Wednesday, February 17, 2010

Chevron 7.4: The Final Part...Promise

It was my parent's wedding anniversary yesterday...they've been married, as long as I've known them, so ages.  They went out for the day...a very cold and wet day I might add, but then that's what you get for getting married in Febuary...and stopped for dinner at a pub in Southampton.  They both went for Game pie, a concoction of various meaty delights...though in this case, after enjoying their enquired as to the content...the young waiter listed off Rabbit, Venison, Pheasant and.....Ferret....They skipped dessert.

And on that delightful note I shall continue with the last of my Chevron 7.4 convention report...

I mentioned before that I was new to this particular convention, it cost a little more and was a bit more of a cattle experience when you took part in photo sessions and queued for autographs, it lacked a little in the whole party atmosphere of the Wolf con, but on a whole it was a great experience.  One thing different was that they 'auctioned' guest encounters with each guest on both Saturday and Sunday.  There were two ways to enter: simply write your top bid, ala ebay style, on a piece of paper under the guests name and just before the talk 10 people were chosen from the list or buy raffle tickets for the two remaining places. Already on a very tight budget (I was even surviving on Pop Tarts, crisps and hot cross buns as my food source for the weekend) I ummmed and ahhhed for quite some time until finally deciding on taking a punt on the latter option for two of the guests I most wanted a more intimate experience not like that....jeez!

Clutching my ticket I went to check the board between guest talks and squeezing through the melee of people, elbows may have been used a little, I glanced at the winning raffle numbers, then at my ticket...then back at the winning numbers, then once again at my ticket.  On the third time of reading the three digit number on the scrap of paper in my hand which excactly matched the one on the board I let out a sound which can only be described as 'squee'.....A coveted place at the table with one Mr David Hewlett was mine.

As the twelve disciples sat the messiah entered the room...okay, so I may be exageratting somewhat, but there was an energized and excited atmosphere in the room.....and then, as he sat (in the chair next to mine I might add) David belched 'Never drink a can of coke on stage' he excused himself.

One lady in the room had a McKay voice message which she played and David said how originally the message had just been a advert for Stagate Atlantis but they changed the script, he also commented that it had been tiresome to do as there had been tons of names to read out to personalise the message. 

David is a total film buff and had mentioned 'Brick' in his talk he had been really impressed with the style and young actors, although he was having a bit of a senior moment when it came to their names at which point I helpfully jumped in (it was Lucas Haas and Joseph Gordon Levitt).  I suggested he try and catch 44 Inch Chest if he wanted to see a group of truly talented British actors just doing their thing, he seemed enthused.  He also mentioned a film he loved which involved getting a steamer through a jungle (though in my own senior moment I can't remember the name....Edit it was called Fitzcarraldo by Werner Hertzog...from David on Twitter) logistically he was impressed since the filmmakers had to actually get a streamer through a Jungle, something I get the impression David would quite like to have a go at.

We talked about the books he liked to read, I had asked about The Shining, which he had read recently, and he was suprised that so many people had read it when they were teenagers (or in my case 11) as it scared the crap out of him.  He particularly liked the moving hedges and thinks that's where the idea of Doctor Who's Blink came from.  He rattled off a few titles of other favourites and had a few more senior moments about some of the titles of others, though he has since put up a recommended reading list here and here , huh...I feel some frequent visits to the library coming on.

He chatted about Baz and how 'I didn't do anything for the first year', subtley alluding to the fact that babies don't do an awful lot (eat, sleep, crap...that kind of thing) and apparently he happily observed as the sprog 'peed in his own face.'  He then told a story about a time when Baz was younger and he was holding him.  Babies are floppy when they're little and his head was lolling all over the place, suddenly Baz held his head up and slowly turned to face David...which David demonstrated for his which point the kid apparently just stared at his father, prompting David to hold out the child to Jane 'Take it back, take it back' prompting a 'Please don't call our son it' from poor Jane as David checked for three sixes on Baz's head.  There is a scene in ADB where Mars gives David a similar 'devil' stare and is apparently a comment on what happened with Baz.

I asked if he managed to swipe anything from the Atlantis set.  He had his eye on a ZPM, but when he had tried to get one they had all disappeared, David has a theory that Flanigan has them since he was sighted on a few occasions hanging out nearby the ZPM's.  He also would've liked one of the banner's of McKay  from the Game which he would've hung in his bathroom at home, now that wouldn't have been at all creepy for those using the bathroom, no, not at all.  He did manage to get one of the control panels for the gate, but as the cast were told the props were needed for the movie they weren't allowed to take anything. (which of course is now unlikely to happen and MGM seem to have been selling off all the props anyhoo...grr)

And too soon it was all over, I'm sure there was much more, I know David mentioned that picking scripts is sometimes more about location and money than in point 2004's Boa vs. Python...He likes Jellybeans and is a fan of Alan Rickman.  Unfortunately I didn't have my notebook (not sure I would've been allowed to take notes anyway) and so these are just the part's I can actually recall.

David seemed to enjoy himself, he always seems to have plenty to say, keeps your interest, is very funny and is great at interacting with his fans...not too shabby at acting/directing/writing either.

After the talk I was heading back to my seat in the hall ready for Ryan Robbin's final guest talk and to make some notes from the David encounter, when I found the results for the other guest encouter I'd bought a ticket for were up.  Seems like my luck was well and truly in as my ticket matched the winner once again...this time Brian J Smith was going to have to put up with my inssessant babbling for the best part of an hour.

Hmmm, Brian J Smith, I mentioned he's had a close encounter with a non-ugly stick right.  So once again I was fairly a very British way of be in this talk, also since I'd just been in David Hewlett's I'd missed all of Brian's talk on stage.  Again no notebook, I hadn't even made it as far as my seat in the main hall, so this is once again this is made up of memories and surreal flashbacks.

When Brian sat down and asked if anyone had any questions there was a silence followed by nervous laughter, so I stepped up with a general 'what's your favourite movie?' to kick things off.  He answered with Glory (Matthew Broderick) and said it was a great film about hardship and had a fantastic score, by James Horner if I remember.  He likes listening to film scores and is a fan of classical music aswell as bands like James and King of Leon.

He talked quite a bit about SGU and that he likes the way the characters are 'real people' reacting to the hardships and extreme situations they have been thrust into.  It's not always clear as to who are the heroes and villans and their actions to events have an air of 'how would you deal'.  He did say that he would 'airlock the stones' as he likes the idea of being more cut off from Earth.  I think everyone would agree there, as the stones do appear to be used a fair bit.  I asked what would happen if he wrote an episode and Brain said he's not really creative that way, but he create a desperate situation such as a fire so everyone would have to move to a different part of the ship, since there's much which hasn't been explored, and 'away from the IKEA beds' which got quite a laugh...He admitted that thing appear quite conviently out of those boxes which were brough through the gate 'We need thermal gloves...go check one of the boxes...Oh yeah, there they are'.

He talked about the 'sand' aliens from Air Part 3 and that he was intrigued when the 'dust' took on the appearence of Scott's face, he wondered if there was a significance to that and if there's a skill or sense which his character has which may be explored in the future, that would certainly give things a more interesting dimension in SGU.  Someone asked about alien's in the series and if there was going to be any which Brian said yes.  He talked about a new alien which is going to be scary and is, if I recall correctly, a creation from the FX team from District 9.

I asked about any pranks which had occured on set and Brian regaled a tale involving Robert Carlyle and Louis Ferreira.  Ferreira had set up a mini camera in Carlyle's trailer, it wasn't connected but had the appearence of a working camera.  It took a while for him to find it but when he did poor Robert was a little freaked out wondering who could be filming him. Those in the know kept quiet and naughty Ferreira set up another camera in the make-up van for Robert to find also, making him believe it was the make-up girls secretly filming him.  I assume at some point the jig was up and can only wonder how Robert Carlyle exacted his revenge.

He filmed Poirot during the hiatus from SGU, and originally wasn't going to get up to much during this period, he had a lot of fun filming it. I asked what else he was doing with his spare time and Brian said 'hitting the gym' since he needed to be fit for filming...that'll be for all those sex scenes I guess ;-)

Some bloke in the room started prattling on about the religious conotations of Stargate which got a bit heavy and he also started on about the probability of alien life using actual statistics of planets in the universe and beyond...I just attempted to bring the conversation back to something more Brian related (I wasn't there to hear some bloke's uber geek after all) and asked about what TV he likes to watch....Battlestar Galactica was the answer and that he likes to watch things in box sets rather than in TV so you can cut out adverts....I hear that...Anyway, that's about as much as my brain retained....I thoroughly enjoyed the two guest encounters, both Brian and David were very chatty and seemed comfortable in the small group.....And there it was all done, conventions are a rather intensive experience and expensive too but, bloody hell it's worth every penny.

