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General / Re: GQ: How 2000ad Predicted The Future
« on: 19 January, 2021, 12:28:24 PM »

Help! / Re: Help me Hive Mind, you're my only hope...
« on: 17 January, 2021, 12:19:35 AM »

Seems like it could just as easily be Viz - just add some swearing.

Glad I'm not the only one whose mind went to Viz.  I'm now thinking of the Little Britain sketch - "bitty"

Off Topic / Re: RIPs
« on: 17 January, 2021, 12:18:34 AM »
The Wraethu apparently inspired by the androgyny of the Brum goth scene.

To be fair, both goth and glam rock* have been scenes that blurred the gender boundaries since the 80s. There’s been a standing joke at Whitby Gothic Weekend since forever that there are two kinds of toilet at the Spa, female and unisex.

Slimelight has certainly never enforced any sort of distinction - and the main venues at Wave Gotik Treffen didn't appear to hold much story with gender restrictions last time I went there.

Off Topic / Re: RIPs
« on: 17 January, 2021, 12:17:15 AM »
Vera Ivers MBE, 89.  Or as I knew her, nan.  Died yesterday.  I held off saying anything here until family members in other timezones had been told - not that I'm expecting any of my family to be reading the 2000ad forum, but, y'know.

Off Topic / Re: RIPs
« on: 16 January, 2021, 10:44:57 PM »
Really sad to hear of Storm's passing. Her work was decades before their time with their gender fluid characters. I remember watching an interview with her back in the 80's. She was from Staffordshire like me and to know, back then, that a local writer could make it was a big confidence boost for me.

The Wraethu apparently inspired by the androgyny of the Brum goth scene.  Sadly reading up on the publishing house that Storm founded, one of the last new items was a previously unpublished Tanith Lee work.

Which bit of Staffs are you from?  I used to live in SoT and have family still in Leek.

Off Topic / Re: RIPs
« on: 15 January, 2021, 09:27:44 PM »
Storm Constantine, 64, author.

Not sure how facebook displays to non-users, so here's the copy and paste:

Quote from: Immation Press
It is with great sorrow that we bring the sad news of the death of our dear friend and founder, the writer and publisher, Storm Constantine.  Storm died peacefully on 14th January, after a long illness, with her husband Jim by her side. She was sixty-four years old. Storm was fiercely private in life, so her passing may be a shock to many. She is survived by her husband, her brother and her four beloved cats.

Off Topic / Re: RIPs
« on: 13 January, 2021, 11:52:32 AM »

Off Topic / Re: The Political Thread
« on: 11 January, 2021, 11:09:29 PM »
On the bright side, the tendrils of US power and influence (which, let's face it, where usually abused) across the world have weakened considerably over the past four years.  In similar ways to the power and influence of the UK has, though for different reasons.

Off Topic / Re: RIPs
« on: 11 January, 2021, 10:59:23 PM »
Aw, I'm sorry to hear that. Funny, that grebo scene, of which Deadline was a champion, barely gets a mention these days compared to things like Britpop and obviously grunge. But the Senseless Things, Neds Atomic Dustbin and PWEI were a massive influence on youth culture at the time. R, indeed, IP.

On a tangent, but to me PWEI were the biggest of the quoted bands (they certainly had enough T-shirts in the town I lived in) but Clint Mansell's post-Poppies career certainly takes the limelight.

Off Topic / Re: The Political Thread
« on: 11 January, 2021, 08:23:12 PM »
Parler - haven for those who believe in 'free speech' (generally far-right conspiracy theories, racism, death threats) has been pulled down - but before it went a bunch of hacktivists (and almost certainly also the FBI, CIA and other usual suspects) have managed to pull 99% of content from the site such as photos and videos with full date, time and location - down to degrees, minutes and seconds.  It's believed this is how the no-fly orders got put in to place so quickly at US airports...

details here.

General / Re: how to do a prog slog
« on: 10 January, 2021, 02:39:03 PM »
2000AD Prog 428: Supersurf Rules Okeydokey! “Ground those skyhogs!”

