Picture: the beginning of dusk in the middle of London (safe setting, thus).
Bloke throws a walk-by street harrasment and a little jeer at my friend and I.
Little did he know we are both raging feminists who have been on actual panels about this shit.Little did he expect we would take up pursuit and return the favour.
First he jeered. Then he raged. Towards the end, he got scared. We never touched him. Only asked him about why he felt that was appropriate and peppered his own words back at him, from Leicester Sq all the way up to Goodge St. “Go on, mate, you wanted our attention, didn’t you? Now you have it. Now back to “I’ve been doing this for ten years to women, none of them ever behaved like you bitches” - why do you think that is? Hey, sugartits (which is what he called us initially), I’m talking to you, don’t be rude now.“
Last night after walking down Regent Street and marvelling at the Christmas lights and how very much I love London(which happens anytime I walk around central London), I sat waiting in Leicester Sq. Me and my Hufflepuff fellow @andyouknowitis were off to see the midnight showing of ‘Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them’.
After a little while, the scarves began to emerge. A girl sat down next to me wearing a Slytherin scarf. Later replaced by a girl in a Ravenclaw scarf. Two Gryffindors came up to me and went ‘Would you mind taking a picture of us? We saw you and thought ‘She’s wearing a Hufflepuff scarf, we’ll ask her’. Me and the two girls got chatting about fandom and the excitement for the movie and they wandered off. I sat back down and then two girls in robes walked by and grinned at me.
A guy dressed as Newt walked by and jokingly cursed a group of people, more friends in scarves began to appear, wands came out, hugs were had. The cinema was crowded, full of posters and people squealing over them. In the very long queue for food, one guy found out how long the adverts were and I asked whether he was a Ravenclaw, turned out he was.
Eventually we all found our seats, shuffling around in the dark trying to place drinks and popcorn, balancing the IMAX glasses and jostling for space. The lights dimmed, the Warner Bros logo appeared on screen and we all cheered. Here we were, one big nerdy family in the middle of the night about to experience new wizarding world material.
The movie was brilliant, we all laughed a lot, we cheered and clapped and gasped. We marvelled at the beauty on screen and were so very aware of how much we just really bloody love magic.
It’s been nine years since the last book came out, back when most of us were in our teens and early twenties. And yet he we still are, smiling at the people in scarves and laughing in a movie theatre, nearly ten years on. Older and adulter but still very much in love with this fandom.
After the movie, we wandered off to House of Minalima, a place in Soho run by the people behind the art of Harry Potter. We got to talk to them and look at all the amazing things surrounded us. The creaky, wobbly old house imbued with magic whilst the drunken Muggles cavorted outside. It felt like the Leaky Cauldron, hidden away in London at 3am. We chatted to Potterheads, it’s London, you don’t talk to random people but with this, how could you not?
The world has been a bit rubbish of late, it’s terrifying and scary and a lot of unkind people seem to be winning. But we still have Harry Potter, we still have kindness and joy and excitement and magic. We need that, we revel in it and thankfully this fandom ain’t going anywhere. In ten years time I’d still like to be grinning at people in fandom scarves like we’re part of a secret society. We got this Potterheads, we ain’t going nowhere.
OK sadness kicking in. I will never see this poster popping off the screen in Leicester Sq in real life again. I need to get to work, I have a press conference to organise for Monday but instead, after the school run, I am now just laying on my bed having these increasingly melancholy thoughts about Monday night and how I was on the red carpet at the same time as Luca, Timothée, Armie and Esther and that might never happen again, either. I am having post red carpet blues. Never knew it was a thing. And that is not even taking into account the movie, the effects of which haven’t entirely sunk in yet either. Waaaaaaaaah.
