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Prog / Re: Prog 2117 - Hotzone!
« on: Today at 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: Today at 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: Today at 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: Today at 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: Today at 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.

News / Re: RIP Ron Smith
« on: 11 February, 2019, 01:44:24 pm »
He brought Mega City One and it's ordinary citizenry to life, making the city, as so many have said before, a real character on it's own. He put flesh on that character, perhaps more than any other artist, by producing such an amazing quantity of work filled with such an incredible amount of detail and phenomenal design work. I also loved the crystal clear quality of Ron Smith's work

I think the Black Plague showed in microcosm, what he did for Mega City One over many years. In just a few pages he brought the small town of Atom Gultch and its inhabitants to life, with such wondrous detail and individual expression of its mutant people. it blew my away at the time.

Between the Black Plague, Bob & Carol & Ted & Ringo, Dredd Angel, the Judge Child and a few other key stories, for me the Cursed Earth was really cemented by Ron's style.

Creative Common / Re: Torquemada cosplay
« on: 09 February, 2019, 09:02:02 pm »
That's fantastic, Steve - really evokes the Terror Tube / Killer Watt / Olric's Great Quest era O'Neill Torque!

Off Topic / Re: Stupid things people have actu...
« on: 09 February, 2019, 06:44:02 pm »
Taking the topic on a tangent:

A newly qualified nurse was sent over to our stores today for a set of Fallopian tubes. :)

Cue hilarity and laughter.


That's scary - not somebody just starting a nursing course, but somebody who has actually qualified!

Announcements / Re: The Letters Beast - Online!
« on: 09 February, 2019, 06:30:50 pm »
They're not selfies.  Somebody else is quite obviously taking the photos (Mrs Button, or is that Mrs Buttonman, or Buttonwoman?)

General / Re: Things that went over your head...
« on: 09 February, 2019, 10:00:47 am »
For sure, I enjoyed two Lemmy books over the last year or so, his autobiography and the later biography called Lemmy. I think his band is legendary enough that it'd be quite tough to name something that without it being a nod. Plus Lemmy has even been featured in 2000AD.

Off Topic / Re: Stupid things people have actually said to you.
« on: 09 February, 2019, 01:06:17 am »
I once overheard a conversation between an infant son his Mum and Dad at Paignton Zoo:

BOY points to large spotted predator in its enclosure.
'What is it?'

MUM: 'I dunno. Let's ask Daddy.'

DAD reads sign on wall.

'Its a cheetah.'

MUM: 'What's a cheetah?'

DAD: 'I dunno.'

One for the Darwin awards...

Nah - you've got to get yourself killed before breeding to properly qualify for the Darwins*

*taken literally, anyway...

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