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22 October 2008 @ 07:18 pm
The Hub  
This was a con for Torchwood fans in Northampton - it was run by Showmasters and I have to say was one of the best run cons I've ever been to.

These are going to be highlights, because there was so much! So many cool things! Go look over at purplephoenix03's lj, her reports will be massive and detailed and with much pictureness.

First there were great guests: Gareth and John and Kai and Naoko, plus Antony Lewis (Tommy) and a random assortment of weevils and body doubles. They were all lovely.

Second there was more gay kissing than even Torchwood has ever seen! :) All the boys snogged one another at some point through the weekend, I couldn't speak from laughing, particularly from the skit on Saturday night in which a 'gaylien' infects Rhys and the others have to hunt him down (and snog him senseless). Gareth got the full-on romantic dip from John.

Oh yes, and on Sunday Gareth and Kai took their trousers off (to show off their legs) - I despair of these lads, they're shameless. I'm so glad :)

News to make me squee: Being Human has started filming and Paul Casey is working on it as a creature he’s really pleased with. He wouldn't though, even when I was down on bended knee, reveal who was playing the vampire, since rumour has it that Guy Flanagan is not doing it.

Antony Lewis remembered us from Dragoncon, and he introduced me and gwene to his girlfriend. (She seemed very bemused :) As he was saying hi, Gareth leant over from the next table and shouted that we were both sexual deviants! I was so happy! Being insulted by Gareth means he actually likes you!

On Sunday I won one of the places for the Intimate Encounter (basically a Kaffeeklatch) with Gareth, and he was opposite me – I don't know if it was just because I was a relatively familiar face, but he kept looking at me. He'd start with the person who asked the question, and then swing back and talk at me again. That was nice.

I didn't win the auction for the dinner, but that's just as well really, I think. It was a lot of money, and because I *nearly* won it, the lasses who did win kindly told me lots of things about it, what he said and so on.

I could go on, I really should - but there was so much good stuff! All the fangirls, by the way, all of you that I met - OMG you were all so brilliant! Thank you, for an absolutely fantastic weekend!

EDIT: Oh yes, how could I forget the massive Hamlet geek-out I had with Jen from Torchwood mag's significant other. That was so much fun! And she wrote some stuff down too OMG, potentially to be used!
Ash: Hub (janto heart)purplephoenix03 on October 22nd, 2008 07:03 pm (UTC)
LOL, have you seen my reports? I've got one part to go and I swear I have RSI in my arms now :s

Also, Gareth called me a devient too, c'mon! I wanna be insulted! Don't take away from meeeeeeee! :p

Valderys: Blue Gillespie at the Goose - hazyvalderys on October 24th, 2008 05:16 pm (UTC)
I think your reports are fantastic, hon, which is why I'm directing people to them! Woo! And I am not surprised with the RSI...

(YOU deviant, you! :)
Lauraflameofaphoenix on October 22nd, 2008 07:26 pm (UTC)
Thanks for a good report and i think i should be insulted that gareth did not insult me this time, maybe he thinks in too crazy, but he did bam me about 5 times when he was singing so that made me happy. But he did tell me he chucked the sheep away coz it did not have a hole, not sure if i should be worried.

And john did tell me i had nice boobs in the group photo season, in front of everyone so that had me laughing. xx Evil man !! xx
Valderys: Blue Gillespie at the Goose - hazyvalderys on October 24th, 2008 05:18 pm (UTC)
Aww, it was such a fantastic weekend - I don't know how the Hub 2 is going to top it! If there's another skit, though, that might be fun! See - you had actual sheep chat with Gareth, that's brilliant! And John admiring your boobs? He should know, from an aesthetic pOV, after all, shouldn't he? :)
eruminator: Merlin-- Surprise!eruminator on October 22nd, 2008 07:33 pm (UTC)
Oh yes, and on Sunday Gareth and Kai took their trousers off (to show off their legs) - I despair of these lads, they're shameless. I'm so glad :)

