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Off Topic / Re: The Political Thread
« on: 26 May, 2021, 04:07:35 PM »
Spent about 30 seconds 'listening' to Cummings' testimony.  It's a wonderful situation we're in right now, isn't it?  Which duplicitous, scheming, lying, back-stabbing bar-steward do you believe the most?  I really do despair for this country.   :-\

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Off Topic / Re: Threadjacking!
« on: 26 May, 2021, 04:05:34 PM »
Tea does not clean easily off my screen.

Is there any liquid-like substance that does?

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Film & TV / Re: Last movie watched...
« on: 25 May, 2021, 10:10:54 AM »
Is somewhere in existence the theatrical version of BR? It'd work awesome in the noirish atmosphere of the film? Not to mention that I DC version confusing.

If you look for the US version of the Blu-ray (which is region free) it includes everything up to and including the Final Cut.  Even the long-fabled work print edition.  The DVD boxset did as well mind.  In fact the DVD tin is a surprising example of a superior packaging effort compared to the Blu ray, which in this country was an incredibly inferior product.

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Classifieds / Re: TJM86's redundancy sale
« on: 23 May, 2021, 08:02:28 PM »
Okay, so the ebay listing begins.  Wilson's Rogue Trooper page and a complete set of Tornado Comics including the Summer special, along with various Marvel Graphic Novels.

https://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/274807981300

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Prog / Re: Prog 2233:Regened - Ready to face the law?
« on: 23 May, 2021, 03:17:38 PM »
This is where I come from when it comes to Regened.  There have been countless strips down through the years that have left me cold outside of this project.  What is impressive is how quickly it has found its feet. 

I know that I am one of the 'hardcore fans' / 'ancient readers' that Mills rails against at times and perhaps not the audience that this is fully aimed at.  That said, I am warming more and more to the efforts.  It also gives hope that the prog will still be around as it reaches its 50th anniversary in a few (terrifyingly few ...) years time.

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Prog / Re: Prog 2233:Regened - Ready to face the law?
« on: 22 May, 2021, 12:07:18 PM »
Yes ... :-[ :-[ :-[

...  if someone could amend?


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Prog / Prog 2233:Regened - Ready to face the law?
« on: 22 May, 2021, 11:04:53 AM »
This has to be the strongest Regened prog yet.  A roster of top artists and quality writing definitely help.  Bringing out some of the best strips we’ve seen to date for another outing though, that has to be the real treat.

Cadet Dredd continues the exploration of Rico’s steady fall from grace.  Lynch’s artwork has come a long way from the early Orlok stuff and Boswell’s colours bring out the highlights.  Overall a quality outing for the title.  The same can be said for Scott and Davidson’s take on Anderson.  A potential alien invasion, rookie judge and some misdirection all coming together well.

Future Shocks is a nice topical one as Wall-E Expectation introduces the universe to anti-social media.  The punchline is set up well and delivered with aplomb.  For a FS it works quite well which is no small achievement.

Pandora Perfect and Department K round out the prog with two tales that establish the potential longevity of these two strips.  Plenty of slapstick and confusion for the hapless con-artist take on Mary Poppins.  Interesting to see that Department K decided to skip the whole Sliders rip-off.  Interesting to see what McConville has planned for future outings after this.

I think that it is fair to say that this is truly an ‘all-ages’ prog.  It doesn’t try to force the issue as has been the case with some of the earlier ones.  Possibly on balance it is tilted more toward older readers but not excessively so.  It does seem that it is finally finding its voice properly, building on the strengths of Tooth for a new generation of readers.


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Off Topic / Re: The Black Dog Thread
« on: 18 May, 2021, 09:56:17 PM »
My thoughts are getting extremely black again and really.....there's no way forward.

That is something that a lot of us can relate to.  There is a way forward and with all due respect, you do matter.  We may not be able to do much but what we can do, we will.  [sorry, this from someone who has recently descended into the depths ... "stare into the abyss and the abyss will stare back into you..." and scared the living daylights out of a lot of folks around me]

Arguably you have taken a step forward, sharing here.  You're absolutely right to be frustrated and angry with DWP and your bank, neither of which are suggesting options that help.

