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Saturday, March 4th, 2017
8:50 pm
Red 19 Ghost of Honour
OK, we've had two Ghosts of Honour so far, in the forms of Conrad Veidt and Basil Rathbone. The Ghost of Honour is a feature of our Film & TV Festival.

For 19, I'd just like to canvas for suggestions for our Ghost Of Honour. This should be someone who has made a noteworthy contribution to SF/Fantasy/Horror TV and/or film, ideally spanning as long a period as possible, and who died at least 25 years prior to the convention. (So that we minimise the issue of people having actually encountered them at conventions in person, if they did a lot.)

The Ghost of Honour doesn't have to be a performer, but must be someone about whom informative and enthusiastic talks or discussions can be given. If there's someone you'd like to give a talk about in this vein, feel free to suggest that also.

Please send any suggestions to david.a.mcintee@gmail.com, which I'll be using for Redemption mails
Monday, February 27th, 2017
3:13 pm
Redemption 2017 Con Report: Fab Friends, Philosophy and Freestyle (non-rehearsed) Cabaret Craziness

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Me, Hubby Brian, Doobie, Bagpuss and Sharkey's adventures at R17

Back to reality now after an amazing weekend at Redemption 2017.

Sat waiting for person to collect my car for a service... originally thought this would be a good plan - and instead of me taking car in early and trying to get home again, I could just hand over the keys and let someone else do all the work whilst I recover from the weekend.  I was originally told 8.30am, then 9.00am, and now it's gone up to "before 12".... so there goes my lie in... ah well... I have the rest of the week to sleep!  So glad I booked the whole week off this time!

Anyway, this gives me time to drink tea and recall all the amazing stuff that went on this weekend :D

It goes a bit like this:


We decided to drive the more direct, though cross-country, route to get to the new Sheffield location for Redemption 17.  The A roads were more like Z roads... one of them really wasn't a road at all, but more of a farmer's mud track which we trundled along, stopping several times to check the map thinking "this can't be right, can it?"

It was all pretty spectacular scenery over the Peak District, despite the trundliness of the roads. We eventually came out of the wilderness and saw signs of civilisation and Sheffield.  Then we spent the rest of our afternoon driving round and round the ring road, until, due to my hubby's fantastic perserverence and map reading skills, we eventually managed to get onto the right road, and into the correct lane of the right road to actually make it to the hotel!  The hotel from the outside looked very calm and innocent - almost thought we were at the wrong place - but as soon as we opened the door, the expected craziness hit us immediately... yay we were "at home" again!

Firstly saw Melinda Sinha at the Reg desk and ran over for hugs, then spied Martin Jones for yet more hugs, and strangely I had run passed and not noticed the one and only Ivan Sinha, despite the fact he had two heads!! So more hugs were required and apologies for being so out of it that I'd not spotting Ivan in his Ruler of the Universe costume as Zaphod Beeblebrox.

Then back to the hotel reception, grabbing the door key and up to find our room.... couldn't find it, as we had somehow managed to book the 1862 Suite and when a staff member showed us to our room, we discovered it was full of the lovely people from OPs.  As much as I was quite prepared to share my room with these guys, we thought it best to go and re-check our accommodation - and many thanks to Ming for calling the Hotel Manager to sort out the double booking.  So then we waited for a long time, feeling like we were causing much chaos already, and we'd not even unpacked!!  Hee hee! Luckily my bestie, Kayta, and the cheeky Steve Rogerson appeared for reassuring hugs whilst we waited.

The ever-so-nice manager was most apologetic for double booking our room and luckily managed to find us a spare room in the same hotel - phew!

Once settled in our room we went down to explore the new venue.

Downstairs in the bar we were welcomed with hugs from the lovely David Ulicsak who had a message from our mutual, and great pal, Rob Jones who sadly could no longer make it to the Con... You woz missed Rob! xx

We wondered about a bit familiarising ourselves with the room locations, and ended back up at the bar, where the wonderful Chris Stocks greeted us, and so I took the opportunity for a quick cuddle with him :D  We got introduced to a new friend, Harpal, who was most concerned for me, and continued to be throughout the con, when he heard about all my food intolerances - not sure how this subject came up so quickly!

