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11th Jan, 2010

johnlock

Britrip report part 2: The Shrine

Missed Part I? It should be here: http://coffee-n-retcon.livejournal.com/3705.html

Part II
So early Christmas Eve morning we gathered the things for the shrine together:



And we headed down the Ianto Jones Memorial Shrine at Mermaid Quay. We were going to take the bus, but it being a semi-holiday, there were very few busses headed that way. We’d walked halfway there before giving up and getting a taxi. I’d like to think that was some kind of fate, karma, or Ianto based luck that had delayed us getting there until that particular moment. Between putting off the trip down to the Bay (in the hopes of the lost luggage resurfacing) and the bus schedule, we arrived at the Shrine at the same time as Kevin.



Kevin is the Maintenance Department of Mermaid Quay. (As he said, “I'm the Head of Maintenance, but as it’s just me in the whole department anyway…”) Kevin is a great supporter of the Shrine and has made it his personal mission to care for and protect it for us and all Ianto fans (despite the fact that Kevin has never even watched Torchwood. Really Kevin? Give it a try... Well, series 1 and 2 anyway.)

Kevin was there that morning to fix the supports that hold the security grates up in front of the Tourist Information Office. To do this, he had to take the grates down temporarily.



As such, we had the rare opportunity to go INSIDE Ianto's Tourist Information Office (SQUEE!!!!!):



I will say, it has so gone downhill since Ianto has been away. He is not going to be pleased when he gets back and sees the mess in there.



But anyway, true to his word, after fixing the brackets Kevin restored The Shrine. So this is how it looked Christmas Eve morning:



...And some close-ups of the new additions and a few deatil shots:



So anyway, Jess and I stayed and chatted with Kevin for a good 90 minutes about everything from The Shrine, to Gareth, to JB, to the property values in Barry. He told us about the history of the Information Office, of JB’s visits to The Shrine, as well as his own personal plans to restore the tourist office’s mailbox slot and doorknob. Apparently in a couple of months they will be replacing the metal reinforcements on The Shrine area to match the others nearby and he let me flake off sections of the old metal for souvenirs. Yes, I now have pieces of Ianto’s Tourist Information Office. (Squee again!!)

As Kevin started rolling his third cigarette I thought that maybe we should let him get on to other work and bid him farewell. (He seemed sad to see us go, however. So if you visit the Shrine and happen to find Kevin, stop and say hi.)

After some obligatory photo shots at the water tower, we headed over to the Doctor Who exhibit with the intention of just looking in the shop on this trip, but a sign promising new exhibits tempted us back inside. This time I had Action Ianto:

He was not impressed by the Daleks,


But seemed rather ill at ease around the Cybermen.


He was also glad to see that Jack’s original coat was being well looked after.


As Christmas Day would be in the hotel room, after we left the exhibit we stopped and shopped some more (including food as there was no way I was paying ₤75 each for Christmas dinner in the hotel.)



The next morning Jess opened the presents I’d brought for her (which had also been in the luggage when it went missing) and we had the Christmas crackers they’d given us at breakfast. I spent 5 minutes re-making the paper hats over for Action Ianto and Jack:




…And working up a story in which Ianto gave Jack a lovely antique silver picture frame and photo for Christmas


and for some reason Jack reciprocated by giving Ianto an enormous wheel of cheese. (Something to do with the evolution of holidays in the 51st century...)


Hey! Give me a break. There was nothing on the telly, my daughter was busy with her book and video games, and my husband was 5000 miles away, how else should I spend the day?


So in fact, the rest of the day was spent wasting time and then watching the Doctor Who Christmas special (which many would consider much the same thing) before falling asleep in preparation for an early morning coach trip to Preston.

So on to Preston, Part III will be (here.)

6th Jan, 2010

johnlock

Brittrip report 1: Cardiff

Well, after a bit of a delay due to jetlag, fatigue, a sore throat and several other various excuses, here is the first of my reports on the recent trip to the UK:

After an uneventful flight to Seattle, followed by an even less eventful flight to Amsterdam, a delayed plane left my daughter, Jess, and I in a dingy little terminal waiting for an extra few hours longer than we'd have liked. The reason? Apparently the flight crew hadn't shown up. Really? Hmmm how professional. Anyway, eventually they found someone to fly the plane and we were once again in the air.

So what is it with the Cardiff airport? After getting off the plane you walk what feels like a mile, up, down and over (and around a few more times) through a hallway filled with 'interesting' Welsh facts. I think in the end you've probably just crossed a little-used road or something. Couldn't they have just put in a cross-walk (zebra/pelican/whatever crossing) and left us to it? After 18 hours travel time... so wasn't in the mood for local trivia about the number of miles of coastline Wales has.

