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14 March 2010 @ 07:47 pm
WELLINGTON and AFP and Neil Gaiman and LOVE  
Wellington was awesome, even though we did arrive to a blustery day! While walking to the hostel, rain started dumping down with little warning and wind whipped up and that was a little startling. We got to the hostel and it was awesome but there was a crawlspace up near the ceiling which was a little alarming…

We went to dinner at this Cajun place called Sweet Mother’s Kitchen and OH MY LORD you guys. Yum. I had southern fried chicken with gravy and jambalaya and we all had curly fries (my compatriots were shocked) and chips with amazing salsa and then I introduced them to key lime pie. It was so awesome we went back for breakfast the next day.

After that, we went to the concert, walking through the wind and rain to get there. We arrived a few minutes before 8 (Doors open time) but it was plenty of time! We got merch and then we got to go in and we managed to get the front row. I stood in the front row for a concert!! Seriously!!

Hera was up first and she is SOCUTE AND I LOVE HER! She sounded amazing and her songs were beautiful and entertaining. She’s a goddess. Leah was still squeeing because we had gotten a glimpse of Neil Gaiman slipping in the building behind Amanda with a ‘DON’T LET THEM SEE ME’ look on his face. It was awesome. And after Hera, Amanda was up to bat.

The audience was HORRIBLE. They wouldn’t shut up and let her play. No one came to hear you all scream; they came to hear Amanda in all her wonderfulness. She handed out carrots and apples (because she’s Amanda…) and someone yelled “Put your carrot in my mouth” to which she responded without hesitation, “Your momma’s carrot was in my mouth last night.” Not so original, but I love her pluck anyway :D She was amazing. Spellbinding and loud and funny and cynical…everything I love about my Amanda. She read from her book (Words supplied by Neil Gaiman) and despite interruptions from the audience, it was wonderful. She sang the Vegemite song and laughed when someone gave her a picture of Neil looking evil while holding a jar of Marmite. She used the ‘your momma’ joke quite a lot when the audience didn’t shut up. And to a particular girl who wouldn’t stop screaming ‘I LOVE YOU!' she said “Dude, you’re gonna get beat up! Have you been drinking? Or doing something else? Drugs maybe? I hope so because if not, there’s something wrong. I wish I could be like you though. So full of love.” Which was a pretty classy way to handle it really. Everyone in the audience was just screaming at her to shut the frak up. She did eventually get escorted out, however. And then there was the lime guy. During question and answer time he asked "DO YOU LIKE LIMES" to which I think she answered "they're...fine" or something to that extent. And then he yelled about limes again and when she was talking about her book she was saying you could use it for anything, including dirty material (Nekkid pitures!) and she said "How is lime guy!?" and someone yelled "SUBLIME" and she had to take a moment before she could breathe again.

She hadn't been having a great day and you can tell when she performs. She was still wonderful. Ever charming and witty, is our Amanda. And the entire thing was made awesomer by the presence of Mr Neil Gaiman not ten feet away, always watching her as if she was the most amazing thing he had ever seen. I love it. And he giggled when she played the Vegemite song. Their love is gorgeous. And after the concert they proved just how darn classy they are by doing something wonderful for someone I know. Gorgeous, gorgeous people. OH and Cath is my hero because she used her mad crowd control skills to keep the crowd from crushing me. THANK YOU, CATH! ♥

The next day was better, weather wise! We went to Sweet Mother's Kitchen again and then we went to Te Papa museum which had a Pompeii exhibit. That was fascinating! And my Volcanoes and Earthquakes class knowledge was working full time :D Then we went to Fidel's which fans of the Lord of the Rings movies will recognise from a documentary special feature with Billy and Dom. It was lovely! And then there was rest time before Neil Gaiman.

Oh. OH Neil Gaiman. There was SUCH A CROWD! There were probably 300ish people at Amanda, and Neil packed out the Wellington town hall. I estimate 1,000? Anyway, it was awesome. And he was so incredible. He read poems, two of which are new, and he read so well. Everything he said was amazing. Someone asked him what the secret to writing is and he said "Write. People act like I'm keeping some incredible secret from them. Like they want me to say okay first you kill the goat, then you wipe the blood over the door and then you wait. There will come three knocks but you do not answer. Then another five knocks and then you answer the door and when you do, Stephen King, J.K. Rowling and I will be standing there in robes to welcome you in." He also said about Shakespeare: "A lot of people don't realise he was writing for actors. I love it when an English teacher or something will go on and on like 'this speech exists because' when no, that speech exists because the guy he was just speaking to has to get changed. He just left and he has to come in again from the other direction so he needs a four minute speech to give him time!" Brilliant. And in answer to what his favourite mythological creature is? "Basilisk. I love them. If a cockerel is ever unfortunate enough to lay an egg, what you need to do is smash it and kill the cockerel because if it hatches it becomes this lizard thing that can turn you to stone and only weasels can kill it! I love that! I've always wanted to write one but I never have. There must be somebody standing around with a bag of weasels somewhere!"

