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Following last weeks horrible attack at the Houses of Parliament in London, Muslim women showed their solidarity with the rest of the British population in a powerful silent statement

I don't even know where to start on politics this week, so I'm just not going to.

A little late to report this, but LEGO have announced their LEGO Ideas set will be "Women of NASA". This will consist of five figures; Margaret Hamilton (Computer Scientist), Katherine Johnson (Mathematician and Space Scientist), Sally Ride (Astronaut and Physicist and Educator), Nancy Grace Ronan (Astronomer) and Mae Jemison (Astronaut, Physician and Entrepreneur). (Sally Ride is also the first known LGBT astronaut, though she kept her private life very private and it was not widely known prior to her death in 2012)

The new British one pound coin hits this week, a twelve sided coin which is intended to be harder to fake than the original pound coin.

A woman's group in Uttar Pradesh, India is forming "anti-Romeo" squads to deal with sexual harrassment on the street.
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Attempting to discuss the talking points of the UK or US political situation would probably take about

Paul Rand had to be taught how "Insurance" works, but that's okay, because Trump had to be taught how NATO is funded (AFTER tweeting about how NATO is funded). I

Angela Merkel demonstrated on multiple occasions during her visit that "WTF?!" is a facial expression that transcends any spoken language.

The US has banned electronic equipment like cameras, laptops, and DVD players as carry-on luggage from eight Middle Eastern and North African countries.

The FBI are investigating claims of interference in the 2016 US election by Russia. At the same time they have flatly contradicted the POTUS claims about him being wiretapped, and confirmed that the UK hadn't done it at their behest either, to the surprise of no one other than the POTUS.

A reminder to UK based members that the clocks go forward 1 hour this Sunday, and our society goes back 60 years starting next Wednesday.

Just to be reminded that there IS still good in the world though, here are four young women who have used Gofundme to better their community and the world in general.

And today is World Down Syndrome Day, a global event to raise awareness of the condition, and seeking to give those who have Downs Syndrome, and their advocates, greater influence on the Government policies and actions which impact on them.
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I confess it's getting harder and harder to find the positive stuff to temper the discussion beyond the death spiral of shitty politics and sheer bloody mindedness that seems to be engulfing the US and UK, so if you have other good news to share, for the love of your poor Mod Team's blood pressure please do!!!

A new trailer for Doctor Who hits, and I confess I'm getting excited by the prospect of more Peter Capaldi as D12. (and the title of the first episode "The Pilot", does hint in some ways as a soft reintroduction to the series)

All I will say about the current UK situation is that Scotland's First Minister has called for a second Scottish Independence referendum and Prime Minster Theresa May has called it a dangerously divisive and likely to cause economic uncertainty which, given that's EXACTLY what she's in the middle of doing (on a much bigger scale) must rank as one of the most ironic comments ever made in British political history

The European Court of Justice has ruled that it is lawful to ban "the visible wearing of any political, philosophical or religious sign" in the workplace, This specifically includes Muslim women wearing headscarves or other forms of concealing attire.

The Nintendo Switch has been released.... has anyone picked one up?

I'm limiting myself to one Trump story (and avoiding commenting on healthcare) and that one, from a wide selection is that apparently President Trunp didn't mean wiretapping when he said wiretapping and he wasn't actually referring specifically to President Obama when he said it was President Obama was behind it... Yeah, wrap your brains around that one.... and Kellyane Conway appears to think that the Decepticons are involved with her comment that "You can surveil someone through their phones, certainly through their television sets - any number of ways... microwaves that turn into cameras."  Decepticon spokebot Reflector was unavailable for comment at this time.

The US North East has heavy snowstorms incoming. Stay safe folks!
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Okay, let's bracket the weird stuff with the fun stuff.

