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<   No. 2209   2009-02-12   >

Comic #2209

1 Admiral Motti: If only we had the Death Star, we could blast our way out of here.
2 Vader: The ability to destroy the afterlife is insignificant next to the power of the Force.
3 Death of Choking On A Giant Frog: YOUR SORCEROR'S WAYS WON'T HELP YOU HERE, LORD VADER. YOUR SAD DEVOTION TO THAT ANCIENT RELIGION CAN'T...
4 Death of Choking On A Giant Frog: ACK... THPBTTT...
4 Vader: I find your lack of face disturbing.

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I recently went to see the Star Wars: Where Science Meets Imagination exhibition at its first tour stop outside the USA, at the excellent Powerhouse Museum in Sydney. The exhibit contains many of the original props, models, and costumes used in the Star Wars movies, and was amazingly cool for someone who grew up during the era of the original trilogy releases.

You can check out some of the photos I took here. Museums are very cool places in general, and moreso when they allow unrestricted photography.

If you haven't been to a museum in a while, go visit one near you.


2021-09-26 Rerun commentary: In 2018, the New South Wales State Government decided in its infinite "wisdom" to move the Powerhouse Museum to a new premises. This was very controversial with the public, for several reasons. It would no longer be in the old inner city powerhouse that gives it its name, and the historic powerhouse building was to be demolished and redeveloped into apartment blocks. The estimated cost of moving the entire museum—which would have been one of the costliest museum projects in the world—was $1.2 billion. Development of the new site would require demolition of several heritage buildings. And analysis by flood disaster experts showed the proposed new riverbank site was vulnerable to flood levels that could be expected to occur every 20 years on average.

Indeed, not long after the move was announced, Sydney experienced heavy rainfall and flooding, which breached the preliminary construction site.

The Government continued defending its decision, despite growing opposition from both flood experts and the public.

Eventually, in 2020, the Government changed its decision, announcing the original Powerhouse would remain open on the current site, while a new museum would be built on the proposed new site.

Watch this space for further developments.

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