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Nov. 11th, 2008 11:24 am
hellison: (happyhappy joyjoy)
Yesterday, I decided (since it was a good day) to brave Getting The Train To Work. Last time I tried this, it didn't work out so well , but that was 2 months ago.

This time? So. Much. Better! There was Aching, yes, but less of the actual stabbing pain during the walking and none of the extensive pain afterward! And today? All is well. Last time there was Pain for about 2 days afterwards.

So, YAY! And Hurrah! and so on. This is a Good Sign.


Oh, on a completely different note, I realised at the weekend I forgot to get money for tickets off the Gaiman-Going Folk. So now y'all owe me a couple of pints and/or favours. Tho, I'm not quite sure what £8 worth of favours would amount to - feel free to make suggestions!

Or you could all club together for One Big Favour...

*imagines this*

I think I need a lie down.
hellison: (NG fangirl)
So, mainly for the attention of [livejournal.com profile] gnillot, [livejournal.com profile] kimkali and [livejournal.com profile] being_here ;

The Talk Details are -

London Talk and Signing
Friday, 6:30pm, 31st October 2008
Old Theatre
London School of Economics
Houghton Street, WC2A 2AE


Have already (a whole week in advance, go me!) sorted out meeting up with [livejournal.com profile] malvino onna train, and Gnillot is meeting us at the theatre.
Which just leaves Kim and Being_here - I'll be leaving Reading at 4ish I reckon, and Paddington by about 5, hopefully to be at the theatre by 6 or so(thus allowing ample time for me to Walk Very Slowly and/or Get Lost along the way).

If you could let me know if you still are coming along (the whole thing is sold out and there is a waiting list for tickets, so I'd feel kinda mean about wasting one), and if so, where and when is easiest to hook up, that would be great. Then all we have to do is synchronise watches and chose the appropriate colour of carnation to wear!

ION it's been a busy yet uneventful week (ie nothing actually interesting enough to write about ;p).
Had 2nd riding lesson, which was less nerve wracking and thus much more fun than the first, even managed a decent canter with no flailing or panic.
Got my hair done so I look less like a frizzy badger.
Prodded various Cunning Things Drakkos is doing for the mud . Slept.
And that's about it really! Have a wedding to go to this weekend - never did find someone to go with, but should be fun anyway, as I have a New Dress and am even getting a Hair Do. It's all good really.
hellison: (NG fangirl)
On a bit of Good News for Monday, I have phoned up and ordered five tickets for the Neil Gaiman talk on 31st October, nominally for - [livejournal.com profile] malvino, [livejournal.com profile] being_here, [livejournal.com profile] gnillot and [livejournal.com profile] kimkali. And me!

If anyone else wants to come, the number to call & details are a few posts back, if anything changes between now and then and I have a spare ticket, I shall post again. or have a raffle. Or something.

Now, to plot the kidnapping...
hellison: (NG fangirl)
So, Hallowe'en weekend, I shall be in London. Well, reading, but still

On that friday, yet again by STRANGE COINCIDENCE Neil Gaiman will be in London doing a talk/ signing as detailed here -

London Talk and Signing
Friday, 6:30pm, 31st October 2008
Old Theatre
London School of Economics
Houghton Street, WC2A 2AE


Blackwell Charing Cross Road are very pleased to announce an exclusive London event with Neil Gaiman, to celebrate the launch of his fantastic new novel, The Graveyard Book.

Join us on the 31st October, Halloween, for a talk and signing, starting at 6.30pm.

Tickets are priced at 8 pounds and 6 pounds (concessions), and will entitle you to 2 pounds off either edition of the book on the night. The book officially goes on sale on the 30th October, so this should be a fun one.

Tickets can be purchased in two ways: come into the shop (Blackwell, 100 Charing Cross Road, London WC2H 0JG), or contact us by phone on 020 7292 5100 and we will send your tickets out to you. We expect the phone lines to be very busy for the first couple of days, so bear with us!



