FOR THOSE WHO DON’T REALLY KNOW ME…..

I have a lot of work friends listed on Facebook and as much as they know me…… they don’t really know me!

As I have never really introduced myself here in the WordPress realm I thought I would add a blog about me.
Hopefully this will give you all more of an understanding about me.
I’m not your typical run of the mill mum with three kids.

So here, with plenty of photo memories, is a fairly shortened run down of my last 20 years.

For the last 2 and a half years I have worked as a family care assistant on a childrens ward and I have throroughly enjoyed it but it’s not the job I had intended to do after college.
In fact nothing went the way I expected it to after college.

I trained to be a graphic designer and after college I spent nearly two years with a company called ‘Active Computer Graphics’
They specialised in company presentations from company logos all the way to boardroom presentations on slide shows, overhead projections and printouts. This was all before companies started to do all this ‘in house’.
It was intense work and after 2 years the pressure became too much and I needed something simpler so I got into retail.

I started on the womenswear floor at Debenhams in Bedford and ended up running the maze of womenswear stockrooms. May not sound very ambitious but I enjoyed it and it kept me fit.
It was during my time with Debenhams that I met my husband.

Anyone who knew me growing up would tell you that I liked to keep myself to myself. I loved movies and TV and for a while I toyed with the idea of set design as a career.
Oh yes, I was also a ‘closet’ science fiction fan.

It wasn’t until around 1990, when Star Trek the Next Generation hit our screens and I was earning my own money, that I realised I needed to find friends who were also science fiction fans.
I did something totally out of character for me and I joined a local Star Trek fan club.
Yes… I was labelled a ‘Trekker’


The one and ONLY shot of me in a Star Trek uniform!!

It may sound strange to some of you but this was a breath of fresh air.
I could finally talk about all things Sci Fi with people who were actually interested.
My husband to be was ‘The Captain’ of the club. How Cliche was that!

I also decided to go to my first Star Trek convention. What a revelation that was!
With my new found friends and Fiance, conventions became my new hobby. Wild weekends away, staying up all night drinking and talking about all things Sci Fi.
Ah yes, drunken nights discussing time travelling paradox’s…… eventually leads to writing a script with one of those new friends.
A script that was actually sent to Paramount. Unfortunately it was read, stamped and sent back saying thanks but no thanks.
But hey! At least we tried.

We attended conventions 2, sometimes 3 times a year depending on what was being organised.
We even did a Star Trek Cruise that sailed from Miami to Jamaica and the Camen Islands.
At the time these conventions were actually fan run and were loads of fun. They would literally run 24 hours a day. They were relaxed and you would quite often find yourselves bumping into the guests at the bar and treating them like the ‘people’ they were,  you’d buy them a drink or vice versa and then you’d party into the night.

This was my life. I wasn’t interested in a fancy career. I worked so that I could play.
In 1994 I married my Captain. Ian.

As Ian was the main breadwinner, I moved to Coventry to be with him while he worked for IBM.
I ended up working for Argos. I helped open up their new flagship superstore in Coventry City Centre. I worked on the customer services counter. What an eye opener that was!
After two years with Argos, Ian was earning really good money and we decided to start a family.

We continued to attend conventions but we were now getting into Multi medias. Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Highlander and Stargate all had great conventions and I was becoming quite well known for my artwork. A hobby that I had developed while I was a stay home Mum.
I created computer artwork portraits that looked like paintings. My friends at conventions kept pushing me to sell them until I eventually decided to attend a Buffy convention as ‘A Dealer’, selling my artwork in the dealer’s room.
It was a success and quickly became a great way to finance attending conventions.







A small selection of my personal favourites.
I really miss working on pictures like this.

Conventions were now slipping out of the hands of fans and into the hands of companies.

It was during our Highlander phase that I became intrigued with an actor called ‘Peter Wingfield’. So much so that I ended up running the UK side of his fan club, The PWFC – Click Here.
I even organised a group meeting with him at a convention and I got to interview him for the club magazine.


I met Peter on many occasions.


The Club Meeting in Felixtowe.
If anyone recognises themselves please contact me and let me know who you are in the picture!
Apart from Tasha and Sophie I can’t remember any names, it’s been so long.

I even had a convention friend ask me to design some tattoos of her favourite characters, Methos and Kronos.


and I’m sorry but I just cannot remember your name! If you see this, get in touch. I would love to know if you did indeed get autographs under the images that you also got tattooed. In fact do you even still have the tattoos?