Then the fabulous Jon and Vicky appeared, as if by magic and so more delighted hugs followed :D  We talked of all our friends who couldn't get to the con this time, but who were already being missed, including, of course, the stunning Maddy Marsh - missed you babe! xx

After the Opening Ceremony, we enjoyed a lovely chinese meal in the hotel restaurant, as the manager pointed out that they could cope with even my level of food intolerances, as the food was cooked to order, and sure enough he was correct.  Whilst waiting in the food queue, we were entertained by Mr Chris Stocks (squeee!) and the lovely Mr and Mrs Ivan Sinha.  Ivan was recalling the day we first met on the dancefloor at the very first Redemption in 1999 and we were laughing muchly about how we still owned our very first disco outfits, but that they didn't quite fit us as well now - being 18 years later!!!

After a lovely meal and chat with the Sinhas, we went off to prepare for the ceilidh!

Kayta, Martin, Bri and I pulled off some funky routines and after the first 2 dances I was well knackered!  I immediately got neck and back ache, but battled on!

We were missing a couple for the one dance, so I spied:

Mr Cute: Steve Rogerson


Mr Gorgeous: Chris Stocks

and so, knowing they would make a visually beautiful couple, I encouraged them onto the dancefloor and to be dance partners together (for my personal entertainment!) One of them took a little longer to be persuaded, so I had to resort to physically dragging Mr Stocks up (which proved to be rather fun!) despite him swearing to get double revenge on me later!

The double revenge, or "REWENGEE" as he preferred to call it, turned into triple revenge and took the form of spinning me around extra fast, extra times and bouncing up to be even taller than normal to make my dance moves even more challenging!!

We had a mid-ceilidh break, where the lovely band played a waltz.  Hubby Brian dragged me onto the dancefloor, and despite having fairly recently had ballroom dancing classes, I could not think for the life of me how to do one.  So we went free-style, Bri doing what he knows and me, what I know... so we ended up doing what Chris referred to later as a "mixed martial arts class" - Brian doing hip throws on me and me playing air guitar to tunes which had no guitar in them!  Inevitably, it ended up on the floor, but not without Brian getting a Drazi point for his unique freestyle dancing!


Had a lovely breakfast at the hotel.

There was so much to do at the con, that we missed out on a few panels - I would have loved to go to Judith Proctor's Morris Dancing sessions and was also intrigued by the idea of Misha's Warhammer 40K Cop (would love to read any reviews of these?)

We made it to the 50 years of Star Trek panel and enjoyed listening to Gaspode's impressive knowledge of all things fandom related, and for his stamina for coming straight from a previous panel which he'd been talking for an hour. Go John!

I then spent a very pleasant and relaxing hour, adult colouring with Melinda Sinha, and catching up on the Sinha family's activities.  Ivan came back from the chaos costuming session and informed us he had yet another character which he would be performing in the Masquerade! I think he said he had around 8 costume changes over the weekend!  What a guy!

Then it was time for my excellent hubby and Philosopher, Brian, to do his thing at his "Morality and Mortality" panel.  He gave two warnings - one about the potentially disturbing content of his talk/discussion, but most importantly to warn everyone that he would be reading out his own poetry!!  Zikes!  :O

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I tried *really hard* not to heckle ... honest... but when Brian was describing how he had not chosen his own body and so was stuck with the body he had, and had to just lump it... I couldn't help a "Me Too!"... Unfortunately, I didn't anticipate the laughter from the audience, which went on for a long while and so I ended up having to take refuge under my cardigan in shame at disrupting Brian's talk somewhat!

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There was some excellent audience contribution, questions and discussion and we really enjoyeRead mored the panel - so thanks to everyone for attending and contributing!  We left on a high, full of energy for our long, but rewarding walk up to Nando's to spend our Christmas vouchers on chicken, spicy rice and Minty Peas!  The Minty Peas were delish - and a lot more powerful that I expected with the chilly and mintiness!  Yum!


Our next event was the Masquerade and Cabaret :D

About 20 minutes before the Cabaret, I was informed that I was required to assist with Zaphod's Cabaret act.  My very brief, briefing - mostly by text from Zaphod's lovely wife, Melinda - simply said "it will involve your natural abilities, bring your air guitar" and later "Be Brian May, Wear This" *throws me a shiny scarf* ... and then I had an anxious wait, not knowing when Zaphod would be on, but being on high alert, ready to jump up and perform on cue!  I was officially scared, though once on stage, my "natural abilities" seemed to take over and it was all one big, though very enjoyable blur of craziness.

