Welcome to European Tribune. It's gone a bit quiet around here these days, but it's still going.
As, er -- is there any way of saying this without sounding puffed up and self-important? -- minor celebrities for 20+ years, we've been stalked, have received crazy letters, once from a guy in jail who thought he'd killed John Lennon, another from a guy whom at first we thought was a child, but turned not to be (oops) and was in a place "where they didn't let him have access to a typewriter" (I never inquired further) and the only thing I can say is, you get used to it.

99.99% is totally harmless if a bit disquieting, and can usually be dealth with a little common sense and basic empathy. Eventually, you can dine on some of your best stalking stories, like the one time we were stalked by a Doctor Who fan disguised as a cactus. I kid you not.

by Lupin on Sat Apr 8th, 2006 at 05:11:55 AM EST
A Doctor Who fan disguised as a cactus is pretty funny, even better if he'd dressed up as a Dalek or an English telephone booth.

Though the Lennon reminder is spooky...

by afew (afew(a in a circle)eurotrib_dot_com) on Sat Apr 8th, 2006 at 08:45:18 AM EST
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If you're really into DW, the guy was dressed as Meglos, a cactus-like alien from the last Tom Baker season. He got p.oed because he hadn't won a prize in a costume contest we were judging (among other judges).... Anyway, it's a long story.

Mrs Lupin once took me to talk for inviting a convicted murderer to our house -- at the time I invited him, I didn't realize he was a convicted murderer, of course. A very disturbed guy. But everyone was very nice and on their best behavior. They smell fear, you know. :-)

by Lupin on Sun Apr 9th, 2006 at 01:47:17 AM EST
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No doubt you may see from my references that I'm Doc Who from early, like its first appearance on British TV in black-and-white, which I remember being knocked out by like all the other kids. I just checked the classic series site: November 1963. (I was fifteen.) I haven't followed the series down through its later developments, mainly because I haven't remained in contact with British TV (or any TV at all for many years).

Glad to know convicted murderers are cool as long as they can't smell your fear (or, thinking of Hannibal Lecter, anything else). Olfactory deprivation might be a means to reducing the serious crime rate. But this is maybe moving over to more dark side than is fair to Agnes, given the subject of her diary... :-)

by afew (afew(a in a circle)eurotrib_dot_com) on Sun Apr 9th, 2006 at 03:15:32 AM EST
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