Notebook Letters 13.

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Rayanne Graff

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9th Jul 2014 at 9:54 pm

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I Saw A Squirrel. It Died!

Yes, One Winged Angel is right about grey squirrels. Those d*mn tree rats, I mean grey squirrels, are the rodent world's chavs. I heard they got rid of a nasty insect by making them gay- if we did that to squirrels, a few show tunes and they'd be out. Then we could dispatch them to the sweet hereafter.

Princess (I Hate Squirrels) Psycho

And if the show tunes don't get them out, a few nuts soon will.

Zine; 9th of August, 2007; 4/5.
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Rayanne Graff

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9th Jul 2014 at 9:56 pm

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Heroic death

My favourite death scene is Steve McQueen rolling into the enemy pillbox with a grenade in H*ll Is For Heroes. Sam, Blackburn

John, Moray- Thanks! Soul Survivor it is. Barrie, Wales

Vortex; Teletext page 817; 4th of November, 2009; 1/6.
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Rayanne Graff

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9th Jul 2014 at 9:57 pm

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Judge For Yourself

Did you hear about the magistrate who lost his fingers?
He was called Justice Thumbs.
I'm a riot, me.

Daddypoos

Is it true he could no longer oppose anything?

Zine; 9th of August, 2007; 5/5.
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Rayanne Graff

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10th Jul 2014 at 6:15 am

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2012 a big screen generation

Quite a lot of films these days are a must-see on the big screen due to the fantastic SFX. I've just seen the trailer for 2012 and this definitely falls into that category. Can't wait to see it. Matthew, Islandmagee

Paul, Plymouth- I would actually like to see Star Wars episodes 4-6 remade. Don't get me wrong, but with the advances in technology they would look amazing and plot holes could be closed. Ryan, Belfast

Vortex; Teletext page 817; 4th of November, 2009; 2/6.
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Rayanne Graff

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10th Jul 2014 at 6:19 am

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Fluffy and mouth disease

Donny's Angel I seek him here, I seek him there, I seek him everywhere. * Sigh * Has Fluffy gone into hiding?

Kind of. I'm afraid he's under quarantine at the moment.

Monkeyboy I know I'm not the cleverest monkey in the world, but don't be jealous because you are a giraffe. You hardly show my letters, and I do try.

Since when has being clever been a prequisite for these parts?

Zine; 10th of August, 2007; 1/5.
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Rayanne Graff

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10th Jul 2014 at 1:53 pm

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Foreign affairs

Richard- Other great foreign films you may want to check out are Sophie Scholl, Hidden, Irreversible (not for everyone, but a great film), Mongol, Waltz With Bashir, Oldboy, Timecrimes and The Orphanage. Dave, London

Richard, Hornchurch- For a WWII adventure thriller try Black Book (Dutch). Two quality dramas, The Beat That My Heart Skipped or Read My Lips, both French. Mel, Ilford

Vortex; Teletext page 817; 4th of November, 2009; 3/6.
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Rayanne Graff

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10th Jul 2014 at 1:55 pm

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Dung

Jocks Trap What's the deal with dung beetles?

Sometimes I feel my job has a lot in common with those little guys.

Gothic Fairy OWA, how did you get on with your exam results?

She's probably still waiting for that hug before she opens them.

Zine; 10th of August, 2007; 2/5.
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Rayanne Graff

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10th Jul 2014 at 1:59 pm

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One for a rainy night

For those of you who like The Haunting by John Wise, give The Spiral Staircase a look. It's a film in a similar vein made in 1945 and stars Dorothy McGuire. Thoroughly enjoyable on a late rain-lashed night. Peter, Saxmundham

Best movie death(s)- the blood-spattered demise of Pike Bishop's gang at the finale of Peckinpah's The Wild Bunch. Cinematic carnage at its most memorable. Trevor, South Shields

Vortex; Teletext page 817; 4th of November, 2009; 4/6.
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Rayanne Graff

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10th Jul 2014 at 2:01 pm

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Emo enquiry

Can anyone tell me what an emo is? In Kilmarnock, we have neds, goths, moshers and students. So how about VampireEmo and Souroff get your maladroit selves and help me.
Itchy Tabard

Tsk. Everybody knows it's the Muppet who loves to be tickled.

