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REPOST: The Black Rider

Left to right: Robert Wilson, William Burroughs and Tom Waits, photographed around the time of the original German production. (Burroughs is sitting down, by the way. He's not an amputee or anything.) Originally posted on The Unpleasant Lair Of Spank The Monkey 20/05/2004.

This production of The Black Rider toured San Francisco and Sydney as promised in the links section below, and then had a final run in Los Angeles in 2006. A separate production by November Theatre has been touring Canada for the last few years.

Tom Waits finally did a London show of his own in November 2004, and was bloody great.

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REPOST: Kill Bill

The Belated Birthday Girl's Kill Bill PC wallpaper, made with her own fair hands from a couple of framegrabs from the DVD trailers. Good, isn't it? Originally posted on The Unpleasant Lair Of Spank The Monkey 16/05/2004.

Thanks to my affiliation with, you can choose from the purchase links below whether you buy the DVDs of the Western version from the UK, or the Japanese version from, um, Japan.

There was talk in 2007 of a four-disc set called Kill Bill: The Whole Bloody Affair which would gather together all the versions together into a single enormous box. However, I suspect Quentin's low standing after the failure of Grindhouse may have knocked that one on the head. It still has a listing on, so I'll put that in the links as well just in case anything ever comes of it.

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REPOST: The Sandman: Endless Nights

Dream, by Miguelanxo Prado Originally posted on The Unpleasant Lair Of Spank The Monkey 11/12/2003.

Gaiman has dabbled in comics again on a couple of occasions since this book, with 1602 and Eternals for Marvel. I don't believe he has any plans to return to the Dreaming in the forseeable future, even though lots of people hoped he might in 2008 for the 20th anniversary of the first issue of Sandman.

Meanwhile, if you want to catch up on Morpheus' earlier adventures, they're collected in the luxury four-volume Absolute Sandman set. See Amazon links below.

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REPOST: Tartan Asia Extreme Festival

'My uvula!' just might be my favourite second line in a movie ever. From 'The Happiness Of The Katakuris' Originally posted on The Unpleasant Lair Of Spank The Monkey 01/08/2003.

All of these films are currently available on Tartan DVD in the UK, as predicted - except, curiously, for Fulltime Killer. They held another two Asia Extreme festivals in 2004 and 2005, each one slightly smaller and less well publicised than the previous one, and then they stopped. Shame.

Tartan Films went into administration in June 2008, so don't expect any more festivals like this one.

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REPOST: Global Frequency

'There are a thousand and one people on the Global Frequency, Mr Stavbursik. Our collective experience is wider than you'd think. And it's not like this is the first time this has happened.' Miranda Zero from issue #5, art by Jon J Muth Originally posted on The Unpleasant Lair Of Spank The Monkey 14/07/2003.

The fifth birthday post, for those of you who are counting. (No, don't worry, I'm still going to finish this by the end of the month, trust me.) Global Frequency completed its twelve issue run, and was subsequently collated into two trade paperbacks, Planet Ablaze and Detonation Radio. Warren Ellis has suggested there may be more Global Frequency comics in the future, but there are no plans for them right now.

There was also an unsuccessful television pilot in 2005, but that's another story.

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REPOST: The Ten Best Art And Culture (General) Websites In The World

The effect on this site of various calligraphy spods ganging up on it (artist's impression) Originally posted on The Unpleasant Lair Of Spank The Monkey 01/04/2003.

Obviously, it's the old site that picked up this ranking on Nedstat. A few years later, they started feeding shitty adverts out onto my page via the hit counter, so I ditched them and moved to eXTReMe, which continues to monitor the dwindling traffic to this day.

Nedstat, meanwhile, appear to have abandoned the free hit counter market, and passed their existing counters on to Motigo Webstats. All the statistics info linked to in this article is therefore now their fault. (Not that many of the sites here are still using it.)

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