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Matthew Macfadyen star of Spooks, Pride and Prejudice and more recently Ripper Street has been one of favourite actors for many years. He had an amazing and very natural acting talent not to mention being a total heartthrob so has long been on my list of actors that I wanted to design a fan site on. So here it is. As always a letter has been posted to the actor telling him about the website. Click on the link below to view the fansite.

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admin   June 5th, 2017   No Comments

 

I have been thinking a lot about my depression and my own ups and downs of the last couple of years since I was diagnosed. It isn’t something you can switch off when it gets too much otherwise you would have it permanently off.

You live with it day and night. It’s a daily battle like being in a boxing ring constantly trying to fight it off. People who commit suicide don’t want to end their lives they want to end their pain.

I’m saddened by the ignorance to mental health and depression that airs in events such as this. Nobody chooses to be truly depressed, it’s not because of weakness, and it doesn’t make somebody self-centred nor selfish.

Depression doesn’t just happen for specific reasons that can be pinpointed and simply fixed, it isn’t rational, it isn’t logical, but it hits like a baseball bat to the face…it’s not a case of choosing to smile, feelings of little self-worth can be absolutely debilitating.

Depression doesn’t however, stop people from being kind and good to others
If any good can come of this, remember to treat people well, ensure your words and actions positively affect people, inspire confidence, empower, build, lift others.


admin   March 21st, 2017   No Comments

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Another day another website launch! This time it’s the brilliant, amazing and gorgeous David Morrissey (The Walking Dead and The Missing) A follow and 3 direct messages from the man himself who is loving the website already. Mission accomplished.

http://www.davidmorrisseyfan.uk

 


admin   March 15th, 2017   No Comments

Hi all, it’s been a while since I posted a blog so attending the Walker Stalker con last weekend gives me the perfect excuse.

This event nearly didn’t happen for me due to missing out on buying tickets for it before they sold out but I managed to buy some from a friend a week before which was lucky but then had little time to plan anything.

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I had been working on a website for David for some time now and planned to tell him about it later in the year but I figured there may not be an opportunity to talk to him face to face for a while so I decided to write him a letter and tell him that it was still in the process of being built but that he could follow my twitter page that will accompany the website.

My friend and I arrived at the Olympia on Saturday morning to join the back of a long but orderly queue. We must have been standing around for no more than hour when we had crawled our way to the entrance of the venue. P1020365

I didn’t many fans dressed up as Zombies but the ones that did looked amazing. It took no time at all to enter the building and pick up our passes. A very different experience to the London & Film Comic Con where it’s been a lot more crazy but obviously there are so many more fans there so it is expected.

One bonus of the Olympia not being quite so packed is that you can actually see where you are going and where the cloak room is etc which is handy to get your bearings for the larger events.

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By this time I was actually quite nervous and wanting to find David’s signing area which was on the ground floor quite close to the entrance. When we found him there was already quite a queue and I stood at the end of it. David was there happily chatting to fans, signings photos and taking selfies. To say my heart rate went up a little watching David is an understatement, I must have taken about 100 photos in the first few moments of watching him. I was holding money and my letter for him running over the words I was hoping to say to him when it was my turn in my mind. David and Scott Wilson were down on the days schedule to do a TWD talk at 11am so unfortunately before I got to him David had to leave to do the talk and the rest of us still standing were given tickets to use on our return so we could get to the front of the queue.P1020154

So Jo and I wondered off before realising that David and Scott’s talk was also on the ground floor and although we didn’t have a seat we could still see them talking so we stood around for the first 30 minutes. David and Scott are obviously good friends they seem to gel really went and were very funny in their responses to fans questions.

I was desperate to try and buy a Funko pop of ‘The Governor’ for David to sign so we wandered around the stalls but couldn’t find one so we went back to David’s queue. I handed a lady my ticket and was second in the queue. We did not have to wait to wait before David returned. I went into full panic mode as I was trying to make sure I had everything I needed. Suddenly I realised that the couple in front of me had left and it was my turn. David was looking at me as I picked the photo I wanted him to sign. This is the first time I have met David and he is a very friendly, easy going person and lovely person to meet but it didn’t stop me feeling sick to stomach with nerves. He said ‘hi how are you?’ and I introduced myself. I started to tell him that I was building this website for him and had tweeted him the evening before. His eyes lit up and he said yes I saw your tweet so I went on to tell him about it and asked for the twitter page URL tag to which I said was in my letter to him. He seemed really excited about it and said he would love to see it when it is complete.

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He had signed my photo and said ‘Are we having a photo together’ and I said of course! David is 6’3’’ and I am only 5’0’’ so there is quite a height difference but he was so lovely and cuddly and smelt gorgeous. We had a few photos taken and he gave me hug and thanked me for all my work. I was shaking so much it was like I had forgotten how to smile! Lol

I walked away towards my friend beaming. I stood around for a little longer taking more photos (about 250 in the end) and couldn’t wait to get back home to finish the website.

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We wondered around and were lucky enough to see Norman Reedus spraying something form a can over the balcony at the fans below which caused a lot of screaming. We didn’t manage to catch sight of Andrew Lincoln although we did see a long line of fans waiting for their photo shoot with him.

