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19 February 2008 @ 09:12 pm
John Barrowman : Book Signing in Cardiff  
Home yesterday and finally feeling warmed up after freezing my arse off over the duration of my stay in Cardiff. But you know what? Hypothermia and a likely case of pneumonia setting in aside, it was totally worth it! Yes, even the queuing up outside Borders for 5hours part just too see John Barrowman for 5seconds XD
 
Friday
 I literally bounced out of bed at 7am. Goodness, that hasn’t happened in a while, I can tell you that much! I hadn’t packed a thing, printed any of the documents I needed for the flight down nor my hostel accommodation, the battery in my phone was on its last legs and I was already flailing all over the place with squee at the very thought that today was the day I would be flying down to Cardiff see most of my girlies again in the city I heart so damn much to meet the man who made me freeze and forget to breathe the last time I so much as caught a glimpse of him!
 Can we say smiley much? X)
 Alas that I had to work 9-6pm, but I suspect that in the long run this was a good thing as even though working only left me with a couple of hours to rush home/pack/shower/get to the airport for my 8.30pm check-in, it kept me from bouncing off the walls too much as I began an hourly countdown till CARDIFF!SQUEE TEIM!!!
 Thankfully, boss-lady let me away at 4pm, and I was able to get everything I needed done before I got my daddy to drop me off at the airport. Thankfully, also, Stacey’s ( galaxy_song) boss also let her away early so we met at the airport with plenty of time to check in and begin on the squee!!
 We arrived in Cardiff and made it to the hostel for around 10/10.30pm, where we met our roomies Julie ( joulez217), Bexy ( _stolendreams_), Denise ( conjunkie) and Emma ( atraphoenix), and discovered they’d over-ordered on the take away pizza XD silly wabbits had totally forgotten to order under the name of “Torchwood” however so was most unimpressed! Lmao. Still cold pizza was very tasty and we set in for a night of uber pre-Barrowman squee!
 We’ll not mention the random man that walked into our room whilst Emma went to the bathroom. We couldn’t make out a word he said as we just sat up and stared at him. I did say “Pardon?” but he shook his head, muttering some more and left. Least to say we made sure our door was securely bolted before we went to sleep!
 
Saturday
 One pair of jeans, two t-shirts, a jumper, a leather jacket, gloves, a hat, one pair of socks and a pair of converse are not appropriate amounts of clothing to be wearing when queuing up outside a bookstore at 8.30/9am in the morning for a signing that isn’t until 1.30pm, when it’s below freezing and the only thing keeping you from having to amputate your own body parts from impending frostbite are the frequent runs to Starbucks and the squee over the fact you’re going to see John Barrowman. Well, that and writing random porn… and getting all the Torchwood Bears to meet one another… and just generally hanging about the awesomeness that is fellow fangirls (and boys!). Okay. So maybe there was a lot to keep us from freezing to death on the spot, but for the record- if I had them- I’d have frozen my bloody balls off if we’d to wait any longer!
 My girlies and I had managed to secure our place about a half-dozen people from the front of the queue. We’d have been closer I suspect, but by the time we arrived we’d decided that hot drinks were immediately needed before the queuing could commence!
 We met up with Shaz ( dancy_dreamer) on the way from the hostel to Borders, and I introduced her to her new mini-PC Andy Bear, named “Davydd” (aka. The lovechild of Andy/Ianto XD). Davydd was all dressed up in his daddy’s police uniform, no doubt keeping it all warm till we got Shaz a proper PC Andy Bear! So between us all we now had three Ianto Bears, two Jack Bears and a baby!Andy bear!
 In the queue we also met up with Angharad ( talcat), Kay and Simon, Kate ( sasha_lilyrat) and Sophie ( luinecu). The latter two had come along with Tosh Bear and Cpt John Hart Bear! Which was all very exciting, so exciting in fact that we got all the bears to pose together as they queued up in wait of the Barrowman XD can you tell they were just as excited as we were?

