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Given that the Fanfare thread about Fight Club is all about IKEA, it would be fitting if this thread was all about Fight Club, wouldn't it? [more]
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MeFi comment - 7 months ago

Oh, and I remember getting a lift to the Wembley IKEA a while ago, arriving shortly before opening time on Sunday. The car park was full of people attentively watching the front doors. When the doors opened they surged forwards. It was a kind of… [more]
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MeFi comment - 7 months ago

(For what it's worth, I like IKEA very much when it fulfils my need for relatively sturdy and conservatively designed household objects at a reasonable price. Similarly Muji, though their prices are more premium in London than they need to be.) [more]
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MeFi comment - 7 months ago

Trump’s top trade adviser accuses Germany of currency exploitation That's the problem with a clown car on fire. As soon as it gets on stage there are burning clowns running around everywhere. [more]
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MeFi comment - 7 months ago

Given that it now looks like the world is going to be run by school bullies for the foreseeable future (or at least until they run it into the ground, which won't take that long, but considerably longer than one might like), and while wishing to… [more]
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MeFi comment - 7 months ago

Speaking from a pretty contemptible morass of bewilderment on the other side of the Atlantic, by the way, something that's come into my head that would annoy the right people: Explicitly appropriate the language of the right - lots of rhetoric about… [more]
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MeFi comment - 7 months ago

I'd switch to wording that better reflects Trump's lack of control or incompetence, like Bannon's Puppet Bannon's Handpuppet. [more]
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MeFi comment - 7 months ago

Johnson, the odious blob, is gibbering in defence of the order. Tories in general seem to be trying to decide whether to be Chamberlain or Quisling. [more]
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MeFi comment - 7 months ago

There’s a guy standing behind Nigel Farage in the European Parliament holding a sign saying he’s lying [more]
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MeFi comment - 7 months ago

I was shocked there - "Tilda Swinton, older than 55? How can it be possible?" But it's not only possible, it is so. What is the universe coming to? [more]
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MeFi comment - 7 months ago

And Eleanor Bron. Personally I'd like Adeel Akhtar, but we should probably file that under "Things that really are not going to happen", largely because his air of baffled, slightly glum geniality is something that I think would be… [more]
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MeFi comment - 7 months ago

It can always be worse. Could be Bill Pryor. Or Judge Dredd. [more]
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MeFi comment - 7 months ago

Three series is about right, I think. Personally I've enjoyed seeing him do the role - and the last three episodes of last season were among the most remarkable things in an era of remarkable television - and am looking forward to this last series,… [more]
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MeFi comment - 7 months ago

Actually, that's unfair - there was just a Tory condemning it. But someone should slap Jacob Rees-Mogg. [more]
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MeFi comment - 7 months ago

On one of the Five Years documentaries (I think the first one), there's a clip of an interview with older, cheeky-crappie Bowie, where he says the Spiders were a bit leery of the make-up and clothes until they found out the girls who followed the… [more]
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MeFi comment - 7 months ago

We're in the closing stages of World War III. We didn't even know it was happening. And we're about to lose. [more]
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MeFi comment - 7 months ago

(That should have been "cheeky chappie", not "cheeky-crappie". FFS, OS X, leave my spelling alone.) [more]
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MeFi comment - 7 months ago

Not having encountered him other than as a name that people reference, I've been watching some of his many appearances on YouTube, as my reading comprehension isn't great and I often only understand things that people say out loud. The Left is… [more]
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MeFi comment - 7 months ago

Foyles was amazing. 1. It was the only shop in Britain that used the Soviet method for selling, viz: you took your books to one desk. They gave you a ticket. You took the ticket to another desk to pay. Having paid, you took your receipt back to… [more]
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Ask MeFi comment - 7 months ago

Yes, Charing Cross Road was notably bookshops. Oxford Street is where the big clothing chains are. Old Bond Street shops? Actual posh shops would be boutiques in... and there my memory fails me. I know Princess Di favoured the small shops just… [more]
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Ask MeFi comment - 7 months ago

Bush Sr was CIA director in the 1970s if that helps at all. Perhaps not. [more]
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MeFi comment - 8 months ago

And, thus, Dead Like Me? And now I'm watching it, no, obviously not. I am getting a 'B' Ark vibe, though. And The Village out of The Prisoner, of course. [more]
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FanFare comment - 8 months ago

Like a few people, I suspect I came to The Roches because Fripp produced their first album, and I read about it in (I think, startlingly) Omni. His solo on Hammond Song is still one of my favourite Fripp solos. However, I'm glad… [more]
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MeFi comment - 8 months ago

Oh, I don't hold out much hope for the structural integrity of the Lincoln Memorial if they do that. [more]
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MeFi comment - 8 months ago

Didn't he say he was going to take the weekend off? Is this his hobby, too? [more]
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MeFi comment - 8 months ago

I don't know where we're going, but we're going ... Well, we know where we're going. But we don't know where we've been. [more]
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MeFi comment - 8 months ago

It does feel like what's happening on the TV at the end of a movie, where the hero is in the background, running from one place to another to get the thing to the thing so they can do the thing and avert the end of the world. Except I suspect the… [more]
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MeFi comment - 8 months ago

