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Announcements / Re: Dave Evans, R.I.P.
« on: 10 May, 2021, 07:13:00 PM »
your boss (you can be referred to Occy Health and be given leave which will relieve some pressure)

At the risk of causing offence I will suggest extreme caution with this.  Having been on the receiving end of several incredibly nasty / relapse inducing experiences, it is not something to be approached lightly.  On OH practitioner I was referred to clearly had clue-none about MH issues and in the end I had to request termination of the interview as a result of the distress his line of questioning generated. 

There are no words though that can fully express the loss this news entails.  The pain and anguish his family will be feeling right now ... The loss of someone so well regarded, supported and capable. 

Perhaps this is a reminder that as much as we would all rather the Black Dog Thread was not needed, it is nevertheless one that should be leant on.  So many folks in these parts  that are capable of empathising and finding the right words at the right time (yes, I know we have our spats and strops but still ...) and helping to ease the darkness a little.

RIP Bolt, take care everyone else ...

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General / Re: Darkie's Mob
« on: 02 May, 2021, 07:16:10 AM »
You know, following this debate has been interesting as a lot of valid points have been raised.  Arguing that there is a danger in ignoring problematic aspects such as racism in a piece of art even if it reflects the sensibilities of a different time seems valid to me. 

You can see how a lot of media from the period portrayed attitudes towards race and ethnicity that even at the time were causing problems.  Arguing that we should ignore them because they reflected the attitudes of a different age?  That does seem to me to be a slippery slope. 

One aspect of this debate does, to my mind, need consideration as well though.  One feature of conflict is the dehumanising of the enemy.  As has been observed, names such as Fritz or Jerry do not have the racial connotations that names such as Nip or Jap do.  That said, there were a range of representations of Germans during both wars that reduced them as a people.

This is not attempting to defend this trend.  As I say, I agree with the general overall sentiment of the debate.  Accepting and glossing over these elements of DM, or any cultural artefact for that matter, could be seen as tacit acceptance of racism and possibly as racist itself.  On the other hand though, this sort of debate is invaluable in ensuring that this does not happen.

It's a pity that Ennis isn't more honest and critical of the racist elements of the story in the introduction.  He does acknowledge this dimension but then attempts to excuse it by reference to the primary motivational elements of the plot and the historical context.  On the plus side there is at least an acknowledgement that these problematic elements exist.  It just feels a little feeble.

A more open and honest introduction would interrogate these elements more robustly.  It would explore the ways in which such attitudes and language can no longer be accepted and arguably should not have been used so casually at the time of writing.  It would consider the dangers of uncritical acceptance of these dimensions of the text and how the reader should be challenged to reflect on the ways in which they affect them.

No doubt Daily Mail readers / writers would decry this as 'woke rubbish' (something we've debated elsewhere) but I think there is a difference between the 'affected sensibility' that to me seems to be implied by 'woke' and a conscious awareness of these sorts of issues, attitudes and views.  It is a legitimate issue that needs to be challenged rather than a position adopted for personal gain.

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General / Re: Promises, Promises...
« on: 27 April, 2021, 04:46:55 PM »

 Talking of Brink I think Abnett/Culbard is working on the new book so it might be ready for prog 2250 (another jump-on prog)

Have to be careful skim reading these.  Took me a few moments to realise it was prog 2250 ...  Thought having to wait over 200 years was a bit excessive ...  ::)

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General / Re: Promises, Promises...
« on: 27 April, 2021, 06:37:48 AM »
No sure if your going to keep going - so I'll not do spoilers but we know there's at least one a LOT earlier than that!

Got to hand it to you, that is quite subtle.  I bet you don't dare say any more ....

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Off Topic / Re: Y'know what really grinds my gears?
« on: 25 April, 2021, 04:48:23 PM »
TBH I find that ebay is a real p*** take these days.  I'm amazed they don't charge you for searching.  The takeover by businesses has killed it off as a place to go to sell off your old bits and bobs.

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Off Topic / Re: The Political Thread
« on: 25 April, 2021, 08:50:33 AM »
It's been a fun week this week hasn't it?  Just when you thought that British politics could not be dragged lower into the gutter, along comes a playground spat that pretty much everyone saw Cumming (sic) a mile away.  After everything that we've learnt this year about the destruction of political integrity, it turns out that we weren't even close to the mark.

