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Suggestions / Re: Could we have a 2000AD 45th Anniversary bash?
« on: 15 June, 2021, 08:57:16 PM »
Well, considering that somebody somewhere is eating one ...

Suggestions / Re: Could we have a 2000AD 45th Anniversary bash?
« on: 15 June, 2021, 03:52:43 PM »
Maybe for the 45th we could just all meet in a park with a bag of cans and a picnic.

Would it be okay if I brought a Toffee Crisp?

Film & TV / Re: The Expanse
« on: 13 June, 2021, 04:27:36 PM »
Colin, the revelations about Cas Anvar (Alex) are beyond depressing.  My eldest daughter wants to a career in theatre production.  Knowing how common some of the behaviours alleged are does not fill me with confidence for her safety.

Events / Re: Jock Team-up 2021?
« on: 12 June, 2021, 07:29:49 PM »
There’s always one trouble maker in every crowd...

... just the one in this crowd?   :o :o :o

Off Topic / Re: The Black Dog Thread
« on: 10 June, 2021, 07:41:51 AM »
Sorry for bringing first world problems into things.  I'm ashamed to say that compared to a lot of folks round these parts my issues don't even begin to compare.  That said, considering what has happened to one well-regarded forumite and the admonitions to reach out following that, please excuse some ramblings / ranting / ...

I think it is fair to say that my ability to manage my BPD has never been great, despite all efforts.  I suppose turning around a lifetime's behavioural habits is ambitious to say the least for most people, never mind the psychologically compromised.  Even before Covid things had gone badly with a colleague setting me off after a particularly bad day then triggering a disciplinary action.

Since September things have gone from bad to worse with Covid-secure methods making teaching untenable.  The colleague in question has not accepted the results of the disciplinary and has acted in a way that makes this clear.  Meetings have been unpleasant to say the least and even moving around school is challenging to avoid 'uncomfortable' crossings.

Adding in the redundancy situation has been pretty much the final straw.  Given that attempts to address the impact of the colleague's behaviour have pretty much proven fruitless together with a strong suggestion (probably accurate) from my union that the selection process would land on me anyway, it seemed prudent to take the enhanced offer rather than the likely alternative.

So sitting in the departmental meeting last night listening to the rest gleefully discussing the sets that they would like to teach from September was 'unhelpful' to say the least.  Having slipped slowly down into the darkness during the course of the year and resuming NLSI (much to my wife's distress when she realised where the blood was coming from) I find myself now enviously reflecting on my cousin's success with his 9mm trepanning.

Having been through different forms of cognitive, psychotherepeutic and chemical treatments without any success (in some cases the opposite) it is becoming increasingly challenging to avoid considering options to follow his course.  Whilst I'm fairly confident that I can withstand the temptation, it is becoming something of a challenge.

My GP has been great (or rather the selection of GP's that I've dealt with over the last year or so) as has Primary Care and even Secondary Care.  I'm now waiting on the next stage in what seems to be a futile effort to work with me.  Given the situation with NHS workload I'm having to be patient there.

In the meantime I'm trying to ride this rollercoaster as best I can, minimise its impact on those around me and function as best I can.  I get the frustration and exasperation of those I have to work with.  I feel it too.  I'm just not sure its fair to inflict me on those around me.  Then again I do recognise that this is a problem at my level.  As I say, managing the BPD right now is possibly a little more challenging than I give myself credit for.

Anyway, my apologies for the long and rambling post.  The greater probability is that i will continue fighting through this and come out the other side.  I am fortunate to have a wife who knows me better than I do, recognises many of the warning signs and is able to help me manage the extremes.  That said, i feel guilty for giving her that burden.  Vicious circle, I know.  I know that there are fellow boarders who are in a far worse situation and facing far greater challenges.  Hence feeling more than a little annoyed with myself.

Right now I'm just focusing on getting through the day.  I'm pretty sure I will but the darkness is disturbing.  For those who do get this far, thanks for your patience.  For those who do feel this way and are struggling as well.  Please, reach out.  Sorry. Thanks.  F*** ...

Film & TV / Re: Last movie watched...
« on: 10 June, 2021, 06:46:09 AM »
If you can seek out TOP SECRET by the same team, it too is awesome.

Love that movie. You will recall the cow.

Oh man, aye.  So many gags in that.  An absolutely cracking film.  I'm fairly sure I've seen it on iTunes in the past or maybe Amazon / Netflix.

'nobody needs to call anything ‘awful’ like a clarion cry.' *

*except for mark millar's work, though, it seems ...

Actually I think you will find that Millar's Tooth work is more of a euphemism for "so utterly crap you want to gouge out your eyes with a melon-baller and drive an ice-pick through each socket ..."

So I suppose you're right on one level.  Not needed really ...

Off Topic / Re: The Black Dog Thread
« on: 03 June, 2021, 06:51:53 AM »
Well I got my PIP results yesterday, null point as they say in Eurovision.  What makes it even worse is that its full of exaggerations and lies.  Stuff like saying I can plan a journey and use a satnav ...

