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X-Men 3:

Bryan Singer's legacy is a hard thing to compete with. X-Men and X-Men 2 were both superb films, upping the standard for both action films and comic book movies. But now, it seems, the franchise is at an end.

The Last Stand is billed as the final "proper" X-Men film. This means that this is the last time that Storm, Cyclops, Wolverine and Magneto will all appear in the same film together. But plans are already going ahead for a Wolverine film, and, as long as it is done as well as this trilogy, then all well and good.

St George's Day

New Bank Holiday?

Sounds like a damn fine idea to me. Let's celebrate being English. Of course we should have a Bank Holiday to represent England. Every other bugger's got one. I just read one remark on the net that said, "nah, let's not have one - it won't be as good as St Paddy's."

Well the trick is, you see, to make it as good. If not better. We're English. We can do that.

666: The Number of the Beast.

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There are many things to be scared of in this life. Included in this list may be spiders, snakes, and Bruce Forsythe’s tap-dancing routines. 

But for others it is something else.

Water Crisis II: De-Salination

Now, as an update to an earlier blogg about the Water Crisis, where I suggested that there's really an awful lot of water about and much of it is found in the sea, I think I should highlight a few facts that were consequently brought to my attention. First of all, my suggestion that the government should simply process sea-water by taking out all the nastiness, scum, salt and small children, may have been a little unrealistic. It's a nice idea. But there is a problem - an environmental one at that. Apparently it takes an awful lot of energy to remove salt from water.


I tried reading between the lines but all I got were prepositions.

Advice Slips

Quite often these days when you go to the hole in the wall to take money out there is a little option that flicks up on the screen. It says: “Would you like an advice slip with this transaction?” You click on “yes”, thinking that’s the sensible thing to do. The machine prints the advice slip, you look at it. It says:

Water Crisis

Water, water, everywhere,
And all the boards did shrink ;
Water, water, every where,
Nor any drop to drink.

-The Rime of the Ancient Mariner (Samuel Taylor Coleridge, 1798)

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