Thursday: Hili dialogue

by Grania

Good morning!

Jerry is back home in Chicago, but he is jetlagged and, I quote, “a wreck”, so I am doing the Hili dialogue this morning out of compassion.

Today is the day in 1973 when Nixon informed the world “I am not a crook” at the height of the Watergate scandal, back in the day when reporters actually did their job rather than aspired to be the incestuous sycophants that so many of them are today.

In 1978 the Star Wars Holiday Special aired and was described thusly by Nathan Rabin : “I’m not convinced the special wasn’t ultimately written and directed by a sentient bag of cocaine.” Of course Rabin was only 2 when the special aired and so had many years to think about it when he finally wrote his review 35 years later.


Mark Hamill commented on the strange robes that appeared on the Wookies yesterday on Twitter.

You can actually watch the whole thing here, if you wish. Or you can just watch the Life Day song sung by Carrie Fisher. It’s … not good, but that’s not her fault.

In 1989 the Velvet Revolution began in Czechoslovakia. It started as a student protest against the one party communist regime; but the students were joined by the general public and within 10 days the government had resigned.

Anyway, back to the present:

In Dobrzyn Hili has a visitor or possibly a partner in crime; this is Gaia Weiss, the daughter of Andrzej’s niece, who’s an actress living in Paris.

Hili: We are both young and beautiful. What shall we get up to?
Gaia: We will surely think of something.


In Polish:

Hili: Obie jesteśmy piękne i młode, ciekawe, co my jeszcze wymyślimy?
Gaia: Z pewnością coś wymyślimy.


  1. Dominic
    Posted November 17, 2016 at 6:38 am | Permalink

    Carrie Fisher has just revealed a brief affair with Harrison Ford…

    Harrison Ford – one of those folk who has a surname as a first name…

    • infiniteimprobabilit
      Posted November 17, 2016 at 5:02 pm | Permalink

      Hey! That gives me a warm glow. I always wanted Han Solo to get lucky, rather than that juvenile goof Skywalker.


  2. stephen
    Posted November 17, 2016 at 6:56 am | Permalink


    As far as I know,no-one here has yet mentioned the death of Mose Aliison on Tuesday,so I shall take the liberty of doing so here.Do have a listen to “Your Mind is on Vacation “but your Mouth is working over-time)”,suggested by Guardian readers (passim) as a comment on recent events…

    • stephen
      Posted November 17, 2016 at 4:15 pm | Permalink

      Oops! That “So” should not be there and “but should be (but… sorry.

  3. Randall Schenck
    Posted November 17, 2016 at 7:37 am | Permalink

    Young and beautiful they are.

    You have to give Nixon credit. Compared to what is coming up, he was pure as the driven snow…

    • Ken Kukec
      Posted November 17, 2016 at 2:12 pm | Permalink

      Now there’s castigation of the most censuring sort.

    • gravelinspector-Aidan
      Posted November 17, 2016 at 6:32 pm | Permalink

      Who would have thought that someone could make Tricky Dicky look good by comparison.
      Annnnnd it’s straight though the bottom of the barrel.

  4. jwthomas
    Posted November 17, 2016 at 7:53 am | Permalink

    Nixon was the last Liberal Republican President. Too bad he was paranoid.

    • infiniteimprobabilit
      Posted November 17, 2016 at 5:04 pm | Permalink

      I think that’s probably a fair summation.

  5. Mark Sturtevant
    Posted November 17, 2016 at 9:14 am | Permalink

    I never heard of the Star Wars Holiday Special. It can of course be watched on UToob. What a trip!

    • Heather Hastie
      Posted November 17, 2016 at 12:34 pm | Permalink

      I’d never heard of it either. I will be watching!

  6. bluemaas
    Posted November 17, 2016 at 9:19 am | Permalink

    Thank you, Ms Spingies.

    I quite appreciate your tranquil and uninterrupted attentiveness to Dr Coyne and to Us Readers.


  7. Posted November 17, 2016 at 9:19 am | Permalink

    I was five when the Christmas Special aired and remember being so excited about it that I could hardly contain myself. I think I was just bored and confused for most of the rest of the night – with the noted exception of the Droids animation, which was worth sitting through the seeming hours of untranslated Wookie dialog.

    At least we got Boba Fett.

  8. Kevin
    Posted November 17, 2016 at 9:29 am | Permalink

    Crazy. Clothes on Wookies. I am sure if the Wookies had breasts, it would not stop future President Psychopath from reaching down below. (I find it ironic that I have to complete my yearly sexual harassment training at work…something that the majority of the future executive branch would fail unambiguously.)

  9. Roger
    Posted November 17, 2016 at 9:40 am | Permalink

    Turns out Gaia is a pretty good spear thrower in this Totally Not Edited™ promotional video.

  10. rickflick
    Posted November 17, 2016 at 9:46 am | Permalink

    “I am not a crook” is an example of the Big Lie. It must be true because it’s so bold. Trump has gone much farther in this direction.

  11. JonLynnHarvey
    Posted November 17, 2016 at 12:56 pm | Permalink

    Re the Star Wars holiday special. Wikipedia reports
    “George Lucas himself disliked the special and reportedly said, “If I had the time and a sledgehammer, I would track down every copy of that show and smash it.””

    That’s a fairly transparent piece of lip-synching but according to most sources it really is her voice singing.

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