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Some years ago I already took my figures to Cardiff, if you want to see the TARDIS parked in front of the water tower, or the Torchwood team investigating that old cinema, or Jack getting his coffee from Ianto in the bay, or Tosh at the pier, go here

And now, more action figures on location!

Jack at the balcony from the Doctor Who episode "The empty child" (Cardiff University, Glamorgan Building)

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And Torchwood locations in Cardiff castle. Gwen brings the pizza in the first episode, this is the air shelter that was built in the castle wall during WWII. Quite convincing with the noise of dropping bombs they have playing there.

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And Captains Jack and John up at the castle tower in the episode "Exit Wounds", looking down at a burning Cardiff. The most funny thing happened while we were up there - we met a woman from Coventry and a young boy who was staying for a year with her for a school exchange and he originally was from - you'll never guess this - Dresden! We had quite a lovely chat. I also urged them to buy ticktets for John's concert the same evening. Hope they liked it!

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Some years ago I already took my figures to Cardiff, if you want to see the TARDIS parked in front of the water tower, or the Torchwood team investigating that old cinema, or Jack getting his coffee from Ianto in the bay, or Tosh at the pier, go here

And now, more action figures on location!

Jack at the balcony from the Doctor Who episode "The empty child" (Cardiff University, Glamorgan Building)

 photo P5300251 600 x 450.jpg

And Torchwood locations in Cardiff castle. Gwen brings the pizza in the first episode, this is the air shelter that was built in the castle wall during WWII. Quite convincing with the noise of dropping bombs they have playing there.

 photo P5300260 600 x 450.jpg

And Captains Jack and John up at the castle tower in the episode "Exit Wounds", looking down at a burning Cardiff. The most funny thing happened while we were up there - we met a woman from Coventry and a young boy who was staying for a year with her for a school exchange and he originally was from - you'll never guess this - Dresden! We had quite a lovely chat. I also urged them to buy ticktets for John's concert the same evening. Hope they liked it!

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So, in a few days the new CD of John Barrowman comes out, and the tournee will be next year in May and June. I got tickets for me and my friends for Cardiff at May 30th. Anyone want to join me there?

The CD can be bought at all the places where one usually buys CDs - Amazon and I-tunes comes to mind. If you want to listen first what you are buying, you can listen to it streaming here:

http://www.femalefirst.co.uk/music/features/john-barrowman-exclusive-world-premiere-stream-you-raise-me-up-new-album-492579.html

And if you want to buy tickets, go here (or other ticket selling pages):

http://www.gigsandtours.com/tour/john-barrowman/
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So, in a few days the new CD of John Barrowman comes out, and the tournee will be next year in May and June. I got tickets for me and my friends for Cardiff at May 30th. Anyone want to join me there?

The CD can be bought at all the places where one usually buys CDs - Amazon and I-tunes comes to mind. If you want to listen first what you are buying, you can listen to it streaming here:

http://www.femalefirst.co.uk/music/features/john-barrowman-exclusive-world-premiere-stream-you-raise-me-up-new-album-492579.html

And if you want to buy tickets, go here (or other ticket selling pages):

http://www.gigsandtours.com/tour/john-barrowman/
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This post is especially for [personal profile] tardisjournal and everyone who likes mosaics, as I do (one day I am going to do a similar one for the pavements of Vancouver - watch this space). Behind the Millennium Stadium in Cardiff is a lovely walk near a small river, and you can see all those mosaics representing rugby nations. See if you can identify all the symbols!

read on here: .... 21 pictures under the cut )

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So, I just bought these - I blame the Barrowman. Watch the video clip here - aren't they cute?

http://www.qvcuk.com/Mr-Christmas-Pom-Pom-Animated-Music-Box.product.701315.html?sc=701315-SRCH&cm_sp=VIEWPOSITION-_-3-_-701315

Also, I'm very proud of my new photoalbum - Cardiff last year, of course with John-Barrowman-Concert. Have a look here - you can turn the pages and also zoom the images bigger:

http://www.pixopolis.de/kundenportal/fotobuch_vorschau/index.php?vorschau=121015-62529

This is the photoalbum of the travel to Cardiff in 2010, if you don't know it yet:

http://www.pixopolis.de/kundenportal/fotobuch_vorschau/index.php?vorschau=110221-33618
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So, I just bought these - I blame the Barrowman. Watch the video clip here - aren't they cute?

http://www.qvcuk.com/Mr-Christmas-Pom-Pom-Animated-Music-Box.product.701315.html?sc=701315-SRCH&cm_sp=VIEWPOSITION-_-3-_-701315