Zine; 10th of August, 2007; 3/5.
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Rayanne Graff

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10th Jul 2014 at 2:05 pm

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Poignant death

When you watch the entire Star Wars saga from episodes I to VI, then Yoda's death has to be the most poignant. And I know it technically isn't a death, but one scene that always gets to me is when the T-800 is lowered into the molten steel at the end of Terminator 2: Judgement Day. Adam, Bradford

Michael, Manchester- Re Ghost Story, you'll be pleased to know this gets its first public release on DVD next week. The 9th, I think. Phill, Cumbria

Vortex; Teletext page 817; 4th of November, 2009; 5/6.
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Rayanne Graff

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10th Jul 2014 at 2:07 pm

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Squirreled

Squirrels are ace! Mine pop in for breakfast through the cat flap when they hear me rattling around the kitchen at the crack of noon. They like the cereal, but turn their noses up at the wine.
Mondo Ray

Maybe they like you because they think you're nuts.

Zine; 10th of August, 2007; 4/5.
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Rayanne Graff

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10th Jul 2014 at 2:21 pm

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Impulsive purchase

How many can honestly say you only buy what you want in your DVD collection? I can't be the only impulse buyer. First Blood to be remade. G, Leicester

It's a shame the black/ hip hop directors of the 1990s haven't lived up to their potential. The Hughes brithers made great films like Dead Presidents but have been silent since 2002's From H*ll. They're making a return next year though, with post-apocalyptic thriller Book of Eli. Rich, Aylesbury

Vortex; Teletext page 817; 4th of November, 2009; 6/6.
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Rayanne Graff

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10th Jul 2014 at 4:18 pm

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Mosquitoes on toast

After the floods quite biblically came mossies. They stole into our church, drank communion wine intravenously from the choir and sated on the organist. They fed off the flock, who slapped themselves and spoke as if in tongues, tongues of pain. They danced upon the altar and stung babies. On Monday at breakfast, the priest found two dead mosquitoes on his toast and made the sign of the cross and scratched himself.
Lord Sebastian Flyte

God, they're preying on you.

Zine; 10th of August, 2007; 5/5.
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Rayanne Graff

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10th Jul 2014 at 4:36 pm

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The art of the Best Of

By John Earls

Dave Grohl has admitted he doesn't like Foo Fighters' new Greatest Hits much, claiming it's a contractual obligation to Sony.

Other than a slot on Later, the band aren't touring or promoting the album, with Grohl pointedly releasing Them Crooked Vultures' LP a fortnight later.

In the age of downloading individual hits, do hits albums still serve a purpose? And what makes a good one?

Dave Grohl reckons Foos' compilation has been released too soon but, 15 years in, it's actually too late to get a good tracklisting for their hits.

If it had been a double album, it could have been one of the definitive hits albums of recent years.

But, with two songs and the barmy decision to include two versions of Everlong, a one-disc Hits leaves off too many singles to be worthwhile.

The Foos were an ideal band for a Best Of because they have an everyman appeal- they rack up hits without being a band that people obsess about.

The most successful hits albums aren't necessarily by the biggest names, but by sneakily huge bands.

The Beautiful South and Basement Jaxx's sold shedloads, while Crowded House's had the perfect slogan: "You know more of our songs than you think you do."

Grohl's view that there are better songs that could have been chosen for the Foos' Best Of is irrelevant.

Compilations chosen by the bands are often the worst for the public, as they opt for the obscurities or, like REM with Shiny Happy People, leave off the hits they've come to hate.

Possibly the biggest fudge was a Bjork album voted by fans, who went for the most esoteric songs possible.

In the case of real veteran acts, label politics can get in the way, if they've had hits on several labels.

Witness the fiasco of the plethora of Michael Jackson compilations charting after his death: none of them are the essential all-eras guide.

Similarly, The Rolling Stones have still failed to manage a truly great one, and Marc Almond has spent years haggling with his assorted compilations.

Even they only quite like some bands, and welcome the opportunity for a well-thought out compilation.

In whatever digital or future age music has in store, that impulse is unlikely to change- no matter how much it sticks in the craw of an anti-corporate rocker like Dave Grohl.

Teletext page 824; 5th of November, 2009.
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Rayanne Graff

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10th Jul 2014 at 4:39 pm

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One Winged Angel Woohoo, I got into university without killing anyone! I'd like to thank myself, my gay husband Vincent, Princess Psycho and the answer paper!

If I could hug you through the medium of Teletext, I would.

Sparki Dee How do I get on these pages? You never show my texts. What do I have to do? Be funny, horrible or weird. I bet you a grand that doesn't get shown.

You answered your own question there, but failed to do any of them.

Zine; 13th of August, 2007; 1/5.
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