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
Y is for Yoda. Yo-yo-yo-yo-yoda. When writing a limerick on Yoda It’s hard to avoid talk of soda. As Weird Al discovered, The rhyme’s nicely covered, Though I feel like a lyric freeloader…
Back to Star Wars for this one. Obi-Wan Kenobi, as well as having one of the coolest sounding names in sci fi, was a fully fledged Jedi Knight – how could we possibly go an entire A-Z without a Jedi Knight? It would be as wrong as featuring Lister without also featuring Rimmer… (oops – spoilers!) A well thought of Jedi invader. A really first rate Force Persuader. A remarkable man Was old Obi-Wan, But he couldn’t quite see off Darth Vader.
I’ve been a fan of the Indiana Jones films for a long time – the music, the adventure, the stunt show… none of this is in any way related to Hans Solo or Star Wars, but it does help to explain why I couldn’t watch the original trilogy without expecting him to don a Fedora at any moment and start whipping Stormtroopers into shape left, right and centre… ‘Return Of The Giant Rolling Boulder’. I think George Lucas missed a trick there. Hans Solo looked up at the ceiling And had a distinctly bad feeling. He should really divulge The
E is for Ewoks, partly because they’re the only thing I could think of that started with E*, but mostly because I watched ‘Return of the Jedi’ for the first time fairly recently and discovered that Ewoks are, in a cuddly, snuggly nutshell**, awesome. If you imagine your fluffiest socks, Or the fleeciest sheep in their flocks, Then you’ll be nearing To knowing the feeling Of being pounced on by lots of Ewoks. (*My husband, whilst looking over my shoulder as I was typing that, has since reeled off ‘Enterprise’, ‘Ensign Crusher’ and ‘Engineering’ in rapid succession. He’s helpful like
D, quite simply, had to be The Doctor. It also, of course, had to be Darth Vader. Personally, I think I’ve struck potential televisual spin-off gold here – Lucas and Moffat, take note. “Of course timey-wimey beats Sith! I’m made in Cardiff so… Cymru am byth!” “Feel the Force. Soon you’ll see.” “Nope. Shalln’t. Allons-y!” “I’m your father.” “Nice try, I’m a Smith!*” (*Yes, I know ‘Allons-y’ was Tennant – the Smith in question here is John Smith, The Doctor’s commonly used alias. So there, smarty pants.**) (** Ok, fine, ‘Allons-y’ and ‘Smith’ made life easier.)
Yes, it’s A to Z Challenge time again. I’ve gone for a theme this time. Apparently this helps make blogging more focused and consistent and, as I found my ‘let’s just wing it and see what happens’ approach to last year’s challenge more than a little exhausting, I thought I’d give it a try. My theme is….. wait for it…. ‘science fiction limericks’! Why ‘science fiction limericks’? Because science fiction is fun and limericks are short, mainly. It’s also a little bit silly and, between you and me, I like things that are a little bit silly… First up –
A short time ago in a supermarket not that far away*… I was merrily minding my own business when the ‘Friends’ theme started playing – a particularly good cover of which, I think, can be viewed here. I, being me, started singing along – nothing unusual there. What I wasn’t expecting was to find myself, whilst making my way from ‘Biscuits’ to ‘Frozen Foods’, being joined by a like-minded singing shopper. She took the Alto, I had Soprano covered, The Rembrandts did what they always do, and for a brief moment, just next to the Confectionary, life had become a musical!