Saturday, 22 May 2010
Wednesday, 11 June 2008
Someone posted this on the Amecon boards, and it really made me laugh the second time I read it. XD
For those of you (like me) who don't get it, try reading it out loud.
The game is set 2 years after Apollo Justice, and Edgeworth, having banished the ghosts from his past, along with the newly reinstated Phoenix run their own Law firm, with the "Assistance" of Trucy, Appolo, and the sometimes present Pearls...
Miles arrives home late, after a very tough day trying to get a stay of execution for his childhood friend and long time partner, Phoenix, who was due to be hanged for murder at midnight. His last minute plea for clemency to the Judge had failed and he was feeling worn out and depressed.
As soon as he walked through the door at home, his wife, Franziska, started on him about, 'What foolish time of night is this to foolishly be getting home? Where have you been?' 'Dinner is cold and I'm not reheating it'. And on and on and on.
Too shattered to play his usual role in this familiar ritual (shouting objection), he went and poured himself a shot of whiskey and headed off for a long hot soak in the bathtub. Pursued by Franziska's predictable sarcastic remarks, he dragged himself up the stairs.
While he was in the bath, the phone rang.
Franziska answered and was told that her husband's client, Phoenix, had been granted a stay of execution after all. He would not be hanged tonight.
Finally realizing what a terrible day Miles must have had, she decided to go upstairs and give him the good news. As she opened the bathroom door, she was greeted by the sight of her husband, bent over naked, drying his legs and feet.
'They're not hanging Wright tonight,' she said.
To which he whirled around and screamed, FOR THE LOVE OF GOD, WOMAN, DON'T YOU EVER STOP?
Saturday, 24 May 2008
I went to see Little Shop of Horrors live in the theatre this week, and it was fantastic. One of my favourite parts was hearing the songs they cut out of the film, but I was really upset to find that they'd cut out the BEST songs!
For example, Mushnik and Son. I wish I could have a recording of Vincent Gardenia singing it with Rick Moranis, but obviously that doesnt exist, because it was cut from the film. Now It's Just the Gas was a pretty good song too, again, cut from the film.
(you can ignore the video if you want, just listen to the song)
Friday, 23 May 2008
It's the first monthly anniversary of this blog today! It's come so far in that short month. I thought Poppy was going to be alot harder to break than she was. By now, I thought she might just be beginning to have a small crack in her Christian beliefs, but here she is happy to ignore them. I've printed off all of the responses too and put them in a folder. You wouldnt believe the huge wadge of paper it's used.
Those of you who haven't read it, why not?
Hlp me o lord
Friday, 16 May 2008
Tuesday, 6 May 2008
I'm still waiting for the above comment on my shared blog, Hlp me o lord, to stop being funny. I practically wet myself laughing when I read this email (very quietly though, since it was late at night and other people were sleeping). Our blog is getting quite controversial.
After I'd stopped laughing, I did start worrying a bit. I'm an agnostic, and I worried about if this person was right, and I would burn in Hell forever because of it.
Then I changed my mind. I don't care. I'm having too much fun.
If judgement day does come, I just hope God recognises how much I've had to learn about the Bible to be able to participate in writing this blog. I do think I actually believe more in something now than I did two weeks ago when I started it. I don't want the person who left that comment to think that we're just bashing God, because I do think I believe in something.
If the worst comes to the worst, I'm only an accomplice. I'm not the one bashing God. I'm only writing responses to someone else who's saying things.
I might have been able to take that comment more seriously if it actually used proper grammar. The only way to God is through Jesus Christ? A simple email is quicker.
Monday, 5 May 2008
Friday, 2 May 2008
Tuesday, 29 April 2008
Thought I'd let you know about a new project I'm involved with.
Poppy is 18 years old and contemplating suicide. Her mother was killed by a man driving at five times the drink-drive limit when she was nine, and she split up with her boyfriend Damien three weeks ago after she discovered his other two girlfriends, one of them pregnant. In her suicidal state, she writes an email about her troubles, asking God to send her a sign to restore her faith, but God's response was a little more personal than she was expecting...
I'm playing the part of Poppy, with another of my friends playing God (in more ways than one) and I'm enjoying it so much. I'd advise you all to go over there and have a look. It's getting updated regularly with responses from each side, so add it to your favourites and keep checking back!
Monday, 28 April 2008
Sunday, 27 April 2008
The sequel to Twlight. I was so excited when it came through the post. It killed me being at work and not being able to read it til I got home. Now I'm glad I didnt read it at work, and I'll tell you why.
Throughout my life, I've only ever cried twice at a book. Once when I was eight or nine and read The Little Matchgirl where she dies at the end, then three years ago at the fourth Artemis Fowl book. I could live with crying at books twice in my life, but this book has ruined that. I've cried so many times at this book that I've lost count. It was three last night, four this morning, and since I've come home from work I've lost count. It's not a good book in the sense that it's entertaining and makes you feel happy when you read it. It breaks my heart, but it's good in that sense. Stephenie Meyer is so skilled at writing. I feel every emotion that Bella goes through, exactly how she feels it. When Edward left her, it felt like he was leaving me. When she puts herself in danger and hallucinates hearing Edward, I get the same rush she gets. I've been moping about all day because of this book. I feel terrible because of it. I really wish I hadnt read it. It's breaking my heart. I'm still not finished yet. I've read so much though. I started it last night, and have been reading all day today, and have now read almost 400 pages of the 597. I was originally planning to order the next one online, but I think I'm gonna have to go to the shop and buy it myself, seeing the speed I'm reading it at (just waiting and praying for the chapter that I hope exists where Edward comes back). I don't think I'd be able to stand sitting here waiting for the next book to arrive.
Thursday, 24 April 2008
I'm not one for reading popular books. I hate Harry Potter with a passion. These books never live up to the hype they're given. I'd been hearing about Twilight from people for so long, I didn't have high hopes for it. It didnt really sound like my kind of story, but I decided to give in and give it a try.
I started it, and I thought that my initial opinions were right. It started off really slow and I didnt really enjoy it at all. I couldnt grasp the characters or storyline. But, it did get better. ALOT better. For the past few days, I've been absolutely obsessed. I can see why so many people like it. I was up at three o clock this morning, not able to sleep because I was feeling sorry for Edward. Traditionally, I HATE waiting for the bus, but I really enjoyed being 20 minutes early for it today since it meant I got to read some more. It was fantastic. I finished it today, and finishing it really hurt. There's a next book, and I've been frantically shopping for it online today, trying to find the website that will get it to me soonest. Money is no object. I NEED the next book!
So yeah, go out and read it now.
Monday, 21 April 2008
Sunday, 20 April 2008
I can't wait til my coursework is done with. I havent had time to have any fun in 5 weeks now (since Easter) since I've been working so hard on my coursework. I've gotta work like a demon til Thursday, then once that's over with, I've got so many fun things I'm gonna do:
- Play Phoenix Wright 3 - I imported it but havent had chance to play it
- Play Sims 2 - It's been ages since I last played it
- Crack out the sewing machine and start working on my cosplay costumes for Amecon
- Finish typing up my new book
Friday, 18 April 2008
I got joint first place in the cosplay competition at the manga night last night! RESULT! I had a bit of a feeling I was going to, strangely enough. I can now die happy. I got to choose from a pile of prizes, and I chose Trinity Blood vol 1, since it sounds just like Hellsing, so it can't be that bad.
There's more photos in my cosplay.com gallery now too.
Wednesday, 16 April 2008
Monday, 14 April 2008
Sunday, 6 April 2008
There's a manga night on the 17th, and I have little choice but to wear Ema Skye again, but that means doing a rush job on the skirt AGAIN. Oh, the flashbacks. I'm not sewing metres and metres of ribbon on again for the stripes though. No way. This time I'm trying fabric paint.
