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Life According To Grim

We've been watching The Thin Blue Line  (1995) again with the inimitable Inspector Grim ( David Haig ). Here are our top five Grim moments... #5. On Policing: #4. On Responsibility: #3. On Marriage: #2. On Fannying About: #1. On Culture: Bonus - On Keeping Love Alive: Well, explain this then. What is it about the inability of women to get out of the house? I say, "Tina, we are leaving at 7:30... That's 7:30, not a quarter to 8:00, not next year, not in another lifetime when we've come back as a couple of insects which only live for a day- which she'd spend in the bathroom; putting mascara on her antennae, trying to stick 300 contact lenses into her multiple eyes; lipstick in her spiracles; and blonding her follicles. I shout, "come on, Tina!" She says, "I've got to put my face on, haven't I?" I say, "right.I'm waiting in the car.She says, "wait in the car." I say, "I will wait in the

This Week #54

This week has been the polar opposite of last week. I've done nothing. Well, as good as. There was no council business scheduled over half term, and I didn't have any other engagements / meetings to go to. So I've pretty much just slept, played with Marianna and surfed the internet for a week. I regret nothing. I started taking my anti-depressants again this week too which meant a couple of days of feeling sick, etc. I feel mostly okay now though, so I suppose they're kicking in and doing what they're meant to do. Continuing with the medical theme, Marianna got her new orthopedic boots on Thursday - they look so cute on her! The doctor says, so long as she wears them regularly, her feet should be fine by the time she starts school. Other than that, the only concessions I've made to leaving the house this week have been for food shopping and to visit Anthony's parents. They picked up a Baby Annabel with cot, clothes, etc, etc, at the car boot sale

Review: Spring Heeled Jack

Anthony, being the awesome guy he is - his words - bought me a little Halloween present this week: David Hitchcock's loving take on that stalwart of Victorian folklore, Spring-heeled Jack. Who was Spring-heeled Jack? Although there were a handful of proto-sightings, Spring-heeled Jack first made his true mark in October 1837, jumping out at a young servant girl on her way home through Clapham Common, half scaring her to death. Over the following weeks the strange, clawed man was seen in various parts of London, at one point jumping over a 9ft wall while laughing manically. From 'Spring-heel'd Jack: The Terror of London' (1867) By January 1838 the creature - or those inspired by the stories, kind of like today's clown craze - had caused enough havoc for Sir John Cowan, the Lord Mayor, to start receiving complaints. Women were being frightened into hysterical fits by men in cloaks with devil red eyes, and sightings began to come in from across the cou

Friday Frivolity - Halloween Candy

Commercial Halloween in the UK was really in its infancy when I was a kid - Guy Fawkes' Night, with its promise of burgers, bonfires, and fireworks, was still the much more anticipated holiday. It had plenty of its own gore too, being the celebration of a narrowly averted plot to blow up the Houses of Parliament, and the subsequent hanging, drawing and quartering of the conspirators. Halloween did have one important advantage over Bonfire Night though... sweets. It had lots and lots of sweets. (Except from those old people who gave you tangerines, like they thought you were out early Christmas caroling or something.) And money sometimes! But mostly sweets. Pictured above are Rowntree's Bursting Bugs, on the market c. 2003 - 2010 and the most perfect Halloween sweets ever made. They were gummy creepy crawlies with gooey 'guts' inside. Another total win for any Halloween haul were these gummy monster things: They were kind of expensive though, and most p

Guide to Miniature Doll Coffins

It's Halloween week, so have a guide to one of the more morbid doll accessories out there: miniature coffins! I recently picked up a 1/12 one for the (forever ongoing) haunted house, and was interested to see what - if any - alternatives were out there. Evangeline Ghastly is the goth fashion doll, standing at just over 18" tall she is produced under the Wilde Imagination brand for Tonner Doll. She has been around since 2006 and has managed to accumulate a coffin carry case and her very own swank looking coffin, the latter forming part of the 2013 Wilde Halloween Convention exclusive set, The Other Side. You can check out the current Evangeline Ghastly range HERE . Living Dead Dolls are a commerical line of 10" horror dolls which typically come packaged in coffin shaped boxes. Find out more about them at the official website  and the LDD Wiki . Various other dolls have also been given coffin boxes, ranging from the official Rob Zombie Voodoo Doll t

Gwent Police John Does

As regular visitors will know, I spend way too much time reading true crime, and one of the creepiest elements to my mind are people who remain unidentified in death. The reasons might be mundane - the body is simply found too late to glean much from it - or confusingly complex, as in the cases of potential spies, like Somerton Man and ' Bella ', a woman found inside a Worcestershire wych elm tree in 1943. Either way, the idea is still tragic and unsettling. In the USA there are approximately 40,000 UIDs (' unidentified decedents ') at any given time, and even here in the UK around 150 unidentified bodies are recorded each year, usually discovered by joggers, dog walkers, and other outdoorsy types, typically during the winter months when foliage has died back. Another major source of such bodies are Britain's coastlines, where the effects of water can obliterate fingerprints and other identifying features. About half of these cases will be resolved by police i