Friday, February 02, 2007

London is Expensive/

Well, I have been dying to post because I am alone in London and I have no one to talk to! Problem: the internet at this hotel costs 5 pounds per hour and that is TOO DAMN MUCH. So I'll try to finish before my hour runs out...

Uh...hi. I'm in London, England for two "A Dog's Breakfast" screenings and my first official sci-fi convention. David has food poisoning, M is at home with Rufus and Martha and my TV only has five channels, all of which are showing British gameshows that I don't quite understand. It is a phenomenal city, but I'm going a little stir crazy. The only thing to do is spend money I don't have on things I don't need, like a 160-pound haircut, for instance. (That makes it sound like I lost 160 pounds of hair, but you know what I mean. Right? Right? Hello?)

Hope everyone reading this is having a nice night. Or day. Or afternoon. Or mid-morning. Jet lag is confusing.

London is amazing! Also....I flew NOT economy for the first time ever and it sort of blew my mind a little bit. Free wine, the movies that I wanted to watch, TV, reclining seats, blankets, food of some sort (tofu?? I think it was supposed to be tofu), good music. BLEW MY MIND.

I'm going to drink wine now.

I'll write soon...

I hope to see some of you this weekend at the sci-fi convention. Please introduce yourself if you read this blog because I'd love to meet you! And also...I want to apologize to the nice woman who asked for my autograph after the 4pm screening. I said "Yeah! I'll meet you outside! Yeah!" and then promptly disappeared into a sea of relatives and broke my promise. Sorry! Hopefully you'll be at the convention this weekend, too.

Goodnight, all!

K.

90 Comments:

Anonymous Sweeneybird said...

London IS wonderful, but incredibly overwhelming if you're on your own. If I can make a recommendation, go out on one of those goofy tourist double-decker busses - you'll get to see all the 'musts' and then figure out what you want to visit next time. If you only go to one thing, definitely make it the British Film Institute on the south bank of the Thames - it's near the London Eye, that huge weird ferris wheel thing, and it's very cool. http://www.bfi.org.uk/incinemas/nft/ Have a blast!

9:11 AM  
Anonymous Joy said...

More screenings, yay! I hope I'll get to see one one of these days. Well, have fun at the convention and all.

(And poor David! Hope he gets better.)

9:12 AM  
Blogger vorador said...

Hi Kate! Glad to see you are enjoying London despite being alone and internet access costing so much (I didn't used any currency converter, so I'm taking your word for it)

I hope the convention goes well and that you have a great time in London.

You're getting closer and closer to here...I know you'll never be here in Portugal, since there's no conventions, and ADB probably wont get any screenings here too, but yehhh, you're getting closer.

And Wow, London is being a first time for all kinds of stuff for you, first official Sci-fi convention, first time you didn't flew economy, who knows what will be next. :D

Bye.

9:17 AM  
Blogger Flo said...

wow!! wonderful to have you back on the blog (even though 5£/hour is definitely TOO expensive, but i think it's a general trend in the UK...).

hope you'll have fun at the convention. i'd like to go SOOOOOO much but i'm stuck in Aberdeen (by the way, if you make a trip to Scotland, just let us know...).

*crossing fingers for many more screenings, so that i can attend at least one*

9:22 AM  
Anonymous Angela ( Nice woman who asked for autograph signing in said...

Hi,

I was possibly the nice woman at the 4pm Screening. I did manage to get your autograph as I managed to get one of the spare tickets for the 6pm screening (Yup it was still laugh out loud funny the second time for me).

Hope David feels a lot better soon. Thanks for being so wonderful and making my first fan experience one that was so enjoyable!!!

Angela

9:22 AM  
Blogger crownglass39 said...

From what I've read on LJ, the screening was a big hit and people are commenting on how gracious and nice you were.

It sucks being (basically) alone and stuck in a new city. Personally, I'd be out trying to find phone booths to mimic the David Bowie photos of the 70s, but that's just me.

(And don't even get me started on living without a cat. I don't understand how people can wake up in the morning without the soft thump on the bed and then the annoyed 'Rowr' in their ear. Ahh...the joys of kitty mommyhood.)

I hope you have a good time at the convention and just remember that the people there are just like you and that sometimes, some of them get overly excited...kind of like three year olds on too much sugar.

(I tend to avoid cons now because I take the time off of work and then drive there and by then I'm so excited to be out and then I forget that I have social skills and make an ass out of myself. The few times I've managed to ask for autographs, I'm sure I was shaking and drooling and looking like a mental case. Nice.)

In any case, have a good time!

9:28 AM  
Blogger Melantha said...

Yeah, you don't want to be watching UK tv during the day...not good.

I hate being away from my cat too, even one night is torture!

Glad the screenings went well!
Such a shame that David is feeling ill.

Hope you enjoy your stay in London and the con isn't a too frightful experience! I'm as nervous as hell at just attending! Looking forward to meeting you!

Laura x

9:54 AM  
Anonymous glittertine said...

Hey Kate, I was just in London last weekend so I couldn't fly over again this one, but I second what Sweeneybird said. Anyway, if you're looking for cheaper, though not cheap internet cafés, try this page and see if one of them is in your area. They were a lifesaver for me when I stayed at hotels instead of at friends. Just make sure to keep all your belongings close, last time I had my backpack stolen in the one at Tottenham Court Road.

I'm sad to miss the chance to meet you, but I hope this will not be the only European screening you ever do! I hope you'll have fun at the con, and don't be put off by fans suddenly losing their ability to speak when standing in front of you, or babbling stupidly. We can't help ourselves sometimes.

9:57 AM  
Anonymous Kate said...

