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Cygnus Alpha 2
Anniew
Sophron it was a pleasure to hug you! Xx
Just because I can't sing doesn't mean I won't.
 
clareblues1
I was down and safe at about 7.45pm. Alas I had to sneak off before the end of the event, but it sounds like the last panel sessions were interesting even if they had to be cut a little short due to time constraints.

I had a really good day and it was great to see you all. A lot of bit conversations and quick hellos and goodbyes but it was a busy schedule and we all wanted different things, so that was only to be expected.

Still great to see the cast as well as listen to some very interesting panels.
The foolish reject what they see;
the wise reject what they think.
 
stoke_rob
AFTERMATH:

Well it was my first Blake's 7 convention in 30 years and I have to say that on the whole the good memories outweigh the difficulties on the day.

I had to leave about 5.30pm but thoroughly enjoyed the production panel (Bill Lyons, Colin Davis, Dee Kelly Robson, Roger Murray-Leach) and the 'regulars' panel (Michael Keating, Glynis Barber, Jacqueline Peace, Stephen Greif). I do wish the day had been made up of more panels and less queuing for autographs and photographs. I would be quite happy to attend another event on the understanding that autographs were not on the agenda merely photos if this would enable more discussion panels to take place because for me they are the bedrock of conventions.

Clearly the major 'problem' on the day was Paul Darrow, who was thoroughly sociable and chatty but at the expense of some of the convention attendees who did not get to meet him. I went up for my autographs and was regaled for several minutes with a story about meeting Rod Stewart which I neither asked about nor was interested in particularly as I knew there were people in the queue behind me waiting to get their signatures. So I did really feel for Ian Kubiak as the frustration for him was evident and he took the only decision open to him if the event was ever to get back on track which was to call a halt to Paul's signing. As Paul had to leave by 4pm he really should have been more aware of his time management which left many people disappointed and frustrated. Having said that he was on a charm offensive and those of us that did get to meet him were rewarded with that genial personality he is famous for.

The guest list was exemplary and Ian has to be highly commended for pulling off such a logistical nightmare. At the end of the day he gathered together many contributors to the legend of Blake's 7 in one spot which is a feat of pure brilliance. I think having everything happen in the one space might have been pushing it a bit but just my opinion, this might be something to think about for CA3 if Ian isn't locked up in an asylum as I type.

All in all I would give CA2 a 4 stars out of 5 rating. I was thrilled to meet my heroes however briefly, as well as some of the talents that made the programmes happen all those years ago. So too lovely Alistair Lock who has made the roles of Zen / Orac his own, following in the footsteps of the much missed Peter Tuddenham.

I know I met a few people from this forum which was lovely, I didn't socialise on the Friday night purely because I was saving my energies for the next day. Good job, I hadn't anticipated how warm my 'Blake' costume would be on the day and I found myself roasting most of the time!!!

The fact that we were all prepared to travel to Brentford and be part of this event shows the love we all have for Blake's 7, and now with new adventures on audio, the crew of the Liberator have never been more ready to stand up against the Federation. My thanks to Ian, Jo and all the helpers, the VIPs, and fellow attendees for a very memorable day.
Rob Cope
 
http://www.colinbakeronline.com
Anniew
I'm sorry I didn't get to meet you personally Rob and I agree with much of what you say. However I think the problem with events such as Cygnus Alpha 2 is that those of us who attend do so with different priorities. For some of us ( and I include myself here) the opportunity to engage personally with our heroes is a major part of the experience and Paul Darrow at the conventions I have visited, goes out of his way to make each signing personally special ( as did everyone else at the signing but not at quite such length!.) I think that needs to be recognised in the organisation and more time needs to be given over to that experience, with perhaps things happening in different places at the same time. I felt an additional space was needed so that we could all dip into experiences rather as we were able to do with individual photos on the liberator flight deck. I really admired Ian's courage in sticking to a schedule but equally I felt for those fans who had no opportunity for that personal moment with one of the star attractions. And I also felt bad for a star whose opportunity to interact with fans ( which has always been important to him and is probably doubly so now in the light of his recent trials) was cut short. But I was very glad he left when he did rather than exhaust himself any further. The panels were great and I loved them and wanted more. I think Ian and his team were amazing and the day had enough for all of us to go away feeling we had had a fantastic and unique experience. It must be so difficult to know what to prioritise when we all have a slightly different rating system. If there is a 3 I'll be there, because, warts and all, it is absolutely great to be given the chance to celebrate a show I love so much.
Just because I can't sing doesn't mean I won't.
 
trevor travis
stoke_rob wrote:
Well it was my first Blake's 7 convention in 30 years and I have to say that on the whole the good memories outweigh the difficulties on the day.


