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Off Topic / Re: Y'know what really grinds my gears?
« on: 29 June, 2019, 05:03:29 pm »

Are zebra crossings any better than traffic light crossings down in that London? I only ask because around where I live the majority of motorists seem to be happy stopping for them.

It depends on region, really. In the town I used to live in South East London (Downham) the cars would always stop for you at the Zebra crossing.

There was another zebra crossing over a narrow part of a main road a few miles away in Peckham. This was a busier more built up busy place, still South London but closer to the centre. Cars rarely stopped at the zebra crossing. Quite an eye opener and nerve jangler.

I’m not entirely sure why that is. Sure Peckham is more built up than Downham but I think there are areas more central where zebra crossings are respected. Seems almost a cultural thing...

Film & TV / Re: Last movie watched...
« on: 29 June, 2019, 01:13:45 pm »
Has anybody here not seen WHAT WE DO ON THE SHADOWS yet?

Get your arse along to Netflix now, you won't regret it.

(Mockumentary about vampires flat sharing in New Zealand. Full on murderous vampires plus quirky NZ humour and doesn't outstay it's welcome.

Why the blood of virgins? Well, I suppose it is like when you have a nice sandwich..."

Yep. Recently enjoyed the tv series too. (You can catch it on BBC iPlayer). It’s set in New York, but it’s in the same world. (Ie. not a remake.)

Off Topic / Re: Objet de désir
« on: 24 June, 2019, 02:52:21 am »
I’ve purchased all the Dinobots recently (not all at the same time). I went for the Power of the Primes versions which are a nice homage to the G1’s though far from perfect. I miss the metallic finish of the G1s and a couple look a bit unfinished in dinosaur mode, suggesting the emphasis in on the humanoid form. They still look pretty good  though.

I have them all aside from Slag* who is on his way from Japan.

One thing that’s a bit of a pain is the lack of the classic weapons. I’ve turned to 3rd part for that, but it gets a bit ridiculous with the extra expense. (Grimlock should have a double barrel rifle and a red sword though, not two feet shaped** weapons.) The others either have a rifle or a sword but not both like the G1 versions (although there are little plastic pistol things embedded in their ‘armour/Volcanicus’s hands’, those are mainly placeholders for other potps gimmicks.

*Actually this version is called ‘Slug’. Apparently the Americans found out the other meaning of the word we have in ‘the old country’.  :lol: He’ll always be Slag to me though.

** Cos they are the feet of Volcanicus. Yep these dinobots combine, although I didn’t primarily get them for that... like that will stop me.

Books & Comics / Re: Whats everyone reading?
« on: 23 June, 2019, 07:38:01 pm »
Currently reading: Meltdown Man, by Alan Hebden and Massimo Bellardinelli

Even though my first 2000 AD was prog 146, my regular reading started with 178 (almost a jump-on prog, aside from it being at part 23 of The Judge Child) - which is where Meltdown Man started (along with The Mean Arena, Strontium Dog in Death's Head and the Nemesis prequel Killer Watt).

And Dash Decent, but shhh!  This is supposed to be the golden age.

Any road: as you know, Meltdown Man stayed in the prog every week for 50 progs!  And for me as a new reader, this just seemed normal.  I'm very fond of the strip, and I'm sure partly it's just rose-tinted nostalgia, but man - I'll take it.  And, yeah, Liana was a furry compared to all the other yujees.  Mind you, wasn't one of them just entirely in animal form?  (I don't want to go into too much detail in case I spoiler.)


You're right. The super psychic King Cobra. I forget his actual name. Maybe it's difficult to bioengineer a creature with human characteristic of is got no legs! Heh.

Film & TV / Re: Last movie watched...
« on: 23 June, 2019, 07:31:30 pm »
I liked both. And really liked Captain Marvel.

I don't disagree Justice League could have been better mind.

Film & TV / Re: Current TV Boxset Addiction
« on: 23 June, 2019, 07:28:14 pm »
Currently watching Legion series 2.

It's kinda nuts. I... think I like it. I'm happy with a bit of surrealism but this pushes the boundaries although it is more understandable as it goes on. Mostly.

I have yet to reach the end and they haven't yet explained the egg hatched abomination or the minotaur* or why those ANDROID LADIES HAVE MOUSTACHES! Or what's with that bloke wearing the basket on his head most of the time.

*Is it just another type of mutant?

Film & TV / Re: Marvel Superheroes hit Netflix
« on: 23 June, 2019, 07:19:08 pm »
I liked it too. Ditto with Luke Cage, although it was nice to see him. I guess it did have a point in that it spurred her on to do the right thing, but she seemed poised to go that route anyway.

Concerning cancellation, I'd hoped to see a second series of Defenders at least. I suppose that could still happen but likely it would require subscribing to Disney's streaming platform to see it and other future Marvel stuff. To see first hand, of course. One could always wait for the blu-ray or digital downloads... of one wanted to keep it legal. (I do.)

Other Reviews / Re: Tammy and Jinty
« on: 23 June, 2019, 06:22:03 pm »
This arrived in the post recently. It seems I ordered it along with a bunch of other specials early this year.

I confess, this is probably the only way I would have ordered this. Misty, I can find appealing, due to the spooky horror nature of the comic, but I confess I associated Tammy and Jinty with soap operish romantic... well... girly stuff.

I'm glad I was proven wrong. Well, it IS girly stuff in the sense that it's a girls' comic, with female protagonists largely (but not exclusively) written/drawn by female creators, but that's not a bad thing* and it's actually rather good. And it has fun, scifi and adventure and a bit of spooky stuff too, not unlike certain other comics we all love.

