Thoughts and ramblings of an ageing, music loving, Sci-Fi geek…

Viva Las Vegas – the official 50th Anniversary Star Trek convention

To boldly go…. As the saying from the opening of Star Trek goes and I’ve certainly done my fair share of that this year. Lots of new places visited, maybe not always so boldly but they’ve been great experiences and I’ve just had another with a big trip to Las Vegas for the Official 50th Anniversary Star Trek Convention considered by many to be THE event of the year to celebrate the franchise. I’ve heard a lot about it from friends who have been before, wanted to try it and what better year than the 50th Anniversary plus a chance to see somewhere else completely new. (more…)

rockstar6662 / 14th August 2016 / Conventions, Holiday, Signings, Travel / 0 Comments

Rediscovering MCM Comic Con – London

I’ll just put this out there. I haven’t attended an MCM event in London since October 2003. At that time it was in just one of the smaller halls at the Excel and you could circle the entire space in a few of minutes. I had just started attending signing events and went to meet Emma Caulfield and Julie Benz from Buffy the Vampire Slayer plus Garrett Wang and Tim Russ from Star Trek: Voyager.

Not particularly sure why I didn’t go to more afterwards, money was always an issue back then, other events seemed to get more of the guests I was interested in and the focus of MCM seemed to move towards Anime and Manga which is not a huge interest of mine. Then as it got bigger came the reports of how badly organised it was, too many people, difficult to get what you wanted etc which put me off even more.

I did once go down to meet some friends while I was at another event and even just hanging around it felt chaotic and far too busy. So why go now? (more…)

rockstar6662 / 30th May 2016 / Conventions, Signings / 0 Comments

New Year – Exciting times ahead

Another year starts. Welcome to 2016 and a Happy New Year to you all. I’ll start by admitting I’ve not done as much updating to this blog as I thought I would, mostly because it doesn’t have a particular theme, I’ve been busy and not had anything I’ve felt the need to really write about but lets start with a bit of a roundup.

Since my last post in October there have been multiple convention trips involving mad journeys just for the day to Cardiff and Brighton, which were actually two of the most fun days of the year (more…)

rockstar6662 / 5th January 2016 / Books, Cinema, Conventions, Music, Photographs, Signings, Thoughts, Travel, TV Shows, Updates / 0 Comments

A little German adventure & other stories

Hi everyone (if there’s anyone still out there). Its been a while. One of those times when life gets in the way and sucks out any inspiration and motivation for things to write about but I’ve just had a great trip away and a birthday and it’s re-energized me a bit, so time for a catch up. (more…)

rockstar6662 / 30th May 2015 / Conventions, Holiday, Signings / 0 Comments

Roadtrip – Two conventions, some Lakes and some Mountains

This week has been time off work. Normally it’s just an annual trip to the Lake District which is in the Northwest of England for those unfamiliar with it. After the disaster that was last year, due to the other issues I was dealing with, I was looking forward to this and decided to combine it with a visit to a Convention with friends at the start of the week which was sort of on the way.

And, as often happens at the last minute, some guests from the TV show The Waking Dead were announced for an event in Birmingham on the second weekend of my break. A friend really wanted to meet them and as there were a couple of people I was interested in seeing too I said I’d drive back from the Lake District on the Friday and drive up to Birmingham on the Saturday morning.

So first up was a drive to Nottingham for Em-Con. (more…)

rockstar6662 / 23rd March 2015 / Conventions, Holiday, Photographs, Signings / 0 Comments