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As a footnote - the Alexei Sayle book arrived and the bit goes like this: NAMES - A SPECIAL ANNOUNCEMENT It has come to my notice that sometimes names are not shared out equally. For instance while Paul Simon has got two first names, Harrison… [more]
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MeFi comment - 6 months ago

I'm not sure that being Patient Zero of anything is something one can be guilty of. It's just something that happens to one, just before it happens to everybody else. [more]
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MeFi comment - 6 months ago

While it wasn't mentioned as an influence, to me, the most similar films to Hannibal would be some of Peter Greenaway's. Hannibal doesn't only look like some Greenaway films, the concerns are the same, death, decay, psychological strangeness, and… [more]
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MeFi comment - 6 months ago

Whatever. [more]
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MeFi comment - 7 months ago

There was that one time when I was a teenager and I picked up a classic English text and I thought "Right, I'll give this one fifty pages to get started" and it was Tristram Shandy so that probably wasn't the best plan. [more]
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MetaTalk comment - 7 months ago

Stalin Wasn’t Stallin' As performed by Robert Wyatt. [more]
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MeFi comment - 7 months ago

"Well, now, this is not what I was expecting at all. No, sir. Not. At. All." Jack Chick; this morning. [more]
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MeFi comment - 7 months ago

It reminds me of Pushing Daisies And, thus, Dead Like Me? [more]
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FanFare comment - 7 months ago

Another thing about the codenames (like international callsigns) seems to be that even if communications are mangled they're easy to tell apart from the rhythm of the word and disposition of the vowels. I wonder if anyone's ever done a study of the… [more]
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MeFi comment - 7 months ago

When we got a new television last year it had some kind of framerate upscaling (called Sports Mode as it turned out) turned on by default, and when I was watching A Canterbury Tale - a black and white movie from the 1940s uploaded in… [more]
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MeFi comment - 7 months ago

Also, I can't be the only one who heard Alfred E. Smith dinner and spent a few moments trying to remember the name of the Mad Magazine mascot. You maybe do need the Alfred E. Neumann Dinner: the candidates have to sit there while people… [more]
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MeFi comment - 7 months ago

Thanks for that, larrybob. The Buddha! Of course it is. It's odd that I became so familiar with the text before I really knew anything about the Buddha, so it didn't enter my consciousness. The words tend to be hovering around the back of my mind… [more]
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MeFi comment - 7 months ago

fucking jam I'm not sure I want to know what they make that out of. [more]
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MeFi comment - 7 months ago

Well, it's quarter past one in the morning here, and I have to go to bed. I experience the debates entirely through your descriptions, and the late-night comedy round-ups posted on YouTube, so I look forward to waking up to a riveting description of… [more]
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MeFi comment - 7 months ago

The version I taped from the Friday Night Rock Show* in 1979 had the usual version at the beginning, and the full band version at the end, and in the middle there was the sound effect of being sucked into the radio and then a… [more]
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MeFi comment - 7 months ago

Speaking as an Outsider - I've assumed that party loyalty is such that it adds a tremendous inertia to the decision to move away from the party. So they're not undecided between Clinton and Trump so much as they are between not voting Republican and… [more]
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MeFi comment - 7 months ago

"Hillary Lied, 4 People Died" Only four? Pfft. Dubya lied, hundreds of thousands died. She needs to try harder if she wants to compete with him. [more]
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MeFi comment - 7 months ago

As the thread is petering out, I just want to mention that it provoked me into finally going on Abebooks and ordering a copy of the out of print Alexei Sayle book Great Bus Journeys of the World, which includes the bit about taking people… [more]
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MeFi comment - 7 months ago

An aside in the Obama-love theme - the other day YouTube threw the Obama episode of Comedians In Cars Getting Coffee at me. And after that the last Correspondents' Dinner speech he did. I'd not really thought anything much of Obama before that… [more]
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MeFi comment - 7 months ago

Human Anagram I suppose. I've long thought that Reince Priebus sounded like the Latin name for a body part, deep in the nether regions: Doctor 1: It seems the patient slipped, fell on a sharp object, and has suffered multiple… [more]
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MeFi comment - 7 months ago

Surely chryon is what small Australian children use to draw pictures. [more]
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MeFi comment - 7 months ago

I've been trying to work out who the recent clueless iteration of Gary Johnson makes me think of, and I just realised it's as if Larry Sanders' sidekick Hank decided to have a political career. [more]
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MeFi comment - 7 months ago

But the same people who are in favour of a hard Brexit are those who want to privatise everything and give it all up to our overseas corporate masters. The crisis they induce via Brexit is the excuse they will use to justify it. The fact that it will… [more]
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MeFi comment - 7 months ago

Apropos of nothing "The Roxxoff Corporation" would be a really good name for a funk band. [more]
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FanFare comment - 7 months ago

In the first scene after the credits - are those ninja cleaners? That would probably be lucrative. Possibly more lucrative than being an actual ninja. [more]
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FanFare comment - 7 months ago

