Flying towards my Star Wars obsession…

When I was a little girl, watching movies about something called the Force, and a black-clad man who breathed as if through a ventilator, and watched a little green thing mix up his sentence construction, little did I know my passion obsession for it would leave me on a plane on a journey 7-8 hours away just to attend a weekend dedicated to the world of Star Wars.

When this post publishes, I’ll probably be near London, or already landed.

This is another birthday present to myself: a long trip to the UK. But I never would’ve taken the initiative to organize this trip for myself had a little newsletter not popped up in my inbox. I don’t often subscribe to them; I find many of them annoying. Indeed, when I signed up for the Guardian Masterclass newsletter, I had no idea where it would take me. I sometimes don’t even read the newsletters that come winging my way; the ‘delete’ button is my friend. But I did click on a particular one that arrived on November 29, 2011 and was titled: “Enrol now for Star Wars weekend in Scotland”.

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Since then I was hooked. I kept thinking about whether I could make it happen. Could I afford it? Was it worth it? But I missed UK far too much… I left the country on January 27, 2011 (that date is embedded in my mind), with a heavy heart. I fell in love with the UK and after not having seen my friends or been there for months, I knew this was a reason to go back on holiday. Plane tickets booked, friends informed, and visa in hand … I was ready.

But why would I go for a Star Wars weekend? Simply because I love the Star Wars ‘verse. Here’s a quick glimpse of the things I have or the places I’ve been or the events I’ve gone for that fill the geeky me with glee:

  • My Star Wars poster, which I got in a poster sale at my student union at The University of Sheffield

  • My second Star Wars poster, which I got for a cool 99p at the most awesome store ever, Forbidden Planet

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  • My third Star Wars poster…can’t even remember when I got this!

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  • A magic Star Wars cube, which I picked up while rummaging through the dusty labyrinths of Camden (no picture, sorry!) 
  • My McDs Happy Meal toy: double-sided lightsaber

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  • I even have the book of the movies!

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  • My re-mastered Star Wars DVD set

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  • My old Star Wars re-mastered VHS tapes, and…
  • My even older Star Wars VHS tapes…and…
  • Revenge of the Sith on DVD
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  • My Star Wars t-shirt from Camden

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  • My other Star Wars t-shirt from a travelling sci-fi fair in Sheffield

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  • Yoda

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  • Star Wars Monopoly set

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  • Star Wars bumper sticker: “My other ride is an X-Wing”

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  • Star Wars iPad decal…ON MY iPad!

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  • My customised Empire Darth Vader notebook (btw if anyone can get me a copy of that iconic breathing cover, PLEASE let me know…would really appreciate it!)

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I probably have some more things about somewhere, but this is all that comes to mind right now. Here’s to an awesome weekend, and learning a lot more about the movies that have such an ingrained part of my life.

May the Force be with us all

– Darth Devina (as Ayub called me when he saw the engraving on my iPad)

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One thought on “Flying towards my Star Wars obsession…

  1. I don’t really care about Star Wars. I just wanna say that I wouldn’t get a visa to the UK if I put all my earnings in one account and apply. I hope you realize how fucking awesome this is that you get to go.

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