Cillian Murphy last walked the red carpet in September 2014 at the Birmingham premiere of Peaky Blinders S2. It’s been so long… News today that he’ll be at the European premiere of In the Heart of the Sea at Leicester Sq London on December 2 (with Chris Hemsworth, Ron Howard and Tom Holland) !!!
omg ok so. THANKS TO BAD PLANNING FROM MISS BLANQUERA i was going down to london and catching a FIVE O’CLOCK IN THE MORNING train bc she said we weere going on a tour of london at 8 am. anyway turns out that was actually the day after and she wasn’t arriving in the uk until 9am. so here i am in london at 7am, walking down a p much deserted regent street, sitting in pret for an hour w a cup of tea and a phone charger, walking up to trafalgar square and the like. then i decided to go up to leicester square bc why not i had like 3 hours to kill. and i was sat down listening to hozier and seeing if tiffany had landed yet and this nice italian guy tapped me on the shoulder pointing to a map and i took my headphones out and he asked me where the fuck he was and i like showed him where he was like!!11 leicester square!! and he was really friendly and he was like ‘excuse me you look english’ and i was like well i am so thank u. anyway we continued talking and he told about that he was italian and i was like ..’nice’ but inside i was like ‘what is happening u r 2 cute 4 me’ and he told me to guess how old he was and i was like ‘uhhhhh 21′ and he was like ‘no 19!’ and he talked abt how he was going to university in milan next week and it was his first time in london but he wanted to come bc it is his dream to go to LSE and he wanted to imporove his english and i explained that i too am going to uni this month and i am from a tiny lil place in the countryside and it was nice:) then he asked me what i was doing in london and i said i was waiting for tiffany and i was like ‘WOAH FRIEND ON INTERNET SO COOL!!’ and so i talked to him about tiffany and he suggested that we could walk around a bit whilst waiting for her and i was like… yes pls ok.
so we went up to the national art gallery and looked at all the paintings and it was v nice and aesthetic but i was still lowkey like what is happening omg is this the real life. anyway we walked around and took selfies and talked and sat my the thames and talks and he was so so nice and we really got along and he kept saying ‘sorry for my bad english’ even though he was like fluent i was like its okkk. we were sat on a bench by the thames and it was q chilly with the wind and he put his arm around me for warmth and that was nice and :).
then we walked over the bridge and to houses of parliament/big ben etc and then he was like ‘lets go to a park’ so we went to st james’ park and sat on a bench like lowkey cuddling and then he asked me what music i was listening to when ini leicester sq and i was like ‘ummm hozier?’ and he was like ‘???’ and i was like ‘take me to church?’ and he was like ‘OHH! yes i know it!! play it for me’ so we shared headphones and i played the song and he kept asking me what the words were and so i replayed the song and then stopped after every line and relayed the words back to him bc he said it was hardest to understand songs and i was like maybe hozier isnt the best thing to listen to them and yh anyway. more cute stuff and then i like looked up at him and he kissed me and that was v nice rip. then we like continued walking and he took some pics with squirrels and then tiffany texted saying that she was there so he came w and we went on the tube and tried to find her hotel and we finally found it and i was rly happy and i hugged tiffany and then we all went for the cheekiest of nandos and then chilled the rest of the day. and the the next day i went on the bus tour w tiffany and it was cold but rly cute and happy and historical and :) !! then i saw him again just before i left and we went to st james’ again and rip i missed my train but it was nice and he kissed me good bye and he said ‘i will remember u’ and i was like rip and yh anyway…. this is long but… nice time in london yh
Sweet ✌🏻Alien: Covenant red carpet | Odeon Leicester Sq | London | 4 May 2017 Video thanks to Sasha Carpet Scenes @CarpetScenes ~ Tom Hardy signing autographs Alien: Covenant :: May 12 in the UK, May 19 in the US
Sooo! I was requested to do a post/fanaccount thingie from my point of view. I will add some extra things (but they are just for myself since I want to write them down). Here we go!
I arrived on Wednesday evening and just went straight to my hotel. The room was extremely modern and clean, but I found out my wifi was really bad. Every third message I sent just disappeared, and I got sooo frustrated! I couldn’t even update the page.
Suddenly a friend of mine (ELF meet up organizer) posted a photo on FB that she met Donghae. I went crazy since I couldn’t just walk out of my hotel and go after them x_x I was squealing and I felt even more excited than before. He was in the same city as I was ;__;
I still couldn’t believe I was travelling alone to a foreign country though. I spent my evening talking to other ELFs (just barely), and luckily managed to sleep although I didn’t want to. The next morning I woke up, did my things and decided to check out Leicester Square first.
When seeing the theatre itself I was like ‘omg, it’s gonna happen here’. I had never attended a kpop concert or an event like this before. I wasn’t even sure what to expect. I just went around, taking photos and killing time.
