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This entry is especially for [personal profile] fueschgast who recently was in Edinburgh as well and apparently had much better weather than I did!

When we were in Glasgow back in January for the Pantomime with John Barrowman we had planned a day trip to Edinburgh. Unfortunately it was the day with the worst storm and rain you can imagine. Lots of areas in the UK dealt with flooding at the time, it was really bad.

So here are some pictures of a very grey Edinburgh.

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

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This entry is especially for [livejournal.com profile] fueschgast who recently was in Edinburgh as well and apparently had much better weather than I did!

When we were in Glasgow back in January for the Pantomime with John Barrowman we had planned a day trip to Edinburgh. Unfortunately it was the day with the worst storm and rain you can imagine. Lots of areas in the UK dealt with flooding at the time, it was really bad.

So here are some pictures of a very grey Edinburgh.

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

 photo P1010310.jpg
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So I was at vacation this past week, I take it everyone on my friends list has already watched John singing at the Commonwealth Games opening ceremony? If not, you really must. In case The Kiss has not made it to all of my American friends yet, here is a link on youtube, John's appearance starts right at 7:00 minutes.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZlYwNqixTig



He had been talking earlier in the year about something huge coming up and I was wondering as there were some huge things recently - him becoming regular in "Arrow", or receiving the MBE from the queen - but I guess this is what he meant. It was all a big secret, we only learnt about it from someone being at the rehearsal show.

And I was wondering what he was still doing on this side of the Atlantic, rather than being in Vancouver... at the moment he is in San Diego with the rest of the "Arrow" crew, having the usual fun ;)

I also have two more videos for you, when he was running with the baton two weeks ago:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fis6hTjbXWM



And he also couldn't resist playing the drums:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SD76MuSGwy4



I just realized that you can't really hear him play in this above video, which is more like an interview, so you have to watch his own video of it then:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fkdWDRX8lN0

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So I was at vacation this past week, I take it everyone on my friends list has already watched John singing at the Commonwealth Games opening ceremony? If not, you really must. In case The Kiss has not made it to all of my American friends yet, here is a link on youtube, John's appearance starts right at 7:00 minutes.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZlYwNqixTig



He had been talking earlier in the year about something huge coming up and I was wondering as there were some huge things recently - him becoming regular in "Arrow", or receiving the MBE from the queen - but I guess this is what he meant. It was all a big secret, we only learnt about it from someone being at the rehearsal show.

And I was wondering what he was still doing on this side of the Atlantic, rather than being in Vancouver... at the moment he is in San Diego with the rest of the "Arrow" crew, having the usual fun ;)

I also have two more videos for you, when he was running with the baton two weeks ago:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fis6hTjbXWM



And he also couldn't resist playing the drums:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SD76MuSGwy4



I just realized that you can't really hear him play in this above video, which is more like an interview, so you have to watch his own video of it then:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fkdWDRX8lN0

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I just realized I have a few more pictures from the pantomime stage door to show. Here are the links to all the previous entries:

Glasgow, Thursday, 02.01.2014, day

Glasgow, Thursday, 02.01.2014, evening

Glasgow, Friday, 03.01.2014, evening

"Dick McWhittinton" report

On Saturday, I got a pictures with Pete Gallagher (no, the other one) who played King Rat. Note his fingernails!

 photo AstraampPete-klein.jpg

Sadly, the actual picture is a bit flashy:

 photo Pete1-klein.jpg

The Krankies also had some time for pictures:

 photo AstraampKrankies-klein.jpg

And this is what John looked like that evening, with his orange hat ;) He later told someone that his whole family has it when skiing so they would always recognize each other.

