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General / Re: Mega City Book Club - a new podcast about 2000AD books
« on: 13 October, 2019, 10:19:59 pm »
Coming up in the next 6 weeks

The Dead Man (at last)
Meltdown Man
Judgement Day

and then it's off to Thought Bubble for some live recordings

Excellent - really looking forward to Meltdown Man - part of the darkness of the 1990s was when editorial of the time slagged it off - one of Belardinelli's greatest works for 2000AD.

General / Re: Things that went over your head...
« on: 12 October, 2019, 09:52:57 pm »
It gets better than that! IIRC 'Nobber' is an anglicisation of 'an obair' = 'the work', probably referring to the large Anglo-Norman motte-and-bailey earthwork at the edge of the village.

Now it so happens that the Dublinese for girlfriend is 'Mot' (from 'maith an cailín' = 'good girl').  So as a callow lad of 18 working away from home for the first time in that eponymous village, references to 'Nobber motte' regularly had me in stitches.

Thanks for the education - I did try to learn a bit of Gaelic a few years back, but fell at the pronounciation hurdle!

As somebody who's recently read the Starlord stories it's great that they're finally being reprinted in their original colour!

General / Re: Things that went over your head...
« on: 12 October, 2019, 12:09:59 pm »
I heard it used in Nobber - which is a place, nay a world, unto itself!

I'd never heard of it, but see that Nobber is just South of the border.  No opportunity for double entendres there.  And I'm sure it's never been said that the Archdeacon of Nobber is a euphemism.

General / Re: Life Spugs because...
« on: 11 October, 2019, 03:31:29 pm »
Rough one, Funt. As a professional kneeler* myself, you have my sympathies.

*Quiet down at the back!

I kneel a lot in my own job, but it's not so bad because I get to wear kneepads - which means I can take my Lawmaster (wheelbarrow) into the Big Meg (woodland) and use my daystick (hoe) and Lawgiver (trowel) on a multitude of perps (weeds). You got a permit to grow there, Creep?

Do you ever have call to use your lawrod?

Off Topic / Re: The Political Thread
« on: 08 October, 2019, 09:16:49 pm »
In the last three days, the POTUS spent a million dollars on

I don't remember seeing that acronym beyond the last few years.  Always makes me think PITA...

Off Topic / Re: The Political Thread
« on: 07 October, 2019, 03:43:21 pm »
Actually, instead of my clumsily worded and second-hand account, how about I just post his facebook post (with a few details removed).

I cannot sleep. I'm reflecting on the last months since I was beaten up by a Brexiteer because of my Dutch accent, and the long way I've come since then. Some of my friends may not have understood what I've been through. I will tell you a bit about my journey of recovery. I'm telling to explain my absent behaviour from the last period (I may be wrong about some details):

Days 1-2: I wake up in a bus stop, everything hurts. I feel a boot print on my face. There's blood everywhere. Next time I wake up: I'm in hospital. I black out again. I wake up in the white tunnel of a CT scanner. This day, my main task is seriously trying to get the answers to: Who am I? What's my name? What am I doing here? The doctors tell me I'm lucky as I could have died with such serious head injuries.

Day 3-4: OK, I remember who I am. But wtf happened? And what's that life-crippling headache doing in my brain? My hand doesn't work, my nose is skewed and continues bleeding, is that normal? I cannot walk any further than the end of my street, is that OK? Why do I have a limp? Why cannot I find some words; what's this thing called again, I know I knew it's name once, o yeah it is called a "hand". It's this hand that's painful and can't carry anything ; o you say it's broken from the fall?

Day 4-6: OMG! I remember everything that has happened! Wtf! I was beaten up by a Brexiteer! Because I'm Dutch! Because they cited Nigel Farage! I need to share this with my friends! I need their support! People need to hear about this! I realise how lucky I am to be alive and that I have just escaped death.

