03/30/2011

Maura quotes and conversations

These are the quotes and conversations I could remember so far (with some help of my friends). If I remember more, I'll post them later of course. Maura's words are in bold.


Friday:

I asked her to sign the bunny with the Maura T-shirt I got from my hubby (see pics):
Sure, oh that's so cute, that's so nice of him.

We told her we were coming back on Saturday and asked her if we could take a group pic then, and she said: sure that's fine. And after the pics and signing stuff she went to the bar and said: See you tomorrow!

When it was my turn, I asked her: do you remember me?
Yeah you look familiar!
and then I told her about last year and she made a joke about the New Yorkers : I have to go back to New York where nobody gives you the time of day. They are rude, cranky, mean, not as nice as you are. (She said that with a gleam in her eyes)

She complimented us on our English which was very thoughtful and nice of her.


Saturday:

At the end of the play: we held up the letters that Rike made: M A U R A ♥ and she smiled at us, and she said: Oh god, that's so cute! and we could see her saying to Donna: I had no idea!

When everyone was taking pics: Which camera do we look at? Oh that one, the professionalYou are like paparazzi!Lachen

When I gave her my present: chocolate which looked like Belgian Euros, I said to her, 'I hope you like chocolate' Oh yeah I love it! and money  ...  That cracked her up Lachen (pic)

We all gave her our gifts and the flowers and she thanked us about 100 times, she's very humble: Oh wow, these are beautiful, you're too nice!

When Rachel gave her the program to sign, Maura saw this picture of her laughing: That's me having loads of fun.

In Ingrid's magazine, Maura wrote 'thanks for coming'. Ingrid said to her, no thank YOU for coming to europe!

Kizzy asked Maura if she'd do a play in the West End: Sure, I'd love to!

At some point Tanuki said to Maura: You're so beautiful and You are so stunning: Maura laughed and said Thank you. She looked very happy and took the compliment with ease.

When Tanuki wanted her to sign a picture in which Maura was smoking she said: Oh a cigarette, nasty habit. Tanuki asked if she quit smoking: Yes I did.

I asked her about her plans after this: I would love to do something with the Wooster Group again but it's hard to get in there, they are very selective!

When she was signing Stephen's  ER S15 DVD, she said Wow, Angela looks so beautiful!

When we took a group picture Maura said: we should go round there because its bigger or something like that, and then ran round the corner: Right in front of the coffee stand. Just before the pic was taken she said: There are enough of us to make a footbal team. Some of us screamed: Team Maura! (pic)

When Dianne asked her if she'd ever been to Holland, I asked her if she'd ever been to Belgium. She said: I've never been there before and I told her: well, then you should combine those 2, we're close to each other and we'd love to be your guide: Good idea!

She also said she hadn't been to many places in europe yet, just lots in America.

Stephen mentioned that she should go to Donegal: I have already been there, I love it. So he told her to look him up next time and she laughed: Sure!

After that we told her we were going to 'the church bar' (a bar that was a church once) oh that's good, You can drink and pray at the same time!

When she was taking the flowers and presents: I have to go put these in water and I need a bag for all those presents!

Then I asked her: Are you going back home soon? No no, I'm gonna stay here a little while longer and see some more of Ireland.

One of us said: you must think we're all crazy and apologized for overwhelming her like that. But she didn't seem to mind at all: Oh that's OK!

Later at the bar, Rike went over to Maura and told her she was scared she would never see her again because Maura would be back in New York soon: Well, you should come to New York then. Rike said: if my mom agrees. Maura laughed: Just take her with you!

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03/28/2011

God of Carnage and meeting Maura

OK, I realise most people are interested in  the 'seeing and meeting Maura' part so I'll restrict to that Knipogen .

So we went to the play twice, on Friday and Saturday (the final performance)

I remember feeling the tension when we were walking to the theatre all together. Everyone was extremely excited.  We were all like ohh and ahh when we climbed the stairs to the entrance and our knees where shaking when we were heading for the very first row of the theatre. We were so close to the stage we could actually drool on it Lachen

The play was really awesome, funny, hilarious even. My English isn't good enough to write a good review but Stephen did write a great recap of it.

