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Itinerary & Activities / Re: Weather
« on: August 22, 2016, 02:33:21 PM »
I'm actually glad it's cooled down a bit in Vancouver, the sun is very intense at this time of year and it's been a hot couple of weeks. September is my favourite month in Vancouver as the intense heat of July and August tapers off a bit and you get nice sunny weather on the whole. Today is overcast but not raining and around 23C which is ideal weather for convention going and outdoor activities for me. The Labor Day holiday is the Monday before the con so if it's going to rain in September that's the weekend it will do it as it's a long weekend! So that means we should have nice weather for the con weekend, the weather will have done its ruining the weekend the week before!!!  ;D

In the 10 years I've lived in Vancouver I've found September tends to be dry on the whole with some lovely balmy late summer days. If I go out and about and there is a chance of rain a light weight waterproof jacket and a fleece or sweater in case it does cool down a bit with the rain is a good thing to have with you. I always take a fleece or sweater with me anyway because of the Antarctic temperature settings for air cons in restaurants, bars and hotels!

The Homecoming 8th-12th September 2016 / Re: Cosplay photographer?
« on: August 21, 2016, 04:41:01 PM »
That's very kind of you to say, I was looking at the photos I took at the Gatecons of 2008 and 2010, aah the memories. My camera died on me in 2008, it was a simple point and shoot camera and the lens didn't fix itself properly so all of them were blurred except for five of them, so never got any of RDA, this time I won't be denied lol!!! That's when I went out and bought my SLR with a telephoto lens, determined that I could take photos from where ever I sat and got some great photos in 2010.

The Homecoming 8th-12th September 2016 / Re: Cosplay photographer?
« on: August 20, 2016, 04:40:07 PM »
I'll be bringing my SLR camera, want to get some nice shots of RDA and I'd be happy to take some photos of you. I love seeing all the great costumes people create.  :)

Hi All,

It has been quite a stressful couple of days. I contacted Earl's to ask we can inrease our numbers so that the wait listed people can join, and they have a new manager who was not made aware of the booking. She said that taking 50 was to many and asked if we could reduce our numbers. Needles to say I said no and asked if she would reconsider. In the mean time I started looking around for an alternative venue. As we need a place that has variety in their menu. Harold's Bistro and Bar have been able to take us all, including those on the wait list.

I am negotiating the menu with the manager. Please go to their website and have a look at the menu. The pricing should suit most.

Time is short, so if you don't want to go there, let me know and I will take you off the list.
I am sorry this has happened and hope that you will cope with the change.

Just read this after sending you a reply to your PM! Sounds good to me and so glad you've managed to find a place. You've done a grand job organising this.  :)

Just a month away, can't believe we're almost there, the excitement is kicking in! Can't wait to see everyone and all the wonderful guests for another grand party that is Gatecon!  :)

Off The Grid / Re: Anyone coming from the UK?
« on: August 08, 2016, 02:01:34 PM »
Funny you should mention Battenberg as just about to tuck in...

Not the evil 'Battenberg torture'?!! aaarrgg no, so cruel, you'll have to bring me some now, the one from Sainsbury's is my favourite!!!!  ;D :P 

Off The Grid / Re: Anyone coming from the UK?
« on: August 01, 2016, 02:54:38 PM »
Is that the chocolate with the sugary crunchy minty or orange bits in it?  I'm an ex-pat Brit living in Cloverdale and there is a British store in Langley I go to to when I miss Battenberg, Bournville chocolate and Fox's glacier mints too much. They might have it there as they have a good selection of British sweets and chocolate. I could have a look and bring some too and at least you'll know there is somewhere you can get that chocolate in Vancouver.

Hello! Not long, starting to get excited, can't wait for this get together. A great way to start the convention fun!  :)

Itinerary & Activities / Re: Welcome Party and The Vangroovy Banquet
« on: June 27, 2016, 03:57:33 PM »
I haven't seen a start time anywhere but on getting my old memory to work I recall it started around 7.30pm at the 2010 con.

Itinerary & Activities / Re: Absolutely Everybody Convention Video
« on: June 27, 2016, 03:49:25 PM »
I've bitten the bullet and sent a photo in!  :)

The Homecoming 8th-12th September 2016 / Re: Travel stuff
« on: June 14, 2016, 04:19:21 PM »
Good thing I don't shop in Walmart then! I sure hope this doesn't spread as I have a Visa card and don't see why I would have to go through with having to apply for a Mastercard to shop at the store I usually do.  Those with Visa cards will be ok as every place we go to in Vancouver and the Lower Mainland take Visa cards and all restaurants, hotels and tourist spots definitely do! There are very few places that don't, if anything it would be the American Express card that more places may not accept.

Gategoers at The Homecoming / Re: Meet-A-Gater
« on: May 16, 2016, 03:31:56 PM »
Great to see so many coming from the UK, I'll feel like I'm back there again.. lol. I used to live in West Sussex near Gatwick Airport, and moved to Vancouver just over ten years ago. I look forward to meeting you all.  :)

The Homecoming 8th-12th September 2016 / Re: Our Guests
« on: May 04, 2016, 05:04:12 PM »
Seeing how Gatecon always has a wonderful array of guests that cover many aspects of what went on to provide us as fans of Stargate with such a great viewing experience I wondered about suggesting a guest that would give us some insights into what life is like as an 'Extra'.

Bill Butt is a great guy who has appeared on Stargate Universe in a couple of episodes and SGA, as well as many other shows and movies filmed in Vancouver. He gained fame on Gateworld as the 'Balding Asian Guy' or B.A.G for short! He even signed up to Gateworld as he has a wonderful sense of humour and joined in with the light hearted banter about his role in the SGU episode 'Faith'. When he appeared again in the episode 'Visitation' a line was spoken by Rush that referred to him and the lack of hair. Even the writers on SGU joined in the tongue in cheek silliness! Forget 'Where's Wally?', spotting B.A.G in various TV shows is more fun! :P

He has some wonderful stories about his time on TV show and movie sets over the years.  :)

To quote him from his post on Gateworld.....  "so when and where is Gatecon? Who do I have to pay off to get invited, ha!! Ha!!"

Getting Around Vancouver & Beyond / Re: Accomodation
« on: April 24, 2016, 11:04:10 PM »
Were you planning to just sight see in Vancouver and visit the usual tourist sights or wander a little further out? When I came for the first time to Vancouver from the UK for a family holiday we stayed at the Comfort Inn and Suites on Capilano Road in North Vancouver

It's really good value and well placed for Grouse Mountain and the Capilano Suspension Bridge and the Capilano dam that has appeared in many shows. Buses get you to downtown Vancouver or up to the bridge and Grouse Mountain. We found it was a good cheap way to stay in Vancouver and be within transit distance of all the Vancouver sights. We did hire a car though and that allowed us to travel further out as the hotel was close to Highway 1 and we could travel further out to various places in the Lower Mainland.

I have since ended up living in Vancouver and live a bit further out from the city. If you were planning on seeing more of the area and have a car, I could recommend some places from which you can visit some more of the out of the way places and see some more of the scenery, some of which you may recognise from Stargate (depending on which series' you watched) and other shows and movies.  :)

Gategoers at The Homecoming / Re: Meet-A-Gater
« on: March 05, 2016, 02:28:01 PM »
Janet, you'll be meeting a whole bunch of 50 somethings, I'm one of them! When you're all together no one notices age, just a bunch of great people who are nuts about Stargate!

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