Had an absolutely amazing time at CE! I don't know if it's possible to condense the whole experience into a top 5 moments/memories type thing however it's been two weeks now and I'm still not sure if I've spoken to everyone or thanked everyone that I met so I thought I'd try to do it here if possible based on what I can remember (which is not much!!)
Firstly I have to say that seeing all the SWF guys that I previously met at FF last year was really cool, feels like I've known many of you forever and you are always welcoming and happy to chat. It was great to finally meet such great people like Iain & Neil, Paul Armory, Nick_iow, roundster, jedi_masters, SAVORY100 and everyone else I saw for the first time at CE!
Thanks to everyone that turned up to the Chinese meal on Thursday btw, I hope you all enjoyed it & huge thanks to Ben for counting out the money towards the end of the night! Still not sure how we came up so short but thanks to those that put in a bit extra, it all worked out in the end!
Simon & Andy, two great guys who I need to thank for putting up with me as a roommate at the hotel! The confessions of a Star Wars collector chat we had on Friday night over a few stiff drinks was funny (Although I think Andy still needs to confess something??)
Even though I didn't actively hunt people out for their freebies I still came home with a bag full of SWF swag, from bottle openers to badges and everything in between! I apologise if some of our meetings were short but I really appreciate everyone trading with me or just giving me things at the fox/novotel and other places.
Had a great chat with Edd over a pint at the collecting track panel about SWF and other things, was great to see you again mate!
Podcast guys - you really pulled out all the stops to make CE a fun and interesting event. Every time I wandered by your booth was full of people and I couldn't get near but I managed to chat to you guys a few times over the course of the weekend! Sat next to Jez with his furry Chewbacca slippers at one of the panels who was pissing himself hearing people outside roar like Tuskens LOL
Looking back at some of the photos of the weekend (especially at the novotel bar) it seems that were times when many of you guys were just a few feet away from me and I had literally no clue! Chatting to some of the Germans and Swedes while Nick kept the Sambuca shots going seemed to keep me in the same place all night which I quite regret now so if anyone thought I was being rude or keeping away then I apologise, I honestly didn't even realise half of you were there
I'm sure there are a million more people to thank and people that deserve a mention but the entire weekend was overwhelming for me. All I know is that I had a great time and I hope everyone else did too! Thanks to each and every single one of you for making CE such a memorable event, without a SWF presence at the bars/meals, room sales & collecting track panels/booths I think it would have been a totally different experience.