May 4th, 2007


A Long Time Ago .......

... Well 30 years ago this month to be precise a small-budget sci fi film by a relatively new Director was released (25th May 1977). It was called Star Wars.

The rest is cinematic and indeed cultural History.

To mark the 30th Anniversary of the Film a huge Exhibition is opening at County Hall in Central London. 280 original models, creatures, props and costumes will be on display. I am not sure whether I'll go as I believe that many of the items were part of the 1999-2000 Magic and Myth exhibition so I will have already seen them and at £24 a ticket it's a bit steep simply to go and update my reference library with a million digital photos (not sure they'd invented decent digital cameras in 1999 !

One thing puzzles me though. The 30th Anniversary Star Wars exhibition opens tomorrow on Saturay 5th of May....

Which is a shame really because if it had opened today they could have said...

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... I'll get my coat

"We shared a common dream to test the limits of man's imagination and daring"

I was sad to see that Wally Schirra, one of the original Mercury 7 astronauts, passed away yesterday.

He was unique in that he was the only Astronaut to have flown in the Mercury, Gemini, and Apollo programmes.

On October 3, 1962; he piloted the six orbit Sigma 7 Mercury flight.
He was Command Pilot on the historic Gemini 6 flight accomplishing the first rendezvous of two manned manoeuvrable spacecraft and he was the Command Pilot on Apollo VII, the first manned flight test of Apollo.

Its sad to think that in the coming years many of the ranks of these historic pioneers grows ever smaller.

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Walter M. Schirra (Captain, USN, Ret.)
March 12, 1923 – May 3, 2007

Gods Speed Wally …

(Please note how, for reasons of taste, I refrained from entitling this post "Where's Wally".)