When I got bored, I went to use Burger King’s wifi and ended up meeting a friend ahead of scheduled time. We chatted for a while until even more ELFs appeared. When it was time to separate, me and my friend dragged ourselves to a restaurant called New China (where the ELF meet up lunch was going to happen).
The lunch was a success! It was fun talking to the others and finally actually USE English. The staff was also REALLY friendly. The waitress even took photos of us with my camera ^^ When that was over, our whole group went back to Leicester Sq and met others in front of M&M’s World. We just hung around after that, talked and got to know each other. We visited a few kpop shops (Seoul Bakery included) until it started getting dark.
Back at Odeon I went to see the friends who had my ticket, and got it. Banners were also being given out at that point. I got it too and decided to once again snap a few photos of the exterior.
Soon it was already nearing 6pm, so we decided to visit a cafe nearby and have a toilet break. When we came back, it didn’t take long until I got my D&E lightstick too. Then we were all let inside.
I could NOT believe it. I knew I we had front row seats, but actually seeing it and sitting on the seat.. It made me so happy ;; I don’t think I can ever explain the joy I get when I have front row.. The venue was nice since we got to move around and didn’t have to queue or fight to keep our places. We blew our balloons and switched our lightsticks on.
At that time a cameraman came and asked if he could interview us. He said 'this is going to be sent to SM’ and I was like omfg interview me, me me me, pls! In the end I even got to hold the mic. My hands started trembling because of the excitement XD We answered questions like where are we from and who are our favourites, and are we here just so see the boys.. It went well and now I’m just wondering if that clip is ever going to be aired somewhere? (or put on a dvd? documentary? idk!)
When we had calmed down a bit, the mini concert started. The venue turned blue, screams filled the air and we all looked to the back where the boys came from. I could not believe it was happening. They were real people, just like us, looking exactly the same and as beautiful in real life as they do in the pictures. I concentrated on their walking, since it was NORMAL walking and they were still behind the fans. Just like seeing ordinary people in a crowd, exept they had their hair and makeup done, and they were wearing their performance clothing.. They didn’t stand out that much until they were on the stage, on a higher platform than us. (i know this doesn’t make any sense but that’s what i was thinking. and forgive me, i have not seen them before ;_;). It’s really like.. seeing a character from a painting come to life. Just like that, they were there.
The first song was Motorcycle. I don’t know if it’s just me, but that song tends to sound somehow different when performed live. The beat sounds different, just like the tone Donghae’s 'rrock, rrock..’ part. I can’t explain that either, but I heard the difference and it made me soooo happy. I like live versions of Motorcycle more than the studio one.. somehow..
I can’t even remember the order of the songs. Like I had already said - I had to concentrate on so many things at the same time. Firstly waving the lightstick, then trying to hold the balloon, then raising the banner during Still You and at the same time taking photos and videos.. And I wanted to watch the concert with my own eyes, not through the camera lens. I just kept shooting something, hoping that I could get at least a few good shots.
It didn’t get any better when the boys came towards us. I was like one meter away from both of them. In a concert, that’s the best part. I had my camera focused further back, so it was difficult to just suddenly change it while holding a lightstick.. Here are a few examples XD
I bet someone is laughing at my photograpy skills right now, but seriously that’s was how it was like.. That’s normal-people-photography-reality at a concert. (the good ones are inhuman ok?) It was always the same; at first they were far away, until suddenly I go from ’YES, HE IS RUNNING TOWARDS US’ to ’OH FUCK HE IS HERE ALREADY’ with an aftermath of 'OMG HIS CROTCH WAS RIGHT THERE!’.
Like really, Mister Lee Donghae, control your bulge and thighs PLS
All of the songs were over too quickly.. ;_; At first I was confused when they performed 1+1=Love since it’s a new song and I couldn’t recognize it XD Oh No was a blessing, just like Still You. Hearing those songs they usually don’t perform.. Ahh, I want to go back.. T_T During Oppa Oppa we were allowed to stand up, and so we did, and that allowed me to get even closer.. Then Donghae decided it’s a good idea to do this:
I WAS LIKE OMG DID HE SERIOUSLY JUST DO THAT? AND HOW DID MY CAMERA EVEN SUCCEED IN CAPTURING THAT? WHAT IS AIR AND HOW DO YOU INHALE IT? WHY IS THIS FISH SO HANDSOME AND CUTE AT THE SAME TIME? @___@
When the concert was over, it was MOVIE TIME!! BEWARE OF BADASS!HAE!!!