Oh most definitely, and sorry we didn't have a chance to catch up - it's good to put faces to names but there just isn't time to talk to 120 people!

I'm now wondering if my previous post seems over-critical, but I prefer to give constructive criticism, rather than simply glowing praise.

I would have liked the panels to be longer and have more time listening to people I've never seen at a convention before e.g. Glynis Barber, Sasha Mitchell, Dee Kelly Robson, Colin Davies, etc, etc. They were perhaps too many people in each panel - I think Dee Kelly Robson was asked one question.

Maybe each panel should be 45-50 minutes long and only feature 2/3 guests - in the case of Glynis, maybe a solo panel of 45 minutes, as well as joining in with Jacks, Stephen and Michael, who we've heard before. Keep the panels going throughout the day. If people don't want to listen to the panels, then they can go off and get the photos and/or autographs.

As it was, we had around 90 minutes in total of panel (the last panel, in particular, was horribly rushed), a bit of queuing to get autographs/photos and quite a bit of watching over people queuing, which isn't the most riveting of activities, although it does give time for a chat! Plus the queues needed to be properly controlled - there was a piece of paper with your number on, which could have been checked as you walked up upon the stage.

There's also a possibility than Ian was actually giving us too much of a good thing, and the con may have worked better with 8-10 guests than 13. Ian seems a very conscientious chap, and was trying to give us the best of everything. But maybe you can't fit that into a 8-hour-gap. And thanks for Ian offering the photographer to do the Horizon photograph - it came out smashing!

But while the con was around an 8 out of 10 (e.g. a good con, but one with definite room for improvement), the weekend was still brilliant due to everyone's company and I'm still in awe of Exterminator's Liberator console! Like everyone else, I had a whale of a time. Grin
 
trevor travis
Just noticed Scott is online. Great to see you on the Friday for the meal and quiz. I still think we were the most B7 team, because we stole the trophy* Grin

* Clanger did say cheating and lying was acceptable Wink
 
stoke_rob
Anniew wrote:

I'm sorry I didn't get to meet you personally Rob and I agree with much of what you say. However I think the problem with events such as Cygnus Alpha 2 is that those of us who attend do so with different priorities. For some of us ( and I include myself here) the opportunity to engage personally with our heroes is a major part of the experience and Paul Darrow at the conventions I have visited, goes out of his way to make each signing personally special ( as did everyone else at the signing but not at quite such length!.) I think that needs to be recognised in the organisation and more time needs to be given over to that experience, with perhaps things happening in different places at the same time. I felt an additional space was needed so that we could all dip into experiences rather as we were able to do with individual photos on the liberator flight deck. I really admired Ian's courage in sticking to a schedule but equally I felt for those fans who had no opportunity for that personal moment with one of the star attractions. And I also felt bad for a star whose opportunity to interact with fans ( which has always been important to him and is probably doubly so now in the light of his recent trials) was cut short. But I was very glad he left when he did rather than exhaust himself any further. The panels were great and I loved them and wanted more. I think Ian and his team were amazing and the day had enough for all of us to go away feeling we had had a fantastic and unique experience. It must be so difficult to know what to prioritise when we all have a slightly different rating system. If there is a 3 I'll be there, because, warts and all, it is absolutely great to be given the chance to celebrate a show I love so much.


Annie I appreciate that we all go wanting different things out of it, so I just pointed out what would work for me although I appreciate it won't be everybodys first choice. It is hard to please a bunch of such disparate people but the fact we all came away really having enjoyed it shows that on some level we were all satisfied (not as much as Glynis was with Steven though according to Jackie's gossip LOL!!!)
Rob Cope
 
http://www.colinbakeronline.com
trevor travis
stoke_rob wrote:
It is hard to please a bunch of such disparate people but the fact we all came away really having enjoyed it shows that on some level we were all satisfied (not as much as Glynis was with Steven though according to Jackie's gossip LOL!!!)


Poor Glynis went bright red at that moment!!

