Sunday, May 18, 2014

Upcoming council elections and Left Unity

I've just got a flyer through for a new party, Left Unity.  On the face of it they seem pretty good - leftwing, socialist, opposed to our current government's policies.

I see that one of their pledges is to 'End homelessness, overcrowding and high rents'.  Fair enough.  They say they will do this through:
"One million new homes to be built immediately. Refurbish the ageing housing stock. We built twice as many homes in the 1930s - the Great Depression - and they were bigger."

I'm not convinced by this.  Where are they going to build these houses?  On our green areas?  It's not worth building new houses if we destroy our countryside.  We may well have built twice as many homes in the 30s, but there was more space then and fewer people.  Those houses still exist, but Britain hasn't got twice as much land as it did int he 30s - land is a finite resource.  Houses may well have been bigger then and I bet there are a few reasons as to why that is.  One will be that there was more space.  Another would be that housing companies are greedier now - they want as much profit as they can get so they build as many houses as they can in a small space, and give them tiny little squares of gardens.

There are other options to solve the housing crisis - set limits on rental prices.  Ban second homes (or tax them heavily if you want to be less difficult about it).  Do something about all the empty homes.  Stop landlords screwing over their tenants.  Make renting more attractive so people don't need to buy (says she, who owns her own home).

There is nothing in their leaflet about the environment.  Which is why i'll be voting Green again.  I know that Left Unity don't have a hope in hell of getting a seat - you'd vote for them as a protest vote - but i can't vote for someone with such an ill thought out housing policy.  The Greens have some power in Norwich, and a few council members.  They are leftwing and environmentally friendly, which suits me.

Edited to add:
Just seen this news post on the problems of Britain's booming housing market:
Fuck's sake.  It's a problem if people aren't buying, it's a problem if they are are.  Granting large mortgages will lead to a debt overhang, which could destablise the economy, apparently.
On the same page was an article about how the Sunday Time's Rich List is 'wealthier than ever':

Is no one else seeing the problem here????

Sunday, May 04, 2014

Super Silly Sunday: Devil Dinosaur

I was going to split these up into several different posts, but decided I'm just going to show you some of my favourite panels from the series (issues 1-9 from the 70s).

The colours in my scans are magnificent.  So bright, so vibrant.

Let's start with an image of Devil tucking into a nice meal:

I like the sound effects in this series.  Rrmmmm conveys a certain something as does Blam and Womp:

Then there's the page that announced Journey to the Center of the Ants, which doesn't really make sense:

But next issue we see that yes, Devil Dinsoaur is fighting giant ants:
We are treated to some very dramatic, fainting dinsoaurs:
And some angry dinosuars:
And finally some dancing dinosaurs:
 This whole series is daft, but very very enjoyable.

Happy Sunday folks!

Tuesday, April 29, 2014

Comic reviews - week of 23/04/2014

Reviews ahead for this lovely lot:

Spoilers ahead for Larfleeze, Secret Origins 0, Batman/Superman, Justice League United 0, Red Lanterns 30 and Supergirl 30.

Sunday, April 27, 2014

Comic reviews for week of 16/04/2014

No spoilers in this review - it's short and sweet.

Ultimate Comics Spidey 200
I wasn’t fussed about this.  Too much blathering about Peter and not enough character moments or story.

Harley Quinn 5
Fun, but not outstanding.

The start of a new arc that I am not feeling the love for.

Batman and Aquaman 29
This was good.  The art was spectacular and it had enough Arthur in it to push Bats out of the limelight, so I was happy.

Batman and Wonder Woman 30
Also pretty good. The art wasn’t so great but it’s always a pleasure to see Batman and Wondy together.

Wonder Woman 30
The Amazons are back but Hippolyta isn’t.  This didn’t have the thrill of last month’s issue but was solid enough.

I think I’m losing enthusiasm for some of my pull list because I know I’m going to have to cancel them soon.  We won’t have enough money for me to keep buying comics and we certainly don’t have the space.  Because I know I’m going to spend a few years out of the loop I don’t want to read monthly instalments, I want to get lost in big story arcs and hundreds of issues at a time.

