One of my favourite photos I’ve taken recently was of the inscription Pro Patria (For one’s County) on the The Cenotaph War Memorial in Leeds, the beautiful stonemasons lettering mixed with the crystallisation and marbling really resonates with my artistic tendencies, but most of all is the deathly shadow that eerily graces its surface, almost like the hand of death that took so many of our soldiers lives.
Under this sky
These stars’ beneath
We all have to go for a sleep
In such tiredness!
Like a snowy ocean about to freeze inside a North Pole!
O! This light!
These designs for such a life
Can ever we forget?
Under such a sky!
I might had relished the savor of flesh inside sea water
Felt a heart
Ah! Falling so much in love!
O! Relished so much!
Light stroking the edge of a darkness
Passionate whisper of a night may pine
Always! For a day
This conscious vigil
Might have I heard
Yet must end
Waiting only for such a green harvest
This hand of death will be most soothing!
May hold us all in his chest
Like some sleeplorn
Ah! Like a fugitive lovelorn
Inside such a tender whisper!
Then one by one
Cold, yet such a respite!
That time will surely come
Ah! When it may come
That savor may be most relishing!
I was kindly invited by @veroce (Veronika from Sweden) to do an #mycountry9 collage of images from my Instagram feed highlighting the beauty of the UK, instead I used images from my home City of Leeds and what a perfect day to post them on Yorkshire Day. Click to Enlarge
Also a Poem for Yorkshire Day
What should tha do on Yorkshire day
Tha should wear Thi rose wi pride
Show the world Thi whippets
And the ferrets tha keeps inside
Get dressed up in Thi Sunday best
To get in party mood
But dun’t forget to muck art
Thi pigeons of special brood
For Yorkshire folk enjoy their sens
Eighting pie from enormous plates
Wi dollops of homemade sloppy pei’s
Drinking John Smiths art of crates
They wear a special flat cap
Always wi a smile
And put on their fancy hob nailed boo-it’s
That’s walked a many a mile
But before tha goes to party
Remember the Yorkshire way
And that’s to sew up Thi pockets
So someone else can pay
It’s hard to believe 2012 heralds the 35th year of Star Wars …’how time flies’.
For me, there’s so much I could say about my ‘favourite’ film, but instead I thought I’d reminisce about the day I went to see Star Wars for the very first time. I first heard about the film when a young 10-year-old Neil Stringer told me about this amazing picture he’d seen on our way home from School, but this wasn’t May 1977 (25th) when it was first released in the United States, but more like early 78, as the UK premier wasn’t actually until Boxing Day 1977, a full 7 months later in two West End cinemas, the Leicester Square Theatre and the Dominion, Tottenham Court Road, where it took a record-breaking £117,690 in its first week.
Star Wars continued to play exclusively at these two cinemas for over the next four weeks, were it instantly became the hottest ticket in town, ticket-touts where reportedly selling £2.20 tickets for £30 quid. But on the 29th January it finally opened in Leeds. For me I can’t remember the precise date I went to see it, although it was a Saturday in February at the Odeon Cinema on The Headrow in Leeds. It wasn’t a family outing, but instead a trip out with my good friend Mark Adams and his Granddad.
So we set off on the No:5 bus to a sunny Leeds City Centre to eagerly wait in turn queuing down the side of the Headrow (This seems to be a long forgotten experience within Leeds to queue around buildings to see a new movie) but once we finally got into the foyer and purchased out tickets, there was a plethora of memorabilia available to buy behind the confectionary counter. For me it had to be the Official Movie Souvenir Programme and the giant fold-out poster to take home and adorn my bedroom wall, both of which I still have today. (below)
The Odeon was a three screen cinema in those early days, before it was later split into a 5 screens, this meant the main screen 1 auditorium was ‘HUGE’…well, it felt huge to a small 11-year-old lad like me. So I sat down proudly holding my first swag of Star Wars keepsakes while watching Pearl & Dean as I awaited the film to start. It was at this point the curtains would close while you could hear the tiny motors widening the screen size from its 1/3rd size to full 70mm capacity.
One of the amazing qualities of this amphitheatre of film was the sound and its sheer volume (something the Health & Safety sphincter police must have curtailed in later years) It was this sound that had a physical impact on me, because you could feel the noise of the opening Star Destroyer approaching, vibrating through your body before it appeared on-screen, and when it did appear…HOLY WOW!! It just went on and on and on, that thing was HUGE. Even at the very end of the film your spacial senses were tested as well, when Luke’s X-Wing swooped into the Death Star trench you wobbled from left to right in the same you do at an IMAX screening today. From the moment the credit finally rolled up I was hooked…FOR LIFE…and subsequently went to see it more time than I can remember (25 Geekish times I think) even to this day I love to watch it and still don’t get bored. The new Blu-Ray gave me another excuse to have a family Star Wars viewing night, one which we have each year.
I’m quite sure you’ll hear more about ‘Me & Star Wars’ over the coming years on this blog, but for now it just leaves me to say…