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Border paradoxes

The utter stupidity of Brexit becomes clearer every day, to the extent that I'm now as certain as I can be that, sooner or later, it will collapse and we'll remain in the EU. But I think this is a perfect illustration of just how absurd things are now becoming:

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I recently came across word that a tory MP had suggested the rather bizarre notion that we could persuade Ireland to leave the EU too so they could join us in our own customs union. Seriously, how could any intelligent person let this utter foolishness continue?


[Edited Today at 15:56:23 - addad a bit]

Spitting Image to make a comeback

Not that I ever watched it when I was little, but it would seem that Spitting Image is going to make a comeback. According to this BBC report, the guy who did the show in the eighties, Roger Law, has been approached by NBC about rebooting the series. It will be interesting to see how it turns out. It will be written in America, but Law will be making the puppets, and he's apparently already made the one for Trump. Truth be told, the thought of seeing that buffoon done up as one of those famous character marionettes is enough to make me really want to see how they handle this. I'm no expert, but I suspect Trump would be quite perfect for it.

Worried about Zimbabwe

I'm watching events unfold down in Zimbabwe quite intently. The ruling party there are still trying to deny that what is happening there is a coup, but if it walks like a coup, swims like a coup and quacks like a coup, what else can you call it? But I don't mean that in a bad sense: Robert Mugabe is - or was - a tyrant by anyone's standards; they should have booted him out long ago. My only concern is, what will now replace him? It's one thing to get rid of a despotic crackpot, quite another to replace him with something even worse. Thus while Zimbabwe might be miles away, and it isn't as if we don't have enough to be worried about here at home; but I think we all will be keeping an eye on how events unfold out there in the coming days and weeks, I fear with growing concern.

The Interview

I was witness to something which I found utterly remarkable yesterday afternoon. Lyn has recently been doing a slot on Revival Internet Radio. She usually just selects the music and triggers some jingles for her shows, but yesterday she conducted an interview with Garry Moat, the lead singer of Burnt Out Wreck. It was fascinating to watch: L had been preparing for days, typing questions into her Ipad ready to play when she contacted Moat on Skype. She had also found software which lets you record Skype conversations. Then, at about five yesterday with everything set up, I watched her ring Moat on her computer and hold a very successful, rather fascinating interview.

I felt very proud as I watched Lyn. More and more communication aid users are doing stuff like this and L is one of the people leading the way. She spent the rest of the day editing the audio she got, ready to broadcast on Friday. She played the final piece last night for me though, and I was struck by how professional it sounded and the quality of the conversation - it really was quite fascinating. Let's hope this is the first interview Lyn does of many.

More on the Lord of the Rings TV series

Just as an update to this entry I posted last week, The Guardian reports that the new TV series based in Tolkien's Middle Earth has been confirmed and will be set before the events of Lord of the Rings, but after the Hobbit. That is, it's not going to be a retelling of either story. They say it will be based on Tolkien's work, but as far as I know, he didn't write much about that period - not enough to flesh out a multi-season television series, that's for sure - so it looks to me like the writers will be making their own stories up.

I still feel quite strongly against that idea. Tolkien's work is Tolkien's work: it should not be meddled with or added to. I've loved those stories ever since dad started reading them to me and my brothers when I was about eight or nine. They are now set to be tampered with by some American hack who I doubt would know what they are doing. No doubt they would write some sort of romance into it; they would also force their American, nationalistic interpretation onto it, with power and combat always shown to be the right way. They would have looked at Jackson's adaptations, seen all the epic battles, and thought that that was what Middle Earth is all about. Forgive my gross pessimism, but I can't see this turning out to be anything but a total mess and a betrayal of Tolkien's work.