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Events / Re: Thought Bubble 2020
« on: 03 September, 2021, 04:59:54 PM »
Really wasn't sure if I'd be going this year, what with Covid and Dave's passing, or if it'd even be on, but I've been nowhere for 18months so I'm in.

Train, tickets and hotel booked - best I could find was £99 p/n 10 min walk from the centre. See youse bastards in the pub Friday night!

General / Re: Do you remember 1989?
« on: 24 August, 2021, 10:33:39 PM »
I can remember a lot about this year and it was glorious.

Finished my A levels, a hot summer, did my 3rd Glastonbury and started a one year journalism course before uni. Kept the best of my school friends, made some great new ones, snogged some (not enough) girls, made liberal use of legal drinking status and generally had a whale of a time. Yup, 89 was a pretty damn good year.

Maybe the prog wasn't blowing me away like it did in 84-85, but it was the last consistently excellent year before the thriller/filler ratio began it's decline into the 90s.

General / Re: Skip Tracer is strictly better than The Order
« on: 02 August, 2021, 10:00:48 AM »
The Order may be a little confusing at times, but at least it's interesting. Skip Tracer seems like nominative determinism to me - It leaves no trace in my memory and I often just skip it. I don't feel like I know or care about the characters or the world, it's just a generic hard man in a generic sci-fi dystopia. I have trouble remembering what's happened as soon as I turn over the last page.

Film & TV / Re: Last movie watched...
« on: 22 July, 2021, 08:35:14 PM »
It's a really interesting film.  I'm sure not on purpose either.  It seems to be entirely constructed on contrivances.  It almost has themes, but forgets to explore them.

I think a large part of the odd tone is down to the fact that it was originally written as a straight SF movie, and then it was decided to make it a current-day action movie, so they filed off as many SF elements as they thought they could get away with, leading to this… thing which is obviously an SF movie but conspicuously pretending it's not.

Ah .. that actually explains a lot. My main memory is why nobody was shouting "What the fuck - that's impossible" all the time.

General / Re: Space Spinner 2000AD
« on: 22 July, 2021, 08:33:17 PM »
Having just listen to Conrad's and Fox's wrap up on Kola Kommandos I'm going to stick my neck and say I actually like it. Here's what I said on a recent(ish) re-read

Kola Kommandos to be honest never gets the dip I seemed to remember. It remains reckless and immense fun. I really enjoyed it, which is not to say its good. Its not, its a mass of problems and silly ideas. Its also a mass of themes and good ideas. And somehow it works really well at the same time as dying on its arse... and I loved it!

Its really hard to disagree with anything C&F say about the strip, they are right... but as is the glory of the diverse opinions held in 2000ad fandom ... whatever it is there will be some folks who love it and some folks who don't get on with it and those subjective divergences are one of the things I love most about us minions of Tharg.

but WHY?

Off Topic / Re: Y'know what really grinds my gears?
« on: 22 July, 2021, 08:32:09 PM »
The recent issue of Fantastic Four Life Story 2. But it's not the comic per se, but the notion that some people still believe in justified US intervention in Vietnam (reportedly, Captain America struck down an American soldier to free communist prisoners). Pff. Napalm bombs would disagree.

whoah - there's a FF comic justifying Vietnam? I've not been keeping up with FF, but that's a shock. (Reed Richards has always been a bit of a dick though, so...)

Books & Comics / Re: 2000AD issue 3
« on: 09 July, 2021, 11:38:42 AM »
Ah. Sounded plausible.

Was it Eagle that launched with an identical, but renamed and differently coloured space spinner?

Books & Comics / Re: 2000AD issue 3
« on: 09 July, 2021, 12:36:18 AM »
Of course they ran out of red alert wallets during the "taping on the free thing" part of the process, and so kev97 has perhaps discovered one of the fabled "prog 3 with a space spinner because we've still got a whole bucket of these things from two weeks ago", which nobody thought still existed.

wow, wasn't aware of that.

