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General / Re: Space Spinner 2000AD
« on: 19 February, 2019, 12:45:17 pm »

The end is here! It’s the fourteenth in our series of Space Spinner 2000 collections! These collections have all of our coverage for a specific character or storyline, all in one place. They’re a great accompaniment to reading collected versions of 2000AD, or to just hear your favorite thrill all in one place.

We’ve all found ourselves in fairly generic sci-fi settings, exploring new life and new civilizations and all that. But what happens if instead of finding more dudes with weird ears and foreheads you found a planet covered in ice, with dead people and literal demons frozen in the glaciers? What if your story about the machinations of space pirates suddenly runs afoul of zombies and demonic babies? What if your story about being the handsome chosen one in a battle of galactic fate gets sidetracked, and instead you find yourself irreparable scarred and wishing for a death that cannot come, your only compassion an anti-social robot that is actually pretty cool with helping other robots kill all humans? All this and more make Return to Armageddon an amazing story! It’s certainly a minor early 2000AD thrill, but if you listen tour giddiness about it, I think you’ll see why it’s a Space Spinner classic!

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Please let me know what you think of the episode!

Looking forward to listening to that one tonight!

Off Topic / Re: RIPs
« on: 19 February, 2019, 12:33:38 pm »
Karl Lagerfeld, 85, fashion designer.

Off Topic / Re: RIPs
« on: 18 February, 2019, 09:29:50 am »
He was also great as the angel in Wim Wender's fascinating Wings of Desire (Der Himmel über Berlin).

Yes - I hadn't realised he was in that as well (though it's been ages since I saw it - was the original the one with Peter Falk, or was that the english-language remake?)

General / Re: Mega City Book Club - a new podcast about 2000AD books
« on: 17 February, 2019, 11:43:51 am »
I met up with Damian Lubanski before the Southern contingent Christmas gathering to chat about Polish editions of 2000AD, attending signings, and The Simping Detective.


Damian has brought a few of those Polish editions to Lawgiver and Contingent gatherings - they're absolutely gorgeous - rivalling the classic Titan editions from the 1980s!

Prog / Re: Prog 2118 - Enemies of the State
« on: 17 February, 2019, 11:41:17 am »
I have the most minor of gripes with the prog, specifically Judge Dredd - so minor it's probably a little churlish to mention it, but with such a surprising turn of events, I just wish the reveal had been on the left page instead of the right, because being placed on the right I had figured out the reveal before I got to it.
Like I said, it's a REALLY minor niggle...

I disagree - I reveals like that should be set up on the recto page so that they can be shown on the verso page (the word verso deriving from 'turned' or 'changed').  Many here will be spoiled though, as the absolute master of the craft would have been starting his career in these very pages (Alan Moore, early 1980s).

Off Topic / Re: RIPs
« on: 17 February, 2019, 02:52:03 am »

Bruno Ganz
, 77.

Swiss actor, probably best known internationally for his role as Hitler in Downfall (and the following scene parodied thousands of times).

That's how my initial post should have appeared - a ']' went missing.

Prog / Re: Prog 2117 - Hotzone!
« on: 15 February, 2019, 09:47:45 am »
Reg singing "If I was a sculptor... BUT then again, no..."
loses a bit of its meaning.

Had to look that up!

The following line would be more positive though:
"I know it's not much, but it's the best I can do."
"It's the best I can do."

Prog / Re: Prog 2117 - Hotzone!
« on: 15 February, 2019, 01:41:25 am »
Fair enough, but

The "but" rather cancels out the "fair enough", don't you think?

The old hermeneutic rule - nothing someone says before the word 'but' really counts.

Prog / Re: Prog 2118 - Enemies of the State
« on: 15 February, 2019, 01:25:45 am »
Seems like Harvey's story is another mini-epic in the making to test Dredd's beliefs that just crept up from behind, and as ever, it's playing out brilliantly.

Interesting side detail for me is that the story of Fargo's missing body, and his subsequent return, is public knowledge.

That line gave me pause to think as well - can't imagine why it would have been made public knowledge, but then it's been a long time since I read Origins.  Then again, it led to the other Fargos, and mutants in general, gaining entry to the Big Meg...

Prog / Re: Prog 2118 - Enemies of the State
« on: 15 February, 2019, 01:23:17 am »
What can you say? Dredd and Brink utterly outstanding. Dread, Hershey and their differences dwarfed by MacNeil's vision of MegaCity One. Culbard's facial expressions and body language make five pages of delusional ramblings utterly electrifying and fraught with potential.

other stuff decent.

What do you mean, delusional?  The shadow biosphere is real, I tell you, real!

Off Topic / Re: The Political Thread
« on: 15 February, 2019, 01:19:59 am »
“There is my name. I did not consent to it. It was given to me at birth.”

Well, seems reasonable.  Apparently you have to seek consent before procreation now ...

Doesn't appear in that frivalous treatment of the subject, but in the context of the religion of those involved, there would actually have been a way for the parents to seek permission (through ritual).  I'm not saying it makes any sense, just that there's a little more to that case than conveyed in that report (as usually occurs in reports of unusual court cases).

Off Topic / Re: The Political Thread
« on: 14 February, 2019, 03:51:04 pm »
"Plunged the court into chaos" - it can't have been a particularly stable work envirenment, then.

I kind of see his point that the court's authority is derived from coercion rather than the consent of all parties to abide by its arbitration.  Much like our politics, the UK's legal system is a joke based on deference to some rando in a wig.  That'd be stupid if you saw it in Star Wars, yet it's pretty much the basis of all legal authority in a supposedly first world nation.

Similar to the monetary system as well.  "I promise to pay the bearer" what, exactly?  It used to be gold until 1931, though there's more banknotes in circulation than there is excavated gold in this country (possibly the world).  Since then the only thing the Bank of England is promising to pay the bearer of a banknote is another banknote...

News / Re: Frank Quitely on Radio Four right now
« on: 13 February, 2019, 11:43:19 am »
Only Artists - after having been broadcast live, will probably be available for 28 days.

Thanks for the info, Sheridan.

What was he talking about? Any word on new projects?

Unfortunately I was on my way to catch a train when it was originally broadcast.  I'm hoping to listen to it fully soon.

Off Topic / Re: The Political Thread
« on: 11 February, 2019, 02:19:14 pm »
Sir Christopher has argued his aim is to stop badly thought-out legislation.
He said he had not been objecting to the substance of the issue, but wanted to see all legislation properly debated.
Strange how he does this on legislation (this isn't the first time) relating to women's rights, yet waves through plenty of PMBs by his mates. It's almost like he's a raging misogynist or something.

Actions speak louder than words...

Lovely chap.  Initially came to prominence for helming the poll tax legislation.

Claimed £136,992 in expenses in one year, including £881 on repairing a sofa.

Threatened to delay the Hillsborough disaster enquiry by questioning the amount of time allotted to a debate on MP's pensions.

Refers to dining room staff in the House of Commons as 'servants'.

Is against the minimum wage, same-sex marriage, declaration of gender pay gaps in companies, the pardoning of Alan Turing, banning of use of wild animals in circuses, revenge evictions, restrictions on hospital parking charges, making upskirting a criminal offence, legal protection for police horses and dogs, protection of children from genital mutilation (this is the second time he's blocked that particular bill).

Is for reintroduction of the death penalty, conscription, privatisation of the BBC and Channel 4, banning the burka, for unrestricted use of force in mental health units, marrying his secretary.

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