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26 September 2007 @ 09:25 pm
Another meme....  
 Comment on this post. I will choose seven interests from your profile and you will explain what they mean and why you are interested in them. Post this along with your answers in your own journal so that others can play along.

donna_c_punk enquired about these interests of mine:

1. 2000AD - 2000AD is a British comics institution that has just celebrated its 30th anniversary. It's a weekly sci-fi anthology and the home of Judge Dredd, but its much more than that. Quite a few of the big names in the comics industry started off in 2000AD before hopping the pond. Before I picked up an issue (or prog as it's known) I had no idea that comics could be for adults. The stories are complex and multi-layered, as are the characters. The dialogue is witty and intelligent and often satirical. The art is sometimes beautiful, sometimes edgy and challenging. That's the beauty of an anthology with different writers and artists working on strips. It is perhaps a little too 'British' sometimes, but I think that the themes resonate across borders, and the magazine frequently has letters from all over the world which suggests that it works. My favourites are probably Sinister Dexter, a pair of 'gun-sharks' in a dystopian future-Europe, but I love many of the stories. What it basically comes down to is that when my weekly prog comes through the letterbox, I tear open the envelope and read it cover to cover, savouring every last drop of ink. 

2.Button Moon - A childhood classic bit of TV this one. I think almost every person in the UK between 25 and 35 probably saw it as a kid and remembers it fondly. It was a really ridiculous concept about 'Mr. Spoon' and his family who were literally wooden spoons and every episode he would fly to 'Button Moon' which was a giant button in the sky, in his rocket which was a washing-up liquid bottle and have adventures. Okay, when you read it like that it sounds kinda crap, and more than a little weird. The main source of its charm and the reason I remember it so fondly is certainly for the theme tune. The best thing is for you to see it, there's a clip on YouTube you can see here.

3.Discworld - Is a flat world that floats through space supported by four gigantic elephants on the back of an even larger turtle. Created by Terry Pratchett, the series of books contains a cast of varied and frankly odd characters. I love them because they appeal to my sense of humour, especially my sense of the absurd. My favourite character is Death, the physical manifestation of the concept of death, ie the Grim Reaper. He's featured in a number of Discworld novels now both as a central character and on the periphery. Many of the characters appear in more than one book, and when they appear it feels like you're greeting an old friend, but that doesn't mean that you have to read every book or in a certain order. I certainly haven't read them in published order and I don't think it's affected my enjoyment. It's quite hard to define the Discworld books, the best thing you can do is read one. It's kind of like Marmite - you either love it or you hate it, there isn't really a grey area.

4.Mock the Week - A weekly half-hour topical comedy show on BBC2. It's just pant wettingly funny every single week. I started watching it because Hugh Dennis was on it (see below) but it's so funny that I've become a regular viewer. It's a comedy panel show where the week's events are discussed, and then it's, well mocked. If any of you are thinking 'that sounds like Have I got News for You?' then you'd be right, it is a little like it, but all six of the guests are comedians and the show is more about the jokes than the game. Again, you can find clips on YouTube, just search 'Mock the Week'.

5.Punt & Dennis - Comedy duo who were on TV a lot in the nineties. Steve Punt and Hugh Dennis, they formed half the Mary Whitehouse Experience with Newman & Baddiel, which was a radio sketch show and then moved to BBC2. Punt and Dennis then got their own BBC1 primetime show which lasted two series (I think). They now split time between doing radio and Mock the Week (see above) which Hugh is on and Steve is a writer on. They were very much of the nineties, where music had Blur and Oasis, comedy had The Mary Whitehouse Experience and I was into comedy in a big way back then. I loved the Goons, Monty Python, Eddie Izzard - again it's because they all appeal to my sense of the absurd and Punt & Dennis were no exception. Their most enduring character, at least for me, was a sad, lonely man called Mr. Strange who had an obsession with gone-off milk and whose catch-phrase was "Lovely. Milky,milky." you can see it here. Another classic bit was 'Spot the Stiff'

6.Skunk Anansie - Great Britpop/rock/punk band fronted by the ever-talented and drop-dead gorgeous Skin. Their album Paranoid and Sunburnt is just brilliant, there isn't a single duff track on it. The standout track for me has always been Weak, but it's one of those great albums that if you're angry or upset you can just scream it at the top of your lungs and vent all that rage. I don't think I need to say more really. 

7.Subcircus - Britpop band from the mid nineties (anyone sensing a trend here?) who were a little bit early Bowie. Saw them live a few times and loved them. Their first album Carousel is brilliant, if you like Britpop or Bowie and can find a copy then I urge you to buy it. Unfortunately split a few years ago. *boo*. My favourite track was 20th Century Bitch, which you can hear online here along with a few other tracks from the album.

And presumably she either can't count or is an inherent rebel because she asked about 8 not 7:

8.Tom Holt - comedy fantasy writer, but his books are more laugh out loud than Terry Pratchett, more obvious gags. Also his books are set in the real world with random things happening in it. Particularly love Who's afraid of Beowulf?
Kay: book group -- contemplating foodsilvercobwebs on September 26th, 2007 10:00 pm (UTC)
Wow, I was going to officially 'comment', but fom the looks of it, I think you already know/understand most of my interests... *g*
But on the off-chance... *comments*.
Also - major Tom Holt love! I recently finished Meadowland and continued to adore every moment.
But, I don't want to be a pie,: dalekidontlikegravy on September 27th, 2007 09:38 am (UTC)
Ooh haven't read that, methinks a trip to the bookstore is in order.

