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Time:08:35 pm
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The house is a tip, the pile of laundry is really scary, but one must get one's priorities right, so I've spent most of the day looking at everyone's pics from LF & CC and trying to sort my own feeble offerings out.

First of all, sorry I haven't commented on anyone else's pics & reports yet, I knew if I did I'd never get round to doing this today, but I do intend to go back and read everything more carefully and to leave comments - I've seen some absolutely amazing pics out there.

Well, I still haven't come back down to earth from my experience yet - I don't know how I'll be able to go back to work tomorrow and just act normal - just saying "oh, it was great" and quickly changing the subject should anyone enquire about "this exhibition you went to in London"!! How could I tell anyone that I'd feasted my eyes on the light of my life for two days running and it was pure bliss? Think they may get a bit worried:)

On top of all this I had the lovely experience of meeting my friend Alexandra (Allie)who came with her friend Maria all the way from Prague especially to see Elijah. We have corresponded on the internet for years but this was the first time we'd met. They are two delightful ladies and I was amazed at how brilliant their English was. It was also lovely to see a few other LJ friends again:)

It was because of Allie & Maria that, on the Sat morning, the 3 of us got into Elijah's autograph queue much earlier than we should have done. Despite queuing for a couple of hours to get in, our tickets were No. 300+ and these numbers weren't called until the afternoon. But the Showmasters person was so interested in the fact that they'd come from Prague because he'd been there, and he let us in!!! I loved the arrangement here because you got to see Elijah for a long time before you actually reached him for your signing. The first sighting had exactly the same effect its always had - I now call it the china doll effect because he is just so petite and compact and dainty, and his skin is so perfect, and the eyes, the eyelashes ... sorry, got a bit carried away there!! Yes, he still has the beard, and even though I'd prefer him to shave it off, when you see him in real life it doesn't seem to matter so much - he's just so stunning that whether or not he has a beard doesn't seem important. So I was able to just observe him signing for people, over & over, and being so polite and shaking hands with everyone - and he just seemed so serene. One thought that occurred to me while I was standing there - I wish I'd been able, just once, to see him in the flesh during LOTR filming - he must have been the most beautiful sight imaginable in the Frodo costume.

Only those who have had this experience will fully understand that at this stage you need six pairs of hands. You have your money to pay for your pics which is then replaced by a tiny ticket to prove you've paid, you have the things you want him to sign, you may, like me, have a gift for him, and then there's the camera. There were lots of opportunities at this stage to take pics of him but I was torn between wanting pics and wanting to just drink him in - I missed a perfect opportunity when he posed for someone and I was really close - I was just gazing at him and then it was too late. I took quite a few pics but most of them were blurred - I'm hopeless, I'm afraid. Below are the not so blurred ones, but not terribly good:

Sat morning signing:









Suddenly, you realise you're getting really close to him, things are moving too fast - everything you were going to say just disappears into thin air. When I was really near the attendant asked if I wanted my name on the pics and asked me to write it down. This was great news - I've had a load of things signed by him but never personalised. And suddenly omg there I was right in front of him. I said something to him but I won't say what because it will sound very silly - but it worked at the time and I got a lovely smile and laugh from him. I gave him 2 things to sign and then his gift - the metal puzzle that I posted about a few days ago, similar to the one they gave him on that Japanese programme. I said something along the lines of "I saw you grappling with that puzzle on Japanese tv, don't know if you remember, but I thought you might like to try another one". Recollection dawned on his face - he was really interested in it and studied it hard - he said "I've seen this - its supposed to be really difficult" He thanked me and we shook hands and I said "Its lovely to meet you again Elijah" and he said "And you too". He doesn't know me from Adam, of course, but its lovely to hear him say that. And when I got home and opened up my computer what should I find but a pic of him studying my gift - it was on one of those official photographic sites and has been posted by several people. Thank God I'm not in it!!



When he was signing my pics I hadn't noticed what he was writing and when I looked at them afterwards I got a lovely surprise - on each one he'd put "Pauline, Much Love, Elijah Wood". I know he probably put the same on hundreds of others that day - but I get such a warm glow when I see those words:) And I can't tell you how precious it is to have those words on my copy of the very first LOTR Fan Club mag with Frodo's lovely face on it:



This was the second pic:



Then it was straight on to the photo op queue. This was the quickest photo op I've seen yet - it was literally rapid-fire, one after the other. As it got to my turn my legs suddenly turned to jelly - I felt really nervous, even though I've done this twice before and I was visibly shaking - as I walked up he said "Hi, how are you?" and I said "Very nervous" - he made a sympathetic sound and I put my arm round his shoulders as I'd seen many others do. When it was done he said "You did great". Sorry, this one is not fit for public consumption. Elijah is fine - just his standard photo op smile - but me, well ... my first reaction was "For God's sake woman get back on that diet"!! but a good caption for this pic would be "Look what I've got"!! I really look like the cat that got the cream!!