Curiously the spookiest story I found the most predictable and unsatisfying, nice art aside,(but it wasn't bad for all that) and the one with romance was probably one of my favourites, although not so much because of the romance but it's juxtaposition to something else.

There was still a strong feeling overall, that it's not quite for me (and as a middle aged man, it largely isn't) but it was decent, and enjoyable.

And kudos for featuring a football story where the message is 'being a striker isn't the only important position'. I don't really like football, mostly as I find watching and playing most sports very boring, but I appreciate the idea of it, and I've often felt it irritated by how idolised the goal scorers are, compared to other team-mates who are fundamental parts of the team. Always struck me as rather unfair.

*With the large caveat, that I'm not really a fan of comics being aimed at specific genders. I'm of the view a good story is a good story and it's quite possible to empathize with characters of the opposite sex, if they are well written. On the other hand, if this gets more young ladies reading and creating  comics that's no bad thing.

Off Topic / Re: Objet de désir
« on: 19 June, 2019, 02:09:50 pm »
I've spent way too much on transformers recently.

And to think I gave mine away as a kid because they were 'for kids'. :lol:

Second childhood in old age... come early, maybe .

Books & Comics / Re: Whats everyone reading?
« on: 16 June, 2019, 02:47:54 am »
Currently reading: Meltdown Man, by Alan Hebden and Massimo Bellardinelli

This story was in the Prog way before my time, so this is my first time reading it. I confess that while I’ve been aware of this volume for some time, I never felt that inclined to it. On seeing Alan Hebden and John Wagner* advertise their wares at Lawless, I thought, “Why not?” and bought the volumes at the creators’ desks later.

I’m really glad I did.

Very minor negatives first: I do find the dialogue very much, of its time, kinda on the nose and a bit cheesy. And I groan a little inside when considering the fact the female cat Yujee just looks like an attractive woman with vaguely feline characteristics, while all the other yujees have full animal heads. Don’t get me wrong, I absolutely love their design. I’m referring to the fact that if they’re all going to be animal head humanoids, that should apply to Liana too. To be fair, she is a bit more catlike in Bellardinelli’s art than her long haired design on the front cover (which is also nice) but she is still rather more humanlike than the other yujees. There is another cat character, who has a full cat head, the tiger henchman, who fits the normal yujee profile.

Positives:It’s a very good fun fantasy adventure story so far, and the sublime  Bellardinelli art is worth it alone. It’s so richly detailed, and  I love his creature designs.

I’ve only just started the book, but I’m enjoying it a lot.

* Rok of the Reds in Wagner’s case, which I’ll review a bit later.

Film & TV / Re: Last movie watched...
« on: 15 June, 2019, 04:14:32 pm »
Tarzan's Desert Mystery (1943)

Johnny Weissmuller stars as Tarzan, no Jane is present but she writes to him asking him to go get some "fever medicine" that is located in a mysterious jungle across a desert and at the end of the film.

When he gets to the end of the film,  and reaches the jungle, Tarzan finds giant lizards, lions, carnivorous plants and eventually a giant spider. And it that huge arachnid that concerns me.

This is THE Tarzan film of my childhood. And the giant spider was at least as memorable as any number of Dr Whos,  Hammer House of Horrors or episodes of Nationwide in which Frank Bough warned us all about werewolves.

However, it wasn't this spider.

Honestly, the sequence is great but it's nothing like I remember. Wrong spider,  wrong size,  Wrong web, wrong location, wrong person in the web,  wrong wrong wrong.

So- is this a case of memory cheating? And if so, how do you explain my mate having the same memory as me? Is there another Tarzan vs Giant Spider epic? Do we both remember a completely different film, not Tarzan at all? And if so,  how? Were Weissmuller Tarzans always shown in a certain slot during the mid seventies and then one week something different was shown, so confusing two ageing men prone to reminiscing about.such things?



I don't remember the names, but I think I remember 2 Tarzan films ( or maybe once was a TV episode) featuring giant spiders. Iseem to remember one being like a huge hairy tarantula (possibly more than one), and another being a more hairless thing. I thinking of the latter as a big pink monstrosity, but that might be my memory playing tricks,as I'm not sure it would have been colour, and I remember having a toy spider that looked similar.

I'm referring to memories around 30 years old.

Film & TV / Re: Current TV Boxset Addiction
« on: 15 June, 2019, 04:03:46 pm »
Watched the Russian Doll series on Netflix recently.

I wasn't keen on the first episode,.although the Groundhog Day type scenario was intriguing, so I decided to stick with it.

I'm glad I did. It's a bit of a slow burner* but it got very interesting. And the characters I found annoying grew on me.

Watching Jessica Jones. Season 3 now. Only 2 episodes in, but it's okay so far.

Also watching What they do in the Shadows TV series on BBC iPlayer, where they're releasing 2 episodes a time.Quite good, and pretty amusing. Kind of more of the same, when compared to the film but not in a bad way. By 'same' I mean similar humour, not repeating storyline and jokes. Lovers of the film might get a kick out of episode 7 especially.

*If I'd watched it weekly, I'm not sure I'd have stuck with it, but it worked well binged.

Film & TV / Re: Good Omens Series
« on: 03 June, 2019, 09:10:24 pm »
They probably could have done more with the other characters, but they were mostly likeable, or likeable unlikeable, when they were meant to be.

I enjoyed that a lot.

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