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Off Topic / Re: The Political Thread
« Last post by JamesC on Today at 06:04:01 pm »
I should probably be a bit careful about what I say here but as someone who works in the building that BBC East is based in (and as done since before the BBC moved in) I have some impression of the environment Mr Lewis was working in.
I don’t know what manager he’s referring to but the regional head at the time Lewis worked for the BBC is now my boss and I can say with strong belief that he’s certainly not racist.
At the same time Katie Nash (who now presents 5 News) was taken from being a very junior member of staff through to a regular presenter (before moving off to that London). I’m sure being young and pretty didn’t hurt her but she’s also very good at what she does, seemed to work mega hours and has her head screwed on.
The main thing I remember about Lewis was that he always brought his bike in the building even though he wasn’t meant to (it was a fold up one but he never folded it up).
In all fairness though he does seem like a pretty genuine bloke and I’ve never heard much of a bad word against him other than that he’s a bit vain.
Creative Common / Re: Does my Art look big in this?
« Last post by Brian Corcoran on Today at 05:27:24 pm »
Was doodling away and it turned into this... Presenting DR & Quinch in "You shouldn't o' oughta said that about my mom!"
Film & TV / Re: The Trailer Thread
« Last post by Mattofthespurs on Today at 05:07:20 pm »
Off Topic / Re: The Political Thread
« Last post by Professor Bear on Today at 04:05:24 pm »
Speaking of Clive Lewis, he implies institutional racism exists at the BBC.  I always assumed they were at the very least leaning hard enough into diversity to annoy the "there were only white people in Victorian London!" brigade, although in retrospect that's the drama department rather than news, which most admit is the section that needs some reform.  Arguably moreso than ever if the stories about Fiona Bruce taking 10 minutes before QT to rile up the audience against Dianne Abbott are accurate - especially when the programme featured a tag-team between Bruce and some blonde lady shouting Abbott down to insist that Labour were behind in the polls (they're actually ahead in all but the Yougov poll, AKA The Only Poll), which looks suspiciously like a variation on the whole "Abbot can't do teh sums" thing.
Prog / Re: Prog 2114 - Tracer Fire!
« Last post by broodblik on Today at 03:58:57 pm »
The first part of the story in the xmas special of Fiends was just awesome but the story feels almost like it just became a slug-fest between tow heavy weight boxers. It is now just like any vampire story. I still like it but the 1812 one was much better.
Off Topic / Re: The Political Thread
« Last post by Dandontdare on Today at 03:17:30 pm »
the long-standing tradition of outgoing governments to leave jokey notes for the incoming - which the Tories ripped ripped up and spat on by making the joke public and pretending it was real

My favourite was the Clinton staffers who, when George W Bush came in, removed all the Ws from the white house keyboards. Childish, but made me smile.
Prog / Re: Prog 2114 - Tracer Fire!
« Last post by Dandontdare on Today at 02:38:15 pm »
Loving the art but the story has lost me somewhat - the original fiends was such a novel concept it worked, but we now seem to be getting more generic "vampires fight wars" stories and I really don't care which species of bat I'm supposed to be rooting for.
Announcements / Re: 2000 AD - The Ultimate Collection
« Last post by Dark Jimbo on Today at 02:38:07 pm »
Well as we suspected, ABC Warriors III runs from Hellbringer book II through to Carlos' Shadow Warriors book I. It's a real shame we've become stuck in this split-volume pattern for this series, but at least they're meaty ol' collections, and this one's a doozy - if nothing else, it's a veritable artistic smorgasboard!

No design foul-ups for once (I've stopped taking that for granted!) but the last page of The Clone Cowboys is still a pixellated low-res version, as it has been in every single printing since it first ran in the prog - guess the original version simply doesn't exist at this point.

Its got the usual great intro and afterword, both of which are frank about the behind-the-scenes backbiting that turned this era of the ABCs into such a curate's egg.
Off Topic / Re: Threadjacking!
« Last post by von Boom on Today at 02:33:00 pm »
Not ready. Bah.
Off Topic / Re: Threadjacking!
« Last post by Mister Pops on Today at 02:22:16 pm »
"Like shooting fish in a barrel" is a shite idiom for a simple task.

First you have to get a barrel, fill it with water, then catch a fish, somehow get the slippery fucker in the barrel, then get a gun, load the gun, get ear protection (I don't know if you've ever fired a gun, but they're bastard loud), and fire the gun at the barrel. Once you've done all that, your barrel is rendered useless and it's leaking diluted fish guts everywhere.

In conclusion "Shooting fish in a barrel" is an altogether convoluted and messy way to dispatch a fish, not simple and straight forward at all. The better way to kill a fish is called "Fishing", it's even a shorter and simpler one word affair.

I propose a new modern version:

"Like causing outrage on twitter"

Just ask the folks at Gilette
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