Hi Kate! London can be pretty overwhelming, I've lived down here for 6 months and still feel like a tourist most of the time!

If you have the time, you should go and have a wander around in Camden (get the Northern Line to Camden Town on the tube). The markets there are incredible and there are always live bands playing in the pubs up and down the high street.

Have a wonderful time at Peg2. I was supposed to be going but am stuck moving house inseatd. Joy of joys :S

9:59 AM  
Blogger elfgirl said...

I love London, but I can't imagine it'd be any fun on your own. Maybe you can take an evening tour one day this weekend, after the convention's done for the day?

(Poor David. What a time to get ill! I hope he feels better by the end of the weekend.)

10:05 AM  
Anonymous Skiffy said...

I hope you enjoy the rest of your stay in London.

I'm looking forward to seeing you at the Con. and I'm totally cheesed off that I couldn't get down yesterday for the screenings.

10:10 AM  
Blogger Misty aka s_aurius said...

YAY for non economy flying! I've flown 1st class once, so I know what you mean by it blowing your mind. Of course the price did that as well, fortunately I wasn't paying :D

I hope that you find something to keep you from going crazy. I would love to be able to visit London some day. :)

I have heard some great reports from the screenings! I hope you enjoy the con.

Now you just need to convince David to do a screening at Dragon*Con in Atlanta, Georgia. There are a lot of who will be attending and we would love to be able to see the movie and meet you.

10:19 AM  
Anonymous WindshieldBug said...

Hello again Kate! It's so good to see an update from you. All the squirrels have been running around watching vids of the Q&A, pics from the Q&A (btw your hair looks WONDERFUL!), and hoping for stuff from the Con.

Doesn't London have any libraries with free internet? I know most libraries in the States do. Well, England is so much more different. *raspberry*

If you enjoy that Con please find out about coming to meet us Southern US fans of yours at Dragon*Con!!!

10:21 AM  
Blogger pisces1969 said...

London is definitely a place where you either need loads of money - spent 16 years living here, but after a while you get to know all the free/cheap dodges *G*
Enjoy the wine, and hope you weren't too cold at the screening, but you looked fab.

Will say 'hi' at the con, if I remember my social skills (my geek DNA takes over most of the time)

Ps. loved the film - am still chuckling over your scene filling the blow up doll with water, and you looked positively gleeful with the power saw in your hand - a bit of a DIYer are you?!

10:24 AM  
Blogger Becky S said...

Good to hear from you Kate. Hope you have fun at the convention. All the reviews/reports that I have seen for the screenings have been great! So glad people could get to see it.

I'm sure that my boyfriend could suggest several places to go visit in London since he's been there and I haven't but he's not available right now and I think sweeneybird has the best suggestion: the tourest stuff to get a taste anyway. You can work from there.

Hope David is feeling better for the weekend. And you try to stay well as too. Most of all - have fun!

10:40 AM  
Blogger tmac72 said...

You must go to Dragon*Con and bring David, Jane and Paul McGillion with you. *grin*
If all goes as planned, that will be my first con to go to. I would love to see you there.
Have fun at the con this weekend.

10:57 AM  
Blogger Chez said...

Poor you sweetie! You had to put up with a sick David! Hope the Screening went swimmingly well (not that I see any reason why it wouldn't!)

Hope you got to meet some of your blogspot readers too. And why not play tourist, I'm sure it's lovely, And hey there's the Doctor Who museum in Cardiff that you should bring David or yourself to!

11:58 AM  
Blogger Tazmy said...

Hi! I can't be at the convention because it is so far away, but I hope you are having a great time. Stir crazy isn't fun, especially without the internet! It's times like those that I enjoy picking up a book and reading.

Either way, have a good time and don't forget to post pictures!

12:24 PM  
Blogger dee said...

Welcome to London, Kate! And oh yes, the exchange rate is horrible, but it's even worse for you folks (and I thought it was bad for the US folks here). And the screening was amazing--you all are so nice to the fans. And the movie was hilarious. I need to see it again. When are you all coming to NYC? ;-)

I hope you enjoy the convention this weekend. It's my second, but my first one abroad. Look for the semi-clueless steward and you'll surely find me.

12:28 PM  
Blogger [J]oe said...

Yeah you definatley don't want to be watching tv in the day, or morning, or at all in sunny old England; if it's not some gameshow trying to extort old people its boring awfullness! Maybe it's a first time to get sky in a hotel? :D And yeah everything is expensive in London! Where abouts are you? I hate hate hate that i can't come see the film :( i couldnt get the tickets in time so you have to book more screenings for us :D

Awwww Davids ill......bully him :D Hope he gets better though.

Awww your so close to me and i couldn't get up to Peg2 or to the screenings it's soo not fair. Hope i eventually meet you anyway :)

When i went to London i wasn't really that impressed, though i was about 9 at the time, tell us what you get up to when you back home. Hope your having an amazing time here.

[J]oe

ps this country is filled with some hillariously stupid horrible people and being in london you may walk into some of them, don't judge the aceness of us on them :D much love xxx

12:42 PM  
Blogger Amireal said...

Don't have a chance to see if others offered the same advice (running terrifically late) but, blog posts don't have to be written online. *G*

There are special programs yes, but just open a notepad type program and write it out first, that way you only spend about 5 minutes of your online time copying and pasting and formatting.

Have fun!

2:16 PM  
Blogger Trialia said...

I really wish I could go, I do! *sads* But I have to calculate physical energy and financial stuff... Next weekend is my 21st birthday, and I'm going down to London with Tracy Jane to see the musical Wicked, six days after that I have to be in Manchester to meet another friend, then four days after that my best friend is taking me to see the Indigo Girls in concert. So right now... yeah... NO money. Sigh. But at least I get to go to Polaris in Toronto this summer.