The BBC has released publicity photos from the shooting of the two part season finale for Season 10 of Doctor Who, which reveal a completely unexpected return of a particular monster. In case people are trying to stay spoiler-free I won't say which one, so treat this link as a spoiler. but let's just say that as a fanboy I am REALLY jazzed by this, and that it was probably written into Peter Capaldi's contract somewhere that he HAD to be allowed a story featuring these guys if he were to play the Doctor (and other photos showing up on twitter suggest that they are not alone)

After a brief belch of apparent presidential behaviour (IE stood up, read autocue, managed to not trip up or cause a diplomatic incident whilst doing so) from Trump, US politics is now back to it's now traditional, smorgasbord of "What?", "WTF?" and "You're kidding, right?"

Ben Carson, the Secretary of Housing and Urban Development in first major speech in the role, told agency employees about the virtues of the “can-do” American society and cited “immigrants” who “came here in the bottom of slave ships” as examples.

Historians were not impressed, NAACP were dumbfounded and Samuel L Jackson was just a LITTLE more direct.

In the UK, one feels that if anyone actually involved in negotiating the terms of Brexit had to sit a "Can you tell your arse from your elbow?" test, not a single one of them would pass. It's not even organised enough to be identifiable as chaos.

A right wing groups attempt at a meme, "This is the Future Liberals want" backfired exquisitely, as the picture of a woman wearing a niqab sitting next to a full blown drag queen on the New York Subway (Taken from an instagram account about embracing diversity) was embraced by anyone for whom the concept of religious freedom, mutual respect and a robust public transport system weren't innately anathema. (Others noted that this isn't the FUTURE liberals want, this is the present that they want to hold on to.) Trust me, google this one for yourselves, it's delightful.

In more positive news, a doctor has developed a new reconstructive surgery technique for victims of female genital mutilation.

The first woman in space, Cosmonaut Valentina Tereshkova, reached the grand age of 80 yesterday.

Out of curiosity, has anyone been to see Kong of Skull Island? Any good?

And finally, Galavant will finally be getting a proper soundtrack CD release featuring ALL the songs from the much missed (by me at any rate) show.
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And... we're through the freaking looking glass people...

Following last weeks decision by the White House to bar certain news organisations from Press briefings (Out: The Guardian, The New York Times, Politico, CNN, BuzzFeed, the BBC and truly bizarrely, The Daily Mail (The sort of Right-wing xenophobic rag you'd have thought would have been just up their alley) In - Breitbart News, the One America News Network, The Washington Times, CBS, NBC, Fox and ABC... Yes, THAT Fox News, the ones who, last week, made up out of whole cloth a "Swedish National Defence and Security Advisor" who... wasn't), we have to turn to that universally regarded voice of sweet reason and logic, George W Bush, who has come out in defence of an independent media
"We need an independent media to hold people like me to account."

In a similar topsy-turvy move former UK PM's Tony Blair and John Major have clarified their issues with the UK's approach to Brexit. Blair wants a second vote before the leaving is final, and Major wants to see less rhetoric and just a little more charm to Theresa May's bulldozer in a china shop approach.

Oh and one final piece from Trumpland, apparently the US military problem is that "we don’t win wars any more" as he is set to boost military spending by $54 billion.  (No you wretched tangerine fartbag, your primary aim should be to avoid, wherever possible, having wars in the first place!)

On a lighter note, confusion at the Oscar's has had a humungous amount of media coverage probably because it was something very public, very embarrassing, ultimately harmless and had nothing to do with the White House.

I have to give credit where it's due that there was no sulking or pouting, and Jordan Horowitz handed off the Oscar he’d just been told was his to Barry Jenkins personally and proudly, which can’t have been an easy thing to do, but was absolutely the RIGHT thing to do.

And, of course, the fact that Moonlight won is something to celebrate in it's own right, as it's the story of a black, queer man and his life (though that's selling it rather short as a description).

And Doctor Who got a new trailer for Season 10. In true new companion style, we see an assessment of the Doctor from the POV of Bill, and hints at, amongst other things, our first female Ice Warrior (or Lady Ice Lord... or Ice Lady... or something)

Oh, and on behalf of a friend, who has asked for everyone to pass this message on due to personal reasons; Tell your loved ones you love them. Do it as soon as you can, today if possible, because you never know when you might not get the chance to tell them again.
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A heterosexual couple has lot their latest appeal to be allowed to obtain a civil partnership in the UK. (Civil partnerships being a precursor to gay marriage, a secular, legal recognition of same sex couples commitment to each other and granting certain rights more associated with marriage). The judges agreed there might be a breach of human rights in not permitting it to those straight couples who don't want to be married but want a legal relationship, but that will require more legal work.

