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Well now, Hell House ought to be interesting viewing sometime this week:

"Around the time of year when most children are out trick or treating, Trinity Assemblies Of God church in Cedar Hill, Texas, is putting on a haunted house to raise money and awareness for their cause. This haunted house isn't filled with witches, goblins, Freddy, Jason, or Michael Myers, but instead features scenes of abortions gone horribly wrong, raves that spiral into gang rapes, homosexual men on their AIDS deathbeds renouncing God, kids reading 'occult' books like the Harry Potter series, drunk-driving wrecks, and a school kid who just can't take the merciless teasing anymore, and shoots himself in front of the class. It's called 'Hell House,' and it's one of the biggest attractions for miles."

Want some unusual seating?

VCL pick for the day: SoniTweek's Lili Rose. (Very safe)

While searching around for episodes of Dick Spanner, another in Gerry Anderson's long list of productions, I came across a good little interview with him, including this on the cars in UFO: "They were custom built and the bodies were made from beaten aluminium - they were quite dangerous to drive! The gull-wing doors didn't operate - what would happen is that when Straker's car stopped, the camera would zoom in past the door, and the prop-man would then run in and raise it before the shot returned to Straker getting out of the car."

A picture illustrating the resuscitation of a drowning cat. I'm not going to attest to the veracity of the technique. ^_^;

I'll admit, I was somewhat disappointed that Hungary didn't win the Eurovision Song Contest, but, so it goes. I'll simply enjoy some more farmhouse cider from my Györ stein meanwhile.

If you'd like to admire some male figures in variously shiny appareil, Gallery Four is well worth a look.

Via alt.humor.best-of-usenet:

'Even the Police in Liverpool are funny... We were up there on a Derby day
(Everton v Liverpool) and in the Vines (a big atmospheric pub) and just
about to get served at the bar when an almighty fight broke out in the other
bar. There were literally cast iron tables flying through the air...

They shut the pub and people were streaming out with blood on their faces
and at least 6 police cars outside — complete mayhem. As I got to the exit I
asked one of the policemen, "Do you know of any other nice pubs around

Quick as a flash he replied, "What's wrong with this one?"'
The otter pic is sooo cute. Looks like he's drunk though. :)
*giggle* True.. I've known humans to do that sort of thing when >ahem< boisterous. Or, could just be he needs his brakes checking.. otters don't have the best stopping distances.
LOLOL, I opened up the pic in a separate tab, then went off to go do something else and forgot what it was-- so when I finally clicked on it, I was like, "what the hell is that? A wombat with gastrointestinal problems?"
{giggles} On Hell House, there isn't much else to do in Cedar Hill, Texas :) The documentary is supposed to be an interesting look at the culture that spawns the Hell House style haunt, though I haven't seen it.

Cute otter, too :)
I'm hoping that folks go along there out of camp value, in which case I could see people actually making a point of catching it, given it's not in the boonies in East Texas.. but I dare say you know the locale rather better than I. ^_^ The IMDb comment on the main entry does indicate the director was given quite complete access to all the preparations, so it ought to be fairly comprehensive. Maybe I'll put it on tonight, with the last three weeks of Doctor Who to balance it out. :) (Been keeping up with the series? I've read particularly positive capsule reviews of the most recent episode, The Empty Child)
Every Halloween, Hell House pops up in the news.

Wonder if you could go in and draw moustaches on all the posters.
Then again, doesn't the classical Satanic image depict him with a rather natty moustache? You might receive free tickets.
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Surprisingly, it seems there is occasional objection to such policies, with Brazil declining an offer of $40m: "US President George Bush has allocated $15bn to the worldwide fight against AIDS. Much of the spending is being channelled to programmes that advocate abstinence, rather than condom use, and cannot be used for abortions or to treat prostitutes." The final clause seems particularly self-defeating, even aside from the others.

Of course, there are plenty of local fools - Mugabe's no great progressive when it comes to homosexuality, or tackling AIDS. (And yet, somehow, despite running the country into the ground - along with quite a few of his opponents - he remains in power)

Personally, the aspect of regressive attitudes towards homosexuality that I find most disappointing is the assertion that somehow there's no place for gay members of a family - I suppose that links in with the stereotype you mention; that there's no mention of love, only sex. Possibly, if gay marriage opponents could only see the strength of feeling between partners, there might be less opposition? I remain hopeful, I admit, that the more people can see, as in Massachussetts, not to mention the Netherlands and elsewhere, that affording such basic rights is ultimately a positive and beneficial move for all, as gradually people's fear through unfamiliarity dissipates.
Random otter pic.

Heh. And dozens of schoolkids were shocked, earlier today, when the otters started making faces back at them.

Well now, Hell House ought to be interesting viewing sometime this week:

Ah, good. Lies and propaganda and good old-fashioned scaremongering. Sounds lovely.
Hee! He seems to be getting off to a good start. Wow.. first a standing red panda, now a rebellious otter.. there's going to be someone wearing a Guevara-style beret before long, you just know it. ^_^

If it's a reasonably hands-off documentary, letting the participants tell their own story, I admit I'll probably find it fascinating, as a look at a world I'm far removed from, in style and attitude. (By the sound of Ysengrin's reply, it's still an ongoing phenomenon, too. With this administration, they're probably eligible for federal faith-based health program funding :)
awwww someone superglued that poor Otters nose to the glass!

As Far as Hell house goes heres a quote for you that fits;

"If English was good enough for Jesus Christ, then it is good enough
for Texas children." __Texas Governor Ferguson
(on Spanish being taught in Texas public schools.)

Thats about how smart these fokes are.
*giggle* He's an art project? ^_^

(I still wish zoo "adopt an animal" programs included being able to bring them back home occasionally :)

Oh, good grief.. I'm going to have to check into that quote. If he really said that, without trying to be funny.. (but then, look how popular the common image (post-medieval?) of Jesus is, as a slender Anglo-Saxon figure)
Wow, I didn't know about Dick Spanner! If you do find any episodes, gimme a shout...
I used to have them, too! ^_^; Ah, if I only had my old VHS tapes! (I even had some of the original series of Max Headroom - not the Lorimar series, which reworked Bryce into a good guy, but the Chrysalis ones, with him acting as VJ for some unusual tracks)

There appears to've been someone's homemade DVD for sale, for a ferpectly reasonable £10 inc. postage, but that's expired - could always see about contacting the seller directly. Or, currently, there's a copy on VHS with both episodes at £4, but that's still got a week to go, with two bids.

(VHS, ick! Soon after getting my old camcorder, I started using that for Babylon 5 instead of my VCR, given how much smaller Hi-8 tapes are compared to VHS - similar size to audio cassettes. Much easier for schlepping around on flights :)
Aha! It's back - all of it (two stories, transmitted as about six five-minute segments each), for £9.95 including postage. ^_^

Hell House sounds like a hoot!
I loved this part of the IMDB review:
"The centerpiece in the occult sacrificial dungeon is a pentagram which upon closer inspection
turns out to be the Star of David. That mistake (which I believe was unintentional) says
more than any words ever could."


Dick Spanner! Such a wonderful, heroic name! Much like Mike Hammer, Rex Kvelar, or Alan Steel!
UFO was a deeply depressing show.
I am enjoying the New Captain Scarlets you sent me. They still look like puppets, but at least
Scarlet doesn't die in every episode anymore, thank goodness. It creeped me out.
I need more. Once I get a new hard drive, I'm getting this BitTorrent thingy.

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