Here's a tip for while you're in London - get an Oyster card from a staffed Tube station, put some money on it and head to Earl's Court on the Tube, a street or so from there is a great 24-hour internet café where you can get two hours of online time for £1. ^_^

2:25 PM  
Blogger Carole said...

Few words : come in France!
London is too much expensive. I passed few days last summer and my bank account has suffered a lot!

2:34 PM  
Blogger crazymom said...

It is so much fun to read about the screening from the different points of view! I've been keeping up with everyone's postings on the ADB site, and now your version...and eventually David's version, hopefully. Someday I'll actually get to see the movie...

2:41 PM  
Blogger crazymom said...

And by the way, Kate, be sure to point out to David how quickly you posted about the screening! Tell him not to make us wait forever, pleeaaase! Brothers really need their sisters to goad them along, you know. That's what I tell my brother, anyway.

3:01 PM  
Blogger totalita said...

I wish I could be there with you Kate and the Breakfast and the Convention gang! London is one of my favourite cities ever and I've spent many days alone there spending waaay too much money too :)

I'm wondering though... I have a visit planned later this year, but am I gonna be able to see ATB then? Or ever, since I live in Hungary?

Anyway, great reading you again finally! Am becoming seriously addicted here!! *lol*

Andi,
aka totalita

3:09 PM  
Blogger Jen the Fangirl said...

Hey, Kate! Thank you for the update! That's a bit steep for internet, wow! I guess they don't believe in free internet, or a set fee for the day. I've heard London is expensive. My friend had to come home early from her London stay because of the money factor.

And yay for another con visit!! I hope it's fun! This can be more prepping up for Dragon*Con. You have quite a following of people who want you there this year! :D

Poor David, though. Food poisoning...eeeh. Poor guy. Hope it doesn't bring him down too much.

3:19 PM  
Blogger Paula said...

I'm glad you made it safely to London without catching the ick from David. (Nothing more miserable than having a stomach bug while traveling.)

I haven't been to London in years, but there's lots you can do by just wandering. Many of the museums are free or low-cost. Window shopping. Historical sites.

Of course, by now you've been sucked into your first con and probably won't see daylight until it's over!

I hope it's a wonderful experience so you feel up to coming to Dragon*Con! ::hint::

3:35 PM  
Anonymous Kate said...

Unfortunately hun London is sooo expensive (I can't believe it. £5 for an hour, that's nuts) and I apologise for all the quiz shows. We're so crazy over here. Glad you're enjoying it over here, you should visit more often :)

And poor David. Bless him. Hope he feels better soon and enjoy your first sci-fi convention

Kate
xxxxx

3:49 PM  
Blogger watcher652 said...

So sweet to take the time (and money!) to let us know how things are with you. Thanks!

First official sci-fi convention? What was that L.A. thing you went to a couple of months ago? Oh, you meant first overseas sci-fi con. Or maybe first sci-fi con of 2007. I hope you get a chance to do many more (in between your countless acting gigs, of course!)

I've never not flown economy. I'm quite jealous of you now.

Saw some photos of you during one of the Q&As after the screening. I know David and Jane have been ill (now we know it's not catching, so you won't get it), but both David and John Lenic were wearing jackets and you had on something sleeveless. I'm usually chilly in theatres, so you must be particularly warmblooded.

There's a really good article about David and A Dog's Breakfast on a UK site, Arts Hub. You can check it out if you have the time and money. I posted it on the now infamous digg site.

Have fun at the con. Do some touristy stuff and tell us all about it. Mmm, isn't there some really good Indian food to be had in London?

6:22 PM  
Blogger Danielle the Paranoid Android said...

You guys (You and David that is...) are always posting about drinking. Are you guys lushes or what? :D

6:23 PM  
Blogger Adm.Polli said...

Hi Kate,

don't worry you have no one to talk to.
I believe you'll find a lot of interersting people on that convention.

Such prices are really exorbitant. I had a 12-pound-haircut (about 18 Euro)...
Okay, you don't know my hairstyle, but its really not bad. ;o)
Five pounds for one hour internet? Maybe thats the reason I was not in London since today. Are they no wireless-lan-spots for free, or sth. like that?

Whats up with your brother? Food poisoned? What has he eaten? I hope no blowfish or british food(one and the same)... ;o) Get well soon!
BTW: The "Norwalk virus" spreads out in Germany! What is worse?

I hope you have a nice time, also without David, M(friend, boyfriend?) oder your cats...

Greetings
Stefan

PS:
Mistakes... Hundreds of mistakes (orthography, grammar, expression, ...) in my last e-mail. I feel sheepish about it! Thats why you keep me waiting for an answer. ;oP No... I look forward to another
talkback from you, Kate. :o)

==========in Germany=========:

Hi Kate,

sei nicht traurig, dass Du niemanden zum reden hast.
Ich glaube, dass Du bestimmt ein paar interessante Leute auf der Convention kennen lernen wirst.

Solche Preise sind wirklich unverschämt. Ich hatte einen 12-Pfund-Haarschnitt (ungefähr 18 Euro)... Okay, Du kennst nicht meine Frisur, aber sie ist wirklich nicht schlecht. ;o)
Fünf Pfund für eine Stunde Internet? Das wird wohl der Grund sein, warum ich bis heute nicht in London war. Gibt es keine kostenlose
Wireless-Lan-Spots in London, oder so etwas in der Art?

