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#1 James

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Posted 01 September 2010 - 10:59 AM

So! Two and a half years ago I moved to Dubai. With no comic stores (indeed, no decent book stores) and limited internet access for the first few months that I was there, I stopped reading Hellblazer - and comics in general - and pretty much migrated away from this forum.

But now I'm back! Back! BACK!

What have I missed? Are the young Kondeks doing well? Does anyone still go to the Bristol and London cons? Have we been threatened with any more Constantine sequels? Any new arrivals? Have people left? Get me up to date!

Lovely to see you all again, by the way. I'm moving to London in a couple of weeks so if anyone (Kejoxen? Atticus? Ade?) wants to meet up for a cheap pint, give me a shout.

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Posted 01 September 2010 - 12:26 PM

Mark cut his hair. That's the biggie - all other significant events pale in comparison.

Glad to hear you're moving to London, a cheap pint with the London contingent sounds like an excellent idea. I inevitably end up blousing out of these events but I'm determined to manage it this time. Any Tuesday or Wednesday is generally fine for me.
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Posted 01 September 2010 - 01:01 PM

A black man was elected as president.

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Posted 01 September 2010 - 01:20 PM

Clearly I've not been paying attention to Facebook, because I was completely unaware of Mark's depleted hirsuteness. The horror!

Thanks for the heads-up, Husa, but oddly enough the US election got quite a lot of press in the Middle East. :)

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Posted 01 September 2010 - 01:28 PM

Just making sure.

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Posted 01 September 2010 - 01:54 PM

View PostJames, on 01 September 2010 - 10:59 AM, said:

Are the young Kondeks doing well?

Glad to have you back, James. Really.

The boys are doing pretty well. There's a bit of news about Sam but maybe it's best that you hear that from my brother who has been so busy that he hasn't had much time for posting. He's been travelling for the job a lot and has a wife and two kids. Still doing kendo and all that fun stuff.

Myself, I managed to stay employed, for now at least. And Saturday I am off to sunny San Diego California!
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Posted 01 September 2010 - 03:57 PM

My life's still the same!

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Posted 01 September 2010 - 08:44 PM

who's buying this cheap pint? where are you moving too? do you have a job?
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Posted 01 September 2010 - 09:49 PM

Did you enjoy Dubai, James?.

Welcome back.
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Posted 02 September 2010 - 03:03 AM

James!!! Welcome back. Did you have to go to a tiny Island for a Visa and get trapped in it for two weeks?

It's been pretty much the same here. I work in a German speaking Bank now that's all.
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Posted 02 September 2010 - 02:56 PM

Good to see you back here, man. Hope you get to stick around.
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Posted 02 September 2010 - 04:58 PM

View PostMatt, on 01 September 2010 - 08:44 PM, said:

who's buying this cheap pint? where are you moving too? do you have a job?


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Posted 03 September 2010 - 08:46 AM

I have no hair, that's about all that's changed for me...someone, please, pass me a firearm.

Aren't you making noises about heading off somewhere foreign again anyway James ?

Oh and Tears did show up a few months back with hints that Constantine 2 was in the works but that doesn't seem to have gone anywhere.
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Posted 03 September 2010 - 09:45 AM

View PostHusamuddin A, on 01 September 2010 - 01:28 PM, said:

I graduated university and went bald. I was stabbed, too.

In this order: hooray! Oh. What?


View PostLou K, on 01 September 2010 - 01:54 PM, said:

View PostJames, on 01 September 2010 - 10:59 AM, said:

Are the young Kondeks doing well?

Glad to have you back, James. Really.

The boys are doing pretty well. There's a bit of news about Sam but maybe it's best that you hear that from my brother who has been so busy that he hasn't had much time for posting. He's been travelling for the job a lot and has a wife and two kids. Still doing kendo and all that fun stuff.

Myself, I managed to stay employed, for now at least. And Saturday I am off to sunny San Diego California!

Man, I hope Sam's okay.

What are you doing in San Diego? It's not the Comic Con right now is it? I totally intend to make it there one of these days, even if it is just a frightening haze of colour, noise and human sweat.

View PostPooka, on 01 September 2010 - 03:57 PM, said:

My life's still the same!

Good to have you back, mister.

Hooray! Wouldn't have you any other way.

View PostMatt, on 01 September 2010 - 08:44 PM, said:

who's buying this cheap pint? where are you moving too? do you have a job?