The is House of Lords debating the Brexit situation, with PM Theresa May doing a very good impersonation of a vulture, sitting in and trying to intimidate them like a stern headmistress.

Former 70's hearthrob David Cassidy has announced that he is suffering from dementia

The FBI are investigating a have of threats against Jewish sites in the US. Though in the sort of reminder that decent human beings exist (Which we all need right now), commuters got together on a subway to remove anti-Semitic Nazi graffitti

And UK MP's have been debating Trump's planned State Visit to the UK following a petition signed by 1.8 million Brits who objected (and another petition in favour of him coming, which managed 311,000 signatures) , and it's amazing how insulting you can get whilst being terribly polite.

 

As for Trump, well, where does one begin on that one.... though his bumwaffling about a terrorist attack in Sweden, carried out by the perpetrators of the Bowling Green Massacre one assumes, is a classic.

The LEGO Dimensions Batman Movie level is fun. It keeps freezing on me whenever I try to build the bloody batcomputer, but the animations are great (and Robin making his way through ductwork is hilarious)

NASA have a major announcement tomorrow about a "Discovery beyond our Solar System". Personally at the moment, I think I'd settle for Galactus or Brainiac.

The New York Toy Fair has been and gone, and Funko are releasing a Batman 66 3.75" action figure line (Here's hoping it does better than the gorgeous Mattel one from a couple of years ago)
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In amongst some quite remarkable analysis of handshakes and body language, Trump has had his first major loss with National Security Advisor Michael Flynn having to resign due to links with Russian business (As one wag put it "What do you call Michael Flynn resigning Trump's team?" "A start")

Though it's worth noting the remarkable situation surrounding the Trump teams discussions of the recent North Korean nuclear missile testing, in the open area of a private club, and asking waiting staff to shine their mobile phone's lights on the documents so that Trump and team could read the documents!

It's Valentines Day, or as those confirmed singletons amongst us know it, "Cheap Chocolate Eve" (Though there are some who reserve that title for the run up to the day after Easter materials). I think a request for suitably romantic scans would be appropriate, but that'll maybe be on it's own post.

Finally managed to download the LEGO Batman Movie DLC content for LEGO Dimensions and have that to look forward to this week!

An Uzbekistan film has been blocked from release for heavily featuring Morgan Freeman in posters for the movie... despite the fact he's not actually in it.
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Trump... I'd try to keep up with whatever the latest mess turns out to be but I can't type that fast. (Though I will note that the Speaker of the House of Commons in the UK has in a controversial step (since he's supposed to remains impartial) stated that he will not permit Trump to address the Commons on a State Visit) due to his racism and sexism.

The LEGO Batman Movie is probably more ON topic that off, but having been to see it, I thought I'd mention that it's a whole lot of fun, with a near-exhausting stream of non-stop gags. Batman being a complete ass should get tiresome, but it makes it work, especially with Michael Cera's complete optimistic Robin to balance it.

Whilst the majority of Bat-villains who show up are more or less background noise (which is a shame for Billy Dee Williams chance at finally playing Two-Face) the more unexpected villains who show up are a hoot and a half. Also has some of the best scenes of Dick Grayson's impact on Bruce Wayne's life (also some of the outright silliest, but I'm fine with that).

In my favourite headline of the day; LEGOland in Windsor, has discovered a cannabis farm on their property
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I see that last week I noted that it "had been a busy week all round"....  if I knew then what I know now.

I am now convinced that the current American Presidency is some vast, Roland Emmerich sponsored reality program, like The Truman Show but starring a Cobra Commander wannabe. (Sorry, the time for flippancy is probably long past, but it's my coping mechanism at times of stress)

The reality of the ban is shocking, but the public outcry from around the world is gratifying, even though it seems likely that Trump will not be moved by it, and has just fired the Attorney General who advised that cases against it not be fought (The discussion is now whether she would have done better to resign as a matter of principle, rather than give the President the satisfaction of publicly flexing his powers (and anti-establishment approach) by firing her)

The ACLU has noted that it normally receives around $4M annually via donations. It has already gained $24M this year!!