And for your enjoyment an assortment of pretty pics and con party shinanegans:

Tina & Philippa

Brian, Sharon & Ryan get their party on

Random Jaffa and Ryan on the inflatable bungey

The gang: Sah, David, Tina, Christina and Philippa...and Tina's 'Eye of the Tiger' ala Supernatural

Sunday, February 14, 2010

Chevron 7.4: Group Talks

Group guest talks are always good for a laugh, mainly due to the fact that they usually desecend into a certain amount of chaos, such are the larger than life personalities on the stage.  It's a chance for the more unusual, fun and sometimes down right bizarre questions to be asked.  It's a little tough keeping up with the spontaneous waffle which followed, but I tried my best to make notes of the highlights

A fairly regular question of the guests previous job gained quite the ecclectic mix of answers: circus performer from Ryan, bar tender from Brian, putting lipstick on large lipped, post op, women from Suanne (huh?), computer programmer from, none other than, I just wrote the word 'sausage' for Sharon which had a little more to do with her working in a factory and a little less with..well, whatever you're thinking...and Bam Bam, well he 'bought a hair salon at 19' and then 'became a corrections officer' prompting several 'whaaat?' reactions from fellow guests as well as much laughter from the audience 'So, you were done with cutting peoples hair and decided to be a correctional officer?' Ryan said in some confuzzlement. David, having trouble processing the new information from Bam Bam's past, just turned to him and said 'you cut people's hair? people's hair'...hehe...cos you's Bam Bam.

In being asked a question about which emotions are difficult to portray Ryan quipped 'Joy, when Bam Bam is hurt', though I'm guessing that was one not so difficult to portray (awwws, for Bam Bam) followed by 'random laughter' as it's apparently tough to laugh on queue....especially after the double digitied take I shouldn't wonder.  Sharon said 'Acting drunk' prompting a surprised 'really?' from Suanne...I'm guessing a rather method approach is adopted by some people in the room.  David said he only has 'four looks' (he didn't give further detail, so I'll leave that for you to figure out the four....I suggest one is panic) he followed his answer with 'being quiet' as the most difficult thing to do.  Brain said generally 'intense scenes were easier than the lighter scenes' and Suanne answered that 'being serious with a bad script' was a tad on the tough side.

Fears was next up and understandably Ryan went with 'death....because your dead', Sharon had a different approach saying that she 'doesn't like standing near the edge of a cliff' at which point I'm guessing most people thought she was going with a fear of heights...there you would be wrong my friend, the reason young Sharon doesn't like the cliff's edge is that she finds it hard to fight the urge to push people off.  At this point in proceedings the rest of the guest shared a slight look of incredulous-ness and Brain, who'd been in the seat next to Sharon, made a bolt for the door.

Bringing things back on track and after returning to his chair, Brain said he's not so keen on flying...suddenly Sharon piped up with a story about their flight to the UK and particularly the pilot, before she could complete the tale Bam Bam cut in and a sort of verbal tet-a-tet erupted between the two, much like when small children are desperate to be the first to tell a parent something exciting...'Our pilot was called Captain Kirk' they eventually blurted simulatneously....which is actually pretty darn cool.

David has a fear of spiders and is in the process of teaching his son not to be scared of spiders, the flaw in his plan is that he finds himself balking at the first sign of movement from the arachnids.  Sharon  is not so fond of birds which she described as 'big, flappy....urgh'...Ryan kindly interjected with ' Pigeons are flying rats' earning an eyeroll from Bam Bam 'Yeah, they're terribly dangerous'....and Bam Bam's greatest fear 'me, disappearing'...natch.

Onto weird auditions, since it's a right of passage for actors to have some kind of cringeworthy experience (Kavan Smith has a doozy, which he kindly shared at Pegasus 4)...Ryan's was while audtioning for a car advert at he was encourage to 'make love to the car', Sharon took part in an audition for a jean commercial where each person was asked to put on the jeans and bend over...Bam Bam quipped 'that's how Joe Flanigan got cast'...hahahaha....ahem, moving on, Suanne Braun was at an audition with Steven Segal and mentally made the connection that he 'looked like my cat....big body...itty bitty head' and had to fight off a fit of giggles which, acting guru, Segal mistook for intensity.  And, while David was at an audition for CSI he was mid flow when a mobile started to ring, he got a little grumpy (David? grumpy?...surely not) with the folk in the room, before realising it was actually his phone that was ringing.  In an attempt to switch it off, in a panic, he instead answered the call and put it on speaker. Jane's voice asked 'Hello darling, how's it going?'....'Um...not very well' ...and no, he didn't get the part.

