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Postby notlistening » Fri Oct 03, 2003 4:23 pm

samaranth and all others, thanks for your reports about the convention! Was great to hear about and yes please, we want more.<BR><BR>Funny to think of Haldir being in platform shoes!! <BR><BR>keep up the good work.<BR><BR>nl
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Postby Lantherien » Thu Oct 09, 2003 1:19 am

Many thanks Samantha. Okay this is for Sydney Siders even newcastle people if interested. Myself and a couple of mates are looking at renting out a gold Cinima on the 26th or 27th for ROTK. Anybody intrested in going in with us?
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Postby samaranth » Sun Oct 12, 2003 5:31 am

Hi again Lantherion. I would be interested in the cinema idea, but I can't be definite about it, at this stage. I'll let you know asap.<BR><BR>Here is the rest of my Canberra account - again, please excuse the length, and also the delay in putting it up here.<BR><BR>The next guest was <b>Ben Wootten</b> from WETA. He was a geek, pure and unadulterated, a really sweet guy (with an unusual taste in shirts.) WETA were responsible for the design of the creatures, weapons, armour and makeup, and Ben had been primarily involved in the development of the Uruk Hai and also the Balrog (which he described as ‘*the* coolest creature’).<BR><BR>He described for us the design process for the armour of the Uruk Hai, the way they researched historical besieges of castles, the addition of the spike to the end of the UH sword to pull riders off their horses. They had spent months and months designing, drawing, maquing them up, then John Howe (described by Ben as ‘my hero’) turned up and decided it was all unworkable, so they started all over again. They tried to follow the ‘keep it simple’ principle, and also tried to play up the mechanical nature of it, to practically demonstrate Saruman’s vision of industrialisation.<BR><BR>Ben had read the books years before the movie (I get the feeling that a selection criterion for working at WETA was to be a total Tolkien nut.) And in the design they referred to the books (all the books) over and over and over again. However, although providing minute detail in some respects, Tolkien left quite a few glaring gaps. For example, the colour of Legolas’s hair. (<i>hum of agreement from the audience…</i>).<BR><BR>His passion for the project, his admiration for Peter Jackson, his respect for his colleagues at WETA – were absolutely infectious. Ben said he was just in the right place at the right time, working at WETA when it was still a relatively small concern. Nowadays people submit their CVs in the hope that they will be able to work there too, he looks at this and is just overawed by the level of skill and experiences by those that they turn away!<BR><BR><b>Bruce Hopkins</b> (‘that’s <A TARGET="_blank" HREF="http://www.Bruce-Hopkins.com">www.Bruce-Hopkins.com</A>’) is a really nice guy. Like a big kid, really. He bounced up to the stage with an old bag, which he threw down on the ground. Then he had us standing up and whacking our thighs to replicate horse-galloping noises, with him facing forwards too at the head – this was actually a pretty effective imitation of the Rohan charge at the Pelennor Fields. Of course the fact that we were all laughing fit to kill rather detracted from the atmosphere.<BR><BR>He then proceeded to rifle around in that bag, and then pull off his shirt. In quick succession he changed into the 5 different T shirts that we’ve already described.<BR><BR>Bruce had originally done the ‘generic’ audition. When they rang him and asked ‘are you available’ he laughed and said ‘Are you kidding? I’m an actor in New Zealand!’ The part was initially just for 6 days, but it grew and grew. Disposing of Hama the way they did, there was suddenly an opening for a trusty sidekick, one to whom Theodon could voice his thoughts so that the audience could understand what was going on. So he kept getting additional calls, Phillipa Boyens kept writing little bits for him to do in a scene, and suddenly he was filming Helm’s Deep along with everyone else.<BR><BR>But having got to this point it occurred to them to ask ‘Oh, and by the way, can you ride?’<BR><BR>No.<BR><BR>He, Karl Urban and Hama then went to riding school together, and he ended up confident enough to gallop around through a forest. ‘This job’, he said ‘has been a succession of bonuses, a really life-changing experience.’ He sometimes couldn’t believe his luck – not just meeting all these amazing people, but working with them. ‘And the ride just continues…’<BR><BR>The only almost-serious mishap he had was in the filming of Helm’s Deep, when the Uruks break through the gate, there was such a crush of bodies and limbs going everywhere that somehow his sword was thrust up and it cut Bernard Hill’s ear. Quite badly too. Theoden bravely fought on until the end of the scene (blood streaming under his hair), and then quietly slipped out to the hospital to have the cut stitched. Bruce was mortified, even though there was no way he could be held to blame.<BR><BR>And then it was time for <b>Craig Parker</b>. A collective sigh went up from around the room. That might have been due to the length of time we’d been sitting still. And then and again it may not.<BR><BR>He knows the colour of Legolas’s hair – it’s Clairol number 234B. He can just see the Elves sitting round, with their rubber gloves on, massaging the lotion right down to the scalp! (Munching lembas all the while.)<BR><BR>He is an incredibly funny man. And so much of the way he communicates is not in words, but in his gestures, in the way he moves, in his wicked grin. He told a lot of stories about things that had happened to him, and they were hysterical. I had tears streaming down my face.<BR><BR>For example, the whistling tree frogs. He bought a house, and then started to landscape the little garden. He thought it would be nice to have some wildlife so he bought 7 whistling tree frogs and set them loose. Everyone advised him that they wouldn’t survive, it wasn’t their usual habitat, the cats would get them. But he said ‘no, no, they will be fine, look at this lovely garden which is all theirs to frolic in!’<BR><BR>After the winter he heard the first sound of a whistling tree frog. (<i>gave imitation of sound</i> ) It sounded pretty cheerful, and Craig waited and waited, presuming the others were just slower waking up. By the end of the summer it was painfully obvious that there was just 1 little frog left alive out there, and he was all alone. No one to share close moments with, no one to ask ‘how was your day, dear?’ I had the impression that Craig would spend a lot of time in his garden, talking to the frog to try and ease its loneliness.<BR><BR>He was asked what Haldir was feeling when Aragorn hugs him at Helm’s Deep. To which he gave an amazing outline of all the activities that Aragorn had been involved with since leaving Bree – ‘running, running – sweating; running, running, fighting – more sweating’. He didn’t miss a location! Then he re-enacted the hug from Haldir’s point of view, with appropriate facial expressions and squeaky ‘eww’ noises.<BR><BR>And yet, when asked about his death he gave a remarkably serious and intelligent response about the passing of the Elves, and the sadness in their fading. <BR><BR>The hour just flew past!<BR><BR>The Banquet/dinner was held that evening. The food was adequate, the service was terrible, but it was still a fun night.<BR><BR>There had been an auction of two spots at each of the guests’ tables. The two ladies who’d been successful bidders at the Craig Parker table had paid a considerable, dare I say substantial sum of money for the privilege of sitting next to him. One of them then succeeded in embarrassing him into (almost) speechlessness by presenting a plaque inscribed with words of encouragement and support from over 100 of his fans (who had signed a little scroll thingie). He dealt with it all very well, although he started sneezing a lot.<BR><BR>After the meal, and a few little speeches the band started up, and Gamling was there like a shot. A dancer in a former career incarnation, he was very good. Very boppy. Within seconds lotrgrrrl was up with him, closely followed by a whole bunch of others. Purrlin and I preferred observing from the table – we were very busy casting aspersions on the choice of music. Very bad 70s disco stuff - bad then and it’s still bad now. Plus we had a little bit of competition from the wedding party next do whose musical repertoire featured much Frank Sinatra, and, Elvis.<BR><BR>Lotrgrrrl taught Gamling the Nut Bush City Limits dance, which ended up being a mass production number with just about everyone dancing. It was all very enjoyable. And the music did improve – by the end of the evening it had made its way all the way to the 90s. <img src="http://www.tolkienonline.com/mb/i/expressions/face-icon-small-rolleyes.gif"border=0><BR><BR>And that’s about it from me! <img src="http://www.tolkienonline.com/mb/i/expressions/face-icon-small-smile.gif"border=0><BR>
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Postby Novice » Mon Oct 13, 2003 9:44 pm