Friday, 4 April 2008
Thursday, 3 April 2008
For reasons I don't quite understand, I've become suddenly obsessed with the songs from Chicago. It's strange, because I never really liked the film that much, even though I'm a sucker for modern musicals. I have listened to this song so many times now it's unbelievable. You'd be suprised how in many of the Chicago songs there are lots of parts you don't notice until you've listened to it a bazillion times. I especially love what I think is a tuba in this song. You don't notice it at first, but it's there if you look for it. I especially love the 'are you kidding?' bit. The tuba on that bit is the best.
Wednesday, 2 April 2008
Not a new character, but a different variation of a character I was already doing. I'm doing this outfit instead of Renge's school uniform. It was so difficult and I'd completely fallen out of love with it, but when I saw this outfit, I knew this was the one I had to do. I had the wig anyway since I was planning to do her anyway, so it made sense.
Renge has such an evil hair colour. I look at her in these photos and think that my wig is completely the wrong colour. The only thing that consoles me is watching another episode where I realise my wig is the PERFECT colour because her hair has changed shades.
Tuesday, 1 April 2008
I used to love this film back in year 6. Still do to pretty much the same extent. I know alot of people never let go of the things they used to love as kids. Me more than most people! I never really liked the princessey films that much. I'd watch them, but I was never one where I wanted the prince and the princess to fall in love, but The Swan Princess was something special. You just wanted Odette and Derek to get back together so bad! Damn you Rothbart! Evil man! Who needs Swan Lake with all the prancy ballet when you can just watch The Swan Princess with more or less the same story, just more exciting and entertaining?
I still know all the songwords. Lol, I'm so sad, aren't I? #We're off on a mission, we're tough in good condition, we're short but standing tall, NO FEAR!#
Okay, I'll shut up now :P
Monday, 31 March 2008
Saturday, 29 March 2008
Thursday, 27 March 2008
Well, it's when you start reading these lists for starters. Anyway, I've been reading one list, and I've found I do an alarming amount of things on the list, including but not limited to.
- "hai," "baka," and "hentai" come to your lips so easily that sometimes you have difficulty remembering what the English words are.
- you never bothered getting your new apartment hooked up to cable, and even Babylon 5 is a take-it-or-leave-it thing... but anyone who gets in the way of your mission to get the next Slayers volume is dead.
- If I had a house, and take out Slayers and replace it with Hellsing and/or Ouran Host Club...
- you have a crush on more than 5 anime characters
- Well, if we include Japanese games as well, then yes...
Been reading the list for Hellsing too...
- You constantly quote lines from the show.
- You dress like Alucard every day and call it normal.
- Once I get my tie and waistcoat finished for my Lolicard costume, this WILL become a reality
- You know all the episode names and all the character names, including the minor ones.
- You can recite entire episodes from memory.
- Okay, maybe not all in one go, but I'm sure if I thought about it I could do it, perhaps with the odd prompt...
Wednesday, 26 March 2008
Wednesday, 19 March 2008
Okay, for those of you who don't already know, my final year project has been evil. It hates me and I hate it. It refuses to work. The recent hurdle has been getting my bloody update and delete sql to work. It just refused to do anything, and it just carried on as though nothing had happened. No errors, no exceptions, no anything. It had been like it for weeks, and it was getting me really angry. Even the professional nerds over on the msdn forums had no idea what was wrong.
So, you can imagine how I felt when I showed it to one of my friends at university who managed to get it working in less than five minutes. I wasn't sure whether to laugh or cry.
On the plus side, it's working now, and I can probably finish it pretty soon now, but when I think of all the time I've been wasting because of it...
I want to go stab something.
Thursday, 13 March 2008
It's really strange how the mind works. I had completely and utterly forgotten about this song, and the last time I watched it must have been the best part of ten years ago. But when my sister found it and played it, I somehow unconsiocusly knew the words, even though I didn't know them. Weird, huh? Team Rocket still own to this day. :P
I do find it interesting though how in this video it's James who's wearing the skirt, not Jessie. (actually, in the Japanese version, James is actually gay. In the English version we had all that stuff edited out :( ) Either way, I love James when he says "I am the handsome one". *squee!*
Monday, 10 March 2008
If I get hit by a truck or something that will otherwise take my life any time in the next year or so, I want to be buried in a replica of Alucard's coffin. This is not a joke. I seriously do. Please make this so (I mean the coffin bit, not the getting hit by a truck bit :P)
Am I taking this Hellsing fandom to an unhealthy level?
Wednesday, 5 March 2008
Wednesday, 27 February 2008
God, what a horrible feeling this is. Nothing worth looking forward to. Tuesday nights will now be as boring as all the rest of the week.
Panto went fantastically. Both of the Saturday performances were amazing. I still can’t quite believe we didn’t have any bad audiences. Every year we normally have one audience who just don’t want to laugh or anything, but this year it didn’t happen! All of our audiences loved it, so that’s a really good thing. We managed to almost sell out Tuesday night too, which amazed us all.
I’m going to miss seeing the video of the stag night every day. It never stopped being funny. Quite the opposite, actually. It got funnier every time I saw it.
I’m sad that it’s all over, but glad in a way. I absolutely loved Ali to death and although I enjoyed every second of the panto, it was such hard work, so I’ll be glad to just have a rest (for a week maybe :P After that I’ll start getting into withdrawal symptoms).
We all got t-shirts given to us afterwards, which was awesome. Mine’s got the infamous photo of me on it passed out and tied up outside Chagford with the traffic cone on my head. Fantastic. Just amazing. I love it so much.
I’ve got a fair few other souvenirs of the panto too. There were some props, costumes and scenery that just weren’t worth the variety group keeping, so we got to take them home.
- · The magazine I was reading in scene 2.
- · The newspaper I was reading in scene 5.
- · The grey coat with ‘Thief 39’ on the back that I wore for almost the entire duration of the panto.
- · The Co-Op uniform badge that Ali wore in scene 8.
- · Two sets of butterflies that were hanging from the roof on the wedding.
My lines are still all over the walls in my house, as if I don’t know them by now. I can’t bear to take them down.
Things I'm going to miss about the pantomime:
- Going out every Tuesday and Friday night and having loads of fun
- Getting interesting emails from the panto guys talking/arguing about different panto related things
- Learning my lines in boring university lectures. Now what am I going to do?
- Scene nine - I loved that scene. It contained my two favourite lines of the whole panto.
- The stag night video. Enough said.
- Trying to keep a straight face after the Sultan says he's going to divorce the Sultana. Charlie had some classic facial expressions after that. He was such a good Sultana.
Things I'm not going to miss about the pantomime:
- Wearing shoes that are 2 sizes too big for me and having to wear 3 pairs of thick socks to pad them out.
- The sleep deprivation associated with the adrenalin rush that doesnt wear off until 1am the following morning.
- Taking forever in the toilets because I'm wearing X amount of layers and not wishing to drop my radio mic in there. You have no idea how amazing it is now to be able to be just in and out of there. If I needed to use the bathroom in the middle of the show, it was just tough! No time!
- Singing in public.
- Hard work! Over the course of the 2 1/2 hour panto, I estimate I had about 5 minutes maximum of resting time, INCLUDING the interval.
- Whipping off that coat when Ali finds out he's a prince. I hope I made it look easier than it was.
- Running. Those shoes were not made for running!
- The time Fiezal's slip of the tongue caused him to tell Thief 34 to go hump the camel.
- Filming the stag night footage in Chagord. We had so many posh people walk past with their noses turned up at us in ridiculous costumes. We just shouted after them 'COME TO MORETON PANTO!!!!'
- Forming the human pyramid in the sentry. Brilliant.
- The first time I saw the stag night video. I laughed so much it hurt and I cried with laughter.
- The first time we read the script for the wedding scene. It was so funny.
- The first 4 months of Jenny (Brandy) singing Hopelessly Devoted while Ali tries not to notice. It was only a few weeks before I managed to stop finding it funny.
