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Plastic People

Out Zappering Zapper? Still going after 40 years +

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Loving this concept. Squashed.

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I only have one other game that I think can be called 3D in the same way.

I have dreamt about collecting all the major abstract strategy board games into one collection for years now; and making a 3D ‘table’ system to make the collection as compact as possible.

One of those bucket ‘to do’ list things that you never seem to quite get around to doing. The problem of course is that it would be unlikely to be marketable, so would be by design a one off.

Riddley Walker

I have finally managed to find a copy of Russell Hoban’s book from a library. I did of course see the book back in the 80s, with the bright Mr Punch cover, but never twigged what the narrative was about’ I think I believed it to be some kind of political satire in the Yes Prime Minister mould, kind of Spitting Image.

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If I had known it was post-apocalyptic …

A good source of info.

GONE RUNNING

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Movies about AI seem to e becoming more mainstream? This looks like it might be fun? Wonderful what they can do with green screen and computers these days. I wonder if anyone will ever go back and digitally alter older films, to update the clunky [but good for their time] SFX?

There were tweaks to the final final final director’s super special final cut of Blade Runner [director's final cut], so perhaps the idea isn’t too fanciful? I seem to recall an A. C. Clark novel where a character was an editor who went through old films to remove all instances of smoking [hard to do for Noir], unless I am imagining that?

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umbrella academy

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A very interesting graphic novel in the mysterious births, super powers children, secret society mould. Beautifully coloured, witty, surreal.

vanitas

Part fashion shoot, part Grey’s Anatomy. Brilliant. Fernando Vicente

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Día de Muertos

Looking at the posts of this past week makes me realise they may seem rather grumpy? I think it is merely this remembrance time of year that always subconsciously gets me thinking about past lives and attitudes; a time of respect, honour, duty, sacrifice, common values; all things that largely seem out of fashion these days. Or perhaps that is merely a mistaken and romantic view of the past?

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No one asked anyone to give their lives to fight fascism, to toil away for the common good, to be bound by truth and honesty above self-satisfaction.

Perhaps the concepts of reflection, contemplation, empathy, are simply being breed out of the human psyche? Perhaps they only have a place in a slower moving world?

Halloween

I must admit these are awesome products for the horror season.

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Bear sleeping bag

Knitted heart

Knitted heart

Blood splattered wallpaper

Blood splattered wallpaper

Chopping board

Chopping board

Zombie teddy bear

Zombie teddy bear

Farewell Boleyn

I see the owners of West Ham Utd are trying to cash in on the demise of their football ground 1904 – 2016. Shameful. But a smart business move as I am sure that there will be many, many takers.

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Having been around many grounds as a steward and in many function and board rooms on courses/conferences etc I have to say on one level they are just buildings; and pretty much all the same.

The impact on the location and the place in the hearts of fans however is another matter. Several traditional local businesses have already closed [pie and mash shops, public houses] and I can only see that trend continue when West Ham moves out completely in 2016.

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Yes, the Olympic stadium had to go somewhere.  Yes, the resulting regeneration around Stratford is welcomed. Yes, the stadium had to have a purpose post games and a football team was certain to be involved. The Hammers were the logical choice [despite fans objections].

If they are smart they will also sell off the seats, the turf, and the crushed remains of the towers [just like the Berlin Wall rubble]. If they are smart the goal areas will remain as open spaces around the planned redevelopment. What will happen to the champions statue though? Relocation?

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Tradition is now just something for the rich to own and the poor to be nostalgic about? The past merely something that can be sold. Perhaps it was always this way. Still, football used to be a game for real men; now they’re all overpaid cry baby actors.

Check out this site for some old time football grounds.

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