Aaaahhhhh! Samaranth! <img src="http://www.tolkienonline.com/mb/i/expressions/face-icon-small-happy.gif"border=0> <img src="http://www.tolkienonline.com/mb/i/expressions/face-icon-small-happy.gif"border=0> Priceless report! Loved it all!<BR><BR>Lantherien, I'm a Melbournite, otherwise I'd go to the movies with you. <img src="http://www.tolkienonline.com/mb/i/expressions/face-icon-small-smile.gif"border=0>
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Postby mytherielle » Wed Oct 15, 2003 11:31 pm

samaranth - thanks! that was a great report...<BR><BR>lantherien - sorry, i'll be out of sydney over Christmas (rellies - you know the deal). were you thinking Mac centre?
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Postby Nessamelda » Sun Oct 26, 2003 9:10 pm

Apologies all, but for various personal reasons (unavoidable changes of family holiday plans mainly) I am now going to be unable to attend the Aussiemoot in January. Which, having been to the last one, and had an enjoyable dinner with some of the London Torcers recently is a bit of a disappointment - it's fun to catch up with people this way. I hope those of you who are going have fun - I'll be jealously thinking of you!
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Postby notlistening » Mon Oct 27, 2003 12:49 am

Lantherien, Myself and 2 friends are hoping to do Gold class on the 27th at the Mac Centre. Is that what you were going to book? We could be pursuaded to join you!<BR><BR>Sam, thanks for the reports!<BR><BR>Has a weekend been picked for the Sydney moot thing or have I been asleep for a very long time?<BR><BR>talk to you all soon!<BR><BR>love<BR>nl
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Postby samaranth » Tue Oct 28, 2003 5:44 am

Nessamelda, I'm sorry that you won't be able to make it to Sydney in January. It would have been great to have a reunion of the Melbourne mooters.<BR><BR>notlistening, I think the date is 10-11 January, by a slim majority. But I'm not sure if lotrgrrrl has heard anymore from anyone else on this.<BR><BR>I guess we should think about making some arrangements soon, shouldn't we?<BR><BR><img src="http://www.tolkienonline.com/mb/i/expressions/face-icon-small-smile.gif"border=0>
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Postby notlistening » Wed Oct 29, 2003 1:39 am

10-11 Jan is good for me. I am shooting a wedding on the friday so watching 9 hrs of LOTR will be a fab way to unwind and rest my weary feet and right index finger!<BR><BR>I have a fold out bed if anyone needs a bed for the weekend but I am a little way away from Coogee.<BR><BR>see you all very soon!! should I wear my TORC shirt or is that a bit dorky?<BR><BR>not long until the TTT SE is out! Yah!<BR><BR>nl
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Postby Tinewen » Wed Oct 29, 2003 5:44 am

Nessamelda, what a shame about the Sydney get together. <img src="http://www.tolkienonline.com/mb/i/expressions/face-icon-small-sad.gif"border=0> If you are interested in seeing the film with a fellow TORCer, I could arrange to be in Adelaide some time in January. <img src="http://www.tolkienonline.com/mb/i/expressions/face-icon-small-smile.gif"border=0> <BR><BR>I am actually going to see it on the 26th December, at the Marion complex (I'm hoping to get tickets to the first screening that day.) Do you have any plans for this date? If you would like to catch up and see ROTK either on the 26th or in January, perhaps you could email me and we could organise something. <img src="http://www.tolkienonline.com/mb/i/expressions/face-icon-small-smile.gif"border=0> It would be lovely to see you again. <BR><BR>notlistening, I was thinking of getting a TORC t-shirt too. We could be dorky together! <img src="http://www.tolkienonline.com/mb/i/expressions/face-icon-small-happy.gif"border=0> <BR><BR>Tin<BR><BR>
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Postby Nessamelda » Thu Oct 30, 2003 5:05 pm