- The Sultana's "sword" snapping in half in the dress rehearsal.
- Learning a song on the Saturday about flowers and daffodils. It really was a fantastic song, especially when we got most of the cast backstage singing it in cannon.
I had such an awesome time. Can't wait til next year.
Friday, 22 February 2008
Tonight's performance was the best performance yet. We had a good audience, and things just seemed to flow really well. Our mystery guest tonight was also the best one we've had yet. It was really entertaining.
Fiezal, the king of the thieves, had his son in the audience today, and it was his birthday, so we got him up on stage, and he was SOOO sweet. He was five. We got him up on stage and Fiezal got down to his level and said 'Hello Rowan', and he replied in the sweetest voice ever 'Hello Daddy'. Aww, bless!
Thursday, 21 February 2008
We had a much older, more intellectual audience tonight. They enjoyed it, and really laughed at the smart jokes, but not so much at the dirtier jokes.
How annoying is this - the cast of the panto have put so much work into it, and yet our producer comes on stage for 30 seconds, doesn't say a word, and gets the best laugh of the panto? Something's not quite right there. :P
Tuesday, 19 February 2008
The most amazing week of the year is here, and it's started off with quite a bang!
The dress rehearsal yesterday was fantastic. We had a bigger crowd than we normally have, and they absolutely loved it. It really helped us all get into the spirit.
My nerves are becoming a problem though. Normally I get nervous for 5 minutes on the opening night, but now I'm nervous most of the time, including on stage (my hands were shaking tonight. Not good!) but I think I get through it well enough.
Tonight was the best opening night we have ever had in panto history. We all had low expectations for the opening night. The type of people who go out on Tuesday nights arent the loud type, and we only sold half of the tickets prior to the show, but it managed to turn itself around. We were all watching the TV backstage, and the audience were laughing at the narrator two lines into the panto! We knew then we were going to do okay. Later on, when I make my first appearance in scene 2, I poke my head out of the wings as usual, and there's not an empty seat in sight. I was stunned! We had so many people turn up on the door. It all worked out amazingly.
We made quite a few mess ups tonight, but nothing major, and we managed to get through it. The audience loved it. They always laugh when things go wrong.
I just hope the rest of the week is as good as tonight.
Saturday, 9 February 2008
I'll be honest. The obsession was beginning to wear off. Keyword: was. It had been three whole days since I had last watched it. I thought I was beginning to get over it. However, the withdrawal symptoms kicked in, and I had the urge to watch it again, and now I think it's made it worse.
Especially if my new desktop wallpaper is anything to go by. :P
I've been meaning to get something more personalised since I got my laptop. Now I've got it. :D
Friday, 8 February 2008
Wednesday, 6 February 2008
Saturday, 2 February 2008
I've been obsessed with certain anime before, but never before have I been so obsessed that I can watch 2-4 episodes a day every day for a month and still not get bored of it. It's really good. Wish I knew where volume one of the manga had disappeared to. It's around somewhere.
Our director tells me I need to slap my thigh alot more, since that's what the principal boy always does. That's all well and good, but my legs are starting to hurt. Perhaps it's a good thing that I'm not wearing the prince costume with hotpants, because I think my legs are going to be all bruised by the end of the week!
Wednesday, 30 January 2008
Gotta remember them! The panto is two weeks today!
The worst part is, not only do I have to remember the words, I now also have to remember the 'dances' that go with them.
Right 2 3 4
Left 2 3 4
Turn 2 3 4 5 6 7 8
Monday, 28 January 2008
Whilst talking about a video posted on the Internet, Walter says:
"There is nothing to indicate the time or place of production. I assume it was made three weeks ago in Coventry."
That's a pretty big assumption considering there's nothing to indicate where or when it was made.
Sunday, 27 January 2008
I did emergency stops this week on my driving lesson. It was horrible! Really, it made my heart go all funny and the adrenalin pump and I couldn't drive properly afterwards! I hope that doesnt come up on my test. Apparently there's a 50/50 chance. If they have to do it on my test, I hope they do it right at the end - not at the beginning when I still have enough time left to completely mess up my test.
Monday, 21 January 2008
Sunday, 20 January 2008
Friday, 18 January 2008
Saturday, 12 January 2008
I've been absolutely hooked on Hellsing the past few days. I tried reading the manga, but I didn't really like it, but I started watching the anime online and was absolutely obsessed. I think I'm probably going to buy all the episodes on DVD. The English voices are terrible, but not too bad once you get used to them (they're not half as bad as the Irish accents in the manga though - I can't understand anything they say!). The music in Hellsing is brilliant too - music in anime isn't something I normally notice, but in Hellsing it's brilliant. I could quite easily end up buying the soundtrack to listen to as well.
So yeah, here, have a opening theme:
Wednesday, 9 January 2008
Last night was possibly the best rehearsal we have EVER had. It was so much fun. We did the last scene of the panto last night, which we had never done before, having only got the script for it the week before. I felt so happy at the end. I felt like I had actually got married! It really is the best wedding ceremony ever. I'm stood there trying not to laugh! It's such a serious ceremony but it's just so funny nobody can help but laugh. It's so good! I had my doubts about the ending, but now we've rehearsed it, I think it's good.
There are still issues though - for example, the song at the end of the first act. Although it's a whole cast song, the vast majority is sung by Ali and Sapphire, and our voices just aren't compatible. If we have the song low enough for me to be able to hit all the notes well, it's too low for Sapphire to sing, but if we put it a bit higher so that Sapphire is comfortable, I'd say at least 50% of the notes are then beyond my comfortable reach. Gah!
Lines are going well. I'm not really having too much trouble learning them. Lines have never been a problem for me really, apart from finding the time to learn them. But they all seem to be in there now, and there's not really a problem any more. Yay!
I normally try to compress my lines down so I can print them all out on one A4 sheet, but this year I've had a lot more lines than I ever have before, so maybe this year I'll have to do them on two A4 sheets. The sheets help since I can print out a million copies and stick them everywhere, so anywhere I go I see my lines and they work themselves into my brain every time I see them.
But overall, panto's going well.
Tuesday, 1 January 2008
Monday, 31 December 2007
- I cosplayed for the first time! It was brilliant.
- I went to my first anime convention! ALcon was fantastic. I'm going back next year, as well as going to Amecon as well.
- I finished writing yet another book, which is still being worked on and revised.
- I started my final year at university (well, with any luck it wont be my final year, but it should be my final year of BSc Computing)
- I got into shonen-ai, and after shonen-ai, yaoi inevitably followed. Sigh, I was such an innocent girl back in 2006...
- I started to learn to drive.
- I got awarded the part of principal boy in Ali Baba! It's been an ambition of mine to play either principal boy or girl since I started panto four years ago, so now I think I can die happy.
- I watched Shock Treatment for the first time - it's now one of my favourite films.
- I went to the Rocky Horror Show in the theatre, and dressed up as Magenta. That was really fun.
- I went on a train all by myself for the first time!
- I got into several new series of manga, including but not limited to Ouran High School Host Club, Death Note, and several series of yaoi.
- I got into Phoenix Wright - now one of my favourite games.
- I got into a new band - The Dresden Dolls
- I went to see the Blues Brothers in the theatre, and Beauty and the Beast as well.
- I got a new printer/scanner
- After having not really been into Dragonball Z that much for a few years now, I bought the manga when I decided to cosplay Android 18, and it was AMAZING. I was completely hooked. After that I went out and bought the Dragonball manga as well, but it wasnt as good as Z.
- I got the new Final Fantasy game, which turned out to be a disappointment, really...
- As did the Artemis Fowl graphic novel...
- And the new series of Tenchi Muyo...
- I actually bought a copy of the Bible. Not for religious purposes, but for reference when I need to know stuff about stuff.
I'm sure I'll think of some more stuff later.
