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Post by MrsBeasley » Mon Sep 03, 2007 5:31 pm

I'm still really upset I can't get down for this esp now Reece will be there :cry:
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Post by Son of Tubbs returns! » Mon Sep 03, 2007 6:36 pm

He will be there?!

Brilliant!!

It's sad you wont be there Mrs B.I'll miss you!
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Post by Cheeky Chezzy Woo » Mon Sep 03, 2007 8:06 pm

a1tiptop wrote:I can't believe I forgot to mention Reece Pieces, when the first thing I did when I saw it was text Kate!

But anyway, what do you think of it, Chez? I'm hoping someone enthuses about it and finds something worthy in the book that I didn't!
I haven't actually read it yet, had a flick through and it seems alright. Let me get my arse in gear and finish off my current book :)
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Re: Phoenix Cinema event on 9th Sept - tickets are now £15

Post by Tracy » Mon Sep 03, 2007 10:49 pm

Geoff Tipps' Joke Writer wrote:I've been asked to pass on information regarding the ticket prices for the Phoenix Cinema event with The League of Gentlemen, taking place this Sunday, 9th September.

The price of tickets has now been reduced from £25 to £15...

The event is a fundraiser for the cinema & the proceeds from the event are towards future renovation & maintenance work.

http://www.phoenixcinema.co.uk/films/su ... 5.htmgoing

Also, Reece will also now be attending the event...so all four Gents will be there!
Reece thrown in and ticket prices reduced? Bargain! :D

Katie is going to diiiieeeee of squeeness! :lol:
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Post by ratgirl » Tue Sep 04, 2007 1:58 pm

Ooh, £15 is a bit more affordable... I might consider it! All depends on how rushed things are that day, I guess, as I have to take my cat over to East Finchley to stay with my old housemates while I'm on holiday. If I can get back from Kate's the night before it might work... Katie, any idea what night bus runs near your place and I'll see if it's feasible??

Otherwise I'm up for a drink in the Old White Lion (that's the pub near the tube, and by far the nicest pub in East Finchley) if anyone fancies it after the screening...
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Post by Tracy » Wed Sep 05, 2007 12:40 am

ratgirl wrote:If I can get back from Kate's the night before it might work...
Ooh! You'll be at the partaay? Woohoo!!!1!!1!1 :D
Otherwise I'm up for a drink in the Old White Lion (that's the pub near the tube, and by far the nicest pub in East Finchley) if anyone fancies it after the screening...
And before too? Do they do Sunday dins? :)
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Review on 'Book of Precious Things' from 'The Independent'

Post by Geoff Tipps' Joke Writer » Wed Sep 05, 2007 9:43 am

A nice review of 'The League of Gentlemen's Book of Precious Things' from 'The Independent' :)

The Tuesday Book the league of gentlemen"s book of precious thingsBy Jeremy Dyson, Mark Gatiss, Steve Pemberton & Reece Shearsmith. Prion, £14.99

From The Independent - 04/09/2007

From Amis to "Viz": the macabre classics that inspire life in Royston Vasey

Of all the British comedy ensembles who have emerged during the past 20 years, the League of Gentlemen are the only troupe to create their own world. Their Royston Vasey is just as real as Tony Hancock"s 23 Railway Cuttings, but while Hancock inhabited a single bedsit, the League have sired an entire village. Together with Jeremy Dyson (who writes, but doesn"t perform), Mark Gatiss, Steve Pemberton and Reece Shearsmith have spawned a vast cast of grotesque characters who reveal more about provincial England than any number of naturalistic fictions.

This is a collection of the writing, in fiction and for film and TV, that has inspired them. Like all good books, The League of Gentlemen"s Book of Precious Things succeeds on several levels. Mainly, it"s illuminating for the fresh light that it sheds on their diverse influences, from Viz to EF Benson, from Monty Python to the Brothers Grimm. There"s always been a rich Gothic vein in their work, so it"s no surprise to find macabre classics here, from Edgar Allan Poe to The Exorcist and The Wicker Man.