In the end, I think it was all an attempt to make the traveler so disoriented they won't notice that their baggage is decidedly not coming around on the conveyor belt anytime soon... or indeed at all. While my daughter continued to wait for the absent luggage, I stood at lost luggage and talked with a nice Cardiff boy who said that every time he swears he'll never fly KLM again, but he lives so close to the airport he invariably does... and they also invariably loose/damage/destroy things. We went on to discuss other, happier topics including that his parents had apparently just been to see Robin Hood just the night before and had a great time. Yay, the show was good. But now, unfortunately we wouldn't have anything to wear to it. So, after a wait in line we filled out the forms, were advised that Amsterdam apparently had about 20,000 lost bags to sort out, and given a phone number to call for updated information… tomorrow. Okay.

So, a taxi to the hotel. Now I'm not usually the type to strike-up conversations with taxi drivers, and my daughter was looking fairly comatose by this point, but the driver asked if I was listening to the talk on the radio. I admitted that I hadn't really and he proceeded to tell me all about the rugby player who'd just come out and to ask what American views were on things of that nature. Yes, well, as Ambassador for America... Anyway, he was quite nice and after discussing many and varied topics we made it to the hotel despite the snow and ice everywhere. We checked in, receiving a package of things for the Ianto Shrine that had been sent to me, and headed for the room where we proceeded to crash for an hour or so.

As the hotel was conveniently located right down from the main shopping street, we dragged ourselves out in search of replacement toothbrushes, toothpaste, deodorant and hair-gel (my daughter's new hair cut demanded no delay in the acquisition of gel.) After some shopping it was back to the hotel. It was about that point that I started to think just what had been lost with the luggage. Besides toiletries there were our clothes and jewelry, and my things for the Ianto Shrine, the button badges for the Gillespie gig and the Casimir film, my Sherlock Holmes poster for Gareth to sign… All-in-all I was starting to get a little depressed about it.

So, as a great deal of our time was taken with the usual vacation travel events, plus trying to call for a baggage update (only ever getting an answerphone,) buy new clothes and such, I'll skip all that and get to the panto. It was the first pantomime for both Jess and me. (Yes, JB, you were my first.) And it was really a lot of fun. I’ve always loved live performances and was not disappointed. I still want to find out if the “Although someone I know insists it’s pronounced Sploe” was scripted or if it was an ad-lib based on my daughter shouting “SPLOE!” every time JB had said Splott earlier. (When he said it, he turned to the audience with a wink, so I’m hoping ad-lib.) The best parts were when JB just lost it entirely and couldn’t stop laughing. Especially when he came out at the finale and admitted that he’d been in such a rush to do the costume change that he’d put his boots on the wrong feet. I imagined after that, his dresser marking a big L and R on the soles in Sharpie.

After the performance Jess and I waited outside the stage door with a bit of a crowd. After a while JB sent a guy out with pre-printed autograph cards and the announcement that JB was leaving through a different door and due to a 12 performance a week schedule, wouldn’t be signing anything tonight. I asked the guy if there was any chance that he’d be signing the next night, but all the guy wanted to tell me was that JB ‘has 12 performances a week and with the sub-freezing temperatures couldn’t stand out in the cold tonight without endangering his voice.’ I told him I understood, but wanted to know if he was considering it at any point, and would it be worth our coming back after the next performance? At that point he advised me that JB ‘has 12 performances a week and with the sub-freezing temperatures couldn’t stand out in the cold tonight without endangering his voice.’ It was like trying to ask the BBC complaints dept. a question. (Thank you for your comments regarding…) I tried a third time to get a straight answer (as I didn’t want to stand out in the sub-freezing temperatures myself if there wasn’t a chance he’d ever show up.) Finally the guy very quietly admitted to me that JB hadn’t signed after any Robin Hood performance yet. I don’t understand his reluctance to admit that. I fully understand why JB wasn’t signing, it was bloody cold. But why not just say that it wasn’t going to happen? Why not say clearly that it wasn’t just for after this performance. Did they want the crowd waiting outside the stage door every night?

Anyway… We both really enjoyed the night. I don’t understand why there isn’t panto in America.

The next morning we slipped and skidded down the pavement to the Forbidden Planet store. Jess found a shirt that she fell in love with… one of those ‘evolution of man’ progressions, but ending with a tombstone and a walking zombie. I bought a Tosh action figure and considered a Capt. John but decided to wait. We crossed the street and went to Cardiff Castle. I finally managed to drag Jess out of their outer gift shop and into the castle itself.




As we hadn’t been to the castle on our previous trip to Cardiff, I thought it was time for some Action Ianto pictures.





And this trip, Jack travelled with Ianto.



In the gift shop inside the castle grounds they had a Who/Torchwood display. It was there I found not one… but 2 Iantos! So of course I bought them both. (Yeah, could you have resisted? Really?) More about them later in the trip.

