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MCM Manchester Comic Con 2017

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Today is a bumper edition, as I will be making TWO posts, to make up for the lack of a post on Saturday. This, the first one, is all about Comic Con over the weekend. I had such an amazing time, and as usual I wanted to share it with you guys.

It was a very busy event, so much so that even with a priority ticket it still took over an hour to get into the event on Saturday morning. It can get pretty packed, but everyone is really friendly, so it never mattered if people kept knocking into each other.

Here are a few photos of some of the stalls that I found that made me think of you. The first one made me think of Blackthorn as we both love Doctor who. The second made me think of those of you who have cats. The next two were all Pokémon stuff, which I thought was awesome, and the last one just made me smile.IMG_8820

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I almost brought one of these, but they were way too expensive, though I did buy a unicorn milkshake like in the second photo.

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The next photos are of some of my favourite cosplay from the weekend.

There weren’t many Special Guests there this year, but of the ones who were there Professor Flitwick (Warwick Davis), and the cast of Class (a Doctor Who spin-off) were my favourite. I got the autograph of Sophie Hopkins (Class), and she was super nice. AND it turned out I was staying in the same hotel as some of them. I saw them in the bar, and even got to speak to them. 🙂

Finally, here is a picture that I thought would make you all smile. Izzy kept saying she wanted to go to Comic Con and Cosplay, and she finally got her wish.

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I hope you’ve enjoyed the post, and check back in a little while for post two of the day!

 

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Manchester

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Last night one of my favourite cities was attacked by a terrorist. At around 10:30pm, at an Ariana Grande concert at the MEN Manchester Arena, as thousands of people, mostly children and teenagers, were leaving, a bomb exploded that has so far killed 22 people and injured around 60 others.

Manchester is very close to my city, and I go there a lot for shopping, nights out, and Comic Con. It is a remarkable and beautiful city, that is very friendly and fun. To see so many innocent children and young people attacked is devastating, and heart-breaking.

But watching the news, I am so proud to see the best of humanity standing up against the worst. The people of Manchester have shown why the terrorist has ultimately lost his attempt to terrorise. Many have opened their doors to give room to those from outside the area who found themselves unable to get home, hotels and restaurants have given free rooms and food, taxis and other people with cars have been giving free rides to those who needed it. Members of the emergency services, while others were afraid and running away, instead ran into danger to save lives and give comfort to people who were suffering, and blood banks have had to turn people away because the amount of people turning up to give blood to those in hospital needing surgery. THAT is why the terrorist has lost. The people of Manchester, from all levels of society and all communities, have come together to help each other in the darkest of times. They were the light in the darkness, the hope that can not be beaten. They gave life.

My heart goes out to everyone who was at that concert last night, and to the families of those who have died. I can not imagine how you feel right now, and I would if I could, make your pain go away.

 

“There was never a night or a problem that could defeat sunrise or hope.” Bernard Williams.

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Randomness Four

Here’s another post of random things I thought you guys would like that don’t really fit anywhere else. First is a sign I found that made me think of my Russian friends. It is a plaque to commemorate a visit by Yuri Gagarin; the first man in space. It is situated in the ‘Arrivals Hall’ of Terminal 3, next to a coffee shop. I’ve flown in and out of this airport a lot, but I only noticed this recently while I was waiting to pick up my parents who were returning from a holiday, and I wanted to share it with you all.

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The next photos are from a place called Edale. It is where I have been working over the summer, and it is a very beautiful place. I did a lot of walking while I was there, and only got lost once.

 

Over the past few weeks I have been Manchester several times to visit the Christmas Markets there. It is one of the biggest in the UK, but unlike others; it isn’t all in one place. It is spread out across the city, in various Squares and Prescient’s. It always makes me happy to go to these, especially with my family and friends. The smell of all the food, scented candles and soaps, and the mulled wine (which I really like, even though I don’t usually drink wine) is incredibly good. The markets some from Germany, and are full of some wonderful and unique gifts. I brought a few gifts for my family, but I won’t say what they are so that I don’t spoil the surprise for them.

