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23 January 2011 @ 08:45 pm
My Devils Island Years...  

So yesterday I got married. And it was indeed the happiest day of my life, as I managed to convince Tracy, the most beautiful woman in the world to become my wife. The day was great and the weather wonderful, my Ushers and Best Man were on form, Tracy's Bridesmaids and flower girls were beautiful, both families got on like a house on fire and everyone who turned up were total stars.

During the wedding speeches, Michael, my best man read out a message of congratulations from a variety of people including my best mate Tanya, Pia Guerra, Kim Newman, Noel Clarke, Dan Didio, Elizabeth Miller, Rich Starkings and Leslie Klinger to name (drop) but a few, while I also read out a letter to Tracy from Ben 'Prince Caspian' Barnes. But it was the message from recently married superstar Neil Gaiman that received a massive cheer. Since then, the one question I've been asked most is 'what did it say?'...

So, with grateful thanks to Neil for allowing me to reprint it, here is his note to me.

Dear Tony

I hear you're getting married.

I'm shocked.

I remember, when we were sweating in the endless sun of Devil's Island, between -- it must have been between your second escape attempt and your third, because you still had all your fingers then, you saying to me, "Women. If it was not for women, my friend, I would not be here."
And I said, "Tony, I thought you said you were here because little Eddie mistook the gelignite for play-doh, because One-eyed Achmet did not drive fast enough. Because the bank had modernised their security systems."

And you said, "Women!" And that look came into your eye, the look that even the guards were afraid of, "I will never marry!" you said. "Or if I do, it will only to be to take my revenge on all women, a revenge I swear I shall take... one woman at a time!"

And I said nothing, because we had a saying on Devil's Island. "If Tony Lee says something and you are not sure if he is joking, shut up. Or you will end up the same way as Pierre No-nose."

Well, how times change. I'm sure that you and your bride will be incredibly happy together and that she has nothing at all to worry about. My felicitations to you both.

Neil Gaiman

And that's why the man is one of the best loved people in the business.

Me? I'm off for a few days with my wife. I have a wife now. Wives are cool.

Nea: yay! neadods on January 23rd, 2011 08:53 pm (UTC)
Marjorie coraline73 on January 23rd, 2011 08:54 pm (UTC)
You & Tracy both look fantastic, and the message from Neil is perfect, and exactly what one would wish to receive on one's wedding day!

May you and your beautiful wife enjoy many, many happy years together.
rm rm on January 23rd, 2011 09:04 pm (UTC)
Best wishes to the both of you!
Serge and Morag: sunkitten toothycat on January 23rd, 2011 09:44 pm (UTC)
That's a lovely photo. Congratulations to you both :)
dynamite with a laser beam: Couple 51stcenturyfox on January 23rd, 2011 10:18 pm (UTC)
Congratulations! You are a lovely couple!
beesandbrews: martha jazz hands beesandbrews on January 23rd, 2011 10:27 pm (UTC)
May you both have many happy years.
Ellinor lady_ellinor on January 23rd, 2011 10:42 pm (UTC)
Congratulations. May you enjoy many happy years together.
the little creep: sidewise nyarbaggytep on January 23rd, 2011 10:43 pm (UTC)
Aww, you guys look lovely and happy. I hope that it's the start of a long and wonderful life together.
lullabelle _lullabelle_ on January 23rd, 2011 10:56 pm (UTC)
Button Grit vientral on January 23rd, 2011 11:11 pm (UTC)
Congratulations x
mr_jam mr_jam on January 23rd, 2011 11:19 pm (UTC)
Conga rats!!!!
Rachel Soma rachelsoma on January 23rd, 2011 11:28 pm (UTC)
Congratulations to you both!
Antony Newby fen_wolfchile on January 23rd, 2011 11:37 pm (UTC)
Yep, wives are cool :)
Congratulations to you both from the wolfchile household.
Jules furtle on January 23rd, 2011 11:40 pm (UTC)
How extremely awesome :D - many congratulations to you both!
A Disgrace, but not a Danger.... ellefurtle on January 23rd, 2011 11:51 pm (UTC)
Hurrah! Have a lovely time!
bonaevox bonaevox on January 24th, 2011 12:06 am (UTC)
Wives *ARE* cool. Congrats to you and yours!

a paleogeographic reconstruction prof_pangaea on January 24th, 2011 12:18 am (UTC)
David Phillips fuzzygoth on January 24th, 2011 12:24 am (UTC)
Congratulations my son, may you have many happy years together :)
jigglykat: random: spaced thumbs up jigglykat on January 24th, 2011 03:55 am (UTC)
Congrats, dude!
Steve Green: Green Man stevegreen on January 24th, 2011 04:13 am (UTC)
Congratulations, Tony. I wish you a long and happy life together.
KnitChick: Doctor Donna Approved knitchick1979 on January 24th, 2011 06:33 am (UTC)
Congratulations to you and Tracy! You both look wonderful, and so happy, in that photo :) Best wishes to you as you start your new life together!

And that is a great note from Neil, but then again, he's an amazing writer and a great guy!

Andrew K Lawston alawston on January 24th, 2011 09:30 am (UTC)
Kitten: Wheeeeee! lunarkittenlj on January 24th, 2011 09:35 am (UTC)
Congratulations to you and Tracy :-)

Libby spangle_kitten on January 24th, 2011 09:47 am (UTC)
Hope you have a wonderful honeymoon :)

You're both fab people and I'm really happy for you!
Kethry: Thumbs Up noirrosaleen on January 24th, 2011 11:11 am (UTC)
Wives *are* cool. ^_^ Here's hoping I get to run into yours next time I can get to SD Comic Con...she must be totally amazing.

Massive props for the Neil-letter!
usagiguy usagiguy on January 24th, 2011 02:44 pm (UTC)
Congratulations and Best Wishes, my friend.
bookiekat bookiekat on January 24th, 2011 03:36 pm (UTC)
Congratulations to both of you. And I totally love that cake!

Hubby and I were married 33 years ago Jan. 21 - we're still together. So, I hope and pray that you two will stick together for at least 33 years; we're in it for life.
Sonia Leong's Journal ::ART::LIFE::FASHION::VICES: newyork sonia_leong on January 24th, 2011 06:03 pm (UTC)
Congratulations!!!! Fabulous letter :D And yes, WIVES ARE AWESOME. You both go and have fun now *waves*
areteus areteus on January 24th, 2011 11:29 pm (UTC)
Fantastic letter... I assume you are framing all of these and keeping them for posterity?
jackrivet: buddy jackrivet on January 25th, 2011 01:02 am (UTC)
King Apathy III: thumbsup frobisher on January 25th, 2011 02:48 am (UTC)
Congratulations! This sort of thing makes me want to get a wife. Or a note from Neil Gaiman.

With any luck, I'll congratulate you in person at Gally.
diehexen diehexen on January 25th, 2011 08:23 pm (UTC)
Congrats to both of you. You both look gorgeous! :D
Lothos 3.0 lothos on January 27th, 2011 10:20 am (UTC)
etoile_violet etoile_violet on February 1st, 2011 12:10 am (UTC)
Want moar fotoes!

And congratulations to you both :-).