If they had to pick a reality TV show to appear on it would be:  I'm a Celebrity for Brian so he could 'hang out with Lou', Bam Bam thinks all reality TV 'is garbage' which gained a mighty cheer from much of the audience.  Sharon Taylor would go on the Bachelor to 'talk some sense in those women'.  Ryan likes the idea of appearing on Celebrity Boxing while David would go on Survivor Man but would do it really badly 'How to survive freezing water...oh, he didn't'.

Brain nearly let out a spoiler for SG:U when asked about which Stargate planet they would like to be stranded on saying that they 'go to paradise' in a future episode and turned to Bam Bam asking if he could tell 'has it aired yet?' Bam Bam queried 'no' Brain answered 'then you can't tell' spoil sport, Bam Bam.  Bam Bam had a think, started to answer then realized he was confused with Star Trek.  Sharon Taylor 'One with a Medieval village...oh, wait that's all of them' demonstrating that Sharon had figured out the Stargate writers cunning plan.  David would go to the puppet planet as he liked the idea of a 'puppet McKay'.  Now Ryan said something along the lines of going to a 'warm planet, with all of you' (meaning the audience) and I can't remember what then led to the guy getting out of his chair, crossing the stage and trying to go through the Stargate on the Chevron poster behind was however very funny indeed.

There were a couple of questions which were your typical pappy convention question...something like 'what three foods would you have at a party?' and 'who would you invite to a party?'...and a few others which sounded like dating agency questions at which David quipped 'are these the Twilight convention questions'....very probably David.  I was beginning to suspect that the question's I had taken the time to e-mail pre the con, as per requested by the organisers, had disappeared into Stargate limbo and also there must've been many 'Sarah's' and 'Dan's' in the audience, as most of the questions appeared to be coming from them....Hmmmm.

Anyhoo, I managed to have a word with the guy in control of the mike and just before the talk wrapped up he headed over.  So, with all ears and eyes pointed in my direction I asked the final question of the event, the one which I'd been waiting the whole convention to ask:

'How would you survive a Zombie attack?'

It's fair to say there was a certain amount of laughter and an expression of 'Huh?' on the faces of the guests, but they dutifully answered anyway.  Ryan was first to respond wth 'Hide behind Bam Bam' leading into a 'Who would I hide behind?' from the man himself. David decided he would become the 'Zombie King' and Sharon added that 'if you can't eat 'em join 'em'...If I recall correctly Brain stated he would sing 'Don't Stop Believing' at them, 'badly' and then Bam Bam started to rattle of the rules of surviving a Zombie attack (off of Zombieland the movie) including 'Cardio, travel in a group, check the back seat, double tap....' and 'seatbelts' which was an assist shouted by Tina and Philippa in the crowd as Bam Bam stalled...Now while all this is going on I was still making blog notes, which was seen by Bam Bam.  'Are you writing this down?' he asked, somewhat incredulously, before as quick as you like David said 'Do you have a Zombie problem in your town?'....close David, very close....visit Bognor some time and see for yourself.  I just nodded and laughed as Bam Bam thanked me for the 'great and very relevant question'...And yes there was a tone which I believe may have been sarcasm attached to the statement.

And there wrapped the final guest talk and indeed the convention...but wait...there's more....To Be Concluded...

We Interrupt This Transmission For the Following Message

Hearts and roses and kisses galore,
What the hell is all that shit for?
People get mushy and start acting queer,
It is definitely the most annoying day of the year.
This day needs to get the hell over with and pass,
Before I shove something up Cupid's ass.
I'll spend the day so drunk I can't speak
And wear black for the rest of the week.
Guys act all sweet, but soon it will fade,
For all they are doing is trying to get laid.
The arrow Cupid shot at me must not have hit,
Cause I think this love thing is a crock of shit.
So, here's my story... what else can I say?
Love bites my ass... Fuck Valentines Day!
 I'm single, I like being single, I can buy usless crap whenever I want at half the price at any other time of the year. No, I don't want a piece of tree shaped like a heart, with some overly sappy, sentimental bollocks written inside and keep the public show of emotion out of my face before I tie your tounges to the exaust of a Robin Reliant on route to John-o-Groats , Cupid can quite frankly kiss my arse!

