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  • Commented on Why I barely read SF these days
    And thus are dreams shattered. Oh well....
  • Commented on Why I barely read SF these days
    As SAAB developed their lovely slant-four from Triumph's 1500cc four, I've often wondered if it's possible to finagle an early SAAB 900 turbo head onto a Spit engine with some beefed-up internals......
  • Commented on Why I barely read SF these days
    Yup. I've used that exact argument to claim Buckfast is, essentially, fruit salad. It even has [i]extra vitamins[/i]!...
  • Commented on Why I barely read SF these days
    Yeah, I found it a bit Mallory Towers In space (that may reflect more on my tastes than Chambers' writing, however)....
  • Commented on The crazy years
    If they *do* run Victorian Dad from Viz comic as a potential PM, I hope the electorate roundly disabuses them of the notion that it was in any way a good idea to do so....
  • Commented on The crazy years
    Indeed I have. I've had many a BL product, including a rather venerable Austin Ambassador, dubbed 'The Ambastador due to its quirks. Very comfortable and spacious, with gorgeous turbine wheels and fantastic 70s wedge styling, but prone to the most...
  • Commented on The crazy years
    Yup. It is merely more subtle in its manipulations....
  • Commented on The crazy years
    'Tom Cruise does boringly obvious thing in film' is hardly a surprise though. Certainly not compared to seeing an Austin Maestro presumably in more or less one bit....
  • Commented on Dude, you broke the future!
    Re: lottery, we could then have a referendum at the end of their term to see whether they get a small stipend and a commemorative plaque, or go to jail for being dreadful?...
  • Commented on Unforeseen Consequences and that 1929 vibe
    I'm just amazed we're not talking about Charlie's windows yet....
  • Commented on Unforeseen Consequences and that 1929 vibe
    I've had to turn noscript off, I hat the new interface so much. WTF was wrong with the bloody context menu for god's sake?...
  • Commented on Unforeseen Consequences and that 1929 vibe
    It's also possible to do this with your right foot heel and toenig both brake and accelerator when you're handbrake is knackered (I drove in a LOT of very bad 70s era BL products in the 90s)....
  • Commented on Crib Notes: Empire Games
    A Secret Base must include at least one underground feature. Especially if you're the baddies....
  • Commented on A bright and shiny hell
    I've been enjoying Walter Blaire's Eternal Front series, which riff on WWI and imperialism and suchlike. They're refreshingly good, being Kindle Unlimited SF with no Space Marines in sight at all, even though it's SF about a war. Also The...
  • Commented on A bright and shiny hell
    Well, they do taste better, don't they? Of course, they're smaller than the farmed ones, and it's much harder to remove the tentacles and the poison sac from the wild Haggis, but it's worth the trouble....
  • Commented on Trapped in the wrong trouser-leg of time
    Miele is a perfect exemplar of Commander Vimes' Boots. Excellent, long-lasting and hideously expensive....
  • Commented on Character and Exposition are Plot: Why most pop critical terms aren't useful to writers
    I once read a hundred pages or so of a Kevin J Anderson book (wheelers, I think). Then I said a Bad Word and hurled it across the room. You're clearly more tolerant than me....
  • Commented on Some notes on the worst-case scenario
    I was under the impression the tundra melting would lead to a Case Nightmare Fart situation when all the methane trapped there gets dumped in the atmosphere?...
  • Commented on Wooden Train Parenting
    Tiny bagpipes, you say? Where is this shop, exactly? I have nephews and nieces, and my daughter is 21, so there can't be any Xmas payback... Apropos wooden training and denying kids Minecraft, it is infinite Lego, FFS. What parent...
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