Also, they had a copy of Starlord from 1978. It had a picture of Johnny Alpha and his companions on the front. It cost 12p in 1978. That is 4p more than the first issues of 2000AD, so I wonder if 8p was an introductory price for 2000 AD.

I was not aware of 2000 AD or Starlord at the time. I was more a Whizzer and Chips boy.

Starlord was always more expensive, which is why I rarely bought it at the time, it had higher quality paper and better printing. I actually ditched Whizzer & Chips for 2000ad as one of the two weekly delivered comics I was allowed on the weekly paper bill (Krazy, then Cheeky was the other) - I realised I was buying 3 out of 4 progs anyway, and as the Cursed Earth began, I decided I was going to start keeping them instead of binning them. I bought my current copy of prog 1 from a friend in the 6th form for £4.50. He thought I was a sucker, I confidently believed it would be worth thousands by the distant year 2000!

Film & TV / Re: Last movie watched...
« on: 07 July, 2021, 05:01:57 PM »
trois couleurs blanc. three colours white.
going through the trilogy again, one of the few pieces of high art that changed my life by making me question everything i thought and every way i was for others - this latter makes it ideal viewing (more than a quarter of a century on) during this year of all years.
white is as wonderful as i remember. and as appalling, and as moving, and as funny, and as important, and as sad, too. oh my.

Ashamed to say I haven't seen any of this trilogy. This must be rectified

Film & TV / Re: Last movie watched...
« on: 05 July, 2021, 07:01:00 PM »
Oh - I did not know it was a remake!

I find with Hollywood these days it's easier to assume it's a remake first, saves time in the long run ... plus tends to be fairly accurate ...
So many times I've seen a favourite movie in the schedules, only to be disappointed when it turns out to be the new one not the good one.

Film & TV / Re: Last movie watched...
« on: 05 July, 2021, 10:14:50 AM »
Fun With Dick & Jane - isn't. To be fair, I turned it off after about half an hour. It might have gotten really, really fun after that.

I'm guessing you mean the 2005 remake. The 1977 original with George Segal and Jane Fonda is a classic

Off Topic / Re: The Dry Dog Thread
« on: 04 July, 2021, 09:40:33 PM »
Still, only drank probably the equivalent of 4 units in two weeks

Good lord, who knew that Cruzcampo was alcohol free?  ;) :lol:

Off Topic / Re: The Dry Dog Thread
« on: 02 July, 2021, 02:18:20 PM »
After being rushed to hospital with acute alcohol-induced pancreatitis in 2001, I had to stop drinking altogether for a while. Horrible condition, felt like my insides were on fire from neck to groin, and 1 in 20 people just go into shock and die. The only treatment is to shut down the digestive system completely (nil by mouth) and manage the pain, so I had 3 weeks in hospital with a nutrient drip in one arm, and a drugs drip in the other.

It was impossible to get a consistent answer from the docs at the hospital about future drinking- advice from different consultants ranged from "a pint a day would be fine" to "you must never touch alcohol again". The brush with death (and the fact that someone I knew died of the same condition) scared me teetotal for two or three years, but I did some research myself and the advice is to 'avoid alcohol abuse'. interestingly, the pancreas and liver are self-regenerating organs and so can deal with binges, but my habit of 2-3 pints a day after work was not giving it any chance to recover, so it went on strike. At first I tried to continue going to my local and not drinking, but I soon realised the difference between actual friends and drinking buddies, and came to appreciate just how much shit people talk later in the evening. I gradually stopped going and don't see most of those people at all now.

After a couple, of years total abstinence, I allowed myself a few drinks at special occasions such as Christmas, but gradually the "occasions" became less special - Friday is a special occasion isn't it?

Nowadays I drink quite a lot when I do, but drink nothing for 5-6 days a week, and I've been fine. Getting shitfaced on a Friday has become a weekly treat rather than a daily habit.

Books & Comics / Re: 2000AD issue 3
« on: 02 July, 2021, 01:07:47 PM »
Prog 3 had the "Red Alert Survival Wallet" as a free gift.

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