That Inauguration Lineup in full: Ted Nugent opens the proceedings with a medley of The Star Spangled Banner, Hail To the Chief and Wang Dang Sweet Poontang Otis Webber plays popular tunes on his accordion, while his wife… [more]
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MeFi comment - 8 months ago

(Just to drop in something from a parallel universe, with no real relevance to the conversation: Here in the UK, John Lewis is a department store, Scott Walker is a 60s heartthrob pop star turned scary avant-garde artist, and Dave Brock is the… [more]
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MeFi comment - 8 months ago

Someone should steal it and convert it into a homeless shelter. [more]
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MeFi comment - 8 months ago

The pony died. Very sad. [more]
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MeFi comment - 8 months ago

Where is Gandalf when you need him? On top of Trump Tower, trying to get the message out by moth. [more]
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MeFi comment - 8 months ago

I was thinking about the White House Correspondents' dinner the other day - God only knows why - and it was fairly clear that Li'l Donny is unlikely to turn up anyway, so they should just invite Alec Baldwin to play him instead. [more]
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MeFi comment - 8 months ago

I want him to be standing at the 18th hole on his Scottish golf course, look out to see and there's nothing but windmills as far as the eye can see. [more]
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MeFi comment - 8 months ago

By the way - and I hope this isn't too tasteless - is it a simulation / AI / tech billionaire in-joke that the first host William meets is played by Talulah Riley, Elon Musk's ex-wife? [more]
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FanFare comment - 8 months ago

And after the credits have rolled, cut to a shot of Huell, still sitting in the hotel room, watching the TV (we can hear the soundtrack of a rerun of Malcolm in the Middle), surrounded by empty pizza boxes. Forgotten. Fade to black. [more]
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MeFi comment - 8 months ago

Whoa, I just saw a clip of Klaus Nomi doing The Cold Song today! It's actually very hard to watch, as he looks unwell. Odd, I've always found it luminous. Apart from the fact that it's lovely to have one clip of a stadium audience cheering… [more]
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MeFi comment - 8 months ago

I'm not going to do any more guessing, because when the episode finally rolls around, I feel like I need to see how many points I got. One thing that strikes me about the show is the way in which it's about human beings striving to do the best… [more]
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MeFi comment - 8 months ago

It could also be BRING F SACK. Which, admittedly, means nothing. But it could. I know we all have strange fantasy versions of things we watch, and I (and I alone) wanted a 70s- or 80s-style situation comedy, shot multi camera on a single stage… [more]
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MeFi comment - 8 months ago

Finally saw it this afternoon, and it's the most wonderful confection of silliness. I think a lot of things that are wrong are wrong deliberately - for example, the Laurence Lorenz movie is shot exactly like a 1930s film, but the sailor musical… [more]
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FanFare comment - 8 months ago

The one true Fring origin story. He was bitten by a radioactive chicken? [more]
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MeFi comment - 8 months ago

It would, of course, be different if Barks was attempting to lock down all the Rumi related intellectual property, stopping other translators from producing their own versions of the 13th century work. Luckily, Western copyright and trademark laws… [more]
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MeFi comment - 8 months ago

I think it's a really good idea. I don't know how often I'd make it (which might be a feature rather than a bug), but it's a great idea. I'd suggest either keeping the venue the same or planning a schedule well in advance, so there doesn't need to be any negotiation nearer the time. It's amazing how much partying dies in the planning stages. [more]
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IRL comment - 8 months ago

My suspicion is that whatever happens to Chuck - and everyone knowing it comes down to Jimmy even if they can't prove it - is going to be the thing that finally puts him out in the cold. Perhaps Kim goes back to Howard. Criminal lawyer or not,… [more]
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FanFare comment - 8 months ago

Is B Cox the first Cunk interviewee who was absolutely definitely in on the joke? [more]
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FanFare comment - 8 months ago

The Man in Black drags her off for something, but we don't know what it is. Killing everybody else is just to get them out of the way. It's something he does almost every night, by his own admission. I suspect he's trying to reprogram her in… [more]
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FanFare comment - 8 months ago

(You know that sometimes people complain in Metatalk about Americans wandering into threads that are focused on the specific experiences of countries that aren't America and turn them into places they can generally chitchat about America. You're… [more]
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MeFi comment - 8 months ago

So thanks to this I've listened to Screen Kiss a few times. It was thanks to Dolby's cover of Jungle Line that I got into Joni Mitchell, and it struck me a long time ago that it's an almost perfect Mitchell/Hissing of Summer… [more]
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MeFi comment - 8 months ago

“Westworld,” Race, and the Western I've read that three times and the only conclusion I can come to is that the author is so enthusiastic to tell people he's read a book by W.E.B. DuBois that he completely misses the point of… [more]
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FanFare comment - 8 months ago

My wife was convinced that they were going to go with Paranoid Android, which we played immediately after watching the episode, and, yes, it's perfect. But there will be other opportunities. And it's very long. Perhaps the whole show was… [more]
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FanFare comment - 8 months ago

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