And so to Day 2. Again, I somehow managed to get myself ushered in early & I don't quite know why - my ticket was 200+, I'd lost Allie & Marie at that stage and was talking to janejanejane and we noticed that people were just going through - so in we went. Again I took a few rather pathetic pics:







The first thing I gave him to sign was a mounted copy of the Paul Vinet Frodo portrait. As he handed it to me he very carefully explained that the surface of this was such that it could take a long time to dry and I'd need to be careful that it didn't smudge - I can't remember his exact words but I was quite touched that he really took his time over this. I then gave him another gift - I said it was a little something I wanted to give him and it was all explained in the attached note - he seemed quite intrigued and thanked me. It would take too long to explain this now - perhaps in another post - one day. This time I got a heart on the Frodo pic and the second one I just had signed at the suggestion of the assistant:

There isn't really a kink in the pic - it was something I did during scanning!!


Only one more signature needed on this!!


And on to the photo op!! I'd been thinking to myself that it would be nice to get a proper smile from him - with teeth. It shouldn't be too difficult - and it wasn't!! All I said, as I put my arm round him again, was "I hope you're not getting a sore shoulder". I wonder if he got the Frodo ref. I heard a little chuckle but it wasn't until I collected the pic that I realised I'd succeeded - I'd got teeth!! So its a great pity that I had to go and completely spoil it by pulling the most ridiculous face imagineable. And I don't even remember doing it:( No way can that be seen. However, I'm so proud of the teeth that I've cut myself off and posted it below. I think the smile was just beginning to fade as the camera clicked, a second earlier and I'm sure it would've been a beauty!!

Again - there are no black streaks on the pic - its something that happens with my scanner:


My fingers look as if they're really digging into him but I promise they weren't really!!



You know what's really special about this pic? Every time I look at it I'll know that I brought that smile to his face.

After that there was just one more treat in store - the talk in the afternoon. Got quite a good seat in sixth row. I knew this would be the quickest half hour in history and I was right. I'd intended to write about the questions and answers but this is turning into such a long post perhaps I'd better leave that for now. I'm going to trawl through my flist and if I find a transcript anywhere I'll post a link to it. Otherwise I'll write as much as I remember in another post.

Can't believe it's over. Only now is the true disappointment of ELF sinking in. I loved the idea of coming to London and not having to cope with the horrible anti-climax afterwards - it would have been complete luxury to know that in less than a month I'd be experiencing this all over again. But some things are just too good to be true - it was never meant to be. And I know its so much worse for many others who have never met him at all.
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grievous_angel
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Time:2006-07-04 09:27 pm (UTC)
My God, I think I saw you! You were just ahead of me in the signing line!! Why didn't I know you were there?? I saw him thank somebody and say how tricky something was - and he was looking at a box exactly like that.
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not_alone
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Time:2006-07-05 08:44 pm (UTC)
Ohhh - I wish I'd known - would love to have met you!! Perhaps next time - there must be a next time:)
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ex_salwood
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Time:2006-07-04 09:36 pm (UTC)
Pauline what a fantastic report!

I've yet to write mine!

I got a teeth smile as well at the photo op and was ecstatic.. more about that in my report whenever I get to write it.

it was fantastic to see you again. We must have bumped into each other several times over the weekend, but never really hooked up! Not sure why, but wasn't it the most fabulous weekend ever!
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not_alone
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Time:2006-07-05 08:47 pm (UTC)
It was a great weekend, wasn't it? I'm looking forward to your report - I've seen quite a few of your pics and they're absolutely beautiful - perfection!! Glad you got teeth too :D
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shirebound
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Time:2006-07-04 09:52 pm (UTC)
What a wonderful report! I'm so happy for you.

I wish I'd been able, just once, to see him in the flesh during LOTR filming - he must have been the most beautiful sight imaginable in the Frodo costume.

