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James Marsters, Fan Event - Cardiff, November 2007 
19th-Nov-2007 02:16 pm
With James

The above icon was made for me after I had spent 10 seconds with his arm round me in May ... Life has never been the same!

Yes, I have been to 2 live concerts now - as those of you who read my report in May will know, that was my first ever visit to a gig (Even though I play in 2 bands and an orchestra, I have never bean a member of the audience before then!)

So, I saw James in Union Chapel, Islington in May and then travelled for my photo on the following day - and as my page says - My 10 seconds in Heaven.

Then in July I travelled for the evening to Cardiff - and hated to admit that I had no problems with the transport - as did

deborahw37 and bendy1 . I just drove there, had a great time and drove straight home.

So - the car is repaired, the CD is in the player - I am ready!

So, now for my third concert in 6 months ... and the first time I was able to actually go to a fan event. Therefore I hadn't really a clue what to expect.

I left my parents at 7 in the morning and got to Cardiff by 9.15 ... Even remembering the way to the car park! So I parked, paid and then walked to The point, which was just round the corner. I remembered to go via the Millenium Assembly Hall this time, so that I could see the "waterfall" statue that is featured in Torchwood.

The day was a lot drier than in July - but still a cool wind. Anyway, the one thing that I have learnt in my 3 James experiences that even if you go by yourself, most people are really friendly and there is always someone to caht to about James or Spike ... so however long you queue the time passes!

I hadn't been there too long when ukchrisp arrived (with 3 friends) - We actually got to chat this time, having stood next to each other at the last concert and not knowing it! Soon after I saw spikereader arrive and said "Hi" before she went off to meet u[p with other friends.

James and Gareth (David-Lloyd) arrived looking happy and relaxed and the disabled went in first so that they could have their photos done.

Then at long last we were allowed inside - great to be able to sit and be in the warmth. It might be nice to wear good shoes - but killing on the feet!

I was sitting about the third row back and while people were settling they were showing some fan videos - none of which I had actually seen before. so that was an added bonus.

The photo shoot was then done - in the upper gallery. About 2/3 of those attending (including myself) opted to have a photo with James - and not with them both. So in the end they split it so that Gareth was then free for a Q&A session. He was much more relaxed than his Ianto in Torchwood - and answered all the questions. I didn't hear all of them as I was by now queuing for my photo. While in the queue I got to meet jamalov29 and aa_eve_aa ... I had never met either of them, so that was really lovely to meet them both.

As the queue went up the stairs I was watching those in front of me get a hug and was determined I wasn't going to wimp out like I did in Cardiff.  It worked .... I got a hug, then had the photo and another great hug when I left.  That guy is 101% gorgeous (Sorry but I just love him!!)  I managed to walk down the stairs without collapsing in a heap - so that is progress.  The photo turned out really nice as well.

There was then the opportunity to purchase another photo - which I did.  That picture was awful - but still worth it to get another set of hugs.

They then had a Q&Q with James, Gareth and Catherine (one of the writers on Torchwood) - This was mostly Torchwood based.  But to me the funniest part was when someone asked Catherine about Cap'n Jack being The Face of Boe ... and once it was explained to James it was great watching him laugh at that story line.  He was just so enjoying this side-line story.

Then it was time for the autographs.  I had printed out a couple of the pictures that I had taken in July for him to sign.  Whether he noticed or not was hard to say as we ended up talking about his hand injury.  Then I got Gareth to sign a picture and almost fell down the next 2 steps ... still focussing on James' lovely hands!

Then, as that went on for some time, Steve (Himber) held a short, impromptu Q&A about the writers strike in the States ... and then it was time for James Q&A.

The questions varied - and he answered them all.  He was bubbling about his forthcoming role in Dragonball, but can not say anything about it - so spent some time telling us how proud his 11 year old son was of him - 

The picture is a bit dark - I took loads of photos on film, but won't get them back till the end of the week.

Anyway - I had an amazing time - my first ever fan event - but overall the 4 hugs I got from James made the day completely worh it!

So then it was time to leave so they could set up for the evening - grab something to eat - and join another queue!  More about that in my next post!
19th-Nov-2007 04:12 pm (UTC)
So glad you had such a good time :)
19th-Nov-2007 05:27 pm (UTC)
Yes - it was great - but as I said - am somewhat of a fan-girl!!
19th-Nov-2007 04:14 pm (UTC)
Thank you for sharing, honey! One day I'll get to meet the man (and maybe get a hug for my patience) but since I cannot at this point in time I am delighted you have! Sounds like a good time was had by all.

19th-Nov-2007 05:28 pm (UTC)
I really enjoyed it - and all the time (and money) was more than worth it for that hug!! Hope you get the chance some day.

I love your icon by the way!
19th-Nov-2007 05:20 pm (UTC)
I came across this post and I can't thank you enough for your sincere and happy review. :Hi! I'm Anita:

Thank you very much!
19th-Nov-2007 05:30 pm (UTC)
Thank you - and "Hi", you are more than welcome. I did have a great time, but as i said I am a huge James fan!

