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Jul. 12th, 2005 @ 03:06 pm Rollicking, hearty, provincial, ever-so-slightly multicultural UK jingoism from 1797
By a Mr Thomas Dibdin, writer of divers Musical Entertainments.
Bet the tune it was set to is terrible too. I like it though.

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Jul. 12th, 2005 @ 11:57 am Just when I was slagging off the Guardian...
This piece comes along and makes up for everything.

http://www.guardian.co.uk/attackonlondon/comment/story/0,16141,1526575,00.html

I haven't read a great deal of op-ed pieces since the bombs, but this is definitely the best so far. Read it for a bit of much-needed perspective.

London endures.
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Jul. 4th, 2005 @ 12:37 pm In Defence of Blockbusters.
A long and rather rambly essay about spider-men and gorillas follows. In response to recent posts about science fiction. Go on, read it, I dare you!

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Jun. 21st, 2005 @ 11:32 am An Editor is Me!
Hooray! I'm leaving PSW to go and make kiddy magazines for John Brown Junior. I'm an editor/real boy/butterfly at last!

In one month, it all gets immensely (more) confusing and stressful. Hooray!
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Jun. 7th, 2005 @ 11:48 am V for Vicarious Viewing
So I was walking through Chalk Farm last night, across the picturesque rail bride to Primrose Hill, and who should be there but an entire shooting crew for V for Vendetta...

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May. 26th, 2005 @ 01:27 pm Chavs II: The Deceptively Tough Can't Be Arsed Question
Okay, so we've got a couple of questions from the Chav-tastic last post that I'd like to ask.

1) Is laziness immoral? What do you call lazy, anyway?

2) Given that the majority of you (not you Alan1957, I know) are middle-class folks with liberal views... are most working class people less moral than you? I mean, really, what do you think?

I think these are two deceptively tough questions.

(But does deceptively tough mean easier than they look or harder than they look? I never quite know...)

Feel free, people, to mention this post to others, as some of you have kindly done with the last one.
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May. 25th, 2005 @ 09:50 am Chavs aren't people... DISCUSS
Personally, I don't think the chav thing is anything new. I think they're just a working class tribe like any other. They used to be spivs, or teddy boys, or skins, or kevs, or townies, or (a certain type of)ravers... there has always been an annoying, cheaply but snappily dressed, don't give a shit working class wide boy element to British culture.

And it's always been underrepresented by middle-class media.

I think the thing that really pisses most people off about chavs, after the anti-social behaviour, is that they're so fucking happy. And I think there's a certain middle-class sentiment that thinks relatively poor people shouldn't be that happy with their lot. Or that materialistic either.

I've had conversations before (with Katyha) about whether the word Chav is offensive or not. Hmm.

Alan, I've bet you've got something to say about this, if you're there too.

What does everyone think? Is Chav an offensive term? Should the whole concept of chavishness be wiped out in the UK today? Or is it to be encouraged? I'm interested to find out. And what americans think too!
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May. 20th, 2005 @ 10:30 am On the Overhang
Dah. You know when your body starts screaming I NEEEED THEEE SAAALTY FOOOD GREEENGO! during a hangover, and you feel all... concave, in some weird way, and reality is stretched too thin and you're not in pain but your head has shifted 90 degrees into some other dimension and your belly doesn't know what to do with itself, and yet your subtle dissociation from reality kind of makes everything a l'il bit funky, albeit in a paranoid way?

I've got that.
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May. 17th, 2005 @ 01:44 pm Prompted by seeing Star Wars Episode III
No spoilers though.

...'Scuse me if I geek out for a minute, but we were talking about the difference between DeathStar v1.0 in A New Hope and DeathStar 2.0, as seen in Return of the Jedi. The second Death Star is 'fully operational' even though it's obviously still in construction.

So here"s a transcription of a scene that must have ocurred between Empire Strikes Back and Return of the Jedi.Collapse )
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Dec. 17th, 2004 @ 02:50 pm Holy fuck, is all.
http://www.guardian.co.uk/arts/features/story/0,11710,1369643,00.html
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