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I just realized I have a few more pictures from the pantomime stage door to show. Here are the links to all the previous entries:

Glasgow, Thursday, 02.01.2014, day

Glasgow, Thursday, 02.01.2014, evening

Glasgow, Friday, 03.01.2014, evening

"Dick McWhittington" report

On Saturday, I got a picture with Pete Gallagher (no, the other one) who played King Rat. Note his fingernails!

 photo AstraampPete-klein.jpg

Sadly, the actual picture is a bit flashy:

 photo Pete1-klein.jpg

The Krankies also had some time for pictures:

 photo AstraampKrankies-klein.jpg

And this is what John looked like that evening, with his orange hat ;) He later told someone that his whole family has it when skiing so they would always recognize each other.

 photo John-klein.jpg
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Here comes finally the second part. Sorry it took so long. As with the first part, which you can find here, this report is a joint effort. I wrote down everything I remember but I also had help from a friend with explaining some jokes I didn't get and adding in little bits I missed. Many thanks, Audrey!

The blue song titles are all links, so you can at least listen to the original version of the songs, to get an idea which music was used. And, something I forgot at the first part - you need to imagine everything John says in a broad Glaswegian accent! Whenever he is at home (or talks to other Scots or his family), his Scottish comes out. After a while listening to this, you can't imagine him ever talking American again!

And now enjoy.

******

The second part of the show opened with the same song the first half had finished – “This is the moment”. Well, only some notes of the chorus, and the background singing actually. The scenery had changed to the deck of a ship, and the dancers were dressed as sailors, scrubbing the decks, throwing buckets and brooms from one to the next while dancing around. The Krankies and Ailsa wore maritime clothes as well.

Then it changed to the song “Come so far” from the musical “Hairspray”

After the song was another solo-Krankie-bit with a few double-meaning jokes about “cruising”. Ian said he is not doing it as much anymore as he once did ;) Have you ever heard of SAGA cruises? It means “Sex and Games for the ancient”. At least according to Jimmy ;) Or did she say “aged”? Not sure on that.

But of course when you are on a ship, you need to be aware that there could be pirates. And you need to be able to do a bit of “krrrt and while Father Krankie said this, he demonstrated the art of throat-slitting. Jimmy replied that he never did any “krrrt” but has in fact done a lot of “pffffft” (and in case you need to know, it was the sound that comes out of the backwards regions of the body).

Father Krankie wanted Jimmy to clean the decks so you can eat from them. Jimmy asked: “Why, don’t you have plates?”

They weren’t done with the business jokes yet, again the phone ringed (much to father Krankie’s astonishment, that Jimmy was getting a reception out here at the sea)

“I have a new business - selling yachts.”

“How’s business?”

“Sales/sails are up."

Then Janette sang a special song called “Addicted ta ma phone”. I’m honest, I didn’t understand a word LOL Well, apart from words like “Facebook” or “Tweet”. You can check out the song on the official Krankies channel on youtube though, there is even a video from the stage: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Pz3NGwi_ksY

Everyone came back on stage, and Aurora also appeared )

Tweeted at 04.03.2014: https://twitter.com/dieastra/status/440947077686628352
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Here comes finally the second part. Sorry it took so long. As with the first part, which you can find here, this report is a joint effort. I wrote down everything I remember but I also had help from a friend with explaining some jokes I didn't get and adding in little bits I missed. Many thanks, Audrey!

The blue song titles are all links, so you can at least listen to the original version of the songs, to get an idea which music was used. And, something I forgot at the first part - you need to imagine everything John says in a broad Glaswegian accent! Whenever he is at home (or talks to other Scots or his family), his Scottish comes out. After a while listening to this, you can't imagine him ever talking American again!

And now enjoy.

******

The second part of the show opened with the same song the first half had finished – “This is the moment”. Well, only some notes of the chorus, and the background singing actually. The scenery had changed to the deck of a ship, and the dancers were dressed as sailors, scrubbing the decks, throwing buckets and brooms from one to the next while dancing around. The Krankies and Ailsa wore maritime clothes as well.

