Monthly Archives: May 2005

Revenge of the sixth

Well, that was better.

Of course, being Lucas, being Star Wars, I don’t think there was a single line of less-than-clunky dialogue, or a single scene without green-screen. Visually it is of course spectacular. Verbally, well, “wild bantha chase”?

The scene with the, er, “younglings” could have been much, much more effective with two simple changes: a better child actor, and the raising of a second light sabre. There wouldn’t have been a dry eye.

There was an almost throwaway line near the end from our little green friend that raised more questions than it answered. The transition to episode four is pretty good, though not without its oddities. A few other plot holes gaped but never mind: Jar Jar only gets a couple of words in the entire film.

As we were leaving the cinema I heard someone say that there’s room for another episode between three and four, and that’s true, but I suspect the TV series will serve that purpose. I still think Lucas might decide to remake four, five and six, since the effects chasm between three and four will nag away at him. That’s just my fanboy wishful thinking though.

So the sequence is complete. It feels a bit weird actually.

Avaragado’s rating: one large onion.



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El Parador
Originally uploaded by avaragado.

Took the day off work to meet up with Sarah in London. Staggeringly the trains worked out perfectly: I tubed from King’s Cross to Paddington and met Sarah off the Bristol train with almost no waiting for either of us. But that trick never works!

We headed to Euston and walked in the general direction of Camden Market, intending to stop at a tapas restaurant Sarah knew called El Parador. Apart from completely missing our target, Eversholt Street (I think we were distracted by gossip), and having to take the long way round, we found it.

Sadly they were full and told us to come back in 25 minutes. We did, and they were still full – but promised that there’d be a table in five minutes. We took this to be a good sign: anonymous restaurant, reasonably random London street, packed.

We waited, and were seated. We waited, and ordered (and drank nice wine). We waited, and ate. It was well worth the delay. We had four dishes, all fantastic. A spinachy creamy thing, a sweet potato thing, a spicy potato thing, and a random veg extravaganza thing.

We left at about 3pm. Later lunch than we expected, but worth it. Avaragado can thoroughly recommend it, oh yes. It was so good I took a photo of the restaurant.

After lunch we took a quick spin round Camden Market (meh) then headed to Covent Garden. To a pub upstairs from a Cornish pastie shop, in fact, that sells lots of Cornish beer. Sarah managed a couple of sips before accidentally tipping her pint all over the place. I finished mine using the more orthodox route.

And then it was back home on the 5:45 from King’s Cross, boarding with seconds to spare. I took a taxi home from the station; the taxi driver told me how he broke his nose in Alpe D’Huez, and straightened it up himself with the help of a little ice and some gritted teeth. Thought I’d share that with you.

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Wherein Avaragado’s brother brings shame upon the family

I mean, I ask you. 295 votes? Anyone would think he didn’t actually do any campaigning. Er…

He did at least go to the count (I didn’t wake up in time).

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Avaragado’s crystal ballot box

Avaragado predicts…

  • Cambridge will go Lib Dem. I’ve barely seen any posters from other parties. Not that that’s a perfect indicator, but it’s in tune with my hunch.
  • Oliver Letwin will lose his seat.
  • Two independent MPs, no UKIP, no Green.
  • Lib Dems will have a net gain of between 10-20 seats.
  • Labour majority of about 50.


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Vote early, vote slowly

Vote early, vote slowly
Originally uploaded by avaragado.

I had to queue to vote this morning. For half an hour! I’ve never had to queue before. I suspect the well-oiled machine hadn’t yet started firing on all blue-rinsed cylinders.

Half way through the queue – at about the doorway you see in my excellent photo – we were graced with the presence of Maurice Wilkes and wife, combined age 409. We let them jump the queue. He probably invented a sophisticated algorithm for queue jumping anyway, so it’s only fair.

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The man with the noisy bag

The man with the noisy bag
Originally uploaded by avaragado.

I see the gentleman on the bike in the photo nearly every time I go into town. You can tell he’s coming as his plastic bag emits music. A radio I imagine.

The last few times I’ve seen him have been here on Magdalene Bridge. He has predictable habits (that’s how I managed to get this photo): he cycles over the bridge (heading out of town), turns off his music, stops, maybe has a little rest and a drink, turns round, starts his music up again, and cycles back into town.

Of course I make no suggestion whatsoever that he is up to sundry acts of no good which may or may not include the sale of certain items from his backpack that might or might not fall foul of various laws. Especially since I myself wander aimlessly around town at weekends wearing a backpack, spending more time than is strictly necessary in Borders.

But it’s a bit weird.


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