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Streaming music and rebirth of the album

Posted December 23 into Music by John Birmingham

From the New York Times...

John Seabrook’s book “The Song Machine: Inside the Hit Factory” delved into the 21st-century pop that resulted from concentrating on single tracks: We got songs that were fabricated as masterpieces of instant gratification, full of technological sizzle and concocted by a surprisingly small clique of professionals for a highly competitive A-list of pop stars, who added some small personal garnish to the committee efforts. The same people write for (and with) Taylor Swift, the Weeknd and Adele; they knew the secrets of radio play, which is still seen as the best guarantee of mass success despite the occasional online breakout.

Streaming, instead, encourages curiosity. With streaming rather than downloads, access replaces ownership and the commitment is of time, not money. That’s still significant, but it doesn’t feel so irrevocable. Where downloads and playlists favored the lone song, streaming gives the artist and the album a fighting chance again. Anyone interested in a particular artist, from die-hard fans to novelty seekers, can listen to a whole album repeatedly — not just song samples, not just YouTube choices — and let subtler material sink in. Musicians don’t need to think so exclusively about what sounds, beats and structures the radio gatekeepers will allow; they can get poetic, political, sonically weird or all of the above. While big and glossy still works, it’s just possible that odd and heartfelt will, too.

Couldn't agree more with the argument that 'streaming encourages curiosity.' After years, probably decades of stagnating taste, I've got dozens of new artists and groups in my playlists now. And sure, they tend to be alternative rock acts, or hip hop, which I've always listened to. But I would never have found them in the download era. Because after a while you just stop trying. But with streaming you don't have to try. The platform serves it all up for you, no matter which service you use.

One interesting factoid from the article. It takes 1500 plays of an album to match the income from one paid download. That looks bad, but then I was never going to download any of the albums I've been listening to since getting Apple Music, and Rdio before that. And with some albums I would come close to 1500 plays after a couple of years.

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Dave W asserts...

Posted December 23
I suppose I'm just getting into it, but streaming has gotten me back into a few old favorites, for exactly those reasons. Very happy to be rediscovering faith no more...

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mick g reckons...

Posted December 23
Exactly. I'm listening to music on Spotify that I'd never buy, but if I and a few million others are doing the same worldwide then surely that benefits artists who would never be making money from my buying their music in traditional formats.
Im hoping it also leads to the downfall of miserable human beings like Chris Brown (the r&b douchebag,not the tv vet). Fingers crossed.

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Helical ducks in to say...

Posted December 24
I don't like streaming for multiple reasons.
I spend a large portion of my time away from mobile reception (plus I have limited data) so I don't want to be tethered to a data connection. My music lives on my mp3 player's 120GB hard drive.
Streaming does not help newer bands or niche bands as they need such huge numbers to make any money. A local and successful progressive metal band, that tours internationally, showed their income off Spotify last year, a handful of change, enough to buy a cheeseburger.
Finally, I want to still be able to listen to my music when the zombie apocalypse comes. So while you lot are searching for an internet connection in between getting your brains eaten, I'll be out bush headbanging away.

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The Butte Crack cover

Posted December 22 by John Birmingham

I'm not sending this one out to commerical production. Ity's just me, GraphicStock and Pixelmator.

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John Birmingham has opinions thus...

Posted December 22
I could be talked into darkening the background behind the time of the letter 'A' in the subtitle. And maybe the letter 'J' in my name.

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jason puts forth...

Posted December 22
Agree with the A in the subtitle but I reckon the J is okay.

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Surtac has opinions thus...

Posted December 22
I agree with Jason.

Holy sh*t. I made the cut. Will be very curious to see what the Blue Pencil of Doom did to the story I submitted.

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insomniac swirls their brandy and claims...

Posted December 22
You can save the A with a thin black or maybe dark blue in this case on the lettering, if possible

insomniac reckons...

Posted December 22
line...thin black line

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Paul_Nicholas_Boylan is gonna tell you...

Posted December 22
Include my middle name and I'll make it worth your while.

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NBlob puts forth...

Posted December 24
Did you consider comic sans?

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ronS ducks in to say...

Posted December 26
Where do I get it?

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Ian Rangel mumbles...

Posted December 30
Yes!!! I can't wait!

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jason reckons...

Posted January 4
No pressure John but I checked the bottom of my Christmas stocking and there was no Butte Crack (except mine as I leaned in, obviously).

Have i missed something?

