Cover by Bakht Arif

(originally heard on Clockwork Cabaret #466)

The Original

A Live Version


Another cover (Mell Peck)


An operatic version…….



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Arrested Development 1.10 – Pier Pressure


Michael thinks George Michael has started using marijuana, but Buster asked George Michael for it to treat Lucille Austero’s Vertigo. Maeby spends time with grandmother Lucille, but Lindsay resents their bond.

Michael: You knew the whole time, didn’t you?
George Michael: Well, sort of. One of the Hot Cops is my choir teacher.

Michael: Tell you what. I’m going to give you the cash, but in return, I get to ask you for a favor sometime.
Gob: My gut is telling me no. But my gut is also very hungry.


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Arrested Development 1.09 – Storming the Castle

After Lindsay says that Michael is too much of a “good guy” to make a move on Marta, he devises a plan to have Marta meet Gob’s second lover during his magic act. George Sr. discovers Judaism.

Buster: And I’m going to continue dating, Mom.
Michael: It sounds a little bit like “dating Mom.”
Buster: It’s starting to feel a little like it.

Rollo: If you care about your brother, you’ll get in this car.
Michael: Which brother?
Rollo: Gob.
[Michael leaves]


Early Man

Early Man is a 2018 British stop-motion animated historical sports comedy film directed by Nick Park, written by Mark Burton and James Higginson, and starring the voices of Eddie Redmayne, Tom Hiddleston, Maisie Williams, and Timothy Spall.

The film follows a tribe of primitive Stone Age valley dwellers who have to defend their land from bronze-using invaders in an association football match.

Not quite as good as ‘Chicken Run’ or ‘Curse of the Were-Rabbit’, this still a funny and enjoyable romp through pre-history.

There are a lot of things that are historically inaccurate. But it doesn’t really matter as the characters resonate and are engaging.

The history of ball sports extends across countless cultures throughout recorded history. Solid archaeological records of ball sports extend back as early as 1600 BC – for example, discoveries of rubber balls used in the ancient sports like the Mesoamerican ball game. However, with the phrase “ball sports” being so broad and inclusive, games that could fall under this category have undoubtedly been played for millennia even before that time.

Legion Bob

We Are Legion (We Are Bob)
(Bobiverse #1)
by Dennis E. Taylor (2016)

Bob Johansson is looking forward to a life of leisure. So it’s a little unfair when he gets himself killed crossing the street.

Bob wakes up a century later to find that corpsicles have been declared to be without rights, and he is now the property of the state. He has been uploaded into computer hardware and is slated to be the controlling AI in an interstellar probe looking for habitable planets. The stakes are high: no less than the first claim to entire worlds.

At last – a great science fiction novel. This is unique as it’s written in first person. But the person has cloned himself, so you get a lot of first person narratives from all over the universe.

It also takes science seriously. Everything takes place in a locigal way. No great leaps of science are needed. It also has a sense of humour that comes through in the dialog.

Can’t wait for the next book.


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Arrested Development 1.07 – My Mother, the Cat

Lucille feels unloved by her children and attempts to pin her car accident on an amnesiac Michael. Buster begins a relationship with Lucille Austero, and Lindsay is unpleasantly surprised when she finally visits her father in prison.

Arrested Development 1.08 – In God We Trust

George Sr. is to be released for an afternoon to take part in a pageant of living art representations, playing God in Michelangelo’s “The Creation of Adam”. The role of Adam is sought by George Michael, Buster, and Tobias, who all have different motivations.

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Arrested Development  1.05 – Charity Drive

Lucille and Buster prepare for a charity bachelorette auction. Meanwhile, Michael and Lindsay try to prove to each other that they are not selfish, and Gob convinces George Michael to break into the permit office.

Michael: Come on, face it. You just do all this charity crap just to stroke your ego. You don’t even know what the auction’s for tonight.
Lindsay: The wetlands.
Michael: To do what with them?
Lindsay: Dry them.
Michael: Save them.
Lindsay: From drying.

Arrested Development 1.06 – Visiting Ours


Needing information from George Sr.’s secretary Kitty, Michael attempts to use her crush on Gob to get it. Meanwhile, Tobias and Lindsay attend couples therapy and George Michael attempts to conquer his fear of visiting George Sr. in prison.

George Sr.: I just haven’t had sex in a month.
Michael: You know, you’ve been here two months.

Kitty: Do you like my outfit?
Gob: Not as much as I like what’s underneath it.
Kitty: Gob!
Gob: No, I need your chair. Get up.

Firefly Freedom

My Own Kind of Freedom: A Firefly Novel
by Steven Brust (2008)



It was originally proposed as an official Firefly novel to be licensed by Universal Pictures, but it was rejected. Instead it was published on the internet under a Creative Commons license as fan fiction.

This is an average story that would have made a decent 45 minute episode of the TV show. While competently written, there were times in the second half that the plot was not clear and the motivations get a but muddled due to the quick changes between locations.

But it has two big problems. Note that it has been at least a decade since I saw the show on TV.

Firstly, Mal’s motivation in saving the agent at the beginning doesn’t correspond to what I remember of him. He was a cynical rogue and not above the occasional killing.

The other more problematic character is Jayne. I remember him as a grunt and thug, but basically decent. So why does he steal and turn on the team in this story ?




Annihilation is a 2018 US/UK psychological science fiction horror film, written and directed by Alex Garland, and based on the novel of the same name by Jeff VanderMeer.

The film stars Natalie Portman, Jennifer Jason Leigh, Gina Rodriguez, Tessa Thompson, Tuva Novotny, and Oscar Isaac, and follows a group of military scientists who enter “The Shimmer”, a mysterious quarantined zone full of mutating landscapes and creatures.

I had a go at reading the book as it was a Sword & Laser pick in  January 2015. I didn’t get far and gave up.

The movie is notable as being one of the first Netflix movies and the first streaming movie review by  Mark Kermode on his film review show.

The movie is a slow moving and dream-like. It’s more horror than science fiction. While there is a sense of realism in the science, it does descent into strangeness at the end.

Initially I saw it on TV, but gave up halfway through. As netflix saves the last position, I could come back the next day and finish it on my PC.

Not a genre I like, so I’m not as enthusiastic about it as Mark Kermode was. (3/5).




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Portia de Rossi as Lindsay Fünke


Arrested Development 1.03 – Bringing Up Buster

Lucille grows annoyed with Buster and forces Michael to take him to work for a day. Meanwhile, George Michael auditions for the school play in an attempt to kiss Maeby, but Tobias’ ineptitude as a director ruins his chances.


Arrested Development 1.04 – Key Decisions

Liza Minnelli plays Lucille Austero;

Gob attempts to break out of prison in a publicity stunt to further his magic career. While Gob is locked up, Michael agrees to accompany Gob’s girlfriend Marta to an awards show, where he begins to fall for her. Meanwhile, Lindsay attempts to save an old tree from being demolished by the Bluth Company.

With a guest performance by Liza Minnelli.

Lucille: I’ll be in the hospital bar.
Michael: Uh, you know there isn’t a hospital bar, Mother.
Lucille: Well, this is why people hate hospitals. [Cackles at her own wit]

Prison warden: You really think you can break out of my prison?
Gob: You won’t even know I was here.
Narrator: The warden was intrigued. Less about the stunt, and more about the prison beatings this brash magician was sure to receive.