Tin - you know that Marion is screening the extended versions of Fellowship and Two Towers (including double-headers on the 23 and 24 Dec)? (also available at Greater Union GEORGE STREET, SYDNEY, MACQUARIE, INDOOROOPILLY, GARDEN CITY, INNALOO. - I don't know whether any other chains are doing this. And I'm looking to book tickets for myself and my husband for the 26th too.
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Postby notlistening » Wed Nov 19, 2003 12:10 am

Hey all,<BR><BR>Hope you have your TTT SE's now and have watched them. I'm still on disc one but working on it.<BR><BR>Is there any more news on the mooting?<BR><BR>nl
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Postby tinderbox » Thu Nov 20, 2003 5:14 am

At the risk of looking like a self-promoter, this might be of interest to Australian Ringers who attended the BoBW convention in September - <A TARGET="_blank" HREF="http://www.theonering.net/perl/newsview/8/1069329876">http://www.theonering.net/perl/newsview/8/1069329876</A><BR><BR>tinderbox
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Postby lotrgrrrl » Thu Dec 04, 2003 11:37 pm

Hello all! I know I haven't appeared in here in some time (for a combination of reasons including RL and being slow to put together my own belated convention report). Unfortunately, on the report side of things I'm unable to put anything up at the present time as my own computer, on which the document is stored, has decided to be unco-operative of late (please don't throw rocks at me).<BR><BR>Speaking of the convention:<BR><b>tinderbox</b> - promote away! I certainly found it an interesting read, but wish to restate my claim to fame: that I had to teach Bruce the steps to Nutbush City Limits (and him a professional dancer...) <img src="http://www.tolkienonline.com/mb/i/expressions/face-icon-small-happy.gif"border=0><BR><BR>As for the next lotr convention, it is on March 13th & 14th (see <A TARGET="_blank" HREF="http://www.bobw.com.au for">www.bobw.com.au for</A> further information). Hopefully more of you can attend this one <img src="http://www.tolkienonline.com/mb/i/expressions/face-icon-small-smile.gif"border=0><BR><BR><b>notlistening</b> - I've certainly been enjoying mine! I am yet to work my way through all the commentaries (have started the cast one, is all).<BR><BR>But on with Moot business...<BR><BR>Sorry to hear that you cannot make it <b>Nessamelda</b>.<BR><BR>I know this must be a busy time for all (as Christmas usually is), but I was hoping we could start to get some more things cemented in place.<BR><BR>Firstly, I am assuming that the dates of the 10th & 11th of January for the Moot are final. Please protest now, or forever hold your peace.<BR><BR>I've been flicking through the past pages, and have compiled a small list of information that I thought I'd whack up in the first post once running it by everyone. Please correct me on anything I have wrong, or let me know if I've forgotten you entirely...<BR><b>People attending the moot:</b><BR><UL><li>notlistening - willing to help organise<BR><li>Lantherien - willing to help organise<BR><li>samaranth - willing to help organise. Can provide a location & equipment for DVD viewing.<BR><li>Tinewen<BR><li>Novice<BR><li>Scirocco - can provide DVD's for viewing</UL><BR><BR><b>Accommodation:</b> (again, any further or correct information would be appreciated)<BR>Every TORCer is responsible for finding their own accommodation.<BR><b>notlistening</b>(?) (located in North Ryde) has offered the use of her campbed for one lucky person.<BR>Other TORCers are planning on renting some serviced apartments in Coogee.<BR>((Novice - how definite is this? Has anyone made any bookings? Are these the Medina Apartments people were planing on?))<BR><BR><b>What we're doing:</b> (here's where lots of input would be great. Jump up and down & scream out what you want to do, when you want to do it, and where you want to do it. Also, is Friday night of interest to people, or rest ready for the weekend a preferred idea?)<BR><UL><li>possibly dining and quaffing fine ale of an evening (in a restaurant at Coogee?)<BR><li>talking over coffee (again, in coogee?)<BR><li>watching FotR & TTT (extended editions, of course) on DVD (at Samaranth's, yes? There was also talk of doing this <i>in</i> one of the apartments...)<BR><li>viewing RotK<BR><BR>In relation to the latter, if many TORCers are based in Coogee, there is the Hoyts cinemas at Fox Studios near there where we have the choice of normal viewings or La Premiere.<BR><BR>Details of La Premiere are as follows:<BR><i>La Premiere is the ultimate indulgence at an affordable price. Ticket holders can relax in an exclusive lounge with complimentary coffee, tea, soft drinks and popcorn. <BR><BR>You can also purchase specially selected wines and cheese platters from the Gallery Bar. All of which can be enjoyed inside the cinema (which is something else again). <BR><BR>Each La Premiere area is within a Cinemaxx auditorium offering an unsurpassed movie experience with Super Screens for maximum impact, and stadium seating giving unobstructed views from your luxurious private custom made sofa seat for two. <BR><BR>The experience is topped off with crystal clear digital surround sound. La Premiere is the perfect indulgence for you or someone special.</i><BR>(taken from <A TARGET="_blank" HREF="http://hoyts.ninemsn.com.au/cinema/lapremiere.asp?cid=2SHO">http://hoyts.ninemsn.com.au/cinema/lapremiere.asp?cid=2SHO</A> )<BR>They have a phone number that can be called to make reservations, which would be a good thing. I was trolling the net, however, and so far they only have screening times for RotK up for December, so possibly reservations cannot be made until January.<BR>Either way, before reservations are made it would be good to know: Do people want La Premiere screening or is regular cinema going preferred? Confirmed numbers would also be good.<BR>Those interested in the cost of La Premiere, since we've scheduled the Moot for a weekend, then ticket prices are $30 (according to the recorded voice at the end of their phoneline). If we make a group reservation however, we <i>may</i> be able to wangle a bit of a group discount.
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Postby notlistening » Mon Dec 08, 2003 2:50 am

