_fry

Registered: 03-2008
Posted From: 86.31.31.223
Posted on Friday, September 17, 2010 - 11:11 pm:   

He was very excited. You should have seen what he had in his other hand.
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Ian Alexander Martin (Iam)
Username: Iam

Registered: 10-2009
Posted From: 207.6.255.47
Posted on Saturday, September 18, 2010 - 01:20 am:   

Mr. Theaker, I thank you!

Mr. Fry, I wonder if the other hand was holding something either illicit or dead?
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Gary Fry (Gary_fry)
Username: Gary_fry

Registered: 03-2008
Posted From: 86.31.31.223
Posted on Saturday, September 18, 2010 - 08:39 am:   

In Andrew's case, and at his great age, it was both.
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Ian Alexander Martin (Iam)
Username: Iam

Registered: 10-2009
Posted From: 207.6.255.47
Posted on Saturday, September 18, 2010 - 08:30 pm:   

Mr Fry, my worst fears are now become real. Thank goodness he's no longer able to successfully fire.

(in other news...) According to her Facebook status, Ms Lady Probert has brought five (5) corsets to FCon, and His Lordship at least as many ties and jackets. Considering it's only a 2.5 day event, it seems more than enough. Hell, that's enough for a fortnight vacation!
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Stephen Theaker (Stephen_theaker)
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Registered: 12-2009
Posted From: 79.121.170.41
Posted on Saturday, September 18, 2010 - 11:50 pm:   

They do both look fabulous...
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Ian Alexander Martin (Iam)
Username: Iam

Registered: 10-2009
Posted From: 207.6.255.47
Posted on Sunday, September 19, 2010 - 07:01 am:   

Stephen I hope you're referring to Familia Probert and not Mr. Hook and whatever he was holding in his other handů
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Barbara Roden (Nebuly)
Username: Nebuly

Registered: 03-2008
Posted From: 216.232.183.97
Posted on Sunday, September 19, 2010 - 09:02 am:   

"According to her Facebook status, Ms Lady Probert has brought five (5) corsets to FCon, and His Lordship at least as many ties and jackets. Considering it's only a 2.5 day event, it seems more than enough. Hell, that's enough for a fortnight vacation!"

The most impressive range of outfits I ever saw was for a Sherlockian weekend in Montreal in 1990. I flew out to Toronto, and a group of us took the train from there to Montreal on the Thursday morning. One of our number - a lovely lady named Mary Campbell - boarded the train wearing slacks and a sweater. Shortly after departing Union Station she disappeared into the loo, and when she emerged was wearing a beautiful Victorian gown. This was the first of several she wore - each appropriate for the time of day - throughout the weekend, never appearing in the same outfit twice. Her dress for the banquet was simply splendid, and no one was surprised when she was given a special award at the dinner for devotion to the cause above and beyond the call of duty.
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Mick Curtis (Mick)
Username: Mick

Registered: 03-2008
Posted From: 86.177.115.63
Posted on Sunday, September 19, 2010 - 04:32 pm:   

Fantasycon spoils!

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Mick Curtis (Mick)
Username: Mick

Registered: 03-2008
Posted From: 86.177.115.63
Posted on Sunday, September 19, 2010 - 04:35 pm:   

Lovely to see the regulars, but also very nice to meet up with new (to us) folk too, including Caroline, Simon Marshall-Jones and Johnny Mains.
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Soozy (Soozy)
Username: Soozy

Registered: 09-2009
Posted From: 81.158.238.131
Posted on Sunday, September 19, 2010 - 05:18 pm:   

Just a small purchase Mick
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Mick Curtis (Mick)
Username: Mick

Registered: 03-2008
Posted From: 86.177.115.63
Posted on Sunday, September 19, 2010 - 05:51 pm:   

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Mark West (Mark_west)
Username: Mark_west

Registered: 03-2008
Posted From: 86.171.253.12
Posted on Sunday, September 19, 2010 - 09:50 pm:   

Nice to see everyone again and getting to chat more this time and, as ever, the Saturday Night Curry trip was splendidly organised by Soozy and GCW - thank you, folks!
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Allybird (Allybird)
Username: Allybird

Registered: 03-2008
Posted From: 88.104.135.73
Posted on Sunday, September 19, 2010 - 10:17 pm:   

Yayyyy!!! what a great weekend! Thank you again to Soozy and Gcw for organising the curry.