I think her relationship with Steven Pacey is fairly well-known (it's included in a number of online biographies), but it was the way that Jacs came out with it: "Oh, you had more than just a giggle with Steven, darling!!" Grin
 
Lurena
I got down and safe home at midnight (my local time).
What a wonderful weekend it was!
The Cygnus Alpha 2 convention was impressive; I really much enjoyed the interviews* and the guests' pleasure in communicating with the fans.
And for the first time in my life I won a very welcome prize!
I still can not believe that I now have Jacqueline Pearce's autobiography, the book and the audio! Isn't that fabulous?
Can't wait to hear her reading. She's a lovely, extraordinary lady with Style.
My compliments to Ian, to his wife who had to bear and share all the sufferings, all those people in Ian's crew, Exterminator for his magnificent Liberator pilot station, and all the nice fellow fans without whom this event would not have taken place. ( apologies to whom I didn't mention, I'm a bit dull at the moment)
Of course a highlight for me was the meet (again) with my dear and longterm friends and to get warm welcomes by many of my forum friends.
Thank you all for your wonderful company, we absolutely are in an outstanding fandom.

I will try to post a review soon, but please bear with me as I'm very busy at the moment.
Love to you all!
Lara&Sue's Blake's 7 stories
*No, I am not. I am not expendable, I'm not stupid, and I'm not going.*
 
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littlesue
Ever since I met Mr D at Teal Vandor in 1981, I've realised that he does like to spend time with the fans who have travelled to see him. (He is constantly surprised at just how far people have travelled.)
There were over 250 of us at TV and we all got to meet him and some even had their photos taken with him as he came out from behind the table to have said picture taken.
At the other Conventions it was the same story.
At Bournemouth last month the queues for Mr D were never ending; he even managed to take part in 2 interviews (Has anyone any idea what the magazines were?), and he still managed to have his photo taken with us and do a talk...and then Silver, Moondisc and I got the courage up rejoin the queue, again, to have our own photos taken with him.
I believe that he is a guest up at Manchester; all right its one of those comicon things, but at least you can spend the time just standing there (or as Silver and I had to do in Bournemouth, just sit there) and watch him and listen to what he had to say to every person who handed over their contribution to his pension fund!)
Having met him again after so many years, I usually greet him with "Hello, it's me again!", to which he moans "Oh no!". "Could you signed this please?" "Thank you so much." and then I move on. That way others who have not been so fortunate to meet him before have plenty of time themselves.
I'm afraid Mr D has always been like that, chatting to everyone about all sorts of things...and I wouldn't want him any other way....now if only we could get Mat Irvine to invite him to Smallspace in July....Grin

First Brentford...tomorrow Hanslope!

Sorry I wasn't able to attend and meet all those Horizon fans I've not met before, but having just gotten back from Holiday my finances couldn't stretch to it.
But I am hoping to get to Smallspace in July.
Cold.....you don't know the meaning of cold.
Cold is when you have ice on the INSIDE of the window!!!


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Lara and Sue's Stories http://lectorisal....webs.com/
 
JustBrad
We are blessed as a fandom in that (almost) all of our actors routinely go above and beyond for us, the fans. Michael Keating once said, "There is no fan like a Blake's 7 fan."

I offer the corollary, There is no actor, like a Blake's 7 actor.
 
Mistletoe12
I should probably receive a I ran in a race sticker for reporting in this late. But down and safe late Sunday afternoon feeling absolutely shattered.

What a weekend? Ill write a full report in the coming days its all rolling around in my head at the moment.

All the guests were lovely; a real pleasure to talk with each and every one during the autograph sessions.

Ian and his dedicated team are to be applauded, they should be proud of what they achieved however, there were definitely pros and cons with Cygnus Alpha 2. More about that in the report.

It was absolutely wonderful to play in the B7 sandbox with all my Horizon friends with the added bonus I was able to meet Lurena (so pleased you won in the raffle) as well as get to know others better over the weekend. Ellen, Sopron, Mr Olag, MrsMrOlag (I loved your costume and all the hard work that went into making it.) Apologies if Im forgetting anyone I thoroughly enjoyed all our conversations.

It felt amazing to stand behind Exterminators extraordinary flight deck, I am pleased as punch we had the chance to take the Horizon Group Photo.

A massive thank you to Spaceship Dispatcher for organising the meals. Enormous fun (both evenings) in the best company. And likewise to Andy (Clanger) for the dedication he put into organising the quiz. I may be a *bit* competitive but we were definitely robbed! Smile

This past weekend merely reinforces how lucky we are to be part of this great fandom. Grin
Edited by Mistletoe12 on 11 April 2016 21:47:23
 
Hugbot
Down and safe at last after a fabulous weekend!
It was great to hang around with the old gang again and to meet severel forum members for the first time. Hugs to all of you! Oops
I hope I can get my photos sorted in the next days.
 
meegat39
A very late check in from me too. First I'm very pleased to say that my very own "Avon" has fixed my phone and it's as good as new again.