Yes someone is certainly okay to stay at my place. My lounge folds out into a double bed, so I could take two who would need to be fond of each other.<BR><BR>Dinner sounds good (I don't drink so I can drive some 3/4 home afterwards) Coffee is always a good idea. Watching of all 3 is a great idea.<BR><BR>I am booking my gold class ticket at Macquarie on thursday (11) so if we want to get premeiere tickets at Hoyts someone will need to get them as soon as they become available. I think they get snatched up pretty fast.<BR><BR>I am asking for the saturday (10th) off but not sure if I can get the 11th off as well. Depends on availability of other staff members.<BR><BR>looking forward to meeting you all. How will we recognise each other?<BR>A rose in a copy of LOTR?<img src="http://www.tolkienonline.com/mb/i/expressions/face-icon-small-smile.gif"border=0><img src="http://www.tolkienonline.com/mb/i/expressions/face-icon-small-smile.gif"border=0><img src="http://www.tolkienonline.com/mb/i/expressions/face-icon-small-smile.gif"border=0>:<BR><BR>nl
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Postby Novice » Wed Dec 10, 2003 6:07 pm

I haven't made bookings at the Medina....will contact Samaranth and Tinawen and see what their plans are. Might also give Scirocco a nudge. <img src="http://www.tolkienonline.com/mb/i/expressions/face-icon-small-smile.gif"border=0><BR><BR>I should also advise that I'm still not completely certain that I'll be able to make it -- money is tight, and I've got two school age kids to organise. But I'm committed to trying! <img src="http://www.tolkienonline.com/mb/i/expressions/face-icon-small-happy.gif"border=0><BR><BR>Re: cinema, I think an ordinary old cinema would be just fine -- the screen at La Premiere isn't as large as the standard. This year I couldn't make advance bookings...had to go in and hand over the money for tickets a week before the event and was reimbursed by everyone when they arrived in Melbourne.<BR><BR>If you find that you can't make bookings without handing over the cash, will you feel comfortable about that?
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Postby samaranth » Wed Dec 10, 2003 10:18 pm

