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October 12, 2013 1:46 am  #1


London meetups Nov./Dec.?

Hello,

I'm going to be in and around London from mid-November to mid-December and would love to meet up with some other Sherlock fans.  Are there any meetups planned?  I'll theoretically also be attending the Starfury "Elementary" Sherlock BBC convention in Birmingham, but I'm getting the uncomfortable suspicion, based on how quiet the site is, that it might end up canceled due to lack of guests/lack of interest/etc.  I'd really like to have some Sherlock fun regardless, even if it's just meeting up with a couple of fans for lunch or tea or something.

Thanks!

Anna M.C.


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October 12, 2013 4:52 pm  #2


Re: London meetups Nov./Dec.?

Hi! I'd be interested.

 

October 12, 2013 6:12 pm  #3


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Yay!  Lovely to meet you, Mara.  I read your introduction and am pleased to note that I'm a Jane Austen fan, too.  Have you ever seen the brilliant Austen improv comedy group. Austentatious? 

http://austentatiousimpro.com/

I'll be seeing them twice in December, if you want to come along for the show on December 3 or December 9. We could have dinner beforehand if you like.

I plan on a lot of museum and theatre visits while I'm in London.  The Cheapside Hoard exhibit at the Museum of London looks like it will be splendid.  I've seen bits and pieces of the collection before, but they've never had it all together like this. For someone who likes both shiny and history, it's a winner. Real buried treasure! And Sherlock would approve that there's a mystery attached to how the jewels ended up buried and abandoned:
http://www.museumoflondon.org.uk/london-wall/whats-on/exhibitions-displays/cheapside-hoard-londons-lost-jewels/

Can't wait for their Sherlock Holmes exhibit next year:
http://www.museumoflondon.org.uk/london-wall/whats-on/exhibitions-displays/sherlock-holmes/

The V&A museum also has some great stuff, as usual.  Love the V&A!

Anyone else interested in meeting up at any point?

Anna M.C.


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October 12, 2013 8:02 pm  #4


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Sounds great! Count me in

PS: I can also invite anyone who'd like to come to a homemade Sachertorte (Austrian Chocolate Cake) and tea (to keep it 'sherlockian')

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October 12, 2013 8:40 pm  #5


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Hi Anna! I'm interested as well!

I actually had no idea about the upcoming Museum of London exhibit at all, so great find!

Did you see my post about the Frankfurt Market that's also in Birmingham? If you end up going to that Sherlock event there, you might enjoy looking through that too as I always love it...

I live pretty close to London, btw. :D

Oh yes, and I think the V&A is amazing too. One of my favourite places and I love the metalwork and materials collections in particular...
 

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October 12, 2013 9:15 pm  #6


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Hello Nick/SherlockHound, lovely to meet you, too!

I just read your post on the Birmingham market - sounds fun.  If the convention isn't canceled, I'd definitely like to see the market while I'm there.  Perhaps we can make arrangements to meet up there, if you're planning to visit the market as well.  If not, we can meet up in London, or both.   I've been to Birmingham once before for the Discworld convention, but the museum was about the only thing I saw there besides the convention hotel.  They had a nice selection of Pre-Raphaelite art there, though. The Shakespeare Memorial Room you mentioned at the library would be worth a visit.  Speaking of the Bard, I have a ticket to see Hiddleston in Coriolanus in December!  Go, me!  I hope the rumors about HamletBatch next year turn out to be true; he was brilliant in both roles in Frankenstein. Wish I could have made it to London this summer to see Roger Allam in The Tempest at the Globe, as well as Pride & Prejudice at Regent's Park, but neither my vacation allotment nor my finances are infinite.   I do have a ticket to see Perfect Nonsense in November, though. Hurrah for Jeeves & Wooster!