Johnny and Wulf down at the farm, Sláine masters the warp spasm, Chopper gets a lead in Supersurf while Dredd gets a lead on the Supersurf finish, Ace gets news of his own finish and things aren't looking rosy for Rogue either.

Off Topic / Re: It's a bit warm/ wet/ cold outside
« on: 10 January, 2021, 11:44:03 AM »

Eustice is also a director of Trevaskis Farm, but the site won't load on my 'phone so I can't check whether he grows sugar beet or not. Given info gathered from peripheral sites I'd guess not - but you never know.

When you said 'director' I thought it was one of those mainly honorary appointments to add some credence to a business.  But no, Eustice appears right on the home page as 'owner'.

From the webpage it looks like a pick-your-own 'visitor farm' rather than an industrialised agricultural farm (also has a restaurant and middle-class-market attached).

Still - owner of a farm.  Environment Secretary.  No conflict of interest there then?

Quote from: thatWebsite
Trevaskis Farm

Set amidst 28 acres of beautiful countryside, Pick Your Own is a wonderful family day out. Choose from an abundance of fruit and vegetables to pick, and with information signs dotted around the farm park, you can learn while you wander. Best of all, farm entrance is free and you only pay for what you pick!

Having spent the last 30 years dedicated to producing only the freshest and heartiest meals from our farm produce, the Farmhouse Kitchen Restaurant has earned an unrivaled reputation and is a must for all food lovers! Renowned for generous portions, all our meals are produced from highest quality ingredients; meats from our own butchers, vegetables and fruit from the farm or trusted local suppliers.

From your everyday store cupboard essentials to the more artisan product or foodie delight, we aim to provide it all under one roof. We love good food as much as the next person so come in and chat with us about putting together a great cheese board, an idea for a seasonal salad or to share one of your favourite recipes.

In over 30 years of trading we have always operated with the same ethos, prioritising homegrown and home-reared produce. Featuring not only the finest fresh fruit and vegetables, butchery, fishmongers, deli, dairy and bakery but everything you need for your weekly shop at competitive prices.

Renowned for selling our award-winning, home-reared British Lop pork and finest local South Devon breed beef, our butchery also features a first class selection of homemade sausages, burgers and hogs pudding, homecured bacon and gammon plus local free-range chicken and West Country lamb. Speciality meats such as venison, pheasant, wild boar and Christmas meats are on sale seasonally.

Our experienced team are always on hand to help you select the right cut for your meal.

The complete countryside experience… whether it’s a family day out on the farm, romantic meal, a light lunch after a wander around the orchards or just a trip to our award winning farm shop. Enjoy the delights of Cornish food, drink, countryside and produce all in one place!

Park map
"Welcome to our website! I hope it encapsulates the rich diversity of activity at Trevaskis and shows how very proud we are of our ethos and our fantastic team. I look forward to meeting you in person - on the farm, in the restaurant or in the farm market. Come and say hello!"


General / Re: how to do a prog slog
« on: 08 January, 2021, 07:06:15 PM »
I think I probably mentioned it in the blog, but as much as I wanted a lightsabre after watching Return of the Jedi*, I also wanted a powerboard after reading this story!

* I saw Empire Strikes Back at the cinema, but Return of the Jedi was when I was properly on board with the figures.  Also my nan had a copy of Star Wars (ANH) so I got to see that film pretty much every weekend for quite a while...

General / Re: how to do a prog slog
« on: 07 January, 2021, 12:26:39 PM »
2000AD Prog 427: Anderson – Death or Glory? “Jusssticcce ssshall be done!”

Anderson invites the Dark Judges to limbo, Sláine has a wardrobe change, Supersurf 7 is go, Johnny and Wulf pay a trip to the farm and a 20th century earthlet Boing®s to the 22nd.

Off Topic / Re: RIPs
« on: 06 January, 2021, 12:26:20 PM »
Eric Jerome Dickey, 59, novellist and comic writer.

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