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The point with the original ending is that the gigantic psychic squid is an enormous practical joke that Ozymandias is playing on the world. That's what upsets the Comedian so much - he can't compete with a joke on that scale and the sheer cynicism… [more]
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Unfortunately, a lot of that was to remake Wolverine into Rorschach's gritty loner style. I thought that was because, during the 80s, if you let Frank Miller so much as look at a character they'd soon have acquired extensive scarring, a… [more]
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So who would get raptured? It's not just a small percentage of the US population, but a specific group of people, not evenly distributed. So the US loses who, exactly? A number of Republican Tea Party voters... would the country really be worse off… [more]
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McLaughlin, de Lucia, Coryell: Meeting of the Spirits More notes in any two minutes than Neil Young's entire career. Top widdly. Completely blew me away when I saw it thirty-odd years ago, especially the supremely relaxed de Lucia in… [more]
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There was a brief flurry of enthusiasm in my remote corner of Twitter a few years ago for Matt Berry to play Dr Strange. He might not look much like him, but just imagine him saying "Dormammu!" You could get a movie out of that alone. [more]
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This thread has reignited a wish to see the Pendon Museum near Oxford again (the last time I went was probably about forty years ago). It includes a layout called The Madder Valley Railway, an enormous fantasia built by one man during the 1930s,… [more]
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Yes, Herr F, I've always thought it was interesting that when the arch-appropriator Malcolm McClaren (who was completely shameless in his appropriation), "did" vogueing on his 1989 Waltz Darling album (along with trying to set… [more]
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The bun-sellers or cake-makers were in nothing inclinable to their request; but, which was worse, did injure them most outrageously, calling them prattling gabblers, lickorous gluttons, freckled bittors, mangy rascals, shite-a-bed scoundrels, drunken… [more]
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The book ... has been described to the president. "Well, Mr President, it's a stack of paper glued together on one side, about this wide and yea tall. If you hold it like this and hit someone on the head with it, it'll stun them for a… [more]
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Wouldn't it be easier to just directly bribe the person supposed to be marking the paper? One $250 wouldn't tip the scales, but if you got a consortium together - ten or twenty people - that would add up to a considerable sum for one paper. It… [more]
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Supervillian House For Sale. I've always taken the word "supervillian" to mean "very, very vaudevillian". So slightly disappointed, here. [more]
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Truth be told, if I was that wealthy I'd probably be an asshole too. You might want to reconsider that statement, as you're essentially confessing you're an asshole anyway, but you don't think you're rich enough to get away with it. [more]
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One way that the Conservative governments of the 1980s and 1990s managed the zeitgeist was by maintaining a constant state of moral panic over an apparantly seamless progression of Enemies Within: The 1981 rioters; the miners; the 1985 rioters; the… [more]
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Better yet, why isn't she asking his mom? Yeah, right, like his mother is going to give him up to another woman. [more]
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There is a distinction between the newspaper and the website. On the whole, what is objectionable about the newspaper is its dishonesty in pursuing vile - racist, misogynist , homphobic and so on - ends. That may recalibrate soon - there are… [more]
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I recall a time and a context when it was important to choose Blur or Oasis. I chose Blur and I have been and remain very satisfied in that choice. The correct answer turned out to have been Pulp. If any band from the mid-nineties can be… [more]
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Since when do I need to read all of Doyle's previous Holmes' stories in order to enjoy the one I'm currently trying to read? Well, The Empty House, the first story in The Return of Sherlock Holmes, which is the analogue of… [more]
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I'm in the UK, so it's more like $80 (I really try not to think about it, but I don't want to look at the only thing I can do for a living as an indulgence), but... it works, sort of. I mean, the individual bits of software work, and they're as up to… [more]
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My wife has just discovered Frank Sidebottom, and has declared him Osaka-style comedy. Make of that what you will. [more]
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The title of that song - Things Can Only Get Better - betrays a fundamental misunderstanding of the Second Law of Thermodynamics. [more]
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You have to succeed too, sometimes, otherwise failure is just what happens when you do stuff. [more]
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I can't tell whether it's been mentioned above, but Philip "Tardis Eruditorium" Sandifer has begun work on a typically exhaustive work about the extended Morrison / Moore whateveritis called The Last War in Albion. It does seem that… [more]
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There are lots of reasons for not suing which might not have much to do with the veracity of her case. You can't take it as evidence of anything in particular. [more]
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Ensoupenment. [more]
