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One line thoughts of the day.

The opening track of Opeth’s “Pale Communion”, released today, is called “Eternal Rains Will Come”. So we can blame them from today’s awful bank holiday weather.

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James Desborough has got the licence for an RPG John Norman’s Gor, and has started Indiegogo campaign to fund it. No further comment is really necessary…

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Because of the amount of bandwidth comment spammers have been eating, I have turned off comments on older posts. Hopefully this shouldn’t have much effect on the quality of blog conversations, because most of you only comment on recent posts anyway.

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A great post on Echies and Dust by Dave Cooper a.k.a. HippyDave: Coming home to Wuthering, Wuthering, Wuthering Heights tells how Kate Bush’s first single changed a five year old’s life.

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Listening to “Lovehunter” and “Ready an’ Willing”, I’d forgotten just how crass some 80s Whitesnake lyrics were. Probably the only thing that saved Whitesnake from Robin Thicke-style student disco bans was that the worst stuff was never put out as singles.

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No, Geoff Tate. Firing you is not ‘career suicide’ for Queensr├┐che. It may be different in other genres, but in the world of rock and metal, career suicide is releasing a string of substandard records, not getting rid of a prima donna once the band have long since jumped the shark.

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So a bunch of gamers are celebrating the release of the 5th Edition of Dungeons & Dragons by burning their 4th Edition books. It seems the D&D Edition Warriors now make Yes lineup purists look like rank amateurs. Accusing me of being the president of their record company for writing a three-star review of their new album just can’t compete.

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Today’s new word, courtesty of a thread on RMWeb, is “Crayonista”. It’s a derogatory term for those groups or individuals who propose reopenings of railways lines that make absolutely no economic sense, but look pretty when drawn across a map in crayon. The proposal for a north-south railway across central Wales, linking Cardiff to Rhyl via Brecon, Llanidloes and Corwen is an example of the work of Crayonistas.

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There is so much rejoicing from teachers and parents over the removal of the appalling Michael Gove from education that you’re sure it’s being used to bury bad news. So presumably David Cameron wants to bury the Data Retention and Investigatory Powers Bill so badly he’s willing to sacrifice one of the most hated cabinet members to do so.

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Exciting news from Luna Rossa! They’ve just stated on Twitter that they’re well into recording their second album, with a release scheduled for Autumn, with an accompanying tour.

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