The internet demands pictures! Purely for scientific purposes of course. And maybe icons.
Valderys: Blue Gillespie at the Goose - hazyvalderys on October 24th, 2008 05:19 pm (UTC)
purplephoenix03 has some, I think, although there's probably some more out there - there were a lot of fangirls and they stood there for about thirty seconds :)
tiki b.tikiaceae on October 22nd, 2008 08:10 pm (UTC)

That's all I have to say on this... :D
Valderys: Blue Gillespie at the Goose - hazyvalderys on October 24th, 2008 05:20 pm (UTC)
*paws at you* Why weren't you there....? *big eyes*
absinthefairy88absinthefairy88 on October 22nd, 2008 08:19 pm (UTC)
Only Gareth could turn an insult into a compliment. :D

The Hub was a weekend of depraved, shameless smut with some mild swearing, excessive drinking and exhibitionist behaviour chucked in.

I wouldn't have traded it for the world.

Hub 2 - Bring. It. On.
Valderys: Blue Gillespie at the Goose - hazyvalderys on October 26th, 2008 08:29 pm (UTC)
Aww. I've known a lot of chaps, and others, for whom only insulting your friends is a common thing - I think it's fair to say that Gareth and his mates fall into that category. It's nice he doesn't think me and Elena are stalkers given we turn up at all the gigs AND at Dragon*Con! :)

If you're coming to the Hub 2 you better start planning now, though, hon. Then there'll be no stress and you can just enjoy it...
Kerryblaze: Jack/Ianto Comfort Hugkerryblaze on October 23rd, 2008 05:05 am (UTC)
*squee* I'm so happy you won the Kaffeeklatch!!!

I'm going to The Hub 2.
Valderys: Blue Gillespie at the Goose - hazyvalderys on October 24th, 2008 05:23 pm (UTC)
Oh fantastic! Yay! This time there will proper chances to chat, rather than the rather distractable self you met at DragonCon - I'm sorry about that! That whole four days was crazy, and I had the attention span of a gnat, I tell you! :)
Kerryblaze: Jack/Ianto Kisskerryblaze on October 25th, 2008 12:51 am (UTC)
Aw, you don't have to worry about Dragon*Con! I know how crazy those cons can be!!

But I'm really, really looking forward to March! You guys were awesome at The Rift, so spending an entire weekend with you will just be triple the awesome!
colourofsilence on October 23rd, 2008 09:04 am (UTC)
It was absolutely brilliant, wasn't it? I just wish it could have lasted longer. Best convention I've ever been to. To get to be around the guests when they were so relaxed and appearing to enjoy themselves as much as we were was something I feel extremely privileged to have experienced. I was also amazed at how well all the attendees behaved themselves. I've really not heard anything bad about anybody's antics at this convention and I think that's a first.

Do you mind if I friend you? We never interacted at the Hub but I'm always looking for more Livejournal friends. ;)
Valderys: Blue Gillespie at the Goose - hazyvalderys on October 26th, 2008 08:25 pm (UTC)
Friend away! I noticed you did and that's fine - I can't promise to friend back though, I can't get through my flist as it is most days! Don't worry though, I hardly ever friendslock! I don't post much either, I won't clog your flist :)

And yes, wasn't the Hub fantastic! And you're right - I didn't see any bad behaviour at all, that's got to be a first. Lots of banter, and an inappropriate comment or two - but that was from the guests, so we can hardly argue about that! :)
colourofsilence on October 26th, 2008 09:48 pm (UTC)
Yep, I wanted to keep up with your fic, should you post more. :)

I really am awe-struck at how well people behaved at The Hub. I heard of one or two minor things - mostly people trying to push to the front - but it was minor, and only a couple of specific incidents I heard of. Not bad for an event that had around 600 people there, or however many it was in the end. It was a completely different world from the sheer lunacy of Collectormania13 earlier this year. I think I'd rather go to smaller, "private" cons like this from now on than the bigger ones where any idiot can just turn up at random. It was a much nicer experience, although I suspect the Torchwood cast had a lot to do with it. They've got to be the most fan-friendly and understand cast I've ever encountered. They just "get" it, which is very rare.