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Author Topic: 2000AD 40th Anniversary - 11th Feb 2017 - London  (Read 74845 times)

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Re: 2000AD 40th Anniversary - 11th Feb 2017 - London
« Reply #750 on: 20 February, 2017, 11:11:04 am »
Why did he have a spoon behind the bar?

Was it his lucky spoon?

Just a random spoon?

Were spooning euphemisms involved?

No tank tops, no sandals, no spooning.

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Re: 2000AD 40th Anniversary - 11th Feb 2017 - London
« Reply #751 on: 20 February, 2017, 11:11:37 am »

Jim Campbell is a nice man shock!



Is that Cuddly Pete Wells there with Jim?

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Re: 2000AD 40th Anniversary - 11th Feb 2017 - London
« Reply #752 on: 20 February, 2017, 11:21:28 am »
Is that Cuddly Pete Wells there with Jim?

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Re: 2000AD 40th Anniversary - 11th Feb 2017 - London
« Reply #753 on: 20 February, 2017, 02:28:16 pm »
So what was this whole spoon thing about?


I got denied service for touching the barman's spoon.

Why did you touch his spoon?

I'm not asking that to be critical of you, or suggest he was justified. It's just reading these things out of context, these actions and reaction are rather odd and surreal. And comical.

I guess the real question is, what's the story?

I was waiting to be served. Had been for about 10 minutes. There was a spoon sat on the bar. It was all twisty, like a helter-skelter. I was bored. I picked it up and rolled it between my fingers. The barman went crazy. Some helpful Rebellion employee who was stood beside me explained this was lunatic behaviour. The barman remained crazy. I apologised for touching his spoon. The barman refused my apology.

I got Proudhuff to buy the round. (With my cash before you ask!)

Weirdly enough this lunatic behaviour carried on the next day, with the individual pointing Dr X out as a 'trouble maker' to other staff members, and accusing me of being a friend of the  'trouble maker' when a drink was spilled v.v late on during the Saturday bar debacle.


On a positive note I got to meet PJ Holden and Patrick Goddard on the Sunday morning as they headed to church ( part of that sentence isn't true)

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Re: 2000AD 40th Anniversary - 11th Feb 2017 - London
« Reply #754 on: 20 February, 2017, 02:34:10 pm »

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Re: 2000AD 40th Anniversary - 11th Feb 2017 - London
« Reply #755 on: 20 February, 2017, 02:39:34 pm »
A week on and what an amazing event it was.

I picked up amazing sketches by Simon Fraser (a hero I've not met since '98), a sketch from Cam Kennedy that honestly I couldn't be happier with - I thought it was a print at first), and then a lovely pencilled piece by the uber-genius Tom Foster.

I was trying to get everyone there associated with the first year of 2000ad to sign my bound collection and I managed that by starting at Gosh the night before.

I think I achieved it but only by missing out on chatting longer to the new talent like Dani, Emma Beeby, Kek-W, Dave Kendall, Dan Cornell etc. I think it was genuinely impossible to bring something for everyone to sign - and I can see retrospectively why so many fans got Thrill Power Overload or a poster signed en-masse.

So to Rebellion, you couldn't have done better. I'd welcome a smaller 'new talent' 2000ad con as nothing could top this unless Bolland, Cliff Robinson & Ian Gibson had paraglided in mid-con. THANKS GUYS.

My GOD that Cam Kennedy sketch is just incredible.

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Re: 2000AD 40th Anniversary - 11th Feb 2017 - London
« Reply #756 on: 20 February, 2017, 02:53:47 pm »
friend of the 'trouble maker'

Boo!


