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Flap Election, Smile [Apr. 23rd, 2017|09:50 am]
Tony Grist
Peter Hitchens (who is so conservative he hates the Tories and admires Corbyn's moral compass) says the real reason May called a snap election was to minimise the damage that will be done to her government and its majority when the police investigation into its bending of election rules in 2015 comes to a head and criminal charges are laid. He says it's not a snap election but a "flap" election- which I rather like.

Last night's episode of Dr Who- Smile- was a nicely traditional one-off- and was written by a screenwriter- Frank Cottrell-Boyce- who has a considerable reputation to live up to. Doctor and companion land on planet where everything seems too good to be true, things turn nasty, they do some running, there's a twist, he presses the "reset button" and everything is hunky-dory again. There was lots of lovely banter, some nice self-referential stuff about the Tardis, some lightly handled but potentially heavy-duty thoughts about slavery and exploitation- and the threat was provided by a crew of dinky little robots with emoji faces who were all the more scary for being insufferably cute.

[User Picture]From: davesmusictank
2017-04-23 10:01 am (UTC)
Smile was kind of creepy - the flipside of happiness.
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[User Picture]From: poliphilo
2017-04-23 11:23 am (UTC)
The emoji robots were well cool. I've come to the conclusion that cute things being evil are scarier than ugly things being evil.
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[User Picture]From: steepholm
2017-04-23 11:36 am (UTC)
I liked imagining the emoji robot designer saying, "I've also added a face with a couple of skulls just in case we ever need it to kill people. I don't suppose we'll ever need that setting, but better safe than sorry!"
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[User Picture]From: poliphilo
2017-04-23 11:55 am (UTC)
Ah, well, plausibility was never the show's strong suit...
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