Now I never had a joystick to play Elite with - I always used to do all my manuevering with the keyboard. Actually the same is true for most space franchises - Elite, Freespace, Wing Commander, X-Wing, I'm a more precise pilot with keyboard than I ever am with a joystick.
I do miss the old MkIII Cobra - such a lovely jack of all trades of a ship. Reasonable cargo space, agile enough to dogfight with most things (three or four Sidewinders in a pack were always a pain, but I never really feared much else).
I am on the trail of THE CONSTRICTOR. I traveled half way across the galaxy to Xeer, where the military base is that the ship was stolen from. They told me the ship had been seen heading toward Reesdice. Docking at two more planets in the chain brought me to Xeaan, where they say THE CONSTRICTOR was fitted with an intergalactic hyperdrive! That's right... I'm off to GALAXY 2 in pursuit!
I hyperjumped to Galaxy 2 and pursued THE CONSTRICTOR through six star systems until I arrived at Orrara, where he lay in wait beyond the protection of the docking station. I disembarked to confront him and a lengthy dogfight ensued. He never once managed to shake me off his tail and was soon reduced to space dust. On docking, I was met with a thank you message from the military and 5000 credits along with the cryptic suggestion they will be in contact again...
Lack of progress in Elite on the BBC version is down to the fact that I've been playing the PS4 port of Elite Dangerous. It's amazing how it's exactly the same game but with masses of extra depth. I'm still learning the absolute basics but relying on the fact I knew I needed to trade I went up a level in trading and without realising got kicked out of the cluster of starter systems into the big wide galaxy! Now I'm on me own. However because I was on the buying and selling I'd already made enough to buy my own ship. So I've gone from a rented Sidewinder to owning my own Adder. It's like a self-propelled space caravan. But it's mine! Next stop a Cobra MK3 I think. Back to where we started.
Best bit - when the docking computer engages it plays The Blue Danube.