Was ist mit Deinem Bruder los? Lebensmittelvergiftung? Was hat er gegessen? Ich hoffe keinen Kugelfisch oder brittisches Essen (was auf das selbe herauskommt)... ;o) Gute Besserung!
So Nebenbei: Der "Noro-Virus" breitet sich in Deutschland aus! Was ist schlimmer?

Ich hoffe Du hast eine tolle Zeit, auch ohne David, M(Freund, Beziehung?) oder Deine Katzen...

Grüße
Stefan

PS:
Fehler... Hunderte von Fehlern (Rechtschreibung, Grammatik, Ausdruck, ...) in meiner letzten E-Mail. Es ist so peinlich!
Darum lässt Du mich wohl auf eine Antwot warten. ;oP Nein... Ich freue mich auf eine weitere freche Antwort von Dir, Kate. :o)

6:32 PM  
Blogger watcher652 said...

Hey, Kate's given up beer! That should count for something. I don't know what, but it should count!

What, Kate, you've given up beer and you're in England?! Maybe you should rescind that decision.

6:32 PM  
Blogger Diana said...

I'm sorry to hear about you going stir crazy (and David's food poisoning-ouch). I hope you find something to do that doesn't cost an arm and a leg. You could take a walk with your camera (if you brought one) and see if you can find some things that just scream England to you. Show all us bloggers the differences between cultures? I just spent my day in Punxsutawney for Groundhog Day. I wandered around and tried to think like a tourist (I'm from the area). Took pictures of all the tourist traps. ;p I was very excited to discover people form other countires were in Punxsy today. I showed two guys from Japan where to see the groundhog exhibit. It blows my mind that people come from so far to see our groundhog.

8:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

160 pound haircut?!?!?! That's over $300! I hope your brother paid for it ;)

p.s. Dublin's more fun

8:16 PM  
Blogger Stace said...

Went to see ADB last night, and thought it was great; fantastic team effort with a great end product, was definitely worth coming along.

Most areas in London, albeit unwittingly, have wireless; so I'd say to go and take full advantage of getting something for free if there's a laptop amongst your contingent.

Also, if you want something completely pointless and fun to do whilst here? Go on the slides at the Tate Modern, because it's brilliantly random and you get to play under the pretence of appreciating 'modern art'.

8:27 PM  
Blogger Stace said...

Went to see ADB last night, and thought it was great; fantastic team effort with a great end product, was definitely worth coming along.

Most areas in London, albeit unwittingly, have wireless; so I'd say to go and take full advantage of getting something for free if there's a laptop amongst your contingent.

Also, if you want something completely pointless and fun to do whilst here? Go on the slides at the Tate Modern, because it's brilliantly random and you get to play under the pretence of appreciating 'modern art'.

8:29 PM  
Blogger Stace said...

Went to see ADB last night, and thought it was great; fantastic team effort with a great end product, was definitely worth coming along.

Most areas in London, albeit unwittingly, have wireless; so I'd say to go and take full advantage of getting something for free if there's a laptop amongst your contingent.

Also, if you want something completely pointless and fun to do whilst here? Go on the slides at the Tate Modern, because it's brilliantly random and you get to play under the pretence of appreciating 'modern art'.

8:34 PM  
Blogger Kim W said...

If you want cheap internet, there's a great place on Charing Cross near Leicester Square. Its only 1 pound/hour, and they have a pretty good connection. During the summer (only time I've been to London),anyway, I know that they always have a guy holding a yellow sign directing you there from Leicester Square, so it's not incredibly hard to find, though at first glance, it looks like a mere cafe (good looking desserts).

Man, I love that place!

8:42 PM  
Blogger LilFerret said...

OMG You're in LONDON!? *pouts* I want to go SO badly. If everything works out I will be there by Summer 2008. For at least a week. Of course, I have some friends in the area so hopefully I won't go stir crazy! :)

When are y'all coming back out to Los Angeles? I'm dying without a copy of that movie. Truly.

Going nuts.

1:23 AM  
Anonymous Kira said...

Hi Kate, sorry I have to miss this convention, but unfortunately I really couldn´t make it. But I know Wolf conventions, have been to several and they are great. You´ll have fun, I garantee it LOL Be sure to look out for my friends, they are the Dutchies and you won´t miss them. Black T-shirt with orange Stargate Glyph and Dutch hat+wooden shoes. Like I said, you won't miss them ;-D
Have fun at the Con and in London with David and Jane.
Greetings from Holland
Kira

5:50 AM  
Anonymous Kira said...

Oh and I forgot, 5 pounds is actualy not that bad. I´ve been to a hotel where it cost me 10 pounds *rolls eyes* for an hour really! OK it was in the privacy of my room, but still, 10 pounds! Bur 160 for a haircut?? That must have been the royal family's salon then ;-D
Once again Greetz
Kira

6:05 AM  
Blogger Shawna said...

I hate it when I travel and there isn't anything to do that's cheap. Although I might reccommend seeing the London Dungeon. It's like Madame Tussauds gone horribly, horribly wrong.

I hope we'll be hearing a report on your con/screening experience. Always fun to get it from "the other side".

7:19 AM  
Anonymous Enname said...

London can be expensive, but pretty much any gallery and every museum that is nationally run will be free. Walking around is free (and there is a lot of that), down The Strand, across to Westminster, up St. James's park, Buckingham Palace etc. Walk around the East end in Spittalfields market, see Regent Park and Hyde Park (Peter Pan statue). St. Paul's Cathedral allows a stunning view from the top and is also gorgeous inside. The Tower is always worth the entry .. and yeah. Gallons of cheap theatre going as well, from student productions through to the West End.

