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A sizeable weapon indeed

Gays, architecture, droids


If you follow us on Twitter (and you really should), you’ll know that last night a couple of Team GT went to the Star Wars Blu-ray launch.

Now, if you’ve paid our wittering (and indeed Twittering) any attention at all you’ll know that we’re fond of a party and – some us at least – are a bit taken with sci-fi.

Throw those two elements together with an invitation to visit an iconic piece of British architecture that we’ve literally ALWAYS wanted to see and it all got a bit much for us.

So that’s how we found ourselves inside the handle of the worlds largest lightsaber on a Thursday evening. Otherwise known as the BT Tower, which became a Jedi weapon for one night only.

Once we’d walked past stormtroopers, Boba Fett and Darth Vader (who’s actually really fucking scary when he starts walking towards you) we stopped for a quick picture (and a hug, if we’re honest) with R2-D2 before we were shot up to the 35th floor, to the rotating bar with 360 degree views over London. We watched the sunset. We’re not going to lie, it was amazing.

There were inflatable Death Stars (yes, we nabbed one) and cookies in the shape of Yoda and Darth Vader. A band played music from the films. Charlotte Church took her shoes off (and then took our seats), Warwick Davis (Wicket from Return of the Jedi) watched as Anthony Daniels (C3-P0) activated the giant button that would shoot a beam of blue light up into the sky. Then it all got a bit too camp as we excitedly discussed The Box of Delights with Rocky Horror’s Pat Quinn.

Stormtroopers held guns to our heads. Our art director patted a stormtroopers’ bottom.

And then before we knew it we were back down on the ground again, looking up at the building longingly once more. There are, apparently, open days where people can apply to visit BT Tower, as it’s not open to the public anymore, but we can’t guarantee you’ll see a droid whiz past you (we’ll admit it, we shrieked a little bit with excitement)

Whoever it was that came up with the idea of turning BT Tower into a lightsaber, we salute and applaud you. Make yourselves know and we’ll buy you a drink to say thanks for an incredible event.

Anyway, it’s made us want to spend an entire weekend watching the Star Wars movies – yes, even the prequels – so you can pick up the whole shebang on Blu-ray from here.


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