I haven’t done one of these posts in a while but if you remember my previous ones, you will recall that one of the reasons my hubby asked me out is because I liked Red Dwarf. In fact we were both huge fans of the show! So in October 2009 we went to Dimension Jump – the Red Dwarf convention!
It was a weekender in Birmingham so we travelled down on Friday evening and stayed in a Travelodge. I hate Travelodge but that was the closest hotel available as the Holiday Inn was fully booked – the convention was at the Holiday Inn.
After checking in we headed over to the Holiday Inn to see what was going on and register and pick up our documents. In the main hall they were showing random Red Dwarf episodes one a big screen. Such a small thing but it was great watching them randomly! There were people in costumes and it was just a great atmosphere!
On Saturday you had Q&A sessions with cast members including Hattie Hayridge (female Holly), Robert Llewellyn (Kryten) and Chris Barrie (Rimmer). Basically everyone was sat in the hall whilst they were on stage answering questions. During Chris Barrie’s session I noticed that hubby was very fidgety and had what I thought was a bored look on his face. I got so worried because going to the convention was my idea!
After the Q&A session he rushed me outside to the hotel’s balcony and popped the question! Looking back it was all such a blur! I’m not even sure he managed to actually ask the question before I said yes!
Afterwards we went back in to queue up for the autograph sessions. Whilst queueing up we saw Danny John-Jules and got a photo. We got autographs from Hattie, Robert, Chris and Robert O’Callaghan (he played the Creator in Red Dwarf 10). Hubby (or fiance as he was back then!) explained that he’d just proposed and they all signed their congratulations to us! I also asked Robert to do his “extraordinary!” line on camera which he obliged! Unfortunately I can’t find the video anymore though!
On the Sunday, Danny John-Jules and Craig Charles were scheduled to talk. Chloe Annette also made an appearance in Craig Charles Q&A session. We were one of the first to queue for the autograph sessions so straight after Craig’s Q&A we went to queue! Hubby explained about the engagement again and we had a very frosty response from Danny John-Jules. I think his reaction was “Yeah, so?”. Honestly, what a knob! To this day that reaction has destroyed my liking for the Cat character.
Craig Charles on the other hand was great! He asked us “are you going to have a quickie wedding or a long engagement and have lots of lots of sex?” <- only Craig Charles! They all signed congratulations (even Danny John-Jules did begrudgingly). We kept them all and for our wedding hubby had them framed and put up at the reception hall! 🙂
(There were a couple of other things that were memorable from the weekend – my first ever and worst ever leg cramp! And the fact that Stephen Gately died…. can’t believe that he died the very same day I got engaged!)