<img src="http://www.tolkienonline.com/mb/i/expressions/face-icon-small-happy.gif"border=0> Greetings from New York. <img src="http://www.tolkienonline.com/mb/i/expressions/face-icon-small-happy.gif"border=0><BR><BR>But I'll be home in time for the Oz moot, and so count me in. Tinewen I know has been having some computer problems - I'll try emailing her at work, Novice, to see what her plans are.<BR><BR>As for booking the place at Coogee, we/you may need to get our skates on for that, given that it's only a couple of weeks away.<BR><BR>Hi lotrgrrrl, I was wondering where you had disappeared to! It's good to see you again.<BR><BR>Thanks for the link to your BOBW report, tinderbox. Both Lotrgrrrl and were there too and I'd have to agree that it was a very interesting couple of days.<BR><BR>(Novice, your tag line is very distressing, I hope you really aren't forlorn, abandoned and alone <img src="http://www.tolkienonline.com/mb/i/expressions/face-icon-small-sad.gif"border=0> )
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Postby notlistening » Fri Dec 12, 2003 3:36 am

samaranth! Have fun at the Gathering. We wants to hear all about it! and see pictures at the Aussie moot!<BR><BR>Yah! I have my gold class ticket now! Have to wait until the 28th but will do so in luxury!<BR><BR>see you all on the 10th!<BR><BR>nl
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Postby lotrgrrrl » Mon Dec 15, 2003 2:57 pm

If people prefer regular cinematic viewing to La Premiere, I'm fine with that (hey, more money to spend at the March BOBW convention <img src="http://www.tolkienonline.com/mb/i/expressions/face-icon-small-wink.gif"border=0> ). Hoyts regular cinemas are usually a very good viewing experience anyway, with their new chairs (that you can really feel the bass in). Plus, that means we can sit in a long line instead of pairing up into booths at La Premiere.<BR><BR>I shall look into booking some tickets for regular cinema viewing then?<BR><BR><b>Novice</b> - hope that you will be able to make it!<BR>Regarding tickets - hopefully cash in advance won't be necessary, mainly because even though I'd be prepared to do that, I'm not in Sydney, so that could be rather difficult. But one doesn't know these things until you ask, so I guess it's a wait and see game...<BR><BR><b>notlistening</b> - Well, I've usually got a copy of lotr somewhere on me or not far from me... but I'm actually planning on putting together an "identify me" shirt at one of the places I work for myself to wear, which will include the text 'TORC' and 'lotrgrrrl' on the back. I was considering the idea of a red ribbon around the left wrist or something... that way if you get lost in a crowd you just raise your hand until someone else from the Moot notices & raises theirs - easy locating device <img src="http://www.tolkienonline.com/mb/i/expressions/face-icon-small-smile.gif"border=0><BR><BR>If you've got your ticket booked for the 28th I'm guessing you're going to be avoiding TORC for a while. I know I'm going to be hard to find on here after the 18th. I've got two tickets booked for the 26th - one for the first screening that day, and one for the last!<BR><BR><b>samaranth</b> - glad to hear you're planing on coming back in time <img src="http://www.tolkienonline.com/mb/i/expressions/face-icon-small-smile.gif"border=0>
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Postby scirocco » Tue Dec 16, 2003 6:31 am

Hi everyone! Just wanted to let you know that I'm definitely going to be there. At the moment I'm intending to stay in Coogee or somewhere nearby.<BR><BR>I'll probably get to Sydney on the Wed or Thurs and spend a day or two sightseeing before the weekend. Hope to see lots of you all there.<BR><BR>I've got a TORC t-shirt so will probably wear that to be recognised... <img src="http://www.tolkienonline.com/mb/i/expressions/face-icon-small-smile.gif"border=0>
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Postby Novice » Tue Dec 16, 2003 5:33 pm

Regretably, I won't be there. <img src="http://www.tolkienonline.com/mb/i/expressions/face-icon-small-sad.gif"border=0><BR><BR>Having consulted our bank account and after much argument to and fro attempting to find some means of justifying the trip, I've come to the unavoidable decision that it would be prudent not to go into further hock for the purposes of self-gratification.<BR><BR>Have a wonderful time, everyone!<BR><BR>I'll be fine...truly <img src="http://www.tolkienonline.com/mb/i/expressions/face-icon-small-crying.gif"border=0> <img src="http://www.tolkienonline.com/mb/i/expressions/face-icon-small-crying.gif"border=0> <img src="http://www.tolkienonline.com/mb/i/expressions/face-icon-small-crying.gif"border=0>
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Postby lotrgrrrl » Wed Dec 17, 2003 12:24 am