I am proud to say that a petition to deny Trump the State Visit to the UK
 that Theresa May (rather rashly IMHO) promised him during her recent cringemaking visit (and it's not like world leaders have been fighting to be first) reached over 1.6 million signatures within a day. If he does get it, expect heckling and protests on a scale that will hopefully stun the world. (As someone has noted it would ALMOST be worth it if we can guarantee some choice interactions between Trump and Prince Phillip)

In other news Peter Capaldi has confirmed that he will step down as the Doctor in this years Doctor Who Christmas Special, which means that both he and Steven Moffatt will be leaving at the same time. Whilst change is the core of Doctor Who, I am disappointed that we won't get to see Capaldi, a genuinely remarkable actor, operating under another showrunner, even for a few episodes, but that's life.

And we lost Sir John Hurt, who played everything from Caligula in "I, Claudius", to convention-defying real-life, almost militantly effeminate homosexual Quentin Crisp in "The Naked Civil Servant", to the gentle yet mischievous The Storyteller in Jim Henson's series of the same name.

We also lost Mary Tyler Moore, whose career included the classic home-maker wife and mother in the early 60's Dick Van Dyke Show, but is perhaps best remembered as Mary Richards in The Mary Tyler Moore Show" where she played a groundbreaking role; a young, professional woman who, whilst having boyfriends, never married throughout the shows run and whose best friends were women, and addressed a variety of topical matters.

Slightly on topic, this week we mourn the passing of Dan Spiegel, and send our profuse and heartfelt best wishes to legendary artist Berni Wrightson for a full recovery from the recent illness and surgery which has now caused him to announce his retirement from producing art and atteending conventions. (That last link takes you to a Facebook post, for those who prefer to avoid such things)
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Well, it's been a busy week all round then hasn't it?

President Trump has his inauguration on Friday, and boy howdy was that a flustercuck, and we all learned the fascinating oxymoron "Alternative facts".

On the other hand the Women's March around the world on Saturday, was a magnificent and humbling sight on every continent (Not sure about Antarctica, but)

And this morning Theresa May lost her High Court bid to try and implemen Brexit without a Parliamentary vote, so, even with the Labour Party leader saying he would not object to it, we can expect things to go from extraordinarily complicated to completley batshit crazy... oh joy... oh rapture... oh sod it.

The Oscar Nomnations are out.

Google are considering adding a new algorithm to their searches to add "Veracity" to ranking of websites.

My hunt for LEGO Batman movie mini-figures now extends to the Golden Age Red Hood (original), Living Eraser, Calculator, Zodiac Master, Fairy Batman and King Tut! :)

And to end on a happy note... ADORABLE PUPPIES!! Nothing specific about them, I don't even have any, but I just think we need a cute mental image to end on every now and again!
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I'm not even going to start on the world politics stage this week as I'd be here until March. If you want to discuss it, you go right ahead though...

The last human being to walk on the surface of the moon Gene Cernan, has passed away at the age of 82.

The Vine video sharing service has closed, so if you have up to six seconds of video to share with someone, you'll need to find a new outlet.

I've discovered a new podcast I'm thoroughly enjoying; the Verity podcast. "Six Smart Women discussing Doctor Who" and it does what it says in the title. What's enjoyable and different is that they are fans and they discuss it as fans. They discuss what they've ENJOYED about the series, the chaarcters, the plots and the effects. Yes, some of the failings and the tropes are discussed, but in a far more positive manner than I've found to be the norm on any messageboard or group.
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Meryl Streep spoke out eloquently against a certain P(E)OTUS in her Golden Globes lifetime achievement award (Too many sources for me to need to link to one). The retort was... less elegant. (and the MMA have invited her to attend one of their competitions after she dismissed them as "not an art"... I'm hoping she goes)

Mark Hamill recorded the self same person's New Years message Tweet in one of his more famous incarnations... It works a little TOO well

The latest "Sherlock" seemed to be about to tell the story of an actual crime, and an investigation and a resolution, but then in the last minute and a half... WHAM! There goes the plot twist.

