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Cygnus Alpha 4.0 28th-30th September 2018
Supreme Commander
Great news that Josette is going to be part of the 40th Anniversary celebrations. Well done, Ian.
 
Ian Kubiak
Just to confirm that if you have a full weekend ticket for Cygnus Alpha 4.0, you DO NOT need to book for An Evening With Josette Simon. You will need to purchase autograph and photo studio tokens at the event (£15 each). All attendees of the full weekend will be able to see the onstage interview and will receive an exclusive A4 print.

The £50 ticket option is for people who only wish to attend the Friday evening. The cost of this ticket will get you one autograph, one photograph with Josette Simon and access to the interview. These are limited to 30.

There are only 20 full weekend tickets remaining.
 
Ian Kubiak
Private Signings for Cygnus Alpha 4.0

We are happy to announce the following private signing opportunities from people who worked on Blake's 7 but are unable to attend Cygnus Alpha 4.0.

The first is with Chris Boucher. Chris worked as a writer and script editor of Blake's 7.

The second is with actress Caroline Holdaway who played "Piri" in the season 4 story, Assassin.

Orders can be placed by visiting the Cygnus Shop.
http://www.cygnus...ygnus-shop

(Edited to make like clickable.)
Edited by BradPaula on 08 April 2018 22:11:59
 
Ian Kubiak
DVD launch at Cygnus Alpha 4.0

In order to to celebrate 40 years of Blake's 7, KOCH MEDIA will be releasing a brand new compilation of MYTH MAKERS interviews in September to celebrate the 40th Anniversary of BLAKE'S 7. Copies will be available at Cygnus Alpha 4.0

BLAKE'S SEVEN - 7 STARS LIBERATED FROM THE CLASSIC TV SERIES! will feature archive interviews with GARETH THOMAS (Blake), JACQUELINE PEARCE (Servalan), JAN CHAPPELL (Cally), STEPHEN GREIF (Travis), PETER TUDDENHAM (Zen, Orac & Slave) and VFX guru MAT IRVINE! PLUS a brand-new MYTH MAKERS with MICHAEL KEATING (Vila).

You will be able to get the cover signed by at least 4 of the stars who feature in this DVD by using your inclusive autographs or buy purchasing extra autograph tokens.
 
JustBrad
Wonderful news, Ian.
 
BradPaula
Brilliant news, Ian! I'm so looking forward to the weekend.
Zil: Oneness must resist the Host.
 
Anniew
Now booked into the Premier Inn at Kew Bridge.

Can I check that it is the one at 52,Brentford High Street...as the last time I booked into the wrong one!!!

Looking forward to joining you all!

Have I missed a link to book for the evening meal on the Saturday?

Itís not on the website and I donít want to miss out.
Just because I can't sing doesn't mean I won't.
 
Ellen York
Anniew wrote:

Now booked into the Premier Inn at Kew Bridge.

Can I check that it is the one at 52,Brentford High Street...as the last time I booked into the wrong one!!!

Looking forward to joining you all!

Have I missed a link to book for the evening meal on the Saturday?

Itís not on the website and I donít want to miss out.


You should have gotten an e-mail with a form attached to register for the dinner. I got mine a week or so ago. Can't wait for September Smile
 
Endemic
This may be a foolish question, but this is my first post here and if you are going to make yourself look stupid you might as well really go for it. My last conventions were 20 years ago, the Neutral Zone 97 and 98 ones, and a couple of others. I had the deep joy of meeting the great Paul Darrow and Gareth Thomas back then, although Mr Thomas did tickle me while the three of us were posing for a photograph. This lead to my eyes being closed and having a big grin on my face when it came out, but still very well worth it. :-)

My question is this: Is there a structure to this weekend with daily events? I do not expect it to have multiple running events with an all night disco on the three nights, and I have read about the evening with Dayna which I would enjoy, as well as the meal.

Is there a timetable for what happens each day, or are there these set things in the evenings with the days free for us to make our own entertainment?

It is a long way to go and after a break of 20 years it would be nice to know what I am heading into. Thank you for your time if you do know a timetable and reply. :-)

(I was a little boy of 8 years old when Blakes 7 first graced our screens, and a mere 11 or 12 when that last episode ended leaving a child in shock... 40 years later, where did that time go? What an excellent series though, to hold peoples love for so long. :-)
Edited by Endemic on 12 May 2018 22:40:36
 
BradPaula
Hello Endemic- and welcome. And there are no foolish questions here! Ian, the con organizer would be the best one to answer your questions and he does seem to monitor this thread and indeed does answer any con-goer's questions as best he can. You can either wait for him to do so or get in touch with him through his site, www.cygnusalpha.org Of course, if you are already signed up for the convention, you have access to the Facebook site where fans can meet and get to know each other and ask any questions they have.

I'm only guessing but if he runs this con like he did the others, there would not be multiple events going on concurrently, but one at a time. We do know that Josette Simon will be appearing on Friday evening and that a carvery style dinner is available on Saturday night. I would suggest you read this entire thread for more information or go to the above site. I am sure Ian will soon be posting information as to the convention schedule.

