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SFX weekender 3 – Day one blog

I love SFX weekenders. There seems to be an ease about the place as everyone is able to geek out without confused looks constantly.

After an entertaining Thursday night (thank goodness for early entry!), the whole day was just a wash of fun geek filled plans. Well till I smelt fry up like the horde who’d been partying late into the night.

One of the best things about the weekend has to be the chance to talk to real artists and authors. Being stuck in a queue for breakfast behind Tony Lee and Dan was the best queue I have ever been in!

After joyful giggles, food and opening ceremony, Sylvester Mc Coy’s talk, minus Sophie due to the train derailment, in the big void. What a talk! After a few brief minutes on stage, he was buzzing through the crowds, roaming with the microphone.

Not only did people get to directly ask him their questions, but Sylvester suddenly surprised people with conversations with babies, break outs into songs and an inability to remain still. Saying nothing of the Hobb..*Muffle* other than New Zealand being beautiful, still left a streak of excitement for the upcoming film with Sylvester’s perscence.

Slipping through the throngs of crowds and making our way to the screening room, I had an hour of giggles at Tony and Dan’s awesome hour of comic book making. SFX weekender has significantly grown, and this hour proved it further. Last year I had attended the book making hour, but strolling through the busy pub, the intimacy of last year was evidently gone.

Dan and Tony’s hour was one of the few with attendee participation, with them pulling up people to play out their comic. The terror on Tony’s face after choosing the villian was epic, with his fear of being beaten to a pulp for what he was about to ask this guy giving the audience alot of giggles. As always, the pair ended the comic with a twist, forcing two of the guys to kiss as the final aspect of their comic.

The charity auction was the next stop for me and my gang, with Becky, though vowing at the start, having the highest bid of the whole auction! Aid and the guys really got excited as the figures grew higher, with the finaly total doubling the original target!

Just a minute, the funnest thing I have seen at an SFX weekender, followed and was the only event where I couldn’t photograph as I was laughing so much. If you haven’t heard the game before, they had a topic to not hesitate, repeat or meander off the topic set. Problem was, the panel taking part seemed to try and create their own rules, buzzing in when bored, or for increased humour value. I only hope that they repeat this event next year! It will be on my to do list!

The train derailment meant that Anthony Head was no longer appearing, so it was back to the rooms for food to be energised for the now famous Blastermind Quiz. This quiz was epically hard! I think out of all the questions, I managed to answer 10 of them! Any I had no clue was an excuse to yell “Trevor” as the “answer” as my team answered our way into 20th place. The success was greatly celecrated that night!

I stuck my head in to the end of the imagionarium, with lighting, magic, illusions and beautiful costumes filling the stage. The fire tricks had to be my favourite aspect though, with the chance to play with my new camera to get some great photos.

If it weren’t for a pesky head injury 7 years ago, I would have stayed for Pat Sharps session on the decks, but the lights and noise were too much for my head. If you do ever get the chance though, SFX weekenders are great, as the 51 troop girls doon their fantastic outfits of lights and sparks.

The day was incredible and it just made the next, with Brian Blessed, so much more exciting.

If you want to see more photos, you can see them here


A sad farewell till the next sfx weekender


This years sfx weekender was a folly of delights, witty remarks and incredible costumes. It is sad that it has ended, but excitement already, for booking has already begun for number 4.

Having panels with Brian Blessed, Eve meryres, Sylvester Mc Coy and Colin baker does make it harder for the team to plan the awesome event for next years.

Though pointins and their staff were the cause for almost all of the issues, with little the sfx crew could do to stop! One thing is clear, the staff were slow, daft and very rude, and I feel sad that the sfx guys had to deal with them more than us.

The weekend however was incredible, and the laughs had where great.

My biggest issue? The lady dressed as a female 6th doctor, not with our group, who groped my noob. Whoever you are, make sure you don’t do this in future, as I hope the next person has the balls to report you, you sexual fend.

The reason I feel so much about this, is I have been assaulted before, so it brought back memories, but also the trust is broken. In conventions there usually seemed to be an unwritten rule of trust and respect, allowing for people to feel safe in dressing up. I wasn’t even dressed slutty however, and made it clear she was just after boobage!

But, as I must, I will look to the incredible (and avoid her in future)

So bring on mcm expo in May!

Brian Blessed and his epic space announcement

Brian Blessed gave not only an excellently witty talk, yelling at the mod on stage, finishing with an epic announcement.

Brian Blessed is going into space! They might not here you scream in space, but they will hear him!

The Doctor and the little Barrowman!

Sfx is in full swing with a very who theme streaming through it. Colin Baker with stories of old doctors, his love of Matt Smith and presidency of the Dr Who fan club, he’s whoing all the avid fans.

Prior had been eve and her stories of Barrowman’s antics.

I can’t wait for the rest of the day ahead, though exhaustion has hit in the engulfing heat in the big void theater!

The train derailment and sfx

This morning a train derailed, and while it hasn’t effected the UK at all, and few know about it, sfx has been effected. Not only are some of the paid visitors not coming, nor are some of the guests. This includes the headliner Antony Stewart head.

This other than alittle disappointment, has not effected it too much (though I am greatful for a chance to have food now).

What has annoyed me is the security staff who are paying no attention to the sfx staff it seems, preceding to just be rude to the geek culture alien to them. My other gripe, biggest is lack of internet connection here, yet very clear phone signal!

Poltins are you blocking our internet in an attempt to make us pay for your WiFi?

Next year, WiFi should be free! Geeks live on internet, Twitter and non social interaction. Many didnt hear about Mr Head not coming, probably due to lack of internet that they have. Twitter last year was the form of communication, now I’m actually feeling a bit cut off from excitement occuring around the whole event.

Now to go (and fail) at the quiz. Though with no internet, i think a lot of people will be forced to play fair 🙂

Early bird sfx

I love getting the early bird sfx tickets! Not only do u have a full day to travel but an evening in the pub while it is not too busy.

After going last year as six from bsg and with the baby davros, our table full of some of the keenest cosplayers and characters was the place to be! It wasn’t though because of me and my outfits, but my friends who all are known by the sfx crew.

When roran was running around during the pub game of sharades, the sfx staff would exclaim how the infamous baby Davos had returned, beckoning him and mum to the stage!

After was when questions of costumes this year, met with mysterious replies for our Saturday cosplay. Pulling this 14 person outfit is going to be epic!

I can’t wait for the world to see it!

Now on to day one of the event with likes of Brian blessed, Antony head Stewart and Sylvester Mc coy. Yay!

On the way to sfx weekender


Today I am making the long yet very worth while journey to Wales for the sfx weekender. And as I do, the hills are already turning white.

While last year was a rainy affair, this one sets to be cold and white! Even if it is only for the journey.

And this is why I sometimes love going by train, seeing a snapshot of a rural picture that still does exist in England. There are people you meet and just the chance to drift off.

This trip is particularly existing because my friends are at the other end, with a fun packed weekend of geeky pleasure. It might also be for the stuffed elephant in my bag…

I’ll explain, where I work they have an elephant that has its picture taken with celebrities who usually visit Devon. I’m taking her however to meet a more geeky set of celebs, hoping to bring in a different, yet enormous audience.

There’s not many people that can say that they try to increase a charities awareness with a stuffed elephant!

So the likes of Brian Blessed, Sylvester Mc coy and Antony Head Stewart await! Hopefully I’ll have there snaps with the stiffed toy hiding in my bag…

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