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Messages - Mike Carroll

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General / Re: Mecon, anybody?
« on: 04 March, 2004, 04:28:40 PM »
Robert Rankin writes the Brentford books (among other things). Check out the link below for more about him. I've known Robert for many years now, and he's a nice chap.

Mad as hatter, mind you, but nice.

Link: Sproutlore

General / Mecon, anybody?
« on: 04 March, 2004, 06:29:21 AM »
Just wondering: who's going to Mecon 7, then?

For those of you not in the know, Mecon is the annual convention of the Queen's University of Belfast SF&F Society, taking place from Friday 5th to Sunday 7th.

The comics guests are Paul J. Holden and Glenn Fabry, both of whom I've met before; sterling chaps and always up for a sketch or a signing!

Plus there's the chance to meet top authors Robert Rankin, John Meaney, Ian McDonald. And some hack whose name escapes me at the moment.

The missus and I are making a weekend of it (we're planning to get there nice and early on Friday to take advantage of the city's numerous top comics shops) so I'm hoping to meet up with some of you guys there...

Link: Mecon

Off Topic / Re: The worse publicity photo EVAH...
« on: 13 February, 2004, 08:45:23 PM »
Don't know who the gentleman is, but the lady is top SF author Anne McCaffrey.

News / Re: 'That' film is in a new box-se...
« on: 29 July, 2004, 09:37:03 PM »
Ah, guys, guys...! Enough with the Killiney and Dalkey bashing! As a former postman who worked in that area I can tell you that there are parts of both Killiney and Dalkey where someone is considered posh if they can speak a whole sentence without using the F-word, and where if a girl isn't pregnant by the time she's fifteen she's ostracised for being a snob.

Granted there ARE parts that do deserve the "West Britain" label, but that's true of pretty much everywhere in Dublin.

But getting back to Colin Farrell's accent... At times it's pretty ropey, but he's still far, far better than any Americans attempting to do the same. Consider Richard Gere in The Jackal, Michael J. Fox and Lea Thompson in Back to the Future Part 3... Not good! And now consider Joe Virtelli in Shallow Hal - surely the worst "Oirish" accent ever? Or can anyone think of a worse one?

- Mike

Help! / Re: I'm an uncle! Get me out of he...
« on: 21 July, 2006, 09:09:49 AM »
Congrats, LMS! The offspring of siblings are always tremendous fun - you can buy them cool toys and [ahem] show them how to use them!

Suggestions / Re: Judge Dredd Crossovers you wou...
« on: 23 September, 2003, 04:15:21 PM »
How about the ultimate lawman against the ultimate crook? Judge Dredd versus The Stainless Steel Rat!

General / Re: The Big Itch
« on: 10 July, 2003, 06:11:29 AM »
Yeah, I always get itchy after reading it too! Great story - and of course it features one of the BEST Dredd lines ever: "I've got them. I'm just not scratching."

In a similar vein, I always get a cold when I'm reading Stephen King's epic novel The Stand...

News / Re: Thatcher: dead
« on: 27 June, 2003, 06:59:28 AM »
Not being British I've never understood this: If everyone hates Margaret Thatcher so much, why did you guys keep voting her into power?

[Please don't hit me!]

General / Stallone's Dredd Movie
« on: 26 October, 2001, 12:53:37 AM »
I'm new to this message board, so please forgive me if I'm raking over old coals here...

Personally, I love the first Dredd movie. Okay, maybe "love" is too strong a word, but I do like it a lot. I think it looks cool, has some great action sequences, and it about as true to the Dredd mythos as we could expect from Hollywood (it was closer to the "real" Dredd than the DC Comics version)

As for whether Stallone was a good choice... The jury is still out on that one. I would have liked to see someone who didn't remove his helmet, so a non-star would have been a good choice.

For the next two movies, Dredd should be played by someone a lot bigger - maybe Dolph Lundgren? He doesn't have to act much - just be tough (and permanently helmetted).

Regardless of the actor or the budget, the key thing to get right is the script...

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