Collectormania London Nov 09

November 29, 2009

Friday 27th November

It does not seem like five minutes since I was last in London, but here I am again on the train down there.  This time it is to attend Collectormania London.

Once I arrive at Euston I catch the underground to Leicester Square and then onto Russell Square where my hotel is, the Holiday Inn Bloomsbury, again the hotel does not cost anything as I am using me free nights accrued during one of their promotions.

After I check in I then go for a walk around and get a cheap ticket to see Speaking in Tongues for later that night.

I go for dinner at Hamburger + and order the big ben which I regret as soon as the waitress brings it to my table, it is almost the size of big ben and would make Scooby Doo proud, I felt like such a greedy bugger.

I see Speaking in Tongues and wait at the stage door afterwards and get the casts autographs including Ian Hart, Kerry Fox and Lucy Cohu, unfortunately Jon Sim leaves by another door so I was unable to get him.

I head over to Calendar Girls and get Janie Dee’s autograph and then go other to Cat on a Hot Tin Roof and get Adrian Lester’s, Joseph Mydell’s, Phylicia Rashad’s, Sanaa Lathan’s and James Earl Jone’s autographs.

I then head back to the hotel for the rest of the night.

Saturday 28th November

Early morning today, I leave and get to Olympia by 8.20 and there is still a big queue outside we wait for 40 minutes before the days open, the weather is quite cold but at least it is not raining.

Once in I get autographs from everyone I want including, Billy Dee Williams, Catherine Mary Stewart, Heather Langenkamp, John Rhys Davies, Misha Collins, Steve Blum and Shannen Doherty, as well as photoshoots with Billy Dee Williams, Catherine Mary Stewart, John Rhys Davies and Shannen Doherty.

Everyone I met was really talkative and friendly, John Rhys Davies even started a conversation with me about the takeover of Corus by Tata Steel and his shares in both British Steel and Corus.

After Collectormania I get on the tube and head for the Old Vic theatre and just catch Kevin Spacey after his matinee performance, so get his autograph and a picture with him. I grab a bite to eat at a Chinese buffet on Shaftsbury Ave which was cheap but not up to much. It is at this point that the heavens open up and it starts to poor down with rain, I decide to head back to the hotel. 

Later that night I venture out again to get Anna Friel’s autograph and hopefully a better picture with her than I had last time. After a short while James Dreyfus comes out so get him to sign my programme and then Anna comes out, she signs a pic for me but refuses to have her photograph taken which is a little annoying as there is only four collectors waiting outside.

I then head over to the Phoenix Theatre there Melanie C is currently performing in Blood Brothers, when she comes out I am able to get her autograph and she poses for a picture with me, she was very fan friendly.

I then head back to the hotel for the night.

Sunday 29th November

As I am not going to Collectormania today because I did it all yesterday, I don’t check out until midday and then head over to the Victoria and Albert Museum where I spend a few hours.

After that I go shopping to Oxford street to buy Sarah some clothes and get some lunch at a Watherspoons before picking up my bag at the hotel and heading for the train station where I sit in the first class lounge for an hour before boarding my train back home.



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