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24 May 2009 @ 10:02 pm
Expo and Soccer Six!  
OMG, I don't really know where to begin - you know after you've done loads of things it's too daunting to even think about... Well, I'm just going to go with the most recent, which is the Merlin weekend I've just had. I'm reeling from it, it was the most fantastic weekend - so much squee, so much fun, so much so my voice is now a croaking husk of itself :)

The highlights: I asked a silly question about the football Bradley was playing the next day and none of the cast seemed to know anything about it, which I found strange. Didn't he even mention it? I'm slightly ashamed of the question really (involved mentioning the shorts) because I thought it would make Bradley smile, but he didn't, but, still, OMG, I got the most slashy answer out of all of them! Johnny Caps, after all the cast had denied knowledge, leant forward, looked over at Colin and said 'If Colin knew, he'd just be there at the match with a bucket of water and a sponge!'

How amazing was that! I think we can trust him as our lead writer! :)

My other cool moments that didn't involve squeeing with loads of like-minded and completely lovely fans, was the questions I managed to get to ask. In fact I held up the queue because I was talking too much, although no-one seemed to mind. I told Bradley he better win the soccer tournament, and he looked bemused and then asked me what I knew, because he thought I knew more about it than he did! Hee.

Then there was Colin. Oh, Colin. There's so much I could say. I think Bradley is a little thrown by fangirls, but Colin doesn't seem fazed at all, I don't know if that's his fine acting skills coming out or not :) I asked Colin about The Sea Change, which is the movie he's doing, and I've read the book, so I could be (relatively) intelligent about it. He was saying that it's still in post-production, and that he needs to film some final shots for it, and then I asked about the story and how great I thought it was, and he agreed, and said it was a bit grim, and dark, but deep. And then I said I thought he would be perfect for the part of Calum, and he laughed and was all self-effacing, and then I had to move on. BUT... About two seconds into this conversation, I realised I couldn't hear a word he was saying over the noise in the hall, so I knelt down, and Colin stared me straight in the eye for all of this, and repeated what I hadn't heard for me once I'd knelt down. I'm amazed I stayed coherant enough to talk as much as I did. I suspect there was wittering, really :)

And then Johnny Caps was right there, and I'd prepared something to ask him too, thank goodness, so I enquired about when Merlin was filming next in France, and he said June. I think. I was still spaced out from staring into Colin's eyes for more than a minute.

And then there was Angel and Katie, and I hadn't prepared anything to ask them, so instead I just generally flailed around a bit squeaking about how fantastic they both were. They *did* laugh though, so sucks boo to you, Bradley James.

And that was my Expo - except that apparently a tiny amount of my flailing at Johnny was caught on camera, so my side view and sleeve is now on YouTubeOMG! :)

Now, Soccer Six was the following day, today, and was lots more fun than I was expecting - perhaps that seems strange, but I don't follow football, so I wasn't expecting to be as invested as I was - I really wanted the boys to win. It was close - they made it the semi-finals and lost on the last penalty, dammit. And it was 'the boys' because there was Santiargo there as well, and there was manly hugging. There also appeared to be a certain amount of flirting with the pretty ladies of the girls teams, and a lot of bending over and stretching. Ahem. There was also rolling around on the grass with your legs in the air - who knew?

And I would say that our rows in the stand were - loud? Would that be fair? By shouting his name in chorus we did get a wave out of Santiargo, aww, but Bradley was avoiding us, I think. See? Scared of fangirls. *nods firmly*

I think the thing I found best about this day is that we just got to stare and admire for hours - and interpret the behaviour, like we were filming a wildlife documentary. I loved the fact that Bradley appeared to have taken over impromptu leadership of his team 'The In-Betweeners', including leading team hugs, team strategy huddles, ordering his fellow players on and off the pitch, getting the audience to applaud the team that beat them when we booing them. He was a real leader of men!

He's also not bad at actual football - he was certainly the best player on his team, and that's not my partiality showing either. The one time he was resting on the side, his team let in 4 goals! And didn't score one! When he went back on the pitch they started scoring again.

Is anyone - I mean anyone at all surprised that Bradley is a striker? No? Thought as much.

He even, at one point, completely shoulder-charged Tamar Hussein, who's built like a house, and then squared up to him when he objected! Tamar got sent off later for trying to start a fight, so I was quite worried - I mean, Bradley's about half his size!

It was a glorious way to spend a Sunday, with the sky a dazzling blue, and pretty people to watch (Santiargo even took off his shirt). I was out in the fresh air (unusual for me), I ate a hotdog (traditional), and I got a little sun-burnt, despite being under the glass roof panel. Lovely... *sigh*

I want to thank all the fangirls I met up with, some for the first time, for a fantabulous weekend, you guys make it so special! There was thisissirius, and ionaonie, and krazykipper, and flameofphoenix, who put me up for the night, and loads of others. Thank you all for being wonderful.
 