Loved every minute of being in such splendid company!
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Johnny_mains (Johnny_mains)
Username: Johnny_mains

Registered: 04-2010
Posted From: 82.22.75.99
Posted on Monday, September 20, 2010 - 12:23 am:   

Twas a brilliant day. Still feeling like shite today though. Spent the train journey back home in the company of Chris Barker (only lives a wee while away from me)- a really funny and engaging man. And his new collection is really rather good too. I implore you to get a copy if you can.
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John Llewellyn Probert (John_l_probert)
Username: John_l_probert

Registered: 03-2008
Posted From: 81.152.74.159
Posted on Monday, September 20, 2010 - 11:34 am:   

Kate and I had the usual wonderful, heady, exhausting time. Massive thanks to everyone who came to my reading, and to the Pan Horror launch, which was terrific fun (they sold every copy - hurrah! And bloody well done Johnny). Somehow it was appropriate that we didn't get going till midnight and then had the lighting set to 'Argento Inferno Blue'. We made some great new weird acquaintances and it was a delight to yet again meet up with my very dear writing comrades (we all attended our first FCon together back in 2005 - awww) Gary Fry and Gary McMahon, the latter looking a little smarter but no less red-lipped for the cheap red wine he was knocking back. Hopefully there are still very few who suspect our covert bromance...

Otherwise there just wasn't enough time for everything - I didn't have a real chance to talk to Mick & Debs, or GCW. Soozy needed at least one more cuddle. Caroline was a really really lovely lady and I hope we get to bump into each other again soon, and John Forth and Esther were loads of fun to discuss trashy films (and trash in general with).

Joel Lane was as lovely as ever (and the Robert E Howard panel was splendid), Simon Kurt Unsworth did a great reading but by the time we said goodbye to him in the bar he was frankly unintelligible. Simon Bestwick has acquired a decent haircut and got rid of that beard and he's looking seriously smoooth. Reggie Oliver still has the beard (not Simon's) and Steve Volk, Mark Morris, David Riley and Johnny ("I'm not paying for THAT") Mains were great dining companions. Yet again Ramsey & Jenny Campbell were wonderful company.

Pete Crowther managed to spell the Probert name wrong (and thanks to Ramsey for pointing it out to everyone who came near a copy of The Seven Days of Cain) and then further compounded his crime by eating crisps loudly while I was reading 'His Beautiful Hands', but apart from that faults at FCon were few and far between. In fact we had such a good time that even Guy Adams' plentiful allusions to our private life during the raffle were laughed off for the charming boisterousness that they were.

God we had a great time. Thank you everyone.
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Giancarlo (Giancarlo)
Username: Giancarlo

Registered: 11-2008
Posted From: 85.116.228.5
Posted on Monday, September 20, 2010 - 12:04 pm:   

Among the "spoils", I can notice Paul Finch's "ONE MONSTER IS NOT ENOUGH".
I can't find the title over at Amazon, nor through any web search.
Can anyone in the Forum enlighten me about who's publishing the book, or how can it be obtained?
Thanks and thanks again!
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Zed (Gary_mc)
Username: Gary_mc

Registered: 03-2008
Posted From: 195.166.117.210
Posted on Monday, September 20, 2010 - 12:16 pm:   

What a crazy weekend. A crazy, crazy weekend. Great to see everyone again - and to meet some new faces. We had a blast.
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Gary Fry (Gary_fry)
Username: Gary_fry

Registered: 03-2008
Posted From: 129.11.76.230
Posted on Monday, September 20, 2010 - 12:55 pm:   

Hi Giancarlo. Watch the Gray Friar Press site this week. I had the book delivered to FCon so that Paul could sign the copies (and to avoid my having to drive to Wigan and get him to sign them in the back of my car in the rain, like last time :-)). The book isn't officially released yet. But it's a stonking book: eight novellas and novelettes, four original, two award winners.
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Stu (Stu)
Username: Stu

Registered: 04-2008
Posted From: 82.11.81.167
Posted on Monday, September 20, 2010 - 12:58 pm:   

FCon. Fun. Home. Tired. Work. Bah.
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Gary Fry (Gary_fry)
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Registered: 03-2008
Posted From: 129.11.76.230
Posted on Monday, September 20, 2010 - 01:01 pm:   