The Senate Confirmation Hearings over the latest candidates for the Legion of Doom... I mean Cabinet Positions are today, though ethics agreements have not been reached for a number of them.

I'd try and summarise the current Brexit situation, but since no one else seems to know, including the Government, why should I make the effort.

And a US Army Interpreter and an Iraqi soldier have found love together in a story which does sort of restore my faith in the capacity for love to overcome obstacles.


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I hope that New Year was an enjoyable experience for you all, and that you have, where necessary, recovered.

In an astonishingly tone deaf move in the US, House Republicans have moved to limit the powers of the Office of Congressional Ethics, against the wishes of Senior Republicand and without an acutal vote.

Not that the UK has much to be pleased about either, with our own Snoopers Charter being signed into law.

The first Sherlock in... a while (sorry, I lose track) aired. If you want to discuss it, go for it, but be careful about spoilers.

In what is either a brilliant piece of PR, or a powerful statement, performer Rebecca Ferguson has said that she has been invited to perform at the Presidential Inauguration, and will do so on the condition that she is allowed to sing "Strange Fruit", one of the most powerful, and racially charged, protest songs ever written (The "Strange Fruit" refers to the hanging bodies of African Americans murdered by lynch mobs. Billie Holliday's cover of it can be heard here). No decision has been made as yet...

Oh, and Trump's Press Secretary has asked us all to stop mocking Donald Trump... so guess what MY New Years resolution is going to be! >:)
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And 2016 seems determined to go out on the same note as it started. Managing to deprive us of George Michael at an absurdly young age. Not a man I generally warmed to, but his music is part of my adolescence, and his status as openly gay pop star was, though not of his choosing, one he stood by and he should be lauded for.

Trumps business aide went on record last year with his belief that Brexit was a "God-given opportunity" to steal British trade and business from under them.

Teen Vogue is proving to be a surpringly effective source of journalistic integrity and proved it in a rather excrutiating interview with Fox News. If sexist males making a pratt of themselves appeals, then look no further.

Nigel Farage managed to make a complete pillock of himself (Never a difficult task mind you) not once, but twice, firstly by criticsing the Archbishop of Canterbury's Christmas message, which even the most ardent aetheist would have trouble fnding THAT many flaws with and secondly picking a fight with the widow of murdered MP Jo Cox.

This years Doctor Who Christmas Special was, IMHO, a rather enjoyable romp pastiching superhero movies of yore, Capaldi was entertaining as always and much to my surprise Matt Lucas's Nardole managed to be rather amusing and not nearly as annoying as his debut in the last Christmas special.

Here's hoping that 2017 isn't as much of a flustercuck as 2016 was, but I'm not really holding out much hope there.

EDIT: And it has just been confirmed that Carrie Fisher has passed away. God f---ng damn 2016. I hardly need stress the relative importance of both the character of Leia Organa and even more importantly Carrie Fisher herself, who was an advocate for those with mental conditions and who spoke openly and forthrightly about such topics in a way few have the courage to do. We need more like her, not less...

In the words of a meme I saw doing the rounds today "I am going to stay up until midnight on New Year's Eve just because I want to watch 2016 DIE!"

As a tribute, I think it might be apt to post some suitable Princess Leia comic scans if you have any to hand, I can think of a couple of good ones, but I don't have my comics to hand until tomorrow,
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This will be the last Off Topic Tuesday before the Christmas celebrations for those who celebrate it. Out of genuine curiosity, what constitutes the holiday meal where you're from?

Good news has not been easy to find this week, with tragedy in Berlin, the murder of the Russian Ambassador in Turkey and the ongoing nightmare which is the situation in Syria.

A new cancer treatment has been described as "transformative" in testing. The initial testing has been on prostate cancer (the most prevalent form of cancer amongst men), but the BBC Radio interview this morning it was mentioned it may well be suitable for use in other solid organ forms of cancer; liver, kidney and even breast.

