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Messages - JayzusB.Christ

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General / Re: Life Spugs because...
« on: 21 October, 2021, 04:33:08 PM »
Just caught up on this thread and holy shit, glad you're still alive mate. Gutted for you about your boat/home. Was this you?

Aye, that's the one.  Somehow my gas cylinders didn't explode - small mercies, I suppose.  Thanks, guys, appreciate all your support.

Off Topic / Re: Life is riddled with a procession of minor impediments
« on: 21 October, 2021, 04:30:30 PM »
My Grud, that is something of a clesterfeck.  Hope things pick up for you.

Off Topic / Re: Threadjacking!
« on: 20 October, 2021, 02:29:48 PM »
From a certain angle, he could also be an old Etonian who shouldn't be leading a country.

EDIT - the image doesn't seem to be showing, so here's a link.

Off Topic / Re: The Political Thread
« on: 20 October, 2021, 02:26:16 PM »
Trump:  Last year expressing jealousy over the attention a teenage girl was getting from the media, and now doing the same with a dead man. 

Off Topic / Re: The Black Dog Thread
« on: 20 October, 2021, 02:22:22 PM »
No it hasn't been your year but hopefully things will pick up for you in 2022.

Sounds good to me - I'm in Dublin city, not sure where you're located.

Just outside, between Celbridge and Newcastle, but a wee bit all over the shop at the moment  - staying in a caravan in a neighbour's yard, but a friend is building a wooden cabin on his land and is going to rent it out to me.  Stay in touch anyway and we'll sort something out for sure.

Off Topic / Re: The Black Dog Thread
« on: 19 October, 2021, 11:18:12 PM »
I did see something about that somewhere but I thought you were joking about having a Viking funeral.

I can't even begin to imagine how you felt / feel about that.

I'm glad you're ok! And then you had a tumble off your bike after that didn't you?

I won't ask you to go over the terrible details again - is there anything you need I could help with? We're both in Ireland, right?

The bike fall was before that - it hasn't been my year...
I'm ok now though, thanks a million for your kind offer all the same.  Hopefully we will catch up sometime though, and have some prog-related craic.

Don't remember the Viking funeral thing - sounds like a case of 'be careful what you wish for' though :)

General / Re: Art Star Comp Winner - Angel Gang
« on: 19 October, 2021, 08:35:17 AM »
Gorgeous.  Is it just me or are there shades of Hicklenton in Bates' submission?

Definitely, with a smidge of Carl Critchlow's painted work into the bargain, I thinkā€¦

Critchlow was my first thought too.  But that's definitely a Hicklenton face.

Off Topic / Re: Threadjacking!
« on: 18 October, 2021, 11:36:51 PM »
Ah - things I miss from the UK: bakeries and newsagents.

Weirdly, you don't get much of either here in Ireland either.  Newsagents were plentiful when I were a lad but have mostly been consumed by Spars, Centras and the like, while bakeries here are like curry houses - they exist, but they're not really part of the culture the way they are in the UK.

Off Topic / Re: The Political Thread
« on: 18 October, 2021, 11:33:53 PM »
That's the thing that irritates me the most about the foil hats - there are *real* conspiracies - you don't need to make them up.

With you all the way.  Conspiracy theorists are a boon to the real powers-that-be, who fuck large swathes of people over in plain sight while the would-be activists are off chasing phantoms.

Off Topic / Re: RIPs
« on: 18 October, 2021, 07:46:05 PM »
I remember thinking he wasn't the worst of them back in the Bush years, but let's face it, it was a low bar.  They were a bloodthirsty shower of psychopaths, Powell included, and my sympathy is with the thousands whose lives they destroyed over a lie.

Off Topic / Re: The Black Dog Thread
« on: 18 October, 2021, 07:40:32 PM »
@Jade Falcon, you haven't updated in a while. I hope things have improved for you. You too Jaysus.

Sorry, I totally missed this. I've banged on in other threads about my boat (also home) burning down recently and taking pretty much all my possessions with it, and I was waiting for the depression to hit me like a steam train.  It never did though - all I lost were things, but not people. And people have been incredibly compassionate and helpful in a way that reduced me to tears more than once (I'll never forgot the little boy from a few boats up finding a 20c coin from the bit of wreckage that was on the towpath and handing it to me the morning I got out of hospital).

Jade, I really hope you're doing OK. You too, tjm, and Jim is spot on - the idea of being a better person because of how much work you do is utter bollocks.  In fact the idea of being worthwhile, or not worthwhile, at all is also bollocks - took me a few discussions with my online group to truly, properly get that and believe it.

Off Topic / Re: Things that went over your head (non-prog-related)
« on: 17 October, 2021, 10:50:12 PM »
I remember on my trip to Thailand, so many years ago now, I started noticing some place names rang a bell.  Chiang Mai. Fang.  It was Sukumvit that brought it back - Ian Livingstone had used them for Deathtrap Dungeon (the 80s role-playing book, like you didn't know).

It's just come back to me now after listening to the brilliant Hypnogoria podcast about said book.  And then I found this. http://officialfightingfantasy.blogspot.com/2017/05/who-wants-to-go-for-walk.html  He didn't even bother to change the names.  Still a great book though.

Books & Comics / Re: Kiss His Cape..?
« on: 13 October, 2021, 01:52:24 PM »
Hasn't Constantine been bi for years (forever?)? He was certainly bi in the Spurrier run.

I have some vague notion that it was at least strongly implied in the Azzarello run (which I haven't read) and has been solidified since then.

Don't quote me on this but I seem to remember Constantine's bisexuality first being introduced by none other than John Smith; who wrote exactly one issue of Hellblazer in about 1992.  He wrote a very good Hellblazer too - would have loved to see him do a few more.

Books & Comics / Re: Kiss His Cape..?
« on: 12 October, 2021, 12:59:22 PM »
The big surprise for me is that someone else is Superman now.  What happened to Clark Kent?  I mean, I suppose I could read the comics, but... nahh.

General / Re: Life Spugs because...
« on: 10 October, 2021, 06:56:15 PM »
Jeez, JBC. Glad to hear you survived, but bloody hell. Great to have friends and family for support at these times. I think you've had your share of bad things for this decade and the next. At least I hope so.

Thanks, Von Boom, and to Tips too.  Next time I get my retaliation in first.

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