The most hilarious part for me, was when we walked off stage - Zaphod and I were leaning against a wall, breathing very heavily, trying to get our breath back, which took a very long time!  We don't seem to have quite as much recovery power as we both did 18 years ago after our first Redemption disco!  And we still had the Pirate Disco to perform at later!

A massive thanks to Mrs O'Shea who superbly managed to capture some most excellent photos on camera of the cabaret act which we are both very grateful for... thank you so much!

Mrs O'Shea's photos of Zaphod's Cabaret ActCollapse )


Then, it was time for my main act... the Redemption Disco!  I'd been waiting 2 long years for this, and again, it did not disappoint.

I think the following photos say it quite well, but I shoud probably include my usual apology to anyone whose face I sang loudly into or thrust a guitar or microphone into their hands and encouraged them to perform!

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See pics from Saturday Night DiscoCollapse )

I WENT TO THE DANGER ZONE ... with Chris Stocks!

I would apologise to Chris Stocks for screaming "Danger Zone!" loudly and repeatedly about one inch from his face, but I won't, coz he was doing the same back to me!  And I think we probably both enjoyed it too! :D

I think the disco was quite a massive stress relief for lots of us - I remember Jon and I shouting "Arrrrrghhhh" loudly into each other's faces, and I don't even know what song that was!

Jem and I did a Quo tribute to Rick Parfitt (RIP Rick), and Ivan and I did a tribute to Michael Sheard (RIP Michael) bringing a chair onto the dancefloor for him for his "School's Out for Summer" - and worshipping his greatness... it was genuinely an emotional moment for me. I loved that guy.

Other highlights included watching my bestie, Kayta, doing some funky air guitaring - without the need for a plastic guitar I was informed - exuberantly on the dancefloor.  I asked her if she'd been drinking and her inappopriate, unmentionable response confirmed that yes she'd had a few!

Thanks to Tony, Marwen and the tech crew for keeping the music rolling, up until 2am - I didn't notice that I'd been dancing for almost 4 hours... until the next morning, when I then did notice, quite painfully!  I don't quite know how all the bruises on my knees got there?!! Anyone?


Didn't think we'd cope getting up and packing and still be ready for the 11am Ruler of the Universe Hustings session (where I'd promised Zaphod some "inappropriate cheering") and so we decided to be reckless and book a 3rd night!  The rooms were lovely and very comfy and it was so nice to be able to go and crash out in your room between panels.


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More pics of Zaphod's SpeechCollapse )


Hilarious, as usual!

View pics from Man of IronCollapse )

So many other amazing/great/bizarre moments that it's hard to name them all - here are a few:

  • Gettting hugged by SnowGrouse in the bar, being invited to Finland and recommended to take part in an Air Guitar competition!

  • Getting my "every 2 year" shoulder massage - this time from Steve R (thanks Steve) - volunteers for the next time, please apply in writing ;)

  • Chris Stocks telling us he'd been up until stupid o'clock 5am?? Yet was up early and looking just as good in the morning! (unlike me and the massive bags under my eyes...)

  • Inappropriate behaviour from Steve Rogerson (never change, Steve, gotta love that guy!) Steve Bagpus.jpg

  • Ivan and Harpal pointing and shouting "Teacher Leave Those Kids Alone!" repeatedly at my hubby Brian during Pink Floyd's number. (Shouldn't have told them you were a teacher!)

  • Klingon Roy making me air guitar to Abba

  • Melinda, who kept making me laugh all weekend with her random comments :)

  • The Hotel fire alarm going off at 3.26 am on Sunday night and jumping out of bed ready to find clothes and leg it out the hotel :O

  • Posing with fellow air guitarist and Bigglesworth on the stairs. Bigglesworth.jpg

  • Lesley's emotional handover, making us all cry (we were with you all the way!)

  • Tony The Joker's purple trousers- fabulous!

  • Zaphod coming 2nd in Ruler of the Universe competition, and Hilary's Missy winning (another amazing costume by Hilary!)

