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The reluctant socialist: A (sort of) book review

Posted: 10th August 2012 by Get No Happy in Angry Rants, Politics, Reviews

I’ve always had trouble defining where I sit politically. I used to consider myself a libertarian, until the obvious dawned on me about 5 years ago that in order for all people to individually  reach their full potential it was important their parents spent money on baby food and books rather than heroin. It’s a […]

Recently the BBC finished broadcasting the last of documentary maker Adam Curtis’ latest series “All watched over by machines of loving grace”. I’m usually a fan of Mr Curtis, his shows are often interesting and insightful, and highlight the contradictions in social themes and movements that have taken over the western world in the last […]

Generally I try to read as much as I can, and often get quite obsessive about it; I am more than happy to, for instance, forgo sleep on a work night if it means pouring over a particularly gripping storyline into the small hours. Also I really must read to the end of a chapter […]

Well that 2010 done. It’s been a fairly good year all things considered; take last years resolutions as evidence. Get a PhD, even if I have to do the sort of things that would make a Liverpudlian whore blush: Task complete And thankfully without gaining the glazed, dead-eyed stare of a sink-estate teenage girl in […]

A response to a particular person, a reference for everyone else In life there are many troubling things: War, taxes and the horrifying knowledge all our attempts to escape the icy hand of oblivion will ultimately be in vein… Anyway, another such thing is the sad knowledge that sometimes people are just wrong about certain […]

Britain’s Really Disgusting Blog

Posted: 21st September 2010 by Get No Happy in Angry Rants, Reviews
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A little late granted, but I thought I’d share my thoughts on the recent program Britain’s Really Disgusting Drinks the second installment in Alex Riley’s attempt to be the British Michael Moore; by which I mean a smug, self-righteous and patronising arse. Not that the show didn’t have it’s moments (more on them later) but […]

The illiterary review

Posted: 23rd July 2010 by Get No Happy in Reviews
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Girl with the dragon tattoo The novel, and the proper novel rather than a “novelization”. Introduction There are really only two ways to adapt a book; You can either produce a 14hour opus a la “Lord of the Rings” that tries to squeeze in as much content as possible, or produce a merry jaunt that […]

It’s been a long road…

Posted: 7th April 2010 by Get No Happy in Miscellaneous, Reviews
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Having had the ‘pleasure’ of being unemployed for around 5 months now, the one highlight of my day has been Virgin 1’s Star Trek afternoons. Thanks to this I’ve been able to watch TNG, DS9 and Voyager from their beginnings and in doing so reignited my disappointment with Enterprise. It was awful, just awful. And […]

Birth of the Twelve Colonies

Posted: 29th March 2010 by Get No Happy in Reviews
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Caprica Having finally gotten around to watching Caprica, the prequel to Battlestar Galactica written by Ronald D. Moore, and by gotten round I mean “watch all of it in a 9 hour binge”, I have to say I was fairly impressed with what I saw. Firstly it is visually stunning. I’m not sure how one […]

Wastes of time and money

Posted: 16th March 2010 by Get No Happy in Reviews
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Glee I’ve tried, I really have, but I just can’t get into it. It’s not the music as I’m somewhat of a closet fan of musicals (and they usually make the bland pop crap they cover sound much better), but the plot lines. Maybe it’s the paranoid cuckold fear all males secretly have, or more […]