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London Logan Hall Himalaya Lecture and Slideshow by TravelChampion on 1 October 2004 3:26am
 
Arrived home very late so only time to post one photo from what was a very enjoyable and entertaining evening.

http://www.travelchampion.com/9misc/palin/001.jpg

{Hopefully this will aid the review that Lyn and Sue will probably write tomorrow - PS, nice meeting you guys and putting some faces to names!}
 
Re: London Logan Hall Himalaya Lecture and Slideshow by Diamond on 1 October 2004 11:02am
 
Good to know you are home ok TC - great meeting you and suetu - made a lovely evening very memorable

they would not allow any photos at the booksigning after so well done TC for yours thanks

talk later today when i have come back down to earth!!!
 
Re: London Logan Hall Himalaya Lecture and Slideshow by gbleaper on 1 October 2004 1:37pm
 
Good to meet you also, Lyn, and Sue and Anne. It was a great evening, though I wish they'd included the promised question-and-answer session. Then again, that would have gone on for ever....
Hilary
 
Re: London Logan Hall Himalaya Lecture and Slideshow by Suetu on 1 October 2004 7:50pm
 
It certainly would! As it was I caught the train with about a minute to spare, although I think there was one more train after mine. There were problems on the northern line as well, so I do think that if there had been a Q and A I wouldn't have made it home til this morning. Either that or reversing the normal child/parent dynamic by getting them to drive 40 miles to pick me up at midnight! It was really nice to meet you Hilary, and I hope you enjoy the site. Speak to you soon

Sue :)
 
Re: London Logan Hall Himalaya Lecture and Slideshow by Suetu on 1 October 2004 8:28pm
 
Well. What can I say? The talk and slideshow were amazing - time just flew by, although Michael must have been talking for at least an hour and a half. Yet again the pictures are outstanding - you can see one of them on the link above - and Basil Pao was there as well! We got there early and managed to sit in the first row, and there were a few reserved seats. Travelchampion noticed Basil sit down in one of them, and after a quick discussion of "is it him" I went and asked for his autograph. I have to say however that I waited til someone else asked him first! Lyn took his photo which he said he hates having taken, but he was so friendly and really accomodating.
The book is brilliant, and it is really nice to read the parts of it that Michael talked about last night and remember the extra anecdotes that went with it.
There is a bit of a problem with the book however, and at this point I would like everybody to set aside a moment and think of Lyn. Michael has such a lot to say in "Himalaya" that the typeface size in the book is really rather small, and Lyn feels that due to her advancing years she may have some trouble deciphering it. I feel that we should all have a whipround and buy her one of those magnifying glasses on a string that you can get out those catalogues that come free in magazines and papers. If anyone would like to contribute, please send all donations to "sues holiday fund 2005 , care of the Cayman Islands."

Sue :p
 
Re: London Logan Hall Himalaya Lecture and Slideshow by Diamond on 1 October 2004 10:10pm
 
HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA

oh tears of laughter time!! now where did i put my waterproof mascara - you cheeky possum you - well at least you didnt tell them about Anne (with an e!) and I getting locked in the ladies only to find we were trying to get out by the wrong door!!! phew panic over!!

Its times like these you find out who your friends are!! giggle!!

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Re: London Logan Hall Himalaya Lecture and Slideshow by Diamond on 1 October 2004 10:15pm
 
Crikey a Q&A session too Hilary!!! poor michael was on the BBC london radio this morning at 8.15am and he commented he was a bit worse for wear and quoted the reason as he gave a talk which went on too long as he put too much into it without realising - awwwwwwww bless!!

Did anyone tape that interview perchance as i could not get that staion on sky or on radio but listened on line instead!!
 
Re: London Logan Hall Himalaya Lecture and Slideshow by Diamond on 1 October 2004 10:39pm
 
Well What can i say to follow sues report!! apart from who has a photo of you sue with basil?? Now should i put that one on sasparilla or the one of basil on his own!! tee hee - payback time!!! giggle!!

The day for me started out rather damp as it was bucketing down with rain when i got to the station and then the train was delayed!! I mean dont they know that Lyn was on a mission!!!

Met up with Sue at the British Museum and managed to miss Travel Champion (Andrew) twice - get yourself a mobile phone please!!! but we all met up at the Logan Hall early enough to get in the front of the queue, I asked for the only poster there was of michael and was given the promise of it later!! YAY At the start we met up with Anne (with an E!) who had not got a ticket but was waiting for a return - yes she got one- nice one - so its always worth trying in situations like that - well done Anne!

we were gradually getting closer to the hall as the queue built up so we were allowed to move further down the stairs to the entrance, and then we heard Michaels voice from behind and yes he walked past us - "Hello Michael" i could hear myself saying - "Hello" Michael replied as he made his way down stairs!!

For some reason they delayed letting us into the hall itself - i think so that we might buy books before hand but with unreserved seating they had no chance of anyone leaving the queue, but we were allowed in at 6.45 - we went straight to the front and picked out a good view of michael and the backdrop for the slide show. We saved a seat for Anne too!

The talk was a journey through - a sneak preview of the Himalaya and Michael talked well - i had never been to one of these talks before and was enthralled to have michaels company for so long - the talk was funny informative and the slides were of Basils photos - and were excellent as usual BUT there was an order of No flash photography they even stopped digital cameras too, but we dont know why, will ask webamster to find out in another thread.

Michael waxed lyrical for an hour and a half - and when he first came on the lights were on in the auditorium as he introduced the talk and he looked stunned to see so many people there - it was a sell out of 900 !! WOW Michael was his usual humourus self and had us in stitches at times but yet gave us a really good insight into the journey - i remember he told us about the dongba dance and the world cup win coinciding and about washing an elephant too.

Andrew had to leave before the book siging - but we stayed and again NO photos were allowed of Michael by anyone!! which you can understand really as there were about 500 of us who stayed on and if they all took a photo it would be rather wearing and time consuming.

While we waited the staff came round with tins of sweets - more than once too and the drinks machine did a good trade too cos it took us over an hour and a half to get our books signed and we were by no means the end of the queue!! poor Michael and Basil but then they did have a bottle of red wine to keep them going - dont know if it was the first of the evening or the last!!?? It was also quite warm downstairs too. GOod to meet up with Hilary in the queue and the man from the ministry who told michael that when he wrote government reports over night that Michaels videos were played on a loop while they worked!!

Michael then signed the poster that i had been given - the man who told me that i could have it, brought it down and came to find me with it after the talk BLESS that was so kind of him!!

All four of us palinite ladies then walked to Russell Square station to take trains home - we all looked out for one another and it made a really enjoyable evening so much better for your company- thank you!!




 
Re: London Logan Hall Himalaya Lecture and Slideshow by jim on 1 October 2004 10:55pm
 
Hi girls , It seems that you had a really good night out.I'm sure you will remember that night for many years to come.I wish I was able to see Michael.Maybe another time!
 
Re: London Logan Hall Himalaya Lecture and Slideshow by benton on 1 October 2004 11:11pm
 
"There is a bit of a problem with the book however, and at this point I would like everybody to set aside a moment and think of Lyn. Michael has such a lot to say in "Himalaya" that the typeface size in the book is really rather small, and Lyn feels that due to her advancing years she may have some trouble deciphering it."

Michael reads Himalaya in a BBC Audiobook. You can either buy the six CDs version for £19.99, or four cassettes at £15.99:

http://www.bbcshop.com/invt/0563523514&;bklist=icat,4,,219,108
 
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