Omigosh, don't we all. Wow.
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not_alone
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Time:2006-07-05 08:54 pm (UTC)
Thank you - glad you enjoyed it:) Yes, he must have looked amazing in the Frodo costume - this 'china doll' thing I'm always on about is something that rarely comes across in pics, or even on the screen - it just hits me each time I see him and I'm sure it would have been even more effective in the costume:)
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ismenin
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Time:2006-07-04 10:00 pm (UTC)
Lovely report my dear. And, yes, he only has to smile to turn us all to jelly! xxxx
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not_alone
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Time:2006-07-05 08:57 pm (UTC)
Glad you enjoyed the report Issy. I was so sorry to hear that you weren't well enough to come but I know you were there in spirit:)
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ourdramaqueen
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Time:2006-07-04 10:08 pm (UTC)
Oh what a great report - and your pics may be a bit blurry but they're still good! Thank you! :D
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not_alone
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Time:2006-07-05 09:01 pm (UTC)
Thank you - glad you enjoyed it!! I think any pic I take of Elijah is always going to be blurry because my hands are shaking so much - it's a no win situation!!
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baranduin
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Time:2006-07-04 10:28 pm (UTC)
this is such a wonderful report! I'm so glad you had a good time, thank you for sharing it with us :-)
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not_alone
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Time:2006-07-05 09:02 pm (UTC)
Thank you very much - so glad you enjoyed it:)
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primula_baggins
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Time:2006-07-04 10:33 pm (UTC)
Honey, this was very special. Thanks so much for sharing. I'm pleased you got a smile out of him. That IS rare. The photos you had him sign are really beautiful and I especially love the one he wrote "much love" on. The other ones I've seen posted by other folks, he just drew a heart.

Happy he enjoyed the gift too. I really would like to see if there's anything about the Q&A. I saw only very brief comments about it to the effect that it wasn't anything we didn't already know. But you know, I'd still like to hear what he said in more detail.

Oh, and also, glad you got to meet Allie! I would love to meet her too.

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primula_baggins
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Time:2006-07-04 10:36 pm (UTC)
BTW, the black marks made by your scanner may be marks on the glass of the scanner. Try using some glass cleaner on it and see if that fixes it.
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frodoholic
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Time:2006-07-04 10:49 pm (UTC)
Wonderful report Pauline!! OMG!!!! He personalized his autographs to you-now thats special.
To see him in his Frodo costume in rl, I can only just imagine. You'd have to scrape me up off the floor.
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not_alone
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Time:2006-07-05 09:15 pm (UTC)
Thank you - so glad you enjoyed it!! Yes, it was a real thrill to finally get personalised pics - I will always treasure them.
To see him in his Frodo costume in rl, I can only just imagine. You'd have to scrape me up off the floor.

Me too!! There's only so much beauty a person can take!! :D
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lisabellex
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Time:2006-07-04 10:53 pm (UTC)
What a lovely account. I'm so pleased you had this wonderful experience! Thank you for sharing your photographs and report.

:D
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not_alone
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Time:2006-07-05 09:16 pm (UTC)
You're very welcome - so glad you enjoyed them:)
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wisteria_way
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Time:2006-07-04 11:21 pm (UTC)
I'm glad for you. What a lovely experience. I just hope someday I DO get to meet him after all.
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not_alone
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Time:2006-07-05 09:24 pm (UTC)
I just hope someday I DO get to meet him after all.

I hope so too - I really do appreciate how lucky I've been.
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woodfrodo
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Time:2006-07-04 11:29 pm (UTC)
Wow, fanastic report and photos!! Glad you had grand time! ^__^
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not_alone
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Time:2006-07-05 09:25 pm (UTC)
Thank you so much - we certainly did have a grand time:)
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westmoon
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Time:2006-07-04 11:32 pm (UTC)
Pauline,

Those are lovely pictures and autographs. :) And that is so cool that it's your gift he's looking at in the picture!
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not_alone
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Time:2006-07-05 09:28 pm (UTC)
Thank you very much - glad you liked them. I couldn't believe it when I saw the pic of him looking at the gift - that is very special:)
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teresarosewood
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Time:2006-07-05 12:52 am (UTC)
Omg your report had me in tears. How perfectly beautiful that he personalized your photos for you! I haven't gotten that yet, even with all the times I've seen him!

My heart is squeeing for those who finally got to meet him, but oh dear the agony of the end of the month is about killing me now! Are you going to ELF too or was it just the London Con?


