Greg. Tingey

Greg. Tingey

  • Commented on Gods and genre
    Leni Riefenstahl was always ambiguous - I think she just wanted to make good cinema & the guvmint had the money to support her. People like her had a difficult time, because you could not easily work (unless you fled...
  • Commented on Loncon 3: Charlie's worldcon schedule
    See you there ... P.S. There may still be Morris-Dancing @ the con on the Sunday, assuming we ( Chingford Morris, that is) can still mount a full side - probably NW clog, rather than Cotswold style. Also, & incidentally,...
  • Commented on Keep the money in the family
    Thank you very much, Charlie. I ( & I suspect a lot of other people ) will be taking careful notes for future use. Also, that explains where Vonda Macintyre "went to", so to speak. I will be looking for...
  • Commented on Who Owns SF?
    Back to the original question The writers & the readers, of course. Also, in SF, I suspect that the "community" is much closer than in many other genres, because of internal feedback loops, of which cons are the best example....
  • Commented on Gods and genre
    Given the Nazis' Kinder, Kirche, K├╝che attitudes, as officially sanctioned, that is even mor remarkable - I still wonder about her, actually. I mean a registered (ex) Nazi working for Nkrumah. You what?...
  • Commented on Gods and genre
    Meanwhile, back in what we laughingly call reality ... A very interesting lady has just died, aged 99. Lettice Curtis, one of the Sptifire women Though she flew a lot more than "mere" Spitfires, as you will see if you...
  • Commented on Who Owns SF?
    There was also the infamous "No Fraternisation" order issued to BAOR in approx My-June 1945, that quite frankly, lied to the troops, blaming all Germans for "war guilt". When we knew, quite well (My father's February-1944-printed handbooks on Germany, issued...
  • Commented on Who Owns SF?
    Exception The late Sir Peter Scott noted "deviant" sexual behaviour in many Ducks (especially) & Swans & commented that this was only to be expected, because all species did it. [ I was reading a fascinating piece on Bewick's Swans...
  • Commented on Who Owns SF?
    ... and abortifacient herbal remedies were quite common. LOTS of mint - especially the variety/species called "Pennyroyal". Small ( often VERY SMALL) quantities of Wormwood & maybe Rue - though you have to be very careful with the latter...
  • Commented on Who Owns SF?
    ALmost entirely wrong all the way through, as you are in #56 too. Priestly celibacy didn't come in until some time between 95 - 1050 CE, IIRC. Nicola & Charlie have it. Religion is about control & even more, power....
  • Commented on Gods and genre
    At this point, I think I'm happy to acknowledge that I've never read E E Smith. I'd heard descriptions & it always struck me as another dose of "Yet again the blasters spat ravening fire" school of entertainment/bad writing .....[...
  • Commented on App store annoyances
    Free apps that turn out to contain advertising that you can't get rid of, whilst trying to use the app. The real pain of trying to get hold of a download of any app that then actually works & downloads...
  • Commented on Gods and genre
    Very slight correction. As you say, the Marriage Bar was formally, permanently dropped on civil servants in Britain in 1945, but there was, IIRC a "for the duration" dropping of said bar sometime 1939-41, as they REALLY NEEDED morried women...
  • Commented on Gods and genre
    SoV if your son is bullied by a bigger boy at school, well, you can hardly fight his battles for him when he grows up, can you? It follows that 'interfering' now comes at the expense of making him a...
  • Commented on Gods and genre
    OTOH David Niven? Dirk Bogarde? Alec Guiness? James Doohan? ( "Scotty" ) Played screen heroes & officers & gentlemen - and they already know the script, having been there & seen horrible things....
  • Commented on Gods and genre
    That's because Glide Path isn't a novel. It's a very-thinly veiled autobiographical description of the development of GCA & working behind he scenes in WWII...
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    SoV I recently saw a (newspaper?) piece on J Wayne. The man admitted that his cinema persona was a construct, whom he knew well, & on whom he depended for an income. Apparently he was an enthusiastic chess-player, read quite...
  • Commented on Gods and genre
    Well, Nicola ... that says an awful lot about the braindeads handing out the labelling of said extremely talented (Genius in the case of UKleG) writers ... doesn't it? She still has a way with words, I'm glad to see:...
  • Commented on Gods and genre
    What's happened to the commentariat in this thread? Have you all sent your brains out to lunch? No mention of U K le Guin, who deals with sex, inside hard SF a lot, nor Joanna Russ (Who doesn't seem to...
  • Commented on Some rambling thoughts on region restrictions
    A T T "Travellers Cheques" (Or checks in the USA - why you would want to write money on your shirt leads to very involved puns...) Now there's another dying remnant - in the process of being wiped out by...
  • Commented on Some rambling thoughts on region restrictions
    A working prole is almost anyone with an income of under a quarter of a million, Sterling, per year. I know that sounds insane, but it's true. Remember, we are talking about the 0.1%, or maybe an even smaller volume...
  • Commented on Some rambling thoughts on region restrictions
    You should have tried the late-1960's! The price of even a secondhand Leica here was ridiculous - before VAT, we had: "Purchase Tax". And cameras were a "luxury" - like refrigerators, for Gnu's sake ..... One reason why UK domestic...
  • Commented on Some rambling thoughts on region restrictions
    Immigration, racism & labour exploitation. There's the other side of it, of course. Exploitation of those immigrants. Some guvmints & $Big_Business_Employers LURVE lots of immigration. It keeps labour cheap, disrupts employee-strength & they don't have to pay for education. That...
  • Commented on Rhesus Chart: blood dripping fresh ...
    Did corporatism really die with fascism? I'm not so sure, especially when you see the size of the corrupt deals being done for $_Big_Business in Washington & Brussels ( & other places) Carefully NOT looking at U Eco ... Fascism...
  • Commented on Rhesus Chart: blood dripping fresh ...
    trottelreiner Been there, done all of that, got the T-shirt, seen the movie. Once upon a day I worked in a research lab, where at least two people had interesting small wrist-tattoes. And quite a few esapees, also one of...
  • Commented on Spoiler Thread
    Thanks SNIFF - can't bring it along to Loncon_3 .... P.S. The Beer arrangements & putative pub-crawls for said event are getting interesting. Suffice to say, something will be organised (!)...
  • Commented on Spoiler Thread
    Sorry - repeat question ... When is the super-duper luxury "Equoid" coming out? [ Yes, I have got a copy on order ]...
  • Commented on Rhesus Chart: blood dripping fresh ...
    Please don't! This is one of my nightmares in this world ... My parent's generation spent a huge amount of blood & all of their treasure to defeat an evil. That evil has suffered a defeat & a respite, taken...
  • Commented on Rhesus Chart: blood dripping fresh ...
    Oh dear. Now ( I was going to get a copy this week, anyway) I'm going to have to read it very carefully. There is a definitive biography of Geo Stephenson, by the late Tom Rolt, published 1960, which also...
  • Commented on Rhesus Chart: blood dripping fresh ...
    I forgot - but was reminded, going throough my "files" ... When do the copies of the VERY NICE edition of "Equoid" come out? I have deliberately not read an on-line version, as I prefer dead tree, if I can...
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