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General / Re: Life Spugs because...
« on: 18 May, 2021, 09:44:40 PM »
This is where things get really frustrating.  We've had a couple of lateral flow tests that led to classes isolating, then it turns out that the PCR test negates the lateral flow test.  Even so this means shifting from FTF to virtual learning then back to FTF.

Here is where the government is making life so complicated.  Mainly since they're making it up as they're going along and blaming the scientists for their indecision.  Just wait a few days and the Indian variant will be the next excuse.  Of course, keeping borders open from the country while 20k travellers fetched into the country is neither here nor there.

This is the frustrating bit about trying to 'apply common sense' or  to 'do the responsible thing' all while our own government acts in ways that would actually make the average inebriated 15 year old look responsible.  There are times when I'm actually with Sharkey on the political process ...

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Classifieds / Re: TJM86's redundancy sale
« on: 14 May, 2021, 11:35:11 AM »
It is.  Including the harder to source latter volumes.

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Off Topic / Re: The Political Thread
« on: 13 May, 2021, 12:41:52 PM »
I don't know about Plaid Cymru, but the SNP minority government has had a support agreement with the Scottish Greens.

The nature of the Senedd has often forced Labour to work in collaboration with other parties for some time.  They have had a coalition with Plaid in the past and for the last few years the sole LD member was Education Minister (Kirsty Williams). 

At the moment they've got exactly half the seats so they have to work collaboratively.  How well they do will remain to be seen.  The pandemic has been good for them (I know, sorry ...) because it has allowed them to exercise devolved powers and Westminster has been forced into funding measures. 

As we come out, the focus will shift towards issues over which there is less scope for independent action but also more constraints.  The track record of the Senedd on the economy has been pretty ropey over the years.  Possibly Labour will once again look to where they have common ground with Plaid and the liberals as they go.

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Classifieds / Re: TJM86's redundancy sale
« on: 12 May, 2021, 06:20:17 PM »
Thanks, fair point.  That said, there is a difference between listing and selling.  Not sure the two match up.  Will take the point about including p&p.  Another set I need to sort is the Cerebus GN collection.  One of those sets that seems to go up and down.  I know the last few books are a bugger to source.  If anyone is interested ...

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Classifieds / TJM86's redundancy sale
« on: 12 May, 2021, 04:12:10 PM »
Hi folks, so it has happened this time.  Just what you need as the country is coming out of a global pandemic.  So much for being in a nice secure public sector job.  Hey ho.

Anyway, as a result, I'm looking to shift bits and pieces to lay up financial reserves for the long job hunt.

I'll be adding bits and pieces in as I sort through but starting off will be any of the Judge Dredd mega collection (up to issue 80).  At £5 each including p&p.

Also reluctantly parting with Colin Wilson Original Rogue Trooper artwork from prog 267, closing page.  I will sort out pic to go with this.  £750 plus insured postage.  Would be willing to arrange midpoint collection depending on distance travelled.

Will be adding various and sundry Tooth related items over coming days.

Thanks folks.

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Off Topic / Re: The Black Dog Thread
« on: 12 May, 2021, 06:08:20 AM »
Unfortunately the DWP call centre drones are working from a script and cannot deviate.  It's the policymakers that are at fault.  IDS' fist pump during a commons budget announcement says it all.


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Off Topic / Re: The Black Dog Thread
« on: 11 May, 2021, 05:01:55 PM »

Would it be a good idea to pin this thread? The last thing anyone needs when the world is piling on top of one is to go searching for it.

TBH considering that every once in a while it gets picked up again and everyone piles in, it might not be absolutely necessary.  Then again right now considering:

a) events of the sort discussed elsewhere can sometimes trigger;
b) the number of boarders with MH issues

that might not be the worst idea in the world.  It's scary at the moment, there's lots to fret over, it doesn't look like it's going to get any easier any time soon.

I think it's safe to say that this thread will be watched closely for a while, especially with the 'please talk first' admonition.  For anyone who is wondering, folks in these parts have probably about as much knowledge about managing mental health as your local GP's surgery combined, if not more.  Plus the added benefit of having walked the walk, so to speak.  Rebellion could make a fortune if they ever decided to market the forum as a counselling service.

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