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Messages - Mike Carroll

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General / Re: Things that went over your head...
« on: 25 October, 2022, 11:22:09 PM »
Newcastle is in Natal

Reckon that must be a Labour seat.

General / Re: Things that went over your head...
« on: 25 October, 2022, 12:43:46 PM »
... There's a Newcastle down the road from me in the rural outskirts of Dublin...

Yeah, there's a Newcastle down the road from me, too. Could be the same one, but down a different road...!

In Irish the name is "An Caisleán Nua" which mean "The New Castle." One of the easier translations of Irish place-names.

General / Re: Thought Bubble 2022 Roll Call
« on: 07 October, 2022, 01:52:45 PM »
Always wanted to go, but haven't yet managed to do so! Highly unlikely that I'll be there this year, either... :(

General / Re: FFT - FINNNALLLLL1!!! - Strontium Dog vs Nikolai Dante
« on: 17 September, 2022, 02:49:05 PM »
I've got a pair of old overalls he can have.  That'll make him the overall prize winner.

Excellent pun -- you are my hero!

General / Re: FFT - FINNNALLLLL1!!! - Strontium Dog vs Nikolai Dante
« on: 17 September, 2022, 10:30:35 AM »
I'll let folks into a secret.

 If it had been a tie - and at one point I thought it was. I was actually going to vote for Strontium Dog as the tie breaker. Not cos I prefer it, far from it. Rather I'd vote on behalf of Bolt01 who alas isn't here to vote and seemed like a nice way to think back to that lovely man.

Almost sad it didn't happen now! Still sad we don't have him around.

That's a lovely sentiment, Colin -- Dave would have been suitably embarrassed!

You've done an excellent job running this Tourney and you certainly deserve a reward for all your hard work! Everyone should club together and donate a prize! I've got half a pop-tart and some barely-wonky carpet off-cuts with your name on them -- just send me your address and they'll be on the way to you before the month is out!

General / Re: FFT - FINNNALLLLL1!!! - Strontium Dog vs Nikolai Dante
« on: 13 September, 2022, 03:09:13 PM »
Strontium Dog!

General / Re: FFT - 3rd place play-off - Nemesis the Warlock vs Lawless
« on: 12 September, 2022, 04:24:50 PM »

General / Re: FFT - Semi Final 1 - Nikolai Dante vs Nemesis the Warlock
« on: 09 September, 2022, 09:46:10 AM »
My vote's for Dante. It's eminently re-readable, cohesive, imaginative and enthralling. (But I did enjoy the first few series of Nemesis before it got confusingly mashed together with The ABC Warriors and Satanus to form the Pattiverse and all the fun was squeezed out of it.)

General / Re: Fav Thrill Quarter Final results!
« on: 05 September, 2022, 10:37:19 AM »
Well 3 of the 4 I’d be very happy with ad overall winner  - I’m not saying which one I don’t care for 😏

I was about to say the same thing! Three good, one massively overrated.

Once this is all over, it'd be interesting to run it again from scratch: different pairings in the early stages might make for a very different overall result! (Not saying we should do that, just that it'd be interesting!)

General / Re: Forthcoming Thrills - 2023
« on: 25 August, 2022, 10:17:01 AM »
It is, but the old one explains it better
Ah... good catch, Richard: I hadn't realised that the new version omits a paragraph from the original! I've now updated it!

General / Re: Forthcoming Thrills - 2023
« on: 24 August, 2022, 09:46:23 PM »

You missed out the fun bit!

Quote from: wikipedia
Valiant limped on for a few months, merging with Vulcan on 10 April 1976, but finally merged with Battle Picture Weekly on 23 October, signaling the end of Valiant.

8 March 1975 to 23 January 1988, when it merged with the new incarnation of Eagle

Effectively meaning that old Eagle merged with new Eagle (through all those other mergers).

If you think that's fun, wait til you see this:


Ah, that's the old version! This one is much more comprehensive: https://michaelowencarroll.wordpress.com/2020/04/14/the-eagle-timeline/

Events / Re: Enniskillen - June 18th 2022
« on: 13 June, 2022, 03:40:04 PM »
Yep -- It's been way too long since we last saw you, PJ!

Events / Re: Enniskillen - June 18th 2022
« on: 13 June, 2022, 01:01:17 AM »
[...]Hibernia will be there!
Yay! Really looking forward to catching up with you, David!

Under the current state of democracy, I declare PROTEUS VEX the winner…*cough*

I concur the independent commission has counted and validated all "legal" votes

Exactly. It's obvious to anyone who believes it that all right-thinking individuals would only vote for Proteus Vex, therefore anyone who didn't was misguided and their votes should be discarded.

I'm abstaining, of course, but if I hadn't written Proteus Vex I'd probably have voted for Kingdom myself. It's one of my favourite comic-strips of all time. There's no shame in losing to something so good!

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