Friday, 28 December 2007
I always said I was never going to do a Masters Degree. It costs ALOT of money to do, and I never thought there was a subject that I had enough passion for that I would want to study so intensively at that level.
However, I was wrong. Behold, the MA/PgDip in Creative Writing.
I am seriously considering this. However, there is a slight hiccup. At the moment, I honestly can't see myself getting a 2:1 in my Computing degree. I need a 2:1 for me to be a secondary teacher, unless I can back it up with 60 or more Masters credits. The catch? You need a 2:1 to take a Masters degree. I'm enquiring about this at the moment to the university, to see if there are any other routes of entry, but I honestly don't know what's going to happen. I'd so love to take this course. It sounds right up my street.
In order to prepare myself, I shall now procede to stop using all of the incorrect writing habits I have picked up over the years, which I continue to use, despite the fact I know that they are wrong.
You'll notice in that last sentence, there were no apostrophes. Using contractions like 'I'll' is wrong. The correct wording is 'I will' or 'I shall'. Yes, you'll notice this sentence is wrong.
I mean, look at that degree! THE DISSERTATION IS AWESOME! I would so love to do that!
Hmm... I wonder if I could get away with just handing in Eschaton to them. Dissertation done, no extra work. HA!
But yeah, I'm not holding my breath.
Thursday, 27 December 2007
My Ema Skye wig came through the post today. It really is such a nice wig. It's so soft and silky and thick.
I'll have to try it on some time and take some photos.
The great thing about it is, it's the perfect wig for Mia Fey as well, if I decide to cosplay her later, which I think I probably will. Yay, that's £18 I won't have to spend on that costume.
Tuesday, 18 December 2007
Just got home from panto rehearsal, which was really quite fun. We got to try on our costumes tonight, and I rather like mine. It's amazing how the costume helps you get into the principal boy role. Without even consciously thinking about it, I frequently found myself with my hands on my hips when Ali was standing there. The best part was my darling Princess Sapphire, who just looked amazing in her costume. Between the two of us in those costumes, I really began to feel like we were a proper panto couple, as opposed to just acting out a lovey-dovey scene. It really helped to get into the feel of the characters. Scene six was amazing.
Saturday, 15 December 2007
Friday, 14 December 2007
Thursday, 13 December 2007
I made the poster. I'm rather proud of it. :P
It's recommended you bring cotton wool for your ears if you're coming, since I will be singing solo. Eugh.
However, it has got better at the last rehearsal. We tried doing it lower and it is sooo much better. I don't have to screech any more. Still sounds terrible though. lol. Let's just hope my acting makes up for my terrible voice.
Ooh, I got to try on one of my costumes on Tuesday. It was awesome. Proper principal boy garb.
Friday, 7 December 2007
Oh god, just got back from my first driving lesson. It was really scary! There's so much stuff to remember!
I think I've got it though, I just can't get the hang of making the car move once it's stopped and all the stuff with the clutch. There's so much to do.
So, put the clutch all the way down, then put it into gear, then you have to take the handbrake off, then slowly put the accelerator down, and when the car starts creeping forward take the foot off the clutch.
It gets confusing doing all the stuff with hands and feet all over the place at the same time. It's the same reason I can't play the piano. :P I'm sure I'll get better with practice, but at the moment it's really hard.
Monday, 3 December 2007
Oh god, the roads are no longer safe. I'm starting driving lessons on Friday. Oh gods, so nervous.
On the plus side, I'm driving one of those new minis though! I love them! And now I'm driving one! I've always said I wanted one of those - I can treat this as a test drive. Teehee.
So yeah, if you were planning to go to Brunel industrial estate in Newton Abbot Friday afternoon, you might want to reconsider.
Monday, 26 November 2007
You know there's something seriously wrong with your programming code when even your teacher, after 45 minutes, still can't figure out why it's not working.
On the plus side though, I've got all my other coursework done (apart from my final year project, which is an ongoing thing. I dreamt about it last night - maybe it's my subconsciouness reminding me that I haven't done any work on it in the past three weeks?), so I've got 'lots' of time to spend worrying about why my rabbits won't disappear after they get eaten in Flash.
For my project, I was really meant to spend my spare three hours today playing around in Visual Studio and C# (neither of which I've used before - perfect choice to do my project with! NOT.), but I don't have it installed on my laptop, and going over to the computer labs would just be too easy.
Wednesday, 21 November 2007
I know NOTHING about Half Life, but this video really made me laugh. It's an animation someone did of a REALLY bad fanfic they found on the internet. The funny thing is, I thought when people wrote like that, it was intentional. I didn't think real people spoke like that because they didn't know any better.
Friday, 16 November 2007
Remember that post I made on Tuesday about the Death Note reference in the ad for Gwen Stefani's new perfume? Well, it turns out that it's not a coincidence! It appears Gwen is a Death Note fan! And guess what? Madonna's in a tiz with her for copying! Madonna is a Death Note fan too!
What's more awesome, check out this video. She's dressed like Mello! Apparently, Mello is her fav Death Note character. He's one of mine too. I'm cosplaying him! Yay!
It's interesting to find out this stuff.
Thursday, 15 November 2007
I sit here in 'semi' cosplay, looking like the Blues Brothers' long lost sister. I'm off to Torquay tonight to see the Blues Brothers in the theatre (not the actual Blues Brothers, especially since one of them is dead), but a tribute band. We always go every time it comes around our way, and it's always fantastic.
I have black trousers, white shirt, black tie (which I was going to make into an Ouran Host Club tie, but still haven't got around to putting the purple stripe on it yet), black blazer and black trilby hat. The only thing I haven't got is the glasses. Quickest cosplay ever. If only all costumes were this easy - put together in five minutes without having to make ANYTHING with items I already own.
Nah, I know, it's not really cosplay, but it makes me happy to think of it as so.
I put it all on thinking it was half past six and almost time to go, then discovered it's only half five, and now here's me sitting here all dressed up and nowhere to go (yet). Ooh, that's a Rocky Horror reference.
Brownie points if you can name me the song words to that effect come in.
Goku and Piccolo have been cast! I'm not familiar with the actors they've chosen, but based on looks, they've made a good choice.
Can't wait for this movie to come out.
The only bad thing is that it has the potential to make Dragonball Z mega popular - I don't want that. I'm happier being one of a small group of followers. I don't want this to be for me another case of 'I liked it before it was cool'.
Tuesday, 13 November 2007
To the vast majority of you, this image will mean very little. To my fellow Death Note fans, it's brilliant. It made me laugh when that advert came up. When it scrolled onto Gwen Stefani's perfume, however, I couldn't help but be just a little bit disappointed.
Monday, 12 November 2007
Sunday, 11 November 2007
I am getting so many phishing emails. They used to amuse me, since I was above them. It's quite hard to trick me with a phishing email. Yet now I am getting SO many of them, they're beginning to get on my nerves. I'm getting at least 5 a week.
The vast majority of them tell me that I have an unpaid item dispute on eBay for some random item - the funniest was the rights for an online dating business - or Halifax or Natwest Bank telling me I need to log into my online account to verify my account or I won't be able to use online banking. The best part of it is that I'm not even with Halifax or Natwest.
Saturday, 10 November 2007
I ordered a wig. It's the 60cm one in colour E02. It's the perfect style and colour for Renge from Ouran High School Host Club.
Friday, 9 November 2007
Just spent half an hour playing this game, and it was pretty scary. The graphics aren't that great, but the music and the atmosphere freaked me out a bit. It's not a game I would want to play in the dark.
Another gem from Notdoppler.
Also, if you've got spare time, go play Tangerine Panic. It made me giggle.
Thursday, 8 November 2007
Just to let you know, there's a virus going around MSN where someone on your contacts list will say they've found someone on a website that looks just like you, and then send a zip file for you to download. DO NOT open it. It is a virus that will hijack your MSN and then send the same message to your contacts pretending to be you. Most virus checkers should block it anyway, but if you don't download it in the first place, there shouldn't be anything to check.