 
 
Dr Leezardlizardspots on May 24th, 2009 10:57 pm (UTC)
What a wonderful write-up :D Thanks for sharing!!
Valderys: Arthurvalderys on May 25th, 2009 12:55 pm (UTC)
Aww, thanks hon! I didn't know you were at Expo, I didn't see you! Damn!
Dr Leezard: Disney: Prince Johnlizardspots on May 25th, 2009 03:07 pm (UTC)
I was sitting in the row behind you, LOL, next to j_apollo.
Valderys: Avon - slightly sanevalderys on May 25th, 2009 05:46 pm (UTC)
I was all over the place at Expo though, sorry!!
Kerryblazekerryblaze on May 25th, 2009 12:07 am (UTC)
I knew you'd be there! I'm here in London, but couldn't make it. I'm glad you had a great time! <3
Valderys: Arthurvalderys on May 25th, 2009 12:55 pm (UTC)
Now that's a shame, to be so near and yet so far! I hope the Cardiff concert was good?
lamardeuse: BJ - Princesslamardeuse on May 25th, 2009 01:50 am (UTC)
Thanks so much for the great report, particularly about the match! This is the first report I've heard about that, and it's lovely to hear that Bradley came across as a leader. :)
Valderys: Arthurvalderys on May 25th, 2009 12:59 pm (UTC)
\o/ He was fantastic! There were so many great moments particularly when Bradley had just scored a goal and was running about manically, that I just couldn't hold a camera steady - I hope someone else got some shots of those, so you can see!
Valderys: Arthurvalderys on May 25th, 2009 01:22 pm (UTC)
Ooh, I've just read your little ficlet and ... Eeeee! My report helped - that's fantastic! Although... I don't know if you want to but I can correct a few factual details, if you want - if you don't, then no worries, but it's why I'm replying here, instead of at your fic.

There were three matches in the group (group 1), of which the Inbetweeners won two, and lost one. Then there was the quarter final, which they won, and then they lost the semi final on penalties. So they played a total of five matches of about 40 minutes each.

And apparently Bradley was shirtless but only at the very end during the final, and my group had gone by then so I didn't know.
lamardeuse: Merlin/Arthur 04lamardeuse on May 25th, 2009 06:46 pm (UTC)
Oh, yay, thank you for responding - I read so many reports last night and this morning I got confused over who had mentioned Tamer Hussan - I will credit you! And I had already heard about shirtless Bradley and edited, but I'll fix the bit about the matches too - thanks so much! :)

Edited at 2009-05-25 06:47 pm (UTC)
Valderys: Arthurvalderys on May 25th, 2009 10:20 pm (UTC)
Oh, there's no need to credit, that was a piece of general knowledge! And just to correct my own correction, I've checked the souvenir programme and apparently it was group A, not group 1! :)
{    ♫ siri ♫    }: † + colin&bradley + convention facesthisissirius on May 25th, 2009 06:24 am (UTC)
It was awesome!

I don't even know, I am still all over the place with my ~feelings, but AMAZING.
Valderys: Arthurvalderys on May 25th, 2009 01:31 pm (UTC)
Wasn't it? I loved it! Did you hear? If we'd stayed we'd have seen shirtless Bradley - I'm gutted I missed that!
ionaonieionaonie on May 25th, 2009 07:12 pm (UTC)
I am so gutted that we missed shirtless Bradley *cries*

Also that other fangirls got recognised from Expo and he called them called down to talk to him (although, after being so damn speechless at Expo, I would never have gone down there. I do not need my inability to speak in front of Bradley to be recorded and possibly on the season 2 DVD. That would be horrific *shudders*)
Valderys: Arthurvalderys on May 25th, 2009 10:23 pm (UTC)
Given the way he was avoiding our eye, I suspect he may not have called us down anyway, so I refuse to be gutted by that! Not to mention that it was lucky_jack and co's special moment - I wouldn't want to take that away from them!
tenshunts on May 25th, 2009 07:19 am (UTC)
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Thanks for sharing your experience in a detailed and revealing journal entry -- and special bonus points for asking Colin about The Sea Change which perhaps we shall see in 2010 before S3 of Merlin, who knows? Grim, dark and deep. Some might say disturbed? Which is I think how Bradley described Colin lol so yes he is perfect for Calum.
Valderys: Arthurvalderys on May 25th, 2009 01:52 pm (UTC)
I do hope we get to see it then - it sounds to me like the whole production team are a little indy set-up, so it might be a while since they're going to have to find some kind of distribution and that's always the hardest part. But fingers crossed. I agree, I think Colin will be *perfect* as Calum!
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Valderys: Arthurvalderys on May 25th, 2009 01:55 pm (UTC)
Yep, they did their best, and everyone was so happy to meet them, so there was a fantastic atmosphere! In the hall at Expo, it was funny, the hall was almost completely empty all morning, until the Merlin panel, and I don't know if the cast knew that, but it's true!
the camelion Poet: arthur and merlinaltogetherisi on May 25th, 2009 07:57 am (UTC)
Aww! I'm glad you had such a good time, I thought about going but then couldn't really justify it. Poor Bradley, not sure how to deal with the adoring masses. Maybe he needs a Hub like con to relax properly.

