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General / Re: Space Spinner 2000AD
« on: Today at 10:53:12 pm »
I'm loving Conrad's pronunciation of 'buoy'! :lol:

Off Topic / Re: The Black Dog Thread
« on: Today at 10:49:49 pm »
No worries, DDD, hope all is ok with you.

Yeah cheers JBC I'm fine - in fact, half of my drunken rambling was apologising to those who suffer from genuine depression for taking up their thread with my petty moodswings.

In a nutshell, I wouldn't say I'm depressed, I just seem to be sorely lacking enthusiasm for anything at the moment- progs go unread all week, box-sets unwatched for months, I'm eating sandwiches and junk because I can't be arsed cooking etc. Although I did have a bit of a cold on Friday, I probably would have been fine at Thought Bubble, but when it came down to it, I just couldn't be bothered going - this surprised me somewhat in hindsight, because it's my favourite con, I always have a good time and I haven't missed one for years. I haven't even been out for a drink or meal with my mates for weeks.

Don't fret though, I'm seeing the NT Macbeth in a couple of weeks with my best friend, and have my great nephew's christening too - Those should snap me out of it, I've just been spending too much time alone lately.

Off Topic / Re: RIPs
« on: Today at 10:33:54 pm »
...and was also a member of the prog rock band Hawkwind'

I used to have this theory that anyone who smokes weed for any length of time, or hangs around with those who do, has a statistical near-certainty of meeting someone who used to play in Hawkwind. Almost everyone I told it to said "yeah, I once met a guy at a gig/party/festival...." (my tally is two)

Film & TV / Re: Last movie watched...
« on: Today at 10:28:31 pm »
I watched Mandy last night.

Quite a difficult film to digest- unless you can handle copious amounts of LSD that is.
I've been mulling over different interpretations today, and so far nothing quite fits comfortably.
A basic, formulaic plot, but with stylistic and often bewildering overtones.

I will admit some bias before watching it- didn't think I'd enjoy it simply due to Nicolas Cage being the lead.
But he was great.
Solid performances all round in fact, including scene stealing turns from Richard Brake, Bill Duke and the haunting Andrea Riseborough.

It's a rare recommendation twofer; a modern horror and a Nicolas Cage movie.

Interesting piece about Cage and how his deliberately OTT style is unfairly ridiculed - made me think:

Film & TV / Re: Last movie watched...
« on: Today at 12:44:02 am »
Sorry: I'm not that smart.

If you really, genuinely think that PB was advocating a declaration of war on China, then yes, I may have to agree with you. If you can't spot that as irony, maybe the internet isn't the place for you - or maybe just take a moment to consider the possibility before calling someone racist.

There's a ton of REAL racism on the internet, it's not hard to find, why not devote your energies to tackling some of that?

General / Re: Mega City Book Club - a new podcast about 2000AD books
« on: 22 September, 2018, 01:21:09 am »
I've read the first 1000 progs and then from 1950 onwards, so Nikolai Dante is one of those thrills that I've read very little about (same with stuff like Red Seas, Caballistics, and the vast majority of Sinister Dexter, among others). Really excited to get there, enjoyed this episode!

When you're slogging through Babe Race 2000 and Big Dave, and wondering whether you really want to continue this podcasting lark, stay strong and remember that Nikolai Dante is just around the corner.

Film & TV / Re: New Dr Who Trailer
« on: 22 September, 2018, 12:56:17 am »
I agree with tjm about the number of companions -maybe they weren't confident enough that a female doctor can carry it alone. I have always felt that the 'multi-companion' phases have been the weakest - Harry Sullivan, Turlough, Nissa, Adric, Mickey - it's always best when it's one on one, and the Doctor HAS to be the strong, driving force.

Also, if it does turn out to be a bit shit, it's going to be so hard to say so without validating all those tosspots who have already decided that its part of of the ZOG globalist feminazi conspiracy.

Off Topic / Re: The Black Dog Thread
« on: 22 September, 2018, 12:36:05 am »
aaargh - typed a long essay about not going to thought bubble and then lost it - cant be arsed retyping

Events / Re: Thought Bubble 2018
« on: 22 September, 2018, 12:19:05 am »
Doubtful I'll be there - I've got a stinking cold and (after a miserable drenching today) I'm liking "warm lie in" compared to going out. Feel like crap.