Thursday, February 11, 2010

Chevron 7.4 - In the Mind of a Hewlett

And so arrives the last individual guest talk in this recollection of events of one awesome weekend.  A fella who has gained noterity depicting an acid tongued, grumpy genius with the action hero style of an arthretic Orangutan...some say he can nuteralize the acidity of a lemon at twenty paces...he is...
David Hewlett

As previously mentioned, it was a rather slim-lined version of the man who appeared on stage.  Life after Stargate Atlantis is obviously working for the guy, huh maybe it was a part of the contract that McKay had to have a certain rotund physique...couldn't upstage Sheppard or Ronan now could he ;-)

Anyhoo, as David sat he introduced himself saying that he 'used to be on a little show called Stargate: Atlantis', quick as you like fellow geek Philippa's voice chirped 'never heard of it' from the crowd to much chuckles.  David returned as quickly with 'Oh, is this the Twilight convention?' He spiked and ruffled his hair before adding 'But I don't freakin' sparkle'
Note the slight spikey haired look...

Always a favourite talking point A Dog's Breakfast came up (the film Daivd had written, directed and acted in, just in case you've being living on the moon).  Originally David had pitched several different ideas, one of which was a Zombie flick if I recall correctly, and ADB came out as the cheapest to make since he had a dog and sister and Paul McGillion on standby and he wanted to have fun with his first picture.  Mainly though it was just an 'excuse to put McGillion in a dress'...Ha! I knew it!

I asked about any comedic influences in the development of ADB.  He said that there was nothing in particular, John Cleese and Charlie Chaplin were mentioned along with a theme of physical comedy,  and he was really making a 'non-violent film which dad could watch' and that 'some people play funny well and some people look funny...that's me'  David also said that ADB was a film he wanted the Stargate fans to like 'coz I love you guys'....Awww, but enough with this sentimental sh...ow of emotion ...

Asked whether he and McKay would've been friends in real life David gave a resounding negative 'I'd hate his guts'  apparently David was the kid at school who hung out at the back of the class getting up to all sorts of no good, whereas Mckay would've been the know-it-all swot at the front...come to think of it that's where I used to sit, but then I'm using short-sightedness as my defence.  He did say there was a little bit of McKay in everyone adding that 'he's a jerk, but you get it' and that for him it wasn't all that hard to 'find McKay'.  He would often take McKay home from work however and poor Jane (wife, mother, producer and all round lovely lass) would give him a ten minute leeway of his mannerisms and general McKay-ness,  namely the finger clicking and pointing, before pulling rank.

I asked him if he'd ever been mistaken for anyone else (I know, get me and my assertive, speaking in front of large crowds to famous person...ness).  David immediately came back with 'Mel Gibson' to much laughter and then after a pause 'someone people don't like in their family' Then he recounted a tale of a guy coming up to him in L.A and saying 'I'm a huge fan, I've seen every one of your movies....Mr Tarantino' *snort*  To be fair to the L.A. bloke there is a resemblance when David sports his slightly wild-haired crazy scientist look.

The idea of having his own sister Kate on SGA was 'the last thing I would've done' David said in typical sibling syle.  The story is that while filming an earlier episode the script had included a line where McKay mentions a brother.  David, growing up with several sisters, had asked if he could change the line to sister instead gaining a 'whatever works for you...idiot' Then Martin Gero had seen Kate in a Fringe play and noted the Hewlettisms, Kate auditioned and thus TV history was made. 'I thought she did an okay job' was David's brotherly review of Kate's performance and he continued to say that initally he tried to disuade her from taking up acting as a career...first due to the hardships and cut-throat nature of the business then, after seeing that she actually didn't suck, 'acting doesn't work for a fireman'. In a rare moment of the gushy David did say that Kate is the 'funniest person he's ever met'.  The non sentimental nature of their relationship did cause a few problems on set as Martin Gero halted filming for the following directional tip 'I'm not getting the love....I need you to remember you're related'

David went on to recount a couple of tales of life in the Hewlett household with typical brotherly dastardly-ness and shenanigans.  whilst playing hide & seek with his sister, Jenny, he would fail to actually partake in the seeking part of the game, choosing to watch television instead. Also, once left in charge of making a glass of lemonade he added vinegar into the mix.  Though instead of sister Jenny (again) it was his father who ended up drinking the concoction...'And he drank the whole glass'..urgh, presumably his poor father then indulged in some porcelain worshiping and technicolour yawning.