Unfortunately life started to take over.
We moved to Seahaven down near Brighton when Ian got a job with AMEX and soon after along came kiddy number 2.
Doing conventions was getting harder and harder. We managed but it was becoming time consuming at home. My artwork stall had grown so big that stocking it before each convention was a nightmare. Hundreds of pieces of work needing to be printed, checked, mounted, backed and bagged….. by just me!

When Ian’s job ended with AMEX we made the decision to move back to Bedford. Most of my family was in Bedford so I would have more support with the kids while I continued with the artwork.
The artwork was now becoming more than just a hobby.
At the turn of the millenium (that makes things sound so old!!) Ian’s job market crashed. The wages that he had been on for nearly 10 years dissappeared overnight. The only job he could get was on half of his previous wages.
This created BIG problems for us financially.
I couldn’t go out to work because I had 2 kids and another on the way. The only way I could help out was with my artwork.

By this time we had given up on conventions and moved into big multi media and collector shows like Memorabilia at the NEC in Birmingham, Collectormania in Milton Keynes and the London Expo at the Excel Centre in London.
We had branched out a little to try and make a bit more money.
Ian got into retro toys like Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles figures, Star Wars figures, that kind of thing.
I got into Care Bears and My Little Ponies.
I quickly built up a reputation and became known as ‘The Care Bear Lady’. People would actually come to these collector shows to look for me!


Early humble artwork sales soon expanded………


and they just kept on going and going…..


and going…..


My Carebears

Unfortunately, all good things come to an end.
Along came Ebay.
People no longer needed to go to these collector fairs to get their Care Bears or retro toys.
The shows had become so big with so many guests that attendees couldn’t afford to spend their hard earned cash at the dealers tables if they wanted to get autographs with the stars at £20 or £30 a pop.
The relaxed fan run conventions had dissapeared. The fun had dissappeared. So we stopped doing the shows and concentrated on selling artwork through Ebay.

A couple of years ago, things were beginning to look rosey again. Financially things had been sorted. It was extremely tight at the end of each month but we were still surviving.
Then the artwork got one last nail in the coffin. I was threatened with legal action by the BBC if I didn’t stop selling some Dr Who Artwork that I had done on Ebay. As Dr Who was my biggest seller at the time it kind of killed any reason to carry on selling through Ebay.

My Mum was about to retire, so it was a perfect time to think about getting back out to work.
That’s when I landed my job as a Health Care Assistant on a Children’s Ward.
It’s full time, long shifts, my Mum keeps my house in shape and helps with the kids, Ian still has a job and we are just about managing financially.

We miss the shows and the conventions.
We miss just being able to sit with friends and not worry about talking Sci-Fi.
We had some great encounters with guests.
I was actually serenaded by George Takei!! who took it upon himself to sing ‘Michelle my Belle’ when I was introduced to him.

I’ve hugged a terminator and various vampires.



I’ve even (accidentally) groped Anthony Heads bottom!


I’ve had my bottom groped in a moment of hilarity at a photo shoot with the stars of Earth Final Conflict!


I’ve had the stars themselves buying my artwork. Even Joss Whedon, the creator of Buffy the Vampire Slayer.

Take a look at more photos at my flikr account… click here.

And now I’m a Mum, with a job I quite enjoy and the people I work with have no idea about what I did before I started working with them.
I’m sure they didn’t see me doing any of this!

DISH OF THE WEEK #15 – JASON BEHR

Ok, this was an easy one.
As if you couldn’t guess from my last few posts I have become a little obsessed with an old crush.

Jason Behr.

Thankfully he’s only actually 4 years my junior so I don’t feel like a major cradle snatcher.
10 years ago however, when he was in his late 20’s, he was actually playing a 17 year old in a show called ‘Roswell’.

For a long time he was one of those lucky people who kept their extremely youthful looks.
He had amazing, sad, puppy dog eyes which made him perfect for his role as Max Evans.

Max is described as shy and introverted, though this is not his true disposition. Being an alien/human hybrid often forces him to hide his true self. Because he must conceal his true identity, Max is a complex character, very timid at times, yet passionate and carefree at others. Max emerged as the de facto leader among his friends.
Portrayed as the deep thinker of the group, Max sometimes is nevertheless shown spurred to bold action by his protective nature.