My husband Brad (justbrad) and I will be trying to meet all of the new fans during the weekend. So please if you see one of us or for that matter, any fan, don't hesitate to come up and introduce yourself. We 7'ers are a friendly group! Cheers.

-Paula
Zil: Oneness must resist the Host.
 
Endemic
Hello Paula (and Brad) thank you for the fast response. I was expecting to wait for a few days before someone saw my comment. :-)

I have read almost everything I could find on these pages and it is an impressive list of guests that Ian has managed to bring together. I take my hat off to him for taking the time to organise this event. I just could not find any details for how the weekend is structured apart from the Josette Simon evening (which I would love to see) and that meal on Saturday.

This is NOT a criticism at all, but I would like to be prepared. :-)

If it is:
Friday 1pm Registration.
Friday 2pm-6pm a chance to have your photograph taken with an actor.
Friday 8pm Dayna gives a talk to a loving audience. :-)
Saturday 9am - 6 pm a chance for a photograph.
Saturday 8pm a meal.
Sunday nothing specific until 5pm when the convention ends.

I would not complain at all if this was the format, but I would have a drink on Saturday night and not worry about getting up early on the Sunday :-)

I do realise that there are going to be people on stage talking about their life and experiences, which I also deeply enjoyed at other conventions, but I don't know if that is 1 hour on the Friday, or 2 hours on the Saturday for example.

It is a great achievement to have this event happening at all and I have nothing but praise for those who have organised it. But I would like to know if I should bring a book to read on the Sunday. :-)

As for the socialising, in the old days 30 years ago we would use boards like this to organise drinking sessions at University, and we would see someone standing at the bar looking sideways at the 8 of us sitting down. I would be the one to go to them and say "My name is James, are you here for the computing pub crawl?" Those were fun days in our wild youth.

Although being older and surrounded by books has a much greater attraction for me these days.

Take care. :-)

James.
Edited by Endemic on 13 May 2018 16:01:26
 
littlesue
Hi Endemic
If you would like to meet some of us fans before CA4, why not pop along to Smallspace on 1st July at Hanslope Village?
Mr Mat Irvine (after a little bit of persuasion from some of us) is having a 40th celebration of B7.
You'll get to see Mat's Libby, THE hairdryers ship, all sorts of models, Gary's costumes, props, Michael Keating and Roger Murray Leach.
Just Google Hamex and it'll come up on their website.
Cold.....you don't know the meaning of cold.
Cold is when you have ice on the INSIDE of the window!!!


sues stories http://sjlittle.w...
sues youtube channel http://www.youtub...e54/videos
sues book shelf https://www.media...ne%20Shelf
rebel run video http://www.youtub...prqS-XZtLo
Lara and Sue's Stories http://lectorisal....webs.com/
 
Endemic
Hello littlesue. Thank you for this invitation to meet some of you earlier at that model show. I have been looking at this site more deeply and am becoming more impressed the more I uncover. I love those trips that people make around the country to visit places where episodes have been filmed, and would have liked to have made the trip to the Boxhill one if I had known about it beforehand.

In the past I was quite sociable but have just spent some time taking care of a frail relative (parents should be allowed to stay young forever) and it is going to take some time to get used to operating in the real world again. Let alone to be with groups of people.

But like the Borg I shall adapt. :-)

I used to love driving all over the country to see friends with music playing in the night. I will need to think of some sort of costume to wear as well... My black leather armour does not ring any appropriate bells in my "Blakes 7 mind." Apart from those primitive planets such as Goth.

That is more appropriate for a 30 year old to wear anyway rather than a man of 48. :-)

I do look forward to meeting others who love Blakes 7 as well. 20 years away from conventions has been far too long a time. But it might take me a few months to get out there again. If I don't make it to Cynas Alpha 4, then I'll just meet some of you elsewhere after that.

Take care.

James.
 
BradPaula
Endemic (James)- I am sure as we near the convention Ian will have his daily schedules in place. It's still more than 4 months away and I can well imagine the hard work involved in running a con! Much as I'd love to know the schedule too, I guess we are just going to have to wait a bit! Cheers.
Zil: Oneness must resist the Host.
 
littlesue
Hi James (Endemic) you don't have to wear a costume at these events. At Smallspace we are usually wearing B7 Tshirts (that's how we spot/waylay other nervous B7 fans!!!) or in the case of some of the chaps, very nice loud, colourful shirts.
Just pop along to Hanslope Village Hall on that Sunday and you'll find quite a few of us there...usually in the gazebo outside with tea and cake!!!
Cold.....you don't know the meaning of cold.
Cold is when you have ice on the INSIDE of the window!!!


sues stories http://sjlittle.w...
sues youtube channel http://www.youtub...e54/videos
sues book shelf https://www.media...ne%20Shelf
rebel run video http://www.youtub...prqS-XZtLo
Lara and Sue's Stories http://lectorisal....webs.com/
 
Ian Kubiak
Endemic wrote:

Hello Paula (and Brad) thank you for the fast response. I was expecting to wait for a few days before someone saw my comment. :-)

I have read almost everything I could find on these pages and it is an impressive list of guests that Ian has managed to bring together. I take my hat off to him for taking the time to organise this event. I just could not find any details for how the weekend is structured apart from the Josette Simon evening (which I would love to see) and that meal on Saturday.