FCon was great. Thanks to everyone who helped make the Never Again launch a success, especially the witch and the wardrobe. Was great to see old muckers like Lord P and his lovely Lady, Mr and Mrs Finch, GCW and Soozy, John Travis, Stu Young, Mick and Debs, Simon dudey Bestwick, Steve Bacon, Mark West, Terry Grimwood, Mc and Em, and so many others. Made some new friends, too: the lovely Alison Littlewood and her hubbie, Stephen Theaker, Nick Wood, and more, more, more. Great party, guys.
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Mick Curtis (Mick)
Username: Mick

Registered: 03-2008
Posted From: 86.177.115.63
Posted on Monday, September 20, 2010 - 01:14 pm:   

We'd not met Terry Grimwood before but chatted with him at the curry - what a nice chap!
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Johnny_mains (Johnny_mains)
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Registered: 04-2010
Posted From: 82.22.75.99
Posted on Monday, September 20, 2010 - 01:18 pm:   

John...
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Jonathan (Jonathan)
Username: Jonathan

Registered: 03-2008
Posted From: 91.143.178.131
Posted on Monday, September 20, 2010 - 01:19 pm:   

We had a marvelous time. The heavy metal karaoke on Friday night was absolutely heaving with attendees, so many thanks to everybody who made that a huge success. The End of The Line preview launch went wonderfully too and we sold out of every single copy we brought with us.
It was great to hear Paul Meloy read from a new story that was powerful stuff. Also Chaz's two stories were terrific fun and beautifully lyrical. Like classic Ray Bradbury.
As ever it was great to catch up with old friends and make new ones.
The editors panel was fun, and it was very interesting to see our varying takes on the genre and the differing (and often very similar ways) in which we work. I still feel a bit like the newbie (well I suppose I am) but my confidence is starting to build as the lines expand and our authors get a larger audience.
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Zed (Gary_mc)
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Registered: 03-2008
Posted From: 195.166.117.210
Posted on Monday, September 20, 2010 - 01:26 pm:   

Paul Meloy's reading was incredible. He made me cry. I cried again on Saturday night - but this time with terror - when Johnny Mains kissed me.
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Kate (Kathleen)
Username: Kathleen

Registered: 09-2009
Posted From: 81.152.74.159
Posted on Monday, September 20, 2010 - 01:26 pm:   

I'm absolutely knackered, so I'm going to let Lord P's post stand for both of us. But I have to say thanks to everyone who bought copies of Black Book 7 and Never Again - I'm thrilled to be in both! It was great to see so many friends again (who feel like old friends even though I've only been here a year) and to make so many new ones. I can't wait for the next con!
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Joel (Joel)
Username: Joel

Registered: 03-2008
Posted From: 217.37.199.45
Posted on Monday, September 20, 2010 - 01:45 pm:   

A memorable weekend, yes, with a rich and packed programme. The things I missed would make up a second great weekend in themselves. Thanks to Guy and the convention committee for seamless organisation. Special thanks to Soozy, GCW and Simon B. for helping me with some slight health issues. The Never Again launch and the Howard panel were stand-out events for me. Wish I'd caught some more of the readings.
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Carolinec (Carolinec)
Username: Carolinec

Registered: 06-2009
Posted From: 82.38.75.85
Posted on Monday, September 20, 2010 - 01:53 pm:   

What a fantastic weekend! I'm really paying for it now though - glad I've got the next few days off work.

Highlights for me were:

1. Finally putting faces to names and finding out that you're all such lovely people. I'm not going to list all those I spoke to - you know who you are, and you're wonderful, all of you.

2. The readings - all great, but particularly outstanding was Reggie Oliver's reading from The Seventh Black Book of Horror - what a story! But it's unfair to pick out a "favourite" really - you were all fantastic. Lord P's readings stand out, of course. Joel, Simon B, etc - all brilliant. I wish I could write like you guys!

3. Buying several books, and getting some signed. Thanks to all of you who signed for me! Again, I have to pick out the Black Book as a particular favourite. I now have probably the most unique copy in the world - signed AND DOODLED (!!) by several of the contributors.

I did think that would be my most prized possession from the event (excluding the memories of it, of course), but then the following happened ...


