So. Context. Last Wednesday I spoke at Ignite Cardiff (video here somewhere) and, having had some of the best but also busiest weeks in recent memory, I opted, in good old Blue Peter fashion, for the ‘here’s one I did earlier’ tactic and proceeded to limerick my way through a condensed version of my A to Z Challenge efforts. Turns out, silly sci-fi translates quite well to the stage. Who knew? In unrelated news, a friend who came to watch me posted a link to this on Facebook. I’ve still not actually watched ‘Frozen’ (I do now own it – I’m getting
We’ve made it to X – only two more letters after this and I’ll have successfully A – Z-ed my way through another April. One group of characters I haven’t yet abused in limerick is superheroes. Allow me to rectify that here. X is for X-Men. Some could alter the weather’s behaviour. Some were handy when needing a saviour. Cyclops, Rogue, Wolverine; Phoenix (aka Jean). (Bonus points for Pat Stewart’s Xavier!)
U is for Uhura. Good with words, partial to a bit of singing, officer aboard a space ship going boldly where noone had gone before… a role model for a sci-fi loving, limerick writing choir addict if ever there was one. Quite good at comms was Uhura. Her Klingon could not have been surer. French, Italian, Chinese – She could speak ’em with ease – And her singing voice couldn’t have been purer.
I rather enjoyed Enterprise. For one thing, it had a rather stonking opening theme sung by Russell Watson. For another, it starred Scott Bakula, someone I’d grown up watching in Quantum Leap. Handily for these purposes, it also happened to feature two rather cool characters called Trip and T’Pol. The logical Vulcan T’Pol And Trip with his soft Southern drawl. Who could fortell They’d get on so well? It’s surprising they got on at all!
Even in the weird and wonderful world of science fiction, Q proved a struggle. Thank goodness for Deep Space Nine‘s bartender, Quark, then. Quark was a Star Trek Ferengi. Of mercurial maths he knew plenty. He got quite upbeat If he was the cheat But if cheated, he got quite unfriendly.
P is for Picard, my favourite of all the Star Trek Captains, not least because Sir Patrick Stewart is one of a small handful of actors* who could read a really bad shopping list to me whilst half asleep and manage to leave me wanting more when he’d finished. There were quite a few Picard-isms I wanted to get into this one, but that was hard, so I’ve cheated and gotten them into two. Presented in order of creation… It’d been a long day for Jean-Luc; Wesley Crusher, he’d had to rebuke. He ordered a shot Of some tea (Earl
K is for Captain James T. Kirk – the original, if not necessarily the best. He comes later… Mr Sulu was looking quite spotty. This planet was driving Kirk potty. And though I’ve since read That it never got said, This called for a “Beam me up, Scotty.”
Catherine’s Blog. Stardate: 67718 (who knew you could actually calculate this stuff?) B, having ruled out Bannakaffalatta (I mean, really, what rhymes with Bannakaffalatta?!) is for Dr. Bones ‘technically Leonard but L is already for someone else’ McCoy. One day down in Sick Bay with Kirk, Bones McCoy went a little bezerk; “Dammit Jim, I’m a Doc, Not a playmate for Spock! Now let me get on with my work.”