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DSTL – My Experience, by Laura Fawcett

DSTL – My Experience, by Laura Fawcett

Oct 28

This was my first purely Star Trek convention I have been to. It was great to not be the only one in Star Trek uniform at a convention, normally I’m one of few.   The venue was huge, London’s Excel Centre, I think the area in which the convention was held could of been expanded to tackle those queuing issues that many face on the days for talk tickets etc.   My plan for the...

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My Photo Shoots

My Photo Shoots

Oct 27

Here are my DSTL photo shoots in all of their glory Avery Brooks (who adjusted my collar before the photo) The legend who is Andrew Robinson (aka Elim garak from DS9) Scott Bakula (who was such a warm & friendly man) Sir Patrick Stewart (nothing more needs to be said) Brent Spiner (Data was always one of my favourite characters) Bridge photo Shoot (total...

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Reflections or Ramblings from DSTL

Reflections or Ramblings from DSTL

Oct 26

DSTL: Reflections one week on… I cannot believe that it was a week ago the Star Trek event of the year / decade was about to begin in London. They say time flies when you are having fun but considering I am having post convention blues then I not sure why this week has flown by. I wanted to reflect on last weekend since I am quite reflective in the way I process information. Looking back...

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The day(s) I met the Trek Mate family by Guest Blogger Matt Warwick

The day(s) I met the Trek Mate family by Guest Blogger Matt Warwick

Oct 26

(@mclark1701 has been posting “The Day I Met..” for the captains he met at Star Trek London on the TrekMate blog. I thought it would be fun to write my own version!) I woke up on the morning of Saturday 20th of September in a Travelodge next to the ExCel centre in the heart of London. Today was the day I got to visit Destination Star Trek London (DSTL). I’d had my tickets for a few months,...

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Meeting Scott Bakula

Meeting Scott Bakula

Oct 25

One of the highlights for me at DSTL was meeting Scott Bakula. I had not originally purchased a photo with him but having seen Wayne’s I decided to take the plunge, a good friend had given me £25 as an early birthday present so what better to spend the money on? So Sunday at 2PM I was stood near the front of the queue to meet the great man, I was probably the 3rd or 4th person to meet...

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DSTL: Silver just wasn’t enough! by Guest Blogger Vesta Wild

DSTL: Silver just wasn’t enough! by Guest Blogger Vesta Wild

Oct 24

Silver just wasn’t enough… The phrase “are you out of your Vulcan mind” comes to my mind when I remember my husbands reaction after I told him I had bought a silver pass to DSTL, god knows what would have happened if my “finger slipped” onto the gold pass! Having said that, after the weekend I just had, silver just wasn’t enough! So, the first grand scale Star...

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DSTL: Kate Mulgrew by Guest Blogger Vesta Wild

DSTL: Kate Mulgrew by Guest Blogger Vesta Wild

Oct 24

Kate Mulgrew – 100% Pure Captain “Kate Mulgrew’s going! All five Captains! PLEEEASE!!! KATE MULGREW!!” is pretty much all my husband heard the second I bought that fateful SFX magazine that advertised Destination Star Trek London. Of course I wanted to meet Patrick Stewart as well, but nothing compared to Kate Mulgrew. For years I had cursed myself for missing her at the various...

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DSTL: Silver just wasn’t enough by Guest Blogger Vesta Wild

DSTL: Silver just wasn’t enough by Guest Blogger Vesta Wild

Oct 24

Silver just wasn’t enough… The phrase “are you out of your Vulcan mind” comes to my mind when I remember my husbands reaction after I told him I had bought a silver pass to DSTL, god knows what would have happened if my “finger slipped” onto the gold pass! Having said that, after the weekend I just had, silver just wasn’t enough! So, the first grand scale Star...

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Destination Star Trek London: Day Three

Destination Star Trek London: Day Three

Oct 23

After still buzzing from the Kate Mulgrew talk I was finding I had mixed feelings over the third and final day.  The most exciting part was that I would be meeting Sir Patrick Stewart at the photo shoot and then would be going to his talk later that afternoon.  On the other hand the convention was coming to an end and this celebration of Star Trek would be finally over. Something that Becky and...

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The day I met Sir Patrick Stewart

The day I met Sir Patrick Stewart

Oct 22

  The talk that I had been looking forward to all weekend was that of Sir Patrick Stewart. Captain Picard has always been my favorite out of all the captains and just as an actor I have always enjoyed his work. Earlier in the day I had been waiting for the time for my photo with this legend of Stage and screen. I know that I was not going to be given a lot of time to say anything since...

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DSTL: The Debates

DSTL: The Debates

Oct 22

Trek Mate, the Trekkie Girls & the Trekologist (Raules Davies) were asked to hold debates on various topics during the course of the weekend. Some of these are up on the site for you to have a look at but below are just some random thoughts on them: The Movie Debate – while First Contact won (quite right too) I was surprised to see how many actually enjoyed The Motion Picture. There was...

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Brannon Braga Session

Brannon Braga Session

Oct 22

  Brannon Braga appeared on Stage C which was free for everyone to enjoy. In fact apart from all the Captains talks everything else was free. Can’t get better than that can you? Some interesting questions were posed to Brannon (even one from me) and the answers included: Star Trek Hive: Brannon explained the concept of his four part comic book story based on the Borg in the future where...