4. I'm now the proud owner of an original piece of Bryan Talbot artwork! I don't mean the nice sketches he does in books when he signs them - I already have a few of those - I mean an ACTUAL ORIGINAL PAINTING OF HIS!

Did everyone miss the fact that he was inviting bids on some of his artwork in the art show? I thought I had no chance, that I was certain to get outbid - but I didn't, I got it, it's mine all mine! (PS: I'm a bit pleased about this - can you tell?)

5. Bumping into an old friend from my Pantechnicon days, who I thought I'd lost contact with. Lovely to see you again, old friend - and thanks for the hand-made K-9!

6. The raffle - my first ever experience of the FCon raffle. I didn't win a thing, but I laughed a heck of a lot. Guy Adams should be a stand-up comedian.

Phew! Not sure what else to say. I didn't go to too many panels - spent more time in readings as I love live readings - but those I did attend, eg. the Ray Bradbury panel, Bryan Talbot's interview - were great.

I'm very pleased with myself that I managed to get sufficient sleep, and take sufficient painkillers, to last the whole weekend. I'm really knackered now, but it was worth it.

Summing up - my best memory of the event? Well, it has to be finding out what lovely people you all are.
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Giancarlo (Giancarlo)
Username: Giancarlo

Registered: 11-2008
Posted From: 85.116.228.5
Posted on Monday, September 20, 2010 - 02:01 pm:   

Thanks, Gary!
I will keep a lookout for Finch's book!
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Zed (Gary_mc)
Username: Gary_mc

Registered: 03-2008
Posted From: 195.166.117.210
Posted on Monday, September 20, 2010 - 02:02 pm:   

It was great to finally meet you, Caroline!
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Mick Curtis (Mick)
Username: Mick

Registered: 03-2008
Posted From: 86.177.115.63
Posted on Monday, September 20, 2010 - 02:12 pm:   

I must add that Charles Black proved yet again what a lovely man he is - I couldn't get to the Black Book of Horror no. 7 launch as I was at the Brighton thingy next door, so I asked Charles to hang on to a copy for me, as I didn't want to miss buying it.
Not only did he put a copy away under his desk for me, but he also got all the authors at the launch to sign it to me as well, which was a complete surprise! Lovely man!
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Allybird (Allybird)
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Registered: 03-2008
Posted From: 88.104.135.73
Posted on Monday, September 20, 2010 - 02:34 pm:   

Indeed Charles Black is a lovely man.

Highlights...

On the Friday evening I managed to get to four readings...
Simon Bestwick
Joel Lane
Nina Allan
Simon Kut Insworth
And on the Sunday John Travis....
All wonderful.

Really enjoyed the 'Get Real and Weird Fiction' panel that night.

Also the Lisa Tuttle interview with Steve Jones and the Never Again launch.

The great curry party!

Dani giving me the present of the Wine and Rank Poison cover to frame.

I managed to pick up Gary Fry's House of Canted Steps, Lisa Tuttle's Stranger in the House, Nina Allan's A thread of Truth and Blind Swimmer from Eibonvale. The Seventh Black Book of Horror, and that present for Heather, Alice in Sunderland which she adores with Bryan's personalised drawing of the Mad Hatter, for her. Weird Legacies edited by Mike Ashley. Joel's poetry books. Book swapped WARP with Peter Mark May's Kumiho and Andrew Hook's Ponthe Oldenguine.

Won't tell Alan just how much I spent yet...
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Allybird (Allybird)
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Posted From: 88.104.135.73
Posted on Monday, September 20, 2010 - 02:35 pm:   

Simon Kurt Unsworth...sorry, Simon.
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Allybird (Allybird)
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Registered: 03-2008
Posted From: 88.104.135.73
Posted on Monday, September 20, 2010 - 02:41 pm:   

Forgot add I bought THE END OF THE LINE which I'm really looking forward to reading!
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Mick Curtis (Mick)
Username: Mick

Registered: 03-2008
Posted From: 86.177.115.63
Posted on Monday, September 20, 2010 - 02:59 pm:   

Me too, but it's one of the books I bought that Debbie has snaffled away for my birthday next month, so I'll have to wait!
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John Forth (John)
Username: John

Registered: 05-2008
Posted From: 82.24.1.217
Posted on Monday, September 20, 2010 - 04:48 pm:   

