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Stock answer for all circumstances:  Colin.  But it's not like Simon would be a disappointment!

Books & Comics / Re: The Daily ZARJAZ!
« on: Today at 11:16:44 am »
Whuhhh? A week's worth in one day? Wonderfully profligate madness! This is turning out to be a great take, pitched somewhere between the chatty Hogan and messianic Abnett versions of Red. Some great layouts for the big fight scenes, touch of the McMahons about those panels in Parts 22 & 23.

(Editor asleep in Part 19: "populous" = "populace").

Off Topic / Re: The Political Thread
« on: 15 June, 2019, 08:04:29 pm »
Sure, don't mean to imply he's remotely competent at anything other than being Boris, I'm sure he's a worthless lazy charlatan through and through: I just think all his alleged bumbling is calculated, and in ultimate service of his ambitions.

Off Topic / Re: The Political Thread
« on: 15 June, 2019, 04:22:54 pm »
I don't think there's much of the bumbler about Johnson. He plays the part of hail-fellow-well-met with complete cynicism, somehow selling himself as a plain speaker puncturing pomposity while simultaneously speaking in meaningless riddles and being consumately pompous himself. He chooses to be shit at every brief, because he doesn't care, it suits him, and he knows it doesn't affect his support one bit.

Truth, loyalty and duty are meaningless sounds to be uttered at will but never embraced, and he is without a single constant principle other than the Divine Right of Boris. He's a walking parody of the ambitious politician.

That there was ever a possibility that this man could hold your highest political office is a stain on your democracy. That any sane person could see themself as represented by him, when all he could ever imagine doing for a constituent is exploiting them.

Where's Rik Mayall when you need him.  :'(

Prog / Re: Prog 2135 - Beware the woods...
« on: 14 June, 2019, 12:56:52 am »
Can't see anything wrong with it meself. Take a gander at the non-Judge pages to see how solid the work is:  the issue seems to be folk not liking the designs for the uniform, and maybe Dredd himself. I like to see these elwments explored and stretched a bit visually , like Ezquerra with his different-coloured shoulder pads and off centre zip, PJ with his Stallonish collars, McCarthy with his flaring helmets and eable respirators, or Dyer with his belt holsters and Dredd3D collars. Bring it on, I say.

Film & TV / Re: Swamp Thing cancelled
« on: 13 June, 2019, 07:15:59 pm »
"Kerr's Pinks". This phone is out to get me today.  ::)

"I give up. How do... you baffle... a vegetable?".

Prog / Re: Prog 2135 - Beware the woods...
« on: 13 June, 2019, 06:38:00 pm »
Gah, half my post disappeared! Commence laborious retyping...

(Cont. ) I don't think Dredd's closer was out of character: despite his objections, the decision has very definitely been made now, and Joe will uphold the Law without exception - in public at least. Also, he hates bigots of any kind - all potential perps get the same treatment.

Over in the transcendent Scarlet Traces, "what do you mean, 'Ahron Shakespeare approaching?'". Dun-dun-dun-dun-dun... Thrill of the year so far for me, just non-stop payoff.

Thistlebone. That Quilli wasn't long getting a full series, eh readers? Looks absolutely gorgeous, we'll see where it goes (anywhere other than Summerisle or Providence, Rhode Island would be good).

Kingmaker performs an interesting balancing act, will notSauron join the gang now his host Ablard has become a bit redundant?

Prog / Re: Prog 2135 - Beware the woods...
« on: 13 June, 2019, 06:09:26 pm »
I quite liked the Dredd, some fresh stylings in the art and nice to see the Mark 8s (?) on the streets in a non-Wagner tale. However, in a world where there's an international terrorist organisation called Rage Against the Megs that recently caused untold damage during Chaos Day, is RatM the wisest name for your group?

Film & TV / Re: Swamp Thing cancelled
« on: 13 June, 2019, 06:04:27 pm »
It's clear that we've come a long way as a society when so many are willing to strap on a pair of Kerry Pinks and relieve themselves on Jayzus.

Books & Comics / Re: The Daily ZARJAZ!
« on: 13 June, 2019, 08:30:02 am »
Well that redesign certainly went in a different direction to Worley & Willsher's recent one! 

Prog / Re: Thrill-Coma 2010
« on: 13 June, 2019, 08:27:08 am »
Funt's periodic Thrill Coma updates are one of the highlights of this forum.   :thumbsup:

Off Topic / Re: The Political Thread
« on: 13 June, 2019, 08:16:22 am »
Wish I could get my head around the 'truth' of 5G, it's such a sea of bizarre claims and potential consequences. 