Day 6-9: OMG! My Facebook post has been shared 20,000 times, I have received 2,000 responses including 1,000 hate messages and posts, and several anonymous phone calls of people threatening to kill me because I shared my post! There are more than 100 people telling me that my assailant should have succeeded in killing me. My mental health is doing surprisingly well, thank you for asking; I'm actually surprising myself, how well my psychological health is. And all of this because I made the mistake of being Dutch and living in London!

Day 9-12: Delete delete delete my Facebook posts! Call the police! Call the embassy! Get protection! But the police don't want to do anything, it seems they'd prefer me to die in an assault. And I literally still cannot leave my house because I'm too ill: daylight and noise kill my head. But having a Brexiteer neighbour who has assaulted me before because of my accent does not make me feel safe at home either - I'm safe nowhere. I try to walk a bit outside, as being on my own, lying in a bed in a dark room, doesn't help my mood either. I literally start walking until the end of one street - that's the main activity of the day -, the day after I walk two streets etc. But I get exhausted and almost faint after just a couple of hundreds of meters. So frustrating! And all of this, just because I'm Dutch and living in the UK.

Day 12-15: There's not one part of the day that I'm not seeing a medical specialist. The neurologist, the nose expert, the hand expert, the radiologist, another radiologist... They tell me I'll be fine... but they cannot tell me when, because they see I'm not doing well now. I collapse several times and I have to visit the A&E several times again. I know which A&E in London has the shortest waiting time and I know how to get helped quickly (these are crucial survival skills in London!). I am getting bored; I feel I've seen all interesting series on Netflix (I've binge watched house of cards, but I cannot remember anything of it - is that due to my brain trauma or due to how bad the series are?). I try to avoid newspapers and the news: bojo's election makes me fear for my life even more! I know I should apply for settled status to secure my future in the UK but just the thought of it triggers headaches, literally.

Day 15-xxxx: Each day I'm walking one street further. I'm trying to read a bit, to train my mind, but my head starts exploding after a while. I can type Facebook posts, but after that, the pain in my hand is killing me. I literally need to teach myself to use a pen and a pencil again. I need to learn to walk without a weird limp. One word at a time, one step at a time.

Day Xxx-yyyy. The specialists tell I should try out more activities. OK, I'll try! I see some friends, I try to work a day, I meet up with friends - at the start, just for an hour...but after a couple of hours my head explodes and I feel exhausted. How much can I do? This is OK... no, but that's too much! It's difficult to find my balance. Will I ever be better again?

Day after conference- I am well! I can do my work, answer emails, meet XXXX, eat, and... and? Collapse on the street! And later collapse again in hospital where people have brought me. The specialists see some weird blood values but for the rest I'm fine. I go home, and for six days in a row I sleep 16 hours a day. The neurologist told me I should use a specific medication! Bless the Lord! This relieves me from my headaches that I've been suffering from, from day 1 onwards. But I'm so exhausted that I need to build up my physical condition again, one street at a time :-( I'm starting to read more, to use my brain - finally my brain can sustain reading for a bit. I have had to relearn to concentrate - I didn't know that concentration and attention is something you need to learn again!

Jump to now - I can do most things again. I have built up my physical condition and my concentration and attention skills. I've started working again - all goes well, I feel well. And now - holiday time (because I need to use my holiday hours before the end of the academic year). I have had to cancel my holiday - I still don't know what to do with my time. Just being healthy already feels as a holiday to me. I am well.

Being alive and being healthy are priviliges that we are usually not aware of. But they are unique and critical moments in our life.

In dark times, you learn who your friends and who your enemies are. I've met so many friends. Thanks for all the cards, the donations to charities (I still need to cry about that amazing gift!), and the hugs! You have made me continue. Thanks.

Apparently people on both sides are hostile.  Though with events like this, the fact that almost every friend I have who lives in the UK and has a foreign accent and/or 'funny tinge' (copyright Angela Smith, MP) and the death of Jo Cox, I'm wondering why all the physical attacks on Brexiters aren't being reported (or maybe they're just not happening?)

Off Topic / Re: It's a bit warm/ wet/ cold outside
« on: 07 October, 2019, 01:15:23 pm »
The back cover of prog 616 (1989) has a Press For Action message sponsored by the NatWest bank. It has various animals in a rainforest with speech bubbles.