'City Secrets: London', edited by Robert Kahn is small, full of cheap (and free) things that can be done fast and as it i written by artists, journalists, historians... it is filled with useless bits of information. Should be available at any bookstore in the UK.

Uh yes. Ex London tourist guide here. :P

8:06 AM  
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8:42 AM  
Blogger Patricia said...

I did London fairly cheap on my own a few years ago. I'd love to go back. It's a great city for just walking around and looking at things, chatting with folks. Abbey Road, The Globe, Notting Hill, Hyde Park, the Millineum Footbridge, just grabbing something to drink and writing a bit was nice. Leicester Square was a good spot for less expensive Internet access, allowed me to keep in touch with people back in the U.S. Also, it has places where you can buy half-price, same-day theater tickets. Give poor David some Imodium and enjoy the city!

1:48 PM  
Blogger mhera/lemonchicken said...

It looks like everyone had a great time at the screenings. Ive seen some pictures and videos already. Kate, you looked beautiful - great hair! ^_^

I hope the rest of the weekend keeps you entertained. Looking forward to your report on all this.

David mentioned a chance screening in Vancouver for the march convention. Would love to meet you if you come!

2:17 PM  
Blogger Quantaqua said...

If you have time I suggest you go and see Spamalot. It's a new musical lovingly ripped off from the motion picture Monty Python and the Holy Grail, starring Tim Curry.

It has King Arthur, his Knights of the Very Round Table, shrubberies, not to mention the cows, killer rabbits and French people.

I went last year and it was SO much fun!

P.s Some Dutch friends of mine are at the con. Ask them for a 'stroopwafel'. That's a very tasty cookie. It's our mission to get all the nice actors hooked on them so they will visit the Netherlands and safe us airplane money ;)

3:09 PM  
Blogger Spacegirlnz said...

WOW. London! That's so cool! If you're really bored you should go see Wicked on the West End. That'd be an awesome night out!

I hope David feels better soon. And I hope you keep having fun in London!

5:16 PM  
Blogger GentleZephyr said...

I was leafing though this book yesterday and it looks like a fantastic idea.

City Walks: London: 50 Adventures on Foot by Craig Taylor and Bart Wright.

Sometimes I feel a bit lost when I'm sightseeing, like I'm wandering around without purpose. I know that there's always something great just around the corner to the right, but I happen to take the left. This would give direction to your wandering.

If you have any spare time between being a fabulous movie star and all that. *grins*

5:21 PM  
Anonymous Tracy Jane said...

Yeah, England in general is more expensive than you guys are used to. London especially so. I'm not surprised that you're overwhelmed by it all, so was I the first time I went on my own!

I hope David feels better soon and that you enjoy the con and the rest of your stay in London.

I really wish I had been able to see the screening, but the 6pm show sold out stupidly quick, as I recall and there's no way I could get from work to the 4pm screening (Sad, huh).

Maybe I'll be able to catch you another time. And I agree with Sweeney's thing about the British Film Institute. I went a couple of months ago to see the Isabelle Huppert season and I also saw a special showing of the Wizard of Oz. They do some great seminars and their film archives are AWESOME.

Take care and be careful what you eat. Often it's not so much the food that upsets your stomach but the fact that the water is so different over here. You also get exposed to so many bugs, you just need to take MAJOR care of yourself so you don't get con crud.

Tracy xxx

5:35 PM  
Blogger Linz said...

That's how those hotels get ya, the internet charges, hehe. I hope you have had an amazing time in London so far! I hope the convention is a blast too! Wish I could be there instead of stuck in the frozen tundra known as northern Kentucky!

Hope to see some pictures from the convention to know the fans didn't scare you off ;)

7:05 PM  
Blogger dutch_eowyn said...

Hi, I'm also in London for the con, but I'm staying with a dear friend of mine, which is way more lovely than being in a hotelroom alone like you are. Which is also why I didn't read this new post of yours, because when I'm not at the con, I'm of course doing a lot of catching up with my friend over breakfast, dinner and glasses of wine (I'm afraid I'm skipping the party's and some of the talks in favor of that, but I don't get to see a lot of her, being in a different country and all.)

So, I read your blog, but didn't mention it during the photo-session, but for referrence: I'm the one who was happy you weren't wearing orange, because it would clash so horribly with my pink shirt ;)

You were very sweet and gracious during the photosession, and I loved your talk, and I can't help but mention that you look even more gorgeous in real life than on screen, which is saying a lot.

I hope to see you again today, and I really hope you got to do some more entertaining things than watching a 5 channel tv during your time off here!

2:32 AM  
Blogger Jen, the cow hugger said...

I've always wanted to go to London (heck I tried to move there for college), and a convention. Travel internet is a big rip-off and very frustrating. It drives me nuts when I have several hour lay over (in an airport) and there's a gigantic sign advertising it. Of course once you get the wireless on, it says "$20 bucks or something for a day." I guess it's why I fork out the extra five bucks a month for cell phone internet. It's slow, annoying and tedious but at least I amuse myself on trips...and check e-mail. Ironically people e-mail me more than they call me....
I'm glad ADBM is having so much luck. It's simply fantastic, and good luck to you all!

5:10 AM  
Blogger Someday Scientist said...

Holy, that IS expensive. Dern, I'm going to have to factor this in for when my friend and I head over there this summer. >.< [bes a poor university student]

I hope you're having a blast at the con and the screenings! At least the weather isn't too bad over there, by the looks of it. (it's wonky as hell over here in Nova Scotia).

Sorry to hear about David, nobody enjoys food poisoning (I hope not, anyway).

Take care, and have fun in London!