 I’ll skip the details of how we passed the time during our 5hr wait, (making no mention of the policemen we stopped to have their pictures with the bears. Ahem) and instead I shall take a moment to mention the utter shambles that was the way Borders handled the signing. Sure they had the queue under control, but by the time 1-1.30pm came around there were loads of people starting to group up around the front doors, waiting for their own glimpse and photo opportunities of the man himself. Cue John Barrowman arriving and there was a surge as people tried to get at him/into the store. The Borders staff were absolutely useless at crown control and if they’d have had any sense they’d either have closed off part of the shop to do the signing or at least moved John’s table to the other side of the doorway so that those of us who’d queued up to get our books signed didn’t get themselves shoved through the doorway and the security barrier!
 And don’t even get me started on the actual signing itself! There were post-it notes handed out earlier on in the day for us to write out the name we wanted JB to sign the book to. Once you managed to shove past the people clogging up the doorway trying to oogle the man himself, you had your book snatched off you shoved onto the table in front of John who signed and pushed it over to his sister Carol, and you yourself were pushed aside before you could so much as stammer out a polite “Hello, you sexy-man-thing-you, I froze my arse off for five hours waiting for this, but you’re totally worth it.”
 John did however mention that he really liked my name X) So I was a pile of gush even as I was hurriedly lead away from the table!
 I feel a strongly worded letter is in the works for Borders. I get that there were over a thousand people waiting to get stuff signed, but that is no reason to man handle those who’d got up at the crack of dawn on a wintry Saturday morning and waited patiently for the signing to begin. We were even refused photographs, which miffed me off to no end, but I went trigger happy on the off chance I could get at least one picture of the man!
 
So yeah. Queuing for 5hours for 5seconds of John Barrowman. Worth it? ;)

 

 
 Once we’d all been herded away from JB we made a mad dash up to the Starbuck’s on the top floor for some much needed defrosting and hot drinks. And lots of squee and fangirly stroking of our newly signed books XD the book itself is really rather awesome! The style of it is just so fresh and inviting and as John says he wishes right at the very beginning, you really do feel as if you’re sat right beside him, sharing a drink as he recalls his life from past to present and everything in between, he pauses through recollections to insert amusing anecdotes or sudden remembrances, and it’s just all so very friendly and inviting. It’s like meeting up with an old friend. He really is a fabulous man. Definitely recommended!!

 

 The rest of the day was spent getting Shaz a proper PC Andy Bear! Meeting up with Kat (skittykat), ransacking McDonalds for random food and chat, phoning Georgie (indiefairy) to emo and squee, seeing Simon and Angharad  and Shaz off at the train station, making a quick drop off of belongings at the hostel, and heading down to the bay where we proceeded to meet up once again with Sophie, Kate and Kay (whom we’d lost sometime during the signing) and invading the nearest Pizza Hut! It was a very fun day all in all and made even better by the fact I got to share it with some very close friends and some shiney new ones! :)

Sunday
 Bay Day! We were up and out of the hostel for about 10am. Headed towards the Border’s Starbucks again as they have lots of space and really comfy seats! And met up again with Kat and Shaz. Kat brought along her mini-real!Jack bear, who was all donned up in his flying gear. Yan Bear approved ;)

 Once we’d drank/eaten we then headed towards the station where we saw Denise and Emma off :(( poor things had to leave and we really didn’t want them to go at all!!
 So, to cheer ourselves we immediately headed to the Bay, where of course all the Torchwood squee happens! 

 

We had the Bears pose at the door to the information centre and some other random places, got to meet Dalek!Man again (to those of you unfamiliar with Dalek Man, he does boat tours around the bay, and the first ever meet we had down the bay way back in August 07, he played his dalek ringtones over the loudspeakers just for us! You should have heard us squee!) So, we stopped to chat and he remembered the bears, so of course we had to get pictures taken! XD He even let Yan Bear up onto his boat (though I won’t deny, I about had a heart attack when Yan suddenly toppled and I thought he was going to fall into the water!)

