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bothwell

Member since Aug 2010 • Last active Jan 2019

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    Look, my maths skills are pretty average so I'd appreciate it if you tried not to get too technical on me.

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    Once we've taken back control, there won't be a Christmas. Those bloody euros can keep their bloody foreign religious holidays and leave us to our woad-smeared carousing in peace

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    Surely the average American (or indeed the average Briton) is of, er, average intelligence?

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    Yeah, that's fair. The idea of the proletariat rising up for more restrictions on where they can go and what they can do did make me lol, though.

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    I'm not sure that isolationism has ever been the left's answer to the pressures of capitalism, but it's certainly a novel approach

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    Obviously, different varieties exist.

    Hrm yeah, this is a good point. You inspired me to google to see if there is such a thing as a groundcover version, and there is. I don't know what variety mine is, but if it's a groundcover species then that might explain why it has such a consistently pathetic height.

    There's a bluebell bulb underneath it, and every spring when the bluebell comes up, it towers above the shrub, about twice its size :/

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    I have one of these. Are they very, very slow growing? I've been here for 5 years and it spreads out horizontally but doesn't seem to have grown upwards at all. I want it to be nice like yours. Is there something I should/could be doing to it to make it less shit?

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    Perhaps it was removed from the scene by a drone?

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    Yeah, +1 for Neuromancer. Some say [citation needed] that Neuromancer was the book that invented the internet, but its cultural impact even outside of that is immense.

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    I hated Ubik until I got to the last few pages, when it suddenly turned into one of the best stories I've ever read. There's a great twist at the end, the details of which I've since forgotten so I can't spoil it for you.

    I find PKD a bit of a difficult read sometimes because he obsesses over irrelevant details like outfits or tech to an irritating extent, but leaves out the wider context of the environment he's created. You can tell that he has this incredible, rich, fully-detailed world built up inside his head, but he doesn't let you access it in the same way that somebody like William Gibson would.

    Maybe I should give Ubik a re-read and see if that ending stands up to the memory impression I have!

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