However, due to train problems or engineering work my trip went: Home -[walk]-> Enfield Town -[walk]-> Enfield Chase -[bus]-> Oakwood -[tube]-> Kings Cross St Pancras -[tube]-> Moorgate -[tube]-> Liverpool Street.
I finally catch Sacha and
However, due to train problems or engineering work my trip went: <b>Home -[walk]-> Enfield Town -[walk]-> Enfield Chase -[bus]-> Oakwood -[tube]-> Kings Cross St Pancras -[tube]-> Moorgate -[tube]-> Liverpool Street.</b>
I finally catch <b><a href="http://www.livejournal.com/users/wakaba_chan/">Sacha</a></b> and <b><a [lj2] href="http://www.livejournal.com/users/celticmyst/">Rachel</a></b> hanging around in Liverpool Street, and remembering my lack of sleep, I decide to acquire ProPlus tablets. I've never been one for these things, but I sense I'd need it in this instance, what with the potentially long day lying ahead.
<lj-cut text="A long story, primarily involving lots of 'we did this, then this, then this'...">After more bizarre travelling, we finally got to where we wanted to be: at the expo itself. I finally found out this was a sci-fi/fantasy convention. There were a few actors signing autographs and smiling for pictures, a few novel and interesting tidbits from films, some robots from Robot Wars, and some people galavanting around in costumes - my favourite being a slender person in a Star Wars costume (including cheap-looking lightsabre that looked like it'd been made with toilet rolls) whilst waddling along with one of those two-wheeled carts that old ladies usually drag around. It really didn't look right together.
I ended up taking a lot of pictures for the girls and dragging them towards the people they wanted to see. They seemed to have a mild fear of getting so close to such famous people. I just shrugged. Most of these actors were having fun meeting people that appreciated them.
The first people we talked to were the people who performed as the Weasley twins from the Harry Potter films, they were nice and down-to-earth people, even after Sacha had introduced herself and Rachel by spurting "OHMYGOSHWELOVEYOUYAAAY". After talking to them and taking pictures, I'd pointed out how they'd seem to look a little different in the pictures people were taking - one of them smiled showing teeth, whilst the other kept their mouth shut while they smiled. I reckon this was done on purpose, so you knew for certain which one was which based on their smile. Rachel, being a big fan of the duo, got an early birthday present from me when I paid for the two to sign a picture for her. Afterwards, the person who played Neville Longbottom was sitting next to them. He looked remarkably greasy, or like he'd decided to go for some look involving a credible amount of hair gel. He also looked like he'd lost a little puppy fat, he didn't look as chubby as he did in the pictures of him he was signing.
Round the corner and we saw a few Lord of the Rings people. John Noble (Denethor) and Craig Parker (Haldir) were the notable duo we pestered. John Noble disappeared off for a coffee break before we could annoy especially, but we had a nice chat with Craig Parker. He was remarkably chirpy, he had a very nice accent, and enjoyed the random conversation we started, after I was told to ask (for one of Sacha's friends, I may add) if he liked pasta. It got us into a conversation about if people liked breathing or water at the same time, and other such silly random things. The man likes his wine also, he really did mention he liked his wine.
After that, we were apparently about to meet Mercedes McNab (Harmony in Angel and Buffy, I've been informed) but she disappeared off. I also saw Greg Evigan (whose name clicked when I got home; 'he' was the voiceover for the spoof "When Things Get Knocked Over, Spilled Or Fall Out Of Cupboards!" thing, for TMWRNJ) and a few other random faces that I recognised, which means they were quite famous, as I'm not good with remembering random people.
I saw a copy of Look Around You going cheap and nabbed it, before we headed off outside for a little while to eat, drink and annoy each other. Rachel seemed a bit tired so me and Sacha basically hit each other with bottles until Rachel's scowl stopped us. Or something like that, my mind's hazy on the issue from continually making Sacha despise me with cleverly-crafted ways to clip her on the forehead.
After meeting that Harmony lady, we headed back to Stratford and from there parted company, me atypically saying goodbye a couple of times after taking the wrong route initially and backtracking to pester them again before I went. Once on a train and watching them disappear away, I had to take another quirky route to get home, heading into Camden to get on a bus to Kings Cross to get home. On the upside, it meant I got to pick up a copy of Withnail and I on the very cheap.
And now I'm back home. I don't feel like I know where all the money went, but I had £60 and it's down to £5. I'm not too fussed, it was a nice day to go travelling, it's another area in London I've got to enjoy and the company was pleasant, though I think we all struggled a little with the early morning.
I noticed throughout that you could tell how hardcore the fans were by the type of camera they used to take the pictures. Us lot, who'd gone there for fun, had a disposable Boots camera. We saw several people with ridiculous-quality cameras, video cameras, etc etc. It really was a little unsettling. I do feel sorry for celebrities with the way they can get hounded so easily.
Anyway. I've got a lot to do tomorrow and I think after the lack of sleep last night I really should get some now.