Michael, Isabel and Max

Max

Max bloomed in season two.
In the second episode we see him in a panic and half naked as he sprints through the town to deliver a message to his friends.
It was in this episode that Max fans realised that not only was Max broody and cute but he was extremely well built too!

Anyway, I recently watched the series again and I became intrigued as to what Jason had been up to.
I was very aware of his co stars. Katherine Heigle is in some of my favourite chick flicks and she was fabulous in Grey’s Anatomy and Brendan Fehr has recurring roles in two of my favourite shows, CSI Maimi and Bones.
I just couldn’t remember when I last saw Jason in anything so I did some Googling.

Turns out he’s kept himself busy with movies. An average of two a year. ‘The Grudge’ and ‘Skinwalkers’ are probably the most mainstream but he’s best when he’s playing broody again in ‘The Last International Playboy’. However, he shows us he’s definately kept himself in shape in ‘The Tattooist’. This one was just the icing on the cake with my recent interest in tattoos!

The Last International Playboy

The Tattooist

Skinwalkers

As you can see he’s kept that soulful look. He’s simply matured it a little and has definately been looking after that body!
I would like to see him get into some more mainstream movies or even to get back into another TV show but I think he’s happy doing what he’s doing.

So there you have it. Think I’ve got that one out of my system now.
Who will be next?
Who knows?

27 OCTOBER 2010

09:30

Not at work again today. Still feeling like total crap although not quite as bad as yesterday so hopefully it’s on the turn. The next three days are days off anyway so should be all better and ready to go back to work on Sunday.

The kids are half way through their half term holiday. Thankfully Marjorie is off to a friends house in about ten minutes, Murron will sculk off out with her mates soon and Dharma will (yes she will) be going to play with the kids up the street soon after that.

So, after a quick tidy up I will be parking my arse on the sofa again.

I spent a lot of time on the computer yesterday looking at funny things and generally having fun. I took a look at some tattoo designs to get some ideas and I was blown away by some of the artwork out there.
Take a look at this……


How cool is that!!

It’s a little too ambitious for me though! he he
No, I need something a little more subtle so I’ll keep on looking.

16:00

Thankfully it’s been a quiet day.
Marjorie is over the moon. She’s just got in from one friends house only to find out she’s going out with another friend tonight. They have a spare ticket for ‘Stomp’ in Milton Keynes and they’ve asked her to go! Lucky so and so!

My head still feels like it’s going to explode and I am just about deaf in my right ear but otherwise I am actually feeling a little better today.

MID LIFE CRISIS

OK, now I’ve got into the swing of WordPress it’s time to start actually using it for diary entries and not just gushing over hotties!
Not to worry though because I’ll still be gushing. It’s a weakness.

So here goes….
26 OCTOBER 2010
10:45
I’ve just had three days off work over the weekend. It was my birthday so I made sure my days off coincided with my birthday so I could relax and enjoy it. Unfortunately I’ve come down with a streaming cold and spent my birthday curled up on the sofa. Great!
It really came out yesterday so I phoned in sick for today.
Today I am going deaf, my eyes are streaming, my nose is blocked and my head feels like it’s going to explode.
Don’t think I will be going in tomorrow either.
I hate calling in sick! I hate letting everyone down but considering I work on a children’s ward I don’t think it’s such a hot idea to go in spreading all my bugs around to not just the patients but to the staff as well.

So here I am, sitting on my computer…. just one thing missing….. hang on a mo……

11:00
That’s better, now I have my milky coffee too.
Perfect. Husband looking after me, kids out of the house and actually behaving for once, time to play on my computer and a milky coffee to help me feel better.

I think I may be going through a mid life crisis. I have recently found myself indulging in old movies and TV shows.
I have been intrigued by actors I used to have a crush on. I have found myself hungry for information on what they’ve been up to and what they look like now. I haven’t been dissapointed.

Most frighteningly though I have become quite intrigued by tattoos!
Seriously thinking about treating myself to one.
Unfortunately, I do not have the kind of body I like to show off in public. Something that can be changed If I ever get my arse into gear and do something about it.
So! I now have a 4 year aim.
To lose some weight, gain some dutch courage and go for it.

Just have to decide what to go for now.
I love tribal tattoos and would seriously consider something between my shoulder blades but I also like pretty dainty floral tattoos with a little colour in them. Something that goes down the spine maybe……
Although if you get colour in a tattoo you can be stuck with what colour clothing to wear. At least with a black tribal tattoo you can wear whatever colour you want to.