Tell everyone you know. Else, people are gonna start falling out over friends sending them viruses, when it's not actually them sending them.
I'm meant to be learning to drive soon, so I took a practice theory test on the internet. Now, bearing mind that I've done NO revision or learning whatsoever, I don't think I did badly. There were fifty questions, and the pass mark is 43. I got 36, which, considering I know bugger all about driving isn't bad. I hope the questions on the real test are as stupid as those on that practice one.
Okay, they're multiple choice, but some of them are stupid answers. For example:
Q. As you are driving, a red van pulls out close in front of you. What should you do?
Option: Accelerate to get as close to the van as possible.
To allow the van to get even closer.
Q. An accident has occurred and a passenger has a broken arm which is bleeding badly. Why should you try to keep the arm raised?
Option: To allow the casualty to be seen more easily.
Because a crumpled up car isn't easily spotted by emergency services. There are so many of them about these days.
Q. You are involved in an accident and a passenger is unconscious. What should you do?
Option: Clear away any glass.
Yes, I should make sure the area is tidy. Screw the ambulance, this place is a mess.
Q. Which kind of driving is most likely to put other people at risk?
Something tells me it must be the final option: Competitive.
Q. A bus has pulled over at a bus stop. You should:
Option: Sound your horn continuously whilst overtaking the bus.
Yes, because buses don't have wing mirrors to see you, and the world isn't a loud enough place.
I really hope the real test has stupid questions like that.
Wednesday, 7 November 2007
This is a really good little game.
It's made by the World Food Program, who actually donate a ten grains of rice to starving people in third world countries for every word you get right. Not only that, but it's a really good game for building vocabulary. I've actually learnt a few words today, and some words that were in the back of my mind have formed a part of my vocabulary, so expect more new words in my writing.
Saturday, 3 November 2007
We got wireless in our house today. I'm downstairs on the sofa right now! Haha!
Of course, this means I'm never going to get any work done now. Normally, when I come downstairs with the laptop, the distraction of the internet is gone. Now I can have the internet anywhere in the house, therefore be distracted by it anywhere in the house. Ah, the wonders of technology.
It's awesome. But question 50 confuses me. I always end up skipping it. Can someone figure out what the magic trick is on the second timer you get on Q50 after the dog eats the bone. I can make the bar go up, but not quick enough. I'm sure there's some knack to it that I'm just not getting.
The Impossible Quiz
Thursday, 1 November 2007
Tuesday, 30 October 2007
Monday, 29 October 2007
'If you're going to touch, then grab the thing! If you're not, then quit teasing!'
Hiroki - Junjo Romantica, Volume 4.
It was either that or this:
'What's all the ruckus? Are you having an orgy without me? You rascals.'
Mikuni - Eerie Queerie, Volume 3.
The second one isn't actually as dirty as it sounds. The first one is. :P
Thursday, 25 October 2007
Wednesday, 24 October 2007
Just did a count of my panto lines so far. I have 79, and we still haven't got the final scene! I've more than broken my line count record. If I could get 21 or more lines in the final scene (quite possible, actually) I'd have over 100!
Anyway, last night's rehearsal rocked so much. To begin with, we all got two more scenes for our script, so that was really exciting to read. I feel so sorry for Ali now. I have a real bond with him, and he's really upset in the next two scenes, which makes me really upset! God, I'm so sad.
New favourite line:
'Well, Alkazar found our secret hiding place and then I dropped the orb and now he's going to kill me and I didn't know where else to go...'
While at the same time collapsing on the floor and blubbering away to the princess. I love dramatic stuff like that. And the princess' response to that?
'Well, I'm glad you came here. I can protect you. We can hide in my bedroom.'
WINK WINK NUDGE NUDGE
Ah, good stuff in that script.
We were told last week we had to learn the lines for scene six (the lovey-dovey scene in which Ali falls madly in love with the princess and vice-versa), so they were all over my walls in preparation for last night. Anyway, I learnt them so we could do it without the scripts, which was a little bit nervewracking. Me and my princess had a chance to practice with each other in another room while everyone else was rehearsing the first scene (Ali and Sapphire have only just been born in that scene, and already they're arranging our marriage!) What we didn't know was that once we were up on stage that the director was going to turn all of the hall lights off and just leave the stage lights on, so it was like a proper performance! It was like opening night. The adrenalin was pumping, I was beginning to wonder why in God's name I decided to be in panto and so on. The audience are shrouded in darkness. You can see people watching you but you can't see them well enough to know who it is. etc etc. But it was fantastic. I got that buzz I normally get, and there was so much energy. Plus, the jokes get a much better reaction. We made all of the cast members laugh at our jokes, even though they've heard them enough times before. Being without a script on stage is so liberating! The panto is going so well this year with our new director. Normally this time of year we wouldn't even have had our parts yet, and now here we are doing scenes perfectly with loads of energy and without scripts. In previous years, that doesn't normally happen until Christmas is long past, and now it's only October! I think the audience are in for a treat this year.
And then we did the song, and I normally hate singing, but we had good fun doing it. My voice wasn't actually that bad, since I was feeling more confident after scene six. If I can find the courage to do it every night on performance week like I did it last night I think I won't have too much to worry about. My singing voice isn't great, but I think it was at its best last night, and that made me happy.
This week we're learning scenes 2 and 3, which although is two scenes as opposed to the one last week, they're shorter, so they still add up to roughly the same amount of lines to learn. I like the way they're doing it this year. Rather than just getting to Christmas and telling everyone after the break they aren't allowed any scripts on stage and so have to learn the whole thing over Christmas, this time they're doing one or two scenes a week, which is good. Learning the lines isn't too much trouble, but it takes some effort and balancing to learn the new lines without forgetting all of the lines learnt in previous weeks. All of the lines for the scenes so far are on my wall, but the ones I need to learn for the next week get the most prestigious spots (the bathroom wall, my bedroom wall next to the light switch and my computer wallpaper), since that's what I look at the most often. Meanwhile, lines from previous weeks are beginning to fill the space on my bedroom door. I'm not putting up lines from scenes we don't need to learn yet, or I'll just confuse myself. Don't want too much of an information overload.
There's murmur of tickets being on sale before Christmas this year - I'll let everyone know when that happens.
Tuesday, 23 October 2007
God, customers this weekend.
At work I was put on the trawler boats. This basically consists of customers jumping in this little boat and driving around the lake for ten minutes. There's a steering wheel and a switch that turns the engine on/off. That's all there is to it. So, there's me all day Saturday, helping customers in the boats and so on. Then I lift up the barrier to let the boats out of the dock and tell the customers to turn the switch. If I had a pound for every time the customers asked 'This one?'. I feel like saying 'How many other switches are there?!?!?'. One day I'm honestly going to say 'No, the other one' and laugh as the customers look for another switch. OF COURSE IT'S THAT ONE!
Saturday, 20 October 2007
Thursday, 18 October 2007
I had my first panto dream of Ali Baba last night! Probably something to do with the fact I've been working 'hard' to get my lines learnt for scene 6 by next week, so we can do it without scripts on the stage, since they always get in the way. Scene 6 is now appearing on the walls all over my house and in all of my uni books, as well as my computer wallpaper! It's the way I learn things. I had to sing on Tuesday night. I hate singing on my own. As if that wasn't bad enough, we didn't even have any music to mask the sound of how terrible I am. Well, I'm not that bad, but I still prefer not to sing if I can possibly help it. Well, I'm loving the part of Ali Baba, but it can't all be fun. I got to uni today 8 hours early for my lecture, so I'm doing lots of stuff to pass the time. Been working on my final year project, but have got distracted from it now, so methinks I shall go down to the shops for a wander. I need to get a folder to keep my script in (once again, Ceri's hobbies distract her from academic work that really needs to be done!). Yes, I shall do that. Go downtown, get a folder, have a look around the shops, probably spend money I can't afford to, then come back, get lunch in the refectory, then come back and do some work or get distracted while I'm meant to be working. That sounds like a plan!
