Star Wars Celebration Celebrities & the Fall of the British Pound

June 24, 2016 – Yesterday’s Brexit (British Exit) vote in the EU Referendum resulted in a slim majority (about 52%) favoring the UK’s separation from the European Union. The first shock waves are now being felt: Brexit ballot

● The British pound has just dropped to a 31-year low. Last night when I went to sleep, the exchange rate was $1:£1.44. This morning it is $1:£1.37 – an almost 7% drop in value.

● Overnight, the UK fell from being the world’s 5th largest economy to No. 6, now overtaken by France (which is still in the EU)

● British Prime Minister David Cameron, the idiotic Conservative Party politician who called for the referendum and who thought he could control it and produce a “Remain” victory, has just resigned, leaving others to clean up his mess in the coming months and years.

● Financial markets worldwide are in turmoil, increasing the likelihood of a British, followed by a European, recession. The United States’ tepid 0.8% growth in the first quarter also does not bode well in weathering the coming storm.

British Pound Sterling falls to its lowest level since 1985

British Pound Sterling falls to its lowest level since 1985

Will the UK survive in its current form? Who knows. The Scots (part of the UK) overwhelmingly voted to remain in the European Union, and now there are calls for their own referendum on whether to remain part of the UK. A “United Ireland” vote is also on the table. Brexit-Instagram

If there is a silver lining, it is for American and European Continent tourists visiting the UK. Suddenly, with the plunge of the British pound sterling, everything just became about 7% cheaper. After the initial shock, the pound may recover some value.

If you are attending Star Wars Celebration Europe in London (15-17 July), the prices for celebrity autographs and photo ops are now a bit more affordable. Here is the line up announced so far:

PHOTO SESSIONS

(NOTE: Calculated at 1£:1.37USD)
Google conversion chart HERE or use the XE.COM currency converter.

● Mark Hamill (Luke Skywalker) £145.00 ($198.62)
● Carrie Fisher (Princess Leia) £80.00 ($109.58)
● Kenny Baker (R2-D2) £35 ($47.94)
● Peter Mayhew (Chewbacca) £45.00 ($61.64)
● Ray Park (Darth Maul) £35.00 ($47.94)
● Jeremy Bulloch (Boba Fett) £20.00 ($27.40)
● Kenneth Colley (Admiral Piett) £20.00
● Michael Carter (Bib Fortuna) £20.00
● Daniel Logan (young Boba Fett) £20.00
● Sean Crawford ((puppeteer for Saelt-Marae; Mon Calamari officer) £20.00
● Tim Dry (J’Quille and a Mon Calamari Officer) £20.00
● Garrick Hagon (Biggs Darklighter, A New Hope) £20.00
● Paul Blake (Greedo, ANH) £20.00
● Alan Harris (Bespin Guard Sergeant Merril) £15.00 ($20.55)
● Al Lampert (Daine Jir, ANH) £15.00
● Robert Watts (half-brother of Jeremy Bulloch; British film co-producer Star Wars original trilogy) £15.00
● Rusty Goffe (Jawa and gonk droid in ANH) £15.00
● Chris Muncke (Captain Khurgee, scanning crew leader and pilot, ANH) £15.00
● Mike Edmonds (Logray, ROTJ, & Jabba puppeteer) £15.00
● Simon Williamson (Max Rebo puppeteer, Gamorrean Guard, and a Mon Calamari, ROTJ) £15.00

SIGNING AUTOGRAPHS ALL THREE DAYS:

(NOTE: Organizer ReedPOP has not yet announced autograph prices.)

● Mark Hamill (Luke Skywalker)
● Carrie Fisher (Princess Leia)
● Anthony Daniels (C-3PO; Dannyl Faytonni, Attack of the Clones)
● Jeremy Bulloch (Boba Fett, ESB & ROTJ; Lt. Sheckil, ESB; Captain Colton, Revenge of the Sith)
● Ray Park (Darth Maul)
● Peter Mayhew (Chewbacca)
● Daniel Logan (Young Boba Fett, AOTC)

SIGNING ON FRIDAY, JULY 15TH:

● Kenny Baker – after 13:00. (R2-D2; Paploo, ROTJ)
● Michael Carter (Bib Fortuna, ROTJ)
● Ken Colley (Admiral Piett, ESB and ROTJ)
● Sean Crawford (Yak Face, ROTJ)
● Tim Dry (J’Quille, ROTJ)

SIGNING ON SATURDAY, JULY 16TH:

● Al Lampert (Daine Jir, ANH)
● Kenny Baker (R2-D2; Paploo, ROTJ)
● Rusty Goffe (Jawa, Kabe, ANH)
● Garrick Hagon (Biggs, ANH)
● Robert Watts (Producer, original trilogy; AT-ST Pilot, ROTJ)

SIGNING ON SUNDAY, JULY 17TH:

● Paul Blake (Greedo, ANH)
● Mike Edmonds (Ugnaught, ESB; Logray, Jabba puppeteer, ROTJ)
● Alan Harris (Leia’s escort & war room, ANH; Bossk, stormtrooper, Bespin Guard, Hoth Rebel, ESB)
● Chris Muncke (Captain Khurgee, ANH)
● Simon Williamson (Max Rebo, Gamorrean Guard, Mon Cal officer, ROTJ)

For details on obtaining vouchers and the process for autographs and photo ops, click HERE.

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