October 23rd, 2009


Writer's Block: War and peace

Many countries require all citizens to fulfill a mandatory period of service in the armed forces. Do you agree or disagree with this policy? Do you think the current recruitment system creates or sustains socioeconomic inequality?

I suspect many citizens in the UK would benefit, as would society in the long term , if National Service was reintroduced. I disagree with the concept of sending unwilling combatants to war, but those serving their Nat. Serv. could be trained to more than adequately perform the Logistic, HR, pay an other 'safer' rolls within the military.

The skills, fitness, self discipline respect and values learned in the armed forces would make for a more cohesive, tolerant healthy British society.

Sadly its not a UK vote winner. It will never happen unless the country is so threatened that the public itself push for it.

All the Exploding-Fatwa-Pixies in the sandy places of the world are unlikely to be able to bring that about.....

Fiery the angels fell; deep thunder rolled around their shores;

I have been watching various theatrical releases of Ridley Scott's seminal film (aren't they all?!) Blade Runner, and watching some fascinating deleted scenes and unfilmed story board sequences.

Vast numbers of articles, and indeed books, have been written about which is the best version and countless documentaries filmed by greasy quiffed critics examining what should and should not have been included.... and fans hold entrenched views about their preferred versions.

Me I want it all in there, keep the narrative, bung in the deleted scenes of Holden in the incubator, restore the unicorn sequence, include the newly filmed shots with Joanna Cassidy, go back and film the scenes that never made it off the storyboards and leave the fwuffy ending in there (knicked as it was, from Kubricks 'The Shinning') because I like it that Rachael and Deckard left Los Angeles to head north and live out their lives together (….not just coz I'm a big old softee at heart, but because that genuinely fits with the film......I don't normally like added on endings following test audience screenings)

So, to my mind, there's still another version to be released...

and it's all, sublime beautiful and atmospheric and I love every single bit of it.....

Do What Son? Pardon? Come again ?

My very absent grade 6 is pinging me stuff from home saying she hasn't got time to do it.


Newsflash , neither do I ! She's started using latin as well *Oi vay*

I don't speak latin.

I got 7% in my last latin exam about 26 years ago.

One of the very few Latin phrases I know is Liberate mae ex inferis

I am minded to reply to her e-mail and tag it onto my eco-townificationisation signature......