<b>Novice</b> - I'm really sorry to hear that <img src="http://www.tolkienonline.com/mb/i/expressions/face-icon-small-sad.gif"border=0> I hope you still enjoy that weekend, however you spend it.<BR><BR><b>scirocco</b> - glad to hear you're able to make it! <img src="http://www.tolkienonline.com/mb/i/expressions/face-icon-small-happy.gif"border=0> (yay! After having people unable to make it I was beginning to fret that I'd end up being the only one there).<BR><BR><BR>I checked the hoyts webpage again, but still no times up for the new year, so I'm guessing we've got till Jan 1st to choose which day & time (and at what sort of cinema) we wish to see RotK.<BR><BR>Will whack some more info into the first post.
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Postby notlistening » Thu Dec 18, 2003 1:28 am

scirocco, if you wear your Torc shirt, I'll wear mine. I don't have my name on the back. Maybe I should consider that....<BR><BR>Novice, sorry to hear that you can't be there<img src="http://www.tolkienonline.com/mb/i/expressions/face-icon-small-sad.gif"border=0> We will miss you!<BR><BR>lotrgrrrl, thanks for all the news.<BR><BR>see you all very soon!!!<BR><BR>Merry Christmas if I don't see you round the boards. Have great first viewings and don't forget those tissiues!<BR><BR>nl<BR>
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Postby Tinewen » Thu Jan 01, 2004 4:20 pm

Hi - I am just stopping by to let you know that sadly I cannot come to Sydney next week. I am very sorry for the late notice but I have had serious trouble with my car and have just had to spend a lot of money on it to fix it. So there goes the money I had set aside to go to Sydney.<img src="http://www.tolkienonline.com/mb/i/expressions/face-icon-small-sad.gif"border=0> I hope those of you still going have a wonderful time and enjoy watching the films together. I will be thinking of you. <img src="http://www.tolkienonline.com/mb/i/expressions/face-icon-small-smile.gif"border=0><BR><BR>Tin
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Postby lotrgrrrl » Fri Jan 02, 2004 5:42 pm

Sorry to hear that you can't make it <b>Tinewen</b> <img src="http://www.tolkienonline.com/mb/i/expressions/face-icon-small-sad.gif"border=0> Don't worry about the late notice - it's not like we're standing in SYdney going "Where's Tinewen?".<BR><BR>RotK screenings at Fox Studios are still not yet up for 10th & 11th - only up til the 7th. However there still seem to be lot of sessions on (9.30am, 11.15am, 12.15pm, 1.25pm, 3.15pm, 4.15pm, 4.45pm, 5.15pm, 7.30pm, 8.15pm, 8.45pm, 9.15pm), so hopefully tickets (even on the day) shouldn't be too hard to obtain. Will still try and book beforehand if possible.<BR><BR>I thought I'd propose a rough outline of events and activities, so people can get an idea of where they'll be at what times. Feel free to contest anything you find inconvenient or unsuitable.<BR><BR>Meet in a cafe in Coogee (specific one yet to be selected, and it's location stated) at <b>10am Saturday morning</b>. Have coffee, talk. Proceed from cafe to Samaranth's (at Glebe). Watch FotR & TTT extended editions.<BR>Lunch? - either pop down the street for something during viewings, order something in, or just see what people feel like doing at the time.<BR>Relocate to nearby Darling Harbour after viewings for touristy fun and/or shopping & dinner. Quaff fine ale and talk lotr until well into the night (or we're sick of each others' company).<BR><BR><b>Sunday</b>: RotK viewing of the morning at <b>Fox Studios</b>, normal cinema screening. Exact time dependent upon screening times, but probably start about 11.<BR>Lunch at Coogee.<BR>Kill time (perhaps a trip to the beach to build hobbit-holes in the sand? <img src="http://www.tolkienonline.com/mb/i/expressions/face-icon-small-tongue.gif"border=0> ).<BR>Dinner at Coogee.<BR>
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Postby scirocco » Fri Jan 02, 2004 8:23 pm