Scottish First Minister Nicola Sturgeon is putting forward proposals to see if Scotland can remain in the Single Market even after Brexit.

Trump appears to have won the Electoral College vote... huzzah? (I have to ask as an outsider, where HAVe the Democrats been since the election announcement? Shouldn't there be some concerted attempt to mount an opposition (especially in light of the Russian hacking situation that both the CIA and FBI agree on having happened), because if there has been, I can't say I've noticed it)

Rogue One: A Star Wars story had a phenomenal first weekend (please, no plot spoilers in the replies below, let's be fair to those where it hasn't opened yet, or who haven't been able to see it).

Peter Capaldi has a nice, and very diplomatic, reply on hearing that Prime Minister Theresa May enjoys the Doctor Who Christmas Specials

Late addition, for those wanting something Christmas-y, here's Neil Gaiman reading Charles Dickens classic "A Christmas Carol" using the annotated version that Dickens used for public performances.

For those travelling over the festive period, stay safe, for those staying where they are... well, you stay safe too!
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Sort of in a rush this morning, so will leave this one short and sweet, knowing full well that you good people out there will populate it with your own special brand of... being yourselves!

I will mention is this article about the White House is having a hard time fidning A-list stars to perform at the Presidential inauguration. Whilst President Obama's staff managed to get the likes of Beyonce and Aretha Franklin, Preident-Elect Trump's staff are finding that a LOT of stars are suddenly terribly busy that day, presumably washing their hair.. or something. But all is not lost, some stars DID speak up for Trump, so the Inauguration could be serenaded by the likes of ummm.... Ted Nugent, Kid Rock or Billy Ray Cyrus?
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So we're now officially into December, with the festive season for a number of the major faiths either upcoming or in progress... What specific festivities are you looking forward to? Is there anything local/regional which you'd care to share?

At a convention in Brazil, Toei announced three new Saint Seiya projects; a new CGI anime, a LIVE ACTION MOVIE and a third, secret project that will be confirmed at a later date. (the same convention had all life-sized gold saint cloths on display and they look very cool

A teaser Trailer for the fifth Transformers movie dropped... yeah... so... that happened.

Likewise the new Mummy movie trailer, I'll give them some respect for A) Not making it a period piece (The Karloff original was set in the then present day too) and B) Playing it as a horror film rather than jokey action adventure which was already nicely covered by Brendan Frasier. And this will be the start of the new Universal Monster movie Universe (Depending on whether the Dracula 2014 movie that no one seems to remember much about is included or not Update: Apparently, it's NOT included).

Back in the real world, North Korea seems to have hacked South Korean military. This can only end well....

The Brexit Supreme Court case is getting a lot of column inches, but the judges seem remarkably uninterested in the demands of the 24 hour news cycle so there's not a lot to say yet. And as the judges are not going to be rushed, watching the more fanatical newpapers grinding their teeth in frustration is actually a lot of fun.

We bid farewell to Van Williams, TV's Green Hornet, who has died aged 82.

And in my apparently compulsory LEGO reference this week, a minifigure near and dear to my heart has been confirmed, TARTAN BATMAN!

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I'm not going to mention politics specifically, but I will share a new word I learned this week;

Kakistocracy - Government by the least qualified or most unprincipled citizens

I can't imagine why that seemed relevant....

I hope everyone survived Black Friday intact, or took part in the far less stressful sounding "Buy Nothing Friday".

After about 18GB of downloads, patches and copious swearing in my most Scottish accent, I've managed to get my Year 2 characters and levels of LEGO Dimensions updated and working!

My thanks for previous podcast recommendations, I'm particularly enjoying The Bright Sessions, a series about a therapist and her "Atypical" patients (eg superpowered) that manages to be fascinating in a very "original New Mutants" sort of a way as we see how their abilities have impacted their day to day lives (The progression of the young empath trying to sort out his emotional life is adorable)... There are a few interesting subplots too.