This is NOT a criticism at all, but I would like to be prepared. :-)

If it is:
Friday 1pm Registration.
Friday 2pm-6pm a chance to have your photograph taken with an actor.
Friday 8pm Dayna gives a talk to a loving audience. :-)
Saturday 9am - 6 pm a chance for a photograph.
Saturday 8pm a meal.
Sunday nothing specific until 5pm when the convention ends.

I would not complain at all if this was the format, but I would have a drink on Saturday night and not worry about getting up early on the Sunday :-)

I do realise that there are going to be people on stage talking about their life and experiences, which I also deeply enjoyed at other conventions, but I don't know if that is 1 hour on the Friday, or 2 hours on the Saturday for example.

It is a great achievement to have this event happening at all and I have nothing but praise for those who have organised it. But I would like to know if I should bring a book to read on the Sunday. :-)

As for the socialising, in the old days 30 years ago we would use boards like this to organise drinking sessions at University, and we would see someone standing at the bar looking sideways at the 8 of us sitting down. I would be the one to go to them and say "My name is James, are you here for the computing pub crawl?" Those were fun days in our wild youth.

Although being older and surrounded by books has a much greater attraction for me these days.

Take care. :-)

James.


Hello James.

Sorry for the delay.

Iím the organiser of Cygnus Alpha 4.0. It is very difficult to announce a schedule this far in advance but I can assure you that there will be no overlapping of activities during the weekend.

We start with registration from 1pm on the Griday with the first activity starting at 2pm. This will finish by 6pm, allowing an hour for dinner before an evening with Josette.

Saturday:
Registration from 9am.
Photo studios, signings and interviews taking place until 6pm.
7pm-9pm evening meal.
9pm evening entertainment
11pm end of Saturday but main room and bar still open.

Sunday:
9:30 registration
10:00-5:00 signings, photostudio and interview.
5:00-5:30. Auction and closing ceremony

Hope this helps

Ian

I hope this helps.
 
Endemic
Hello Ian.

Thank you for that information, it does certainly help. :-)

To be at this convention to celebrate 40 years of this program would be the best "social event" that I have been to in years. I only attended my first convention because I thought it was a Blakes 7 one, and didn't realise that it was a general sci-fi one with a strong Blakes 7 presence.

Although I really was in luck with that one as Gareth Thomas gave a talk / presentation upstairs in the hotel for an hour while the disco was going on downstairs. It was very pleasant as there were only around 20 of us in the room, although 2 did leave when Gareth went into the other room to play a miner trapped underground. That was a rare privilege that won't be repeated now obviously.

If anyone else was in that room, I was the 6 foot tall guy dressed head to toe in black wearing long black coat and boots. :-)

I have looked at the hotel that many people seem to be staying at, and know the train times and routes to get there. I prefer the train after a convention rather than driving, as you can just look out of the window and relax.

It would be very good to be there, but I might not be able to as my one remaining parent has started losing weight and that is not good at her age. First test results are clear, but there is another set we are waiting on. But if the tickets sell out, or I need to move and take care of her, then there is plenty of time ahead for me to meet you all.

I would miss seeing the guests though.

(Littlesue - thank you for replying as well. I did not mean to get a costume to wear for the modelling event, I meant for any future sci-fi conventions that I might go to. :-) I also would just wear one of my Blakes 7 T-Shirts to identify myself. That does sound like a pleasant meeting.)

The replies from you all have been very warm and reminds me why I love the science fiction fans best out of all groups. (Although Tolkien and Robin of Sherwood fans are good too. :-)

Take care.

James.
 
aztecrabbit
Hello Ian,

What do you think of the idea of offering attendees the opportunity to bring along and display any production used items that they own, in addition to Gary's collection of outfits ? I'm thinking here of floor plans, props, costume designs, original scripts etc. I would think that people who are lucky enough to have such items in their possession would be more than willing to let other fans have the opportunity of seeing their cherished items.

Brian
 
cakeinmilk
aztecrabbit wrote:

Hello Ian,

What do you think of the idea of offering attendees the opportunity to bring along and display any production used items that they own, in addition to Gary's collection of outfits ? I'm thinking here of floor plans, props, costume designs, original scripts etc. I would think that people who are lucky enough to have such items in their possession would be more than willing to let other fans have the opportunity of seeing their cherished items.

Brian


I'd love this!
 
b7gary
I like the idea of people, bringing in the own cherished items from the programme, might even get the chance to purchase things. Being a,fan I also love to see items,I have not owned before and drool over
 
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