Just back from Nottingham, and looking forward to an evening of inactivity. Just wanted to say that it was great to meet so many of you 'IRL' (as the kids say): John, Kathleen, Gary (sorry for being less fat and hairy than you expected), Mark, Allyson and many more. Thanks for making Esther and I very welcome at our first Fcon. Hope to see you all in Brighton next year.
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Zed (Gary_mc)
Username: Gary_mc

Registered: 03-2008
Posted From: 195.166.117.210
Posted on Monday, September 20, 2010 - 05:34 pm:   

I shall expect you to put on 2 stone and grow a biker beard for next year, John.
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Skunsworth (Skunsworth)
Username: Skunsworth

Registered: 05-2009
Posted From: 92.14.252.204
Posted on Monday, September 20, 2010 - 07:19 pm:   

John and Kate (and pretty much everyone else I slurred at, dribbled on or indeed, fell asleep on): sorry!

Had a fab time, though...

S
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Kate (Kathleen)
Username: Kathleen

Registered: 09-2009
Posted From: 81.152.74.159
Posted on Monday, September 20, 2010 - 07:38 pm:   

I've just posted some pics here:

http://www.knibbworld.com/campbelldiscuss/messages/43/4067.html?1285004248

Please ignore the first post. I'm hoping Mr Fry will delete it!
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Soozy (Soozy)
Username: Soozy

Registered: 09-2009
Posted From: 81.158.238.131
Posted on Monday, September 20, 2010 - 08:23 pm:   

GCW and I had a fabulous time meeting up with friends old and new!

Joel - I hope you are now feeling much better and that it didn't spoil your time at FantasyCon?

Looking forward to doing it all again next year
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Gcw (Gcw)
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Registered: 03-2008
Posted From: 81.158.238.131
Posted on Monday, September 20, 2010 - 08:54 pm:   

A great Fantasycon, lovely to see everyone from the last two years and lots of new people too.

I only wish I could have bought more books, but budget was a bit more restricted this year, if I could, I would have bought everything!

Cheers all!

gcw
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Steve Bacon (Stevebacon)
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Registered: 09-2008
Posted From: 90.211.103.120
Posted on Monday, September 20, 2010 - 09:42 pm:   

I was only there on the Saturday (and then, only for a short time) but I successfully beat Elton John's 1998 record for the most money spent in 5 hours.
It was great to see you lot. The launches were fun. My wife was surprised that everyone was so nice (I think she thought you'd all be bastards like me!)
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Simon Bestwick (Simon_b)
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Registered: 10-2008
Posted From: 86.24.209.217
Posted on Monday, September 20, 2010 - 10:09 pm:   

Had a great time, as ever- good to meet old friends again and to make a few new ones.

And finally I've blogged about FCon! Every year I say I'll do it and every year it doesn't happen... but this year finally it has:

http://simon-bestwick.blogspot.com/2010/09/back-from-fantasycon.html
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Mark West (Mark_west)
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Registered: 03-2008
Posted From: 86.171.253.12
Posted on Tuesday, September 21, 2010 - 12:36 am:   

Brilliant time, great to meet so many of the board members (and put names to faces).

Like Simon, I've blogged it too - http://www.markwest.org.uk/
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Jonathan (Jonathan)
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Registered: 03-2008
Posted From: 91.143.178.131
Posted on Tuesday, September 21, 2010 - 11:07 am:   

I too have blogged: http://abaddonbooks.blogspot.com/2010/09/what-we-did-at-fantasycon-2010.html
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Carole Johnstone (Carolej)
Username: Carolej

Registered: 04-2010
Posted From: 194.176.105.55
Posted on Tuesday, September 21, 2010 - 03:23 pm:   

Had a brilliant time at 2nd ever FCon Wished I could have met more of you, but very happy to meet those that I did.
I'm horribly shy and easily distracted - particularly when hungover! Plus I spent a lot of time carting books up to my room. Oh yeah, and drinking.
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Stephen Theaker (Stephen_theaker)
Username: Stephen_theaker

Registered: 12-2009
Posted From: 62.30.117.235
Posted on Tuesday, September 21, 2010 - 03:33 pm:   

Brilliant to see that so many of you had such a great time. I did too, although it involved slightly less drinking and rather more administration:

http://theakersquarterly.blogspot.com/2010/09/mr-theakers-quarterly-fiction-goes -to.html
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Gary Fry (Gary_fry)
Username: Gary_fry

