Neil W

Neil W

  • Commented on Whoops Apocalypse!
    I think someone else mentioned sewer workers... I will absolutely fucking guarantee that if people can decide to work in the sewers because they enjoy it, then there will be no shortage of people who do work in the sewers...
  • Commented on Whoops Apocalypse!
    Well sure, anything satirical I come up with will have been at least considered seriously by someone in a corporation. Or possibly by the Soviet Union. Rise up the leaderboard to become a Stakhanovite! Earn the Hero of Socialist Labour...
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    Crossing the threads of post-Adamic "People sitting around playing Fortnite/Overwatch/PUBG/CODBLOPS" and Time was there were people queued up around the block to join the military as an alternative to working in coal mines or not working at all, then maybe...
  • Commented on Whoops Apocalypse!
    Yes, a Let's Play Commentary of some interesting people playing a game I like the look of but will never actually play is as good as having the radio or the cricket or a cookery program on in the background...
  • Commented on Whoops Apocalypse!
    I suspect that if you were to attempt to import something from outside the EU into Luxembourg airport you would not find lax border controls. Which is not to say that if you had the right paperwork filed it wouldn't...
  • Commented on Whoops Apocalypse!
    #33 (?) A faction of fanatical Remainers discover that due to an error in the marriage agreement of Charles and Camilla, the children of the Duchess of Cornwell from her prior marriage have been entered into the succession. They declare...
  • Commented on Whoops Apocalypse!
    Johnson is arguably the most unsuitable PM since 1832, if not before... For a moment I thought you were being very rude to Earl Grey. (Great Reform Act, Abolition of Slavery, had a blend of tea named after him)....
  • Commented on Ask me anything!
    I forget the details, though something similar to what you say is what is recommended. As I understand it my brother travels with his tour guiding phone and SIM which he uses exclusively for tour guiding....
  • Commented on Ask me anything!
    My brother's taken groups to tour parts of Russia including the Caucasus, and the security services took their phones when they entered and gave them back with something new running on it. They just left it there until they left...
  • Commented on Ask me anything!
    Is there anything you haven't written that you wish you had (either genre/generally, or more specific if it's not indiscreet/might happen one day)?...
  • Commented on Story time!
    ...but there isn't anyone here - the skimmed included - who has not stimulated me artistically or intellectually. I try my BEST to be frivolous, inconsequential and non-essential and THIS is the thanks I get. ... I may still be...
  • Commented on Story time!
    MattS #828 Turns out when you tip PR corporate right think into an DNN you get self optimised game playing craziness cubed. At the end of the Joker-Hotel* story Batman has to hack into the hotel server. He manages to...
  • Commented on Story time!
    Pharaohs were the ruler of ancient Egypt. (A Pharos was the ancient greek term for a lighthouse, most famously the one built in (hellenistic egyptian) Alexandria.) The Lighthouse in Glasgow was the offices of the Glasgow Herald, later became Scotland's...
  • Commented on Story time!
    My mistake: a groat is 4d, 3d is a thrupenny bit....
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    I recall an article in Dragon magazine in the early 90s about using various historic currency systems in D&D. I seem to recall that groats (3d, or 12 farthings) being approximately 10 times the smallest coin and half crowns (2s...
  • Commented on Story time!
    TV and film superheroes often find villains (regular, super and in between) in abandonded warehouse and factories, mostly because that's easiest to dress a soundstage for an interesting stunt/fight scene, but also because thematically a city that has vast industrial...
  • Commented on Story time!
    Joker McJokeface...
  • Commented on Story time!
    I think it was a D&D knock-off* I read rather than an official version that explictly suggested that a high level wizard should build a tower and dig a dungeon underneath, following which monsters will move in and every now...
  • Commented on Story time!
    "The way to make a small fortune in supervillainy is to start with a large fortune." I always assumed that most bat-villains were just doing what they loved (putting on masks, murdering people, maybe stealing diamonds or running an underworld...
  • Commented on Story time!
    Does the fact that KitKats, Penguins and Tim Tams are all chocolate biscuits make Paul McAuley's joke @72 more obvious? Batwoman came in about ten years ago I think, after my bat-comic days. She made a (live action) TV appearance...
  • Commented on Story time!
    This video clearly shows how the batmobile appears and disappears. 14 miles outside a Gotham City that looks very like Los Angeles....
  • Commented on Story time!
    Robert "The Bruce" Wayne, prominent local businessman, is known for being approchable and down to earth, even taking the train rather than driving or flying when he goes to visit his offices in Glasgow. Some overexcited villains decide that this...
  • Commented on Story time!
    Pigeon @40. Well quite. In mythical comic-book Glasgow*, people fight back against criminals even more than they do in real life. Only the most desperate and violent criminals continue, often losing touch with reality as they do so, taking on...
  • Commented on Story time!
    What was up with Tony Stark, the genocidal maniac with a large and well funded PR department who everyone thinks is a good guy because after making billions being the bad guy he repents? It's a mystery. Anyway, back to...
  • Commented on Story time!
    So anyway, Glaswegian Batman villains. Mister Freeze - Inspired by Lord Kelvin, tries to reach absolute zero, it goes wrong, gets caught up in the Ice Cream Van Wars in the 80s Calendar Man - No real change, but has...
  • Commented on The Inevitable Brexit Thread (2)
    Even weirder is that 110g is about a quarter of a pound, so a decagram would already be a recognisable amount to the British public, while allowing manufacturers to reduce the portion size by about 10% (possibly leaving the price...
  • Commented on The Inevitable Brexit Thread (2)
    The American Imperial system of weights & measures is the OLD British Imperial system from before the reforms that took place in the U.K. after the English Civil War. British Imperial measurements were standardised/orginate from/made official in the Weights and...
  • Commented on The Inevitable Brexit Thread (2)
    I agree with you; in fact the most likely version of the report that clears Trump et al of wilful wrongdoing would be the one that makes his team look like a bunch of idiots out of their depth, which...
  • Commented on The Inevitable Brexit Thread (2)
    Sure, here's another conceivable scenario: 1. Mueller's report, despite a. the meetings with Russian officials and businessmen by the Trump campaign; b. the ongoing attempts to build a Trump Tower Moscow and; c. the thing that would give the Russian...
  • Commented on The Inevitable Brexit Thread (2)
    "Brexiternity" The new word for the situation....
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