12:58 PM  
Blogger Hatusu said...

Dear Kate,

Poor David. Please give him a hug for me. It's OK. We have a hug history. ...and don't say, "Yuck!" to hugging your brother. It's not polite.

I heard that Jane is sick too. Please wish her well.

I enjoy your posts immensely. You are so natural that I think I know you, so I might be insulted if you don't recognise me if we meet. :-P

Have fun in England. I hope to meet you in Vancouver in March.

Warm Regards,

Hatusu

P.S. My Golden Retriever sends her greetings to Mars. She thinks he's cute. She doesn't mean to ignore your cats. She likes cats, but they rarely like her.

5:30 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Congratulations on the screening in London and sorry to hear that David is under the weather. I hope that your enjoying your time there and seeing the sites. I also hope that if there is a Vancouver screening that you all will be there (Mars included :))
Have fun
Mangoturkey

9:18 PM  
Blogger sueKay said...

Heya!!

I hope you enjoyed Pegasus 2 as much as I did!! Thank you so much for signing my 'A Dog's Breakfast' Postcard :D

I'd like to apologise for rambling when I met you, but I was worried that I was going to miss my connection at Heathrow!

A Dog's Breakfast was absolutely fantastic!!!! I hope I can get to another screening and that the DVD comes out soon :D

Thanks again!

Susan

3:31 AM  
Blogger Kelly said...

Hello Kate 'Glinda' Hewlett! :) it was 'wicked' to meet you this weekend! I still believe you have to be the next Glinda :)

Thank you so much for signing the picture, when i saw it was signed 'Glinda Hewlett' I nearly died! LOL!

I just want to say that in all the wicked excitement i forgot to say how amazing you were in Atlantis and A Dogs Breakfast!

Look forward to seeing you in other roles *cough* Glinda *cough*

Also, I need to apologise for my drunken ramblings!

David commented on the Wicked top and said that you also had one. I said that we'd been speaking to you the night before and that he should take you to see Wicked. To which he replied, 'yeah like I'm gonna take my sister to see a musical'

Lots of Love
Kelly
xxx

7:36 AM  
Blogger Miss Scarlet said...

Hi Kate, I hope you enjoyed your weekend in London as much as we did meeting you. We have finally made it home to the quietness of the Devon Countryside for some much-needed rest!
I really enjoyed attending the screening of 'A Dog's Breakfast' meeting you, David, Jane and actually several more of your relatives over the course of the weekend.
I hope you manage to get to bed before 5am at least once; and enjoy your time in Italy visiting your Mum.

Fingers crossed that Italy's internet charges will be much less than London and we will hear more from you soon.

Have a great time

xx

8:05 AM  
Blogger Kath said...

Hi Kate!

I'm sure you'll get this a lot after this weekend: it was lovely meeting you at the con! You and David are really funny together. Strangely, David didn't approve of your *cough* modifications of his picture in my yearbook. He...um...got even. Something about '5 A.M.' Can't imagine what he meant by that. *whistles innocently*

9:40 AM  
Blogger Arlessiar said...

Hi Kate!

Thanks for being at the con, and for the photo and the autograph! Meeting you was a highlight of this con for me!

I just love seeing you and your brother on the stage together, this is true sibling love! :D
"5am" - gna gna gna, this guy's annoying! *g*

I hope you're alright again after you didn't feel so well Saturday afternoon, and I really hope that you enjoyed the con!

The haircut might have been expensive, but you looked fantastic, that's for sure!

Take care, and have lots of fun in Italy!

Bye, A.

5:45 PM  
Blogger Alipeeps said...

It was lovely to see you at the convention and I hope you enjoyed it as much as we all did! Thanks so much for taking the time to come see us in the UK!

P.S. I beat your record late night on Saturday... I went to bed at just past 7am on Sunday! Ooops!

6:41 PM  
Blogger geekjumper said...

Kate, I heard that a con guest (who shall remain nameless) was horrid to you. What an ass! Don't even dream of believing a word he said. Honestly, you act circles around him - while also managing to be an excellent human being.

Kate - 2. Ass - 0.

I'm, er, not sure David would come out better in a fight; but, he should go ... I don't know. Be sick on him, in your defense.

8:56 PM  
Blogger Red Phoniex said...

I came on my own too but i was able to make a lot of new friends that i spent most of the weekend with. You must have found someone ;)(5AM)

Hope you had a good time. It was great meeting you and everyone else! It was a brilliant weekend and i had a fantastic time, the last night was ruined by a horrible woman who didn't like me walking past her when she was blocking the exit, then i had some tap water and spent the rest of the night with my head down the toilet (i am never drinking water from London again!)

At least i was able to have a drink for the first time since my last holiday (March last year) but i think the meds i'm on didn't go well with drink, it sent me a bit hyper and mad. Don't think i'll be doing that again^^

Never got the chance to tell you that i thought ADB was brilliant and i have no idea how on earth you kept a straight face, credits to your acting skills.

Hope to see you at more. Alot of people loved your talk and the one with David was VERY funny (we were laughing with you, not at you :D )

Hope to see you around again and that you had a good time.

Red
Sarah

8:41 AM  
Blogger Kathy said...

Hey! I only just read this 5 days later! I met you briefly at the weekend during the autographs but it was difficult to get to talk to you. You were pretty swamped. Im not sure how many people you remember meeting but you signed it Kathy with a 'K' because my full name was Kathleen. Apologies I really should have tried harder but Id never been to a con before and meeting people (some very strange) outside of a normal social kind of situation always feels a bit odd to me. By the way my husband spied Aaron sneaking a bounty bar into your pocket what was that about? I met your uncle at the screening as well. His digital camera is broken if you need ideas for x-mas or birthdays ;-)
*cough cough* 5am?

