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Film & TV / Re: Last movie watched...
« on: 13 June, 2021, 08:22:57 PM »
Lethal Weapon

Oh, back when we though Gibson was just acting. Still probably one of the best action flicks of the decade.

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Off Topic / Re: The Political Thread
« on: 13 June, 2021, 08:22:02 PM »
Merkel turning up to G7 in a Red Shirt cosplay might have been a poor call.

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Off Topic / Re: Life is sometimes sort of okay because...
« on: 13 June, 2021, 08:21:22 PM »
Too kind, all. Really now isn't an ideal time to become a first time home owner, but then no time since 2008 or, indeed, ever has been a good time. Fortunately my meh day job just gave me a promotion and I recently picked up a second job, plus a modest side income through prose and article draftsmanship. I'll manage.
And if ever Manchester has a comic con that doesn't suck any and all squaxx are welcome.

ah good news mate, glad the signing off went through ok.

Barbie at yours this summer?  :lol:

No room for a barbie in the flat but my new abode is in Salford Quays so many a pint and, if the social gardens allow, maybe a BBQ is indeed possible, lol.

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Off Topic / Re: Life is sometimes sort of okay because...
« on: 11 June, 2021, 09:56:01 AM »
I say this here because it is just 'sort of' OK that I just signed off on a mortgage and bought (a share of) my first property. Its not an ideal set up, but is more secure than renting and at an equal or slightly less monthly cost.

Yay! Responsibilities that are my own for a change!

Congratulations - though as many media outlets may claim, when you have problems around the house you're going to have to deal with them yourself *



* only kidding - like the average landlord ever deals with issues with their property anyway!

p.s. do you have a garden?  Ours has really helped us get through lockdown for the last year.

No garden as its a flat but there is a communal garden space with allotments you can choose for your own growing needs. Honestly the money isn't that much of an issue and the landlords seem alright folks (keeping the jury very much out on that one) so fingers crossed it goes alright. Certainly the extra costs of living with be sufficiently equaled by the much easier (and cheaper) commute.

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Off Topic / Re: Life is sometimes sort of okay because...
« on: 10 June, 2021, 09:04:21 PM »
I say this here because it is just 'sort of' OK that I just signed off on a mortgage and bought (a share of) my first property. Its not an ideal set up, but is more secure than renting and at an equal or slightly less monthly cost.

Yay! Responsibilities that are my own for a change!

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Film & TV / Re: Last movie watched...
« on: 09 June, 2021, 09:19:42 AM »
Always loved the fact Bob Hoskins was De Palma's second choice to play Capone, after a few months and De Niro had been announced Hoskins received $12,000 in the post as consolation from De Palma for being his back up.

Hoskins immediately called Brian De Palma and asked him if there where any other movies he didn't want him to be in.

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Books & Comics / Re: Whats everyone reading?
« on: 07 June, 2021, 04:00:55 PM »
THE DARK EIDOLON AND OTHER FANTASIES by Clark Ashton Smith

A lot can and has been said about many of the scribes behind Weird Tales. Lovecraft was a fine visionary hampered by a narrow world view that frequently stunted his authorial capabilities. Derleth was a powerhouse editor and a largely woeful writer, whose devil may care attitude to the dilution of mythologies started a trend the genre can’t shake, and Howard though beloved by many has never truly clicked with me personally.
Then theres the enigmatic, tragically gone too soon Clark Ashton Smith, of whom my experience is drawn entirely from a ‘best of’ collection of his poetry and this here Penguin tome, and yet I can say without a reasonable doubt he was the finest of the troupe, and among the great fantasists of all literature.
His poetic prose and prosaic verse reads unlike any author I can name, like he’s translating directly from some ancient inhuman grimoire, and his ability to lace seemingly base historical literature or common pulp fantasy with a layer of rich, viscous, palpable cosmic dread is superb. In spite of my only just recently becoming familiar with his work, short stories such as Genius Loci or The Return of the Sorcerer have become among my favourite in all weird fiction, and a deeper dive into collections old and new is absolutely on the cards.

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Film & TV / Re: Last movie watched...
« on: 06 June, 2021, 10:28:29 PM »
The Terminal

Based on a true story, no less, of a former Iranian man who assumed the role of a long lost British Raj while stranded in de Gaulle airport while he existed in legal limbo for decades, of his own free will after a point.
A terribly sad story of mental illness I really don't think the movie succeeded in capturing.

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Creative Common / Re: I wrote some weird shit
« on: 28 May, 2021, 10:11:26 PM »
Got my copy. Looking forward to reading this in about 18 months when it reaches the top of the pile! It'll be a nice surprise.

I just stumbled across this in the process of promoting a new short story I've got coming up and had a little cry. I'd have valued Bolts feedback more than any other, and the fact all the stories we planned to work on for Something Wicked will now never happen pains me. Fuck. I wish I had headed his advice, listened to my gut and started writing sooner. I'm really sorry Dave.

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Film & TV / Re: Last movie watched...
« on: 25 May, 2021, 08:41:51 AM »
'Laughs in Ghost in the Shell 2.0'

'Cries thinking about the hideous CG in Ghost in the Shell 2.0'

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Off Topic / Re: RIPs
« on: 20 May, 2021, 10:50:54 AM »
Kentaro Miura, writer and artist of Berserk (amongst other things) has passed away. I guess that's one saga that will never be completed.

https://twitter.com/DarkHorseComics/status/1395245332234002432?ref_src=twsrc%5Egoogle%7Ctwcamp%5Eserp%7Ctwgr%5Etweet
Absolutely devastating. Berserk has been one of the best comics of any genre, of any corner of the globe, for decades now. An absolute giant of the medium gone way, way too soon. RIP king.

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Classifieds / Re: Cerebus Phonebooks 1 to 5 For Sale
« on: 17 May, 2021, 08:38:06 AM »
Aaaand sold!

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Classifieds / Re: Cerebus Phonebooks 1 to 5 For Sale
« on: 16 May, 2021, 09:39:45 PM »
Ah, its fine. The gift of sharing and all that. Plus I'd rather they go to someone here than flung on fleebay, so a bargains fine by me. :)

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Classifieds / Cerebus Phonebooks 1 to 5 For Sale
« on: 16 May, 2021, 09:16:26 PM »
Decided to do another pruning of the comics pile and while most of it is going to family who are interested I figured I'd offer these to any interested parties. They seem fairly sort after.

Cerebus The Aardvark
High Society
Church and State I
Church and State II
Jakas Story

£5 each or all five for £20, plus postage.

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Film & TV / Re: Current TV Boxset Addiction
« on: 16 May, 2021, 07:45:30 PM »
Breaking Bad

I'm like 10 years late to this one and as such have absolutely nothing to add that hasn't been said already.
Yeah. Great show. Except for Season 5, man I don't know what it was (besides the massive downgrade in antagonist quality) that just made it all a bit meh, especially coming off of the anxiety inducing Season 4, the finale of which has shot its way into my favourite episodes list.

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