If only it had had an effect on RBoS's investments (fossil fuel, vivisection and oil extraction).

Off Topic / Re: The Political Thread
« on: 07 October, 2019, 01:07:35 pm »
delusional, xenophobic and greedy.
This, on the other hand, I don’t feel needs any clarification!

Unfortunately I see or hear about the results of this most weeks.  One friend (with a European accent) woke up briefly on the ground next to a bus stop, then a few days later woke in a hospital bed - the only thing he could remember about the bus stop attack was the attacker saying the word 'Brexit'.  And when I say the only thing he could remember, for the first few days he didn't know his name.  He has managed to use his limbs again now and can walk, but this kind of verbal or physical assault on people I know started a day or two after the plebiscite and shows no signs of ceasing.

It’s not nearly enough, though. As many others have said, the depressing thing about all this is that people really may have to see what life outside the EU is like before recognising and understanding the damage. But by then, it’ll be too late to reverse it.

Unfortunately the ill-effects of Brexit are being cast as not being a direct result but of being the result of a conspiracy among remain voters to ruin the economy because of something-or-other (I find it difficult to follow the reasoning).  I actually do look forward to hearing arguments from pro-Brexit speakers, in the hope that they'll be anything more than wishy-washy 'return to Empire' and xenophobia on display, but I've not heard any yet.  There's something about the EU being corrupt, but as this all kicked off around the time we got the (UK) MP expenses scandal, I can't see the point of that argument.

Prog / Re: 2000 AD in Stages
« on: 04 October, 2019, 12:57:13 pm »

"Zippy Couriers
Shauna McCullough is a zippy courier [see title], but it's difficult to make that career interesting, however you dress it up. Transporting thing A to thing B can be viscerally exciting, though. Take notes."

I thought The link would be to FUTURAMA.

Or, y'know, Ace Trucking Co.

General / Re: Space Spinner 2000AD
« on: 04 October, 2019, 12:53:31 pm »
Torque-Armada basically a giant robot filled with humans who are like ants and covered in more humans like ants?  Ants... or termites?

Help! / Re: Help me Hive Mind, you're my only hope...
« on: 04 October, 2019, 11:48:10 am »
It was the "Next Prog..." boxes. Which aren't included in this version. I remember noticing that some were songs at the time and then bugging my dad to find out of the others were. In the end we phoned up the library at Radio Forth (this was a thing you could do to try and answer music trivia questions in the days before the internet) to ask then about the last couple.

...and then somebody sent a letter in to the Nerve Centre that revealed all that info anyway :D

Off Topic / Re: RIPs
« on: 02 October, 2019, 01:03:28 pm »

General / Re: Things that went over your head...
« on: 02 October, 2019, 11:04:34 am »
The oldest attribution refers to measuring something with a thumb instead of a ruler (as has been pointed out up-thread).
"many profest Christians are like to foolish builders, who build by guess, and by rule of thumb, (as we use to speak) and not by Square and Rule."

General / Re: Things that went over your head...
« on: 02 October, 2019, 11:03:32 am »
I thought the Rule of thumb was about the size of stick that could be used for a beating or servants... no thicker than your thumb.

"The 'rule of thumb' has been said to derive from the belief that English law allowed a man to beat his wife with a stick so long as it is was no thicker than his thumb.

In 1782, Judge Sir Francis Buller is reported as having made this legal ruling and in the following year James Gillray published a satirical cartoon attacking Buller and caricaturing him as 'Judge Thumb'. The cartoon shows a man beating a fleeing woman and Buller carrying two bundles of sticks. The caption reads "thumbsticks - for family correction: warranted lawful!""


And then after that bit it continues:
the 'rule of thumb' has never been the law in England.

Even if people mistakenly supposed the law to exist, there's no reason to believe that anyone ever called it the 'rule of thumb'. Despite the phrase being in common use since the 17th century and appearing many thousands of times in print, there are no printed records that associate it with domestic violence until the 1970s, when the notion was castigated by feminists.

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