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Nubian Ship

A Compendium of Spacecraft #7

 From Star Wars

J-type 327 Nubian Royal Starship

One of the most beautiful of all Starships, the J-type 327 Nubian Royal Starship (also known as the Naboo Royal Starship) was a starship used by Queen AmidalaJedi Master Qui-Gon Jinn and his PadawanObi-Wan Kenobi, during the Invasion of Naboo. It was commissioned by the Theed Palace Space Vessel Engineering Corps.

Technical specifications
Length: 76 metres
Maximum Atmospheric Speed: 920 km/h.
Engine units: Headon-5 Sublight engines
Armament. None.
Crew. Crew (8): Pilot (1) Co-pilot (1) Communications officer (1)




Valor at Vauzlee
(A Galaxy Unknown #2)
by Thomas DePrima (2010)

A captured Raider officer, eager to secure his freedom, informs Space Command Intelligence of a planned attack on a convoy by a massive Raider armada.

In the second book, the focus is less on Carver and more on the military and the strategy of the way on the Raiders. It’s still a good read and inevitable that Carver will come in and save the day.

An other fast paced and enjoyable read.


On Sex

On the Basis of Sex is a 2018 American biographical legal drama film based on the life and early cases of Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, who served as an Associate Justice of the United States Supreme Court from 1993 to her death in 2020.

Directed by Mimi Leder and written by Daniel Stiepleman, it stars Felicity Jones as Ginsburg, with Armie Hammer, Justin Theroux, Jack Reynor, Cailee Spaeny, Sam Waterston, and Kathy Bates in supporting roles.

Despite the historical nature of the story, this plays out as an old fashioned legal drama. You know the outcome, getting there is the intriguing part. And you get a cameo from the lady herself.


The Dig is a 2021 British film directed by Simon Stone, based on the 2007 novel of the same name by John Preston. It reimagines the events of the 1939 excavation of Sutton Hoo.

It stars Carey Mulligan, Ralph Fiennes, Lily James, Johnny Flynn, Ben Chaplin, Ken Stott, Archie Barnes, and Monica Dolan.

An old fashioned BBC drama. By now there must be parts of the UK still in pre-war times just to shoot these films. Fiennes does a fine job as the old codger who started the dig. There is an ample supporting cast to fill the gaps.

However the most disappointing part was that we didn’t get to see the extent of the treasure uncovered.

There is a full scale replica of the burial ship being made.

But the most famous piece, the mask was not shown. Perhaps it was uncovered later.


(Dane Maddock #12)
by David Wood (2019)


Dane Maddock and Bones Bonebrake travel to the Mojave Desert to help launch an adventure race, they make a baffling discovery- a dungeon room hidden high in the desert hills, and beyond, a previously undiscovered network of caverns that seem to go on forever.

Again this story has a few too many characters and plot threads to make it enjoyable. Not his best.

Unknown Galaxy

A Galaxy Unknown
(A Galaxy Unknown #1)
by Thomas DePrima (2010)

This is the epic story of Jenetta Carver. As  young ensign on a starship she is  awakened in the middle of the night by an alarm and the message to abandon ship.

It’s Military Science Fiction, and fortunately we don’t get half the book following the main character through training. She evolves, changes and adapts through her adventures. This is a good example of the ‘Show, don’t Tell’ axiom.

The story itself is rather unlikely, she escapes multiple times in true ‘Pulp Fiction’ style. Defeats her enemies and wins the day.

It’s fast, fun action and makes me want to read more in the 12 book series.


Rev Ferrett

Originally heard on the TV Show ‘Press’ (previous post).

Reverse ferret is a phrase used predominantly within the British media to describe a sudden reversal in an organization’s editorial or political line on a certain issue. Generally, this will involve no acknowledgement of the previous position.

The term originates from Kelvin MacKenzie’s time at The Sun. His preferred description of the role of journalists when it came to public figures was to “stick a ferret up their trousers”.

This meant making their lives uncomfortable, and was based on the supposed Northern England stunt of ferret-legging (where contestants compete to show who can endure a live ferret within their sealed trousers the longest).

However, when it became clear that the tide of public opinion had turned against the paper’s line, MacKenzie would burst from his office shouting “Reverse ferret!”



Press is a six-part British television drama series first aired on the in  2018.

Created and written by Mike Bartlett, the series depicts two rival British newspapers and the lives of their senior employees.

The series was cancelled after one series.

Full of actors I knew nothing of, this hooked me from the start. Probably because of the very British sense of drama. It depicts two newspapers.

The Herald is a left leaning publication, going after ‘worthy’ stories with all the gusto of investigative journalism. The Post is more conservative, focusing on entertainment and shock, with little concern for the truth.

Through a series of news stories, characters plot and scheme to get the story and one over their rival. And at the end, they are just as intractable as in the beginning.

Guardian Review

Independent Review



A Compendium of Spacecraft #6

From Farscape


Moya is a female Leviathan transport vessel; a living sentient bio-mechanical space ship. 1,000m long, 250m wide and 200m high, she has a sentient Pilot controlling the ship.

She has no weapons and is capable of only one defensive maneuver, Starburst. The ability to starburst is a faster than light drive system that is unmatched in its ability to evade pursuers.

A starbursting Leviathan cannot be caught unless its drive system is disrupted just as it begins ignition. Once a Leviathan has entered starburst, it can travel enormous distances in far less time than most other vessels.



A Compendium of Spacecraft #5

from the Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy

Heart of Gold

For some reason I had always though of this as a black ship, almost invisible against the blackness of space. However, in the book the Heart of Gold was described as huge, 150 meters long, and shaped like a sleek running shoe. It was perfectly white and mindbogglingly beautiful.

In the television series it was oddly shaped:

Then in the movie it was just a spherical blob:

either way, it was the first spacecraft to make use of the Infinite Improbability Drive.

The craft was stolen by then-President Zaphod Beeblebrox at the official launch of the ship. The ship picked up Arthur Dent and Ford Prefect, who were floating unprotected in deep space, having just escaped the destruction of earth.