Chasing the dragon — 23 Comments

  1. Re : Star wars
    it is easy for me to remember the last time I went to the cinema.
    My local was reshowing the original alongside the newly released ‘Empire Strikes Back’
    Don’t know offhand what year that was but my daughter was a toddler (3 ish?)
    and is now the mother of a ten year old.Makes me feel old just to think of it.
    Nowadays I watch films in comfort at home.

    • I'm fairly sure I saw it in a cinema rather than television, but I can't remember where or when.  Not a bad film for its time but not quite good enough for me to rush out and watch all those sequels.  A while back, Sky had an entire channel devoted to the genre but I didn't bother watching any. 

      At that time, the daughter wasn't even a twinkle in my eye, and now she has four kids including a 15 year old!  Makes you think?

  2. "He has as much chance of recapturing that moment as he has of recapturing his virginity"

    You're making a massive assumption there….

    • Yes, it is a bit of an assumption all right.  More likely there wasn't anyone else involved at the time apart from a picture of Carrie Fisher on the wall.  I bet that's well stained by now?

  3. I worked in the capital cinema in cork as a teenager before it shut down. Those old Altecs pack some bass. Its a wonder his house did not fall down 😉

    • Maybe it did and that was the final straw for the family?  Maybe then they realised that he ws not – how shall we say? – quite all there?

  4. Sometimes I'm very glad that I can only see the forehead of people, and not what's going on behind it.


    • This is the spot where we expose the cerebrum, warts, maggots and all.  It's in the site name….

  5. I remember going to see the first Star Wars ( Whores? ) at Marble Arch in London, the Odeon I think. It was in '77 and I was just out of my teens by a few months. I had broken up with my girl friend a few weeks earlier and remember the film cheered me up no end.( Well, I was young ). I remember being more down than usual before the film because my bike, an old Royal Enfield 700 had terminally blown up 3 weeks before. When I got home I listened Cream's last album, GoodBye.

    • Don't ask me what I was doing back in '77!  In all likelihood I was spending all my spare time installing central heating in the house I had just bought [which, incidentally worked first time with only one tiny leak].  I know I saw the film at some stage but I'm not even certain it was in a cinema.  That goes to show the impact the film had on me?

  6. So the poor chap was 13 years old when he saw his first Star Wars.

    And he's managed to acquire 40 seats from the cinema and installed them in "a small living room".

    Plus a sound system.

    Even allowing for a certain exaggeration there is no way anyone can squeeze a quart into a pint pot.

    I'd say your Superb Shadow's spinning you a piss poor yarn.

    He's probably not even close to the ruling council and will never have to face up to the responsibility of expelling someone from anything. Certainly never face to face. That demands certain qualities Magnificence doesn't have.


    • I think it's far more likely someone has been spinning SS a yarn.  After all, if you live your entire life on the basis of a film then surely the word 'gullible' springs to mind?

  7. Ah Super Shadow, I do enjoy his letters and your shared thoughts on response, being up at balls o'clock early for an unknown reason the laugh relaxed me, off to sleep again.

  8. I saw the original Star Wars movie in the theater in the early summer of 1977 myself. I was 18 at the time. Considering that all the special effects technology almost literally had to be invented from scratch, it was really something to watch back then (Industrial Lights and Magic came into being from making that movie).

    I'm certainly no Jedi, not even close, although I'll admit that I wouldn't mind owning my own working light saber as I can think of a few good uses for it. I've just always enjoyed reading/watching sci-fi if it was done decently.

    But I have to admit that I was suddenly struck with a little bit of nostalgia/amazement/awe (for lack of a really proper term) when, at the beginning of the latest installment of Star Wars, the text started scrolling up from the bottom of the screen to the music of the original Star Wars opening score. I almost expected to see that introductory text wobbling a bit from side to side like it did in the original.

    39 years later and I'm still watching new Star Wars movies. And they still amaze me a bit even now.

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