I just had to take a photo of a book I saw in a book shop, because of the title. Some of you guys will know Demelza from Ravenclaw, and this book is called Demelza, so I wanted to let her know about it. I saw it in a bookshop in Bakewell, which is in the Peak District and famous for Bakewell Tarts (a kind of cake with pasty, jam, icing, and a cherry). A short drive away is another town called Matlock Bath, where I took the next photo of a sign I found. Even though it is talking of water, it made me think about the Basilisk in Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets.

I hope you’ve enjoyed this post, and remember that if you ever have anything you want to share here then just let me know.

 

“Love is the only force capable of transforming an enemy into a friend.” Martin Luther King, Jr.

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MCM Manchester Comic Con 2016

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I went to another Comic Con last weekend in Manchester, and I wanted to share it with you guys because I had such a great time, and I hope that you all get to go to one if you haven’t already. I had never been to a Comic Con before until I went to this same one last year, so I just had to go to it again. It seemed even busier than last years, and there was a whole bunch of different things from the last one. Here are a couple of photos of the building and entrance to show you just how many people were there:

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I’m always fascinated by just how awesome the Cosplay costumes are, and how much time and effort people put into them. Not to mention how expensive they must be, one guy wouldn’t say how much his cost because it would get him into trouble with his wife. So I took loads of photos of people in their costumes, and here are some of my favourites:

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As usual, there were some special guests there who you could meet. There was a Doctor Who, three members of the cast from The Musketeers, and four members of the cast from Game of Thrones. The most popular guest by far though was Warwick Davies, who all of you Potterheads will know better as Professor Flitwick and Griphook. He has the biggest queue of fans wanting to meet him that stretched across the whole room. I waited for about 45 minutes to see him, and it was worth it. He was so very nice, and spoke of Harry Potter when he saw that I was wearing a Ravenclaw t-shirt. I got his autograph, and he very kindly let me take a selfie of the two of us. Meeting him was the best part of the weekend for me by far. I have now met two actors from the Harry Potter films, and they were both Ravenclaws, the other being Evanna Lynch (Luna Lovegood, who is my favourite character) who I met when she was performing in a play called Houdini in my home city.

There were also tons of stalls and displays where you can buy pretty much anything any geek or nerd would want, so here are some photos of a few of them:

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I spent way to much money while I was there, and the best thing I brought was this poster of Hogwarts. In time I would like to get it signed by as many members of the cast from the Harry Potter films as possible, and of course by JK Rowling herself.

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I hope you’ve enjoyed this post, and when I go to my next Comic Con in London in October I will make a post about that too.

 

“Geek? Sure, call me that. I take that as a compliment.” Brian Krzanich.

Thestral.

MCM Manchester Comic Con

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So on Sunday I went to my first Comic Con, and I LOVED IT!!!!!!!!! It was so awesome, that I can’t wait to go to another one. I went to the MCM Manchester Comic Con with one of my Uncles; as it’s only about an hour from where I live, and it’s one of my favourite English cities.

There were so many people there, and they were all so friendly, it really felt like I belonged there. There were also so many stalls selling some amazing things, that I could have spent way too much money if I brought everything I wanted.

The best part of the day for me though was meeting Sylvester McCoy, who was the 7th Doctor in Doctor Who, and getting his autograph (he also played Radagast the Brown in The Hobbit movies). Sophie Aldred, who played his assistant Ace, was also there, and they were both so nice and friendly. Here’s the autograph he signed for me (I hid my Muggle name):

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I hope to go to another MCM Comic Con in London in October, and I would suggest that all of you should go to at least one Comic Con at some point. They are absolutely amazing!!!!!! I am even thinking of volunteering to be part of the crew.

 

“Too often we underestimate the power of a touch, a smile, a kind word, a listening ear, an honest compliment, or the smallest act of caring, all of which have the potential to turn a life around.” Leo Buscaglia.

Thestral.