124 Science Lates – Sound and Screen – 21st February 2020

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Location
Glasgow Science Centre, Glasgow 08:00 – 22:30

Personnel

DRDA-0000 Doug Inman Dalek
GB-6275 Mark McCreadie Ghostbuster
ID-15233 Fraser Boyd Line Officer
SL-77314 Alan Dalgleish Darth Vader
TA-7240 Julie Sword AT-AT Pilot
TB-89909 Jenn Mair Biker Scout
TI-91810 Lynn McDavid Stormtrooper
TK-18910 Brian McDavid Stormtrooper
UK-0000 Jamie Hall Spotter
UK-6084 Stuart Thompson Spotter

Mission Report
You have to admire the persistence of the Glasgow Science Centre in continuing with these Science Late events as they never seem to have an attendance that would justify the staffing costs.  I suppose we’re equally culpable, we keep turning up to them too although the attendees rarely have any interest in our presence, but although very, very, quiet this was ironically one of the instances better attended by the public.

I struggled to think why it had been marked an induction, until I realised that jokes about the size of Frasers trousers were a clue it was technically his first troop.  He’s been a fixture at events for such long time now between his Mando and RL attendances I just assumed his officer had been cleared months ago, sans branding a quick handshake had to suffice as his welcome to the 501st.

As is normal we started the evening out in the atrium to welcome those visitors that the persistent rain hadn’t kept away but the shorter walk from the car park to the cinema entrance meant that many of them bypassed those of us near the main doors entirely.  Taking the lift to the higher floors revealed them to be practically empty, bar areas aside, and we even ventured to the third floor which is pretty much unheard of as the heat up there is oppressive for anyone in costume when the building is busier.

Looking down from this vantage point showed that the cafeteria was fairly well occupied so after a break some of the troopers elected to take a wander around there.  The mixture of alcohol and voices muffled by helmets seemed to cause some slight aggravation though so it was a visit quickly curtailed.

The most interesting part of the night for me was a journey down the ramp towards the base of the tower.  I’ve never actually been in that area before, as per the long standing local joke the tower itself seems to have been closed due to structural problems/weather/lift being broken for the majority of the time since it’s construction, but being able to see the base and foundations and the explanation of the engineering behind it was as fascinating as the loud AT-AT Walker alike noises of its movement in the wind.

Knowing that a live band was due to start performing in the atrium at 21:00 we took a last tour of this area ahead of time to bid farewell to anyone departing early, but it had long passed the stage where the attendees had started to get slightly grab-y towards the costumes and it was relief to call the night quits

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121 Force Weekend – Glasgow Science Centre ~ Glasgow – 21st December 2019

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Location
Science Center, Glasgow 11:00 – 14:30

Personnel

Chewbacca Paul Smith Wookie
Jey d’Srow Julie Sword Rebel Pilot
Luke Skywalker Mark McCreadie Jedi Master
Rey Beth Mitchell Jedi

Mission Report
This was a quiet, unremarkable, event with barely a trickle of public throughout the duration although it noticeable was starting to get busier in the last half hour or so before we finished.
Nonetheless I shall remember it, not for doubtless bemusement of whoever will review the customer feedback card singing the praises of Luke and Rey in days to come and not for the priceless reaction of the member of the public who opened the door to our changing area just as we ended a break and got the fright of his life when confronted by Vader, a First Order Trooper, Chewbacca, Luke and an X-Wing Pilot on the other side of it.
While our changing room Porg shenanigans and Team Skywalkers mastery of a cube puzzle will long burn bright in my mind and I won’t be quick to forget Mister McDavid’s constant disappointment that nobody was on the other side of the lift doors all day none of these will remain my overriding memory of the event.

Instead it will be the simple words of newly minted centennial trooper Paul Smith, somehow still fresh from his week of ROS-related events while the rest of us were overly tired and emotional, with his beautiful, wise reminder of why we all do this which brought a lump to my throat and continues even now to moisten my eyes…

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120 Rise of Skywalker – Glasgow Science Centre ~ Glasgow – 20th December 2019

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Location
Science Center, Glasgow 19:00 – 23:00

Personnel

Jey d’Srow Julie Sword Rebel Pilot
Luke Skywalker Mark McCreadie Jedi Master
Rey Beth Mitchell Jedi

Mission Report
This was such an odd event, timing our attendance for the departures from one showing and arrivals for the next then having a massive 2.5 hour break before the public started arriving for the last showing of the day.
Simultaneously alongside, a party night for the staff of some company was taking place in the Science Centre using the same entrance as the cinema meaning that as the night wore on we were getting flybys from people with no interest in Star Wars who were progressively worse for wear.

I’m sure we’ve attended events which have been more egregious over the years, but I struggle to think of any. Not even the option of a free showing was able to jack-knife this one around…

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118 Forbidden Planet – New Store Opening – 9th November 2019

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Location
Forbidden Planet, Glasgow 09:00 – 15:00

Personnel

Chewbacca Paul Smith Wookie
Jey d’Srow Julie Sword Rebel Pilot
Luke Skywalker Mark McCreadie Jedi Master
RLUK Fraser Stevenson Jedi
RLUK Calum Macqueen Crew
RLUK Fraser Boyd Crew

Mission Report
Report begins “You look exactly like Luke Skywalker in The Last Jedi. Fantastic…” End of report.

(What? Really..? 55 words at least?)

So… Uh… that encounter happened, which was a bit of a boost after 4.5 hours outside in 6 degree temperatures because frankly the shop was too mobbed for us to be inside at any point. Also all the good standing spots had been occupied for the duration by those plastic clad Dark Side wimps who need their blankies and bottles and a nice nap every few hours or they get cranky…

I very much enjoyed standing, glaring, in the cold during this debut outing for the costume for what seemed like a massive number of photos which were taken that day and was delighted to meet the miniature version of my “father” in a frilly skirt, who turned out to be Lucienne, who’s birthday party we were so warmly welcomed at nearly two years previously.

Although there was no opportunity to look around the new shop I’m glad that after circa a decade of Mr. MacPherson keeping the channels open with Forbidden Planet Glasgow that they’ve finally managed to obtain premises more conducive to our collective attendance and will be happy to go back in future for a repeat visit. As long as that future is at a time when the air temperature has climbed into double digits!

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117 Glasgow Science Centre, Science Lates 2019 – 26th October 2019

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Location
Science Center, Glasgow 18:00 – 22:30

Personnel

IC-13128 Alex Dick Imperial Crewman
SL-77314 Alan Dalgleish Darth Vader
TB-89909 Jenn Mair Biker Scout
TK-18910 Brian McDavid Stormtooper ANH Stunt
TS-7240 Julie Sword Snowtrooper
TX-6275 Mark McCreadie Special Ops Trooper
UKG-29578 Sheraz Khwaja Spotter
UKG-91810 Lynn McDavid Spotter

Mission Report
And so we get to the climax of the costuming greatest hits farewell tour that’s been 2019 and it was only fitting to dig out the Special Ops outfit that all this started with years ago. Strictly speaking, I suppose I ought to have been spotting this and Stealth Troopering the previous night to properly mirror my induction weekend but I’ve already touched on the recent rekindling of my affection for the original Ghostbusters film.

Unfortunately the exciting/boring Glasgow Science Centre Event Pendulum had rather swung back the other way as compared to the previous night’s @1,700 attendance this evenings adult-only event seemed very sparsely attended. Fortunately that meant the availability of alcohol didn’t lead to too many issues as there wasn’t sufficient inebriated members of the public to cause a problem. Unfortunately it meant the night massively dragged on and it was a relief when we called it quits long before the end…

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