April 2013- Doctor Who 50th Anniversary Episode filming

Woke up one morning during the Easter break. Logged on to a Doctor Who forum to find they were filming in Trafalgar Square so I grabbed my camera and off I went…I got dressed first of course!

When I arrived the area was packed but I managed to get up close and get lots of pictures. Can’t tell much about the story as it was one scene they shot over and over again. Photos below.

March 2013~ Starfleet International

Back in the mid-90s, at one of the conventions in Virginia, I met with some people who introduced me to Starfleet International, the Star Trek Fan Club. I went on to join around that time.

How does it work? Well, the club is split into regions depending on where you live in the world, but its not set in stone. At that time there were no UK chapters, so I joined the USS Yeager, based in West Virginia. Each chapter follows the same rank structure as the fictional Starfleet, with the captain being the chapter president, first officer being vice-president and so on……most chapters have meetings that are based on our enjoyment of Trek, but most do some sort of charity fundraising. We initially looked into starting up the first UK chapter with the Yeager being our mother ship but it wasn’t to be. Eventually I moved on.

 

My next chapter was the USS Matrix. It was the first cyber-based chapter and we had members from all over the world. I spent many great years with the Matrix holding a variety of positions such as Chief Science Officer and Executive Officer.

Then, in early 2013, a few months after DSTL, the number of UK chapters rose. I had been looking for a UK chapter as the time difference with many members was causing a problem. I transferred briefly to the USS Ark Royal. I was only there a matter of weeks before the opportunity arose to help start up a new UK based chapter, the USS Iceni.

 

Our main focus is raising money for the Starlight Children’s Charity and we have raised over £2000 so far.

 

For more information on Starfleet click here www.sfi.org and for info on the USS Iceni click here www.ussiceni.com

October 2012~ Destination Star Trek London

It was billed as one of the biggest Star Trek events to be held in the UK for many years. Naturally I had to be there!

I had been collecting Trek autographs for many years so did not see a need to pay out for the expensive tickets, so I purchased a bog standard weekend pass.

After a while I found out about a Facebook group that had been set up for the event by fans. I joined this group and made many new friends, some who I still see on a regular basis and consider them some of my closest friends.

Many plans were made for the event. To stay nearby or travel in? I decided to stay nearby. All that was left was the Aloft hotel which was amazing.

The event itself was pretty much what I expected…a cattle market. It was busy, queues were long, there was a lot of congestion. I know some people were upset, but that is the nature of the beast, especially on such a huge scale. I met all the guests I needed to meet…got plenty of autographs, took part in the Guinness World Record attempt for most people in Trek costume in one room, but most of all the weekend was about seeing a couple of old faces and making new friends.

I will say that the opening ceremony and the 5 Captains talk (hosted by John Barrowman) were both amazing! Robin Curtis, Sean Kenney and David Warner are just three of the guests that really made my weekend!

To me, it was an amazing event (just don’t mention the official parties!)

October 2012~ Entertainment Media Show

This took place two weeks before Destination Star Trek London. It would mark me returning to being a dealer which I did with my brother for a couple of years. Didn’t sell a great deal but enough to pay for some autographs at DSTL.

Met some nice people from both Game of Thrones and Star Trek: Enterprise, but overall it would be a VERY quiet event due to there being 3 other events on the same weekend.

September 2012- Dredd 3D Screening

Just before the start of term in September 2012 I received a message from a new friend of mine who is an actor. I was busy building a website for him and he had fairly recently finished work on Dredd 3D starring Karl Urban as Judge Dredd, Lena Heady and Olivia Thirlby.

He invited me to a press screening of the film prior to its release. It took place in a very posh hotel in Soho. The film itself was great! Went for coffee afterwards to discuss his work on the film and his website.

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July 2012~ LFCC 2012

Wow! What an event. Massive does not come close. It took place at Olympia this year, which has much better lighting!

The guest list was equally as massive. Karl Urban, Gillian Anderson, John Simm, Charles Dance, Freema Agyeman, Bernard Cribbins, Alex Winter, Hayden Panettiere, Jeri Ryan, Christopher Judge, Adam Baldwin, Jewel Staite, Arthur Cox, Craig Parker, Gates McFadden, Michael Winslow, Zach Galligan, Anthony Head, Michael Socha, Kate Bracken, Gwendoline Christie, Amrita Acharia, Rose Leslie, Ross Mullan, Eugene Simon, Iain Glen, John Bradley, Nonso Anozie, Ralph Ineson, Mickie James, Virgil, Brutus Magnus, Carole Ann Ford, Mitch Pileggi, Martin Kove, Ben Browder, Thomas Dekker, Holly Marie Combs, Brian Krause, Ben Mansfield, Ciaran McMenamin, Tom Skerritt, Nicolas Lee, Ke Huy Quan, Danielle Harris, Al Leong, Maryam d’Abo, Burt Kwouk, Jane Badler, Elizabeth Dennehy, Serena Delacruz, Robert Maschio, Janet Fielding, Barbara Coles, Tracee Cocco, Kevin Sorbo, Terry Richards, Hallie Todd, William Russell, Dave Prowse, Kenny Baker, Jeremy Bulloch, Seán Schemmel, Kieron Jecchinis, Anthony Smee, William Hoyland, Bai Ling.

My main focus was Game of Thrones, plus Jeri Ryan (of Star Trek: Voyager), Gillian Anderson (of The X Files), Hollie Marie Combs (of Charmed) and Karl Urban (of nuTrek and Dredd). The was a definite Game of Thrones/Trek/X-Files theme this year.

The event was insanely busy, especially the preview night on the Friday which had been quiet the past few years. Not this year!