If I'm feeling better by lunchtime, I may scoot over.

Film & TV / Re: Current TV Boxset Addiction
« on: 20 September, 2018, 08:07:47 pm »
The Tomorrow People (1970-79)

Been working my way through this slice of 70's children's daftness all year, in between other stuff. Unlike Who of the era, which is some of the best Tv sci-fi ever committed to screen, TTP is best enjoyed with all sensibilities switched off and purely enjoyed through the eyes of your 7 year old self. Had I watched the entirety of the run at that age, rather than the fragmented VHS releases I was exposed to regularly, I may have been more fond of it. I adore the sincerity of it all, it's daft and naff and cheesy but very enjoyable, but not essential by any stretch. Doomwatch it is not. But fun.

An absolute favourite of mine as a kid - the opening credits and music still give me a frisson, and the one with the red and green badges that made everyone fight each other really disturbed me back then. We used to hook our thumbs into our belts and "jaunt" around the playground (make sound effect, run quickly somewhere else and make sound effect again  :lol:)

Off Topic / Re: Threadjacking!
« on: 19 September, 2018, 10:02:43 pm »
.... too quiet 

General / Re: Space Spinner 2000AD
« on: 19 September, 2018, 02:12:45 pm »

And, of course, oop north, we call work breaks 'baggin'.

errrm - do we? As a Lancastrian who didn't move further than Manchester, I can safely say I have never heard this. (must be a West Lancashire thing  :))

General / Re: Space Spinner 2000AD
« on: 19 September, 2018, 12:58:42 am »
I hope that's clear now  :lol:

Prog / Re: Prog 2099 - Unleash Hell!
« on: 18 September, 2018, 11:15:10 pm »
I also had a a WTF moment at the end of Dredd, which marred a story that I was otherwise enjoying - even if he was bleeding out, Dredd would either put a bullet in him to make sure, or patch him up to serve his time (even if it ment cryogenic freezing till they could save him). The stupid gun was also a bizarre reverse-Chekov

Mechastopheles never really grabbed me - nice concepts, but I don't know which of these people I'm supposed to care about or why.

Survival Geeks continue to delight - funny script with distinct characters and references that are more than just "hey - remember this?", and absolutely gorgeous art - best humour strip for ages.

It must be so hard to come up with a new shocking future shock idea*, but this was a good 'un - hope to see more from these newcomers

I won't pretend to have a full grasp on The Order, but I really enjoy it, I could look at Burns' art all day.

yup - a very decent crop of thrills

*last year's thought bubble pitchfest  (won by the story published a month or two ago about a scientist using human fat for energy and ending with her about to use her unborn baby to continue her experiments) didn't seem to impress Matt Smith much on the day - I think he thought it was a bit near the knuckle tastewise, but it was a clear winner because it was the only pitch that elicited a genuine gasp of shock and horror from the audience when she read out the final reveal

General / Re: Space Spinner 2000AD
« on: 18 September, 2018, 10:36:11 pm »
People in the South (and posh people) have breakfast lunch and dinner. Tea (often called 'afternoon tea') is a light snack of tea and cake around 4pm.

Northerners however, have breakfast, dinner and tea - we're too poor/busy for an extra meal in between.

Oddly however, school food-servers are always called 'dinnerladies' - I've never heard any brit say lunch-lady (as in the Simpson's lunch-lady Doris)

'supper' is a minefield of class politics - for me as a kid, it meant a snack before bedtime, but posh people use it to mean a less formal evening meal - David Cameron was widely mocked for pretending to be less posh than he really is by talking about his "kitchen suppers"

I was surprised you seemed to get the 'meals on wheels' pun - meals on wheels is a longstanding social care service for senior citizens - the local council would provide a daily hot meal, delivered to the door of elderly people. Don't know if it still exists, I doubt it has survived austerity cuts.

Helltrekkers didn't depress me at all - it's like any disaster or slasher movie - you know that virtually everyone you meet at the beginning is about to die horribly, but it's fun seeing how they do it.

Never having even heard of Hill Street Blues really did make me feel old!

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