Site Columns By Michelle
April 8, 2005 - 6:28 PM

Hello World!

I'm back from England, tired but happy, with endless news, conversation and laundry to catch up on. There were enough highlights on this trip to cover ten articles, so I'll mention the more fannish-related activities here. We took the kids to see The Phantom of the Opera onstage at Her Majesty's Theatre, since they had loved the movie; my husband and I saw it on Broadway in 1988 and on our honeymoon in Toronto in 1990, so it had been a long time. We also spent some of our London time in Greenwich at the Maritime Museum, which I count as a fannish activity because we skipped both last time we were in Greenwich as Patrick O'Brian and Master and Commander had not yet happened to me.

The bulk of the trip was spent in Yorkshire, which we reached by way of Birmingham and a couple of Pre-Raphaelite museums as well as several stone circles and megaliths, not only Stonehenge and Avebury but the Rollright Stones and Castlerigg. For me, visiting Wordsworth's Dove Cottage was a fannish activity - there's a lot of information on the wider Romantic circle, including Mary Shelley, who wrote Frankenstein, and her mother Mary Wollstonecraft, one of the most important feminists of the era. We also went to Whitby, famous for both Captain Cook's adventures and for the churchyard which is the setting for parts of Dracula at the top of the 199 steps. I count York as a place of fannish interest - there's a great deal of Richard III history, the real sort as opposed to Shakespeare's version - and there's also a train museum with many of the cars that were the basis for those in Thomas the Tank Engine, long a favorite of my children.

We took a trip to Castle Howard, the gorgeous baroque great house that was the setting for Brideshead Revisited and which has a chapel that is worth the price of admission with stained glass windows by Edward Burne-Jones. It would be hard to pick a single castle from this visit as my favorite, let alone a cathedral or an abbey - we visited Scarborough, Carlisle, Brough and Portchester Castles, to name just a few, York Minster, Westminster Abbey and Durham Cathedral, and Rievaulx, Fountains, Whitby and St. Mary's Abbeys - but I can name a favorite tall ship. Though we visited several, including Cutty Sark in Greenwich, Trincomalee in Hartlepool, Grand Turk in Whitby (a star of the Horatio Hornblower TV films) and many ships in Portsmouth, Nelson's restored HMS Victory has no equal, particularly in this Trafalgar anniversary year.

I met several people I know from fandom while visiting England - a Star Trek fan I first encountered on America Online when she was thirteen and I was running Kate Mulgrew's fan club, a Lord of the Rings fan who took us around Rievaulx Abbey and a Harry Potter fan whose husband is the vicar of the city nearest the cottage where we were staying, plus a good friend in London whom I also encountered online because of Kathryn Janeway and whom I have since seen several times on both sides of the Atlantic. I missed my last two connections, a Highlander friend in Portsmouth and an Alan Rickman fan whom I had hoped to meet at Heathrow as she was coming back from seeing him at a Hans Christian Andersen celebration in Denmark, but it was great fun to encounter in person these people whom I had known only by screen names and online personalities.

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