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It’s Only A Flesh Wound

About ten grammes of metal, travelling at around four-hundred metres per second (mach 1.2) has just imparted all or most of its kinetic energy to an initial impact-area of nine millimetres diameter…

It's just a flesh wound. Dig the bullet out, couple of stitches, slap a bandage on it, take two aspirins and have the afternoon off. You'll be swinging punches and sprinting after bad guys by tomorrow lunch-time. No worries. What's that? It's an important case and you can't take the afternoon off? Okay, take three aspirins, but for God's sake let your partner drive. (more…)

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And so Friday rolls around again. Which means, if you hadn't guessed, that it's time for Friday Night Is Music Night. This week's theme is television and movies.

Feel free, as ever, to add your own in comments. For once, though, I am imposing a rule! Yes, I know, the sky will fall down, anarchists everywhere will fall into fits of apoplexy, monsters will rise from the sea, and Catkind will take advantage of the ensuing chaos to take over the world. Could be worse. It might have been UKIP. Okay, the rule is that covers of theme tunes are fine, but the original versions, as used in the films or TV shows aren't; because it would be too bleedin' easy, and I like to keep you all on your toes.
Daz

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Archetype

Short stories seem to divide people quite sharply. Folks either love 'em or loathe 'em, it seems. I've always been on the love side of the equation. A well-written short has all the plot, background and characterisation of a full novel, but in sketch form, which the reader colours in for themselves. And I'd rather read a good story that achieves its aim in a few pages—or even a few paragraphs in some cases—than what should have been a short but got padded out to make a novel. My favourites are nearly always those which end on an actual or tacit ellipsis. You know what's going to happen next, but the author leaves you to imagine it; the ultimate cliffhanger, with no Next Installment…

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