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Fanfic author details needed

Posted December 21 into The Dave by John Birmingham

I'm just pulling together the fanfic ebook. Some of the submissions don't have names or titles on them. I'm happy to think up titles, but really, I can't wing it with names.

If you submitted a chapter, let me know with a proposed title and whatever name you want credited.

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Brother PorkChop is gonna tell you...

Posted December 21
If its in, then the title could be Gozilla Eat Your Heart Out
with my CBG tag or Simon AKH. Whatever suits really.

John Birmingham ducks in to say...

Posted December 21
That's the one set in Japan?

Brother PorkChop mumbles...

Posted December 21
Yes

Brother PorkChop is gonna tell you...

Posted December 21
Godzilla maybe? Missed the 'd'!

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insomniac is gonna tell you...

Posted December 21
Can't remember if there was a title. Let's go with 'insomniac' but it has to be lowercase.

John Birmingham reckons...

Posted December 21
And which story?

insomniac is gonna tell you...

Posted December 21
I was greedy and submitted two of you recall. The one with two guys in a room and the one driving in a car.

John Birmingham asserts...

Posted December 21
Oddly enough there was two 'car' stories, but I remember Boylan's referenced Stephen King's 'Christine'.

insomniac has opinions thus...

Posted December 21
Now I feel like I should have tried harder. If you look very abstractly you might see a reference to Chitty Chitty Bang Bang.

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jason asserts...

Posted December 21
It goes a little something like this...

Loch Ness monster story is 7th Guardian
Soccer hooligans story is F Troop
Paranoid guy is Inner demons
Indigenous one is Kurdachai Man
Suicide bomber one is The Fedayeen
Terrorist running away is White Caves
Attack on the church is The Church
Truck driver is Revenge
Militia one is Fightback.

As far as names go. Jason Cox works for me.

John Birmingham would have you know...

Posted December 21
Hahaha. I had no trouble remembering yours. You're half the fucking book!

Brother PorkChop ducks in to say...

Posted December 21
I hope the soccer hooligans are the Millwall lads. Especially after their actions during the last London/UK riots.

jason puts forth...

Posted December 21
You are 100% correct. The Milwall lads carry the day.

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MickH asserts...

Posted December 21
John,
feel free to use my Q7S classic

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MickH has opinions thus...

Posted December 21
Do you still have it?

John Birmingham is gonna tell you...

Posted December 21
I probably have a very old version, but we should definitely talk about this separately, now that I've decided to take a fuck you approach with this IP. Email me, would you?

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ShaneAlpha mutters...

Posted December 21
A Place of Angels pts 1, 2 & 3,
An Early Tale,
Dying of Embarrassment
State of Origin
Put them all under my name: Shane Stapleton

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she_jedi mutters...

Posted December 21
Is it too late to submit something?

John Birmingham would have you know...

Posted December 22
I'm sending it out tomorrow!

she_jedi mumbles...

Posted December 22
Oops, nevermind! :)

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Sparty2 asserts...

Posted December 22
mine was
"The Home Front"
the "Extract from shooting script of the BBC 13 part documentary series “The Earth at War”, narrated by Sir Kenneth Brannagh.
Credit either

Sparty (perferably)

or Mark Williams

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Surtac ducks in to say...

Posted December 22
Mine was the one about monsters in Parliament House in Canberra.

Yes, I know. Irony , right.

As for a name, Surtac or Sten Duncan will work for me. If you need a real-life name, ping me at surtac at gmail dot com or dm me at twitter as @OriginalSurtac.

Curious as to whether I made the cut.

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Surtac ducks in to say...

Posted December 22
Oh yeah, title. I'm not good at titles. Whatever you reckon works.

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Therbs reckons...

Posted December 22
I did one, I think titled "A Different Day". Was a bit shite so prolly no need to bother about it.

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Rob ducks in to say...

Posted December 22
I can't remember what mine was,

Maybe Hobart Land of Lumpy White People? Oh I digress, Hobart is a kick ass town .

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NBlob is gonna tell you...

Posted December 24
DangNabbit! Stupid dumb work. I was away, then a dog ate my homework and I hadn't been feeling very well. I guess if I made the cut, we'll roll with Harry vs the Dragon. NBob.

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Rogue One

Posted December 20 into Movies by John Birmingham

Took the fam to see this last night. Can't recall when I've enjoyed a Star Wars film as much. This being the end of civilzation, there has of course been a manbaby backlash to the penis shortage in the ensemble cast. It's only like 95% male, which is very misandrist.

But being an utter cuck, I fucking loved it.