Glad you liked it

19th-Nov-2007 06:30 pm (UTC)
So glad you had such a good time - but sorry that I never got to meet you! I had a great time, and will post about it later. :)

There's nothing quite like a James hug, is there? *melts at the memory*
19th-Nov-2007 06:47 pm (UTC)
Oh boy - now I am melting with you!!

Sorry to missed you and K - Looking forward to reading your report
19th-Nov-2007 06:35 pm (UTC)
Thank you so much for posting about the gig and Oooohhhhh! what a pretty picture!

Your icon is fab - btw!
19th-Nov-2007 06:48 pm (UTC)
The icon was from the pic that I had taken in May - I shall get the latest one scanned in so you can see it.

I just so enjoyed myself - a James hug - worth everything!
19th-Nov-2007 06:45 pm (UTC)
I'm so glad you posted your report so I can live vicariously through you.:-)

I attended James' concert held during DragonCon in September. It was the first time ever that I got the chance to see him perform and he was fantastic. I wish I could go to one of the fan events, but until then I can at least read about them.

It sounds like you, and everyone there had a wonderful time. I hope you can post a couple of the pics here.
19th-Nov-2007 07:01 pm (UTC)
Yes - the rest of the pics (if they come out!) will be up at the end of the week. Like you I have lived vicariously - and it was so great to actually be involved this time.

I heard good reports about DragonCon - so glad you were able to get involved in that

He is great!!
19th-Nov-2007 06:50 pm (UTC)
Heeeeeeeeeeeeeee glad you had fun hun! And yay for meeting the gorgeous eve! Shes such a sweetiepop!! *hugs you*
19th-Nov-2007 07:02 pm (UTC)
Oh yes - it was super - and, great to meet Eve (although the hug from James was even better!!).

Thanks - I had fun
19th-Nov-2007 07:01 pm (UTC)
I'm glad you had fun and that you didn't have any travel problems.

Really sorry I didn't get to meet you though :(
19th-Nov-2007 07:04 pm (UTC)
Oh well - next time ... we really must meet up.

Yes, I enjoyed the whole experience - but, especially my hugs from James (fan-girl here!!)
19th-Nov-2007 07:54 pm (UTC)
I haven't heard much about it yet; so it was good? Glad to hear that :-D
19th-Nov-2007 10:08 pm (UTC)
Well I enjoyed it - just getting a couple of hugs from James is worth most it, though!!

Gig report to follow!
19th-Nov-2007 08:18 pm (UTC)
I 'm so surprised , i thought I had commented on your posts sooner and I can't seem to find my comment !!?
I said that I was glad to have met you as well, Deborah and that we would have more time to chat next time.
I love your picture.:D
Nothing like a james ' hug to feel good.
19th-Nov-2007 10:10 pm (UTC)
Yes - next time we must have a proper chat ... but it was still good to see you even though only for a couple of minutes ... I was more focused on my hug from James, sad to say!!

More pictures to follow - I hope if the other camera worked! ... Not till the end of the week though.
19th-Nov-2007 09:55 pm (UTC)
Glad you had such a great time! The pic is gorgeous (as usual).
I have never been interested in Dragonball - though, it is my generation, I like Pokemon when I was younger. xD

But I think I will see that movie when it comes out, just for the sole fact that James will be in it. Who knows, being a nerd at heart, maybe I'll like it. xD
19th-Nov-2007 10:12 pm (UTC)
No - I haven't seen the cartoon version - but shall definately watch this one!!

Yes, I had a truly super time - more pics to follow at the end of the week (I hope!)
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20th-Nov-2007 09:04 am (UTC)
Oh yes - still coming down TO Cloud 9!!!

I had an amazing time - hope the pics do come out!!
20th-Nov-2007 03:16 am (UTC)
I'm glad you had a wonderful time :-)
and YAY!!! for hugs!
That makes up for him not delivering your CD hehehe.
YAY!!! again :-)
I'm just glad you had a great time :-)
20th-Nov-2007 09:05 am (UTC)
Oh yes brilliant - still hovering above cloud 9!!!
20th-Nov-2007 04:49 am (UTC) - cardiff
hi he is great, hugs so well bet he ****s better, see you at the next one
20th-Nov-2007 09:06 am (UTC) - Re: cardiff
Yes - a Hames hug ... worth everything ... well, we can dream, can't we!
Were you there?
20th-Nov-2007 10:00 am (UTC)
If was nice meeting you in person, even if it was just for a few short minutes here and there. I'm glad you had so much fun. I still need to get around to write a proper report or even check my pics. Hope to see you the next time too *hugs*
20th-Nov-2007 10:55 am (UTC)
Yes - we must get to chat for longer this time ... Sadly as I was in "James-mode" so hard to focus on anything else ... !!!!

Hope to read your report soon - and hope your pics camer out well - looking forward to seeing them

Hugs - Till next time
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