So, anyone fancy it? Horrormeeters - a fine way to start the weekend?


[Poll #1264704]

[livejournal.com profile] thipe has already provide one cunning kidnap plan, detailed thusly - http://artpad.art.com/gallery/?k7ldlgax0x4
hellison: (hat)
So the weekend, in more detail!

Started in central London on friday, meeting [livejournal.com profile] reuss and (after some confusion caused by my crap direction giving) [livejournal.com profile] malvino for lunch, after which headed Covent Garden-wards with Malvino. Wandered about a bit trying to find the Bravissimo shop and failing, so we decided the best thing to do was go to the pub. Which proved to be the Right Thing, because there we found a map. And also pints.

Suitably refreshed and redirected, we set out again for the Bra shop, tho Malvino would go no further than the entrance, preferring instead to find another pub, for some reason.
After that was done, and some housewarming-present buying, we headed off to find the Forbidden Planet the signing was in, and, since we were early, another pub. This one also had cricket on. And pints.
Went back to the shop and wandered round it trying to find the signing. Eventually got directed 'round the back' by a lackey, where the queue actually was.
Queued. Got Rained on.
Queued some more. Ran off to *shudder* irish pub round the corner for Toilet Break.
Queued yet more.
Eventually got inside! And the very Lovely and Patient Mr Gaiman signed things. BOOK THINGS. Not underwear OR body parts. And chatted briefly, despite his lack of voice and the queue of people still waiting behind us.

Then, finally, headed off to meet Reuss again, get trains homewards and even very kindly chauffered back from the station by [livejournal.com profile] daegul with a Fizzy Wines pit stop.
Got back, had tour of lovely new house, drank Fizzy Wines (hmm tasty), ate take away and watched House for the first time, which is very funny. And great.

Then bed. Or *tried* going to bed but the sofa bed objected quite violently and tried to eat me while reverting to sofa-state, so had to summon Daegul and he very manfully applied Tools and beat it into submisson.
Got into bed again. Very Very Carefully. But it held together this time and great sleeping was had. Hurrah!

Saturday dawned bright and early and involved Much Unpacking of Boxes. Got to see the Sights of Maidenhead too, including the Tip (with its slightly overly-friendly staff), Homebase AND Sainsburys. Many many books were unpacked. Also CDs. A pirate chest was built! It was all very exciting.
Then people started Arriving and Partying began, with barbequing and the usual eating, drinking, hanging out in the kitchen, wiping blood on people, much wii-ing and a damn good time was had.

Sunday was... quieter. Large breakfasts were had and more wii-ing was done (why do the baseball guys have NO LIMBS??). Mirrormask was watched - very good, but very surreal - and another DIY masterpiece was created by [livejournal.com profile] reuss, with me as her Lovely Assistant holding bits of wood together and counting screws and so on.

And then, alas, it was time to go and face the horror that is Heathrow with a Hangover. And go home. Woe.

Great weekend tho! The rest of the photos are for anyone interested ;)
hellison: (NG fangirl)
Subject: Your Amazon.co.uk order


Dear Customer,
We wanted to give you an update on the status of your order [202-8153647-5587007]. We are sorry to report that, despite our best efforts, we have beenunable to source the following item:
Neil Gaiman, Charles Vess (Illustrator) "Stardust"

We apologise for the length of time it has taken us to reach this conclusion. Until recently, we had still hoped to obtain this item for you. This item has now been cancelled from your order and we can confirm thatyou have not been charged for it.


AAAAAAAAAARRRRRRRRRRRRRGGGGGGGGGGGGHHHHHHHHHHHHH

Thats the SECOND time fucking amazon have let me order this, kept me waiting for MONTHS then told me they can't get it.

WHY DO THEY DO THIS TO ME?

Anyone any idea where I *can* get a copy? Forbidden Planet have the unillustrated version but... Hmm. Ebay perhaps.

BAH.

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