I thought it meshed with the overall narrative much more smoothly than any of the rebooted and mostly reviled 'prequels' and it gives me real hope for where Disney might go with the franchise over the next decade or so. There's a lot of narrative infilling they could do.

I wont get into spoilers here, but anyone who hasn't seen the film should avoid the comment thread below.

Non spoilery reflections. The storyline was a deft melding of revenge motifs, a coming-of-age tale and a star spanning caper flick. The violence was much more instense than the original series, but not as bloody as last year's Force Awakens. It was still pretty intense though.

The cast was well balanced and the performances mostly great.

I thought the exploration of the 'dark side' of the rebellion was fittingly modern. It recalled the insurgency series of Galactica.

Effects? Top shelf, although I had a few uncanny valley moments with Moff Tarkin.

Script. B+

Rewatch value. Very high.

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Chris Salmon is gonna tell you...

Posted December 20
Great story, acting, effects. Thought the music was a but over done at times but still very much in the spirit.

Nice to see the galaxy so far away without so many super doopers, royalty, and associated wunderkind. These are the real folk of the Alliance. People not afraid to get their hands dirty.

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MordWa has opinions thus...

Posted December 20
Funnily enough, the Tarkin effects didn't bother me at all; Peter Cushing was always a creepy looking dude. I though Leia was more distracting, and (sorry to moan) whoever in the Vader suit was damn near dancing, he was so spry-! I liked it, make no mistake...

Can't wait for Rogue Two, aye *wink wink*

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Stephen puts forth...

Posted December 20
Saw it on release day Liked it mostly more of an adult focus, some of those inspirational speeches were cringeworthy though. Seemed like someone had decided to add them after the main shooting, apparently a lot of reshooting and re editing was done, new scenes added some dropped to change the tenor of the film.
Worth seeing but not a great film but certainly better than the prequels, and also better then last years film The force Awakens

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tqft has opinions thus...

Posted December 20
SPOILERS
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Donnie Yen almost wasted in this, pity he won't be back for more

Gilligan would have you know...

Posted December 22
I respectfully disagree.

I know Mr Yen is usually a leading man (he was simply *epic* in Ip Man), but within the ensemble piece I thought Chirrut and Baze were an awesome double act. Yen's Force-sensitive nature was a great way of including the mysticism of the original trilogy without adding yet another "one of the last Jedi" character to the universe.

I also loved how he cleaned up the squad of Stormtroopers. Would've like a few more mid- and long-shots with a locked-off camera, but I got to see some solid wailing on dudes, and even the signature foot shuffle/plant thing from HK cinema.

I think he was used much more effectively than, say, Jackie Chan in Kung Fu Panda, who really only had a couple of lines so why bother?

Of course, YMMV.

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Vovchara has opinions thus...

Posted December 20
yeah, agree completely. The dark side of rebellion was spot on. Surprisingly funny jokes. For a rather dark narrative.

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Don Bagert is gonna tell you...

Posted December 21
Lots of nice places with info on cameos and Easter eggs about Rogue One, although one I haven't seen yet is about that temple that Chirrut Îmwe was part of - whether it was related to the Jedi temples, one of which was seen in the "Path of the Jedi" episode of Star Wars: Rebels. (It was used to have Yoda - voiced by Frank Oz! - communicate with the Jedi Kanan in that episode.)

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Kristophr asserts...

Posted December 21
Thanx for the review. I think I'll go see it.

Yea, the virgin-TOWs ( the neckbeard crazy wing of the MGTOW community ) panned it. Which was a good review by itself.

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Blarkon mutters...

Posted December 21
First Star Wars film that I won't see a second time in the cinema - and I think the minimum number of times I've seen a Star Wars film in the cinema (Caravan of Courage and Ewok Adventure excluded) is about 5.

Visually amazing, but a bit soulless. It's odd that there was all this stuff I wanted to see, but came out of the experience feeling a bit empty.

Rebellion comes across more in this film as a bunch of amoral ideological terrorists than freedom fighters - which I guess explains why the galaxy seems to be in a substantially worse state by Episode 7 when they are running things than it was when the Empire was in charge or even when things were failing during the end of the republic era. Revolutionaries who are willing to kill anyone to achieve their goals don't make great governments - and that's how the rebellion now comes off - just another faction lusting after power, not a group of selfless heroes overthrowing a tyrannical regime.

