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Thursday, May 26, 2005


May the farce be with you

I have never understood the obsession with Star Wars and find the hype surrounding the latest 'prequel' thoroughly tedious. Perhaps it is the knowledge that something so blatantly commercial is fooling large numbers of fans into believing that it is somehow counter-cultural.

If you share my cynicism, you will find your position vindicated in
this story:

Two Star Wars fans are in a critical condition in hospital after apparently trying to make light sabres by filling fluorescent light tubes with petrol.

A man, aged 20, and a girl of 17 are believed to have been filming a mock duel when they poured fuel into two glass tubes and lit it.

The pair were rushed to hospital after one of the devices exploded in woodland at Hemel Hempstead, Hertfordshire.
A high placing in this year's Darwin Awards must surely beckon.

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