I can give you a little bit of extra information though. Mauras famous vomiting scene didn't go quite as planned on Friday and both Donna and Maura really lost it. Maura was lucky she had this bowl, where she was supposed to vomit in, but in stead she could also use it to hide her face when she was laughing. On Saturday, in the bar after the play, I talked to Donna and asked her what went wrong. 
Maura had this tube in her sleeve through which the 'vomit' was supposed to project when Donna activated it. But Donna did this a bit too late and the vomit didn't come when it was supposed to and, a few seconds later, when maura didn't expect it anymore, it did come, but she then blocked the tube exit a little bit, so the vomit was sprayed all over her husband.
We all realised something had not gone the way it was planned, and seeing the cast loose it, made it even more fun. We were all laughing hysterically.
And then on Saturday, the vomit did come in time, but then, it actually projected a little bit too well and it even ended up on the other sofa across the table. It wasn't really supposed to go that far.

After the play, our nerves were being tested again, while we were waiting for Maura by the stage door. Everytime, the door openened, we all jumped thinking it was Maura. Finally she did appear and, seeing so many fans at once, took her of guard at first. She didn't expect so many fans waiting for her. We all had a little talk, our pics taken with her, one by one, and she signed lots of stuff: DVD's, pictures, theatre tickets and my Maura bunny I got from my hubby.
She was extremely kind, patient, generous, funny and relaxed. Some of us were a bit more shy than others but she really made us feel at ease. She's such an amazing person.

After that we all went to the bar together, because we definitely needed a drink. She joined the other cast members and we of course had a lot to talk about. It felt so great being in the same bar as Maura Lachen

We all enjoyed this weekend so much because it was a dream come true for everyone. Personally I enjoyed meeting her even more this time, than when I met her in New York last year, as she was more relaxed and herself this time.

Check the album for lots of pics. And check again later, Ill be uploading more but I just can't get it all done in one day!

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03/27/2011

sorry - zombie

Really sorry everyone! I wanted to post more updates the next day but the internet connection was really bad and it was also very hard to get a free moment.

Just got home and I'm a total zombie right now, don't really know how I manage not to fall of my chair, so I'm not gonna post much yet. I promise I'll do it tomorrow.

But I do want to share 3 pics already, they make me so happy coz I managed to crack her up. Check out the album Lachen

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03/25/2011

march 25th

The day started really early for some of us. I had to be at the airport at 8AM.  After breakfast with hubby I went to my gate. Believe it or not, That damn beeper went off again so I got another full body masaage, just like last year Onbeslist

After a smooth flight I landed in Dublin at 11 AM. Ater a little while I managed to find Kizzy & Suzze who were waiting for me at the wrong terminal LOL.

It didn't take us long to find the 747 bus to take us to Dublin Center. We were very happy to hear that our room was already available so we could start unpacking immediately.

After a tasty chicken wrap we first went to the Gate theatre to pick up our tickets for tonight and tomorrow night.
Then we already took a short ride with the hop-on hop off bus and visited St. Patrick's cathedral and then walked back to the hotel.

The others should be arriving any minute now, and then we'll all be getting ready for our fist BIG night.

Keep you posted!

Pics will follow!

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03/14/2011

Introduction

10 days - 10 hours - 10 minutes - 10 seconds Time to introduce you to my fellow Maura-fans Lachen

I'll start with my 2 internet friends I know best since we already met before:

Dianne -  Holland: As you can see, she's also very excited about our trip check out her Dublin video please!

Kizzy - England: She makes the coolest videos on You Tube

Rachel - Scotland:  Another dedicated You Tube vidder

Stephen - Northern Ireland: Dedicated ER fan and moderator on the ER Fan Forum ! And he'll be blogging too!

Rike - Germany: One of Maura's youngest fans !

Katelynn - Scotland: Another very young fan and Rachel's cousin.

Ingrid - Holland: What can I say, another Maura-addict

Tanuki - Germany

Suzze - Sweden: One of these days she'll be posting ER videos, she promised :)

and finally myself: Martine - Belgium MaurasNr1fan You might know me from YT where I have several Maura channels Lachen

As you can see, most of us are on Twitter so if you want to know what we'll be doing in Dublin you'd better follow us Lachen

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