Posts from 17th July 2006

Jul 06

Tanya’s Lessons in Hate: Science 1 – The Pipettes

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Having taken in more geography than is becoming to a lady of leisure, my mind turns to other avenues of improvement. So, dear reader, I will for now spare you some of my lesser global adventures, such as hearing both the Orinoco flow (a beautiful restful sound of rippling clear water, and not the sounds of suffocating in regurgitated blancmange) and the Russian Steppes (cyrillic ABBA-lite).

No, for now I am taken back to my heady schoolgirl days, when geography was just “colouring in” by another name, and the weekly Music lessons taught me all that I needed to know about HATE in the form of worse-than-jason’s-dreamcoat-yes-i-said-worse likes of “Swinging Samson” (Michael Hurd has a lot to answer for.) Other more, happier memories, even now are becoming clouded…



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Now, I’m not a great one for petitions myself, they tend not to have any effect on whoever they are sent to, yes the outcome might be achieved, but this is much more likely to be because it’s what was going to happen anyway or politicking on a much higher level than some bits of paper that are almost certainly signed by M Mouse or D Duck (and certainly by Tony B Liar) somewhere.

On-line petitions only magnify this, shouting into the void about bringing back an old TV show, or reforming an old band, or not cancelling something else.

But this one really caught my eye. Not so much because it’s yet another football club being destroyed by evil money-grabbing bastards, not even because Crawley have a lovely ground (best toilets in the conference by a MILE), a town full of wacky architecture and nice pubs and always let us win so I have fond memories of my two visits so far. The main thing is the wide-ranging support they are getting from fans of other clubs (interestingly in clumps from particular clubs, I guess when the story has popped up on their messageboards) and that almost all of these fans have been through similar things. It’s more like a support group than people raging against the useless bosses, which is both saddening and heartening at the same time. Pretty much everyone else has come through this eventually and I sincerely hope Crawley joins this list.


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The latest issue of 2000AD – Prog 1496 – is something of a milestone. The comic rumbles on as per usual, marking time before another landmark prog (and to be fair, 1500 issues is pretty amazing for a British comic in the current market) with fill-in stories. But – one of the fill-in stories is by my brother!* Go-Machine is a violent tale of cyborg boxing, corruption and redemption.


My Pokey Face

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Pokerface winnerPoker Face, ITV’s new quiz show stripped across last week, looked relatively promising on paper. A head to head general knowledge quiz where, after five questions, the two contestants have to judge if they have done better than their opponents, and potentially out-bluff them if they had. On paper it worked well. The million pound finale was an absolute disaster.

 The problems were manifold. Contestants were able to watch previous rounds to see how much their opponents have bluffed. Contestants were told the answers to the questions so they knew how much they had right.


THE BEATLES – “Hello Goodbye”

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#241, 9th December 1967

HI DERE BYE DERESomeone on I Love Music recently asked the sharp question, when someone says a song is “Beatlesque”, which Beatles records are they actually thinking of?


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KARMAH – “Every Breath You Take Just Be Good To Me” – ‘mash-up’ plus mind-boggling Turbo B style rapping. A mention, not a recommendation.

Like A Mouse

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One of the heartening things about going through old posts – for the mundane purposes of code fiddling – is seeing how after only a week or so most of them have a handful of new-format hits.