Posts from 14th May 2007

May 07

ALICE COOPER – “School’s Out”

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#317, 12th August 1972

Go ask Alice 

My first French teacher was a great heap of a man who I remember for his sweat patches and his bitterness and the way he changed the seating plan in the class around every few weeks, based on test results. If you came first, you got to sit front and center, and the rest of the class would zig-zag back behind you until the back row was filled with the worst half-dozen students, so he and they could ignore one another. This was a poor motivational tactic, as Monsieur M. smelt bad and if you did well you were best placed for a whiff of him. I was either too guileless or scared or proud to do badly, and so I ended up at the front, a lot, nose full of sweat while I glumly conjugated.


Coelacanths ATTACK!

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Prime-time ITV Saturday teatime drama about dinosaurs attacking modern Britain. How we laughed and muttered “Cheap Doctor Who rip-off” under our breaths. Well I should take that breath back, and the mutt’rin’ too: last week I watch all of Primeval, said programme, and it is great. What is really nice about it is its greatness lies in almost all the areas which are different to Doctor Who. Primarily in a strong set of casting and central performances which dovetail nicely with the expensive special effects. But also with a script which actually spends quite a lot of time trying to make its nonsensical premise make sense – particularly from a dramatic viewpoint.


The problem with much sci-fi and fantasy is not with far-fetched ideas. Far-fetched ideas is what the genre is based on.