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  • Favourite U2 Album
    too hard to pick, but Rattle and Hum is the album that converted me
  • Favourite U2 Single
    WAAAAAY too hard to pick
  • First U2 Gig
    Zoo TV / Zoomerang at the MCG in Melbourne (on my 17th birthday!)
  • Recent U2 Gig
    U2 360° at Heinz Field in Pittsburgh
  • Best U2 Gig
    I've loved them all, but Vertigo Melbourne 2 was pretty special...right up until Edge said 'Thank you SYDNEY', lol
  • Favourite U2 Person
    U2 wouldn't be U2 without all 4 of them
  • Fav. Other Bands
    Elbow / The Script / Peter Gabriel / The Swell Season / The National / The Original Rudeboys / I'm sure there are others I'll think to add later...
  1. ...and two more cards arrived today! BIG thank yous to; illumination70 - thanks for the recipe...I can't cook to save myself, but I've a friend who fancies himself as a bit of a MasterChef, so I think I'll challenge him to make some for me for St Paddy's Day. redandwhitepebble - thank you my love...I always look forward to seeing how you stage your U2 dolls for your cards, and is that your Zoo Name namesake I see in there too?!?
  2. Three more cards arrived! They actually arrived yesterday, but my internet was broken, so I had to to wait for it to get fixed before I could post these additional thank yous... lailaketo - Glædelig Jul, and hugs from Australia right back atcha! What are the chances that I would get 2 pieces of mail from Denmark yesterday?!? (the other was from Billund...given my avi picture, can you guess who from, haha!) TerriB. - love the super cheerful picture and matching sentiment on your card, thanks! U2FanInVT - was really lovely to be able to read a little bit about you and where you live...I doubt I will make it to Montreal this year (it's quite a trek from Australia after all!), but I was there for both shows, and NY/NJ (plus a few others) in 2011! Thanks again everyone!
  3. Figured I'd wait until after New Year's before posting my thank yous, as I seemed to get more cards after Xmas than before (the joys of living a bazillion miles away from most other people on the list)! So...a very BIG thank you to those who made the effort (and braved the international postage costs) to send your cards to this far flung corner of the world; Angela - love the 'Sparkling Candle' picture on your card, and the cute bear on your return address label too! BonosBeagle - I'm glad the tea I sent last year warmed you up during the cold and snowy weather! electricco - Meilleurs vœux to you as well! Crossing my fingers I can come to Paris... garycubby - love the cute gingerbread card, and the purple wristband (how did you know that purple was my new fave colour, haha)! Ingrida - cute stickers, thanks! joelle113 - no tour dates for this neck of the woods yet, but hope you're able to catch a show or 2 out your way (I saw them near you for 360 though)... joshua84 - Buone Feste to you as well...love the cute picture on your card! LMM - what a lovely idea to share an aerial view of your town, and the meaning behind the name! Thanks also for the lovely long letter...I have to confess, I'm a terrible correspondent, but I really do love hearing from you, and yes, I did get your PMs. Will be thinking of you especially on the 7th... xx padawanbeck84 - thank you so much for the personal message and postcard...your county looks so picturesque! Glad you liked the stamp on my envelope; I try to pick interesting/fun stamps to use with my cards. pollyanna - love the party balloon, which arrived in perfect timing on New Year's Eve! shark_bait - thank you for your very generous little gift, I love it! u2elshanator - always, always look forward to your fabulous cards, and hunting for all the little hidden gems...you're incredibly talented, sweetheart! utwothefly - love the Bono glasses on the cute fox! Zhivvy - thanks for the card, and for organising the list his year! Wishing everyone a Happy New Year! (me and the lads celebrated at a fancy dress beach party )
  4. Monica; my query referred to the discrepancy between the thread (a few days, as you pointed out), and the PM I received (a couple of weeks, which is significantly later than the end of the month mentioned in the thread). In the end, the list will take as long as it takes, and arrive when it does, but I was concerned that if it was to really be a couple of weeks, then I wont have time to get mine done and in the mail before Xmas.
  5. Zhivvy; Thanks for posting an update on how many people, but I'm hoping for some clarification on when we can expect the list to be emailed out, please? Your post says "Going to wait till the end of the month and then will sort out the list and email them all out to you as soon as possible after that", but I've now received a PM from you saying "Will be sending all out within the next couple of weeks". Did you really mean it will take that long to compile and send the list out?
  6. Just sent you my info...thanks for sorting it this year :-) Would you able to please post an update of how many people are already on the list, as I need to start placing orders a.s.a.p. for everything to arrive in time for me to then send them to everyone (postage takes ages from Aus)? Also, I don't mean to sound bossy, but it might be good to suggest that at the very least, people send a card to the next person on the list (after their own name), so that everyone gets at least one card. :-) Thanks again
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    Wow, it's been 3 months since I lodged my entry, and there's a sudden resurgence of people Tweeting and PMing me about my bracelets! Not sure how they're suddenly finding my picture (which was actually just a competition entry, never intended to advertise a product), but it's awesome to hear from people all over the world who like my bracelets and are asking if I sell them. No, I don't sell them (not even to cover my costs); it's simply a hobby and labour of love to connect with fellow U2 fans from around the world. I'd love to say 'yes' to every request to make one, but as I mentioned in my previous post, they take about 2 hours each to make, which calculates to about one per week if I solidly work on them on public transit to/from work(!), and sometimes I'd rather just read a book or stare out the window, lol. So...I guess I'll do what I can, so those people who have been in touch; please let me know your preferred design ('Vertigo Symbols' or 'U=2') and I'll get in contact for a shipping address when I finish making your bracelet...
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    Thanks for your kind comments on my FTGU entry. I hope it's acceptable to post a comment on my own entry, but I just thought I'd add a little background story... I've been making friendship bracelets for years, just experimenting with different colours and patterns, but never really making pictures or words in them, then when I joined the Zoo back in 2008, I signed up for the Xmas card exchange and wanted to make a little 'something' to include with my cards, so figured friendship bracelets would be the obvious choice as they are small and light for posting and can double as bookmarks for people who might not like wearing them. Then I got a bit over ambitious and rather than just settling for a simple black and red diagonal stripe design (to match with the Vertigo album cover), I decided to try to incorporate some of the Vertigo-themed symbols. After a lot of experimenting (and time rapidly running out), I finally settled on the design in my picture, but then had the massive task of making close to 70 bracelets - one for each of the Zootops who were participating in the card exchange that year - at about 2 hours a pop! Needless to say, I didn't quite manage to get them all in the post before Xmas, with the last batch sent in honour of B's birthday the following May! With that goal finally completed, I kept making the Vertigo pattern to send to Zootop friends on their birthdays, or give away to people I met in the 360o GA lines in Dublin, where I was making them to pass the time. By then of course, the 360o tour was well under way, so I decided it was time to start making a new design - with the 'U=2' logo being the obvious choice - which helped pass the time in the 2010 Aussie and 2011 North America GA lines; still giving them away to people I met along the way, and as birthday presents, etc. for Zootop friends. Sadly, the 360o tour is now long-finished, but when the mood strikes, I still make both designs to pass the time on public transport, long-haul flights, etc. and still happily give them away to fellow U2 fans when the opportunity arises, and hopefully we'll be blessed with a new U2 album before the end of the year, so I look forward not only to the new music (that goes without saying!), but also some inspiration for a new U2-themed friendship bracelet to make and give away on the next tour...
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