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Off Topic / Re: RIPs
« on: Today at 11:12:26 am »
Judith Kerr, 95, writer of The Tiger Who Came to Tea.

Film & TV / Re: Game of Thrones: the last series [SPOILERS]
« on: Today at 09:00:49 am »
Each to their own. Personally I found it quite jarring that we go from surveying the wreckage of Hiroshima to lightheartedly joking about brothels so quickly.

It was the most human response: We still have to get on with the mundanity of running this place, feeding and wiping people's arses, but let's still have a sense of humour amongst ourselves.

There's also a very well established narrative thread to follow up the grimmest part of a story with something to lighten the mood - look to murders in Shakespearean plays proceeded by a humorous scene or character.  Almost certainly goes back to the birth of narrative works in Greece (that we know of) and Mesopotamia (which are a bit more fragmented), so nothing at all jarring about a recent TV programme doing it.

Film & TV / Re: Game of Thrones: the last series [SPOILERS]
« on: Today at 08:57:20 am »
Why is there still a Night's Watch?

Same reason there was a Night's Watch prior to the events of GoT - you need guards against wildling raids and it's somewhere to stick unwanted scions of Great Houses.

Why would there be wildling raids?  The Gift is theirs if they want it.

Off Topic / Re: The Political Thread
« on: 22 May, 2019, 02:56:10 pm »
A letter has been written to The Grauniad from various UK-born or based writers.

Squaxx may recognise a few names there:

  • Nick Harkaway
  • Suw Charman-Anderson
  • Neil Gaiman
  • Laurie Penny
  • Warren Ellis
  • Emma Kennedy
  • John le Carré
  • Philip Pullman
  • Charles Arthur
  • Robert Harris
  • Dr Sue Black
  • Kieron Gillen
  • Joe Abercrombie
  • Samuel West
  • Prof Kate Williams
  • Sam Baker
  • Dr Helen Czerski
  • Nikesh Shukla
  • Dr Sunny Singh
  • Molly Flatt
  • Sarah Hilary
  • Irenosen Okojie
  • Tade Thompson
  • Ben Lyttleton
  • Paul Cornell
  • Andy Diggle
  • Max Porter
  • Sarah Pinborough
  • Rob Williams
  • Ed James
  • Paul Burston
  • Simon Spurrier
  • Al Ewing
  • Emma Newman
  • Tom Hunter
  • Adrian Tchaikovsky
  • Prof Adam Roberts
  • Robert Shearman
  • Adam Christopher
  • Prof David Andress
  • James Henry
  • Mike Carey
  • Jon Courtenay Grimwood
  • Gaia Vince
  • David Barnett
  • Alex Paknadel
  • James Smythe
  • Martyn Waites
  • Dr Una McCormack
  • Steve Mosby
  • Prof Roger Luckhurst
  • Chrissy Williams
  • Claire North
  • Dave Hutchinson
  • Kim Curran
  • Barbara Nadel
  • Julia Crouch
  • Juliet E McKenna
  • Den Patrick
  • Jill Dawson
  • Dan Watters
  • Sydney Moore
  • Sophia McDougall
  • Neil Broadfoot
  • Daragh Carville
  • Anne Charnock
  • Al Robertson
  • Lesley Thomson
  • Jaine Fenn
  • Dr Mark Blacklock
  • Jo Baker
  • E. J. Swift
  • Rhiannon Lassiter
  • David Gullen
  • Ian Whates
  • Ian Macleod
  • Laura Wade
  • Tricia Sullivan
  • Andrew Greig
  • James Oswald
  • Jane Rogers
  • Julian Simpson
  • Marina Lewycka
  • Sydney Padua
  • Annie Auerbach
  • Tom Pollock
  • Liz Fraser
  • Paul Johnston

General / Re: Things that went over your head...
« on: 22 May, 2019, 02:22:06 pm »
Quince must be the plural form of (Banjo) Quint

Announcements / Re: 2000 AD - The Ultimate Collection
« on: 22 May, 2019, 01:48:10 pm »
I just started issue 38 Aquila. I never read this in the original issues but was always a fan on Black Hawk in the Tornado years so thought it would be my thing, which it is.

In the intro bumpf at the beginning it suggests that the story has not been completed to this day.

Is this correct?  Is it a series that is likely to be cropping up again in the pages of 2thou? Or is it something that faded away?

The end where they disappear into a black hole?  Nope, nothing else after that.

News / Re: BARNEY updated! Props to The Cosh
« on: 22 May, 2019, 12:37:50 pm »
Dinosty is listed under the separate heading "Pat Mills Creations" and unfortunately the categorisation is 1:1 rather than 1:n.

Sorry to hear about your relationship difficulties *

* see what I did there? ;)

News / Re: BARNEY updated! Props to The Cosh
« on: 22 May, 2019, 11:47:07 am »
American Reaper is also missing from that list...

Film & TV / Re: Game of Thrones: the last series [SPOILERS]
« on: 22 May, 2019, 09:02:06 am »
Well, if it’s true to the books, no-one’s ever found anything west of Westeros anyway, so she’ll either turn back, starve or drown.

Or end up meeting Drogon (last seen flying East) on the other side of the world.

Off Topic / Re: RIPs
« on: 22 May, 2019, 01:07:06 am »

Off Topic / Re: RIPs
« on: 21 May, 2019, 05:51:47 pm »
Nan Winton, 93, first female newsreader on the BBC.

Prog / Re: Prog 2128 - The Kid who would become the King of Cool
« on: 21 May, 2019, 02:19:38 pm »
For those who were affected by the distribution of this prog: 50% off @ webstore for current subscribers due to recent distribution gaffe

Film & TV / Re: Game of Thrones: the last series [SPOILERS]
« on: 21 May, 2019, 02:09:13 pm »
I’ve already had to endure an “it’s not fair, the fans deserved better” conversation with someone at work. 🙄

Most baffling reaction today was one of my FB friends going on at some length about 'betrayal' and citing fairy tales as if they were some kind of legal precedent. Seriously? You were expecting a fairy tale ending?! What ' show have you been watching for the last eight years?


Film & TV / Re: Game of Thrones: the last series [SPOILERS]
« on: 21 May, 2019, 12:39:20 pm »
Nice that the character with a historic penchant for red-headed wildlings got to ride off into the not-quite-sunset with one. :-)

:-D  Shame the red-headed wildling in question didn't end up with somebody a little taller though!

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