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Destination Star Trek London: Day Two

Destination Star Trek London: Day Two

Oct 22

Day two began in quite  a nervous way for me since Becky would be coming along and I wanted to ensure that she enjoyed herself and could see what all the fuss was about. I had after all been going on about this for some six months. We arrived when it was time for Becky to have her photo with Scott Bakula and for me to have the Bridge Photo. I had no choice but to dump Becks in one queue while I...

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The day I met Kate Mulgrew

The day I met Kate Mulgrew

Oct 21

Saturday was always going to be a big day for me at Star Trek London. Not only was I going to be meeting Chase Masterson for a photo shoot I was going to be meeting Kate Mulgrew and listen in on one of her talks.  I can sincerely say that I was not disappointed in any way. The photo shoot was amazing. So many people wanting to meet Kate meant that the most you would get would be a hand shake,...

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Paul’s Highlight

Paul’s Highlight

Oct 20

My highlight of the event so far has been the Alternative opening ceremony with Conner Taneer & Dominic Keating. Far from being the ‘free’ or ‘cheap’ version of the opening of DSTL this event was packed full of off the cuff fun and energy. In the end it featured every single guest who would be appearing a DSTL with the exception of the 5 Captains. To give you an idea...

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My first day at Star Trek London

My first day at Star Trek London

Oct 19

When I arrived at the Excel just before 11am Friday morning I couldn’t believe that already people were queuing up for their goody bags, tickets and getting into that Star Trek feeling. As well as my first convention this was the first time to meet the Trek Mate family. I met Mark first in his uniform (quite stunning) and then one by one the rest of the gang arrived. A special moment...

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The night the Five Captains came to London

The night the Five Captains came to London

Oct 19

As I write this I am trying to explain to my wife Becky the wonder and awe that I just experienced at Destination Star Trek London. I have been a devotee of Star Trek since the age of nine (as I am sure most of you know by the podcasts I have been on since joining Trek Mate) but tonight was the best Star Trek experience of my life. Thanks to Trek Mate I was lucky enough to be allowed to be a...

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Who I am meeting at Star Trek London

Who I am meeting at Star Trek London

Sep 27

With less than three weeks to go until Star Trek London I can now start to actually imagine what it will be like meeting those actors who have entertained me and taken me to the “final frontier”. I am still not sure what I will say to any of them apart from my deepest admiration for them and thanking them for bringing Star Trek alive for me. Sir Patrick Stewart – Captain Jean Luc Picard I...

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What question would you ask your favourite Star Trek actor / character?

What question would you ask your favourite Star Trek actor / character?

Sep 27

One of the best things about Star Trek conventions is that your favourite actor will most probably be taking part in a series of talks based upon the series they were in, the character they played and much more. For a time you will hear them talk about nothing else and more importantly you might get the chance to ask a question. So what would your question be? Perhaps not this one… My...

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The Star Trek Community & Star Trek London

The Star Trek Community & Star Trek London

Sep 27

As we know DSTL is going to the first dedicated Star Trek convention in the UK and the only one in Europe that will have all five captains on one stage. We will get to meet the actor, writers, watch amazing stunts, seat in the captain’s chair on the bridge of the Enterprise and so much more. For me though there is something I am looking forward to just as much as meeting my Star Trek idols,...

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Who I’m meeting at Star Trek London

Who I’m meeting at Star Trek London

Sep 26

So after all the preparations we are almost there so i thought i’d quickly write about who i’ve bought photo shoots with at Star Trek London and why. We have all had months to plan who we wanted to meet and unfortunately money is not an inexhaustible resource so I had to think long and hard about who I wanted to meet. Sir Patrick Stewart I’m sure that Sir Patrick is probably...

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Star Trek London want to take on Vegas

Star Trek London want to take on Vegas

Sep 26

The coming event this October made it’s mark on the Trek convention circuit before it has even started by being the first convention in the World to host all 5 Trek Captains under one roof for the same event. Fans of the 2009 and forthcoming 2013 incarnation may be disappointed that Chris Pine will not be joining the famous panel. Sticking with the prime universe William Shatner, Patrick...

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A Family affair

A Family affair

Sep 25

Star Trek London will mark a huge achievement for the Trek Mate family, although still relatively young our group is soon to be producing 7 podcasts, numerous articles, a busy forum and now after the runaway success of the 24 hour podathon Trek Mate is taking another big step in providing our fans with coverage from the floors of Star Trek London. You may be at Star Trek London already but you...

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Star Trek London Baby!!

Star Trek London Baby!!

Sep 25

It is now a little over 3 weeks until Star Trek London so I’m writing down some of my thoughts before the event. Very early in the year the TrekMate team were talking about the lack of Star Trek conventions in the UK, Wayne tried to contact someone to see if there was interest in organising a convention only to be told “Star Trek  is dead” Well I’m very glad that that...

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What Star Trek London means to me

What Star Trek London means to me

Sep 25

A great Article here written by Trek Mate Family member Michael Clarke. This really sums up the hunger in the UK for an event like Star Trek London. If you like this article then you will be glad to know that Michael will be one of Trek Mates official blogger during the Star Trek London event. Michael will also be the co host on a new Trek Mate podcast called the ‘Holodeck’. The...