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  1. You've just reminded me of Dan Simmons "Hyperion Cantos" series.
  2. This is a no-brainer for us over on this side of the Pond, but anything by the late, great Terry Pratchett - his co-operation with Neil Gaiman (AS SEEN ON TV!), "Good Omens", is perhaps the best single volume entry point for his style but any of the "Guards" series starting with "Guards, Guards!". Also sadly departed, Iain M. Banks [1] and his "Culture" series of novels for which "The Player of Games" is a good introduction but the one that everyone will jump up and down to recommend is "Use of Weapons". [1] Not to be confused with the equally no-longer-with-us Iain Banks, who was most definitely not the same person what with being a PROPER CRITICALLY ACCLAIMED AUTHOR who would never ever dabble in that childish Sci-Fi nonsense... 😉
  3. I wonder if this will influence the Canadian decision at all, as I would imagine at least some of Finlands requirements were pretty similar.
  4. It’s okay, we’ll get James May to make a couple dozen 1/1 scale Airfix kits and drop them around the sea floor to throw them off.
  5. I think the two-parter starting with the episode “Army of Ghosts” (?), one of the season concluders to David Tennants run, will probably satisfy you in that regard.
  6. "Theres no way this would ever work on a carrier" is virtually what they said about the right way round Corsair at first... 😄
  7. I've heard of "tail-sitters" but I think thats the first time I've seen what could be described as a "nose-sitter"...!
  8. Boy, and I thought the full scale B-17s belly gunner position was cramped!
  9. I should perhaps clarify, this report was in a British newspaper, one that even at the time had a reputation for... exaggeration. 🙂
  10. Well, thats interesting, I always considered The Lady to be a really dark blue colour.
  11. I wouldn't call it "fear mongering", really. "Sensationalism" would be more accurate. Its worth remembering back then, given the political and domestic situation in the UK, the US was in the minds of many occupying a place in popular culture here somewhat akin to the way Japan does now - a place of exotic wonder and unobtainable cool. I mean, you had Stringfellow Hawke and we had "Last of the Summer Wine", it wasn't much of a comparison. 😄
  12. The Blue Thunder helicopter also makes a very brief appearance in the "Doctor Who" episode "Dalek", under the call sign "Bad Wolf", as the helicopter that transports the episodes antagonist (well, the other antagonist, not that installments titular famous one) to their underground storage base. The British media at the time of the 1984 Los Angeles Olympics also ran stories of how the skies would be patrolled by Blue Thunder "style" "gunships", using images of the helicopter to illustrate the stories.
  13. The Harrier didn't use aerodynamics or thrust, it just used noise to overwhelm gravity. 😄
  14. What I find slightly alarming is apparently its the Double-Zeta version. 😁
  15. slide, I think the shape is ambiguous enough that its orientation could be interpreted a number of ways.
  16. Theres some speculation that the... um... "shape" is "upside down" on the trailer. Edit: oops, I see the linked-to article does mention that possibility. I posted before reading the article.
  17. I wanted to post this earlier, but had problems doing so - Sir Clive Sinclair, driving force behind the ZX Spectrum, has passed: https://www.eurogamer.net/articles/2021-09-19-in-memory-of-sir-clive-sinclair I realise this is probably bigger news on my side of the pond than it will be for most MWers, but its very difficult to overstate the impact his little rubber keyed black box had on the UK games industry.
  18. Is there a special section on dealing with computers, like how to make them explode by showing them this... human... EMOTION... called LOVE? 🙂
  19. Its reasonably likely that the "C4" designation is carrying on from the existing JASDF C-1 jet transport rather than a C-130 variant; it wouldn't have existed at the time "Patlabor: The Movie" was made (though it may have been on the drawing board) but there is now a C-2 as well. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kawasaki_C-1 https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kawasaki_C-2
  20. Oh, I know that. And I know beam "spray" guns are a thing in-universe and I know why they depicted it the way they did (the HORROR of WAR etc). But... particles is in the name! 😃
  21. Hmm, we have a couple Jollibees in the UK. I did not know that. I have to wonder if this means that if they ever do a Gundam set in the UK if there will be a Wimpy in the background… [1] Trying to get back on topic, the “beam sprays” were an interesting touch but I do have to wonder about the physics of that; it sort of implies Gundam beam weapons are more like plasma weapons than particle beams… [1] Virtually extinct but fondly remembered UK rival to MacDonalds et al.
  22. I still don't know exactly what the mobile SUITs looked like, but good grief, do I know every single detail of the various restaurants and cafeterias that appear. 😁
  23. Something I've just been reminded about today - changing the gender of characters between adaptations is not a new development. Its a minor one, but the original 1971 film version of "The Andromeda Strain" changed a character who was male in the book to female and probably for similar reasons to whats claimed today - to add diversity to the cast.
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