Meanwhile, last night a dog-tired mind, and persistent longing of almost k.d. lang proportions for an electric camper van, led me on a deep-dive into the current facts of matters climatic. 

Short version: I'd invest heavily in suicide pill futures.

I look at the fatuous cultural inbreds vying to be the UK's Village Idiot, still campaigning largely on a platform of invented fear of handfuls of Latvian fruit pickers and the survivors of Britain's highly-profitable bombs, and I try to imagine what's going to happen in our or (at best) our children's lifetimes when literal BILLIONS of people rock up at our drowned doorsteps once much of Africa, Australasia, and all of India become completely uninhabitable over the next 70 years . They're diverting your country's future into a dead end over lies about a non-existant 'flood' of swarthy rapists, while real inescapable horror bears down on us all, just not in the current electoral cycle.

Meanwhile the Irish government, another unelected PM* by the way, kvetches about hotel-room toiletries and tree felling for bus corridors.  For the love of humanity, GET A FUCKING SHIFT ON.

Anyway, all-hail CBT, not so very long ago I'd be non-functional and non-verbal this morning, instead of pushing on with work and planning a camping trip. La-la-la-la-la-la-la.

*I KNOW.  But when almost all electoral rhetoric is about Comrade Hamas and Ol' Strong & Stable, the cult of party leader personality means a PM is effectively chosen by the electorate in a GE.  Or in the case of both May and Varadkar, not.

Film & TV / Re: Swamp Thing cancelled
« on: 11 June, 2019, 11:33:27 pm »
You made me look at the fucking comments!

... If swamp thing turned out to be female, trans, gay or something, they’d find the money to continue on. ...

Riiiight. Swampie (the comics character) doesn't have a sexuality that's in anything other than hertero-normative. No having his asexual plant body grow tubers that when ingested allow his human lover (and random hippies and terminal patients) to commune completely with him through the totality of the all living things, no possessing dodgy magicians in order to impregnate his wife etc etc.  No wonder those LGBTQI feminazis hate him so. 

Off Topic / Re: Y'know what really grinds my gears?
« on: 09 June, 2019, 06:21:02 pm »
This, unfortunately, is the rub.  20-25% of Irish TDs, including a third of the Cabinet, are landlords.  Parties and individuals are heavily influenced, funded by and involved in the construction industry. >120,000 Irish people are landlords.  Many farmers see suitable land as their only route to a pension fund - as many middle-class middle-aged people see their houses the same way. And as we discovered in 2009-11, the country's tax-take depends largely on taxes and levies on new builds and transfers, whereas public housing would (superficially) be a drain on revenues to be met by Angry Voters Who Paid Full Price for Their Gaff.

It's in none of those people's interest to increase the supply of state-subsidised or even basic affordable housing.  The fewer they are, the more rent and houses cost, the better off the upper level of Irish society become, and the more desperate - and I suspect compliant to the quirks of the ever-worsening jobs market - the rest of us get. 

Or you could just keep it simple and blame asylum seekers. You know, the ones who live on €38.80 a week in a chalet in an abandoned holiday park. Jammy bastards.

Off Topic / Re: Y'know what really grinds my gears?
« on: 08 June, 2019, 07:55:40 pm »
Gear grindin' topic:  What's the deal with campsites in Ireland? 

I've been mooching about looking for holiday options for the summer, and the prices of campsites seem totally out of step with Europe.  Just one example: a colleague of mine from the far south of the island who was working over in Rush (north Co. Dublin seaside town, nice enough part of the world) for a few weeks, so what with it being June he and his missus decided to take the tent and make a partial holiday of it.  Cost him €50 a night for the pitch, no electricity, no bar/pool/kitchen, and showers cost €2 a throw. And you have to move the tent every 3 days "to protect the grass", which is the biggest load of crap I've ever heard. 

Meanwhile, I'm looking at 5-person static bungalow tents on the south coast of Brittany in July, swimming pool, sauna, site bar, beach access, kitchen, fridge, all the showers and 'leccy you like, for €30 a night. More than twice the fun for nearly half the price.

The answer, you'll not be surprised to learn, is the housing crisis.  Half the campers in the Rush site were working construction in the area (for months), and it turns out that €350 a week under canvas and a bit of personal freedom is way more appealing and affordable than endless commutes or sharing rooms with bastards in expensive shitholes. So yet another group of landlords exploiting our intractable accommodation misery.

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