The best parts of this book, however, are the unexpected treats. You"d almost expect to find sitcoms like Rising Damp and Porridge, and TV plays such as Mike Leigh"s Nuts In May, but novels like Philip Roth"s Portnoy"s Complaint and Martin Amis"s Dead Babies give you quite a jolt, as does the inclusion of American dramas like the Coen Brothers" Barton Fink and David Mamet"s Glengarry Glen Ross. Re-reading these eclectic classics, and hearing the echoes of the League"s own cadences, you start to see their work in a more subtle, literary light.

This book is also a great introduction to less familiar writers. I"d never heard of the "strange stories" of Robert Aickman before, but will certainly look out for him now. Like Desert Island Discs, there"s a communal, almost altruistic pleasure in sampling the favourites of artists you admire.

The most intriguing thing about this compendium is how much its four editors have in common. Each member introduces his own selection, but their choices are almost interchangeable - a fizzy, potent cocktail of schlock horror, highbrow and camp. Unlike a lot of comedy teams, the League of Gentlemen really do share a sense of humour, and a similar range of inspirations. Maybe that"s what gives them such a distinctive comic voice.
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Post by Son of Tubbs returns! » Fri Sep 07, 2007 6:46 pm

What is the meeting arrangements for Sunday, if any?

Just that tonight in my last night on here until Sunday night.

Maybe someone cant text?
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Post by Cheeky Chezzy Woo » Fri Sep 07, 2007 7:50 pm

Have fun at the gents thing! Let us know how it goes and that.

Meh typical they reduce the price to £15...still can't really afford it
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Post by Beast » Fri Sep 07, 2007 7:56 pm

Yeps. Have fun everyone. Am so jel. :(
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Post by MrsBeasley » Sun Sep 09, 2007 8:34 am

Hope you all have a great time!

We want to here ALL about it!
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Post by Son of Tubbs returns! » Mon Sep 10, 2007 6:04 pm

Mrs B! Its was bloody brilliant!

I'll give you a quick run down of what happened and what I can remember being said.Im sure someone can give you a better run down of what was said at a later stage.

First, Jezza, Reece, Steve and the good that is MR Mark Gattis, came on stage and welcomed us

Then we saw the Christmas special, which was good to do with other people.

Then Theatre of Blood, which Ive not seen for years, and sadly dont own a copy, but had forgotton how good it was (and funny). Ebay, here I come! :lol:

Then, there was a really good Q and A session, in which our very own ICIC asked a a question which even Reece said was good about Series 3!
Plus, they may do another tour, but not in the forseeable future, the nextr thing is more likely to be another film, rather than a TV series.

Then the book signing, in which Tracy gave Steve his presents! They were all really nice and approachable and Reece smiled at me! :shock:

A brilliant day. :D
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Post by Cheeky Chezzy Woo » Mon Sep 10, 2007 6:18 pm

Aww :) What did you give Steve this time Tracy? Directions to Newcastle perchance ;)
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Post by Son of Tubbs returns! » Mon Sep 10, 2007 6:32 pm

I'll erm, leave Tracy to tell you what she bought Steve! :lol:
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Post by Tubby Little Titwitch » Mon Sep 10, 2007 7:32 pm

Ahahaa, Tracy's presents were GENIUS. He was very, very pleased and probably terrified.

It was brilliant to see the Special on a big screen, although a bit weird with the four of them sat a few rows behind. Theatre or Blood was really good too. Am looking on eBay as we speak...

The Q and A was interesting, the best question having to be, "Which of you looks best dressed as a woman?" :lol:

Signing was great and have lovely signed Book of Precious Things and Jeremy signed my copy of "What Happens Now", yay! Also, Mark obliterated the horrid apostrophe on the Fillum cover, so he is my hero now.

Then to the pub, where damage was done to the wall in the removal of a picture, hehe.

Marvellous day. But am tired now. :lol:
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