Daily archives: June 3, 2003


Yes, I’ve been farting around with the front page a bit. The include seems to work, though I haven’t noticed any increase in loading speed. Regardless, I’m going to plough on with cutting chunks out of the basic template and dealing with them separately (anyone who knows better please tell me if this is a bad thing.) And adding other stuff- archives on the front page, maybe a top five Google searches, that kind of thing.

Air Farce One

Desperate to rewrite history to make Wubble U look better, the three Republicans in Hollywood have concocted their version of his actions on September 11th, to be made into a TV movie.

BUSH- “If some tinhorn terrorist wants me, tell him to come and get me! I’ll be at home! Waiting for the bastard!”

Secret Service chief- “But Mr. President . . .”

BUSH- “Try Commander-in-Chief. Whose present command is: Take the President home!”

What Comics Can Teach You About Being A Real Girl- Part Two

Hi again! By now, I’m sure you’ve established your Good Girl or Naughty Girl look, found a suitable man or woman to practice your three L’s on, and have enrolled in some self-defense classes. Good for you! You’re well on the way to establishing your very own Persona!

Now it’s time to flesh out that persona with a few more important details. You’ll need all of the following to really get settled into your new role!

This month- Career, Friendship and Hobbies.

Alice in Sunderland

Bryan Talbot, one of Britain’s finest artists, has completed a 250 page graphic novel about Lewis Carroll, Alice Liddell and the nature of storytelling. Amazingly, he doesn’t have a publisher for it!
This is the guy who wrote and drew one of the greatest comic stories ever- The Adventures of Luther Arkwright (criminally the full version is unavailable at Amazon, though they do have one of the books Gotterdammerung)- the most borrowed graphic novel from libraries- Tale of One Bad Rat and the gorgeous and intricate Heart of Empire. He’s also contributed to more than his fair share of comics icons.
I highly recommend a potter around bryan-talbot.com and check out the Heart of Empire CD rom, which is rarely more than an arm’s length from the PC and will be heavily referenced for storytelling tips when I sit down to write my Union Jack proposal.
And finally- the man himself is doing a talk at Longsight library in July. I went to see him at Chorlton last February and it was a very informative talk, so I’m up to doing it again.


We subsidise our farmers, and we have done for years. These subsidies mean that they can sell their food more cheaply, and surpluses mena that they do this selling to the Third World. So farmers in Africa and elsewhere can’t afford to grow foodstuffs for their local markets and either go under or start producing cash crops for the West. One little glitch and people end up starving when there is perfectly good agricultural land they could be using mere miles away.

Of course the logical answer would be to cut the subsidies so that European and American farmers would have to compete fairly with those in smaller countries. It wouldn’t be pretty for farmers, and, as usual, it would be the smaller concerns that would suffer more than the agri-businesses, but any industry that is built on such a false foundation is heading for a major crash sooner or later anyway. Better to get it done now than later when the effects will just be worse. It would give them a chance to focus on better quality produce for local markets (this is becoming a theme with me- buy local produce and save the world, okay).

Strangely enough, it was the French- a nation famous for coddling and protecting its farmers- who suggested the removal of subsidies, proposing a multi-lateral agreement between the EU and US. I like the French more and more and would like to apologise for any jokes I may have made about them in the past. Of course, common sense such as this doesn’t get a look in on the world stage, what with Wubble U’s agri-corp backers and Tony’s habit of doing whatever the US wants.