 

 We did some more randomly fun things before ::cough:: Kat and I somehow decided to create a ‘Part Two’ to our Bear Porn from August last year. I have nothing to blame our behaviour on other than too much fresh air, squee and encouragement from those who really should have known better!! XD

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See the Jack/Ianto/Andy threesome, complete with lovechild Davydd! | Alternatively, watch the original one! ]
 
 Ahem. So anyway! I got to speak to my sexy!hor Jemz (jemzamania) for the first time over the phone as Shaz called her to chat!! You sound very polite and soft spoken- definitely not what I was expecting from you, lmao!! I also proceeded to phone Georgie for a chat and to tell her just how much we all missed her and wished she could have made it! We took over the Starbucks on the bay and proceeded to stay there for a long while, trying to once again warm up, and just generally hanging out. T’was good fun!

 Shaz had to leave around 6pm-ish :(( and those of us left decided to head into the Weatherspoon’s near the station for some dinner.

 
( Bexy & Jack Bear, Shaz, Julie, Stacey & Ianto Bear)
( Kat & Mini Real!Jack Bear )

 ...Am I allowed to make this one of my personal highlights of the weekend? XD Because whilst we were there I got chatting to the guy behind the bar when placing our orders, and um… “pulled” as everyone is calling it XD His name is Kieren, he’s 22, Australian, very amusing and not even remotely what I’d call my ‘type’ but he’s so damn cute anyway!! heh. Since returning home, I’ve ‘made contact’ with him and yeah, Caspe is still all very gushy over the whole thing. Can you tell I don’t tend to get chatted up much? Lol.
 Once we’d left Weatherspoon (thanks to a rather annoying fire alarm prompting us to move) we all headed back to the hostel. Had to say goodbye to Kat on the way :(( cue more emoing. And then there were four. Julie, Bexy, Stacey and I got back to the hostel with the knowledge that we’d all be leaving the next day hanging over us. Still, we managed to keep the squee alive as we packed out bags and tucked ourselves in for the night, chatting and giggling and just having a right slumber party until one by one we drifted off to sleep, all secretly praying that we could wake up and start the weekend all over again. Well, I was at least! ;)
 
Monday
OMG I DON’T WANT TO GO HOME!! There was much emoing as we headed to the depressing!Starbucks (aka the one we always end up when we’re leaving as it’s conveniently close to the station). We made the most of still being together but ultimately we knew we’d soon be parting ways. Julie was the first to go ::clings:: with Bexy leaving about an hour later, and no amount of bag!napping helped her miss her train, though Stacey and I tried!
 And then there were two. I’m so glad I had Stacey to travel home with! We kept each other from moping too much as we hung about waiting for our bus to the airport to arrive. We got into Glasgow around 5.30pm and it took me another hour to get home to Hamilton. I was absolutely shattered. I think the most tiring thing about the weekend is the end, once the squee has deflated and you’ve nothing to immediately look forward to. Alas!
 But thank you, all my girlies, for such a kick-arse weekend! And I cannot wait to do it all again with you guys :) 

<33
 
 
mood: chipperchipper
 
 
 
beewhimsical: andy!beewhimsical on February 19th, 2008 10:06 pm (UTC)
Oh the bears, they are so cute! Sounds like you all had a fantastic time :D

That que must have been murder btw - there's not a lot of room outside Cardiff Borders at the best of times what with all the construction going on, so a 1000 people must have been a bit of a squash!
Campaspe: Torchwood \\ more than an office romancecs_whitewolf on February 22nd, 2008 08:49 pm (UTC)
It was a brilliant weekend, the girlies I meet up with are the best friends you could ever want! X)

And yeah, god, things were okay up until the point JB arrived. The queue snaked through the alleyway bit all the way round towards the castle. I'm not too up to date on the geog of the area but even I know that's pretty scary stuff!

Lucky we were about a half-dozen away from the front ;) hehe.
moryssa: torchwoodmoryssa on February 19th, 2008 10:13 pm (UTC)
Awww... I want a Torchwood Bear! I guess I'd need a Capt. John American Bear. :) (although I love the Jack-in-suspenders bear!)
Campaspe: Torchwood \\ Close to youcs_whitewolf on February 22nd, 2008 08:50 pm (UTC)
Aren't they just awesome?!

