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Spaced (at 21): geekiest sitcom ever? (video: cast panel).

January 17, 2020 | By | Reply More
Spaced (at 21): geekiest sitcom ever? (video: cast panel).

Spaced was perhaps the geekiest comedy sitcom, like, ever! It could take on the Big Bang Theory and leave our American cousins wheezing on the floor, begging for less scifi and comic-book in-jokes! In this video panel, Simon Pegg and Jessica Hynes, its director, Edgar Wright and cast and crew including Mark Heap and Reece […]

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Birding Without Borders by Noah Strycker (book review).

January 17, 2020 | By | Reply More
Birding Without Borders by Noah Strycker (book review).

Here’s a book about a hobby taken to an extreme. Casual birdwatching is common enough, and some people take it a bit seriously, planning daytrips or summer holidays to places with particularly interesting variety of birdlife. But Noah Strycker aimed even higher, taking himself around the world with the aim to ‘spot’ at least half […]

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Girl Warriors by Svenja Hohenstein (book review).

January 15, 2020 | By | Reply More
Girl Warriors by Svenja Hohenstein (book review).

‘Girl Warriors’ by Svenja Hohenstein actually only focuses on three: Buffy Summers obviously from the 1997-2003 TV series, Katniss Everdeen from ‘The Hunger Games’ (2008-2010) novels and Princess Merida from Disney’s 2012 film ‘Brave’. As you’ll tell from this review, I’m reacting a lot to what she has to say. From the introduction, Hohenstein says […]

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Miss Fisher and the Crypt of Tears (cri-fi movie trailer).

January 14, 2020 | By | 1 Reply More
Miss Fisher and the Crypt of Tears (cri-fi movie trailer).

If you like your crime movies old school, than you’ve probably been eagerly waiting for the Miss Fisher and the Crypt of Tears film, the flick based on the sleuthing television series and Phryne Fisher crime novels written by Kerry Greenwood.

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Editorial – January 2020: The map is the territory.

January 5, 2020 | By | Reply More
Editorial – January 2020:  The map is the territory.

Hello everyone The mantra of General Semantics is ‘the map is not the territory just a representation or reality’. Telling the two apart and not confusing the two is what makes for rational thinking. You might use a map as a guide to get around but you certainly wouldn’t want to be totally dependent or […]

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Retro Fan #7 Winter 2020 (magazine review).

January 3, 2020 | By | Reply More
Retro Fan #7 Winter 2020 (magazine review).

The latest issue of ‘Retro Fan’ focuses on two significant things. The first is that it has moved up to bimonthly status. The other is a look at ‘Charlie’s Angels’. Back in the day, I was a bigger fan of ‘Cagney & Lacey’, but it was the success of the former, which producer Barney Rosenzweig […]

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EC Comics: Race, Shock & Social Protest by Qiana Whitted (book review).

December 30, 2019 | By | Reply More
EC Comics: Race, Shock & Social Protest by Qiana Whitted (book review).

I think the cover of Qiana Whitted’s book, ‘EC Comics: Race, Shock & Social Protest’, should tell you what the subject matter is. Although I’ve read only a few of the stories over the years, including the notable 1953 story, ‘Judgement Day’, I wasn’t even born when they first came out and expensive reprints have […]

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Fourth Wave Feminism In Science Fiction And Fantasy Volume 1: Essays On Film, 2012-2019 edited by Valerie Estelle Frankel (book review).

December 29, 2019 | By | Reply More
Fourth Wave Feminism In Science Fiction And Fantasy Volume 1: Essays On Film, 2012-2019 edited by Valerie Estelle Frankel (book review).

Looking at the book title, ‘Fourth Wave Feminism In Science Fiction And Fantasy’, you would have to ask what exactly is ‘Fourth Wave Feminism’? Actually, it is called the Bechdel Test. From their definition it is having more than one female lead and they must talk between themselves about any subject but the men and […]

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NASA And The Long Civil Rights Movement edited by Brian C. Odom and Stephen P. Waring (book review)

December 23, 2019 | By | Reply More
NASA And The Long Civil Rights Movement edited by Brian C. Odom and Stephen P. Waring  (book review)

When I saw ‘NASA And The Long Civil Rights Movement’ edited by Brian C. Odom and Stephen P. Waring, I was looking more at the title than the price. Generally, university books have expensive hardbacks and a cheaper softcover a year later. No doubt, as a university book, the universities are likely to buy their […]

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Editorial – December 2019 : There should never be such a thing as a ‘don’t know’.

December 1, 2019 | By | Reply More
Editorial – December 2019 :  There should never be such a thing as a ‘don’t know’.

Hello everyone The test of an ideal political system depends on a couple things if it is to succeed. The main one is the co-operation of the majority of the population and doing no harm to the rest, commonly called the opposition who might be persuaded to accept it. The latter is a lot harder […]

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