No wonder Luke fucked off after Jedi and didn't tell them where he was going. After Rogue One, it's pretty clear that unless you're already one of the elites like senator Mothma or Organa, the new regime won't be substantially better for you than the one with the old guy who can shoot lightning bolts from his fingers. Wonder how long the guy who ordered Jyn's dad's death waited before he set up some gulags and started the purges of people who may have worked with the imperial government. I'm guessing not very fucking long.

Would *love* to know what the original cut was like.

John Birmingham swirls their brandy and claims...

Posted December 21
These are all valid points, but another of seeing R1 is as the series growing up. It simply much more realistic than the original kids movies.

Blarkon asserts...

Posted December 21
I grok that - though wonder if a series ostensibly about knights with magic powers and laser swords is an appropriate canvas for a gritty grown up or realistic approach.

As many documentaries and reflections on the phenomenon that is Star Wars have suggested, ANH was a breakout film in the 70's specifically because it was unashamedly optimistic and simplistic in an age when other filmmakers were going for gritty realism.

I recall an interview with Lucas around the time they were making "Attack of the Clones" where he was asked why Star Wars wasn't grittier like The Matrix. He said he'd love to make a film like that, but it wouldn't be Star Wars. That audiences wanted the franchise to grow as they had, but that at its essence it was a story aimed at 9 year olds and that straying to far from that simplistic view of good and evil would compromise the essence of what made Star Wars different from a million other SciFi and Fantasy properties.

There probably is a balance that can be found between what is essentially a silly idea and gritty realism. It's just that a series where an overriding narrative philosophy was "once you start down the dark path, forever will it dominate your destiny" doesn't seem to be too compatible with the idea of moral shades of grey.

"Give in to your hatred" doesn't seem like such a danger if the narrative ruleset is altered to allow more moral ambiguity.

I dunno. Isn't it possible that a theme or universe is more than just the art direction and internal history, but also about the narrative and moral rules put in-place by the creators - and that if those rules are broken in the wrong way, the integrity of the fictional setting itself "collapses"?

Gilligan swirls their brandy and claims...

Posted December 22
I've had a few friends come out of the film a bit cold, liking the individual bits/beats but not having the whole really gel for them. Me? I loved it. Much Rogue, would Rogue again.

As for the morally ambiguous Rebellion, I think JB's on the money when he talks about the series growing up.

I thought the attack on the hover tank had a very roadside bomb/IED feel about it, and I'd like to think that couldn't have been by accident. And if we are maturing the series a bit, the truth is that the Rebellion would've needed some straight up wetwork black ops guys and gals willing to do whatever if they wanted to defeat the Empire. One imagines that if you fully explored the activities of the Resistance in occupied Europe, probably not the entirety of the group covered themselves in whitehat glory.

It's almost like (acknowledging that he was working for the baddies) the Operative in Serenity. He knows he's doing, and is willing to do, terrible things to achieve his side's aims, and that in so doing there's no place in the New World for him. And he's OK with that. Cassian... similar thoughts, but maybe a little less at peace with it.

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Coriolisdave puts forth...

Posted December 21
Enjoyed this, but found the music very distracting.. didn't seem to fit half the scenes, had absolutlely no subtelty (Vader on screen? QUICK, DEATH MARCH!).

Really hoping we get to see the original cut one day - judging from the trailer breakdowns on youtube it was a significantly different film.

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JBtoo reckons...

Posted December 21
Agree with the criticisms of the music - it was terrible.
The film was a lot bleaker than I was expecting. Felicity Jones was very good - pity we won't see her again.

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Murphy_of_Missouri asserts...

Posted December 22
I'll see it this Friday but I have seen the CGI Tarkin and Leia clips via YouTube. I thought they were well done. It is interesting that they can digitally resurrect someone from the grave, and technically, Tarkin wasn't dead yet by this point in the series.


I think the ethics hand wringing is probably just another sign of the ongoing panic fest in the wake of recent events in November. I find myself chuckling heartily and moving onto the next train wreck.

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Paul_Nicholas_Boylan reckons...

Posted December 22
I haven't seen the film, I read the comments thread above, and now the film is ruined for me. I know I can only blame myself, but I am still bitter about the whole thing.

John Birmingham ducks in to say...

Posted December 22
Welcome back, 007. I hope we can look forward to some gratuitous sex and violence.

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SZF swirls their brandy and claims...

Posted December 28
Loved it. It's very much a "war movie" in the style of The Dirty Dozen or Where Eagles Dare. More than anything, I came out of it struck by the thought that after growing up with the original trilogy, THIS was the sort of Star Wars movie I wanted to see as an adult. I've seen plenty of objectively better flicks, but very few that were as much fun to watch.