We got them from build-a-bear/bear-factory! And depending on what bear you want you'll likely have to customise/make your own costumes for them :)
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The Island of the Fayatraphoenix on February 19th, 2008 10:36 pm (UTC)
Ooh, I'm on that pic with John. Looking frozen, and vaguely shell-shocked, but still there. Cool...
Campaspe: Torchwood \\ Head&Hand Jobcs_whitewolf on February 22nd, 2008 08:51 pm (UTC)
Aye, you and Shaz are jammy buggers getting your pics snapped with him! XD hehe

Lucky minx!
killer_queen87: oohkiller_queen87 on February 19th, 2008 10:38 pm (UTC)
aw wow u met teh barrowman again lol! hes fabulous whether u see him for 5mins or 5hours =P altho i am not happy with him.. i dont know if u were there on this day but at TKAA he PROMISED there would be a scottish date on the book signing tour *hmph* BAD BARROWMAN! loving all the bears too =D
Campaspe: Torchwood \\ All work and no placs_whitewolf on February 22nd, 2008 08:52 pm (UTC)
And I didn't freeze up this time!! XD improvement, yeah? haha.

I'm so annoyed he's ignoring Scotland! What's that all about? Though I did read that JB feels that the reason he's so inclined to get his bits out is because he has Scottish blood XD ...maybe he doesn't want to chance a breech of the peace order by coming up? lmao.
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Georgie: Torchwood - Ianto (ani oh yeah!)indiefairy on February 19th, 2008 10:54 pm (UTC)
::Cries:: I wish I'd been there :(

Sounds like it was awesome fun, despite the cold. Dalek man rocks! seriously next time we go to Cardiff we need to find out how much his tours cost XD

Oh yeah and go you and your bad self, getting hit on XD

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Campaspe: Torchwood \\ wouldn't change thingscs_whitewolf on February 22nd, 2008 08:55 pm (UTC)
I wish you'd been there too :(

Still, we have The Rift to look forward to and it will make up for everything tenfold!!

Dalek man is seriously amazing XD his tours aren't too expensive, I was totally up for going a trip. Alas that no one else was sharing my enthusiasm!

X) I have nothing to say to that last comment. I get so bloody smiley over the whole thing whenever I think of it. lmao.
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Kerryblaze: Captain Jack Glasseskerryblaze on February 19th, 2008 10:57 pm (UTC)
Aw!!!!! So glad that you had a great time!!
Campaspe: Torchwood \\ Pretty Please?cs_whitewolf on February 22nd, 2008 08:56 pm (UTC)
Thanks! :D

It was pretty damn amazing for sure! Though I don't know if I could do the queuing thing again. Well, not for a while at least ;)
Erin Giles: torchwood - jantoerin_giles on February 19th, 2008 11:14 pm (UTC)
Awwww I'm so sad I didn't catch up with you again later on the day but I will rectify that if you're still going to be in Manchester in March?! As I've just booked my place on a train and somewhere to stay aswell! *grins* I've decided that I cannot be bothered to drive all the way to Mancs on my own at the crack of dawn on a Sat morning! And yes it was worth the queuing for the Barrowman love! *strokes book affectionately* Although we wondered (being halfway down the queue and having no idea what was going on) why there was a sudden surge forwards at half 1 and then why it took another half hr for the queue to go anywhere!
Campaspe: Torchwood \\ Crying in the Raincs_whitewolf on February 22nd, 2008 08:58 pm (UTC)
Gutted about that too :(( but am def still going to Manchester! Am arriving late sat and leaving sun evening. Still need to book a place to stay though. but we should def do dinner/drinks on the sat if you're up for that? You going down with a group??

The queue when JB arrived got rather scary. Most of the time between JB arriving and ending up in the Starbucks above borders is a bit of a squeeful blur to tell the truth. But yeah. Good times! XD
_stolendreams_ on February 19th, 2008 11:56 pm (UTC)
::clings::

I so very nearly let Stacey steal my bag! Dammit I wanted to stay.

I hate the end of these things :( It's so depressing.