He was just SO LOVELY and for a shy person, he handled the crowd exceedingly well, though he does have a lot of practice under his belt. Then came the singing. I was behind Leah and she asked him if he would hold a sign for her fan group so she could post it to them. He said, in the most amazingly kind way, "Of course I will!" he took the sign and I took the picture which he POSED FOR and everything. LOOK! (That's FIERCE face :D but I missed when he grinned right after because someone else was taking my camera for MY picture, DOH) Then he signed my copy of Neverwhere which I hold dear to my heart because it takes place in London and I read it right after being there. He wrote "Dear Lara, MIND THE GAP!" and then signed his name. I said "I did when I was there!" and he said "Well that is the most important thing because if you don't, it's dangerous!" (if you've read the book, you totes know BB) and then I thanked him and he said, "You're so welcome, thank YOU for coming!" I love it when people are so amazing to their fans. He was absolutely kind and gracious and I appreciate it endlessly. And I could gush about it forever so MOVING ON! (HIS SIGNING TOOK THREE HOURS but he tweeted that he loved us! And we loved him :D)

We witnessed an amazing sunset, had silly boardwalk times, had a hostel picnic dinner, and then today we went to the art gallery and then a-wandering. And I bought far too many books. So worth it. And THEN I wrote my essay while waiting for the plane. Fantastic.

SO TIRED.
 
 
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Circe: || DD: Just say we were lovers_honeyspider on March 14th, 2010 11:35 am (UTC)
ASDFGGHJKL;;!!!! NEIL.
Künstliches Mädchen | ☘Lara Kelley Gallagher☘: Amanda Palmer~Cute Nerdartemisofluna on March 14th, 2010 11:38 am (UTC)
You are SO FREAKING CUTE :D:D

He held that sign and posed for you! Who's a happy lady?! I THINK IT'S YOU! I THINK IT'S YOU!!
Circe_honeyspider on March 14th, 2010 11:45 am (UTC)
I AM A HAPPY LITTLE SAMARA!
Künstliches Mädchen | ☘Lara Kelley Gallagher☘: SuperBatmanartemisofluna on March 14th, 2010 09:11 pm (UTC)
I'm not tickling you though... I fear your ringy wrath!
Lewis: Asia Argentoarmageddonriver on March 14th, 2010 09:20 pm (UTC)
I fear your ringy wrath!

*smirk*

Hehehehehehehe!
Lewis: Amanda Palmerarmageddonriver on March 14th, 2010 08:50 pm (UTC)
Hehehe, that picture is so awesome :D

SUBLIME! I love it! BOAT! RUDDER!!

I so want to see Hera someday. Maybe she'll be playing when I'm there sometime...

I wouldn't want to mess with Cath in a crowd. Do tell her she needs to come over here next time Megadeth or Slayer are playing.
Künstliches Mädchen | ☘Lara Kelley Gallagher☘: DL Aly and Peter/Williamartemisofluna on March 14th, 2010 09:13 pm (UTC)
He was incredible about it! Out of context for people who weren't there, he looks really unamused, but it was a pose! It was awesome :D And he said the BEST things!

I hope you'll be here when Hera sings! I added her on Twitter so I could keep track of her :D

HAHAHA somehow I don't think Megadeth and Slayer are Cath's things...
Lewis: Dave Mustainearmageddonriver on March 14th, 2010 09:21 pm (UTC)
He does, but it's awesome unamused :D

Yay! Speaking of which, any ideas about me visiting?

They don't have to be her things! In fact, it's better that they're not. That way, she can focus purely on crowd control ;)
Künstliches Mädchen | ☘Lara Kelley Gallagher☘artemisofluna on March 14th, 2010 10:18 pm (UTC)
I can throw $500 your way! If I transfer you the money and you get the tickets from your end is that cool?
Lewis: Arjen's Angelsarmageddonriver on March 14th, 2010 10:46 pm (UTC)
Shouldn't be a problem :) Thank you! *kisses*

And when is good for you?

Edited at 2010-03-14 10:46 pm (UTC)
Father Peter Kemp: Thomasfacefather_peter on March 14th, 2010 10:49 pm (UTC)
The 31 to whatever it was plan worked for me! I have that off for midsemester break! If you can't come then, you can come in early July if you have it off too! I think we go back to uni the monday before my Birthday so I have the preceeding two weeks off. Earlier is better for me (and my having of my stuff) but if later is better for you you can just post the smaller stuff and that's all good!

Email me your banking deets and I'll transfer the money pronto so you can buy tickets!
ikona_rakashaikona_rakasha on March 15th, 2010 04:05 am (UTC)
Neil, you told me the blood of an unborn babe! All these years I have been trying to summon you and now you let slip it was a goat all along! agggggg!

I would eat that crowd at AFP alive for being so rude. Gah evilness.
Sounds like a great weekend :D
Jess: Readingtypo_queen on March 15th, 2010 08:59 am (UTC)
It sounds amazing! Jeaaalous. I think I must try and get tickets to see Amanda in London next month... :D
Emma: witchsora_vandel on March 16th, 2010 08:54 pm (UTC)
I was about to read this when I clicked the lk-cut and was all holy shit that's a lot of text.

and I'd love to read it but I'm doing schoolwork so I'm really procrastinating > > but I aim on reading this later tonight, and I'm sure it will brighten my mood and elevate the evening's joviality. :D