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Off Topic / Re: The Black Dog Thread
« on: Today at 08:31:56 AM »
TBH I think you're wise to be cautious about sleeping pills, Jade.  A responsible GP would be leery of prescribing them too and certainly not long term because of addiction issues.  As you say though, interaction with other medications is another reason to steer clear.

As for the way that you are feeling, it's far too easy to get into that mindset. I wonder if the priorities of our culture are at the back of this.  If you haven't had a world changing career, the right sort of family and all the right sort of possessions then somehow that makes you a failure ...

The thing is there is no easy way out of this rut.  People can come up with all the fancy words and phrases but sometimes it is just like water off a duck's back.  You don't want to hear it because it feels like complete and utter bollocks.

A lot of the talking therapies feel like cheap plasters that don't do a hell of a lot of good.  They talk about 'disconfirming thoughts' or reframing.  Sometimes it needs something more.  Unfortunately mental health support services are so overstretched with the new 'mental health awareness' that support comes way too late. 

It drives me nuts at times when I hear kids talking about 'being stressed' or 'depressed' when in truth they're often just over-reacting to a little bit of pressure or difficulty.  An awful lot of the time they haven't got a scooby what real mental health conditions are like.

Jade, I hope I'm able to phrase this correctly and get across what I mean.  You say that you feel like you've wasted your life and that you are a loser.  Those are legitimate feelings and you can give arguments in support of them.  That is not the same as saying that they are based on totally accurate interpretations. 

You mention mental and physical health issues.  These are monumental challenges individually never mind in combination.  Those of us that fight either of them find it overwhelming at times.  Fighting both at the same time?  Anyone would and does struggle with that.  It might be worth being a bit fairer on yourself, don't you think?

Your health issues make it difficult / borderline impossible to work yet you still do.  It might only be voluntary work at the moment but it is still something.  Especially given some of the crap that you put up with before.  Granted it is not where you would prefer to be but again you are pushing yourself.  There are so many others that just roll over in your position and give up completely. 

It feels a little like there is a banked fire inside you if that makes sense?  You know that you have more to give but working around some of the issues makes it difficult to figure out how to do so.  Yet you keep on pushing through it.  You've had a crap time but you've picked yourself up and tried a different tack.  Again, that is a massive difference to how some others would handle it.

Personally I think you've done amazingly all things considered.  You've managed to find alternative voluntary work, managed to get finances stabilised, taking a sensible approach to medication, keeping in touch here, ... These might seem small things to some folks but I think it is fair to say that a lot of us around here can actually appreciate the magnitude of these achievements.

In the meantime take care of yourself as best you can and please, check in here regularly.

Off Topic / Re: RIPs
« on: 15 October, 2021, 03:45:56 PM »
Conservative MP David Amess stabbed to death in his constituency office.



Film & TV / Re: Steven S.DeKnight vs CB Cebulski
« on: 13 October, 2021, 07:51:44 AM »
The Cebulski thing is so utterly insane. Senior people at Marvel must have known and that's why they won't deal with it, because it would bring their position into question. "Akira Yoshida" was getting paid and must have had a contract, after all.

I am not sure about that. Does 2000ad editors know who Ken Niemand is?

I'm not sure that the two are comparable.  Looking at the original linked article the major issue is with cultural appropriation.  Cebulski presented as Japanese under the Yoshida pseudonym to give his work a specific cultural authenticity. 

On the other hand Niemand is, as Jim quite rightly points out, simply a pseudonym for a writer looking to segment work.  There is no inference regarding his persona that is being used to give cultural cachet in the same way that Cebulski allegedly was. 

It's more like back in the day when 90% of the prog was written by Grant and Wagner so they used pseudonyms to hide the fact.  [please bear in mind the rule of thumb that any percentages that are multiples of 10 should be considered suspect / estimates].

Welcome to the board / Re: PHIL...
« on: 12 October, 2021, 06:29:50 AM »
People said I'd never get over my obsession with Phil Collins,

but take a look at me now ...

Film & TV / Re: Last movie watched...
« on: 11 October, 2021, 07:07:34 PM »
Gave Wahlberg's Infinite a try the other night.  Lasted about 15 minutes and that was only while waiting for the spuds to finish.  I'd call it a car-crash of a movie but IIRC there wasn't much else aside from car chases, including one through a police station for some bizarre reason.

Welcome to the board / Re: PHIL...
« on: 11 October, 2021, 07:02:57 PM »
Sorry Colin, look's like you've had your Phil.

General / Re: Life Spugs because...
« on: 08 October, 2021, 04:31:50 PM »
Just over a month ago, I had just got back from a pleasant barbecue and few beers with a friend and was preparing for bed, then the boat literally exploded around me. 

Well, I think that it is fair to say this one is not going to be topped!  Glad yer okay and aye, it puts things in perspective big time.