For example, I’m reading Secret Invasion and all associated tie–ins (about 100 issues) at the moment.  I read Civil War and House of M recently as I’m trying to get a handle on the Marvel universe.  I’m not going to the dark side, I still prefer the DC universe, but I’m enjoying what I’m reading.  The most enjoyable issues so far are Secret Invasion itself,  New Avengers, Front Line, Runaways & Young Avengers and the Spidey tie-in.  Guardians of the Galaxy, the group that Black Bolt belongs to and Deadpool are not as bad as I thought they’d be, but I am not finding myself moved enough to really care about the characters.  I am very much enjoying the chaos of the secret invasion.

But back to my pull list.  I am currently getting:
Forever Evil, Supergirl (and the Red Lanterns with Kara in) Wonder Woman, Adventures of Superman, Larfleeze, Batman/Superman, Smallville (although I haven’t read it in, I get it on comixology so can catch up at any time), Hawkeye, X-Men, Danger Club, Princeless, Revival.

Of these, I’m going to cancel Larfleeze, X-Men and Revival immediately.  Forever Evil has just one issue to go so I may as well get that.  Hawkeye I will cancel after the June issue as that’s the ASL issue.  I don’t know what’s happening with Princeless or Danger Club but I expect to cancel those from the end of May.  Smallville I will continue to get as and when on comixology.  Wonder Woman I will stop getting once Azzarello and Chiang have left.

That leaves me with Supergirl, Red Lanterns, Adventures of Superman and Batman/Superman.  The latter two of which I love, the former two I buy out of a sense of misguided loyalty.  I have to decide whether to keep these on my pull list, cancel the whole pull list and just pop in to buy issues as time and money allows, or whether to go fully digital.  I’m very sad about having to reduce my reading, but money and the baby take precedence.  My problem is I really don’t have a clue how life will change once the baby arrives, other than being very busy and sleep deprived.  That's not really any sort of idea though, is it?

Saturday, April 26, 2014

Stop Spring Hunting on Malta

You may have seen articles in the news about how Malta has a big hunting problem - in the Springtime they shoot the migrating birds. All the migrating birds, including those that are critically endangered. Species like the Turtle Dove are protected in the UK (and across Europe) but the Maltese hunting lobby is pretty powerful and shoots them anyway.  UK turtle dove numbers have dropped by something like 93% since the 1970s, partly due to the shooting, partly due to UK habitat loss (see here:

Birdlife Malta (similar to the RSPB but more focus on birds), have started an indiegogo campaign to raise funds to equip their volunteers with recording equipment (videos etc to show the damage) and campaign for a referendum to ban the Spring hunting season.

They need €50,000 to start. Chris Packham just tweeted that 58 thousand people have looked at the funding page. If everyone gave €1 they would reach their goal 

Please have a look at it and consider donating something, however small. You can use your paypal account to donate.

Friday, April 25, 2014

New Radio Bamf/ebay sale

Another Radio Bamf episode is up, where we talk about Bryan Singer , Days of Future Past,  Dick Grayson morphing into Tom Cruise, Teen Titans going away and coming back, DC’s upcoming events, Bombshell posters (SO GORGEOUS!, Eisners and comixology.   We talk Secret Invasion, Superior Spider-man and terrible Guy Gardner influenced porn moustaches, Thor and Batman.  Listen to it here:

And I’m selling about 200 comics on ebay to make space for the baby.  I’m happy to post worldwide, please take a look and drop me a line if you’ve got any questions.  My shopfront is here:

Friday, April 18, 2014

Easter/Ostara/Spring Equinox

I didn't mange to get a post up for Ostara in March, chiefly because life got really hectic, then I was away for 2 weeks, and am only just now getting time to breathe.

So Happy Ostara and Happy Easter everybody!  In the UK we have a long bank holiday weekend - 4 days off! - and I am spending it seeing friends, catching up chores and hopefully cooking some good meals.  I would normally make it a point to eat eggs at this time of year, but as I'm only allowed well done eggs - basically hard boiled - I am losing my enthusiasm for them.  On the other hand, since the boyfriend described me as being all boobs and belly last week, I am feeling particularly fecund!

I hope everyone has a great weekend. Here is a picture of this year's Easter Tree:

We will eat the chocolate bunnies on Sunday.  I feel like there's a lot I haven't done with respect to celebrating the festivals over the last year.  This makes me sad, as I think it's important to take time out to consider and ruminate on spiritual stuff.  I must rectify this.