Star Wars and cycling

We took the kids to see Star Wars today. On the cycle ride home I had to dash across four lanes of traffic to get across a bridge that has no crossing for pedestrians or cyclists. I did the same thing yesterday only yesterday a gallant young man stood in the middle of the road with his arms out forcing the cars to stop for me so that I could cross. The young man was not there today and so we dashed out in front of lots of cars to get safely to the other side. It really is an appalling situation. Why are they accommodating cars before pedestrians and cyclists?

At one point I said, “Fucking cars” and Daniel sitting in Busby heard me and said, “Did you say “fucking?”. To which I replied that it was naughty of me and I shouldn’t have said it, it’s just that I hate cars. Daniel retorted with, “Then why do you drive the electric car?”. My son is picking flaws in my logic.

Star Wars was very entertaining and the kids seemed to enjoy it [SPOILER ALERTS COMING]. It was nice to see a female hero and it was basically the same sort of theme as the original three films. In fact, I think they could have recycled much of the same dialogue. It’s all very incestuous with more family members turning evil as before. My only gripe is that the whole film was pretty much based on both sides trying to find Luke who disappeared for the stupid reason that one of his students turned bad. Imagine if all teachers did that? Then he appears for 30 seconds at the end in a silly moment where he pulls his hood back to some dramatic music and then the credits roll up. I also wondered whether the heroine is Luke’s daughter but Luke has always been a bit asexual so I can’t see how that’s possible.

I’ll finish with this funny cartoon I saw today:


7 Replies to “Star Wars and cycling”

  1. I quite agree, it was a terrible reason for Luke to disappear. Considering the effort the rest of the film had gone to, would it have taken that much extra brain power to come up with something more exciting? I also wondered whether the heroine was somehow part of the extended Star Wars family, especially during that flash back where she’s being wrenched from her people.

    1. I guess we’ll have to wait for the second movie to find out who the heroine is related to 🙂

  2. I think you should write to the local council or newspaper to alert them to the bad situation on the bridge. It sounds very scary.

    I’ve seen the first Star Wars only. I saw it many years ago when it first came out. Went without enthusiasm but ended up really enjoying it. Not dying to see the current sequel though. I just wish there were a few decent movies on at the moment. Most theatres are catering to kids seeing it’s school holidays.

    I wonder if there are any bikes on Uber. 🙂

    1. I did write to the council when I got home yesterday afternoon. I have written to them several times already about the lack of safe space for cyclists but never specifically about this one crossing. They’ll probably see my email and think, “Not her again”, and then trash it 🙂

  3. Oops. You had to put up with discourteous traffic. Ever since I started reading cycling posts on your blog, I am being the nicest I can to the cyclists on the road 🙂

    I too watched Star Wars earlier this week without prior knowledge. I sort of understood it with the help of friend who is a Star Wars fan. I am hoping to watch the earlier Star Wars movies some time this year.

    It is challenging not to use f-words when children are around. My son catches me even if I use light words like “heck” or “stupid”. I think it is good in the sense that kids make us more mindful of our language. I often end up saying sorry to my son for using such words, which I don’t regret.

    1. I’m so happy to hear that you’re being nice to cyclists 🙂

      Did you enjoy Star Wars? The original three movies are classics but I saw them when I was quite young and so they might seem a bit silly now.

      1. I liked the latest one although I didn’t have the context from the earlier movies. So decided to watch the earlier three.

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