But brilliant image of you kneeling down to stare straight into Colin's eyes. You should have proposed.
Valderys: Arthurvalderys on May 25th, 2009 01:57 pm (UTC)
Now that's a shame! It was fantastic, you should have been there! And as for proposing - luckily, I'm not a crazy person, and I'm *far* too old for him! That's what fic is for...
the camelion Poet: arthur and merlinaltogetherisi on May 25th, 2009 02:29 pm (UTC)
There was about an hour when I seriously considered going, but I'm already doing too many things when I should be revising in the next couple of weeks. I'm sure I'll have another opportunity at some point, hopefully sooner rather than later.

luckily, I'm not a crazy person

You keep telling yourself that *pats* :P
Hueyphoenixacid on May 25th, 2009 09:03 am (UTC)
Excellent recap of your day. Colin sound like such a sweetheart - your post made me love him even more than I already did! Poor Bradley. His bravado left him after being confronted by a horde of squealing fangirls. :DDDD
Valderys: Arthurvalderys on May 25th, 2009 01:35 pm (UTC)
Perhaps I was being a bit mean, I wouldn't say completely scared, just lost his sense of humour a bit in the face of the screaming hordes :) And yes, Colin was a *total* sweetheart.
lucky_jack: je suis loserlucky_jack on May 25th, 2009 09:37 am (UTC)
Bradley's not that scared because he called us lot down pitchside to interview us. Do I sound ridiculously proud of that moment? That's because I squeeing well am (;
Valderys: Arthurvalderys on May 25th, 2009 12:54 pm (UTC)
Not scared, I think, just a bit thrown en masse, and our group were ridiculously loud :) I read that you got called down, that's fantastic! I think we should have stayed for the final now (if only for shirtless Bradley - I hope a picture of that surfaces!), but there were peeps in our group who were going on holiday the next day who had to get back, so we all went, and them's the breaks.
ionaonieionaonie on May 25th, 2009 07:24 pm (UTC)
I'd have been proud, so you go ahead and feel all happy *g*

I, though, would have run away if I'd been there after my inability to speak to him at Expo. My ability to speak just dried up. I blame his incredible hotness, but I wouldn't want it recorded for anyone else to see *g*
ionaonieionaonie on May 25th, 2009 07:19 pm (UTC)
Oh, I want to re-live this weekend all over again. It was amazing and I loved it so much *G*

If we did it again I'd want to stay for shirtless Bradley. How sad we missed that, but it was still an awesome day *g*
Valderys: Arthurvalderys on May 25th, 2009 10:27 pm (UTC)
It was indeed an awesome day! An awesome weekend, even. It's so lovely to have had a proper Merlin weekend at last! I was so gutted last year, when I didn't go, this *totally* makes up for it!
Nancy: Arthur sweetrain_polish on May 25th, 2009 11:41 pm (UTC)
What a brilliant post! Lucky you to stare into Colin's eyes! GUH! And it's very cute Bradley may be scared of the fangirls (I would be, too a bit, even though we're all harmless).

He was a real leader of men!
How Arthur of him to take charge! :D

Thank you so very much for sharing!
Valderys: Arthurvalderys on May 28th, 2009 10:10 am (UTC)
Well. I was being a bit tongue in cheek there :) I think Bradley is more a bit thrown by fangirls en masse, as it were. But the leader bit, oh yes. It was so sweet and amusing to see!
treewishestreewishes on May 26th, 2009 11:10 am (UTC)
Thanks so much for this!!! Glad it was a fun day, even for non-soccer fans.
Valderys: Arthurvalderys on May 28th, 2009 10:12 am (UTC)
It was. Surprisingly so! I suspect that a lot more football seeped into my psyche when I was a child, than I had thought! I remembered all sorts of rules etc. that I had completely forgotten! :)
sortika: arthursortika on May 26th, 2009 11:27 am (UTC)
Thank-you so much for the write-up! I was sitting on your left during the panel. Good to hear the football went well!
Valderys: Arthurvalderys on May 28th, 2009 10:14 am (UTC)
Ooh, well done you for finding me! I'm rubbish at that unless I've actually written down someone's lj name! I wondered how you knew it was me, and then realised that you heard me ask my question, doh!