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Subject:FRODAY!!
Time:01:33 pm
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Just to let you know that I won't be around until late on Sunday, possibly even Monday. Tomorrow I will be in Milton Keynes Shopping Centre. Doesn't sound very exciting, does it? But for me that normally most mundane of places holds some very special and treasured memories. It was where I met Elijah for the very first time:)

HAPPY FRODAY!!

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primula_baggins
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Time:2009-03-20 01:54 pm (UTC)
"Milton Keynes Shopping Centre"

It does sound exciting to me, too. I can't hear those words without remembering the times our hobbits were there.

Have a good time, NA.

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not_alone
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Time:2009-03-22 10:17 pm (UTC)
We're back now! It was strange to go back - so many memories of that magical time:)
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shirebound
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Time:2009-03-20 02:04 pm (UTC)
I hope you have a really nice weekend.
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not_alone
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Time:2009-03-22 10:18 pm (UTC)
Thanks - it's been quite enjoyable. Hope you've had a good one too:)
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frodosweetstuff
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Time:2009-03-20 03:07 pm (UTC)
Happy Froday and have fun in Milton Keynes! :)

What a beautiful pic!! Thank you!
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not_alone
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Time:2009-03-22 10:21 pm (UTC)
You're welcome:) We're back now - it was good to see that place again:)
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melyanna_65
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Time:2009-03-20 04:44 pm (UTC)
Happy Froday, sweetie!!

For sure that place has a special meaning to you!

*hugs*

p.s. I so love your layout, what a fantastic pic of Frolijah!
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not_alone
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Time:2009-03-22 10:25 pm (UTC)
We're back now - it was so nostalgic to see the place again:)

p.s. I so love your layout, what a fantastic pic of Frolijah

Thank you - it is gorgeous isn't it? annwyn55 did it for me:)
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janejanejane
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Time:2009-03-20 05:59 pm (UTC)
Happy Froday to you too!

Oh yes, Milton Keynes shopping centre of blessed memory... the first time I saw Elijah in the beautiful flesh *sigh*

I only met Dom officially, but as their tables were next to each other I got quite close and had to drag my eyes away from Lij to speak to Dom, poor lad!

Have a great weekend :-)
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not_alone
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Time:2009-03-22 10:32 pm (UTC)
I only met Dom officially, but as their tables were next to each other I got quite close and had to drag my eyes away from Lij to speak to Dom, poor lad!

That must have been difficult! It was all so chaotic, wasn't it - I'll never forget the size of that queue for Elijah. If we hadn't been able to stay on for the Monday I'd never have got to him at all!!

It was strange going back there yesterday - very nostalgic:)
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janejanejane
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Time:2009-03-23 05:57 pm (UTC)
I bet it did feel a little odd being back there...

There was no indication which queue was which that time when Dom and Lij were there and when we got to the front after standing in line for a long time we discovered to my utter disappointment that it was Dom's not Elijah's. I was devastated!

The fact that their tables were together was the only thing that saved the day because we had to be back at work on the Monday and couldn't take a *sicky* as some people did.

Actually I was feeling rubbish with a very heavy cold, but Chris needed to be in work and we hadn't booked the room at the Travelodge for an extra night anyway, so we just couldn't stay for another shot at getting Elijah's autograph. That was why I got Gold Passes for LFCC, to make sure we got to meet Elijah and as many times as possible/as we could afford! :-)
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lijahlover
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Time:2009-03-20 07:48 pm (UTC)
Happy Froday hun :)
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not_alone
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Time:2009-03-22 10:33 pm (UTC)
Thanks - hope you had a good one too:)
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not_alone
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Time:2009-03-22 10:34 pm (UTC)
We're back now - and it was quite good. Very strange to be back there:)
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telstar_gold
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Time:2009-03-21 12:38 am (UTC)
Clueless here! What were they doing in Milton Keynes, of all places?!
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not_alone
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Time:2009-03-22 10:39 pm (UTC)
I know - it sounds really strange doesn't it? But believe it or not, back in October 2003 there were hobbits in the MK shopping centre!! It was where Collectormania4 was held, and Elijah, Sean & Dom were all guests promoting ROTK. It was absolute bedlam, the size of Elijah's queue was unbelievable! I wasn't able to reach him on the Sunday but they extended it for a day and I got to him on the Monday. I also attended two Q&A sessions with Elijah & Sean which was magical. Sweet memories:)
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bellewood
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Time:2009-03-21 01:33 am (UTC)
I didn't realise that C4 was in the actual shopping centre.. oh boy.. you're gonna have one awesome trip down memory lane. Enjoy every second.. i know you will!!

btw.. my 'first' was at ComiCon at Earls Court. I've been tempted to go back just to 'relive' the memories. .. and i would, if it wasn't quite so far.. :/

omg..that picture is out of this world.. *sigh*..
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not_alone
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Time:2009-03-22 10:45 pm (UTC)
Yes - it was in the actual shopping centre, with shoppers ambling past absolutely clueless as to what was happening! It was so nostalgic to see it again yesterday. I stood looking up at the windows where they'd looked down and waved at us during their break - I could picture them there just as if it was yesterday. And then there was the area where Elijah & Dom were signing - and the memories of those manic crowds and the endless queu came flooding back:)
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bellewood
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Time:2009-03-22 10:53 pm (UTC)
You had a good day then ;) .. i knew you would! But if you're anything like me, which i know you are, then the memories were bitter-sweet.. nostalgic, but tinged with a deep longing to live those times again.. *sigh*
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not_alone
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Time:2009-03-22 10:56 pm (UTC)
Yes, it was good - did a load of shopping. But our main reason for being there was a concert that Roger wanted to see in the evening. However, we were so exhausted after our long day of shopping that he lost all enthusiasm for it and we came home!!

ETA: Pressed reply too soon!! You're right - the memories were so bitter-sweet - I'd have given anything for a time machine!!

Edited at 2009-03-22 11:01 pm (UTC)
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mechtild
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Time:2009-03-22 12:49 am (UTC)
What's the "Milton Keynes Shopping Centre"? Is it some giant indoor mall? I am trying to picture it in my mind's eye. Here, a shopping center can be a huge indoor complex, or it can be a strip of box-shaped stores with a parking lot out front. :)

Why will you be there, I should also ask. Is there going to be another appearance there, or will you just be shopping?
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not_alone
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Time:2009-03-22 10:53 pm (UTC)
Milton Keynes is a town half way between London and Birmingham and they have a really huge indoor shopping centre (mall). In October 2003 Collectormania4 was held there and Elijah, Sean & Dom were guests - it was a very special time - manic but magical!! Sadly, our visit yesterday was nothing to do with Elijah or LOTR and there is no appearance looming - although I'd like to think he may return one day. Yesterday we were supposed to be going to a concert in the evening but after spending the whole day shopping my husband lost all his enthusiasm for it (I wasn't bothered) so we decided not to go and came home. But it was good to see the place again:)
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mechtild
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Time:2009-03-23 12:43 am (UTC)
HA HA! I had been imagining the place was named after a person, "Milton Keynes" as in "Milton Berle". I wondered why a shopping center would be named after an individual. DOH.
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