I love your photos...they may have been a bit blurry but wow they were much better than mine ever turn out concerning him hehe :) I guess my hands are never quite steady when I see him or something...go figure! ;)
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not_alone
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Time:2006-07-05 09:41 pm (UTC)
Ohhh thank you ... I didn't think I'd ever get a personalized pic and I'd decided that I'd never ask - I was thrilled when I knew he was going to put my name on - but when I saw the "much love" - that was icing on the cake!! We are still going to ELF and I'm sure I shall enjoy it - I'm just trying to regard it as a holiday where we'll see a bit of NY with the added bonus of seeing some LJ friends and some LOTR people. But - it is hard getting used to the fact that he won't be there - I know I'm greedy, but I also know I don't have to tell you that you can never get enough of Lij. Are you still going?
guess my hands are never quite steady when I see him or something That's it exactly!! As I said to someone else above - I'll never take a good pic of him because my hands will always shake!!
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bunniewabbit
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Time:2006-07-05 04:05 am (UTC)
I love that that is your gift he's holding in that wire service pic! I studied that thing when I first saw it, trying to figure out what he was looking at so intently. It's cool to know, now, and that it came from you!

I was going to have him sign that same Hooligans pic at ELF. *sigh*
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not_alone
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Time:2006-07-05 09:50 pm (UTC)
Yes - that pic will always be very special to me - couldn't believe it when I saw it!!

I was going to have him sign that same Hooligans pic at ELF

Ohh - that's sad:( Even though I've had the London experience, I'm still terribly disappointed about ELF - but I know it's so much worse for those who weren't able to see him over here.
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ladysunrope
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Time:2006-07-05 06:22 am (UTC)
oh I love the fact that one of the official pics had your gift on it -at C4 on the day he was wearing a green shirt, he was pictured as wearing a silver badge on it -that was my gift(it was a tiny map of NZ from Queenstown) and I was so thrilled for days!

Great report and pics!
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not_alone
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Time:2006-07-05 09:58 pm (UTC)
That must have been wonderful to see him wearing that badge!! At ELF last year I gave him a couple of gifts from NZ and one of them was a pendant. A couple of days later he was pictured at another event wearing a pendant on a black cord (which mine had) but it was tucked under his t-shirt - well, I studied those pics really hard and I could make out a shape that could have been the Maori symbol I gave him, but I couldn't be sure. But I do like to think it was mine:)
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trianne
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Time:2006-07-05 07:18 am (UTC)
I think we saw you and one of our group said, "is that not_alone?" and I said in a louder voice, "not_alone???" (not knowing your real name) and hoped you'd turn round but you didn't so we thought it couldn't be you. But by the shirt you are wearing, I'm sure it was! Great pics, love :)
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not_alone
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Time:2006-07-05 10:07 pm (UTC)
Ohhh - I wish I'd heard you!! Was it in the photo op queue? If so, I was probably lost in thought about what I was going to say to him!! I knew you and a couple of others from my flist would be there but because I'd never seen your pics I didn't know who I was looking for!! Next time (there must be a next time) I will be more organised & make sure I've seen pics of everyone going:)
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starlit_woods
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Time:2006-07-05 11:39 am (UTC)
What a great report! Thank you so much for that and for sharing all the wonderful photo's :) That's so cool that it was your present he was looking at in the publicity photo's!

I'd never thought about it till you said it, but I really would love to have seen him in the flesh in his Frodo costume too, it would be so unreal, like a fairytale character come to life :)
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not_alone
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Time:2006-07-05 10:12 pm (UTC)
Thank you - so glad you enjoyed the report & pics!! And yes, I get a real thrill from the pic of him studying my gift:)

it would be so unreal, like a fairytale character come to life :)

That's it exactly!!
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(Anonymous)
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Time:2006-07-05 08:46 pm (UTC)
Ooooh Pauline! What a lovely report. I'm so pleased that your latest meeting with Elijah was so special. You chose beautiful pictures for him to sign - the Paul Vinet B&W print, and the four hobbits post-quest are two of my favourites. And your photo-op pic - well, that goes without saying, but it's a pity you cut yourself off.

Thanks so much for sharing.

Love, Blossom.
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not_alone
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Time:2006-07-05 10:21 pm (UTC)
Hi Blossom - glad you enjoyed the report!! Yes, it was very special to meet him again - twice!!
but it's a pity you cut yourself off.
Actually, if you saw it, you'd know exactly why I did that!! Absolutely horrendous :D I was so annoyed with myself for spoiling it after getting him to smile so sweetly!! Glad you liked my choice of pics for him to sign:)

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janejanejane
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Time:2006-07-05 08:48 pm (UTC)
Hi Pauline!

Thanks for this great report :) I loved reading it and re-living memories with you...