9:04 AM  
Blogger Francy said...

Hi Kate!
Just got to Italy from the convention... I spent all yesterday with Wolf's tech crew to pull down the sets and put the gate away in its "house".
Yup, London is pretty expensive and chaotic!
I had a great time at Pegasus 2, it ranks up there among the best cons I've ever been. You were great on stage, both alone and with David, so thank you very much for coming, I hope we can have you back!!!
I know you're going to Italy next... who knows, maybe you're here already. In any case, have fun, enjoy my country, and... read you soon, I hope!
Francy from Italy (I'm the person who asked you a question on Saturday night, and you changed the answer during the autographs. <-- Yup, pretty criptic!)

12:40 PM  
Anonymous Kim said...

Hey Kate,

Just wanted to add to all the others who had a great time at the weekend (though it's all a bit of a blur now!), it was lovely to meet you! You said that you felt cheap having people comming and having their picture taken so quickly, but my picture with you came out the nicest of all the ones I had taken. And your hair looked great :)

I didn't mention that I read this blog when I met you, because I thought that might be weird for you, but it's a great blog, very funny.

Anyway, I hope that you enjoyed yourself, and have a nice time in Italy!

12:53 PM  
Anonymous shelsfc said...

Hi Kate, I hope you enjoyed the weekend as much as I did, thank you so much for being there! :)
I was at the ADB screening too, and I thought it was fantastic - can't wait to see wait again, whenever that may be!

1:00 PM  
Blogger Brian Taylor said...

Really annoyed that I couldn't make it to the screening, as I soooooo wanted to be there. But something else came up (don't they always).

Anyhoo, sounds like you had a good time in London, apart from the ridiculously expensive Internet connection (I apologise on behalf of my country).

I promise I will buy the film when/if it comes out on DVD!

2:35 PM  
Blogger S Claw said...

Hi Kate

It was a pleasure to meet you at the weekend and I hope you enjoyed the convention, we certainly enjoyed meeting you!!

Many thanks again for doing the radio interview with me, I have put together a trailer of the interviews from the weekend, which can be found here: http://files.filefront.com/trailermp3/;6692330;;/fileinfo.html
or I can send you a copy. Thanks once again.

Stuart Claw
www.dtrn.co.uk

3:21 PM  
Anonymous Kirstin-Marie said...

You should come to convention with David in Sydney, Australia! I’m dying to see A Dog’s breakfast. Premier it here and I’ll even help promote it! 
And go to a Friends of Science Fiction con. I’ve only been once. But every one says that FSF are much nicer than a BOBW – the con your brother went to last year…
ohoh and I’ve always travelled economy. But on a flight From Croatia to Sydney my Dad’s friend had fly-by points and he got us a first class flight all the way home! We had our own Bed! TV movies, waters, free campaign and any thing else we could ask for! I was with my brother, and he dropped the camera USB in the lounge/bed and couldn’t find it. They ended up having to rip-it apart to find it. I think it was Singapore airlines? Not to sure. But it was fantastic! Don’t think I’ll ever be flying first class again. But it sure is a hell of a way to fly!


Kate, what’s your NEW new play about? 

-Kc

9:42 PM  
Blogger Halessa said...

Hi Kate,
it was so great to meet you, David and all the others on the Convention! Yes, London is very expensive - lots of people say that about my hometown (Salzburg) too, but it is really a relief to be back (and my little furfriend is also happy to have me home again). Economy? What's that - I always took low fare airlines :-)
Now I'm going to sort out my 3.5 Gigs of photographs. I'll post you a link here when I uploaded them.
All the best, Tanja aka Halessa aka The Wraith Queen

3:03 AM  
Anonymous fififolle said...

It was wonderful to see you at the con. Everyone enjoyed hearing you and really appreciated you doing so much over the weekend. Thanks for being such a lovely funny guest!

10:01 AM  
Blogger Emma said...

It was lovely you meet you at the convention at the weekend....even if I was a little scared to introduce myself until I was getting your autograph.

Hope you enjoy the rest of your time in the UK, and come back and see us again soon.....I guess you can bring your brother too if you want ;-)

2:16 PM  
Blogger Krow said...

Hope you all got home OK. I just wanted to say a big thankyou for being there at Pegasus 2, watching you and David on Sunday morning was hilarious and so much like me and my older brother. Yes London is expensive and overwhelming even for some of us who live in the UK, should have come to the North it's cheaper LOL! anyway thanks again and I hope we'll see you again at some other event. BTW I was the Mermaid on Saturday who legged it out of the main hall (I was scared....sue me *grin*) x Krow

3:58 PM  
Blogger Francy said...

Hi everyone!
Kate, I hope it's ok to post this here (if not, please DO delete it!), and I hope as many people as possible read it!

As we all know by now (David posted it in his blog!), David and Jane have gotten engaged. To celebrate this, a group of David's fans from various groups have gotten together
to do a fundraiser for Doctors Without Borders in their honor, since DWB is David's favourite charity and he has said more than once that he'd rather we make donations to charity than get him gifts.
Our HQ to organize this has been:
http://movies.groups.yahoo.com/group/adogsbreakfastfans/, because we wanted this to come as a surprise, but now we're ready to make it "public"!
We have set up a donations page here: http://www.firstgiving.com/HewlettWedding

The donations go directly to DWB and no fan will be handling funds. We have set a high goal, but with all the fans the Hewletts (and future Hewletts!) have, I'm sure that if everyone chips in, even with just a small amount, we can reach that goal. And this will mean help DWB save many lives of people all over the world.
We will also be collecting everyone's well wishes to print out and present to David and Jane in a scrapbook. You can leave your
wedding wishes here: http://www.freewebs.com/dnjweddingguestbook/

Please join us, and spread the word. Though we'd like David and Jane to find out as late as possible, so don't directly email them or something! :-P
Francy from Italy

3:51 AM  
Blogger Anna said...