That evening I got a call from the concierge desk. A suitcase had been delivered from the airport. Our suitcase. Huzzah!



So Cardiff Part II is here: http://coffee-n-retcon.livejournal.com/3997.html

2nd Nov, 2009

johnlock

fic- More Than Ch 12: Heartbroken


Title – More Than
Chapter 12: Heartbroken
Author – coffee_n_retcon
Rating – T
Characters – Ianto/Jack, Ten, Tardis
Length – 2400 words
Summary – On Day Four Jack Harkness’ world crumbled. Six months later he gave up and ran. Now he's back with the Doctor, and together they discover something better, something More Than their wildest dreams.
Spoilers – Any and all, COE
Disclaimer – C'mon, if they were mine I'd take better care of them and feed them lattes and chocolate.

 

 

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15th Oct, 2009

johnlock

fic- More Than ch 11: Patient


Title – More Than
Chapter 11: Patient
Author – coffee_n_retcon
Rating – T
Characters – Ianto/Jack, Ten, Tardis
Length – 2500 words
Summary – On Day Four Jack Harkness’ world crumbled. Six months later he gave up and ran. Now he's back with the Doctor, and together they discover something better, something More Than their wildest dreams.
Spoilers – Any and all, COE
Disclaimer – C'mon, if they were mine I'd take better care of them and feed them lattes and chocolate

 

 

 

 

 

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22nd Sep, 2009

johnlock

fic- More Than ch 10: Spoken For


Title – More Than
Chapter 10: Spoken For
Author – coffee_n_retcon
Rating – T
Characters – Ianto/Jack, Ten, Tardis
Length – 2600 words
Summary – On Day Four Jack Harkness’ world crumbled. Six months later he gave up and ran. Now he's back with the Doctor, and together they discover something better, something More Than their wildest dreams.
Spoilers – Any and all, COE
Disclaimer – C'mon, if they were mine I'd take better care of them and feed them lattes and chocolate.


 

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18th Sep, 2009

johnlock

fic- More Than ch 9: Capable


Title – More Than
Chapter 9: Capable
Author – coffee_n_retcon
Rating – T
Characters – Ianto/Jack, Ten, Tardis
Length – 1000 words
Summary – On Day Four Jack Harkness’ world crumbled. Six months later he gave up and ran. Now he's back with the Doctor, and together they discover something better, something More Than their wildest dreams.
Spoilers – Any and all, COE
Disclaimer – C'mon, if they were mine I'd take better care of them and feed them lattes and chocolate.

 

 

 

 

 


 

 

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24th Aug, 2009

johnlock

fic- More Than ch 8: Worthy

Title – More Than
Chapter 8: Worthy
Author – coffee_n_retcon
Rating – T
Characters – Ianto/Jack, Ten, Tardis
Length – 2900 words
Summary – On Day Four Jack Harkness’ world crumbled. Six months later he gave up and ran. Now he's back with the Doctor, and together they discover something better, something More Than their wildest dreams.
Spoilers – Any and all, COE
Disclaimer – C'mon, if they were mine I'd take better care of them and feed them lattes and chocolate.



 

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13th Aug, 2009

johnlock

fic- More Than ch 7: Ready


Title – More Than
Chapter 7:  Ready
Author – coffee_n_retcon
Rating – T
Characters – Ianto/Jack, Ten, Tardis
Length – 1800 words
Summary – On Day Four Jack Harkness’ world crumbled. Six months later he gave up and ran. Now he's back with the Doctor, and together they discover something better, something More Than their wildest dreams.
Spoilers – Any and all, COE
Disclaimer – C'mon, if they were mine I'd take better care of them and feed them lattes and chocolate.

 

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6th Aug, 2009

johnlock

fic- More Than Ch 6: Unexpected


Title – More Than
Chapter 6:  Unexpected
Author – coffee_n_retcon
Rating – T
Characters – Ianto/Jack, Ten, Tardis
Length – 1850 words
Summary – On Day Four Jack Harkness’ world crumbled. Six months later he gave up and ran. Now he's back with the Doctor, and together they discover something better, something More Than their wildest dreams.
Spoilers – Any and all, COE
Disclaimer – C'mon, if they were mine I'd take better care of them and feed them lattes and chocolate.

 


 

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27th Jul, 2009

johnlock

fic- More Than ch 5: Anxious


Title – More Than
Chapter 5:  Anxious
Author – coffee_n_retcon
Rating – T
Characters – Ianto/Jack, Ten, Tardis
Length – 2000 words
Summary – On Day Four Jack Harkness’ world crumbled. Six months later he gave up and ran. Now he's back with the Doctor, and together they discover something better, something More Than their wildest dreams.
Spoilers – Any and all, COE
Disclaimer – C'mon, if they were mine I'd take better care of them and feed them lattes and chocolate.

 

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