Face of Portsmouth - Pompey Stormtrooper
|Published: 1st February 2019 12:46
AboutMyArea chatted to the Pompey Stormtrooper in our Face of Portsmouth feature.
"I remember the day I was given my bucket (helmet). Proud to stand in the ranks of my fellow Troopers, staring out into space from the main dock of the Death Star.
I was given my first orders – ‘Secure an outpost on Earth. Await further orders and arrest any Rebel Scum, found hiding out in the local area.’
I thought it would be difficult to fit in with the humans, but actually, everyone has been so welcoming. Especially considering I’ve had to disintegrate quite a few of them and I’ve stunned a few that we just a little annoying. They wake up a few hours later, wondering what has happened, but unharmed.
Ice Cream looks like a tasty local delicacy, but I can’t seem to find a way to eat it. Drinking is difficult too, without what you would call a ‘straw’.
Someone said that horses are a good form to transport. However, the one I found didn’t seem to want to go anywhere. I’ll have to stick to my land-speeder.
I’ve found a hive of awesome villainy in Southsea. Most of which concentrates around the seafront and Palmerston Road. This is also where I have made friends in the Cancer Research Shop. Debbie the manager is very accommodating and I’ve also tried on some of the local clothing. Not so sure it is to my taste. But they say it’s ‘becoming’! Whatever that means.
Helping Cancer Research (and other charities), has become something I want to do more often. When I hit the streets, or bump into people down the seafront, or in the shops, I see so many smiling faces. The human younglings appear to be very happy to see me. And so do the adults too.
So I’ve decided that my new mission is to make people smile. Darth turns up sometimes to [try and] keep me in check. But I can’t resist making humans smile."
What do you consider your biggest achievement so far in your career?
My biggest achievement so far, would be securing a stronghold on Planet Earth (more specifically in Portsmouth), being accepted into the community and helping to raise money for some awesome, well-deserving Charites.
What has been the best thing to happen to you in the last year?
After being sent far, far away. Finding that I was not alone. With the help of your human ‘Jeremy Kyle’, I found family members scattered across the globe. They collectively call themselves The Imperial Outlanders. Not quite fitting in to the Empire any more, we all do a lot for charities all over Earth.
What do you want to happen in the next year?
Setting up a massive get together, with like-minded humans. In a ‘Star Wars Quiz Night’, on a massive scale. Raising money for Cancer Research. The date is set for 2nd November 2019, at the Gaiety Bar on South Parade Pier. Further details and ticket sales, will be released on my website soon (www.Pompey-Trooper.uk)
Where do you see yourself in five years’ time?
Continuing to build a larger base of operations. Raising more money for Charities, local and nationally. But I guess it depends if Darth Vader has any other plans for me. I’ll settle for making humans smile.
What do you like doing in your spare time/to relax?
I like to take a shuttle to the outer rim planets. They tend to be much warmer than your Earth. Although the sand gets into all the cracks!
What do you like about living in Portsmouth?
How passionate everyone is about their island city. The fact that we have water on every side, makes it more defensible, should the Rebels Attack.
What is your favourite place in Portsmouth?
The Arcades – I can waste hours on your 2p machines.
What one thing do you think would make living in Portsmouth better?
More independent quirky shops, especially those coffee shops that sell awesome hot-chocolate, with lashings of cream on top. Oh and Mandalorian ale (kri'gee). Your Earth ‘pale ale’ is too weak.
Imagine yourself as a child. What would you say to your younger self?
‘You did it – You always want to be a Stormtrooper. Well now you are one!’
Tell us an interesting fact about yourself that we might not know.
I can get dressed in under 10 minutes, blindfolded. I did a video of it, which is on my YouTube Channel (for those that don’t believe me) – www.pompeytrooper.uk/YouTube