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Well folks it's been a while since the last update, but a lot
has happened in the past couple of months - some things good,
some things not so good, but finally something very good. After
Christmas fast forward to February when we headed out to Sri
Lanka to visit our son and family. We would be celebrating our
grandson Ned's birthday and mine. It was good to see the family
again as they had not been back to the UK since last summer. We
drove down to the lovely old city of Galle for the first
weekend, and were thoroughly spoilt by having our own chef who
cooked up some amazing food. It was Ned's 11th birthday so
plenty of cakes were enjoyed by all and guess what I gave him as
a present? It was very warm and the locals had a good way of
For the journey back to Colombo Maureen, Robbie and Ned
decided to take the train and what an experience that turned out
to be. Standing room only for three hours and at each station
another 100 or so people crammed into the carriage until they
were literally hanging out the doors – that’s when a jetpack
comes in handy!
The following weekend we had another trip this time to
Mirissa to celebrate my birthday. When we arrived we couldn't
quite believe that the villa was just for us - it had it's own
pool, cinema, fireman's pole (which delighted the children -
Boba did not attempt it!) plus about eight bedrooms to choose
from and of course staff to attend to our every need - we could
easily get used to this life.......
The villa was very beautiful and had a great terrace ideal
for early evening cocktails and glorious sunsets.
On my birthday we decided to have a game of cricket by the
sea. The day started with a huge slice of birthday cake,
followed by a game of cricket played mainly by myself – the
found playing in the sand more interesting Sad smile
Back in Colombo it was good to spend time with the
grandchildren, just swimming and relaxing and we visited the
famous Tintagel Hotel for dinner.
We decided to spend our last weekend in the Maldives as it
was only an hours flight away, and also we would probably never
have the opportunity again. Flights and accommodation were booked and we were looking
forward to the wonderful trip when we got the devastating news
that our youngest granddaughter Indy who is five years old had a
malignant brain tumour. Everything went into freefall - she
needed immediate surgery in Colombo and then was to be flown
back to the UK by air ambulance for major surgery at Great
Ormond Street Hospital. After much debating it was decided that
Maureen and I would still go to the Maldives with Ned and Joss.
The Maldives are made up of a chain of islands in the Indian
Ocean. We flew to the capital Male and stayed the night there.
Transport was by speedboat, or if one was very wealthy by
private seaplane - we chose the boat!
The Four Season Resort on Kuda Hurra is out of this world and
if ever you happen to be in the Indian ocean it is well worth a
visit Winking smile The children enjoyed the stunning pool, and
even fed the baby sharks in the evening.
The weekend went far too quickly, and we enjoyed it as much
as circumstances would allow. Soon it was time to jump on the
boat and plane and head back to Colombo.
Back home in the UK our first event of the year was
Autographica, a nice gentle show at the Radisson hotel at London
Heathrow airport. There were several astronauts there including
Buzz Aldrin and it was fascinatingly talking to Greg H. Johnson
about his experiences in space. He also was a Star Wars fan.
The following week we got the amazing news that Indy’s tumour
was not malignant after all and she is making a very steady
recovery - our home was completely taken over by get well cards, balloons and an
excessive amount of cuddly toys.
This meant we could go to Salt Lake City Comic Con feeling
much happier. We were staying in the very luxurious Grand
America hotel. Salt Lake City is very beautiful and is
surrounded by snow-capped mountains. The show was astounding
with around 100,000 attendees – not bad for only a 2nd show.
Well done to Dan Farr and his professional crew for giving us a
The Krayt Clan – Utah Chapter invited Maureen and I to join
them at the fabulous Pizza restaurant 'Settebello' which had the
best pizza I have tasted. They very kindly presented me with a
lovely crystal and made me an honorary member.
Just a note to say thanks so much to all the fans who very
generously gave us donations for the Great Ormond Street
Hospital which took such good care of Indy. We raised $800
-thank you guys and girls from Salt Lake City.
Our next two shows were in Europe which is easily reached by
Eurostar – just a quick train ride under the channel. Our first
trip was to Antwerp, Belgium for a one day event. We arrived the
day before and explored the lovely city. It's central railway
station is a very impressive building Other guests included Alan
Harris (Bossk) and my old friend Colin Baker from Dr. Who and we
all gathered for special dinner on Saturday night. The show was
fun if not a little noisy due to the lady wrestlers in the ring
just in front of our table. Alan and I were made honorary
members of the ‘Rebel Legion – Benelux’. Thanks to Lode for
inviting us for a fun weekend.
Back on Eurostar again the following weekend, this time
heading for Cusset in France. We travelled from London with
Dermot Crowley and Cathy Munroe. We stayed in the spa town of
Vichy which like Antwerp has lovely
I first appeared at the Generations Star Wars event in May
2003 and was amazed at how big it had grown over the years, in
fact it needs a bigger venue. Well done to Fabien and his team
and also to the wonderful chocolatier who surprised us all at
the end of the show with all these goodies which were demolished
Another weekend, another train journey this time to the
beautiful cathedral city of Lincoln. I was going to the Ritz
Cinema which is being completely renovated. The owner Pete
Genders was raising money to complete the works. Peter Davison -
who was the fifth Doctor Who – was just about to do his stage Q
On Saturday, many people turned up for my Q & A and I was
supported by friend Gary aka Boba. The 501st were out in force,
and we raised a good amount of money by doing a photo shoot.
It was a very successful day and we wish Pete and his crew
lots of luck in bringing the Ritz back to its former glory.
We have been to two more events (Toronto and Disney) and that
update will be coming very soon. The good news is that Indy has
recovered so well that she has travelled back to Sri Lanka for
the last few months of Robbie’s posting. She has been a very
brave little girl.
Speak soon and take care.
FEBRUARY 20, 2014
A belated very Happy New Year to you all and hope 2014 is
you well. This little island is being battered by storms, but
in London we have escaped the worst. Although Christmas seems an
ago here is a little update on our trip to the Emerald Isle.
>We had been invited to spend Christmas with family in
decided to take the ferry across the Irish sea. The crossing was
pretty rough, but we managed to avoid being ill. We drove down
beautiful town of Kinsale to visit our eldest four
first day was beautiful, and the harbour looked very pretty with
the yachts. It then became very stormy and we had to make a mad
to the restaurant without getting too drenched. We had a lovely
evening with the girls. We had not seen them for some time and
was lots to catch up on.
We then took a wonderful drive up to County Carlow to meet
the rest of
our family. We were having a late lunch on Christmas day, so
advantage of the good weather to have a rather long walk. It was
worth the effort as the views were stunning. Boba did drag
bit, but at least did not resort to what Lara did, which was
rest halfway there!
After such an invigorating afternoon we were all ready for a
meal. The table had been set and looked very inviting. A great
was had by all.
On boxing day the children tried out their new skateboards,
we jumped in our cars to follow the local hunt. And by the way
escaped - hooray! Our return ferry was cancelled due to dreadful
weather in the Irish sea, so we spent another day in Ireland –
another pub lunch with Guinness!
Finally we arrived home, and have spent many hours in my
to get all the lovely artwork displayed – not an easy task with
sloping roof. Industrial velcro came to the rescue, thanks to
friendly hints from fans.
Speak soon everyone and keep safe.
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