How wonderful that Elijah wrote "Much love" - I got hearts on mine, but I did get a bunny on one of my pics!

It was a fantastic weekend, made even better by meeting up with friends like you! Hope to spend a bit more time with you next time... ;D

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not_alone
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Time:2006-07-05 10:34 pm (UTC)
Hi Jane!! Glad you enjoyed my reminiscences:) I saw the bunny he did for you - that was sweet. I can't remember if we came to any conclusions about where this bunny originated - I know he's done it several times before, once on a tablecloth that was auctioned at ORC - but I'm still not sure if it's a bunny from
something or if its his own invention:)

Hope to spend a bit more time with you next time... ;D

Oh definitely!! And I've decided that next time we shall have Gold Passes too - he'll be sick of the sight of me by the time it's over!!
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chocolatebuny
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Time:2006-07-07 02:55 am (UTC)
better late than never jane. :)

i love the fact that you have all but one of the guy's signatures on your photo. i'm hoping for a full house one day. i'll have two after ELF. (praying for 3 if you know who decides to shock us) ;-)

what a lovely report! and i bet he did remember you from adam. you look nothing like him! :)
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chocolatebuny
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Time:2006-07-07 02:57 am (UTC)
whoops! sorry for the misnaming here. i've been all over creation with these reports, i forgot where i was.

*hangs head* :-/
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april57
Subject:not a fantasy!
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Time:2006-07-07 12:39 pm (UTC)
Hi Pauline! Thanks for the wonderful report of the event. It was my great pleasure to share all the excitement of the meeting Elijah with you and Allie. For me it was the very first personal seeing this wonderful young man and I know I will never forget the weekend of 1st and 2nd July 2006. Now I am back home in the Czech Republic and I am enjoying all the pics and reports all over the web.
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not_alone
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Time:2006-07-08 08:07 pm (UTC)
Hello again Marie!! I'm so glad you enjoyed my report - there are so many pics and reports all over the place that even after one whole week I'm still finding new ones!! Looking at all of these helps to ease the sadness of knowing it's over:)
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(Anonymous)
Subject:Allie
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Time:2006-07-07 01:36 pm (UTC)
My dear Paulie, I´ve sent you just now an e-mail but I have to tell you THANK you for you are! Really it was very nice and excitment to meet you personaly, as I know you quite good from our letters...:o)
And I have notice-do you know that the pic next to Hooligans signed pics is Marie´s hands? :o)
By e for now, I have to go now
Allie
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not_alone
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Time:2006-07-08 08:19 pm (UTC)
Hi Allie - thanks for your email - I will reply as soon as possible. It was so wonderful to meet you at last:) No I hadn't noticed Marie's hands in that pic. But I've just told her about this : http://janejanejane.livejournal.com/48662.html#cutid1
the second pic down is Marie standing at Elijah's table!! It was taken by Chris - husband of janejanejane. None of you unfortunately - Jane was disappointed about that, she wanted to see you as she remembers you from the EII Yahoo Group. There are some pics there of me though. After seeing these I've decided the time has come to go on a serious diet!!!
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not_alone
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Time:2006-07-08 08:22 pm (UTC)
Thank you - very glad you enjoyed them:) *goes back to check out 9th pic* Ohhh yes - angelic!!
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infinite__rain
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Time:2006-07-08 12:16 pm (UTC)
Awww, that is just the cutest! <3

I just wantedto ask if I could post the pics at http://elijah.netg.se (ElijahNet) [credit will be given] but if yuo don't wanna that's totally understandable :)
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not_alone
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Time:2006-07-08 08:24 pm (UTC)
Hi - glad you liked them:) Yes - of course you may post at ElijahNet - I'm flattered!!
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melyanna_65
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Time:2006-07-08 02:21 pm (UTC)
Hello, I'm Melyanna from Rome.

I was at the LFCC on Saturday, too, and now I'm enjoying other people's reports and pics, just to remember my experience and to share the same feeling.

Yours is a very nice and heartfelt report. I perfectly understand you when you say that we needed six pairs of hands (too many things to hold, all together, yes!). And the fact that you (just like me) were torn between wanting pics and wanting to absorb every single detail of him (the most beautiful creature ever!).

I sent my own report with pics at my LJ.

Thanks again for sharing, lots of hugs!
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not_alone
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Time:2006-07-08 08:27 pm (UTC)
Hello Melyanna - nice to hear from you:) I'm so glad you enjoyed my report - and I will certainly be popping over to your LJ very soon to read yours:)
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