Then it changed to the song “Come so far” from the musical “Hairspray”

After the song was another solo-Krankie-bit with a few double-meaning jokes about “cruising”. Ian said he is not doing it as much anymore as he once did ;) Have you ever heard of SAGA cruises? It means “Sex and Games for the ancient”. At least according to Jimmy ;) Or did she say “aged”? Not sure on that.

But of course when you are on a ship, you need to be aware that there could be pirates. And you need to be able to do a bit of “krrrt and while Father Krankie said this, he demonstrated the art of throat-slitting. Jimmy replied that he never did any “krrrt” but has in fact done a lot of “pffffft” (and in case you need to know, it was the sound that comes out of the backwards regions of the body).

Father Krankie wanted Jimmy to clean the decks so you can eat from them. Jimmy asked: “Why, don’t you have plates?”

They weren’t done with the business jokes yet, again the phone ringed (much to father Krankie’s astonishment, that Jimmy was getting a reception out here at the sea)

“I have a new business - selling yachts.”

“How’s business?”

“Sales/sails are up."

Then Janette sang a special song called “Addicted ta ma phone”. I’m honest, I didn’t understand a word LOL Well, apart from words like “Facebook” or “Tweet”. You can check out the song on the official Krankies channel on youtube though, there is even a video from the stage: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Pz3NGwi_ksY

Everyone came back on stage, and Aurora also appeared )

Tweeted at 04.03.2014: https://twitter.com/dieastra/status/440947077686628352
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This report is a joint effort. I wrote down everything I remember but I also had help from a friend with explaining some jokes I didn't get and adding in little bits I missed. Many thanks, Audrey!

“Dick McWhittington” which I finally can say without any stumble was my second year of panto in the SECC, and when comparing it with last year’s “Jack and the Beanstalk”, I started to see some patterns. In the beginning, the bad guy comes from the right side on the stage, the good fairy from the left ;)

So, from the right side came Pete Gallagher as King Rat, “Muhahahaha”. He has a great deep voice. He told us he wanted to swarm Glasgow with his army of rats, which also included bankers, journalists and politicians. From the left side came Ashley Grey, this time she was Aurora, the spirit of the Northern lights. She said that a Glaswegian boy was on his way to help fight the rats! The audience gave a huge cheer at that.

She also told us that Dick was actually on his way to London, to find his luck, and she needed our help to get him back. We were supposed to shout “Turn again Dick McWhittington, Lord Provost of Glasgow!” I had never heard the word “provost” before in my life and apparently King Rat hadn’t either. He turned to the audience and said: “Don’t pretend you know what that means!”

To which Aurora replied: “Put it this way – you have Boris Johnson, we have Dick McWhittington!”

Because I was unsure what to shout, I didn’t actually take part in my first show. But even all the other times – no matter how loud we shouted, she always let us repeat it two more times until she was satisfied ;)

King Rat did actually not believe that Dick would choose Glasgow over London, but then the curtain opened, and we saw a nice street scenery with the dancers and Aurora was singing the One Direction song “Live while we’re young” (although they changed the lyrics a bit to fit the story better)

Hey boy, I'm waitin' on ya, I'm waitin' on ya
Come on and let me sneak you out
There’ll be a celebration, a celebration
because we’re gonna break the town.



Continue reading behind the LJ cut:

From the left side one boy came over with some kind of luggage trolley/cart )

To be continued in part 2 - read on here: Part 2 of Dick McWhittington

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This report is a joint effort. I wrote down everything I remember but I also had help from a friend with explaining some jokes I didn't get and adding in little bits I missed. Many thanks, Audrey!

“Dick McWhittington” which I finally can say without any stumble was my second year of panto in the SECC, and when comparing it with last year’s “Jack and the Beanstalk”, I started to see some patterns. In the beginning, the bad guy comes from the right side on the stage, the good fairy from the left ;)

So, from the right side came Pete Gallagher as King Rat, “Muhahahaha”. He has a great deep voice. He told us he wanted to swarm Glasgow with his army of rats, which also included bankers, journalists and politicians. From the left side came Ashley Grey, this time she was Aurora, the spirit of the Northern lights. She said that a Glaswegian boy was on his way to help fight the rats! The audience gave a huge cheer at that.

