Archive for January 15, 2016

How bad is Stormtrooper aim exactly?

Posted in Uncategorized on January 15, 2016 by telescoper

Here’s a tongue-in-cheek analysis of the inaccuracy of stormtroopers’ use of firearms in the Star Wars movies.

This is just one manifestation of a general phenomenon – bad guys are always terrible shots! At least in movies…

Delight Through Logical Misery

Stormtrooper_Gun A Stormtrooper gun. It’s possible they don’t know what these are for. Photo by Roy Kabanlit.

For some unknown reason, I’ve been thinking a lot about Star Wars recently. Going forward, I’ll assume you’ll be familiar with the events and characters of at least the first six films. If not, what have you been doing? Living in a recent, recent time in a galaxy that’s very close to here? Broadly speaking, this post inevitably contains minor spoilers for Episodes II−VI of the Star Wars films. If you haven’t seen them, inexplicably want to find out about Stormtrooper aim and don’t mind knowing some plot details, then feel free to read on.

There are some characteristics of characters or groups of characters within the Star Wars register that are widely held to be fact. This may be despite them not being explicitly stated within the films. Red lightsabers are for the…

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Should the ‘Roast beef of Old England’ be restored as the English anthem?

Posted in Uncategorized on January 15, 2016 by telescoper

Here’s an important (?) poll about what an English National Anthem should be, reblogged from Keith Flett’s blog..

I voted for Other (The Blaydon Races) …

Kmflett's Blog

Should the ‘Roast Beef of Old England’ be restored as English anthem


Chesterfield MP Toby Perkins may have a point in bringing  a bill to the Commons to replace God Save the Queen at sporting events where the England team plays with a specifically English anthem.

The national anthem, God Save the Queen or King, first became common in the 1790s when ‘Church and King’ mobs backed by sailors were keen to oppose radicals who supported the French Revolution.

The traditional English anthem had been the Roast Beef of Old England, and the playing of the new national anthem did not always go down well. A riot took place in Sheffield in 1812 when naval officers insisted it was played at a theatrical performance.

Mr Perkins, not to be confused with Harry Perkins in Chris Mullins a Very British Coup novel, is a supporter of hard right group Progress in…

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