Yes, the metalwork at the V&A is exquisite -- just about everything is.  I'll admit that the costume and jewelry sections hold an extra-special place in my girly heart, and I can get lost for hours in the British galleries.  Theatre galleries, too.  So much good stuff!  How I wish that I could live in London. I know I'm lucky that I can at least visit every year, though.

Anna M.C.


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October 12, 2013 9:20 pm  #7


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Homemade sachertorte?  Oh, yeah!  Mara, you are my new best Sherlockian friend.  Sorry, Nick, you're in second place unless you can produce some pastry. http://cdn.boardhost.com/emoticons/cute.png


Anna M.C


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October 13, 2013 12:03 am  #8


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I do have some baking proficiency, so maybe? :D haha.

Oh, I got to see Roger Allam in The Tempest this summer! It was a fantastic performance. I hope you don't mind, but I'm a bit of a Shakespeare fan and I have an RSC associate membership which comes in useful from time to time...
It was amusing in my mind though, because I'm not sure if you've heard of a BBC radio drama called Cabin Pressure, but I was continually imagining it was Douglas! I think that's a good sign that I may have listened to too much of that...

I did see Into The Woods at Regent's Park a while ago and I have to say, that was truly amazing... the atmosphere and way the audience was drawn into it.

Well, if you don't mind a road trip, I was more than happy to take one or two people up to Birmingham to look at all that stuff. I know the city fairly well and one half of my family come from that area... It's easy to drive there and I can park in the city for the whole day really cheaply (£2.50 in one centre car park). Birmingham has a nice cultural history as well, compared to London. Plenty to feed my geek side. I certainly wouldn't mind investigating the convention either...

I'm guessing you've been to Stratford-upon-Avon as well (the RSC home)?
 

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October 13, 2013 12:42 am  #9


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Into the Woods is my favorite play!  I've seen it at least half-a-dozen times in various productions.  I wish I could have seen it in Regent's Park -- I can't imagine a more perfect venue.

Back when Benedict Cumberbatch was performing in Frankenstein, I was also lucky enough to get a ticket to see him recording the St. Petersburg episode of Cabin Pressure. Although I admit I was initially interested for the Cumberbatch Factor, that recording got me completely hooked on the show, which I immediately purchased from Audible.com.  The writing is hilarious and the entire cast is marvelous; best comic timing ever.  Roger Allam's voice can actually rival Benedict's, which is not something I would have thought possible. Attending that recording is one of my favorite memories. Some kind stranger showed me the best place to wait by the doors before they let us into the studio, so I ended up getting a seat in the second row, dead center.  To quote Arthur, it was brilliant. http://cdn.boardhost.com/emoticons/grin.png


I've only been to Stratford-Upon-Avon once, for less than an hour, alas, and I didn't really get to see anything.  I'll have to go back one day. So many things left on my list to do.  I really want to see the lake country sometime.

A road trip would be fun -- we'll see if the convention ends up happening.  Just to warn you, though, the convention doesn't offer day passes, and it's not cheap.

Speaking of road trips, I'm trying to find someone with a car who also enjoys Hitchiker's Guide to the Galaxy to attend this with me:
http://www.hitchhikerslive.com/tour-dates.html

I was thinking of the Nov. 22 show in Bromley with John Lloyd.  I'll happily pay for the other person's ticket and help out with the cost of petrol if they take care of the to-and-from-Bromley part.   Anyone interested?

Anna M.C.

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October 13, 2013 12:53 am  #10


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I'd definitely be interested in the HHGTTG event. It's one of my favourite books and I loved the BBC radio drama, haha.

 

October 13, 2013 1:09 am  #11


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Brilliant! I've sent you an email to sort out the details.

Anna M.C.


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October 14, 2013 5:44 pm  #12


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Mara, if you'd like to go to Austentatious on Dec. 3 or Dec. 9, please let me know and I'll email them to request that they hold two seats for me instead of just one.  They tend to sell out quickly. If you'd rather just meet for lunch or tea or something on another day, then no worries.  Just let me know.

Anna M.C.


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