You're right, we have an awful lot in common, in fact you've made me go 'oh I should put that on my list!' *g* And I am now more convinced than ever that you are in fact my doppelganger from parallel 'verse. ;-p

I think I've managed to find seven though, some are because I want to know why you like them/have them on your list rather than what they are:

1. american gods
2. bpal
3. bracelets
4. four star mary
5. john cage
6. saving angel
7. vast

On a personal note, LUSH is based in Poole dontcha know. In fact the factory is behind my house, and when the wind's in the right direction it smells of strawberries *g*
Sophie: Cheesesophiedb on September 27th, 2007 12:59 pm (UTC)
Yay Lush for world smellies domination!
But, I don't want to be a pie,: jelly babyidontlikegravy on September 27th, 2007 05:26 pm (UTC)
Hah! that counts as a comment! Mind you, we seem to have quite a bit in common so I'm not sure I'll find seven! Right...

1.kawasaki (japanese bikes? really? its UK or US for me I'm afraid.)
2.pirates (cos I'm hoping you mean Poole pirates and the world should know about them *g*)
3.Poole (I know why I like it but why do you?)
4.pad si-ew
5.rooibos - I've heard of it, but I don't know what it is or what it does.
7.Purbeck (for similar reasons to 2&3 *g*)
calliopes_pen: bigsciencybrain Tara usernamecalliopes_pen on September 26th, 2007 10:00 pm (UTC)
Me, please.
But, I don't want to be a pie,: rogidontlikegravy on September 27th, 2007 09:52 am (UTC)

1.bride of boogedy
3.new mutants
4.plan 9
5.rahne sinclair
6.reference librarians
7.vincent price

The above list does not imply ignorance as to the topics, merely curiosity about your interest. *g*
Taxicab Messiah: beautiful - reese - pinkpaisley_artdonna_c_punk on September 27th, 2007 01:17 am (UTC)
I can't count AM A REBEL! ;)
But, I don't want to be a pie,: dalekidontlikegravy on September 27th, 2007 09:57 am (UTC)

I'm counting that as a 'comment', but I can't find anything to list! I may not list them (yet) but I actually like an awful lot of your interests, and those things I don't know have already been asked about by others. :)
holde_maid: hidingholde_maid on September 27th, 2007 12:54 pm (UTC)
I'm sorry I'm late, but here goes:

holde_maidholde_maid on September 27th, 2007 12:55 pm (UTC)
Oh, and: I'll play. :-)
But, I don't want to be a pie,: methos 2idontlikegravy on September 27th, 2007 05:19 pm (UTC)
Better late than never! Thank you :)

Hmm, okay:

1. creegan
2. dorothy l. sayers (more out of curiosity as to why you like them and I don't know much beyond the Lord Peter Whimsy stories)
3. ian nottingham
4. sara pezzini
5. touching evil (us)
6. swords
7. xenophilia
holde_maidholde_maid on September 28th, 2007 07:03 pm (UTC)
*posts response*
Morgynmorgynleri_fic on September 29th, 2007 04:19 am (UTC)
I'll play.
But, I don't want to be a pie,: loganidontlikegravy on September 29th, 2007 06:08 pm (UTC)
okay... *rubs hands eagerly*:

1. atlantis
2. babylon 5
3. heralds of valdemar
4. highlander: the raven
5. underworld:evolution (mainly cos I want to know if you only like the sequel)
6. velgarth
7. x-men united
holde_maidholde_maid on October 1st, 2007 03:03 pm (UTC)
Can I ask about...
*goes through list of interests, lights up at seeing some names, such as blackadder, books, discworld ... and asks about*

fry & laurie - I know who they are and have an idea of what this is - but what is it / are they like?

hayao miyazaki - never heard the name *curious*

japanese history - intriguing... Any special era in particular?
I will call her George: Richie  - troublemakersstrangevisitor7 on October 3rd, 2007 07:38 am (UTC)
Hey there. Look forward to your return. Haven't crashed the community without you *hee*
But, I don't want to be a pie,: jayidontlikegravy on October 5th, 2007 09:20 pm (UTC)
Ooh, yummy new icon! I knew things were in capable hands, I wasn't worried for a second. Right, you commented, so:

1. american gods
2. anglophile (cos being Welsh I see nothing to love about them *g*)
3. faith/dean
4. gerard butler
5. gilmore girls
6. richard sharpe
7. the spacebug
I will call her George: Richie Smilestrangevisitor7 on October 5th, 2007 10:13 pm (UTC)
I went on an Icon hunt and look what i found. I love Richie :)
But, I don't want to be a pie,: Richie2idontlikegravy on October 5th, 2007 10:41 pm (UTC)
Oh! Bless him! *strokes icon*

May have to steal...
I will call her George: Happy Methosstrangevisitor7 on October 5th, 2007 10:56 pm (UTC)
I figured you would. Be my guest. So are you back or just visiting *hee*
But, I don't want to be a pie,: Richie2idontlikegravy on October 17th, 2007 10:31 pm (UTC)
The really sad part is I know which ep that shot is from. *headdesk* There's no hope for me. *grin*