Told you, I’ve been thinking about it way too much.
Anyway, I’m not going to rush things. I have to lose the weight first. The tattoo is just something to aim for.

That’s it for now. I’ve started with the diary entries. Might update later if anything happens.

20:00
Definately not going into work tomorrow. Phoned earlier to let them know. Hated doing it but it can’t be helped. I wouldn’t be any good to anyone if I did go in.

Now snuggling up on the sofa with hot milk and brandy toddy.
Just got to decide what hot tottie I want to watch with my hot toddy!!

 

NOSTALGIA TRIP

Last Sunday I locked myself in a darkened room to watch movies.
My kids came in when I decided to watch ‘Some Like It Hot’ and I was surprised and thrilled when they decided to stay and watch it to the end and they thoroughly enjoyed it!

Anyway, Over the last couple of weeks I have also been watching an old TV series.
Not an ancient one. It finished back in just 2002.
No, for some reason I was looking for something to watch that I hadn’t seen for a while and I landed in ‘Roswell’.

The Internet Movie Database descibes the show as follows…..
Living among the citizens of the infamous New Mexico city of Roswell are some who are not there by choice. They are there to follow a destiny given to them by the members of their dying race, a race that they are someday destined to save. This is the background behind the WB series “Roswell”. Max Evans, Isabel Evans and Michael Guerin are teenage humans with extraordinary gifts – gifts that are “not-of-this-earth”. They are human/alien hybrids, sent here to complete their destiny. Their counterparts have already perished in a war of attrition, thus one day, they will return to their home planet and save their race. Before a fateful day in 1999, the teens hid their gifts. The event that forever changed their lives was when Max healed Liz Parker (a classmate) after she was fatally shot in the stomach in a dispute between two customers at the restaurant where she waitresses. A close relationship then develops between Max and Liz. “Roswell” is distinctly a science-fiction show built on the relationships between humans and aliens.

Anyway, I loved this show back then and watching it again brought it all back.
It also re-sparked an interest in one of the leads. An actor called Jason Behr.
He was a 26 year old playing a 17 year old when he started filming Roswell and he had a very intense look about him all the time. It was rare that he smiled. He had lots to worry about. That was his character ‘Max’… Mr Serious.
But that look came with a Puppy Dog face.

He was cute!
He was also quite athletic and nicely built. Always a good reason to watch the show.

Anyway, I was getting back into Roswell and surprsingly so were my kids!
One by one they would get intrigued as to what I was watching and one by one they got hooked.   

I became interested in what the cast had been up to in the last 10 years so I did some Googling.
The most successful cast memeber was the stunning Katherine Heigl and I didn’t need to Google her to realise that she has had an amazingly successful career with Grey’s Anatomy and various ‘Chick Flicks’ to her name.

Brendan Fehr has kept himself busy with various movies and is recognisable to fans of both CSI Miami and Bones.

And Jason Behr who played the Oh so cute Max has kept himself to the movies, making at least 2 a year.
Oh yes….. he’s matured rather nicely too!

Gone are the youthful teen looks. Replaced by smouldering hunk!
Oh yes, he also married actress KaDee Strickland back in 2006. She plays Charlotte the sex therapist in Private Practice!!
Lucky Gal!

Back to today.
It’s my birthday….. unfortunately I have a streaming cold, my husband is working nights so he’s sleeping.
All the kids are out of the house for a while and I am going to have to cook dinner later. Yay.
I have the black and white image of Jason Behr strapped half naked to a bed as my PC background to cheer me up.

In the meantime however, I am going to curl up on the sofa to watch………
I haven’t got a clue.
Old TV show?, Old movie?… I just don’t know. Decision, Decisions. 

DISH OF THE WEEK #14 – GOLDEN ERA DISHES

OK, time for golden era dishes!
This was a difficult one and I could have kept on going and going.
I know I’ve missed out loads but here is a list of 10 that I finally came up with.
I tried to cover all areas and looks.
So in no particular order…………..

The original hearhtrob.
Rudolph Valentino.
A very handsome and charismatic man whose death from complications after an appendectomy caused mass hysteria amongst his female fans.

An estimated 100,000 people lined the streets of New York City to pay their respects at his funeral. The event was a drama itself: Suicides of despondent fans were reported. Windows were smashed as fans tried to get in and an all day riot erupted. Over 100 Mounted officers and NYPD’s Police Reserve was deployed to restore order.

