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Messages - JayzusB.Christ

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Off Topic / Re: The Black Dog Thread
« on: 16 June, 2021, 06:08:58 PM »
Great stuff - glad to hear it.

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General / Re: Dredd's real-time ageing?
« on: 16 June, 2021, 06:07:35 PM »
I don't think that ever really made sense - I think he just thought she had never committed any crimes, ever.  But given that life is a crime in his mind, that doesn't quite hold up.

Back (sort of) on topic, there was that bad guy in Lenny Zero who once ran errands for Al Capone - though he had gone through a body swap or two since then.

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Off Topic / Re: The Political Thread
« on: 11 June, 2021, 03:43:58 PM »
Might have been this one in the Independent? It is a horrible read.

https://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/asia/tiananmen-square-massacre-death-toll-secret-cable-british-ambassador-1989-alan-donald-a8126461.html

I've met people from China who literally don't believe this happened.

Me too.  I lived a few minutes' walk from Tiananmen Square when I was in China - For all its giant screens showing Chinese society in all its glory, it's a miserable, concrete waste of space where a nice green park would be a lot nicer.  Or even proper housing for the people who live in the nearby slum streets.

One local IT guy I taught asked me in a conspiratorial voice if I'd heard about the massacre.  While I told him I had, I didn't have the heart to tell him that pretty much everyone outside China had heard of it.

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Off Topic / Re: Life is sometimes sort of okay because...
« on: 11 June, 2021, 03:36:29 PM »
I say this here because it is just 'sort of' OK that I just signed off on a mortgage and bought (a share of) my first property. Its not an ideal set up, but is more secure than renting and at an equal or slightly less monthly cost.

Yay! Responsibilities that are my own for a change!
Congrats, Hawks! My wife and I did the same thing last autumn. Our landlord suddenly decided to sell and we were forced out. We said enough of this and bought our first every place. No more landlord to be beholdened to any more. Now the mortgage company owns us for the next twenty or so years. Sigh.

Better than a poxy landlord owning you forever...

Congrats Hawk! Great news.  I've been on my boat for four years - it's small and needs constant maintenance, but it's mine and I've never looked back.

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News / Re: The Great Dante Readthrough Podcast
« on: 11 June, 2021, 03:30:12 PM »

Most importantly though have a lovely honeymoon. May all those distilleries serve you well and whatever else you get up to be fun.


Ah yes, apologies, should have mentioned that! Have an amazing honeymoon - a tour of distilleries sounds absolutely brilliant.

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News / Re: The Great Dante Readthrough Podcast
« on: 11 June, 2021, 01:28:51 PM »
Forgot to say - I can't believe it took the podcast to make me realise that 'All the Russias' meant the entire world.  Obvious in hindsight!

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News / Re: The Great Dante Readthrough Podcast
« on: 11 June, 2021, 01:25:30 PM »
Thanks for this once again, Edie and Simon.  I'll miss you both while you're on your (much-deserved) podcast break.  Really interesting discussion of a really important scene (that post-coital scene in the shack, of course). 

I don't think 2000ad has ever had a more sexually explicit scene than that one - Jena talking about 'over and over again' as her hand did something to Dante just off-panel, and then grumbling about how 'some things shrink when commitment is mentioned' when Dante turns away from her with a look of shame.  I seem to remember the internet being up in arms over a far less overt Marvel scene when Thor's mental issues put paid to his bedroom antics.

But more than that, it was when everything changed - Dante and Jena finally realising their love for each other, and then the reality of war dashing their dreams in minutes.  It was also about the time when Nikolai began to really start leaving his Loaded-stye Dikolai antics behind him, and I started warming to the character properly.  As always, the podcast has made me appreciate Dante on a much deeper level and realise the absolute epic scale of what Robbie and Simon crafted over the years.

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Higgins 3, Ridgeway 2.

Ridgeway was absolutely perfect for Summer Magic and The Dead Man, but Higgins was a snooker player of the highest level.

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Glenn 4, Clint 1.  Clint is amazing but Sláine the King was some of the prog's best ever art.

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General / Re: Things that went over your head...
« on: 02 June, 2021, 06:08:54 PM »
I think I mentioned this on the board before.  Way over my head the first time round too.  I'm guessing it was Glenn's joke rather than John's, though we did have a Judge Lardas (fat) and Judge Peaks (big-boobed) in the Megazine.

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Off Topic / Re: Jokes you've made up...
« on: 02 June, 2021, 01:46:54 PM »
(Applause)

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Off Topic / Re: Things that went over your head (non-prog-related)
« on: 02 June, 2021, 01:46:01 PM »
It's just occurred to me that Cruella DeVil's surname is a play on 'devil'.  In my defence, I've never seen any film with her in it.

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Off Topic / Re: RIPs
« on: 28 May, 2021, 08:55:25 PM »
Heh.  You dirtbird, you.

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Off Topic / Re: Life is sometimes sort of okay because...
« on: 28 May, 2021, 08:54:55 PM »
Finally saw the business end of a (first) needle this morning (Moderna, if anyone is keeping score - thanks Dolly!  :thumbsup:), in the truly impressive Citywest Conference Centre location

That's where I was last week to get my Covid test (thankfully negative, hence the subsequent vaccination at my GP's).

Imagine if someone told you a couple of years back a pandemic would soon close down the hotels and huge tents would be erected outside them for mass virus testing - you'd have been absolutely terrified.

In fact it was all quite a pleasant and friendly experience - I even met one of my old students who was working there and had a nice catching-up chat.  The stick up the nose for five seconds wasn't pleasant, mind you.

Anyway great to hear you're vaxxed up and ready to go, TB.  Particularly heartening for me, as you were the first person to make me really realise how serious this was all going to be when you started the Covid thread.  Glad you're sorted too, Funt.


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General / Re: Things that went over your head...
« on: 28 May, 2021, 11:10:28 AM »
Another thing - did Guthrie start off as a black guy and then become a white guy after The Pit? Whereas Beenie seemed to have gone the other way. 

Well, Beenie's biological mother* was hispanic, with family from the Puerto Rican Wastes.



* it's complicated - America Jara.

Sorry, I missed this. It is a tad complicated, I know, and sometimes just depended on the colourist.

Another thing: Why was Erebus from The Red Seas called Erebus when he was clearly Cerberus?

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