A long time ago, in a galaxy far, far away…

I’m just back from seeing Star Wars Episode III: Revenge of the Sith. It was a good film, I’d like to see it again. (I shall!) I somehow feel as though a piece of the jigsaw of my childhood has been put into place … or that some more of the dots have been joined.

Did I carry out any of the spoilers during the film? Right at the beginning of the film when the screen went black and the words

A long time ago, in a galaxy far, far away…

appeared on the screen. I said out loud, in a really disappointed voice, “Aww … I’ve seen this one!” That had me laughing for about five minutes. And then again all the way home.

After the film we were standing outside the cinema carrying out the post-film ritual — which used to be disecting the movie scene by scene, but which has now been replaced with switching on the mobile phone, checking for a signal and texting friends about how great the film was…! — I switched on my phone and pretended to use it to scan my brother’s friend Jonny for midi-chlorians.

Jonny (whose dad is from Korea, his mum, from Scotland) said, “What are you doing?”
I said, “Scanning you for midi-chlorians.”
Jonny said, “Scanning me for midi-Koreans?”
I couldn’t argue with that.

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Gareth Saunders

I’m Gareth J M Saunders, 52 years old, 6′ 4″, father of 3 boys (including twins). Enneagram type FOUR and introvert (INFP), I am a non-stipendiary priest in the Scottish Episcopal Church, I sing with the NYCGB alumni choir, play guitar, play mahjong, write, draw and laugh… Former Scrum master at Safeguard Global, Sky and Vision/Cegedim. Former web architect and agile project manager at the University of St Andrews and previously warden at Agnes Blackadder Hall.

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