Rebellion seem to have finally woken up to that fact.  Probably helps that its a limited preorder run so they don't have any waste.  Personally I prefer the hardback format.  Always annoyed me that they never finished off the 2012 Dredd-movie-world series in hardback.

Announcements / Re: 2000 AD - The Ultimate Collection
« on: 07 October, 2021, 06:22:26 PM »
the eaglemoss star trek graphic novel collection was so good. ... the complete gold key reprint was an absolute treat, however.

I looked at the Star Trek collection.  You're right, it's fairly complete, covering the old Gold Key, Marvel, DC and TV21 stuff. 

I didn't think the Gold Key stuff was complete though.  IIRC even what was originally planned was quite a few issues short. 

IDW's reprints didn't quite cover the whole run either.  Nice editions though, although some daft prices now being asked.

General / Re: Eric Bradbury art for sale - 6 pages - prog 212
« on: 06 October, 2021, 06:49:27 AM »
It is repugnant that the huge sums now in original comic art have completely bypassed the artists.

I know.  I've always thought that Van Gogh, Monet, Picasso and Michaelangelo were treated incredibly unfairly when you look at what their work goes for today!

Prog / Re: Prog 0 - AD2000
« on: 04 October, 2021, 08:27:31 PM »
Well, it turned up today so colour me surprised.  This is the first subscriber gift I've actually received in quite a while.

In all honesty there is nothing new here.  It reprints material that has seen print in Bishop's tomes. 

That is not to decry it mind.  Having it as a standalone does make a difference, not to mention the size by comparison with what we've seen in print to date.


Off Topic / Re: The Political Thread
« on: 02 October, 2021, 08:27:09 PM »
IIRC Corbyn has a long history of ambivalence / opposition to EU membership.  His call for May to trigger Article 50 pretty much straight away before anyone had had a chance to think through the implications of the vote didn't help since it set a hard deadline without any clear direction.

What also didn't help is that there was still quite a lot of tension within the parliamentary Labour party (as usual).  Plenty of voices were commenting that they needed to respect the wishes of leave voting constituents, particularly in areas with high levels of support for leaving (a lot of these being so called 'red wall' seats ...).

Irrespective of whether or not the vote should be respected, the behaviour of MP's during this period is a despicable abuse of their role.  From the initiation of the referendum through to the final votes on the Brexit deal they have done immense damage to the already fragile trust of politicians.  May talked about the betrayal of democracy too many times during her tenure, failing to realise that she was presiding over it.

Off Topic / Re: The Political Thread
« on: 02 October, 2021, 04:33:19 PM »
Theres a separate cost of living crisis as you lay out there, Jim.  I'm not sure that putting up wages would solve that or we would just see a commensurate (or more likely inflated) boost in prices. 

This is probably the biggest issue right now.  As you've all mentioned above, basic costs are sucking away at any earnings at a disturbing rate.  It's not any surprise that so many are forced to rent rather than buy their own home.  There is also the issue of how on earth many can afford to save for retirement when they can't afford to make ends meet now.

The £15ph min wage is a wonderful aspiration but the question is who ends up footing the bill.  The NICs increase that Johnson has just brought in is going to have a massive impact on the care sector where they are only just keeping their heads above water.  So increasing the min wage to that level is likely to be the straw that breaks the camels back.

What is daft is how Starmer made a big thing about it not long ago and joined a photo op.  So he boxed himself into a corner on that one.

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No, because that lets them off the hook of the most important decision this country made in modern history. Yes, broadly, Tories are to blame. But the UK is struggling like other comparable nation right now,

True but then that is my point.  They made this decision and it is part and parcel of their misrule.  It is a decision that should never have been foisted on the country and certainly not the way it was handled.

The problem with Labour hammering on the referendum is that they have been stung by some of the stupid decisions made over the last few years.  Until they can find a better way of handling the issue it is going to bite them.  So it is the elephant in the room for them.

Off Topic / Re: The Political Thread
« on: 02 October, 2021, 06:32:20 AM »
To be honest I'm inclined to agree with those who are pushing back against Brexit being behind the current shortages.  Brexit is just one in a long list of decisions by the Tories over the last decade that have led to a decade of stagnating wages, increased child poverty, crumbling health services, staggeringly high levels of excess death, decimation of trust in police and judiciary, levels of violence against women that are being described as 'epidemic', blatant cronyism and corruption, crises in social care, explosion of demand for food banks, ....

What is behind all this?  A party that is ruling this country into the ground.  It isn't Brexit that is to blame, it is the Tories.  Let's call it like it is.

Film & TV / Re: Babylon 5 Reboot?
« on: 28 September, 2021, 08:09:32 AM »
With JMS involved it does at least have the potential to be worth a butchers ...

Whether it sees the light of day though.  I'll believe it when I'm digging into the popcorn in front of it.

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