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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.

Film & TV / Re: On telly this week
« on: 23 January, 2022, 06:56:02 PM »
Yep. It's actually quite a close adaptation of the original short story, (aside from the added twist, scary telly ending and more women being around).

News / Re: New 2000ad Insta - Instragram is dead, long live instragram
« on: 19 January, 2022, 06:19:01 PM »
I was trying to figure out who the hell "@kawaiiolgu" was on there last night, because I had no recollection of following them. Can anyone confirm that's the hacked account?

Creative Common / Re: Prog Printers
« on: 19 January, 2022, 03:05:47 AM »
(Looks at small print on inside cover...)

PCP, apparently.

General / Re: Prog drought!
« on: 13 January, 2022, 11:51:27 PM »
Does anyone know when the Megazine comes out?

I ask as I’ve just been down to WHSmith and they seem to have the next issue, but I’ve not received my subscription copy yet and there is no thread for it in the review section yet.

Supposed to be next week but going by what I'm seeing online, it seems to have got into shops a bit early.

Prog / Re: Prog 2262 – The Spirit of Xmas Future
« on: 20 December, 2021, 10:49:03 AM »
I got this issue but I'm still waiting on 2260. Sent Rebellion a message last week but haven't heard back yet.

Film & TV / Re: On telly this week
« on: 18 December, 2021, 10:45:10 AM »
The rather brilliant 1977 Ghost Story for Christmas episode STIGMA is on Iplayer after being rebroadcast last week on BBC 4.
Probably the best the annual anthology ever got and probably one of the most inexplicably upsetting horror stories ever made for TV. Exactly the type of creepy seasonal viewing I feel is missing from the Christmas listings each year right now.

Except for the new Ghost Story for Christmas episode this year, the one in 2019 and the one in 2018?*

Thanks for bringing my attention to the Stigma repeat, though. Didn't know it was on.

*(Also 'new' episodes in 2005, 2006, 2010 and 2013 for those keeping count.)

Prog / Re: Prog 2262 – The Spirit of Xmas Future
« on: 18 December, 2021, 06:14:10 AM »
Talking of which, the aforementioned Regened issue featured a dog urinating on someone and then referring to him as a "jobby wheeker". Which seems a wee bit punk rock to me.

I took the response of a couple of folk here as a mildly irreverent, defense of the comic and certainly nothing remotely approaching "laying into someone" or "bullying".

I mean, getting called "old" can't really be much of an insult when the folk saying it are the exact same demographic.

Off Topic / Re: Real life accidents on film/tv sets
« on: 29 November, 2021, 11:12:23 AM »
I also grew up around guns* and wouldn't expect an actor, someone who spends their working day immersed in fiction and special effects, someone who pretends to do all kinds of things from the most mundane to the impossible, someone who is surrounded by people whose job it is to do everything for them that doesn't involve acting, people whose job it is to make sure everything is comfortable and safe for them so they don't have to worry about anything but pretending convincingly, to be held accountable for eff all when handed something and told it's safe.

Because the actor potentially hasn't grown up around guns. Anyone handing a gun to an actor should always assume that the actor is an ignorant moron.

* I haven't actually fired one since I was a child, (and that's not a joke).

Film & TV / Re: Last movie watched...
« on: 19 November, 2021, 03:17:37 AM »
Who can say why he's in distress as opposed to datdress.

Now you mention it though, he does look like the combined upstairs ornamentation of my late grandmother's residence circa 1986, (Charlie Chaplin figurine outside toilet, fancy bog-roll wumman inside).

Film & TV / Re: Last movie watched...
« on: 19 November, 2021, 01:03:35 AM »
But how do you call a guy in distress? Dane in distress?

Dude in distress.

Prog / Re: Prog 2257 - West End Ghouls
« on: 10 November, 2021, 05:01:34 AM »
Nobody going to mention the fact that the baby in Scarlet Traces has the same name as the main protagonist of one of Ian Edginton's other stories?

News / Re: Henry Flint's new 2000AD Project
« on: 09 November, 2021, 08:39:07 PM »
Only slightly less mental than what I suggested, then...


Film & TV / Re: What The Flux?
« on: 07 November, 2021, 09:13:55 PM »
All that "time is evil" stuff has me half expecting Sapphire and Steel to turn up at any moment.

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