But there shall be a next time and it shall be just as awesome although I imagine it would have a hard time keeping up with the randomness that was last weekend (ghostbusters, nun, random man etc etc would be hard to beat)
Campaspe: Torchwood \\ S2 Janto Kisscs_whitewolf on February 22nd, 2008 09:00 pm (UTC)
You should have ;) then we'd have had to hang about and miss our own bus and thus have got to stay another day! XD

There will def be a next time! And we'll find new random to keep things spiced up, hehe. Never doubt the fangirls!!
Shaz: [JB]Out Magazinedancy_dreamer on February 20th, 2008 12:11 am (UTC)
*pretends she didn't go OMG THATS ME TALKING TO THE BARROWMAN* When she saw that pic!

God Borders were TERRIBLE at organisation! That pic of John arriving doesn't even begin to show the mayhem that started when he showed up. And Borders staff were involved in the problem, a few of them were snapping pictures through the window!

The bears were famous! I need to put my pics up because I have quite a few of the bears with the policemen! Gotta love Old ladies and their 'he only like the men' or the 'ooooooh John Barrowman'. hehe! That amused me muchly!

Also loved scaring ...well everywhere we went with our mad fangirling!

It was a fabulous weekend! I loved meeting up with everyone again even with the evil headaches of dooooooom

PC Andy misses Jack and Ianto lots, he's sat here now emoing over being alone. Dafydd is sleeping.

I keep breaking into a huge smile when I remember John talking to me. And he said my name CORRECTLY! Him and Carole BOTH said it right - John is now made of hundreds more types of awesomeness for that fact.

5 hours freezing my arse off = totally worth it. Could have done with some benches mind. At least we were at the front, and were in the lot that got their stuff personalised, John decided to stop doing that an hour in so that the queue would move faster. In 2 hours him and Carole signed 600 books and had to turn 500 people away, which is madness! Apparently the first thing he said upon getting in the shop was 'Yes I beat Katie Price'.

I do feel a little sorry for Jordan her queue was rather pathetic in comparision to the 1,100 people who turned up for John!

Twas a brilliant weekend! I miss you liek woah already!!!! *glomps* COME BACKKKKK

*returns to going LOOK! ME! BARROMUNZ! while staring at that pic*
Campaspe: Torchwood \\ Nobody knows Jack better...cs_whitewolf on February 22nd, 2008 09:02 pm (UTC)
Yan is moping being away from his lover and lovechild. But he knows Andy will be taking really good care of Dafydd! <33

Lol yeah, you've listed all the things I wanted to say but couldn't remember! God, so much happened and it was such an amazing weekend- really cannot wait to do it again!!

And damn you getting in the pics with JB! ::shakes fist:: you wangled that on purpose! I bet you did! ;)
Joulez217: No sex 4 Owenjoulez217 on February 20th, 2008 09:55 am (UTC)
Firstly and I've told stacey this as well, why is it that our JB photos we got all have shaz in it? She's one lucky sod to have so many pictures of her self and JB!!!

Also missing you like crazy Caspe!!!! ::hugs and isn't likely to let go::

Roll on Manchester so we can meet again cause good god the wait is killing me to see you all again. Why can't we all live closer together??

((Did you get my email by the way about trains etc??))
Campaspe: Torchwood \\ Kiss of Lifecs_whitewolf on February 22nd, 2008 09:04 pm (UTC)
I think she orchestrated that one. Not sure *how* but I so totally bet she did ;) haha

I'm missing you all so much! We should never be allowed to part ways, it's far too depressing :((

Yayay manchester! Soso cannot wait for that weekend to roll around! Do you know when you'll be arriving/leaving??

And thank you, yes I got your txt! Sorry I haven't replied, my heads been crazy with work this week but I'll finalise things come Monday (pay day) and then omg I'll be all booked up for Nottingham too! :D
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It looks about as sea-worthy as a rubber duck!harem_ent on February 20th, 2008 01:59 pm (UTC)
Lucky cow.

Campaspe: Supernatural \\ Dean Gaggedcs_whitewolf on February 22nd, 2008 09:05 pm (UTC)
Yes. I suppose I am.

XD XD XD

you're still coming to collectormania yes? I'm going on the Sunday and you'd better turn up my John/Dean-cest partner in crime you!!

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