Not entirely sure what point they're trying to make with stuff like that.  Just because someone has a mental health condition diagnosis that doesn't mean that they are 'cognitively challenged'.  Not to mention the fact that a journey may well be considered 'safe' if it can be done in a way that minimises 'risk'.

That is the biggest frustration when trying to cope with officialdom in its various guises.  I've no doubt that the official that wrote the report would take issue with your characterisation of the content as 'exaggerations and lies' but that is an entirely valid personal perspective. 

At the end of the day it looks like they've responded in a way that invalidates your perspective, experience and the way it affects you.  To describe that as 'unhelpful' is an understatement of epic proportions.  Anyone would be distressed by such treatment.

I'm assuming that you are going to appeal the decision?  Certainly I hope you do.  It's worth bearing in mind that the reported success rate is around 75%.  Hope it works out.   

Off Topic / Re: Squaxx Telling Jokes
« on: 02 June, 2021, 11:34:22 AM »
Apparently the Maths world is up in arms today.  0 has come out as non-binary.

Prog / Prog 2234: Plummet of the Ape
« on: 29 May, 2021, 11:58:51 AM »
Well, looks like the Judge Dredd Megazine is early this month.  At least it feels that way with the line up this week.  Dredd, Department K, Chimpsy ... definitely a Dreddworld heavy prog.  Feral and Foe / Mechistopheles make for an interesting contrast but again the similarities are obvious with those two.

Weston's script and art on Dredd serves up a cracking one-and-done that brings down the house on ol' Rowdy Yates.  Nice nod back to a seminal moment in Dredd's history too ... "No Dredd - I'm with Rowdy Yates!" 

Department-K looks like its serving up an answer to the question of where it might be going with the idea.  Plenty of standard MC-1 insanity with the staring contest backdrop to the setup.  Cornwall delivers visuals with his usual panache and this looks like it may well live up to the early potential.

Chimpsky's Law: The Talented Mr Chimpsky looks like it may well be taking some of the concerns about the character seriously.  Turning his attention to off-world problems deals with the problem of running up against Dredd time and again which, as has been observed before, is only likely to end one way.  Niemand Holden serve up a quality opener that reminds readers of the character, serves up the 'historical' context and sets the scene for the tale. 

Mechistopheles shares similar traits to Dep-K and Chimpsky, plenty of scene setting and recapping.  Boo Cook's artwork suits the strip perfectly.  For those struggling to remember the previous series (guilty as charged) this month's meg floppy covers that for you.  Personally the last outing didn't overly enthral but maybe this one will change that.

... and rounded out with Feral and Foe, the one where everyone is swapped back ... Bit of a talking heads episode with the usual flippancy thrown in for good measure.  For all that this is midway through the tale, as with much of the prog this week there is quite a bit of setting up the next act.  TBH I've lost the thread a little on this.  Feel like I need to go back and re-read the tale so far so in some respects it's just as well that this treads water the way it does.

All this, a letters page and Tharg pays his respects to Bolt too.

As an aside on this one, I have been wondering for a while how Andy Clarke is doing.  He started off "Relay" not that long back but had to drop out after issue 4 which was a real shame as it was actually quite an interesting piece of work.  IIRC there was something about health reasons being behind it but nothing else and I've not seen anything from his since.

Prog / Re: Prog 2233:Regened - Ready to face the law?
« on: 27 May, 2021, 10:55:05 AM »
Mm. It’s hard to know where Dept K is going or where it wants to be. I’d assumed Black Science meets Dreddworld was on the cards, with the crew hopping dimensions and having adventures ...

To be fair that does appear to still be possible.  I'm personally glad that they didn't plump for the Sliders rip-off.  Actually being able to control the dimension-hopping makes for interesting potentialities (dare I say it, alternates?)  Then again, who's to say this is a permanent state of affairs?

Prog / Re: Prog 2233:Regened - Ready to face the law?
« on: 26 May, 2021, 05:48:47 PM »
Nah, that's a fair point.  Then again one of Tooth's strengths has been a somewhat ambiguous 'creative path' down through the years.  Granted the likes of Dredd has a lot of baggage as a mainstay of the prog but there have been many strips that have carved out their own furrows.

It's also worth reflecting on some of the advantages of building on 'accepted content' though.  A good example here is the superlative Jaegir.  Future War built on a strip that had long since passed its glory days?  It's also worth considering that two of the most-highly-regarded strips in this edition build on old material (Cadet Dredd and Department K).

Off Topic / Re: The Political Thread
« on: 26 May, 2021, 04:07:35 PM »
Spent about 30 seconds 'listening' to Cummings' testimony.  It's a wonderful situation we're in right now, isn't it?  Which duplicitous, scheming, lying, back-stabbing bar-steward do you believe the most?  I really do despair for this country.   :-\

Off Topic / Re: Threadjacking!
« on: 26 May, 2021, 04:05:34 PM »
Tea does not clean easily off my screen.

Is there any liquid-like substance that does?

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