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Time:03:28 pm
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"No, Mother, there are no Daleks in Lord of the Rings"

The above is a snippet of a conversation I had with my mother on our return from Collectormania 7. Don't ask - my parents are completely mystified by LOTR - never read the books, won't watch the films.

Anyway, despite the huge, gaping, black hole of emptiness that was Elijah's absence, I rather enjoyed it. I won't write a long report or anything, there are plenty of really good ones around, and I didn't manage to take any pics worth posting. But I did get to meet janejanejane and her husband briefly for the first time which was nice, also salogel42 again who I first met at the unforgettable CM4 - she found me sitting in a rather stunned condition just after my first ever meeting with the Lij. And I got to meet Seanie twice which was lovely as I'd never actually spoken to him before. The first time was on the Sat morning and it was all very fast-moving - he signed his book for me and I passed on a message to him from rakshi, which he was very pleased about, and that was it. But much later in the afternoon I noticed he had an open queue and at that point there was no-one there which was highly unusual. It would have been the perfect chance to get a little chat with him but I had no more cash on me, I was so mad with myself. The next day, having remedied the cash situation, I returned late afternoon again and sure enough, after a while, there were just a couple of people in the queue so I got another pic for him to sign and joined it. But almost immediately other people came up behind me so that put paid to that, although this time he did ask my name and how to spell it so he could personalise the pic (despite the notice saying 'no personalisations') and he took my hand in both of his and shook it very warmly and said he was very pleased to meet me - so it was certainly worth the extra £20!! I think I probably could have engaged him in further conversation - sometimes I'm my own worse enemy, just not pushy enough - I saw others coming after me chatting and posing for pics with him. I really wanted to ask him whether there was any progress on the project he mentioned last year (round the time Lij was in Prague) - something he was working on for him and Lij. Apparently at that time he was having trouble pinning Lij down and getting him to read it. I also wanted to tell him about our trip to Hobbiton and the tour guide telling us about him quite often going missing because he was helping the farm people chase up lost sheep!! Oh well, perhaps another time. I'm so glad to hear that Showmasters seem confident that Elijah will come again.

In other news, something I meant to post some time ago - its amazing how many people independently use that "old soul" description of Elijah - the latest two come from Franka in the Try 17 bts clip and Marc Warren, one of his 'Hooligans' co-stars. From a 'You' magazine article on MW:

"No wonder he bonded so well with the equally otherworldly-looking Elijah Wood, his co-star in the upcoming film Hooligans. 'With Elijah you get this real sense that he's an old soul - those eyes of his look as if he's been around for a long time, so that's why he must have got the part of Frodo".

Apart from the fact that he's such an excellent actor, of course!!

FOTR had its first terrestrial screening on Channel 4 here in the UK on Sat. To quote one tv guide "PJ's multi-award-winning trilogy starts a round of terrestrial screenings that will probably go on forever" (5 stars).

"will probably go on forever". Yes, I like that.

Hope to post more NZ soon:)

And just in case anyone is unaware, loads of pics of Lij at the thingie he went to last night can be found here:
http://www.livejournal.com/users/patsie/219102.html?#cutid1
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ladysunrope
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Time:2005-05-03 04:10 pm (UTC)
When I was at Hobbiton, the tour guide said that they let the sheep wander a little amongst the hobbit holes and the worst job on set was the job of picking up sheep droppings on the ground where shots were being set up. "I bet no one in their right mind volunteered for that job, who would?" There was silence - then as one, all fourteen of us raised our hands. He laughed and said every time he asked that question the results are the same no matter which part of the world the visitors are from.

I'm glad you had a good time there and that Sean had a message for Rak. She works hard on his site and deserves the recognition.
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not_alone
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Time:2005-05-03 07:35 pm (UTC)
Thats hilarious!! And my hand would certainly have gone up too:)
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rakshi
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Time:2005-05-03 04:43 pm (UTC)
Allow me to thank you again, dearest lady, for giving him my message, and for being kind enough to tell me what he said in return. You are the very best!!

Have a Seanie heart....

Love...
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not_alone
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Time:2005-05-03 07:40 pm (UTC)
It was my pleasure, believe me - it felt good to have a message for him & I enjoyed his reaction. Thanks for the Seanie heart :)
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lisabellex
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Time:2005-05-03 05:06 pm (UTC)
What a shame I didn't get to meet you there. I spent much time with Salogel, Janejanejane (and husband) and Elfellon. We had a wonderful time! Our reports and pictures are all up too, now.

Sean has lovely eyes, doesn't he?

;)
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not_alone
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Time:2005-05-03 07:43 pm (UTC)
Glad to hear you enjoyed it too - yes, Sean does have nice eyes - I thought he looked really nice at the signings. Unfortunately at the talk I couldn't see him too well - we were quite far back - and I wonder why they had such dim lighting!!
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lisabellex
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Time:2005-05-03 08:00 pm (UTC)
I think they chose completely the wrong venue. For starters, the audience seating was only good for looking UP at the cinema screen, not down at seated celebrities. Second, the lighting was appalling. Sorry you were near the back. We were lucky - we sat in the fourth row and had a very good view of the proceedings. Hope the sound travelled back all right.

;)
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not_alone
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Time:2005-05-03 08:58 pm (UTC)
*I think they chose completely the wrong venue*

I think you're probably right. Fortunately we were able to hear ok, thanks:)
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ex_salwood
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Time:2005-05-03 05:12 pm (UTC)
We only met briefly again. I didn't see you for the rest of weekend, but I hope you enjoyed it. Who knows if Elijah turns up and we get together again we can have a longer chat! :)
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not_alone
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Time:2005-05-03 07:49 pm (UTC)
I was hoping to see you & Jane & Chris again at the talk but we ended up losing the place (don't ask!!) and only just made it in time. When it was over my husband was worrying about where we'd left the car so we had to leave pretty quickly. Yes, when Elijah comes back (& I have to believe he will)we can talk again, hopefully for longer :)
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ex_salwood
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Time:2005-05-03 09:15 pm (UTC)
you lost your place 0_o OK, I won't ask!

But meeting you again was fab, even though it was short!
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