Right, thank yous: A great big thank you to Ian and his family for organising the event. I can only imagine the stress involved. Now I would really like to thank Phil for the magnificent flight deck station- it really was and is spectacular and in a way he has given each and every Blake's 7 fan a gift by building it. I wanted to say this to him on the daybut was too shy. Thanks so very much to SD for doing a marvellous job organising the evening meals and to Clanger68 for the highly entertaining quiz. A couple of personal thank yous: Thanks to Anna Grant for the company all day, thanks to Sopron for buying me a drink - I definitely owe you one! And finally, thanks to Damien May, Charlotte and Gary for making me stay up late on Friday!

The convention was very enjoyable but exhausting. My personal opinion was that there were too many guests and perhaps too many tickets sold? I think panels should be held first while guests have their most (chatting) energy, then photos, then signings. I think an hour per panel is about right with maybe two/three panels in a day but less guests on each one. I hope this doesn't sound too negative because I am grateful to Ian for organising the event and did enjoy it, it's just that I was disappointed that Paul was not on the panel and I also missed out on getting his signature personally although Ian is kindly arranging for my items to be signed and sent to me.
"If you didn't want the answer, you shouldn't have asked the question."
 
dragonq
This all makes me feel very jealous, being stuck on the other side of the world.
 
JoC
And I am even later reporting that I am down and safe after a fab weekend.

Oh well, better late than never.

All I can say is what a weekend. It will be one I will remember for a long time. So many memories and unique opportunities.

Apart from being able to meet Mr D, the other thing I will always remember is the opportunity I had to be able to spend so much time talking about one of my favourite things. Thank you so much to all of you who made that possible. It was really lovely to meet so many of you. Hope to be able to do again.
 
trevor travis
meegat39 wrote:
And finally, thanks to Damien May, Charlotte and Gary for making me stay up late on Friday!


Ah yes, I did that as well, going downstairs for "just one more". Which turned into going to bed at around 12.40am Grin
 
rionia
stoke_rob wrote:


Clearly the major 'problem' on the day was Paul Darrow, who was thoroughly sociable and chatty but at the expense of some of the convention attendees who did not get to meet him. I went up for my autographs and was regaled for several minutes with a story about meeting Rod Stewart which I neither asked about nor was interested in particularly as I knew there were people in the queue behind me waiting to get their signatures. So I did really feel for Ian Kubiak as the frustration for him was evident and he took the only decision open to him if the event was ever to get back on track which was to call a halt to Paul's signing. As Paul had to leave by 4pm he really should have been more aware of his time management which left many people disappointed and frustrated. Having said that he was on a charm offensive and those of us that did get to meet him were rewarded with that genial personality he is famous for.





I think its slightly unfair to criticise Paul,

Even if everyone only had 2 autographs each, without any extras, that only allows 30 seconds per signature!

I don't know how many people bought additional autographs, but maybe that should have been restricted?


Jaqueline also went over her allotted time slot, but fortunately she didn't have to leave early.

Maybe Paul's autograph session should have started earlier
Edited by rionia on 12 April 2016 15:40:22
 
Anniew
Awww! I love the idea of the B7 sandbox, Mistletoe. It was a great day and I'm sorry I missed out on Saturday night, though rather glad I was in another hotel and not tempted to burn the midnight oil on Friday much as I would have loved it: I had trouble enough lasting Saturday as it was!

It was so nice to see old friends and to meet the amazing Lurena!
Hugbot - you give the nicest hugs and the truly knowledgable about B7 ( step forward the two Andys and Fiona on this occasion) went out of their way to answer my questions.

I also bought Jack's autobiography ( such a sad, uplifting read) and the Horizon B7 technical manual which the Supreme Commander happened to have up her sleeve. And got some pictures which I don't actually hate of myself with the guests.

Who could ask for anything more?

Well if I'm honest dinner with Avon but don't tell my very patient husband!

( full report with Travisina)
Just because I can't sing doesn't mean I won't.
 
Hugbot
BradPaula wrote:

I did once see someone ask Colin Baker to autograph a banana and he promptly got on top of his chair and shouted it out to the others in line waving the fruit for all to see. He seemed quite pleased about it... Grin

On Saturday morning, I witnessed the waitress at the Premier Inn bringing a bunch of bananas to the table where Lurena, Paula and Brad were having breakfast. I feared the worst ... Grin
 
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