I just found a report on the next batch of animated series being considered by the US networks. A possible at Fox is The Boondocks, a sidebar resident here at Spinneyhead which seems to piss off certain reactionaries because the black characters don’t show the proper amount of respect for the white folk.
A plaque to Roger Fenton has been unveiled in Rochdale. Fenton could lay claim to being the first ever war photographer with his pictures of the Crimean War. By coincidence I was watching a documentary about the conflict earlier, in which Fenton was mentioned. It seems that, even in 1855, pictures from the front were carefully contrived whether for financial (he had to sell the images when he returned to England) or propaganda purposes. The limits of the technology also meant he couldn’t get any action photos but he did shoot the- bloodless- aftermath of battle. One image in particular The 68th Regiment, winter dress, was a total fake, as neither Fenton nor the cold weather wear had arrived in time.
Heavensent isn’t a counterfactual tale, but when I’ve finished it, I do have some ideas for an alternative ’50s story of nuclear paranoia in an England that was (very briefly) occupied by the Nazis.
I cycled down to Cheadle this afternoon, looking for interesting places to put into Deputised Experts. Nowhere stood out for a gunfight, but I did get a few pictures.
The first picture is through the window of Unique Furnishing on Kingsway. One day I’ll go in and browse, but for the time being I’m intimidated by their other window display, a seven foot tall Alien like sculpture (currently wrapped in Christmas lights) that’s selling for ‘only’ �3999.
The terribly awful Americanisation of English.
“Closure” may be more succinct than: “I have finally reconciled myself to my parents’ divorce, which for years impeded my psychological development”, but who needs it when the old British way – lifelong bitterness – was so much more satisfying?
Heinz is trying to distance it from John Kerry’s wife, Teresa Heinz Kerry, heiress to some of the company’s fortune.
“We don’t want to get involved in a fight,” said Debbie Foster, a company spokesman. “We are about food, not politics. We don’t take sides.”
Broadband is back. I’ll never say anything bad about BT again.
For at least a week.