I looked long and hard for whimiscally distracting news stories, but they seem in short supply, so if anyone has any local news of that sort they'd care to share, that would be awesome.
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Words fail me in trying to describe the American political scene at the moment...though in fairness it would challenge most people, and I can't afford to hire Clive Barker as a ghostwriter.

I will say that as I'm not given to conspiracy theories, I won't comment on the astonishing convenience of a right wing VP elect) with a track record of homophobia) attending a play as associated with ethnic and gender diversity in casting as Hamilton gainging feet of newspaper column space, on the self same day that the P Elect settled out of court (for three times the expected amount) over the Trump University fraud case (which got inches of column space further down the page)... however if I WERE the sort who was given to conspiracy theories....

(And for the record, the address that was given to the VP Elect was, IMHO, a masterfully polite and passionate plea... if that sort of speech causes outrage to the P and VP Elect, imagines what actual political wrangling might do to the poor delicate flowers)

Oh, and as a Brit I'm tempted to say that P Elect is welcome to have Nigel Farage to do with as he see's fit for as long as he likes, with our compliments and blessings (not a phrase I'd use under any other circumstances) provided he never comes back, and he's never made the UK Ambassador.

Brexit continues lurching towards what might be an omnishambles or might be a flustercuck... the jury is still out on which it will be.

New LEGO sets for next year will include a bendy armed Ms Marvel minfigure (and Captain America in aviation jacket because why the hell not), as well as a wave of blind bagged minifigures for The LEGO batman movie which has my wallet weeping already for sheer nuttiness, the line up includes Lobster-Lovin' Batman, the Living Eraser, Zodiac Master, King Tut, Pink Power Batgirl, Dick Grayson, Orca, Fairy Batman, Glam Metal Batman, Clan of the Cave Batman, Vacation Batman, Arkham Asylum Joker, Calculator, Red Hood, Commissioner Gordon, Barbara Gordon, March Harriet, Mime, Catman, Nurse Harley Quinn

And to close, I'm not saying Scottish people are cheap, but sometimes we won't even pay for the colour version of rainbows.
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Well, unless you've been living under a rock (You happy, happy person you) you'll be aware of what happened last week. The ramifications of this remain uncertain, but are more than a little unsettling. Stay safe out there (This applies generically, but also specifically)

In other news (and there WAS other news)

The British Government's Brexit strategy seems to be lacking one rather important thing, namely... anything approaching an actual strategy. The united gasps of surprise at this "unprecedented" news would not have drowned out a dormouse with a slight cough.

We had the largest Supermoon in decades which looked super-impressive... if you happened to live in a country not given to Super-cloudy skies and constant drizzle.... thank you British weather patterns.

The supermoon was NOT responsible for the earthquakes in New Zealand which resulted in some loss of life and widespread, and ongoing, disruption and evacuations. If you are a resident there, please be careful!

The complete first wave of LEGO sets for The LEGO Batman Movie have been revealed. As the trailers suggested they're including some wonderfully obscure minifigures, including Calendar Man and Kite-Man from the comics (And Brave and the Bold), The Kabuki Twins from "The Batman" cartoon, and Magpie from "Beware the Batman"... more contentiously perhaps they are also including Tarantula from Nightwing infamy?!?

In other LEGO news, it's been confirmed that LEGO will no longer use xenophobic hate-spewing British rag "The Daily Mail" for their minikit promotions. Which is a relief.

The relentless tide of creative talent that is being lost to us this year is counteracted by the news that Hayao Miyazaki is coming out of retirement (again) for one more film (again). This will be a full length version of Kemushi no Boro, about ‘a tiny, hairy caterpillar’.


And in what I promise is the last piece of LEGO news, the next wave of Dimensions sets hits this week.

Geekdad posted an article about someone sending a fan letter from Madeleine L'Engle (Author of A Wrinkle in Time and others). It's good stuff.

Jay and Miles Xplain the X-Men included something rather special in their latest podcast, a song about the Summers Family Tree... it should come as no surprise that it's 39 verses long and even then is probably the edited version before it was longer than The Edda.

Any good podcast recommendations? I've been giggling myself silly listening to Qwerpline of late.

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