She also told us that Dick was actually on his way to London, to find his luck, and she needed our help to get him back. We were supposed to shout “Turn again Dick McWhittington, Lord Provost of Glasgow!” I had never heard the word “provost” before in my life and apparently King Rat hadn’t either. He turned to the audience and said: “Don’t pretend you know what that means!”

To which Aurora replied: “Put it this way – you have Boris Johnson, we have Dick McWhittington!”

Because I was unsure what to shout, I didn’t actually take part in my first show. But even all the other times – no matter how loud we shouted, she always let us repeat it two more times until she was satisfied ;)

King Rat did actually not believe that Dick would choose Glasgow over London, but then the curtain opened, and we saw a nice street scenery with the dancers and Aurora was singing the One Direction song “Live while we’re young” (although they changed the lyrics a bit to fit the story better)

Hey boy, I'm waitin' on ya, I'm waitin' on ya
Come on and let me sneak you out
There’ll be a celebration, a celebration
because we’re gonna break the town.



Continue reading behind the LJ cut:

From the left side one boy came over with some kind of luggage trolley/cart )

 photo The-Krankies-and-John-Barrowman-2287257.jpg
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I spent lots of money on that trip. The amount I took with me was already gone at the last day in London, so at the airport I grabbed some more. But what shall you do when there are all those goodies! Have a look under the LJ cut.

Pictures of gifts and merchandise - 13 pictures behind the cut )
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Tweeted at 11.01.2014: https://twitter.com/dieastra/status/422059740466647040
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I spent lots of money on that trip. The amount I took with me was already gone at the last day in London, so at the airport I grabbed some more. But what shall you do when there are all those goodies! Have a look under the LJ cut.

Pictures of gifts and merchandise - 13 pictures behind the cut )
 photo P1110042.jpg

Tweeted at 11.01.2014: https://twitter.com/dieastra/status/422059740466647040
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Glasgow, Thursday, 02.01.2014, day under this link

Glasgow, Thursday, 02.01.2014, evening under this link

On Friday, we did not have any show, but I skipped the repeat of "Sherlock" in TV and went to the stage door anyway, as I had promised a friend to bring her a signed flyer. The past evening, someone had asked where Scott was. He was sitting in a car at the side, waiting for John. John sent someone to bring him over and allowed us to take pictures of the two for a short time. But he also said that we should step back, as he doesn't like big crowds. This is the picture my friend took at that evening:

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On Friday someone asked if we actually could make a picture with him. John said she should go over and ask him himself, he might say yes. So that's what she did, and I wanted to take the opportunity as well. We were only about four or five people, and behind the car, where it was a bit more quiet. This wonderful picture was taken by [livejournal.com profile] momo_uli , thank you so much!

Edit: Apparently there was a bit of misunderstanding, so I hope this comment by S. clears up what actually happened: "Okay, I have to make things clear: THIS.IS.NOT.WHAT.HAPPENED!!! I want you to change it!!! It was me, the one John sent over and it WASN'T for a pic in the first place! I asked for a signature of Scott, after JB showed his husband (who was waiting inside the car!) my drawing and he obvioulsy liked it for some reason! He handed it back to me and then I asked, if Scott could sign my drawing!!! First he said no, then he changed his mind and told ONLY me, that I could go and asked him. I refused, because it was HOLY GROUND not to approach Scott (private person), but he pushed me into Scott's direction, I walked past security, they let me and asked Scott simply for his signature on my drawing! My friend then followed me and made the suggestion of making a picture and he was so nice to have it taken with me and her! (Which I don't showcase on my timeline for said reasons!!!) People then came and asked Scott for having a picture taken with him as well, seen that from far away, since I left immidiatly after a quick chat! Scott didn't mind, but it was NO INVITATION from JB for everyone else. And Scott is a nice guy, thats all. I AM WRITING THIS JUST TO MAKE IT VERY CLEAR!!! (Others already said, I went over only to approach him, which simply isn't true, JB told me so and even directed me to the car and others witnessed it very closely!!!)"