  • Going to The Danger Zone with Chris (did I mention that?) :D

And Most Importantly: Seeing everyone being themselves and feeling safe and amongst great friends, even tho we may not see each other that often, always feel like we're at home with the familiar and superbly friendly attendees - that's the brilliant thing about Redemption!

Thanks to everyone for all the fun!  Keep in touch!  Do it again soon!
(or in a Steve Rogerson's style of words: "Do you again soon!")

Friday, January 6th, 2017
9:40 pm
Red 17 Saturday Guest
We're also pleased to announce that one of our one-day guests, on the Saturday, will by film archivist/curator Miranda Gower-Qian. Miranda is an independent film programmer and MA graduate in film curation. Having studied under Professor Laura Mulvey, Miranda specialises in silent film curation as criticism and is particularly interested in the materiality - and intertextuality - of film. She has written about the significance and utilisation of the human body in deriving audience perception in silent film, something that she believes translates significantly to ideas about the fluidity of film through time and space. Hopeless cinephile and moustache enthusiast. She was also responsible for programming the Phoenix Cinema in East Finchley's first Silent Film Festival in July 2016, a festival planned to to continue this year.
9:32 pm
Red 17 pre-con PR
A quick note that there will be a postal PR for Redemption 17 at the end of this month, which will cover things like travel details to the venue, the membership list, and so on and so forth for convenience, though these will, of course also shortly be available online.
Thursday, December 22nd, 2016
12:08 am
Happy Gauda Prime Day
There is a new general Redemption conventions Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/redemptionconvention, and a Redemption 17 Event page at https://www.facebook.com/events/494283660742777/

There will be a Christmas Blitz of fun stuff on there, and we encourage people to share and invite and generally talk to us there about the conventions.
Wednesday, November 9th, 2016
10:51 pm
Website update, and Programme...
Redemption’s website will be updated tomorrow (November 10th) with Programming info and some other bits and bobs. In the meantime, here’s what you’ll need to know about the Ruler Of The Universe elections, far more important than mere terrestrial politics:

Ruler of the Universe – the current ruler, Oswin has turned into a tyrant under the control of an evil Grandmother-Regent! Can you inspire the populace to follow you in a uprising and resist her, negotiating your way to a safe and productive relationship with the rest of the universe? This time, however, you don’t need to go it alone - you can nominate a Champion to undertake the tasks for you, and even have a Squire/Henchperson/sacrificial goat if you wish... or recklessly go it alone, or declaring war and conquering worlds, if you prefer... You will need to demonstrate strategic skills, enthusiasm, cunning – (outright bribery) in a series of role play games, challenges and scenarios suited to you and you can nominate anyone on the team to take them. Your predecessors include Servalan, The Master and The Red Dalek so that should give you some idea of the level of er, expertise required.
Thursday, August 4th, 2016
12:33 am
Redemption credit card bookings.
Booking by credit card is now live on Redemtpion's website, at http://www.redemptioncon.org.uk
There is a charge of £3.50 for booking by cedit card, which uses Stripe.
Thursday, April 21st, 2016
6:59 pm
Join online
You can now book for the convention online at Redemption’s website:

Wednesday, April 13th, 2016
10:55 pm
RIP Gareth Thomas
Sad to report that Blake's 7 lead actor (and Redemption 01 guest) Gareth Thomas passed away today from heart failure, aged 71.
12:10 am
Hotel booking links and mobile browsers
Regrettably, the hotel’s checked with the central reservations team and this can’t be fixed in the short term – right now, they will only work from a desktop browser.
Sunday, April 10th, 2016
3:47 pm
Redemption website
Please be aware/reminded that Redemption’s website is now at http://www.redemptioncon.org.uk, and update any bookmarks accordingly. The prior sites do still exist, but this is the one that will be updated from here on in.
Sunday, March 27th, 2016
11:07 am
Announcing Redemption 17's first two guests

Dr Lynette Nusbacher is a writer and historian, with many books to her name as well as being a familiar contributor to many military history TV documentary series. A re-enactor and fencer as well as longtime genre fan, she was previously Senior Lecturer in War Studies at Sandhurst, and has genre work to come.

Steve Lycett is a producer with Sheffield-based videogame developer, Sumo Digital. Over the past decade, Sumo have developed games in the F1, Outrun, Sonic & Sega, and Virtua Tennis series, as well as the Doctor Who Adventure Games. His most recent titles include Crackdown 3 and Dead Island 2.

