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Books & Comics / Re: Bargains/deals thread (?)
« on: 18 February, 2022, 10:03:55 PM »

Bunch of crooks.

They recently had a five for £20 deal on graphic novels  I ordered five, missing two when it came through.  Received an email today saying one is out of stock and unavailable and that I would get a partial refund.  I went onto their live chat saying there were 8 other books in that collection on their site, could I have one of them sent with the other missing book.

I was told they can't 'exchange' an order.  How the f**K (pardon the language), do you exchange items that never arrived.  I said I didn't want a refund, I wanted a damned complete order and that it was very unprofessional to take orders for items they didn't have.  I was told I could make a new order.  I said this was not satisfactory as the promotion had ended (convenient huh?), and that a new order would also incur fresh postal charges.  I was offered a whole £5 credit, I've said this is not good enough.  Basically, that the company has screwed up majorly and its up to them to sort it out to the satisfaction of the customer (within reason obviously).  I now fear the other book will mysteriously end up being out of stock.

So....message of the day, don't trust Zavvi.  People complain about Amazon and their market dominance but at least I can say I have never to my memory had a problem with them.

Books & Comics / Re: Bargains/deals thread (?)
« on: 09 February, 2022, 10:34:18 PM »
I had tried another bundle of Star Trek books and got 2 out of them that I didn't have.  I don't even think that there is any I can trade with as I suspect that the collection according to Wiki was over 100 books, yet I suspect the ones in the Zavvi offer perhaps spanned 30, maybe 40 at most books.  And even then it might be ones that didn't sell so well.

Saying that, I did read the Trek/Planet of the Apes crossover called amusingly enough, the Primate Directive and it was enjoyable.  I really feel it could do with being a bit longer though.  There was a bit more characterisation to Dr Zaius and it did explain a nit I had with the Apes films between the first and second one.

The Green Lantern one was.....interesting, but I have no knowledge of the Green Lantern universe bar a couple of names.

There was a special called Assignment Earth that followed on from the episode of the same name and included Gary Seven and Roberta Lincoln travelling to the near past in a crossover with the Trek episode Tomorrow is Yesterday.

Announcements / Re: 2000 AD - The Ultimate Collection
« on: 09 February, 2022, 09:46:33 PM »
Any idea yet on a definitive number and issue list on the extension?

Off Topic / Re: The Black Dog Thread
« on: 09 February, 2022, 02:10:09 AM »
Well, apparently I'm pretty severely anaemic, my hemoglobin levels are low, about 93.  I'll go for the endoscopy and colonoscopy.

I wonder if this could be related to my bad sleep patterns and total lack of energy.

I just feel that I have nothing to live for, I find life itself a drag with nothing to look forward to on any day and there's no end in sight.  There seems no point in going back to the GP's about it nor the long waiting time for the so called experts, especially during this time.

Announcements / Re: 2000 AD - The Ultimate Collection
« on: 08 February, 2022, 02:57:28 AM »
I've caught up with my 2000ad backlog (bar Sinister Dexter).  Thoroughly enjoyed Strontium Dogs and Durham Red.  I far prefer Durham Red in this world rather than the 40k like far future she was in in her previous book.

Off Topic / Re: The Black Dog Thread
« on: 08 February, 2022, 02:55:06 AM »
Thanks all for the kind words.  I've been reassured by my brother that its nothing really to worry about as he has had the same thing a few times.

I suppose I just am paranoid, especially as my mum died with bowel cancer and I was worried about the same thing. 

Off Topic / Re: The Black Dog Thread
« on: 05 February, 2022, 12:43:39 AM »
An update...

Depression has got ever worse.  My flat is bloody freezing and shouldn't be classed as fit for human habitation with how cold it is in winter.  I try not to use the heating because of the way energy prices have gone and now they seem to have shot up.

Add to that, I'm with Bulb which is in special Government administration.

My sleep patterns are ever worsening, sometimes not getting to sleep till 7 in the morning.  There is nothing worth getting up for and on Thursday I got a phone call.

