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.

Film spoilers — talking during films

Tonight we’re going to the cinema, to see the new Star Wars film. I was discussing this with my friend James Frost — who, from this blog alone, will probably appear to be my only friend in the world, and certainly my only online friend! It’s not true. There’s also … erm.

Anyway, we got talking about this on MSN Messenger, late last night, and I decided that I should go to an earlier showing of the film but not tell my brother about it when we meet up in town for the 8pm showing at Vue.

And then just talk all the way through the film! Shouting out what’s going to happen next.

“Awww… this is a GREAT bit coming up!
“Watch out!”
“Look behind you!”
“Oh, this bit’s great. A Man pushes A Man, and the Man dies.”

James suggested that I keep asking where Luke and Han are.

“Where’s Han? I thought Han Solo was in Star Wars!”

Another James™ suggestion was wait for the titles, and simply shout, with incredulity, “STAR WARS?! WHAT?!” and storm out.

Or as each character appears, or starts talking on screen, shout their name out really loudly:

“That’s PADME Amadala! … Obi Wan KENOBI! … C-3PO … Padme AMADALA again! … YODA!”
“Will you please shut up!”
“Sorry, is it your turn?”
“So it’s still my go? … YODA! … ANAKIN! … HAN SOLO!”
“Han Solo’s not in this!”
“What?! Why?! I thought Han Solo was in Star Wars!”

It’s annoying, people talking during films, isn’t it.

When we went to see Mel Gibson’s “The Passion of the Christ” a while back, just as the trailers finished, the lights dimmed further and the BBFC card announced the beginning of the film, I said — in a rather too loud voice, “Have you read the book?” And a friend of mine replied — in a rather too loud voice — “What? There’s a book?”

James again:

Once, when I was at the cinema, somebody in the row behind me told me to stop talking … DURING THE ADVERTS!

And once, when my friend John and a friend of his went [to the cinema], just before the film started, an elderly lady in the row infront of them turned to them and said “I hope you two won’t be swearing through this film!”

Because that’s what young people do – we go to films and swear at them! Just to add – they weren’t swearing before the film! She just seemed to assume that they’d begin once it started!

You couldn’t make this stuff up!

Anyway, I’m not going early. I’m going to have to wait and see the film at the same time as Eddie, Rebecca and Jane. But I do know one thing, when the film ends and we’ve watched the credits roll, I’m going to sit back in my seat and exclaim, “Wow! That was AMAZING! I can’t wait for the sequel!”

Cellardyke booking system

Today is my day off, which given my current circumstances is a bit of a misnomer, having been off work due to a bad cold for much of this past week. I sniffled my way back to my desk yesterday and caught up with my task list in Outlook, at least! I now know what I’m supposed to be doing (and what I should have done by now, like last month’s clergy letter in the magazine … oops! I’d somehow got it into my head that it was next month’s I was to write).

I’ve decided to focus, this morning, on sorting out the booking system for the Cellardyke house. I’ve decided that I need the following:

  • A4 folder — DONE
  • Dividers
  • Booking calendar
  • Booking forms
  • Update the prices leaflet
  • Redesign the website www.eastneukholidaycottage.co.uk
  • Upload more photographs to the website
  • Upload the updated brochure and prices list to the website

I’d better crack on with it. I’m planning on buying a new suit this afternoon, before we go to see the Star Wars Episode III: Revenge of the Sith.