Monday, 15 October 2007
Only a small part of a larger movie (No Place Like Home - look it up on YouTube for the full movie), it's once again Ryan at his best. I can't get this song out of my head. I've bought the DVD set with the soundtrack. 1 - I like to give my support to their projects, since I love them so much. 2 - I want that song Ryan sings so I can play it very loudly on my CD player at some obscene hour of the morning.
A week on, I still can't believe I'm playing Ali Baba in the pantomime. Been learning my lines this week, and it's just like it was meant to be. For some reason, all of Ali's lines are so easy to remember. I've never found learning lines so easy before. I don't know if my memory has got better or what, but they're sticking in my head like something sticky.
Just been down to the shops to waste some more money on cosplay stuff. Got the lining for my Washu coat and fabric for her middle layer. Because I have nothing better to spend £7.50 on. Also bought some thread and some velcro. Yay!
Washu's going quite well at the moment. Will post up some photos soon.
Friday, 12 October 2007
Thursday, 11 October 2007
Wednesday, 10 October 2007
Ah well, I've got a bit of bad news. I didn't get to play the part I wanted in the panto. I really wanted to play Brandy (and now you know what that post was a while ago), Ali's best friend. But I can live with that because I'M PLAYING ALI BABA!!!!!! Oh my god, so excited! I just can't believe it!
I actually knew about this a week ago, but didn't want to post because there was still a small chance I might play Brandy instead, but last night was the official announcement of the roles (as opposed to a chat in the pub with the director last week like I had). But I'm so happy. I was never expecting to be Ali. I thought he was completely out of my league. This could quite possibly be the best role I get in my lifetime, so I'm gonna go all out for it.
Oh yes, principal boy, which means I get to wear tights and hot pants and I get to do the kind of solo singing that can't be talked/shouted/drowned out by someone else. On the plus side, I get to wear all of the ridiculous disguises that the thieves wear (because not only is Ali a prince, but he's also one of the thieves too, so I get lots of costumes!) and I get to wander around in the audience! This is a dream of mine - I've always wanted to do the stuff they do when people do stuff off of the stage, and now I think I'm doing it twice in the same panto! Yes! It's a really good panto. There are so many points in rehearsals last night when I was struggling to keep a straight face. I know I'll be desensitized to it by the time February comes, but at the moment I'm struggling not to wet myself laughing when Brandy grabs hold of my leg and rolls around on the floor, especially when Ali's not supposed to notice. She's got me in a bear hug! How can Ali NOT notice that? Haha. I've been promised a newspaper for Ali to read in that section.
But yeah, lots of lines to learn now, but I always rise to that. I've never had a problem with lines. This will be my third panto now (technically the fourth, but Peter Pan doesn't really count because we stopped it before we got to the point where we knew our lines) and I've never forgotten a line in a performance. Oh god, now I've jinxed it! But yeah, now I'm gonna type up my lines and stick them in various places where I'll keep seeing them. I learn my lines by exposing myself to them so often every day, I can't help but remember them. I can't sit down for an hour or two and learn my lines - my brain doesn't function that way.
In think they've done a really good job on the casting this year. I think everyone's got a part they like and everyone really fits the characters they've been given.
Tuesday, 9 October 2007
I've just got to the end of volume nine of Ouran. I thought that was the last one, but got to the end and it didn't feel like an ending. So, I look on the internet, and there's at least one more book. That would be awesome if it wasn't released until February 2008! AAAHHHHHHH!!!!! WHY??!!?!?!?!?!?!?
On the plus side though, it turns out Junjo Romantica 4 comes out today. I didn't think it was until next week. Ah well, good for me.
That's still no consolation for the fact that I'm not getting any more Ouran this year. Just think. I'm getting cast in the panto tonight. By the time the new Ouran comes out, the panto will be done. God, that's a depressing thought.
Monday, 8 October 2007
Saturday, 6 October 2007
Thursday, 4 October 2007
Oh my god! There's going to be another Supernaturalist book! YES!
The ending kind of left it possible for another book, but we never knew if there was going to be another one.
I'm completely resisting the urge at the moment to read the end of that interview. I know there's alot of stuff about Artemis 6 in there that I don't wanna know. Well I DO wanna know, but in the end it only spoils it for me when I read the book. I don't even read the blurb on the back before I finish it. I know a little bit of info on book 6 now, and that's enough. It's possibly already too much.
I'm really disappointed. The Artemis Fowl graphic novel came out today, and here's me rushing to the shops to buy it. And yet I go to every book shop in Plymouth and none of them have it out on display. I ask at both Waterstone's branches and they all say it's upstairs and can't find it at the moment. WH Smith doesn't even have it in stock. I'm just really disappointed in them. If it was a Harry Potter graphic novel, then all of the shops would have copies left, right and centre. So now I've ordered it from Amazon, but it's not going to come until next week now, even with first class delivery. I'm rather upset. I'm such a huge Artemis fan. I'm all depressed now. I feel like a dwarf who's just been told he has to marry a goblin. I feel like Foaly having his computer confiscated. I feel like Artemis finding out someone is smarter than him. I feel like Juliet being banned from watching wrestling on TV. I feel like Chix Verbil being sentenced to never seeing another girl again. I feel like Opal having her truffles stolen. I feel like...
Okay, enough of the Artemis Fowl analogies. I'm just really upset.
Tuesday, 2 October 2007
Monday, 1 October 2007
Friday, 28 September 2007
Friday, 21 September 2007
Thursday, 20 September 2007
I found this one and it made me laugh. It's so cool!
Yes, this next one is Kingdom Hearts again, but that's not the point. You can ignore the video if you like, but the audio is funny. The guy talking is called Dane Cook - look him up on YouTube, he's got quite a few funny things up there.
Tuesday, 18 September 2007
You scored 37 Otakuness!
Youve got the see part down, but what about the do? Fandom doesn't spread on its own, go and help your bretheren (and get a higher score in the process)!
You scored higher than 38% on Otakuness
I know. I like anime and manga but apart from cosplay don't do that much associated with it. I might have got a slightly higher score. One question was 'have you watched anime for more than 5 years?' answer yes. The next was 'more than 10 years?' Damn! It's nine and a half!
Monday, 17 September 2007
I don't care what your view is on the subject, just sign the petition!
Seriously, I feel really insulted. I don't get angry easily, but the people involved in this are obviously ignorant and know nothing about what they are talking about. (They think we're all unintelligent, do they? They should try reading volume 12 of Death Note. That's a mental workout if ever there was one.)
Check out the headline for 14th September. It's gonna rock so much!
Thursday, 13 September 2007
We're always gonna try it
No-one can deny it
We can cause a riot in Sunday school
We'll have you believing
Truth can be decieving
Do unto others is our golden rule.
Brownie points to whoever can place the lyrics. I haven't been able to stop listening to this song since I came back from ALcon. I think this song will always remind me of ALcon now.
Wednesday, 12 September 2007
There's a lot of other people posting up their ALcon photos now too. Some of them have me in, but there are some good photos of all the other cosplayers. All the costumes there were awesome, so I'm happy to have access to all the photos of them.
Links can be found in this thread:
I really want to sit here and tell all the stories of these photos, but there are just too many of them and I'm too lazy. :P
Tuesday, 11 September 2007
Sophie cosplayed Haruhi from Ouran High School Host Club on Friday, and for those of you who don't know the story of that series, Haruhi was a girl, but got accepted into the club as all the guys thought she was a guy too. Later on it comes out that she's actually a girl. Anyway, me and Sophie go down to the shop with her dressed as Haruhi, and the cashier calls her SIR. Me and Sophie laughed when we got out. She was THAT much like her character?
