April 12th, 2010

Tea-drinker par excellence

100 best horror

Newman and Jones' 100 best horror stories, in chronological order. Some of them are a bit dubious as horror fiction, such as Macbeth or Northanger Abbey. I've read 37 and seen a further 5 (Falling Angel became Angel Heart).

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Tea-drinker par excellence

Maybe it's because I'm a funk soul brother

As it is with Fatboy Slim, my great uncle Bill didn't use his real name, Norman Cook. Actually Fatboy Slim's real name is really Quentin and so we have the equation Bill > Norman > Quentin. Other similar equations from uncles and friends include Cyril > Cecil, Bill > Matthew, John > Eustace and Rosie > Richard. My own personal contribution is Steve > John. My name isn't John but given that my Dad was Michael John and his John Michael, it was close run thing.

Bill was married to my Mum's aunt Dot. She signed her letters Grey Tante Dot and was sympathetically known as Mad Aunt Dot for escapades such as parachuting from an upstairs window with a brolly when she was young (having been put up to it by my granddad) and sitting in a box and barking like a dog to amuse me and my brother when we were young.

But all that is by the by really. The reason I'm talking about Bill (Norman) Cook is that he was a founder of the Museum of London. Last Friday chilledchimp and I took part in a focus group looking at proposals for their new website (which included of all the naff things, a flash splash page). Hopefully they found it to be a productive two hours although there was hardly anything like a concensus. I think they need to sort out who their audience is.

On the way home I had an idea that to celebrate the launch and their originator, they ought to get Norman Cook to create a theme tune for the website, if possible by remixing sounds from their archive. I wonder what it would be called.

Gaming - More Apocalyptic than Ever

We've played two more session of spencerpine's post-apocalyptic Trail of Cthulhu game. Two weeks ago we finished the Brighton Harvest and last week we engaged with some academics who thought they'd found a way of dealing with the Mythos once and for all. We dealt with them in the usual manner, although it might have been all so different had my character not been quite as mad. There was a wondeful mechanic used in the game but to talk about it would be to spoil it so you'll just have to wait and see.

One character has managed to survive the story so far and provide continuity which is nice but not a requisite for a game of this sort. And there has been a fair amount of messing directly with who or what the characters are but it's all for a good reason and works well. As I understand it, we're approaching the end of this chapter but I'll have fond memories of it.