My only regret is it's a bit too Rated M for me to take my 6.5 year old (yet)...

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Dunkirk Trailer

Posted December 15 into Movies by John Birmingham

I've always thought Kenneth Brannagh should spend the latter half of his career remaking the great British war movies, including Zulu. (How good would Jason Statham be as the gnarly Sgt Major!?!)

Dunkirk isn't a remake, of course. And it's more Private Ryan than Dam Busters.

But it proves my point about Brannagh.

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John Birmingham is gonna tell you...

Posted December 15
FROM Ian Andrew (author)*

That may well be your most brilliant idea ever - Brannagh to remake the classics - aww... a modern remake of Zulu though, gee that would have to be done with some care and great panache. Although a wonderful opportunity to set the record straight about Private Hook. Oh and Idris Elba would make a superb Shaka…
Others in the KB Classic series –
The Great Escape starring Ben Cumberbatch as Sqn Ldr Roger Bushell
The Dambusters – starring Nicholas Hoult as Wg Cdr Guy Gibson (dog’s names changed throughout)
633 Squadron – starring Simon Pegg as Flying Officer Hoppy Hopkinson (‘cos he does a good Jock)
The Longest Day – starring… well everyone with an Equity card ‘cos there weren’t half a lot of them in the original…

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*I'm reposting from Twitter because Ian had some issues lodging his comment.

Lulu swirls their brandy and claims...

Posted December 16
Idris Elba would indeed make a great Shaka, but in the service of pedantry, I feel compelled to point out that the Zulu king at the time of that particular battle was Cetshwayo.

And I love the idea of Branagh remaking all of those classics.

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Sparty2 is gonna tell you...

Posted December 15
Since its nearly xmas and we're on war movies, and I know I've posted this before but in honor of Rogue One and 633 Squadron
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4OZq-tlJTrU
Thats how to do a remake.

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Murphy_of_Missouri reckons...

Posted December 16
Nolan knows his business.


He definitely has a fixation with the grey tides, and frigid landscapes.

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DarrenBloomfield would have you know...

Posted December 16
A Bridge too far - I also Think Pegg would make a good Monty (?)
Battle of the Bulge
What about the Pacific Theatre. Leave Bridge on the River Kwai alone as that cannot be improved. But, maybe Tora Tora Tora! or - even - Midway - (but maybe with unexpected arrivals from the future... no wait, NO ONE would believe that...)

insomniac has opinions thus...

Posted December 16
If Harry Fucking Styles can get an acting gig then surely there's a role for the Burgers as extras in the remake of Midway.

Dave W asserts...

Posted December 16
I thought the world was already broken vis-a-vis Nicholas Cage in anything.

FormerlyKnownAsSimon mumbles...

Posted December 19
GI Blues perhaps? ; )

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Sparty2 is gonna tell you...

Posted December 16
Rogue One is a good movie - and
And if you like "the bridge at Njimagen"
You'll love it. Not same plot (so no spoilers)
Just the feel.

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tqft asserts...

Posted December 16
What's a War movie?
http://qz.com/864515/the-good-the-bad-and-the-ugly-turns-50-years-old-today/
"But even as Leone’s directing makes torture entertaining, the film sympathetically, and elegiacally, condemns the horrors of war."

Remake with Chris Pine as Blondie?

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S.M. Stirling reckons...

Posted December 16
Not quite a war movie, but "The Thin Man", perhaps?

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pi swirls their brandy and claims...

Posted December 19
I'm not sure if any of you have ever read it, but Winston Churchill wrote a book detailing his involvement in the second world war. It was written in eight volumes, but thankfully, a condensed one volume tome was created that I read.

One of the things he makes a point of saying was that he was a stickler for process. Every decision he ever made was recorded for posterity, and while he might make a quick decision, anyone that ever received a command would receive the follow-up documentation that detailed what the instruction was. It was these that he used in order to piece together the books that he wrote at the completion of the war. It is a truly fascinating read.

One of those communiques had to do with Dunkirk. During the Axis attack a ship containing 3-4000 people was sunk. No-one knows exactly how many, because it had so many people moved to it in order to try and escape. All of them died. When Churchill received word of it he immediately censored news of the sinking, because he felt that such a calamity in a single event would cause significant issues with morale, with the view of releasing it when there was a better moment. The intensity of the conflict meant that it never came up for discussion again.

