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War Wounds

Or, as Chadwick calls them, Christmas Wounds.

Last night we were deciding if my dodgy knee would hold up to partaking in Chadwicks long overdue birthday drinks when the choice was taken from us. You see the other half fancies herself as a jack of all trades and with good reason - she is. Where I can't hammer a nail into a block of wood without crushing thumbs (sometimes my own!) she can build a dining setting, complete with chairs and mini-bar, and all of which would put the average store to shame. Certainly the stuff she can make is far better than the crap you find in the so called professional stores if only because she uses real wood and not painted chipboard. I've said it before, she can write, paint, draw, take award winning photos, build anything she wants, but she just can't be bothered. Once she masters an art she then moves on to the next project. But I digress somewhat. So last night I'm sitting, resting my knee and hoping it'd come good.

I have one of th…


Recently I was asked why don't we have FoxTel? I mean it';s not like we don't like our idiot box here and we did rush out and buy a digital set-top box just so we could access the extra Channel for Channel 2. So why no pay TV? Well here's your answer.

When we moved into this place one of the first things we decided to do was to get some form of pay TV. I noticed that there was a FoxTel plug in the lounge room and some cables coming from the roof, so, naturally, I thought, "Hmmmm best ring FoxTel then." Sounds easy and simple? You'd think that wouldn't ya. I phoned FoxTel and this was the conversation:

ME: "I'd like to get FoxTel installed please."
FOXTEL: "Well we'd have to check to see if your unit is able to be wired."
ME: "I'm pretty sure it is."
FOXTEL: "Why?"
ME: "There's a bloody great dish on the roof and a thick black cable coming down the side of the house, with 'FOXTEL' written o…

Merry Christmas

One of the distinct advantages of living in Australia, we get Christmas a day earlier than most other places. Still, as Roy Thomas just pointed out to me, he gets to celebrate it for a bit longer.

And it's a beautiful day here today - the sun is finally shining and all is well. That Claus guy has clearly been but, just like when I was a kid, I have to wait for the others to wake up, although I can see that Merlin (the legendary cat) has sniffed about the pressies, obviously trying to scope out if he's gotten any catnip this year. The joke is on him, the nip is mine!

Have a safe and merry Christmas people...for one day of the year hopefully everyone everywhere can all put differences aside and just be of good will. May all our wishes be granted in 2007 and may the disappointments and sorrow of 2006 vanish with the last drink on December 31st.

A new year is coming and a new beginning for one and all!!!

The Invaders: Alan Kupperberg Looks Back

The Invaders.

Classic 1970s Marvel. The brainchild of Roy Thomas, the Invaders first 'appeared' in The Avengers #71 (December 1969) as part of another on-going story. Roy then used the characters again in another one-off appearance - the classic Timely trio of Captain America, Namor, the Sub-Mariner and the original Human Torch - as part of the now legendary Kree-Skrull war, which also ran in the pages of The Avengers (issues #91 through to #97). This time Roy even gave them a battle cry, straight out of Timely Comics, 'OK Axis, Here We Come,' although Roy has stated that he lifted the cry from the title of an article written by the late Don Thompson.

From there they sat in the back of Roy's mind until 1974. Finding himself at a slight loss after stepping down as Marvel Comics Editor-In-Chief, Roy revived his concept of a team of super heroes fighting in World War II and sold it to Stan Lee. Thus were born The Invaders. The genesis and the first issues of the title w…

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