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Is the modern association of fedoras with misogynistic "pick-up artist" gits also extended to panama hats?

(I wear a panama in bright sunshine because I just can't deal with prescription sunglasses.)

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BLOOD AND TITTIES FOR LORD CHIBNALL!!! (
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31st-Mar-2014 10:58 pm - Captain America: The Winter Soldier
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23rd-Mar-2014 02:30 pm - Interzone #251
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A second issue in a row simply loaded with unbelievably depressing stories. I hope that this isn't a trend.

"Ghost Story" by John Grant: Engaging but very sad tale about random shifts in reality as metaphor for real-world bad luck and loss.

"Ashes" by Karl Bunker: Hard-SF story entirely about how technological advancement will fail to actually achieve anything significant beyond making humanity even more screwed up.

"Old Bones" by Greg Kurzawa: Atmospherically gruesome horror piece that adds an extra sting in the tale with implications that the events are endlessly circular.

"Fly Away Home" by Suzanne Palmer: Enragingly convincing story about slave asteroid miners in a society that mixes utterly ruthless corporate-feudalism with repressive and violently misogynistic religion. Some faint hope at the end SpoilerCollapse ).

"A Doll is not a Dumpling" by Tracie Welser: Story about an AI being uplifted out of servitude by hippies in an imperfect but intriguing biotech-plus-AI society SpoilerCollapse ).

"This is How You Die" by Gareth L Powell: Very short piece in the subgenre of "civilisation is going to collapse, you'll die horribly, and it's ALL YOUR FAULT for being complicit in contemporary society".

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21st-Mar-2014 10:05 pm - From today's Guardian
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My former MP continues to be one of the most evil fuckers in Britain.

Toby Hadoke comes up with a hilarious euphemism. Erasto from "The Creature From the Pit" was "resolutely disconcerting". Er, that's one way of putting it.

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14th-Mar-2014 09:18 am - Cynical prediction
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Some Doctor Who fans will condemn spoilers about casting and character concept for new recurring villain officially released to press yesterdayCollapse )

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12th-Mar-2014 03:35 pm - For those who might be interested
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Indira Varma has been announced as playing Tamora in Titus Andronicus at the Globe this summer.

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6th-Mar-2014 09:32 pm - Controversial remarks
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(And I am not saying "if you don't agree you are a BAD PERSON")

Denunciations of Ursula's condition at the end of "Love & Monsters" as unforgivably misogynist make me feel as if they're saying "If you are paralysed from the neck down your life is a hopeless tragedy and you might as well be dead", which is the main reason why I don't agree with them.

I really hope Joss Whedon has absolutely nothing to do with any Black Widow solo movie, because Dollhouse and his general difficulty with having sympathetic characters wholly responsible for their own immoral actions make me worry, in conjunction with Natasha's comics-canon past, that any film he wrote would be 95% Natasha being tortured and brainwashed and 5% her having any actual volition for good or ill.

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28th-Feb-2014 09:15 pm - I was bemused...
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... to read that the BBC are adapting Agatha Christie's Tommy and Tuppence stories. Because why would anyone want to?

I'm surprised they're adapting The Secret Adversary, because it's barking mad right-wing conspiracy theory of a kind that is nowadays, I thought, inextricably tainted with anti-Semitism. And N Or M is inoffensive but not that memorable.

They'll find it hard to do more, as Partners In Crime the short story collection is not-very-good parodies of early-twentieth-century detective story writers that are now forgotten by all except hard-core geeks, and Postern of Fate was written when Christie was sadly demented and couldn't keep track of her plots any more.

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