Oh yeah, and the manga stall in the dealers' room had a yaoi section. God bless them! No browsing through to find what you're looking for! They also had a hentai section for the guys. At the other end of the stall, to prevent arguments and conflicts. Haha.
I'm sure there was something else I was supposed to write here... I'll probably be back again later.
I'll have more to upload later too. I still have videos to upload.
Haha, I promised an extra long blog post when I returned from ALcon, so here it is. I believe this is going to be VERY long by the time I finish writing it, but hey. I’m actually on the train back home at the moment, but by the time this appears on the Internet I’ll have been home for quite a bit.
First off, I’ve gotta say, ALcon has been the most amazing experience of my life so far. It has been fantastic. I’ve had more fun and made more friends in such a short space of time than I ever have before, and leaving it actually makes me feel a little bit tearful. First off, I’m going to describe what we did and stuff. I’m sure something will follow after, but we’ll see how it goes.
Okay, so, me and Sophie are sat there Thursday afternoon, and it’s getting a little bit exciting now. She’s just got home from Sixth Form and we’re sat in my bedroom with a pile of suitcases. I’ve double-checked all the items inside against my packing list to make sure we’ve got everything with us. I’m so paranoid about forgetting things when I cosplay. If I forget even the tiniest thing, everything will be ruined, even if it’s a really small item like Android 18’s earrings that nobody would notice if they’re missing anyway, but the thing is I know they’re missing, and that would annoy me.
I actually got really annoyed with Sophie before we left. She INSISTED she had to take half a suitcase of manga with us, which only resulted in us carrying around extra weight that we really didn’t need, and it took up space we didn’t have either. I told her she wouldn’t have time to read them, and I WAS RIGHT! After we took about 40-50 manga she ended up reading about 5 of them. I took 2 and read neither of them, but I’m returning home with 3, one of which I’ve read now.
Okay, so we’re waiting for the train, and mum’s crying. Aww. Me and Sophie just can’t wait to get away. Anyway, train comes and me and Sophie get on. Mum’s like ‘let me get on with you and settle you in!’. Me and Sophie are just like ‘…no.’ Haha. So, we find our seats and that’s us sorted for three hours. I knew trains were fast, but I didn’t know they were THAT fast. We left Newton Abbot train station, and the next thing I know there’s all this water outside the window, and there’s me wondering where we are. We’re in Teignmouth already! We’ve only been on the train for about 2 minutes! It takes half an hour to drive there. Sophie then pointed out how far away we’re going if it takes 2 minutes to get to Teignmouth, but despite our speed it’s still going to be four hours before we’re in Leicester.
This is when the laptop comes out. I didn’t tell Dad I was taking it. I’d get another of his advisory lectures about keeping my valuables safe or even him telling me I shouldn’t take it. I spend the journey watching the Death Note mo vie, which was brilliant. It’s the second time I’d seen it, but I still thoroughly enjoyed it. I’m sure the other passengers on the train must have thought I was really weird. I can’t help but grin every time L does anything. He’s just so weird I want to grab hold of him and hug him. The guy in the movie has L’s character perfect. I couldn’t find someone who portrays L better than he does. I especially like the part in the movie where L meets Misa with his mask on and he’s telling her how much of a fan he is of her. So cute! Oh yeah, and then when he steals her phone and Light rings it. Always makes me laugh when L answers Misa’s phone. Anyway, off topic. We get off the train, we get on the next train from Birmingham to Leicester and watch the remainder of the Death Note movie, since I couldn’t watch it all from Newton Abbot since I think reading subtitles on the train for long periods of time was messing with my head. I didn’t like that train. The Virgin trains are nice, but the second one was run by another company, and it wasn’t as nice. It didn’t even have a place for me to plug my laptop in. Luckily enough, my battery was full of Virgin’s electricity, so it lasted J
Leicester train station arrives, we get off, find a taxi. Oh, the amount of near misses I had with my pinwheel for my Fujin costume. How it remained in one piece all the way there I’ll never know. I’m not going to explain the full story of my Fujin pinwheel over the weekend here. I’ll explain later in the post.
So yeah, taxi. We’re driving along through the streets of Leicester. The fare was £3 before we even went anywhere! Grr. So five minutes and five pounds later, we’re outside Bede Hall where we’re staying. I texted Mao and she came and found us, which was the first person I’d met on the internet who I met in real life. I’d like to thank Mao, actually. I think over the weekend me and Sophie had her running all over the place, so thank you.
Keys. We’re in our rooms. For the first night we stayed in the same block with Shadow Jam – another member of AnimeLeague who we were finally now meeting in real life. He went away for a bit, leaving behind on the kitchen table volume one of Ouran High School Host Club, which Sophie couldn’t do anything but read. I sat there watching the end of the Death Note movie. I didn’t watch the big climax on the train because I didn’t have time. I managed to stretch a 2 hour 20 minutes film to over four hours. Some skill, huh? I think that night we were so excited neither of us could sleep. I think it was gone 2am before we finally went to bed. Probably about 3 before we actually slept. I had my room immaculate Thursday night. My cosplay costumes were all hung on coat hangers and stuff like that.
Friday morning Shadow Jam says we needed to move to another block, since Mao said the night before this was just a temporary block for Thursday night. We needed to be ready to go at half nine. It was lucky that we were already awake, actually, because I’d set my alarm not to go off until 10 (I’m not normally that lazy, but we’d had a late night, okay?). So, we’re packing. We agreed beforehand we were going to get changed into normal clothes, go down to Sainsbury’s to get something to eat, then come back and change into our highly embarrassing cosplay costumes. In the end, we ended up getting into costume before Mao arrived and took some photos in the kitchen. However, Sophie, cosplaying as Haruhi from Ouran High School Host Club, is a pretty normal costume. Although a little brightly coloured, it’s just a school uniform, so nothing too embarrassing to wear out. Me on the other hand, cosplaying as Princess Garnet from Final Fantasy 9, would be a tourist attraction if I went outside in that, so for the moment I put my ‘real’ clothes on over the top.
Oh yeah, and Sophie had a moth inside her pillow all night. She found it Friday morning and it flew out. After that she refused to go back into her room. And then there was a huge spider in my room, which I had to kill. Sophie took a photo of the remains inside my bin.
So, we’re done taking photos, and we’re waiting for Mao to come with the keys to our new rooms. We’re wondering around the dorm, we’re going outside onto the stairs, not at all realising that the doors lock when they close, and we’ve just left our keys in our rooms, so we’re locked out. I texted Mao the wonderful news that we were locked out. She was on her way anyway, but still. I felt so stupid. Ash came over and waited with Mao for us. He made me feel a little less stupid when he said he couldn’t get into his room at the London Expo though. Sophie waited in the lobby whilst I went over to the con building to pick up our new keys. I come back, we move, and now my room is a HUGE mess. Cosplay costumes and just about everything else was everywhere. I’m not normally an untidy person, it just kind of happened that way.
Midday comes, so me and Sophie are about to head over to the convention. Beforehand, we were standing on the balcony outside with a few people. I’m talking to one girl I’d just met chatting. Then she tells me her AnimeLeague username, and all of a sudden I know exactly who I was talking to! It was interesting that, suddenly knowing all about a person just from a nickname. That happened quite a bit over the weekend. It was quite strange.
We get our badges, we get FREE POCKY! BEST CON EVER ALREADY! A con wouldn’t be a con without pocky, would it? Friday was a bit slow to start, actually. It was a bit boring before the dealer’s room opened. We went to a few anime screenings. Chobits was the first. Okay, I’ve got the DVD, but I wanted to sit down and there was nothing else to do at the time. I had a few people taking pictures of me in my bright orange jumpsuit. There were quite a few Naruto cosplayers there. I think Naruto characters must have made up about 70% of the cosplays at ALcon. I know little to nothing about Naruto. I can’t see the fascination. What did make me laugh was Fallen Seraphim’s Itachi cosplay, with the sign on the back about lost brother Sasuke. :D
Haha, look how much I’ve written already, and I’m only on Friday.
