notes from
the MUCK . . .

How does your garden grow? With muck, muck and more muck! I spent much of today finishing the final muck box and then shifting muck from one box to the next. The first box, which the Big Lad is enthusiastically pointing out, has been rotting down for two years now and once we’d removed the top quarter of unrotted material, we found we’d hit the pay dirt.

Monday, May 18, 2009


fellow muckers for neglecting my role as the english correspondent. I should be giving you a perspective of the world from the other side of the pond, life through earl grey tinted glasses, taking a walk on the polite side....and what it's like spelling colour with a u.

But I haven't. All I've done is highlight my own basketball teams shortcomings and prayed that Jeff or Matt would show mercy and move the pickle down the page. Occaisonally I've given you essential news on a sparrow dieing or a parping chair, but when it's come down to it, when you've looked to this blog to gain more of an insight into this island of crumpets, I've let you down.


No more however. I've been carefully and painstakingly doing some research and I've found some rare footage of an experiement Lucas and Co. had with having an ENGLISH voice for Darth Vader. It's a little known fact that the guy whose body was Darth was an English body builder who was also helped English kids cross the road safely. He toured English schools promoting the Green Cross Code. One day I managed to fake being sick so I could stay at home playing on a new computer game, I believe it was Shinobi. When I returned my friends told me Darth had been in. I was heartbroken. The disk to Shinobi has long currupted, but the pain of missing Darth lives on.

I digress.

Anywho, apparently Lucas was so impressed with the gravitas that Alec Guiness brought to the role of Obi Wan with his accent, he brought in an English actor to screen test. In these precious clips we get a glimpse of an alternative Vader; the dulcit tones are not as authorative and commanding as those of Earl Jones, but they lend a vulnerability, an air of desperation and of loss to the character previously unseen. Ironically, I believe it gives us more of a connection with the young Annakin, of his passion, loyalty and his immense hurt and grief, than Episodes I II and III could muster.

Here it is. I'll let you guys make your minds up.

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