Archives – 2008 – May  

Comics: A Beginner’s Guide: Old Superhero Comics: Marvel
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There’s a limited amount of pleasure to be had in the really early superhero comics (1938 onwards), but there was a real leap forwards in the early ’60s, thanks to two people at Marvel comics – and no, I am not including Stan Lee in[…]

the proof at last!: alien caught blinking
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“authentic” video released today (authentic here seems to mean that YES it is indeed a video, and not for example a sellotape dispenser)[…]

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14. Messiah – Temple Of Dreams
Without further ado! The engines are throbbing at the start line, ready for Richard Dawson’s Running Man evocation to wave the chequered flag: “It’s time… to start…. RUNNING!” A[…]

Europop 2008: Group D Finale
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Group D concludes with Spain and Russia needing wins against Greece and Sweden respectively. Listen, vote, and below the cut you’ll find track details, comment, analysis, match reports and previews.

How to vote: If you download the songs pleas[…]

Comics: A Beginner’s Guide: Old Comedy Newspaper Strips
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There’s nothing in comics of any kind that I love more or regard more highly than two very old newspaper strips.
Krazy Kat
This strip started in 1914 and ran for thirty years, until the death of its creator George Herriman. The Sunday strips st[…]

Would You Rather Be Called Toilet Cleaner?
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I am probably not alone in the UK to having The Wizard Of Oz as one of my first film memories. Not at the cinema of course, but rather on television at Christmas, one of those yuletide traditions which I never questioned*. It may be where I got a fon[…]

5 Point Plan For The UK To Win* Eurovision
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*where win = “maybe come a respectable fifth”
The BIG T has had enough of Eurovision because the UK keeps doing atrociously in it, and he is leading a chorus of RAGE in the press saying we should pull out. I suspect the majority of the 7 […]

Comics: A Beginner’s Guide: Hernandez Brothers
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I routinely review what I read on my LJ blog. After a recent comic review, one friend asked for a dummies’ guide to comics. It’s not the first time I’ve come across someone interested who doesn’t really know where to start. I […]


Scooter ‘Jumping All Over The World’
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Kim Wilde, Limahl, Quo, OMD, Sisters ov Mercies, and er Sailor. All jumped up and fabulous style.[…]

Europop 2008: Group C Finale
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Qualification from Group C is on a knife-edge with all four sides still in with a shout. Listen to the songs, vote on which you prefer, and click below the cut for managerial comment, analysis, and previews.

How to vote: Simply vote for the track yo[…]


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