You, for me, as a welcoming back present - but I should perhaps have saved that surprise for when we actually reached the pub. Wood Green at first. Not yet, but a uni friend is kindly putting me up on her sofa bed and I'm going to rustle up some freelance work while I'm down there.

View PostAvaunt, on 01 September 2010 - 09:49 PM, said:

Did you enjoy Dubai, James?.

Welcome back.

No: it is terrible. At least, once you've done your first year there and realised there's not much to the city at all. Terribly handy for cheap foreign holidays though.

View PostAkhira, on 02 September 2010 - 03:03 AM, said:

James!!! Welcome back. Did you have to go to a tiny Island for a Visa and get trapped in it for two weeks?

It's been pretty much the same here. I work in a German speaking Bank now that's all.

Are you talking about Oman? Thankfully I was gainfully employed for the duration of my stay so I never did the visa runs. But I did go to Musandam peninsula on the northern tip of Oman a couple of times - the water contains phosphorescent algae that makes it light up neon blue when you swim in it at night.

Sounds like you know a bit about the UAE. Did you live there? Sorry, I think I remember you saying something on this matter before, but that was a couple of years ago!

Glad to see someone's employed in this big recessional mess. And in a bank! That's an extra achievement.

View PostAbhimanyu, on 02 September 2010 - 02:56 PM, said:

Good to see you back here, man. Hope you get to stick around.

Yeah, I'm going to make a bit more of an effort now I've got access to comics again.

View PostJohnMcMahon, on 03 September 2010 - 08:46 AM, said:

I have no hair, that's about all that's changed for me...someone, please, pass me a firearm.

Aren't you making noises about heading off somewhere foreign again anyway James ?

Oh and Tears did show up a few months back with hints that Constantine 2 was in the works but that doesn't seem to have gone anywhere.

No hair at all? I remember you shearing your Bill Bailey-style locks a while back but have you gone the full hog now?

I was thinking of moving on to somewhere else - Hong Kong, Singapore, Sydney or something - but I now have a lovely and very talented girlfriend who wants to pursue a career in music, so a move to London seemed like a good idea (we toyed with NY and LA, but then we'd both be fighting for a visa rather than just her). Of course with the Conservative government, Conservative London mayor and 2012 Olympics there probably couldn't be a worse time to move to The Smoke. Never mind. I'm sure it'll be fine.

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Posted 03 September 2010 - 10:17 AM

I'm working in the same newspaper as two and a half years ago, still living in Oslo, and have recently bought a flat. Also, I have a new ("new" - it's been 8 months now) girlfriend. Who is ace. And whom I'm busily converting to the cult of Constantine.
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Posted 03 September 2010 - 10:31 AM

View PostJames, on 03 September 2010 - 09:45 AM, said:

View PostHusamuddin A, on 01 September 2010 - 01:28 PM, said:

I graduated university and went bald. I was stabbed, too.

In this order: hooray! Oh. What?

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Posted 03 September 2010 - 02:16 PM

View PostJames, on 03 September 2010 - 09:45 AM, said:



Man, I hope Sam's okay.

What are you doing in San Diego? It's not the Comic Con right now is it? I totally intend to make it there one of these days, even if it is just a frightening haze of colour, noise and human sweat.


Sam'll be OK. He's got good family surrounding him.  :wink:

As for SD, my wife wanted to go there for a two day workshop for her photography business. I said hell with it, I'll tag along and we'll make a week of it. SDCC has passed, but we are going to a Padres baseball game with a park tour, hiking in Torrey Pines, going up to La Jolla, Balboa Park, the museums, couple good restaurants, Old Town, the zoo, the aquarium and a few other things I'll check out solo while she's working.
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Posted 03 September 2010 - 04:12 PM

My country worshiped Cthulhu for few weeks after a football match.
And I met in the same weekend M. Carey, Venkman (where's him?), Ade and Pazuzu. Yeah the sumerian God.
Mmmh, and I got a signature of Glenn Fabry in the cover of the first Hellblazer issue I bought.
Also I am more focused on my job, then on rolegames (you'll have news about the next rolegame convention in Dublin), then on board games. And thinking about making a totem for myself, otherwise, how can I be sure this ain't a dream?

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Posted 03 September 2010 - 04:15 PM

View PostJames, on 03 September 2010 - 09:45 AM, said:

I now have a lovely and very talented girlfriend
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Posted 03 September 2010 - 11:06 PM

Girlfriend! lovely and talented too, happy happy, joy joy.

Sorry to hear that you didn't enjoy everything about Dubai, but at least you were employed the whole time, could have been worse. Could have been snow!.
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