Sunday, Fish gets revenge on H
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later. I had popped in fairly late on Saturday to see the museum being run by Andy
and others from the web UK. Initially I thought nobody was around until some bearded
bloke said "Hi Nick". Well pearing past the beard I realised this was Andy Rotherham
himself. We chatted for a while and it was then that I learned that he was raising
money for the charity Project Enlighten being run by Asad Rahman and Olivia Lorge
who some of you will remember from the 2007 convention. The idea is that you can
put money in one bucket for Andy to keep the beared and another for him to lose
it. Later on, during the band Q&A we were to learn that Andy had lost his bid
to remain bearded as so many women were prepared to dig deep and fill the 'lose
I really could have spent so much longer photographing in the museum. I have not
managed to do the place justice. It was really good to see that so many people who
had acquired Marillion collectables were prepared to lend them back to the Museum
so that we could all enjoy them over again. I've included some photos of the more
photogenic items here but there really was loads more to see. I was especially delighted
to find the day glow Jesus was still working after all this time.
In the afternoon we decided to give the swimming pool another visit. I seem to remember
that last time you received a voucher for one free session. Well this time the gates
were thrown open so that anyone attending the convention could go as often as they
After swimming I went along to the final of the Marillion quiz. Having massacred
all comers in previous years, the Cakey Boys were not allowed to enter this year.
However as a consolation they were asked to set the questions and they did a good
job of it too although not good enough to allow Susan's End (the finalists) to beat
the quiz we had the draw for the winners of various prizes in the charity raffle.
The lucky winner of the first prize was a young guy who seemed completely unable
to stop smiling not only while on stage but afterwards also. And why not, it really
was a terrific prize of a book with hand written lyrics and signed by the entire
After the prize draw there were the questions for the band. It seems that if there
are to be any elopements within the band then Ian will be the most popular as he
controls the money. And we were once again reassured, by Pete this time, that they
have absolutely no plans to stop Marillion because it is what they love doing.
You can see more photos from the museum, the quiz, and the Q & A here