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Messages - Rara Avis

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Film & TV / Re: Last movie watched...
« on: 18 November, 2021, 06:30:02 PM »
Dandy in danger?

No it's ok! I'll see myself out.

Black Museum for me

Film & TV / Re: The Expanse
« on: 17 November, 2021, 05:59:54 PM »
New trailer out; the end is nigh ..


Help! / Re: A Moral Dilemma - separating the art from the artist
« on: 13 November, 2021, 02:01:53 PM »
I always say that these abuser often come as the nicest guys.

But not to the victims of their domestic abuse or sexual assault, which is rather the point.

This reminds me of the case of the rapist in the US who the Judge defended on the basis that he was a really good swimmer. The rapist's father said that his rapist son shouldn't have his career ruined over "a few minutes". Of rape.

Do we really want a legal system where "nice guys" are allowed to commit crime?

Brock Turner, raped a girl who was passed out, in an alleyway, I  believe his father referred to it as "a few minutes of fun" ...

And yes women are most likely to be raped in their own homes by someone they know.

Help! / Re: A Moral Dilemma - separating the art from the artist
« on: 11 November, 2021, 04:13:06 PM »
She is also the daughter of Don Johnson and Melanie Griffith and her boyfriend is Chris Martin. It can be argued she is somewhat protected by her connections in the industry. She's not a struggling actress trying to make it; it doesn't quite put her on par with the victims of these guys. It's sad that her anecdotal argument is given more or less the same weight as the stories I read about the women victimised.

Help! / Re: A Moral Dilemma - separating the art from the artist
« on: 11 November, 2021, 03:25:47 PM »
Reminds me of a cartoon I saw recently. It shows two birds and one is saying to the other 'Mr. Hawk has always been very nice to me, I don't know what Mr. Mouse is talking about'.

Off Topic / Re: The Black Dog Thread
« on: 06 November, 2021, 10:10:05 AM »
If your job is getting to you that much; it's really not worth it. Just quit.

However if you have obligations like rent and mortgage it's probably not that easy. Would you consider making an appointment with local recruiters to see what jobs (outside) education match your skills. It might just make you feel a little better if you feel like you have options.

Alternatively you can look for jobs that interest you online, see where your skills match and what you might need to do to upskill and move into a role you want.

I have always enjoyed your commentaries here; they are well-balanced, sensitive, funny or illustrative where applicable. You are also unafraid to hold a mirror up to others and ask them to examine their ideas in a way that is encouraging and supportive. This forum is certainly all the better for your input. Don't give up ..

Off Topic / Re: The Political Thread
« on: 04 November, 2021, 08:28:31 PM »
This is up there with Bob Geldof asking 'Do they know it's Christmas?'.

Yes Robert after all those years of forced Christianisation under the guise of bringing civilisation to the savages, Africans are well aware of this rebranded pagan festival.

Having said that I can't wait to see JL's new cholera blanket range or Trail of Tears exclusive lingerie sets.

Film & TV / Re: Help me understand this film
« on: 04 November, 2021, 03:52:14 PM »
Tommy was one of the first albums I had, so I knew the story before I saw the film and absolutely love both.

Basically, young Tommy's dad is "killed" in the war, and he goes deaf dumb and blind from the trauma. His step dad (Ollie Reed) is a bastard. Uncle Ernie abuses him, Cousin Kevin bullies him and Reed takes him to the Acid Queen to see if drugs will help. Reed  is frustrated with the boy who stares at himself in the mirror all day. When his dad miraculously turns up alive, Reed kills him (this bit isn't referenced in the album lyrics, just the film). Tommy's unique talent is to play pinball by instinct, beating Elton John's Pinball Wizard. He becomes a cult figure, which his family try to cash in on with tours and holiday camps. In a fit of anger, Reed smashes Tommy's mirror causing him to snap out of his afflictions with the final "I'm free" song, and he becomes even more of a messiah-like figure. His followers riot tearing down the camp.

So basically Hamlet on acid?

Brigand Doom. If I recall correctly this strip had a terrific full page (or most of) black and white cityscape that I still think about from time to time.

Off Topic / Re: The Political Thread
« on: 04 November, 2021, 03:42:34 PM »
I just watched this ad and wondered 'Why are John Lewis making an ad about colonialism?'

Off Topic / Re: The Black Dog Thread
« on: 04 November, 2021, 01:39:59 PM »
I don't think you would request this from either the store managers or the area manager - you could send a request directly to the Legal Department although it's likely that an organisation like Oxfam has a department / dedicated staff that deal directly with GDPR.

It's totally understandable that you're feeling victimised in this situation - the quintessential unfairness of it all is evident from what you've told us and how it has affected you. I also tend to become hyper focused on issues that bother me until my mind finds someway to help me make peace with the situation and move on.

Film Discussion / Re: Six minutes of Karl Urban’s geek collection
« on: 03 November, 2021, 10:46:19 AM »
I wonder what that sword was from?

It's gotta be that wascal Bradley for me.

I hated Big Dave at the time but have since re-read it and my god but it is absolutely hilarious.

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