 photo AstraampScott-Momo600x337.jpg

It came as such a surprise that I totally forgot that I always wanted to tell Scott (who is an architect) that I am in the building business myself and drawing houses and bridges in an engineer's office. But all I managed when I was standing next to him was "Thank you, this is so nice of you." And he IS nice, to share his husband so much with us.

Momo is btw the one that gave them the chocolate planes, remember the picture John tweeted?

 photo 1470073_712432978767127_715032896_n450x600.jpg

Scott loves planes and recently became a pilot himself, and he was very happy about it and said that they both love chocolate.
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Glasgow, Thursday, 02.01.2014, day under this link

Glasgow, Thursday, 02.01.2014, evening under this link

On Friday, we did not have any show, but I skipped the repeat of "Sherlock" in TV and went to the stage door anyway, as I had promised a friend to bring her a signed flyer. The past evening, someone had asked where Scott was. He was sitting in a car at the side, waiting for John. John sent someone to bring him over and allowed us to take pictures of the two for a short time. But he also said that we should step back, as he doesn't like big crowds. This is the picture my friend took at that evening:

 photo P1010271-2600x443.jpg

On Friday someone asked if we actually could make a picture with him. John said she should go over and ask him himself, he might say yes. So that's what she did, and I wanted to take the opportunity as well. We were only about four or five people, and behind the car, where it was a bit more quiet. This wonderful picture was taken by [profile] momo_uli , thank you so much!

Edit: Apparently there was a bit of misunderstanding, so I hope this comment by S. clears up what actually happened: "Okay, I have to make things clear: THIS.IS.NOT.WHAT.HAPPENED!!! I want you to change it!!! It was me, the one John sent over and it WASN'T for a pic in the first place! I asked for a signature of Scott, after JB showed his husband (who was waiting inside the car!) my drawing and he obvioulsy liked it for some reason! He handed it back to me and then I asked, if Scott could sign my drawing!!! First he said no, then he changed his mind and told ONLY me, that I could go and asked him. I refused, because it was HOLY GROUND not to approach Scott (private person), but he pushed me into Scott's direction, I walked past security, they let me and asked Scott simply for his signature on my drawing! My friend then followed me and made the suggestion of making a picture and he was so nice to have it taken with me and her! (Which I don't showcase on my timeline for said reasons!!!) People then came and asked Scott for having a picture taken with him as well, seen that from far away, since I left immidiatly after a quick chat! Scott didn't mind, but it was NO INVITATION from JB for everyone else. And Scott is a nice guy, thats all. I AM WRITING THIS JUST TO MAKE IT VERY CLEAR!!! (Others already said, I went over only to approach him, which simply isn't true, JB told me so and even directed me to the car and others witnessed it very closely!!!)"

 photo AstraampScott-Momo600x337.jpg

It came as such a surprise that I totally forgot that I always wanted to tell Scott (who is an architect) that I am in the building business myself and drawing houses and bridges in an engineer's office. But all I managed when I was standing next to him was "Thank you, this is so nice of you." And he IS nice, to share his husband so much with us.

Momo is btw the one that gave them the chocolate planes, remember the picture John tweeted?

 photo 1470073_712432978767127_715032896_n450x600.jpg

Scott loves planes and recently became a pilot himself, and he was very happy about it and said that they both love chocolate.
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Glasgow, Thursday, 02.01.2014, day under this link

This is the Clyde Auditorium of the SECC:

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On Thursday evening we had our first show. Programmes and 3D-glasses ready!