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Re: 2000AD 40th Anniversary - 11th Feb 2017 - London
« Reply #757 on: 20 February, 2017, 02:56:01 pm »
Now it makes sense!  :-[
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Re: 2000AD 40th Anniversary - 11th Feb 2017 - London
« Reply #758 on: 20 February, 2017, 05:22:11 pm »
See below my complaint on the Novotel website:  They haven't replied!  :(  Z

in the last week
Was over for two nights Friday 10 and Saturday 11 for a convention.
The rooms were clean, warm and spacious.
The food was over priced even for a London venue.
My main criticism however is for the bar and the staff.  They were frankly put: pathetic.  They showed little sign of being trained to a competent level. They were lacking in a grasp of the English language; were slow, verging on insultingly slow in serving customers; technically lacking in basic knowledge of drinks and how to pour them (watching one fellow destroying several pints of Guinness was a sight to behold); somewhat self obsessed (little tip: serve the customers, quickly and efficiently and don't spend an undue amount of time preening yourselves in the bar mirror); their manager (in the loosest term) would have been better served training his rather awful coterie of staff to some minimum level of competence as opposed to shouting loudly at them and banging every possible resonating surface within his reach in fits of pique much to the further (if that were possible) annoyance of the customers.
The coup de grace of this ongoing tragedy happened from 8pm inwards on Saturday night when the bar gradually seemed to run out of alcohol (the idea that the vapid, feckless, self obsessed nincimpoops posing as staff might have made recource to a cellar or local supplier to replenish stocks seems to have been a fanciful thought, fleetingly held on all of the customers behalfs). So at 1:00 am the lights at the bar were turned off and we all were rather tersely told the bar was closed.  After several dozen rather shocked people remonstrated with what we took to he a 'manager' we were told only residents would be served (a crafty ploy to Winnow out most of the bar customers it is to be assumed). When it quickly became evident that all of the people at the bar were in fact residents a couple of drinks were very grudgingly served to one person and then the staff like the hard working professionals they were stopped any pretence of doing their job and dissapeared.
I have never in my well travelled life seen a demonstration of how not to run a busy hotel bar as that which was presented to myself and so many others over the weekend.  I expended money and travelled a considerable distance in order to attend this convention and to meet with many friends and indeed to form relationships with new colleagues.  The Novotel was the antithesis of a place in which this would ever be likely to be facilitated to any professional level.
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Re: 2000AD 40th Anniversary - 11th Feb 2017 - London
« Reply #759 on: 20 February, 2017, 05:38:36 pm »
Yeah, but what did you really think?  :lol:

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Re: 2000AD 40th Anniversary - 11th Feb 2017 - London
« Reply #760 on: 20 February, 2017, 05:42:47 pm »
Can't say I had any complaints, but since it's usually cider or diet coke with me and only stayed the Saturday night, I must have lucked out.

Maybe most of their residents go out, and they're just not used to hundreds of lazy nerds drinking the place dry.

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Re: 2000AD 40th Anniversary - 11th Feb 2017 - London
« Reply #761 on: 20 February, 2017, 05:48:22 pm »
Can't say I had any complaints, but since it's usually cider or diet coke with me and only stayed the Saturday night, I must have lucked out.

Maybe most of their residents go out, and they're just not used to hundreds of lazy nerds drinking the place dry.

So you never had the experience I had on two occasions of asking for Cider and getting a pint of lemonade!

I'd assumed it was my thick scottish brogue but when translated by the English comic geek beside me the bemused barmaid pointed at the lemonade and said ' Si, Cider'   :lol:
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Re: 2000AD 40th Anniversary - 11th Feb 2017 - London
« Reply #762 on: 20 February, 2017, 05:50:44 pm »
Maybe most of their residents go out, and they're just not used to hundreds of lazy nerds drinking the place dry.

I went out for about an hour and was told "Fuck off you bastard!" by an old piss-head (not Proudhuff). So I did ,straight back to the safety of the hotel bar. 
Hmm, just pretend I wrote something witty eh?

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Re: 2000AD 40th Anniversary - 11th Feb 2017 - London
« Reply #763 on: 20 February, 2017, 05:56:44 pm »
Well I managed to avoid getting any rounds in (I think) and my ciders were pretty lemon free...

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Re: 2000AD 40th Anniversary - 11th Feb 2017 - London
« Reply #764 on: 20 February, 2017, 06:16:23 pm »
I left early on friday night (11.30) as we waited to get served for about 15 minutes and the only guy serving was still making one cocktail.

Saturday night they ran out of alcohol in the main bar.
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