It was the best movie experience I’ve had, lol. We all reacted at the same time. We squealed and 'WOHOO'ed when Donghae’s face was first shown. He looked so handsome in that school uniform. (The smoking scene was HOT!! I secretly took a video of it..) There was also a scene when Donghae cried, and everyone went 'awwwww’.
The movie itself consisted of four different stories, made by different directors(?). It had lots of swearing, smoking and fighting. When someone in the movie got hit really badly, we all went 'OUUUCH’.. If there was a major plot twist, everyone went 'oooh’ XD And when someone pulled Hae’s hair and beat him down, we were like 'nooooo T^T’. It was so funny even though the movie was dark and a bit confusing at some points.
At the end credits we all screamed and clapped when we saw Donghae’s name ^^
There it is, somewhere in the top four names. (obviously my camera had decided to turn itself to manual focusing and made the picture blurry ..) After that it was time for the Q&A!
I don’t have much to say about that, except Donghae’s adorable shyness.. After fans screamed, he always got shy ;_; He looked like a brave kid trying to do something alone (without Hyuk lmaooo).. And he was so, so, SO gorgeous in his suit T_T While I was taking pictures, I was thinking 'HOW CAN SOMEONE BE SO PHOTOGENIC’. That mofo looks perfect of every angle and his smile was just as handsome as his blank expression XD
When Hyukjae came onstage, fans went crazy about the lap sitting moment. It was the cutest everrrrrr! Hyuk put his hand behind Donghae’s back and looked at him sweetly..
In the end they stood together on stage and just talked for a bit. They mentioned their new album too. Not sure if the word 'DNA’ has something to do with it. (like holy shit my mind is only taking that with a dirty meaning..). After a while the official photographers appeared, taking a picture of the boys and fans. Donghae decided to take out his phone too, and that’s when we all just ran to the front. I’m not sure if someone signaled us to do it or gave permission, but somehow we just did and I had my hands full of stuff. My camera was with me and apparently I took a photo of them (can’t remember that happening LOL) while Hae was getting ready to take his picture.
And oh my god, I managed to get myself in it. Here it is, once more. Credits to the owner (BLESS HIM)
I’m the one with the Swing snapback. That is probably my new favourite photo of all time ;___; It’s a proof that I was there, so close to the people I cherish.. (you can see the camera in my hands lolllllll)
Then it was over. I was exhausted, but I didn’t feel like crying. I was so happy of all the things that happened! I just slowly made my way out of the theatre and talked to the fans I had met earlier. We were all too hyped to leave.
When I finally went back to my hotel, I just stayed in my bed, going through all the photos over and over again.
And that was my LKFF experience! Next up is SS6 ^^
#stuckymeetups is coming to south London, 1pm at Patisserie Valerie in Soho, on Old Compton Street. It’s just up the road from China Town, nearest tubes are Leicester Sq or Tottenham Court Road.
As always, if you’re shy or haven’t been there before, drop us a PM here on the blog and we can meet you at the tube for the short walk to Pat Val.
Patisserie Valerie serves sweet and savoury food, gluten free options, and is very affordable (esp for London!) There is a gender neutral toilet downstairs, and other restrooms upstairs.
Upstairs is usually nicer to sit for coffee dates, so that’s likely where we’ll be. I’ll make sure you can spot me. :)
We’ll have copies of our first fan book to give out too. (More info on that to come!)
After coffee/lunch, I’ll be walking over to Forbidden Planet comic shop to look at comics. If you want to come you’re v welcome.
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All stucky fans are welcome at the meets: gender inclusive, everyone inclusive. Just be respectful to others.
If you have any questions send a PM here, we hope to accommodate everyone. (For example if you have difficulty with stairs, let us know in advance and we can sit downstairs.)
Let’s get in some mutual fandom support in April before Civil War drops! ♡ (we’ll set up a support group for after…lol)