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Afterwards, back to the stage door. I took a pic of John signing:

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And then I did a joint picture together with my friend and some random guy who always managed to photobomb everyone's pictures, no matter how hard we tried LOL:

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Glasgow, Thursday, 02.01.2014, day was here

This is the Clyde Auditorium of the SECC:

 photo P1020157600x450.jpg

On Thursday evening we had our first show. Programmes and 3D-glasses ready!

 photo IMG_1316600x400.jpg

Afterwards, back to the stage door. I took a pic of John signing:

 photo P1020167524x600.jpg

And then I did a joint picture together with my friend and some random guy who always managed to photobomb everyone's pictures, no matter how hard we tried LOL:

 photo IMG_1326600x400.jpg
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Back home from London and Glasgow, lots of stories to tell – the weekend was full with fireworks at the Thames, David Tennant and John Barrowman on stage, and watching “Sherlock” in TV. What a week.

We arrived in Glasgow on Wednesday, January the 1st. No panto show today, but I still had a fun evening, watching the first episode of season 3 of “Sherlock” together with friends in our hotel room, and laughing and crying and being touched and shouting: “No way!” and all of it several times. It was great! Well worth the wait of two years.

In Glasgow we also were greeted by these signs:

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On Thursday at noon we went to the stage door but John took his time to arrive, and the group of people got bigger and bigger. I was afraid he would just go straight in, as it was getting late, but we still all got our autographs and pictures after he arrived. In a new car nobody recognized so nobody believed me when I said “that’s him” – I had just recognized the rather fast driving style LOL

I hadn’t really planned to, but as it happened, I stood in the front right where he started, so I was first. Oh my. I had the picture I did for the panto calendar boxes and a silver pen ready and our conversation was very deep: “This pen isn’t working.” – “Just sign it anyway.” D’oh! LOL

He did his best:

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I told him it was my picture for the boxes, but since there were so many fans, there was not much time to explain anything about the picture in further detail, but he’ll see it once he has emptied all his boxes and turns them around to see the other pics. I also gave him a printed copy of my action figure story where little John and Scott have little cubes .

And I asked if he had come to my gift already, the German car but he said no and “Don’t spoiler it!” Ah well, that didn’t go so well then, did it? Well, still many more days and evenings and shows to go to be able to try again.

This is my picture from that first afternoon:

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More to come later!
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Back home from London and Glasgow, lots of stories to tell – the weekend was full with fireworks at the Thames, David Tennant and John Barrowman on stage, and watching “Sherlock” in TV. What a week.

We arrived in Glasgow on Wednesday, January the 1st. No panto show today, but I still had a fun evening, watching the first episode of season 3 of “Sherlock” together with friends in our hotel room, and laughing and crying and being touched and shouting: “No way!” and all of it several times. It was great! Well worth the wait of two years.

In Glasgow we also were greeted by these signs:

 photo P1020164600x450.jpg

On Thursday at noon we went to the stage door but John took his time to arrive, and the group of people got bigger and bigger. I was afraid he would just go straight in, as it was getting late, but we still all got our autographs and pictures after he arrived. In a new car nobody recognized so nobody believed me when I said “that’s him” – I had just recognized the rather fast driving style LOL

I hadn’t really planned to, but as it happened, I stood in the front right where he started, so I was first. Oh my. I had the picture I did for the panto calendar boxes and a silver pen ready and our conversation was very deep: “This pen isn’t working.” – “Just sign it anyway.” D’oh! LOL

He did his best:

 photo P1060003600x450.jpg

I told him it was my picture for the boxes, but since there were so many fans, there was not much time to explain anything about the picture in further detail, but he’ll see it once he has emptied all his boxes and turns them around to see the other pics. I also gave him a printed copy of my action figure story where little John and Scott have little cubes .

And I asked if he had come to my gift already, the German car but he said no and “Don’t spoiler it!” Ah well, that didn’t go so well then, did it? Well, still many more days and evenings and shows to go to be able to try again.

This is my picture from that first afternoon:

 photo P1010195-2504x600.jpg

More to come later!

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