Next we have the enigmatic Gregory Peck.
Mmmmm, the original Captain Horation Hornblower.
I love Gregory Peck. Tall, dark and extremely handsome.
The Yearling, Horation Hornblower, Roman Holiday, The Guns of Navarone, Moby Dick to name but a few of my favourites. Have to admit that Roman Holiday is always close to the top of my alltime favourites and just has to be the ‘original chick flick’!

Moving on to Stewart Granger.
This man was made for historical romantic dramas and just absolutely ‘rocked’ the knee high boots, breeches and frilly shirts look! That said, one of his best roles was as the adventurer Allan Quartermain in King Solomon’s Mines.

And next we have Rock Hudson.
Illusions were shattered with revelations in later life but they didn’t detract from the fact that Rock Hudson was an extremely handsome man. All 6 feet and 4 inches of him!! Yum.
He had a beautiful deep and sensuous voice and thick black hair.
He was probably best know for his romantic comedies with Doris Day but was also capable of extremely serious dramas such as Giant…… which brings me on nicely to……..

James Dean!
It seems to be every teenager’s right of passage to idolise James Dean.
He only had three starring role movies and some earlier walk on’s under his belt before tragically dying in a road traffic accident. This had the effect of propelling him into megastardom where he has been idolised by generations since.
This iconic crucifix pose with Elizabeth Taylor at his feet from the film ‘Giant’ was removed from the final movie after he died before the films release, however the image has ironically become one of the most famous images of Dean.

Now we have Montgomery Clift.
A very tragic man who had incredibly beautiful blue eye’s.
His debut film ‘Red River’ with John Wayne is one of my all time favourites and has one of the best fight scenes in a movie ever!
However, he was plagued his entire life with allergies and colitis. He was drug dependant and an aloholic. He struggle with his sexuality and the final nail in his coffin was a car crash after a party at Elizabeth Taylor’s. He wrapped his car around a tree and Elizabeth Taylor actually saved his life by pulling two teeth from his throat. Unfortunately he had badly smashed his face and although he healed well, he was convinced it had irrevicably damaged his looks. His career never gained momentum again and he was found dead in his bed in 1967. The coroner’s verdict was ‘Occlusive Coronary Artery Disease’. (I think not!!)

The next one is a strange one.
Charlton Heston.
What’s so strange? Well I love this man as an actor.
The Greatest Show on Earth, Ben Hur, The Ten Cammandments, just three of my favourite films.
His chiseled looks and tall physique made him perfect for the ‘epic’ movies.
However, as a man, I couldn’t stand him. I could never get over his political views and gun loving ways.

Has stated that he sees no contradiction with his work as a Civil Rights activist in the 1960s and his advocacy for gun ownership rights in the 1990s, insisting that he is simply promoting “freedom in the truest sense.”
He was elected president of the National Rifle Association of America in June 1998.

I cannot give the time of day to anyone who feels this way about weapons that kill people on a daily basis.
Such a shame, it really spoils things a little when I watch these films.

Next is Paul Newman.
Another actor with incredible blue eyes.
The Hustler, The Color of Money, Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid, The Towering Inferno…. the list goes on.
Simply beautiful.

The next one is another strange one.
Marlon Brando.
I’m not a huge lover of his films, however I think he delivered an oscar worthy performance as a man paralysed during the second world war in ‘The Men’.
I loved him in Mutiny on the Bounty and he will forever be ‘Jor El’ the father of Kal El or Christopher Reeve’s Superman.
Although he was extremely attractive in his youth, his looks failed him in later life but this didn’t stop him from making some incredible movies like Apocalypse Now and of course, The Godfather!

And finally we have a very unusual choice.
Yul Brynner.
Not your typically kind of handsome man but there was something very attractive about the bald look and expressive eyes. These looks coupled with the hint of his native Russian accent made him quite delectable.
He will always be remembered most for his portrayal of the King in ‘ The King and I’. A role he loved and a role he spent the rest of his life playing on stage.
Other memorable roles included The Magnificent 7, The Ten Cammandments and Westworld.

I know I have missed out loads.
Steve McQueen, Kirk Douglas, Frank Sinatra, Cornel Wilde, James Stewart,  Stephen Boyd, Richard Todd, Gene Kelly, Howard Keel, George Chakaris……… the list is endless.

OFFICIALLY A TEEN!

I am now officially the mother of a teenager. God help me!

Whatever happened to my baby girl?!!!