What is really terrifying though is that roughly 30% of people surveyed still think Johnson and the tories have integrity.   :o

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Now I'd buy that for a dollar!   :P

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Off Topic / Re: Life is riddled with a procession of minor impediments
« on: 18 April, 2021, 08:07:37 AM »
Well, after an 'interesting' year of shifting back and forth between face-to-face and virtual teaching, having to completely repurpose materials to both situations due to timetable decisions that basically meant 100 minute rather than 60 minute lessons with mixed ability form 'bubbles' rather than sets, and a set of assessment requirements so obscure that Stephen Hawkins would have balked at them (whilst trying to manage the impact of one colleague's behaviour on my BPD)

... anyway, on top of all this, the head announces this week that they need to make one of us redundant because of the funding impact of the loss of the school 6th form (a process that was completed last year after 5 years).  Possibly we might all have been a little less put out by the announcement if she hadn't given someone a permanent contract last summer knowing full well this was coming.

Now I know that this is a situation that several million people across the country have become familiar with this year.  So its nice to know that even so called 'secure' jobs in core subjects at secondary can share the experience.  Just hoping that I can leverage my skill set into new, gainful employment at this ripe old age in a time of escalating unemployment.

Oh, why 'minor impediment'?  Well, arguably there are people in a far worse position than myself.   :|


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Prog / Re: Prog 2228 - The Slayer & The Slain
« on: 17 April, 2021, 12:23:20 PM »
Billing this as the end of Slaine?  TBH it reads a bit more like ... just packing it in and leaving it there.  Feels a bit like the ending of Lost if i'm honest.

Sorry.   :(

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General / Re: 2000AD Original Art Thread
« on: 14 April, 2021, 06:40:49 PM »
In all honesty I'm not sure it's a major loss.  Not much happens of interest.

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General / Re: 2000AD Original Art Thread
« on: 14 April, 2021, 05:55:53 AM »
Out of interest does anyone know if somethings happened to the 2000ad Original Art Facebook page? (and 2000ad Tat and Chat group?) ...

Same here, not a problem.  Dale has apparently just returned after having been given a short ban for some indiscretion.  Maybe you've selected some link to cut them off?

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Let's be honest, we all know that Apocalypse War is going to win this, hands down.  Not just this round either.  Easier to acknowledge this right now and focus on who are going to be the runners up.

You have the Grover / Ezquerra team at their absolute pinnacle.  More iconic scenes than you can shake a stick at, death and destruction on a massive scale, Dredd's drive and determination to do whatever it takes to protect his city ... and that's just focusing on the main tale.

Expand to include Block Mania and you add in a roster of the greatest Dredd artists of all time.  Even more iconic scenes, death and destruction, "I'm with Rowdy Yates ..."

Let's face it, AW / BM is the yard stick against which all other 'epics' are judged.  It's legacy has been felt for literally decades.  It is a seminal piece of work.

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Off Topic / Re: RIPs
« on: 10 April, 2021, 05:25:42 PM »
It feels at times like she and Philip did try to make an effort to bring some humility to what is so anachronistic.  At the end of the day you're absolutely right about a degree of respect. 

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Off Topic / Re: RIPs
« on: 09 April, 2021, 04:12:19 PM »
... and of course there's this one from the Rochdale Herald.  Few years back but still ....

https://rochdaleherald.co.uk/2017/05/04/prince-philip-deemed-fit-to-work-after-atos-work-capability-assessment/

... or if you want a real chuckle, the Express is frothing at the bit over Corbyn's tweet about elections in South America and the fact that Channel 4 is doing exactly the same as they did when Diana carked it .... absolutely adamus cum flabello dulci ...

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Books & Comics / Re: Whats everyone reading?
« on: 09 April, 2021, 04:02:58 PM »
Well, finished Century Rain.  An interesting little piece.  You can see some of Reynolds' standard tropes in it but it does feel a little like a one-trick pony.  An easy enough read but not his best so far.  There we go though.

... and on to the Gap series ....

Okay, so the first volume definitely should have included a trigger warning!  F***!  I don't think I've read anything this brutal since the first volume of Bio of a Space Tyrant.  A fast paced and easy read on some levels but not one I'm going to be revisiting for a loooong time. 

It also got me thinking about Donaldson as a writer.  I mean, I get that there was a purpose to a lot of the plot but at the same time there was also something disturbing this time.  Arguably something that seems to crop up from time to time in his writing.

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