Also, I'm very proud of my new photoalbum - Cardiff last year, of course with John-Barrowman-Concert. Have a look here - you can turn the pages and also zoom the images bigger:

http://www.pixopolis.de/kundenportal/fotobuch_vorschau/index.php?vorschau=121015-62529

This is the photoalbum of the travel to Cardiff in 2010, if you don't know it yet:

http://www.pixopolis.de/kundenportal/fotobuch_vorschau/index.php?vorschau=110221-33618
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If you missed the first part of this report, you can find it here: http://dieastra.dreamwidth.org/41125.html

Everything that is blue is a link to a video, so to have the full experience, you need to click and watch them all.

2nd Half

The second half started with

13 “Tonight’s the Night” (Rod Stewart)

After singing this song which is the version by Rod Stewart and NOT the one John sang as intro to his own show with the same name, John chatted a bit about his TV show which he co-produces with his manager and friend Gavin Barker and Barrowman-Barker-Productions.

They also have sold the show to several countries already, just recently they sold it to Canada, he also has flown to the USA to sell it there – and they sold it to Germany! When our country was mentioned, there was a huge Squee from all my German friends who sat together in one corner – I joined in as well of course. John looked a bit surprised about this reaction. We all are very curious who will be the presenter, as we at the moment have no such versatile TV entertainer like John. Hopefully a young talent will get a chance. It will be hard to step into his shoes though, as you need someone who can sing, dance, present and also be able to dress up in disguise and act different personalities when surprising the people, so they won’t recognize him (or her?) right away. I am really looking forward to whenever this will air.

Anyway, there are other countries where the show already is on Air, and in some in its third season even! “Would you like to see what I look like in some foreign countries?” Here I am in the Ukraine” (it was a nice young lady and I was surprised to see the intro being exactly the same as I know it, hadn’t expected that), “I am a hot young 28 year old in Sweden – and here I am in China, the country is so big, there’s two of me!” (a man and a woman) – “yeah, let’s finish with the hot 28 old from Sweden!”

Continue reading here: John is very proud that his little show is now all over the world )

Picture by [personal profile] hope2259 - used with permission
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With the upcoming Sommer concerts I figured it was time to post my write-up of the Cardiff concert back in November. You probably have seen all the videos by now, but I promised to do it and here it is all in the right order, with all stories and pictures covered thanks to everyone who filmed and photographed.

But first I want to give you a link to check out. Because [profile] happyhybrid put so much work into this project. What she did was taking all the videos from youtube and cutting them together, so to get different perspectives and complete coverage of the songs, much like a real DVD would have been. You can watch all songs in that way on her site here: http://johnbarrowman.happy-hybrid.com/my-unofficial-john-barrowman-youtube-tour-project/

A big thank you also goes to [profile] rheidol who helped me with a few English phrases so I wouldn’t embarrass myself too much. Any remaining mistakes are mine of course. Also many thanks to all the people that let me use their pictures.

As for my report, just click onto everything that looks like a link - you will hear all songs and can listen to all the funny stories in between - John tells them so much better than I ever could write up!

And now on with the tour report - find the whole thing under this link )

To be continued
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Squeee! So, I have told a few of you already, but I want to share with everybody: When I watched the first new Dr. Who episode "The impossible astronaut", that American Diner from the beginning, when the Doctor comes out of the rest room, looked very familiar to me. Then I realized, we had been dining in there last October in Cardiff. The Elvis on the toilet door gave it away ;)

Here are my pictures to prove it, unfortunately no whole shot to include the bar, but it is definitely the same restaurant:

http://dieastra.livejournal.com/21151.html
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On with last year's Cardiff travel report - need to finish these before the travels I have planned for this year. Some of you might already have seen my Cardiff photoalbum - provided by Pixopolis, the company which printed it. Love that you can look through it online!

http://www.pixopolis.de/kundenportal/fotobuch_vorschau/index.php?vorschau=110221-33618

But I still want to post all the pictures in the LJ as well, as the link above will vanish one day, plus in here I can give more explanations.

On to part 3

Directly around the corner from the the Oakdale Workmen’s Institute we found the Gwalia stores and Gwalia Tea rooms. And I'm sure every Doctor Who fan will recognize those from the episodes "Human Nature/Family of Blood" - here did the Doctor aka John Smith walk with Joan, and here the piano threatened to fall on the baby carriage. As always, more pictures under the LJ cut.



read on under the cut )
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previously: part 2 of Pictures of St. Fagans, Dr. Who filming location
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Cardiff, November 13th, John Barrowman - who else? *grin*

But what a hassle. First I had to repeatedly fill out the form, because the site failed to finish the booking process. At first I had seats in row B which I lost. Then I had forgotten the security code for my credit card and had to call the company. It already was half an hour after ticket selling start. Now the site said, no tickets available at all (for the best category in the stalls, I could have gotten some far behind).