When I was a child I had a lot of dreams in which I was trying to catch up with a bus, which would linger at stops just ahead until I got close, at which point it would take off and linger at the next stop. I mention it, because trying to get to the… [more]
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MeFi comment - 7 months ago

Mentioning Burr for some reason reminded my of Gore Vidal . How sad he's not here to see this, it would have amused him greatly. And appalled, of course. [more]
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MeFi comment - 7 months ago

Well, it's late here, and I'm going to bed. When I wake up it will all be done, and you can all tell me about it. I just wanted to say that I hope HRC gets to talk about all the stuff that a President actually does - domestic and foreign policy, the… [more]
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MeFi comment - 7 months ago

But if Trump's spin is smart couldn't they style this as emblematic of his terrible behaviour before he found Jesus etc? He's literally incapable of that. Apologising would make him look weak. Losers apologise. And his spin isn't… [more]
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MeFi comment - 7 months ago

Jimmy Savile was accused of necrophillia?! Yes. (That article probably deserves a generalised trigger warning.) [more]
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MeFi comment - 7 months ago

"Maybe someone should tell Trump that withdrawing from the race is like declaring bankruptcy." Declaring moral bankruptcy. [more]
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MeFi comment - 7 months ago

Saying we're visiting England, Britain or the UK is too much like saying "oh we're visiting the Reich" to me now Yeah, I feel that way about the United States. [more]
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MeFi comment - 7 months ago

Government bars foreign academics from advising on Brexit [more]
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MeFi comment - 7 months ago

There is a very funny film to be made about the Golden Dawn society, and I'm surprised that no one's done it before. Possibly because most of the people so far with enough interest in Crowley to write it take him more seriously than, perhaps, is a… [more]
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MeFi comment - 7 months ago

Meanwhile, at some airport exchanges, the pound is now worth less than a euro. It's been that way for a while, though. On and off. The shocker is going to be when the Pound is worth less than a Dollar. Given that people are expecting £1… [more]
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MeFi comment - 7 months ago

I don't know where the best place for the question would be (indeed it might have already been answered in one of the other episode threads), but has anyone written anything about the series' relationship with Harlem? I'm thinking firstly that the… [more]
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FanFare comment - 7 months ago

The cycle superhighway down Blackfriars Road operates sort of like a storm drain - twice a day the floodgates open and thousands of cyclists flood up and down it (up in the morning, down in the evening). It's fairly quiet the rest of the time -… [more]
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MeFi comment - 7 months ago

Explaining a redesign of Elephant and Castle, a busy south London junction notorious for accidents, TfL says: “Currently, traffic dominates the area, and there are more collisions here than at almost any other junction in the capital. Changing the… [more]
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MeFi comment - 7 months ago

totally generic action
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Music post - 7 months ago

I wonder what will happen to the podcasting industry when Squarespace stop giving them money. [more]
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MeFi comment - 7 months ago

Currently in Japan, the BBC having got wise to the concept of VNPs, so no iPlayer. Still, reading the thread because I don't mind spoilers. Very glad to hear Julian Bleach is back as Davros, as I thought he was marvellous and a bit underused… [more]
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FanFare comment - 7 months ago

It was £160 for the upgrade, on top of the ticket. But that's largely because of the rail privatisation they pushed through last time they were in power. So fuck 'im. [more]
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MeFi comment - 7 months ago

In addition to which it's just struck me that the title of Chidi's book - initially, at least Who We Are And Who We Are Not - is probably not thematically incidental. [more]
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FanFare comment - 7 months ago

Is it just me or does the Island of Stability look like Japan? [more]
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MeFi comment - 8 months ago

Gosh. It appears there really is someone called Scooter Libby (am filthy foreigner, so don't know these things). Assumed it was a children's book about a small girl named Elizabeth. Who has a scooter. [more]
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MetaTalk comment - 8 months ago

Oh, and the only way I could live with the at-one-time-ubiquitous Foreigner song was imagine it was a paen to farmyard sexuality called I've Been Waiting for a Girl-like Ewe. [more]
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MeFi comment - 8 months ago

I'd want to see a more comprehensive list than these two before thinking there was something funny about it, largely because the Batley and Spen election became necessary at such a complicated time and in such a complicated way. Also, around October… [more]
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MeFi comment - 8 months ago

This song always makes me think of Casey Kasem, in his jumper. I generally saw America's Top 10 (or whatever number it was) very stoned at about three o'clock in the morning, and for some reason it all seems to boil down to this song. In my mind,… [more]
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MeFi comment - 8 months ago

Who are these people who remember their school days fondly well into middle age? Was that really the peak of their lives? I'm guessing that the best bit for a lot of people was college, when you didn't have much responsibility and you had… [more]
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MeFi comment - 8 months ago

I'm at a loss as to why anyone would want to listen to this stuff all day every day. My guess is that they're in their forties and fifties and spent the 80s doing things that were a lot more fun than what they now use the radio to distract… [more]
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MeFi comment - 8 months ago

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