David does his 'I'm a little teapot' impression

Duet was mentioned, along with THAT scene. Apparently Paul was a little nervous before filming, David noting that he's 'a fragile flower I don't want to crush and destroy'.  He spoke of how after the 'kiss'  Paul didn't speak for an hour and during rehersals had developed a flinch as David drew near.  David also made jest of subsequent restraining orders after receiving a trailer full of chocolates and flowers.

Holy crap, that's alotta flash....

On asked about working with his fellow SG:A cast mates David dead panned 'Joe was a problem, such good hair' but then added 'a natural hero' noting that Sheppard's solution to everything was 'just turn it off'.  He spoke of Jason Mamoas first scenes, which happened to be the ones in which David was suspended upside down (after ingesting a fish and chip supper) in 'Runner' where Rainbow (Sun Francks aka Lt Ford) kept flubbing his lines.  David cut Rainbow a new one and then looked over some bushes to see a panicked Mamoa frantically learning his lines.  Jewel Staite had the right idea as she would routinely have food hidden about her person, so when David would begin to get his grump on during filming she would produce snacks prompting 'Ooo, Hersey bar' from David (done in the voice style of Yoda I might add)

It's a great shame that we have to talk about SG:A in the past tense, one of the first things asked were the chances of the promised still states that Stargate: Extinction is 'in production'... David sadly had to say that although everyone would love to do a movie, he thinks the chances are now very slim...that combined with the fact that a whole bunch of props, set pieces and costumes have recently been auctioned off.....that 'slim' is looking more like 'extinct' now aint it.

In terms of favorite episodes David enjoyed partaking in action scenes, even if the bumbling approach was the one most regularly adopted 'what do you need me to do wrong with a gun' (the moment a gung-ho McKay tried to take on a Wriath only to have his clip drop to the ground had me quite at a loss of the ability to breathe)  David also mentioned the episodes The Shrine and Sunday as favourite episodes to film, due to poinient nature of certain scenes, saying 'you should die all the time' to Paul McGillion with regards to the latter.  He's not fond of goodbyes and hated the last day of shooting, finishing McKay was 'like losing an old friend'.....that's not a tear in my eye by the way it's allergies...ahem...He doesn't know whether McKay will ever put in an appearence in SG:U as the show has a very different feel, it's more serious and he's not sure where McKay would fit.  He wouldn't be against the idea but it would have to be 'true to McKay.'

On being in the UK 'heating would be nice' a reference to the fact that he and the family have been staying with Jane's dad who, in true British pensioner style, is a tad sparing with lumps of coal for the fire.  He also stated that they had spent the winter in Toronto and summer in the UK so had 'the worst of both weather' But he loves spending time with his grandparents on their 'unoffcial farm' and watching Baz knock about with the animals much like he had done as a kid.

He was once mooned by Jason Mamoa, at the end of a particularly busy day, as their cars sat next to each other at traffic lights.  Apparently it took David a while to figure out exactly what he was looking at pressed against the window (really David?) before realising and giving a somewhat mortified 'Oh, dear God!' reaction.   Joe Flanigan, who was travelling in the car with Mamoa, was found to be somewhere on the floor of the car, killing himself laughing.....boys are weird.

Has just been working on a sci-fi (or Sy-Fy...whatever) movie with Robert Picardo which involved Morlocks...I'm guessing it's a kind of follow on from The Time Machine.  David had seen The Howling recently and only just realised his co-star was in it 'little bald Bob Picardo used to be hairy evil guy...who knew'...well David, Bob Picardo has been in EVERYTHING, I still can't look at the guy without thinking of of Innerspace.

So, what's next for everyone's favourite bumbling space scientist..well he's off to the Bulgarian Tundra to direct 'Evil Space Monkeys'....obviously.

And there I shall leave you for the moment...I'm aware of the novel like length of this post, this is mainly due to the fact that the man has the uncanny ability to spout forth large amounts in a very short space of time....that would be his inner McKay.  Still to come group talks, party time pics and....more