It was only when he was reviewing the documentation he was using for the books that he came about it again, and found that it had never been released, and so he finally told of it in his book. That's my defining memory of what I knew of Dunkirk. It was a true disaster.

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pi ducks in to say...

Posted December 19
It should also be noted that probably the most famous speech by Churchill was delivered as a response to this conflict. It was given one week after the evacuation of Dunkirk.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MkTw3_PmKtc

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Stephen M. Stirling has opinions thus...

Posted December 20
Dunkirk was a disaster, but not nearly as much of a disaster as losing the 350,000 men would have been. That was the only cadre of trained soldiers Britain had.

If the Germans hand't stopped their armor, they would have driven onto the beach in about another 2 days; they'd have had significant losses, but the entire force in the Dunkirk pocket would have been bagged, and they probably would have won the war.

The essential thing Britain did after the fall of France was "not give up". That kept the war in being, and that brought the US in to the European conflict.

This shows the crucial role of individuals. The main alternative to Churchill to succeed Chamberlain was Halifax, and Halifax wanted to negotiate a settlement after France went down.

Paul_Nicholas_Boylan mumbles...

Posted December 23
I've always hated Halifax, but for other reasons.

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Gilligan is gonna tell you...

Posted December 22
JB: Love me some J-Stath for sure, but the grizzled Sgt. Maj. needs to stay Welsh. If Pete Poselthwaite were still around he'd be a shoe-in. Robert Pugh could be grizzled enough, methinks. Rhys Ifans could do the attitude, but may be a bit wiry? We could also see what sort of Welsh accent Liam Cunningham can manage because, well, Liam Cunningham.

The other bit of fun would be casting the Michael Caine character (and of course ol' Micky C himself would need to cameo), as they need to be pretty enough and cocky enough to pull it off. Alfie Allen might manage it?

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Stalin's Hammer. New Cover

Posted December 14 into Books by John Birmingham

We never rest here at the book factory.

This bad boy will drop in January.

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Rhino ducks in to say...

Posted December 14
Fuck yeah.

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Peter in the bleachers asserts...

Posted December 14
What Rhino said.

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DaveC swirls their brandy and claims...

Posted December 14
Attach exclamation mark to previous comments.

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Don Bagert would have you know...

Posted December 14
Looks like it's Britain vs. USSR - you must have ditched a lot of material to eliminate the U.S. role ;-)

Julia Duffy as a Bond girl? It's a stretch...

John Birmingham ducks in to say...

Posted December 14
There's an American version too.

Oldy asserts...

Posted December 14
Collect the set!

Don Bagert has opinions thus...

Posted December 15
Ohhhhhhhhhhh...how silly of me, sorry!

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Therbs ducks in to say...

Posted December 14
Duffy looks like she's doing an Emma Peel pose.

Nocturnalist mumbles...

Posted December 14
The whole thing makes me think of the opening credits to "The Money or the Gun". I wonder if there's a way to shop a giant '90s Andrew Denton mullet onto the male figure.

Halwes has opinions thus...

Posted December 18
Hmmmm Emma Peel !

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Nocturnalist would have you know...

Posted December 14
I notice the strapline says it "includes" the Cairo/Rome/Paris books. Does that mean there's extra material in this one?

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Sparty2 mumbles...

Posted December 14
Harry wearing lifts - is that cause Duffy is tall ;-)
Its a good time to be a Birmo fan! (the only good thing to come out of 2016) - otehr than possibly Rogue One- we'll know tomorrow

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WA n'ker mutters...

Posted December 14
Cool Birmo,
I reckon I'll buy a hard copy, but where from?
How about putting up a bit of a bibliography on here with links to your recommended merchants?
Don't get me wrong, I love your little emails telling me get this here and that there, but I'm really too fucking busy and shattered working in the apprentice factory all day to be downloading this app and that fucking whiz doovy.
I would love a simple CC pay and get a hard copy in mail.
I await your response kind scribe.

Pete puts forth...

Posted December 18
I'm with WA n'ker on this one. Call me old fashioned but I like the whole ink - paper - turn the page thingo. Where can I get one?

NBlob mutters...

Posted December 18

I've just read my 2nd ever ebook. Both from His Birmoness. It was _ different, like mud crab is to sand or(blue swimmer /Dungeness crab . Different. Not bad as such, just uh different.

Halwes reckons...

Posted December 19
conformist !

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jl puts forth...

Posted December 15
Paper novel- sweet. Will purchase and put it in the collection.

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NBlob reckons...

Posted December 16
With. Bells. On.

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