Sorry about that. Sorry to the organisers who sent us emails about Summer of Sonic
that we didn't bother replying to. Sorry to Richard Jacques, who didn't get to spend an afternoon on edge, wondering if we were there with a marker pen, waiting for the right moment to get him to sign parts of our bodies. Or a gun.
And sorry most of all to you, dear readers, as you now have to suffer the humiliation of letting Adam 'What does Kikizo
mean?' Doree tell you all about something to do with SEGA, like he's the king of SEGA.
"Since Gary could not make it to the Summer of Sonic fan event in Covent Garden today, I fulfilled my duty as staunch UKR supporter and strolled down to the Dragon Hall venue they'd hired for the day."
"I turned up very late, since I was in bed most of the day, and as a result I missed performances by Richard Jacques and TJ Lewis (Sonic R vocals girl) which was a shame as I'd been looking forward to that."
"However, organiser Svend Joscelyne of Sonic Stadium told me there'll be videos of everything available shortly. They had other guest appearances too, like a dude who draws all the artwork in the comics."
"The event was impressively well organised and there was a huge turnout of die-hard Sonic fans. Some fans came from as far as USA and Australia. They were all well into it, but some were uber-fans, like a girl named Tru, 24, who dressed very convincingly as Dr Robotnik, and others who were brought to tears by the emotion of it all. I heard one Sonic admirer say, 'best time of my life'. Serious stuff here guys."
"The event was supported by some sort of community manager from Sega Europe and there were shitloads of prizes and stuff plus some nice artwork for upcoming Sonic games around the place."
"As someone who still likes Sega, it was nice for me to see how people do still love Sonic in a big way. I mean, I could tell you most things about Sonic, but these guys are on a different level of fandom."
"Regarding my photos, you will have to forgive the poor quality. Having lost my superior 4-year-old Sony DSC P100 recently, I've literally just got this slim DSC 70 which looks the absolute business, but takes awful, camera phone-quality photos. This is the first time I used it 'in the field' so it has taught me I need another camera sharpish before Leipzig comes up" - Adam Doree.
Thanks, Adam. Your report was 10000 times more enthusiastic that we would've managed. We probably would've equated it to a disco at a special school, for example.
Shame to miss this, though. That's a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity.