The Imperial March


They never tire of it.

The frightened little ones, the loud-mouthed pre-teens, the squealing girls and the enthusiastic Dads – everywhere the Garrison go, you see the same kaleidoscope of reactions. All the hot girls love a Stormtrooper, all the geeks make jokes about droids, and all the smart arses end up on the pavement with their hands behind their heads.

Hell, I never tire of it either.

And we’ve had a few new discoveries this time. Working with us at Bristol and Southampton to promote our exclusive book-plated edition of Star Wars: The Making of The Empire Strikes Back, the UK Garrison do seem to like Forbidden Planet. Lord Vader himself came to inspect Bristol, where he absolutely refrained from throttling anyone (unless they really deserved it) and loomed outside the store, silent and menacing and breathing as only Vader can. Surrounded by a plethora of flashing cameras, eagerly costumed children and wide-eyed tittering Mums.


The UKG absolutely excel at the Comedy Photo Op. They will pose for days and the passing public will never let them go… but there’s also something surreal and hilarious about any Stormtrooper doing something that’s essentially mundane. Trooper reads menu, Trooper goes into shop – it’s a win every time. Faceless and humourless, voices both mechanical and polite, all they have to do is stop by the front of a market stall and people turn and point.

And they never, ever, tire of it.

Today, though, we’ve had a moment.

Spotting a pair of smartly kilted bagpipers on Southampton High Street, the Troopers naturally had to investigate. The public were naturally entertained. The piper naturally made an attempt at The Imperial March on his chanter, and promised solemnly he would ‘learn it’ for the next time.

Fair enough, we thought.

Imagine our wonder, then, when the ‘next time’ turned out to be two hours later, when both pipers came down to Forbidden Planet Southampton. As promised, he played, fucking flawlessly, the Imperial March.

We were, Troopers and store and onlookers alike, absolutely gobsmacked.

Check this out…

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Piper at the Gates of… from Danie Ware on Vimeo.

Footage from the Forbidden Planet

You know that saying – put your money where your mouth is?

This blog has contained wa-ay too much ranting about the industry embracing new forms of media and communication – and, frankly, not enough of me shutting up and getting on with it.

It seems that – with a little judicious prodding – the Forbidden Planet rocket can fly with the times.

China Miéville reading from The City & The City

http://www.youtube.com/get_player


The Truth about the Wasabi Peas – starring Alex Bell, Jaine Fenn and Suzanne McLeod

http://www.youtube.com/get_player


Mark Charan Newton talking about Nights of Villjamur

http://www.youtube.com/get_player

The first two of these were shot by the wonderful @NeilCFord; the last one teaches me that I really need to learn some proper interview techniques… :)

Look out for more of these to come!

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