I had been diagnosed as aneamic though the doctor seems puzzled as to why as I don't smoke, drink or do drugs outside of prescription medication.  The GP had referred me to get both a colonoscopy and an endocoscopy.  I said no to either as I find myself gaggin when at the dentist, never mind a camera down the throat and I just feel revulsion at the idea of one going elsewhere.

Now I'm wondering, is this cancer?  I'm torn, I feel I don't want to know as it seems every time you go to the doctors all that is found is that there is more wrong.

Announcements / Re: 2000 AD - The Ultimate Collection
« on: 26 January, 2022, 07:25:34 PM »
The Puckle Gun, an early automatic weapon invented in the 17th century, was designed to fire round bullets at Christians, square bullets at heathens (specifically Turks). Square bullets were believed to hurt more, and do more tissue damage, thereby convincing the Turks (the hard way) of the benefits of Christian civilisation. The 'cutlery guns' seen in Book II were also a real 17th C invention.

On a related note, I remember some years back reading that the Crossbow was banned by the Vatican as a 'barbaric' weapon, except of course for use against Heathens, most notably the Turks.  I don't know if that was true, but it sounds like a similiar concept.

Books & Comics / Re: Bargains/deals thread (?)
« on: 15 January, 2022, 05:58:42 PM »
Update, the replacement order (finally) arrived after prompting.

I had been thinking in buying one or two more batches, I won't bother. While I accept the chance of duplication, 6 of the 10 books in this order were duplicates of the 7 I already had. Researching the size of the collection, it was 140 books and six specials (crossovers), the specials are part of the Zavvi selection.

Really that means the chances of getting the same few duplicates seems inordinately high

Books & Comics / Re: What did Santa bring you?
« on: 29 December, 2021, 09:01:16 PM »
It's not so much that I spent more, its just that in my opinion socks are the stereotypical lazy gift.  She might not have had much money but as I say I would rather have had nothing with a nice card, it's hard to explain.

Well, actually from some friends online I got a gift copy of Cyberpunk 2077 on PC, and some doublloons for a permanent camo for a ship in World of Warships from someone else.

One friend has his Christmas and Birthday close together so as he, like me is a Space 1999 fan I bought him the newly printed Tech manual from the Anderson store.  Got my brother (who is in a similiar situation), as they've just started doing model car kits, the Revell Dodge Charger from Fast and the Furious and some paints.  A former colleague from Oxfam got a local history book among other things.

Books & Comics / Re: Bargains/deals thread (?)
« on: 29 December, 2021, 08:59:10 PM »
Well Zavvi said they will replace the entire order, so that's good of them.

One of the books are reproductions of the UK strips that were printed in TV21, and the unfortunate thing about that is the gutters are right in the middle making large parts of the strip unreadable unless you pry the book open.

Books & Comics / Re: Bargains/deals thread (?)
« on: 28 December, 2021, 08:51:13 PM »
It is indeed parts of a partwork, hardback, decent quality, but I have sent an email saying the packing was poor and that parts of the order were missing, so I hope for a resolution.

Books & Comics / Re: What did Santa bring you?
« on: 28 December, 2021, 06:30:04 PM »
A 1/600 scale Charles De Gaulle aircraft carrier kit.

I bought a close friend a Charles Rennie Mackintosh brooch, she likes scottish jewellery and I try to be thoughtful when getting her something.  So I got that and a nice card.  In return, no card and socks.  To be honest I'm kinda miffed.  Socks seems almost thoughtless and I think I would have preferred a reasonable card and no present, that just seems...I don't know how to put it.

Otherwise, shit christmas and I predict the new year will be the same.

Books & Comics / Re: Bargains/deals thread (?)
« on: 28 December, 2021, 06:27:41 PM »
Mystery Star Trek graphic novel pack from Zavvi.  Allegedly 10 books for a tenner.  Its a take your chance what you get though as its randomly picked.  If you don't have any though its a deal.

Saying that though I ordered and got my package today and it literally disintegrated in my hand.  The books are in decent condition, though three are missing.  I've written to Zavvi stating that I'm not happy.  That might seem petty at that price but if something is advertised you expect to get it complete.

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