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Prog / Re: Prog 2279 - Past Crimes
« on: 27 April, 2022, 05:01:52 PM »
Best Future Shock in years, (which isn't a criticism of any of the other ones).

"Contemporaries" is spelt wrong, though.

General / Re: Forthcoming Thrills - 2022
« on: 25 April, 2022, 12:37:27 AM »
Ihave to say I find the use of band or song names in literature a bit of an off putting choice - it feels like the writer is either trying to get you on board because you like the same music / get the reference, or just an exercise in muso - like naming your child after an obscure musician so other parents who "get it" will nod approvingly

Yep. Who would do a daft thing like that?

Off Topic / Re: Threadjacking!
« on: 21 April, 2022, 07:03:41 PM »
I don't think it's that bad a likeness...

...of Helen Mirren.

Film & TV / Re: Dr Who: Legend of the Sea Devils
« on: 19 April, 2022, 11:03:56 PM »
Caught this on iPlayer last night. Even by the low standards of the Chibnall era, this was fucking terrible. I can't even start to count the ways the plot made no sense, but that's par for the course with the show these days.

The directing, however, was objectively awful — the action sequences were disjointed and hard to follow, and there was no sense of a coherent 3D space in any of the scenes, with characters just popping up in places where they clearly hadn't been moments earlier.

Most of the acting was pretty poor and the jokes, such as they were, completely failed to land.

On top of all that, it managed to look like the production had quite a lot of money spent on it, whilst simultaneously looking cheap and plasticky.

All of this is pretty much exactly how I described it to someone a couple of days ago, with the addition of feeling a bit sorry for the actress playing Madame Ching, who I thought deserved a better go at being a pirate queen than what she had in this pile of guff.

Off Topic / Re: This is the News!
« on: 12 April, 2022, 09:50:27 PM »
I was having a conversation with my brother a couple of days ago about how it was a bit weird seeing Boris strolling along the streets of Kyiv when he'd been sneaking out the back door of Bute House to avoid the scary Scottish protestors just 3 years ago, and how there must be a bit of news about to break that the tories really, really wanted to counterbalance/distract folk away from.

Prog / Re: Prog 2277 - Dredd Reckoning!
« on: 09 April, 2022, 09:52:35 PM »
Tecnically, any shock involving even one Dredd is a "clone cop shock".

Books & Comics / Re: Monster Fun Issue 1 (Easter Special)
« on: 09 April, 2022, 02:51:45 PM »
Just got one of the subscriber gifts through the post - sheet of stickers and multi-colour pen.

Pen is fine but the sticker sheet is crumpled to hell with one of the stickers already peeling off. I'm not particularly bothered, but I'd imagine quite a few kids/parents wouldn't be happy to receive them in this state.

Rebellion might want to consider sending such things in future with either a thin bit of card or bundled along with one of the actual comics. Also, the Royal Mail are bad enough when it says "DO NOT BEND" on the package - leave those words off and they apparently think it gives them license to practise their advanced origami skills on the thing.

Books & Comics / Re: Monster Fun Issue 1 (Easter Special)
« on: 06 April, 2022, 07:35:12 PM »
Does seem a bit odd. I wonder if there was a change of plan late on for some reason.

There definitely appears to be another teething issue with the comic - the barcode's apparently scanning in shops as £4.99 instead of £3.99.

General / Re: Toxic fandom in UK comics (including the prog)
« on: 24 March, 2022, 05:00:00 PM »
Quote from: Numpty In Comments
What nonsense. Comicsgate is not a hate movement. It’s a group of fans who are pissed off at seeing franchises they love turned into utter shite by idealogues with zero love of the characters or properties and who just use them as platforms for sjw bleatings... ...Leo Baxendale and Ken Reid must be spinning in their graves.

Quote from: Intensely Political Left-Wing Anti-War Campaigner, Leo Baxendale
“… the struggle between comedy and anti-comedy. The antithesis of comedy, anti-comedy is the domain of the one-eyed brothers capitalism and patriarchy, who walk hand in hand.”

Prog / Re: Prog 2273 - The Coldest War
« on: 19 March, 2022, 01:52:02 PM »
I'm wondering if there could be a Dracula File tie-in on the horizon.

Music / Re: What's everyone listening to...?
« on: 26 February, 2022, 04:26:07 AM »
I was today years old when I discovered Rhiannon Giddens. If you have four minutes to spare, you should spend them being astonished and devastated by her song Julie.

You're welcome.

...and then be somewhat astonished again when she starts singing folk songs in Scottish Gaelic.

Yep. I've known about her for a few years.

Off Topic / Re: Threadjacking!
« on: 28 January, 2022, 12:11:44 AM »
Also, not being afraid doesn't mean there isn't any actual danger, as evidenced by the fate of the much lamented quotee.

Prog / Re: Subversive?
« on: 25 January, 2022, 10:43:53 PM »
(did Plug ever have a surname? if not make it Pluggerson)

His full name is Percival Proudfoot Plugsley.

Prog / Re: Subversive?
« on: 25 January, 2022, 10:27:13 PM »
On the Beano, I met one of the top Beano bods at a book fair and he said there was a lot of discussion about updating the Bash St Kids, and their biggest sticking point was that they desperately wanted to get in some ethnic diversity, but couldn't work out how to do it without being offensive, e.g. if Fatyy is now Sikh, does that mean all Sikhs are fat? Or all Hindus are spotty? If Sid n Toots become Muslim, what style of dress would they wear - since it has to be the same every episode? Can you make a character Jewish without falling into some hideous facial stereotyping?

I still don’t think the Bash St Kids is salvageable. It’s just too much of a relic. My daughter is constantly frustrated with the strip, because there aren’t enough girls, and that’s clearly never going to be addressed.

They added two girls to the class last year,  Mandira "Mandi" Sharma and Harsha "Har Har" Chandra.

Off Topic / Re: The Dream Warriors
« on: 23 January, 2022, 08:26:19 PM »
Similar problem here (with mice, not aristocratic weasels and undead Knights Templar, although that wouldn't particularly surprise me either).

Non-dream related segue to mouse shenanigans follows...

The mice are field mice (aka wood mice), which despite their name have decided they're far comfier living in a house, are a lot less stinky than actual house mice and don't seem to venture any further than the walls, attic and under the sink, so must be getting most of their sustenance elsewhere. They do make a hell of a noise, though and sound like they're ripping strips off something in the attic.

They're also slightly too light to always set the humane trap off, so I've added a couple of two pence coins to the ramp to weigh it down a bit.

A few months ago I checked the trap to find a mouse within making a heck of a racket and discovered that it had picked up one of the two pence pieces, had stuck it in the gap at the bottom of the 'door' to the trap and looked very much like it was using it as a lever in an attempt to prise the trap back open. It then seemed to get frustrated and lobbed the coin towards the back of the trap, then chucked it against the back a couple of more times in what may have been an attempt to break through that way.

Upon googling "field mice and tool use" I found an article from a couple of decades ago which informed me that it had only recently been discovered that they do indeed use tools, making their own signposts from twigs, leaves and small stones because it keeps them safer from predators than what house mice do, which is to scent mark by peeing all over the place. So that'll be why field mice aren't as stinky.

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