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Come to think of it, it was when Dave Sim gave up marijuana and got out more that it all started to unravel, so it's not an automatic panacea. [more]
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So, Sherlock is a wretchedly awful show, and I am comfortable with judging its fans' moral capacities based on that readily-apparent truth Is that ironic or something, I can't tell? Are you suggesting that if I enjoy a particular television… [more]
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Quite apart from anything else, watch as the ludictrous scare stories about "health tourism", creates a pressing need to charge non-British people for hospital treatment (thus putting cash registers in every hospital) and turns into demands… [more]
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Bless your heart, I believe you meant 'little planets.' I think they prefer to be called Planets of Limited Volume. [more]
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I dug out my copy of Here Comes Thursday - interesting that it didn't go into storage like so many books. The first chapter, at least, is as lovely as I remember. [more]
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There really isn't as much distinction between child and adult fiction as many people think. Children seem to need fewer and better words, that is all. Almost all of my work over the last twenty years has been involved with making books for small… [more]
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They also adapted Briggs' considerably less depressing book Father Christmas. Or Father Blooming Christmas. I suppose that would translate as Santa Darn Claus. Featuring the late lamented Mel Smith as his Yuleness. [more]
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During an interview for the Disney/P.L. Travers movie, Emma Thompson mentioned she was working on a Paddington script in some capacity, so there may hope. I hope they get it right, though my experience of the books was being read the stories at… [more]
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Somewhere in the afterlife, C.S. Lewis, Aldous Huxley and John Fitzgerald Kennedy are sitting in a bar. The television is on. President Kennedy is displeased. Huxley is gazing into his martini and Lewis is nursing a pint of beer. Both seem… [more]
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well, I do have custody of metalifter.com, but I suspect that one should never be released into the wild... So... did you really meet a lifter? [more]
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I'm a huge fan of his Repository of Scales and Melodic Patterns, which Lateef describes as a thesaurus, but is just a huge grab bag of musical ideas from around the world. A glorious thing to just pick a page at random from and work through… [more]
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I've long felt that Thick As a Brick is the film Ken Russell should have made between Tommy and Lisztomania. I realise I'm the only person in the world who thinks that, but I make up for it in fervency. [more]
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If you start the tracks one at a time it sounds like a terrible teenage band practising in a garage. [more]
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Privatisation doesn't seem to have a good track record. The evidence increasingly seems to be against it... It has a great record if you are looking for short term profits. Privatisation is the socio-economic equivalent of kidnapping… [more]
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I've long been vaguely interested in Travers as she was a student of Gurdjieff, though the first two Mary Poppins books were written well before they met. I do see an interesting contrast between Gurdjieff's approach to strenuous physical tasks and… [more]
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Mm. I think the only one on the list who single-handedly brought down a movie was Sofia Coppola, not because she's a bad actor, but because she's not an actor at all, just someone who's doing her dad a favour by walking through these scenes - that… [more]
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Because I don't pay enough attention, most of the albums I get into in a particular year tend to come from previous years, so no good for this. For example, despite loving previous Juana Molina albums, I missed out on the new one, and also on the new… [more]
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The news that there's a touring version of Happy Days (Fonz) worries me as I've got tickets for Happy Days (Beckett) with Juliet Stevenson at the Young Vic next year, and I don't think I'd enjoy it so much if too many of the audience are bewildered… [more]
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Yes, the article isn't so much about Lisa Frank as how someone called Tracie Egan Morrissey doesn't like Lisa Frank very much. [more]
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Wow! Does this mean those helicopter gunships didn't kill all those unarmed people and grievously wound the children in the van after all? [more]
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The Guns 'n' Roses kind? [more]
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As I posted this, I suppose I should have an opinion. The worst thing isn't so much the talking, per se, but the ignoring. There is a certain kind of performance - the kind I'm interested in - that isn't so much defined by people doing… [more]
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Although I will say, the Union Chapel can be wonderfully attentive. Perhaps it's because it's an actual church, and that triggers some kind of primal good behaviour in people. [more]
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a band of local rock guys are playing (including Eric Clapton, if I remember correctly) The Yardbirds, with Jeff Beck and Jimmy Page. [more]
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I'd quite like a Peter Greenaway episode. Half the cast are naked, though not that half you'd like to be; Everybody is arranged in a symmetrical tableau, no one moves very much and the script is an abstruse meditation on the nature of art and… [more]
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