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May the 4th be with you

And, no, I still haven’t watched the Wars of Star yet, but I believe that what they say today in Jediland is May the 4th Be With You?

Space sounds like the safer place to be just now.

But while we all wait word from Elon Musk’s SpaceX and Richard Branson’s Virgin Galactic we’ll have to find our Space here on Earth.

Luke, it’s Tunisia

What is this place Tunisia of which you talk?

Tunisia: If you want to replicate Space, or at least the Space of George Lucas’s imagination, then Tunisia is a good place to start.

Because it’s here he chose for Luke Skywalker’s house, now a hotel, Hotel Sidi Dris.

In the Berber town of Matmata, where you can stay for $12 per night.

You can also see the pod-racing arena and the houses of Mos Espa, Anakin Skywalker’s home town.

Skellig Wars

A crag far, far away.

Skellig Michael, Co. Kerry, Ireland: And there was great excitement around the southern coast when Mark Hammill and his pals came a-visiting.

And I’m reliably informed that the crag features in The Force Awakens and The Last Jedi.

Of course the native leprechauns would not look out of place alongside any of Lucas’s inventions.

Far, far Norway

Space sure is cold.

Finse, Norway: We don’t see space being the cold of Norway but Lucas chose the fjords for his battle setting for the Battle of Hoth.

And where Luke met the Force spectre of Obi Wan Kenobi in the Empire Strikes Back.

The Finse 1222 Hotel is where you want to stay where there is a guestbook and a picture gallery and also a prop of a rebel Trooper in the lobby.

We didn’t make it as far north as Finse but reckon the trolls we met in the fjords came from far, far, away.

Ewoks and EJocks

You stormer: Storm Troopers in Endor.

Glenmore Forest, Endor: And me neither even though I hail from the land of Jocks.

This, of course, doubles as the lush home of the Ewoks and is the gravesite of Darth Vader and the Empire itself.

If you’re looking on a map, it’s in the north of Scotland, south of Inverness.

And those hairy-arsed Highlanders make Chewbacca look like a baldie.

Falcon in California

Jimmy in Star Wars theme park

Disneyland Resort, Anaheim, California: In a previous life I was bestowed on me one of the many nicknames I’ve picked up on my travels, Falcon.

It was my capacity to handle the drop ride of Falcon’s Fury in Busch Gardens in Tampa in Florida which earned me the moniker.

Forward fast to today and there’s a new Falcon on the scene, Millennium Falcon: Smugglers Run in Anaheim.

All of which I handled with ease… and without even a light sabre to defend myself. May the 4th be with you.







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