Registered: 03-2008
Posted From: 86.31.31.223
Posted on Tuesday, September 21, 2010 - 04:49 pm:   

Glad you covet my book, sir. :-)
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Stu (Stu)
Username: Stu

Registered: 04-2008
Posted From: 86.29.69.35
Posted on Tuesday, September 21, 2010 - 08:14 pm:   

My FCon blog at http://stuyoung.blogspot.com/2010/09/fantasycon-2010.html
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Frank (Frank)
Username: Frank

Registered: 09-2008
Posted From: 85.222.86.21
Posted on Tuesday, September 21, 2010 - 09:14 pm:   

Stu - Have to say you made me laugh out loud with that blog. That's the best of the lot, and I enjoyed reading them all, but yours was hilarious.
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Frank (Frank)
Username: Frank

Registered: 09-2008
Posted From: 85.222.86.21
Posted on Tuesday, September 21, 2010 - 09:18 pm:   

Stu - and oh, that brilliant scene with QT talking about Top Gun, Christ, it's been years since I last saw that movie. Brilliant.
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Frank (Frank)
Username: Frank

Registered: 09-2008
Posted From: 85.222.86.21
Posted on Tuesday, September 21, 2010 - 09:21 pm:   

I am of course referring to the clip you have on your blog. Just in case you were wondering if I'd had a temporary labotomy...I know there's no such thing...unless you count twelve pints of Strongbow and six double shot whisky chasers...
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Mark West (Mark_west)
Username: Mark_west

Registered: 03-2008
Posted From: 86.171.253.12
Posted on Tuesday, September 21, 2010 - 09:42 pm:   

Agreed - Stu, that was the funniest thing ever. You should write comedy.

What you missed out though was me leaning past you to whisper an answer to Pam, only to have her hiss back, through gritted teeth, "I know!"
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Zed (Gary_mc)
Username: Gary_mc

Registered: 03-2008
Posted From: 81.96.253.77
Posted on Tuesday, September 21, 2010 - 09:47 pm:   

Cary Grant and James Stewart are NOT great actors.
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Stu (Stu)
Username: Stu

Registered: 04-2008
Posted From: 81.100.125.17
Posted on Tuesday, September 21, 2010 - 10:02 pm:   

Frank -- glad you liked the blog.

Mark -- you should probably make it clear that you were giving Pam an answer to one of the quiz questions not what she said in the curry house.

Zed -- shweaty bollocksh.
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Zed (Gary_mc)
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Posted From: 81.96.253.77
Posted on Tuesday, September 21, 2010 - 10:32 pm:   

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Steve Bacon (Stevebacon)
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Registered: 09-2008
Posted From: 93.186.23.171
Posted on Wednesday, September 22, 2010 - 09:29 am:   

Superb, Stu.
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Frank (Frank)
Username: Frank

Registered: 09-2008
Posted From: 85.222.86.21
Posted on Wednesday, September 22, 2010 - 10:28 am:   

Zed - mate, Cary Grant and Jimmy Stewart (as he's known to his friends) were and still ARE towering acting greats. You mistake the superlative ease with which they slipped in and out of roles as everyman acting. I know, because I know everything about everything. Fry is no longer the officially renowned purveyor of 'I know nowt about films.' Zed the accolade is now yours.
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Gary Fry (Gary_fry)
Username: Gary_fry

Registered: 03-2008
Posted From: 86.31.31.223
Posted on Wednesday, September 22, 2010 - 10:33 am:   

Indeed. James Stewart in Vertigo - not a great actor? Do me a favour.
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Allybird (Allybird)
Username: Allybird

Registered: 03-2008
Posted From: 88.104.135.73
Posted on Wednesday, September 22, 2010 - 10:43 am:   

Cary Grant in Arsenic and Old Lace.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GVgUDPOiAlE
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Zed (Gary_mc)
Username: Gary_mc

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Posted From: 195.166.117.210
Posted on Wednesday, September 22, 2010 - 10:48 am:   

James Stewart in Vertigo - not a great actor? Do me a favour.