We spent a little longer wandering around looking at the other TWD actors signing tables and got something to eat and drink. It was such a great day and anxiety was pretty good considering I had felt so unwell leading up the day.

Since Saturday David has now followed me on Twitter here @dmorrisseyweb and has liked my tweet on website update so things are going well. I am so glad I went even though it was very short notice I have met some wonderful people (also DM fans) since which is always a great thing).

For the rest of the photos click here for David Morrissey (The Governor on The Walking Dead) photos and click here for my Norman Reedus photos.

All photos are my own.

Thanks to Jo @danygonebad (twitter) for coming with me.

 


admin   July 30th, 2016   No Comments

That was a fantastic day Saturday was! Not nearly as crazy as year at LFCC. I had booked tickets just for the Saturday but I managed to fit in so much that I didn’t actually need a Sunday ticket.

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I got to the Olympia pretty early and the joined queue. Everything seemed a lot more organized this time round. Lessons had clearly been learned from the previous few years. I was inside the venue almost as I joined the queue. This time round I was able to pick up my JG diamond pass and have my tickets scanned before joining the queue.

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We were allowed enter the convention about an hour after I arrived and I headed straight upstairs to where the signing desks were. I located most of the main actors I wanted to meet and tried to meet up with some friends who were also there. The next few hours were a mix of going back and forth, standing in queues and then re-joining our group.

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All of the Game of Thrones guests except for Jack Gleeson were altogether which worked well when there weren’t many people but by late morning and into the afternoon the queues of many fans backed onto each other which got very confusing and difficult for people who happened to be walking through that area to get through the numbers of people. Even the smaller GOT guest had really long queues.

My main guest for that day was Game of Thrones actor Jack Gleeson who I had not met before. I had a diamond pass for him so I knew it wouldn’t be a trial to get to meet him so I decided to get his signature first. I went to his queue which was away from the other GOT guests and with all the bigger more high profile main guests.

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I showed the staff my diamond pass and was allowed to join the queue straight away I took as many photos as I could. He seemed quite friendly and chatty and before I knew it was my turn to say hello. As always I felt quite nervous beforehand and had a number of things I had planned to say to him but failed to mention any of them. He was very sweet and signed my ‘Baratheon’ logo poster.

I asked how he was and how great it was to meet him. He was very sweet and thanked me for coming. I managed to take a few photos of him whilst he was signing my poster. It was all over very quickly really.

I then re-joined our group and started to queue for the smaller GOT guests with some of my friends. Natalia Tena, Joe Naufahu, Daniel Portman, Richard Brake, Gemma Whelan, Kristian Nairn and Finn Jones were all lovely in particular Joe and Natalia. What friendly and engaging people.

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I loved them. Natalia was completely bonkers. I mentioned to her that I was going to the Berlin Comic Com in October to her and my fave guy in the world Iain Glen. She asked me if I been there before which I haven’t and she told me I had to try this amazing German sausage and went on to describe it in some rather saucy details!! She even wrote the name of it on my GOT poster she signed for me. And Joe N was amazingly lovely and friendly.

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He was the first celebrity at any convention I have been to to be standing in front of the signing table to greet fans. He seemed so at easy and as if he was really enjoying the experience. I got a lovely photo with him.

It was then time for my photo shoots with Jack Gleeson and Natalia Tena. Natalia is an absolute gem, very engaging and friendly. I warmed to her immediately. P1010834

I had my photO shoot with her first. I always try and think of a pose beforehand for the professional shoots but couldn’t think of anything good enough so when it was my turn she shook my hand and asked for my name.        

I went over to Dominic Monaghan’s signing queue and luckily did not need to wait too long till it was my turn. I had met him before at Collector mania in 2003 and remember how busy he was back then, LOTR was still at the height of its popularity so all the LOTR guest were so busy with people. When it came to my turn I had brought my LOTR poster from the first movie of the Trilogy and he commented it how it was his favourite of the LOTR posters.

He was very friendly and chatty a lot more than I recall the last time I met him but I think because it was so hectic he probably didn’t have the time to chat to fans as much as he would have liked. I got my poster signed and took as many photos as I could of him before I got to him.

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The GOT talk was a bit disappointing for me. There were plenty of guests on the panel and I realise they can’t all be engaging all of the time but most of the questions were answered with one word and they seemed a little bored a times. When you have paid £20 a ticket you do expect to see a little more effort put in than that. Daniel Portman and Kristian Nairn were the most talkative of the bunch.

After the talk I met my friends and we decided to get something to eat. I actually at this point didn’t have any more guests I wanted to meet so I was able to slow down a bit and have a wonder around the stalls. By mid-afternoon I was done.

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It’s always a bit manic when you are trying to race around getting autos/pshoots but there is usually a point when things slow down and you can catch your breathe.

Sam Neill Cancellation

Now this was my biggest disappointment of the year! When Sam a lifetime idol of mine was announced I couldn’t have been happier. I bought a diamond pass before anyone. I have not ever met Sam before and he is not an easy person to be able to meet mainly because he lives in NZ. I have never been so excited over any other guest announced for any Comic Con (other than Ian Glen of course) so you can imagine my disappointment and upset at his cancellation only a few days later. I was and still AM absolutely gutted and that is an understatement. I just hope SM can arrange for him to attend at a later date.

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