Oh yeah, Hellsing anime screening. I’d never seen it before. Wasn’t very interested but just wanted to sit down. Anyway, there were some guys in the back passing comments on everything, and somehow managed to turn it into one of the funniest anime I’ve ever seen. The British accents in it really were appalling.
And then we had anime pictionary, which was good. I was really bad at guessing, but it all seemed so obvious after the answers were revealed (how could a boat and a circle in the sky NOT be Sailor Moon?). After that we had this game similar to charades where we had to act as an anime character and everyone else had to guess, but I sucked at that because I don’t actually know that many characters. Everyone was doing stuff from Bleach and Naruto, neither of which I know that well.
Friday got better later on. We went into the games room, in which I had my first ever go on a Wii, which was fun. I was really bad at first, but I picked it up quickly. I went on the SNES too. Later on was the opening ceremony, which was fun. All the ALcon staff introduced themselves, which was good. All the people we’d been talking to on the internet were there in the flesh. Every time they asked if anyone had any questions everyone asked a load of stupid questions. The most commonly recurring one was for the guys – do you like yaoi? That never stopped being funny. Friday night in the pub was the pirates vs. ninja party, but I was so tired I didn’t stay long. I didn’t wear my pirate costume in the end. There were some other brilliant pirate costumes there, and I didn’t want to wear my one that was knocked together in about 10 minutes. I was having fun dressed as Princess Garnet anyway.
So yeah, early night. There was a bit of a fuss about Sophie’s room. She’d been given the wrong keys or something, so she had to move rooms. I’d like to thank Mao again. I think we had her here, there and everywhere that night.
Saturday morning we were up earlier. There was a Sonic Adventure 2 : Battle tournament in the games room, but I was all out of practice, so I was out on the first round. It had been over a year since I last played it. Should have practiced a bit a home before I left! Ah well. Sophie spent most of her time and money in the dealer’s room on Saturday and Sunday, so I didn’t see much of her. I managed to drag Sophie to Akemi Solloway’s talks, which was fantastic. She was a Japanese woman from an old samurai family who’d come over to do talks on Japanese culture, and she was so interesting. It’s interesting all the things she said about Japan and how different it is. She taught us all how to bow properly and a little bit of Japanese etiquette, what happens in a tea ceremony, how to wear a kimono and how to tie a butterfly knot (although I’m going to have to look all that up again before I attempt any summoner Yuna or Kotoko cosplays). It was funny all the stuff she was saying about how different it is – the school system, trains and all sorts. After that we had the masquerade, which was good. I was strutting my stuff as Android 18 there. There was a brilliant Vegeta cosplayer there. Somebody behind me shouted out ‘VEGETA! WHAT DOES THE SCOUTER SAY ABOUT HIS POWER LEVEL?!?!?’. Obviously. I would have done it if they hadn’t got there sooner. The answer? ‘IT’S OVER NINE THOUSAAAAND!’ ‘WHAT?!? NINE THOUSAND?!?!?’ Ah, good times. I ended up not doing my skit. Neither of us could remember our lines and we didn’t want to embarrass ourselves, so it didn’t happen. Maybe next year. It was a really good skit, too.
After that there was the charity auction. The final lot was an original cel from Naruto. The bidding’s going up and up, and I hear Sophie’s voice come from behind me bidding entirely too much on it. Anyway, she ended up winning, and I think she regretted it. She could have spent that money in the dealer’s room. Now she’s not regretting it as much. Before she was thinking about the money, but she can get more money, but no more Naruto cels. They are so rare.
Before the pub quiz we sat down in the Artist’s Alley and I showed off how bad I am at drawing. I drew chibi pictures of Androids 16, 17 and 18. You’d have thought that I’d know what 18 wears by now, wouldn’t you? Yet I found myself looking at my own costume to remind myself. We had a nice chat there with a Reno from Advent Children cosplayer and someone from Bleach (don’t ask me who – I’m not a Bleach person).
Then there was the pub quiz, in which we formed the Full Metal Bakas team with some Full Metal Alchemist cosplayers and another guy who had no team. I never actually learnt the names of the two girls there, but they were cosplaying Edward Elric and Roy Mustang, so we just called them Ed and Roy. I showed off how much of a nerd I am by knowing what TARDIS stands for. I can’t believe I didn’t get that question about the film Labyrtinth. It’s one of my favourite films, but I just didn’t recognise the song names. It was so obvious afterwards though. Ed was more nerdy than me. They read out a chemical thing, and she was arguing with the announcer whether or not it was sulphuric acid. I got the Tenchi Muyo question right, there were a few Dragonball Z ones I got too. I got the one about HTML right (I’m doing a degree in computing, so it’d be embarrassing if I didn’t), plus a few more I can’t remember. We actually did really well on the quiz. We all thought we did really badly, but as they read out the order of the teams, we did a lot better than most of the others.
After that they had the J-Rock party. I didn’t stay too late for that, since I’m not really a J-Rock person, but we still had fun.
Sunday morning came, and with it the 5 minute cosplay. Sophie disappeared into the dealer’s room ONCE AGAIN, so I’m sorry to say that I have no video of our craptastic pokemon costumes and skit. It really was funny though. I was Ash Ketchum and made a hat and a pokeball, which I still have now. It consisted of a ball of bubble wrap covered in red fabric and some white insulation tape. It was so cool. After that I went to another of Akemi Solloway’s talks, we did some more gaming, I bought a manga in the dealer’s room (note to self – buy more volumes of The Devil Within when I get home!), a Death Note pencil case and an Ouran High School Host Club purse. Sophie bought quite a bit more than me! I spent £13.50, she spent upwards of £150. Seriously. Although she did buy a cute as hell pullips doll which is making me jealous standing on the desk next to me right now. I’m so buying a bjd when I get home. There were a few bjds going around the con, and they were all so beautiful. Especially the Sephiroth one. I just needed to hug it. They’re so much more amazing when you see them in the flesh. I’m buying one now! I need to make cosplay costumes for it!
Oh yeah, they wouldn’t let my pinwheel into the convention. After I spent so long too staring at the weapons regulations making sure it was safe, they still wouldn’t allow it. What a waste of time and effort. L Anyway, it’s broken now. It broke it on the train. *sniffles* Oh well. I HAVE ANOTHER ONE!
Then we all went over to the pub for the closing ceremony and hung with the Full Metal Bakas some more, which was good. They had a singer doing Final Fantasy and Naruto songs, which was enjoyable.
Then there was karaoke, and I can’t believe they actually made me sing. We all went up and did the Naruto theme tune. I didn’t know it, but I picked it up easily enough. After we all got bored of that we had a general party with anime songs. We all had a sing along to the old pokemon songs. I can’t believe I still know the words after seven years. I knew all the theme song words. Team Rocket used to be my favourite song though, and I couldn’t remember a lot of the words. I was rather shocked! We danced to One Winged Angel, we actually waltzed to Waltz For The Moon, which was fun. I stayed up dancing and playing with glow sticks while Sophie sat around with her doll. It’s normally the other way around at parties. Anyway, we had a fantastic time. All the Full Metal Bakas swapped email addresses, so we’re keeping in touch.
We then returned to my room and tidied the mess that I got my room into, cramming everything in that Sophie had bought. We’ve had some serious problems lugging that lot around onto the trains.
Now we’re up to Monday morning and are on the train home, just coming up to Exeter. I’m sure there’s a lot of stuff I’ve forgotten to write, but there were so many fantastic things that have gone on this weekend, I can’t remember them all!
So we’re returning home now, and I don’t want to think about unpacking again. I don’t wanna do it! I wanna go back to Leicester!
I’m sure there’s a load of stuff I’ve forgotten. Will post later about anything I’ve forgotten.
Plus I'm gonna upload photos too. I think Sophie's taken my USB stick to school, so I can't get them off my laptop at the moment.