Sorry you can't make it, <b>Tinewen.</b><BR><BR>Sounds good, <b>lotrgrrrl</b>. Sorry for the extremely touristy theme, but I want to do the Harbour Bridge climb! (I can do that on my own, though.)<BR><BR>Don't forget how long the EE DVD's are. <img src="http://www.tolkienonline.com/mb/i/expressions/face-icon-small-smile.gif"border=0> I think we'll have to skip all the "making ofs" or we'll be in front of the TV all day!<BR><BR>I'll have to skip dinner on Sunday as I fly back west at 5:15.<BR><BR>(lotrgrrrl, please check your email.)
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Postby notlistening » Sat Jan 03, 2004 4:42 pm

lotrgrrrl, that sounds like an excellent plan. I am still waiting for my roster to go up so I am not sure as yet what I will be able to attend with you during the day. I should know later today.<BR><BR>my phone number here is 02 9877 1706 in case anyone needs to get in contact with me. I rarely have my mobile on but it is 0410526865.<BR><BR>looking forward to seeing you all next weekend.<BR><BR>nl<BR>
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Postby samaranth » Sun Jan 04, 2004 4:32 am

I’m back! And just in time too, by the looks of things. <img src="http://www.tolkienonline.com/mb/i/expressions/face-icon-small-smile.gif"border=0><BR><BR>The program looks fine, lotr_grrrl! I’m looking forward to meeting up with everyone, and eating/talking/drinking coffee/watching movies/showing visitors around Sydney!<BR><BR>I’m busy researching the Coogee café situation, and will get back to you asap with details. <BR><BR>I should warn you – our house is tiny, and our TV is not the hugest. But the welcome will be very warm. <img src="http://www.tolkienonline.com/mb/i/expressions/face-icon-small-happy.gif"border=0><BR><BR><BR>Tin and Novice, I’m really, really sorry that you aren’t able to come to Sydney – you will be sorely missed. <img src="http://www.tolkienonline.com/mb/i/expressions/face-icon-small-sad.gif"border=0><BR>
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Postby lotrgrrrl » Sun Jan 04, 2004 4:35 am

Thanks for the email <b>scirocco</b>, and thanks <b>notlistening</b> for putting your contact details up (also, look out for an email from me!).<BR><BR>Hope work won't be keeping you from us too long over the weekend, nl! Let us know, anyway <img src="http://www.tolkienonline.com/mb/i/expressions/face-icon-small-smile.gif"border=0><BR><BR>RotK screening times still not up for any day past the 7th. Will keep checking. No restaurant yet picked for Coogee. Should hopefully have something up by Wednesday night so everyone will have time to read it and know whats happening.<BR>Am getting my TORC shirt made. Will post up what I'll be wearing in detail so I can be found relatively easily. Or may perhaps opt for email so the whole world doesn't know (*snort* - I'm kidding myself thinking other people are going to be interested in reading this thread, aren't I?)<BR>meh.<BR><BR>Looking forward to the weekend!<BR><BR>edit: Hey there Samaranth! Thanks for the cafe research! I talked briefly to my friend today but did not particularly get around to cafe details as she was rather preoccupied with guests.<BR>A warm welcome and lord of the rings.. what more oculd we ask for?! <img src="http://www.tolkienonline.com/mb/i/expressions/face-icon-small-happy.gif"border=0>
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Postby notlistening » Mon Jan 05, 2004 1:10 am

Hey all!<BR><BR>I have seen my roster and I have the weekend off (unless somebody gets sick! fingers crossed) I can do all the nice shiny Torcy things. I will wear my torc shirt but may have to take it off later as it has 3/4 sleeves and I hear it's going to be a warm weeekend!<BR><BR>Thanks for your home Sam! Very kinds of you!<BR><BR>So looking forward to meeting all of you and learning real names!!<BR><BR>love<BR>nl
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