Those are our first two guests, but stay tuned, as there will be others over the coming summer.
Saturday, March 26th, 2016
2:48 pm
Video programme? Film and TV festival!
Something being tweaked and revamped for Red 17 will be what used to be called the Video Programme, and you could now sort of think of as a Film and TV Festival.

Back in the day, convention video proragmmes used two serve two main functions: 1) to screen old stuff that was fondly remembered but nobody had seen for years, and, 2) to screen new stuff that hadn’t yet aired outside the US.

Times have changed, and now all those old favourites are on DVD, Blu-Ray, or Youtube, and the newest unaired stuff is shared online pretty much instantly. Therefore the focus of screenings at conventions, including Redemption, has to change with the times.

We’ve already been concentrating on films or shows that may mark an anniversary or something like that, but for Red 17 we want to go further, and make the screenings more interactive: We want to have introductory talks (as with the Conrad Veidt strand at Red15), perhaps live commentaries or MiSTing, and even-

Well, you tell us. We do have plans, and there are some anniversaries to be marked, and some introductions focussed on the works of Red 17′s Ghost of Honour (Basil Rathbone), but we’d also like to hear your suggestions for things we might show, and what you’d like us to do with them. Is there something you’d love to comment through or introduce? Something special that deserves an airing? Something that works better with a live audience than it does alone in front of the TV? Drop us a line or a comment, and let us know.
Tuesday, March 22nd, 2016
2:57 pm
And another
And now - provisionally and subject to work commitments, etc - Redemption 17has a second guest….
Sunday, March 20th, 2016
9:25 pm
Red 17 has...
Its first guest.
Wednesday, July 22nd, 2015
3:16 pm
Redemption has a new home
Finally it's time! Redemption has a new home.

For 2017, we'll be welcoming you to the Royal Victoria Hotel in Sheffield. Dating from 1862, the hotel has a lovely ballroom for the main hall, exclusive bars, and 13 programme rooms ready fpr the fun, fantasy, and innovation you've come to expect from Redemption.

There 107 individual (and they're all slightly different) bedrooms - with an overflow hotel - a Holiday Inn Express -next door. The service, which the Committee experienced on a recent visit, was excellent.

It is a little smaller, and we will have exclusive use of the entire building, but this means booking earlier will be advisable if you want to be sure of being in the main hotel. All their twin and single rooms have two double beds, BTW. The rooms will be around £75 B&B (with some variations for overflow and occupancy).

With so much programming space, we're planning plenty of stuff to do, both old favourites and new. Don't be afraid to suggest ideas.

And if you're at Nine Worlds next month, feel free to come along to our table and say hello.
Tuesday, July 14th, 2015
12:39 pm

Look to my coming on the first light… at dawn look to the social media.

Expect good news!
Tuesday, May 26th, 2015
4:24 pm
RIP Tanith Lee
Sad to report that fantasy writer, Blake's 7 scripter, and former Redemption guest Tanith Lee has passed.

Sunday, April 5th, 2015
5:04 pm
Blake's 7 Wobblevision
At this year's Redemption, it was the turn of Big Finish to get the Blake's 7 Wobblevision treatment, starting with 1.1 Fractures:

Wednesday, February 18th, 2015
9:59 pm
On the fencing
What *is* the activation code for the Emergency Holographic Fencing Jack-Of-All-Trades, again?

There’s been a slight change to the SCA part of Redemption - the morning fencing session will now start with Lorenzo And Girolamo’s Mythbladesters, in which I (and some glamourous assistants (if I can get any - and let me say I really hope Lynette is still up for this - we can talk longsword about Star Wars quillions) will do some practical demo stuff about the difference between media swordfights/choreography, how it would go down historically, and how groups such as the SCA and HEMA societies are doing stuff with it as a study and a sport.

This should both follow on nicely from my Fight Choreography For Writers item the hour before, and blend nicely into our SCA fencing. There will then be stuff about armoured combat in the second hour, and then both fencing and armoured demos in the afternoon…

If you're wondering what the "Fight Choreography for Writers" thing is - here's a rundown of what it consisted of at Red 13. http://lonemagpie.livejournal.com/765296.html It's a discussion, not a workshop or demo.
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