:D It was so nice meeting you at Pagasus Two! I came all the way over from Venezuela and it was totally worth it! I had a great time and enjoyed having my icture taken with yu and David (It was one of the sitting picture and it ended up looking very propper).
Since the Con I have been doing a little bit of turisting around london before I head back home.

Thanks for everything and I hope your movie makes it to South America sometime so I can finally see it!

6:21 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hiya

I'm one of the girls who watched American football at the convention (the Australian), I spoke to you about my kitten Meredith, a ragdoll.

Thought you might want to see some pictures.

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v243/danamaree/meredith/Nooshka___Meredith_040.jpg
(the one on the right, with sister Nooschka).

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v243/danamaree/meredith/IMGP1543.jpg

And I just like to add, that I'm glad that you went to the convention, I had a fantastic time. I hope you did too :)

11:22 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

*le sigh* Not really a blogger here, I'll try again. (from above)

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v243/danamaree/meredith/
Nooshka___Meredith_040.jpg

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v243/danamaree/meredith/
IMGP1543.jpg

Hope that works.

11:25 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Third time is the charm right?

Kitten:
http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v243/danamaree/meredith/Nooshka___Meredith_040.jpg.

11:37 AM  
Blogger Cassandra said...

I saw some photos of you on The Internet from a recent convention, and I have to say you have inspired me to go off beer and devote myself to learning how to use a blow dryer - you look extra lovely! I am sick with hair envy. :)

11:40 AM  
Blogger Nic said...

I haven't commented here in the past, and I didn't tell you I read your blog at Pegasus 2. I read it because you've always got interesting things to say. I really enjoyed seeing you at Pegasus 2 - you're obviously a really talented writer and actor.

3:34 AM  
Anonymous Murk said...

Yes, London can be overwhelming (I live 40 minutes away by train) - but there are things you can do easily and cheaply, if you're so minded - it's worth remembering that leaving London is a possibility!

I won't detail all the options now, figuring that if you want to know, you'll find some way to ask, that you've probably left town by now, and that without knowing the sort of things you might like it's hard to pin down the sorts of things you'd enjoy!

(... and don't think that 160 quid for a haircut is the going rate, it's only that cost for the designer haircuts!)

I've just heard about David's film today (15th Feb) and am so annoyed that I missed a UK screening by 2 weeks!

Ah well. Maybe another time... maybe general release!

9:54 AM  
Blogger Shelley Templar said...

Hey Kate!!!

It was sooo amazing to finally get to meet you at Pegasus 2!!
And get comfirmation that actually is you who ahs joined the yahoo group!!
(Not just some random poser!! lol)

I hope that you had fun at the convention.

You'll be pleased to know that the group is growing bigger and bigger all the time!!

Thanx for making P2 great!!


Shelley

11:21 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hiya! We don't have the energy to be kissassy about your brother being totally awesome, but we think YOU are totally awesome. Especially since you rock the amazing coats and crazy skirts in your appearances.

Enjoy London for us! Even though you're back by now!

THis is what happens when you have WAY too much 2004 Reisling. I told Cspan to get the 2005. It's all her fault.

Hearts,
Re'gina and Cspan

PS -- Posting as an anon is really hard. I hope you appreciate this! We are totally regretting tomorrow, in advance. Sweet!

7:32 PM  
Blogger kholmes said...

Oh, you are so lucky to have gone to London. Never been there myself, but I have friends from there and Stratford. 160 pound haircut? Are you serious? That's like, what, 300 US or 350 Canadian? What do they do, wash your hair in gold dust?

I hope he wasn't eating peanut butter (or perhaps that was just a U.S. thing...)

9:45 PM  
Anonymous Solène said...

Salut !

J'aurais tellement voulu aller à cette convention...c'est vrai en fait tu n'étais qu'à 6 heures de train de chez moi ! Mais bon je n'ai pas eu le courage de faire le voyage...le prix du billet de train et de l'entrée de la convention m'ont fait rapidement relativiser !
Si j'en juge par la fréquence des messages du blog, tu dois être très occupée ! Et tant mieux ! Pas de nouvelles, bonnes nouvelles comme on dit !
Au fait, j'ai vu ta nouvelle coiffure à je ne sais plus combien (en tout cas une fortune...)sur des photos de la convention et elle te va très bien (heureusement tu me diras...un truc moche à ce prix là... ;p)
J'espère que tu as trouvé un nouvel apart avec des voisins calmes et sympas !

J'ai hâte de lire le prochain post ! Viendra-t-il dans un mois, une semaine, un jour, une heure, tout de suite? Le suspens est à son comble !!!

9:30 AM  
Blogger Simon said...

You're damn right London is expensive - tooo expensive. Actually most of the UK is but recently I had to stay at the Radisson Hotel at heathrow and could not believe the prices for basic things like internet access.

If and when you come to the UK again I would strongly recommend that you consider stay outside of London and save a few £'s

7:50 AM  
Blogger a londoner said...

London is intolerably expensive but it does offer many jobs and opportunities. Both the tourists and the City workers keep the prices of services and housing too high. Why would there be hundreds of flats costing more than 1 million (£1,000,000) in, say Wandsworth, South West London?

7:51 AM  

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