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Picard!

Very enjoyable and promising, and never boring.

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Pity about the lens flares. Is that an accepted thing in SF now, dammit? Like shaky camera work (which stopped me watching BSG), it raises an artificial barrier where there shouldn't be one between the viewers and the story they want to immerse themselves in. Patrick Stewart, I'd have thought you would have said no to such a distracting device. I'm enjoying the technical advances made in the 20 or 30 years since Picard was a captain though.

I'm definitely looking forward to more, and so far it seems to be more my thing than Discovery (though I do love Tilly and Reno).

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First day of 2020 here

We woke up to eerie yellow skies this morning with smoke from the Australian bush fire being blown across the south island, and it's been getting darker all day. We have the lights on at midday and the unlit rooms are dark and gloomy. It feels like post-9pm twilight except for the colour.

This photo is from a local photographer. My phone camera compensated for the yellow light so I couldn't get a photo of my own. The moon was deep red last night.

Aussie bush fires turn our skies yellow and orange

It's now become more orange and the street lights are on. I hate to think what it's like over in Oz. Be safe, everyone!

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Wishes of happiness

I see this didn't turn up here because cross-posting is no longer working. It won't be too late for some of you anyway!

Wishing you light, love, and joy, whether you celebrate or not!

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Christmas video from the Bern Police

A fun Christmas Star Wars video from the Swiss police; you don't need to know any German. I love the sign at 1:22 - the Empire could well argue that it doesn't apply to them. At the end you can see the labels on the gifts: "Für Luke von Papi" and "Für Leia". :-D

Translation of their festive greetings:
We wish you happy holidays.
May the Force of peace and serenity be with you.
Your Canton Police Bern

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Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker

We went to The Rise of Skywalker on Thursday (1 hour's drive each way) - and it was fun! So much better and much more upbeat than The Last Jedi despite the inevitable lens flares - seriously, we want to be immersed in a story, not distracted by a camera which isn't part of it. But that stupid Abrams quirk aside, it was entertaining, fun, and a very satisfying end to the series. As in The Force Awakens there were some nice nods to A New Hope (still my favourite).The lighting on Leia when inserted into various scenes wasn't quite right which was slightly disconcerting but it was still good to see her.

Longest credits ever but we sat through most of them just for the music; I love John Williams' Star Wars scores. This is one I'll watch again when it comes up on Disney Plus.

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Now to watch Star Wars Rebels and The Mandalorian, yay! (I've been distracted by playing the awesome Heaven's Vault game.)

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Scum, Villainy, and Rebels (Blake's 7/Star Wars Original Trilogy)

Here's another instalment in my ongoing [community profile] intoabar  series in which Vila ends up in various different universes which has become a Thing. This time it's the Star Wars original trilogy.

Title: Scum, Villainy, and Rebels
Author: [personal profile] vilakins
Prompt: Vila Restal goes into a bar and meets... Leia Organa.
Fandoms: Blake's 7, Star Wars Original Trilogy
Word count: 3281
Rating: General audiences
Contents: No warnings needed
Summary: Vila asked Orac to take him somewhere no one would ever find him.

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May the Fourth - and fifth

The May the fourth - and fifth - NZSO Star Wars concerts (the first two original films with the orchestra doing the score) were amazing, especially the second one with the iconic Imperial March and all its variations. Just stunning! The films were on a big screen over the orchestra and had subtitles for when the dialogue was partially overwhelmed by the magnificent score. John Williams added so much to those films with his music.

There were about 3,000 people in the Spark Arena at each one, and when we left, there was a huge lightsabre shining in the sky, mounted on a crane which was invisible in the dark: very effective.

Lightsabres: yes, they were indeed allowed and you could see them waving in the audience during fight scenes.

Costumes: I saw several Jedi, a Stormtrooper who must have been sweltering in the humidity, several Leias, and a couple of Lukes. No Hans as far as I noticed: pity.

The Mos Eisley Cantina scene: we were looking forward to the orchestra doing the jazz, but they didn't. We and the people in the row in front sadly discussed this in the interval and thought that maybe John Williams hadn't written it, but that's not the case. It's now my theory that because it's part of the film itself rather than the score, it couldn't be removed so that the orchestra could play it.

[Edit] Playing elsewhere? Maybe there's a Star Wars concert near you! Have a look here, filtering for your country and Star Wars. It's very much worth going to one if you're a fan.

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Weekend up north

Because DW has given paid and premium accounts more image hosting space, I'll go back to using it to see if it's any easier than Imgur. This possibly means more posts, including some catch-ups. If only it were as easy as Facebook...

To start with, here are photos of the sunrise as we left for Auckland on May the fourth for the Star Wars concerts, the views from our B&B in Meadowbank, and the Tesla Model 3 we had a look at on Sunday morning; ours being due to arrive in the next 2-3 months (we hope).

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I almost forgot, though it will only interest NZers: I sat beside Shane Cortese on the plane up. I said, "It's Loki!" which made him laugh. He played Loki in The Almighty Johnsons, Hayden Peters in Outrageous Fortune, and Dennis Buchanan, in Brokenwood (and other roles I haven't seen). I said that he seems to have made dodgy lawyers and businessmen a thing, but added that one doesn't have to like a character to find them entertaining, and he agreed that he'd rather play characters like that as it's far more interesting than likeable roles. Also posted on Dreamwidth, with comment count unavailable comments.
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May the Fourth

Tomorrow is the 4th of May, or indeed May the Fourth, and we're off in the morning to Auckland to see the first two original Star Wars films - with the NZ Symphony Orchestra playing the score. Yay!

Not yay - they're going to search bags (and only small ones are allowed) and frisk everyone going in. I have never been frisked. Yes, that is the way things are now. Greg says they're being extremely paranoid, but it's making me feel somewhat too. People can dress up in Star Wars costumes but NOT complete with weapons. I wonder if light sabres are OK. Probably not.

I'll just be wearing my Rebel Alliance pendant. Maybe also on the plane.
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