I didn't say he'd never given a great performance. he does there. I just find him way too sentimental in most of what he's done - and Grant is just smug. Give me Robert Mitchum, Lee Marvin, Humphry Bogart, Spencer Tracy any day of the week.
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Gary Fry (Gary_fry)
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Posted From: 86.31.31.223
Posted on Wednesday, September 22, 2010 - 10:54 am:   

Oh, come on, I saw your complete collection of Will Farrell DVDs when I visited your new gaff. You thought you'd hidden em behind the tough guys, didn't you? But I'm a trained detective.
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Stu (Stu)
Username: Stu

Registered: 04-2008
Posted From: 82.27.28.165
Posted on Wednesday, September 22, 2010 - 10:59 am:   

Ally, I think you sat alongside me and John Travis just as I was doing the world's worst James Stewart impression. "I'm going to sell him for money!"

James Stewart: The Pimp Years.
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Stu (Stu)
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Posted From: 82.27.28.165
Posted on Wednesday, September 22, 2010 - 11:00 am:   

>>I just find him way too sentimental in most of what he's done

This from the man who cries at readings.
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Allybird (Allybird)
Username: Allybird

Registered: 03-2008
Posted From: 88.104.135.73
Posted on Wednesday, September 22, 2010 - 11:02 am:   

'John also became obsessed with figuring out as many sports as possible for decomposing zombies to play.'

I remember this bit
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Stu (Stu)
Username: Stu

Registered: 04-2008
Posted From: 82.27.28.165
Posted on Wednesday, September 22, 2010 - 11:22 am:   

For anyone who wants to see the "I'm going to sell him for money" line done properly it's up at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IXkEMcj0G1A Be warned that the clip gives away the ending to Stewart's film The Naked Spur.
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Frank (Frank)
Username: Frank

Registered: 09-2008
Posted From: 85.222.86.21
Posted on Wednesday, September 22, 2010 - 02:25 pm:   

You seem to mistake 'tough' guy actors with a bunch of inveterate alcoholics (:...besides, JS joined up in the WWII and flew missions on bombers in and out of Germany...he joined up...mind you, Lee was an ace sniper stationed out in the Pacific, so I'll call that a draw...anyway...the point is, you mistake roles for acting...yes, you do, you Zeddy Boy...am I right, or am I right...
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Zed (Gary_mc)
Username: Gary_mc

Registered: 03-2008
Posted From: 195.166.117.210
Posted on Wednesday, September 22, 2010 - 03:00 pm:   

No. Not ever, in my experience.
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Frank (Frank)
Username: Frank

Registered: 09-2008
Posted From: 85.222.86.21
Posted on Wednesday, September 22, 2010 - 03:41 pm:   

Actually, the lot you mentioned were great actors. They ALL are. I'd like to know why De Niro has apparently an intense dislike of Bogart as an actor. I was reading some article about the remake of 'We're No Angels', and De Niro avoided any mention of comparing the two in the same role.
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Ian Alexander Martin (Iam)
Username: Iam

Registered: 10-2009
Posted From: 207.6.255.47
Posted on Wednesday, September 22, 2010 - 09:24 pm:   


quote:

John also became obsessed with figuring out as many sports as possible for decomposing zombies to play.


If only Travis would show such imagination when writing... or when deciding who to hang around with... or who should publish his works... we'd all be in a lot of trouble.

I feel that both Stewart and Grant are brilliant in nearly anything. Likewise, I'll watch anything involving Orson Welles, even that bit of toss which is the original Casino Royale with 87 different James Bonds. Bogart, while quite accomplished, is someone I'd like to enunciate more clearly overall (although I'll strike anyone in the face who says that The Caine Mutiny isn't a brilliant peace of film); watching him opposite Katherine Hepburn is like seeing both ends of the spectrum meeting one another to demonstrate circles.

...but back to Stu and FantasyCon. Damn, you're good!
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Allybird (Allybird)
Username: Allybird

Registered: 03-2008
Posted From: 88.111.128.251
Posted on Thursday, September 23, 2010 - 01:42 pm:   

Sorry about spelling your name wrong SKU I was very tired.
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Joel (Joel)
Username: Joel

Registered: 03-2008
Posted From: 217.37.199.45
Posted on Thursday, September 23, 2010 - 01:48 pm:   

Simon, have you considered writing a memoir called SKU's Me?

Thought not. I'll get me coat.
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Allybird (Allybird)
Username: Allybird

Registered: 03-2008
Posted From: 88.111.128.251
Posted on Thursday, September 23, 2010 - 01:54 pm:   

Ha!

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