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Off Topic / Re: Threadjacking!
« on: 19 October, 2019, 02:34:13 pm »

Not since the prong snapped off my pitchfork.

Off Topic / Re: Squaxx Telling Jokes
« on: 18 October, 2019, 07:11:45 pm »

I'd say string 'em up, but violins is never the answer.

Off Topic / Re: Threadjacking!
« on: 18 October, 2019, 07:08:01 pm »

Got a job de-fluffing old frigates.

Off Topic / Re: Squaxx Telling Jokes
« on: 18 October, 2019, 06:04:22 pm »

Guitar toff town, really!?

Off Topic / Re: Threadjacking!
« on: 18 October, 2019, 06:02:15 pm »

What's good for excessive naval fluff? I've been hanging it in the trees so birds can use it in their nests, but they all seem to have perished.

It's a worry.

Off Topic / Re: It's a bit warm/ wet/ cold outside
« on: 17 October, 2019, 02:24:56 pm »

A large part of it, maybe, could be a simple fear of change.

It's easy to imagine how poorer or developing countries feel about curbing emissions. They look at us, who have achieved our current level on the back of emissions, apparently pulling the ladder up after us. We can't tell them to cut emissions, to go back to washing clothes in the river or being unable to read at night because the coal-fired power station has become to expensive to run. The availability of clean water and medicines rise in proportion to emissions, child mortality decreases inversely. This is not to say that emissions are good, but they are damned convenient - especially for poor countries looking for tried and tested methods of lifting their people out of poverty. Places like China, which has lifted millions out of dire poverty by making such things as electric lights and washing machines available. These countries might want to help, but they're not going to want to ask their people to give up decreased child mortality, medicines, light bulbs and washing machines.

In contrast, our worries seem minor. We don't have to worry about child mortality, medicines, light bulbs or washing machines. They're pretty much baked in. We worry about being deprived of a holiday or the latest i-thing. We don't want to lose our wide range of streaming services or miss the latest fad. Yet we bang on about cutting emissions. It's no wonder the poorer countries don't want to play ball.

Maybe there should be some kind of "Sacrifice Fund." You pick something to sacrifice, your next holiday or new i-thing, and put the money towards buying a solar power plant for a remote village. No loans, no bonds or monetary faffing about, buying actual stuff for actual people. You sacrifice your treat so Zog doesn't have to sacrifice his washing machine. We could start that now, right here.

Bagsie treasurer!

General / Re: Life Spugs because...
« on: 15 October, 2019, 02:35:42 pm »

You're a star, Mate, thank you :)

General / Re: Life Spugs because...
« on: 15 October, 2019, 08:56:12 am »

Thank you, Sir!

Film & TV / Re: Last movie watched...
« on: 14 October, 2019, 08:58:45 pm »

No, no, no - Godzilla is cheese, the USA is ballbearings and Japan represents existential indifference.

Off Topic / Re: The Black Dog Thread
« on: 14 October, 2019, 07:07:34 pm »

Heh, I am definitely going to use that.

"How was your meal, Sir?"


The possibilities are endless...

Hope you tame that dog again soon, Tjm, we're all rootin' for you.

Film & TV / Re: Current TV Boxset Addiction
« on: 14 October, 2019, 07:01:52 pm »

I used to imagine that this moment might coincide with a Day of the Triffids type blinding flash in the sky - so that only Sci-Fi fans survived :D

I was a weird kid.

Yeah. I know. The weird never went away.

General / Re: Life Spugs because...
« on: 14 October, 2019, 06:55:46 pm »

Thanks, Paddykafka, much appreciated. To be honest, I've lost so much stuff already (including hundreds of graphic novels and my entire collection of Progs and Megs and Warrior and... well, too much to list) that this only stung momentarily. At least I've still got my small collection of all the small press comics I've had stories published in*, and that's a big win for such a self-involved person as myself.

My mate used to say, with one of his body-wide chuckles, that if it wasn't for bad luck he'd have no luck at all. I'm beginning to see what he meant! :D

*except for a programme from one of the Dredd cons, which contained my story Dreddfall, illustrated by a recently upgraded droid. I missed out on getting one through faffing about. This is not a Bad Thing, however, as it gives me a J. R. Hartleyesque quest to look forward to once I'm through the current procession of crises, heart-attacks and befuddlement.

General / Re: Life Spugs because...
« on: 13 October, 2019, 08:47:59 pm »

Sometimes, when I see the art, I want to alter or even delete the words. If it's already been lettered, though, I tend to leave it be unless absolutely necessary. I like to look at the art before it's been lettered for this very reason but it's not always possible, I guess.

General / Re: Life Spugs because...
« on: 13 October, 2019, 06:30:16 pm »

I wonder if Tharg would like to hang it in his lobby? Not many people would see it there, though, but it would be looked after and appreciated. Hmmm...

General / Re: Life Spugs because...
« on: 13 October, 2019, 06:23:10 pm »

That's very kind of you, Tordels, thanks. I haven't properly assessed the damage, yet, (too busy shifting stuff and plugging holes) but hopefully things won't be too bad.

Good suggestions, too - got a couple off Facebook as well, so I'll have to have a ponder.

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