Post by cheerypeabrain on Feb 13, 2020 17:03:16 GMT
Can't remember where my last Doctor Who Day at our local 'Space Centre' here in Leicester. My BiL works there and he got me complimentary tickets for the latest 'Science of the Timelords' Day WOO HOO! It's a charity event. Unlike the big events elsewhere this only really attracts locals, a few of the 'lesser known' Doctor Who characters show up and sell their autographs and photos...9, 10, 11, 12 and 13 have never shown up because they make shedlods at big events in America and maybe London....the 'stars' charge £20 - £30 for an autograph. Colin Baker is a sweetie...he'd show upto the opening of an envelope. I got a £10 autograph from him years ago. Last year there were 4 Doctors there. Colin Baker, Paul McGann (who doesn't really count imo), Sylvester McCoy and Peter Davidson. According to my BiL they take money home in carrier bags! Last year the queues were huge.This year not so much...We did get in early before the crowds tho.
I went with my sister Nicola. Nicola is in her fifties but she has a 'thing'. Nicola is very shy...always has been and she has this teddy bear, called Truffles that she takes everywhere with her. She asks people to hold the bear whilst she takes a pic...it's odd...but the family sort of accept it. I have threatened her with physical violence if she comes within 10 feet of me with said bear. I'm telling you about the bear because the flipping thing is some of the photos that I took at the space centre.
Most people are happy to hold the bear....Prince Charles wouldn't when she met him the other week at Highgrove. Good on him. She had her photo taken with him but he asked her to leave the bear out of the photo
I go for the Cosplayers more than anything....we went to a couple of talks given by the groups
Post by cheerypeabrain on Feb 13, 2020 17:14:31 GMT
Another short talk (in the same room) was given by the Dalek cosplayers. We sat in the room then 8 daleks rolled in all shouting..the talk here was given by 2 Doctor Cosplayers...it was very odd because they stayed in character.
Post by cheerypeabrain on Feb 14, 2020 9:40:30 GMT
The first talk was mostly about cybermen, and they basically showed slides and explained how the costumes were made...it was really interesting. The dalek one was a Q&A and hilarious...certain words would trigger frantic dalek shouting (they all had the microphone that changes the cosplayer's voice). Hearing 6 daleks singing 'Happy Birthday' was very funny.
Maybe Charles just didn't want to engage in something eccentric, or maybe he thought, "Hmm. I am after all one of the major symbols of the ruling class and teddy there might just hold an explosive device."
Post by cheerypeabrain on Mar 9, 2020 14:13:18 GMT
Good point Bixa!
I went into town on Friday and took my camera. There is a 'light exhibition' on in the city centre every evening. I wouldn't venture into town on my own after dark and the miserable bastards menfolk in my family don't want to accompany me (even when enticed by the possibility of beer) SO....I visited a couple of the exhibits just to see what I was missing.
Here is a brief video from youtube of the event
I only took a few photos, the effect is lost in daylight really...
Post by cheerypeabrain on Aug 1, 2020 16:44:21 GMT
On Thursday I went into town to donate blood. I planned to take a lot of photos. but I was a bit wrung out post donation.... so I only took a few Guildhall Lane. The blood donor centre is on theright of this pic,the white bars of the gate are visible. Jeff dropped me off at the other side of the Highcross square (top of pic)
Looking the other way....this area would normally be quite busy with visitors to the Cathedral and the many little coffee shops along the lane.
Turning left at the end of the lane...this is Carts Lane (I think) which has an old pub on the right (The Globe...nice food) which was of course closed...on the left some little stores including the Goldsmiths where I had a ring made. At the top you can see the High Street where the Mall is (also called The Highcross) This area is usually very busy.
Out on the High Street walking towards the clock Tower Not a lot of people about. Most were wearing masks.
Whew, Cheery! These pictures of a normally big thriving town really bring home the strangeness and danger of the times we're living right now. I guess it's nice to see it with a lot of people in the way, but let's hope that sometime soon all those people will be in the way again.
Post by cheerypeabrain on Sept 25, 2020 19:19:45 GMT
WE WENT FOR A WALK! I gave DiL and eldest my Daddy's 1960s dinner and tea service. They are thrilled (it's 'very retro' apparently), Jeffers drove us over there to deliver it all safely crated up, we didn't go in (sticking to the rules!). As we had the dog with us we decided to visit the Watermead country park. An area of flood plain full of wildlife just outside the city. We usually enter from the other side where there is a lake full of wild birds. There are several streams, a canal and a few large ponds. We saw one other family group but no other people at all...it was so nice to be away from our patch...first time in 6 months!
Saw several herons...took a few snaps. Nothing exciting (but I was excited)
I fail to see the need for stencils telling you to keep 2 m apart in a place outside where there is nobody. Obviously if you are out for a walk, you are not going to stepping on anyone's toes and breathing down their necks.
Post by cheerypeabrain on Sept 26, 2020 7:43:29 GMT
OMG...nobody mentioned my mistyping of 'country park' without the 'o'
Excuses excuses...I used my laptop to post the pics as for some reason my tablet won't allow me to use the post-image facility....my laptop's keyboard is possessed of a demon...honest.
I reckon the 'bir' was the least of my problems...incidentally the lake is full of wild pterodactyl, hippos and 'Bir' which are a savage form of mermaids...very cross because they've always got a cold. Honest.
I'm happy that you got out a bit. So many people are going stir crazy. I bet that some of the prisoners recently released at the completion of their sentence are quite disappointed with "freedom" though.