But I kept refreshing and finally was rewarded with tickets in row D in middle block! And this time everything went smoothly. Phew. My guess is, that those were claimed by somebody but then also lost due to failed booking, and so they were available again.

See you all in Cardiff! Good luck to those still trying!
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And you all can look through it here:

http://www.pixopolis.de/kundenportal/fotobuch_vorschau/index.php?vorschau=110221-33618

Sorry, Aisling, there is actually no need to log in, this link should be visible for all, I hope!

The embedding did not work, though. Just click on the link and then you can turn the pages, it is amazing! To read what I have written or to see the pictures bigger, just click twice and it becomes bigger.

Hope you like it!
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previously: part 1 of Pictures of St. Fagans, Dr. Who filming location

For some reason we did not find the way to the Timber Circle, went to the white St. Teilo’s Church instead, which was a very interesting kind of church.



I also liked the wall around it. For the people that were not able to read all the Biblic stories were painted at the walls. This church might have appeared like this about 1530. Some of the pictures in this entry are mine, others are by my brother and my friend Giotto.read on under the cut )
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previously: Arriving in Cardiff, Bay & Dinner

The morning started with a very nice breakfast. Later we all compared the breakfasts of the different hotels – seems we got the best selection. There was a huge line with eggs and bacon and sausages and grilled tomatoes and mushrooms and black pudding and hash browns. You could also have toast and different jam or different kind of cereals, there was a selection of cheese and salami, and I especially loved the fresh fruit. One day they even had Marmite.

At 10 PM we met with Giotto and Ranvaig at the central bus station and took bus number 32 to St. Fagans. At least we intended to, but we were there a bit early, and the driver of bus number 320 offered us a ride there also, so who are we to refuse?



Why St. Fagans, you ask? First, there is the Museum of Welsh Life, and second, the Doctor Who episodes “Human Nature” and “Family of Blood” were shot in there. Here we are standing on the front stairs to the entrance.

Read on under the cut )

I need to do a break here, as I have so much more to show you - come back for seeing some lovely old fashioned shops, little houses the Welsh lived in, their gardens, a cute school and post office, the place where the Doctor threw the racket ball, the barn where the TARDIS was hidden, and the dance hall from the Big Waltz!

next: part 2 of St. Fagans - Dr. Who filming location
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Part 1 can be found here:

Part 2

Last time I told you there wasn’t an introduction to “Don’t Rain on my Parade” – turned out, there was. In fact, there were some nice stories which I don’t want to keep from you.

An old Indian man said something to John on his travel through the US for Children In Need: “A life without risk is a life not lived”. )

on to Part 3:
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This is my report for the John Barrowman concert in Cardiff. For the past days I have been writing and watching all kind of videos, trying to catch every single detail, for all of you that could not see John live at a concert, and as a memory for those that did. Please sit down, relax, have a nice read and click onto everything that looks like a link, there are videos behind which will take you into the hall, as if you had been there with us! Since this report is rather long I will break it into three parts – please let me know once you all are through and ready for the conclusion!

First – if you want to see some really great pictures of the London concert by [livejournal.com profile] griggharris, go here You won’t find any better than that. That being out of the way – let’s start!

After we had taken our seats my friend suddenly asked: “Aren’t that John’s Mum and Dad over there?” And right, there they were, right in front of us, and because some other people had spotted them as well, they were doing some pictures with fans. )

on to Part 2:


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My birthday started at 4.15 AM with my mother singing „Happy Birthday“ through the phone. Then my brother came over and together with Sula we caught the train at 6 AM. It was very misty at the time, but in Berlin we had sunshine. The flight was still almost 45 minutes delayed since they didn’t finish the check in in time and we could only leave after all people had arrived in the plane.

In Amsterdam there was a long line at the passport control. No wonder since the guy liked to chat to people – he asked me in German whether I had any Dutch relatives, because my name Antje is a Dutch one actually LOL. We reached the plane to Cardiff just in time. What a huge airport Schiphol is! We drove quite a while by bus to reach our plane, and then the plane itself also rolled for 15 minutes or so to the runway!

Read on under the cut )

on to Part 2: pictures of St. Fagans - open air museum of Welsh life
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