The Martini People


Bit later than planned, here’s some pics from the recent birthday outing (not mine – I’m not even sure if I can be bothered to go out next week for it anymore, too many other things going on); Mark’s 28th.

There’s an amusing, if slightly alarming story to go with this: After we had a meal at Strada, we decided to hit Mailbox’s bars (as we were there already), knowing that the Mailbox is often Birmingham’s version of the most pretentious Central London nightlife and shopping areas you can find.

So, after the meal, we head to a bar. Cant remember the name of this one, but all 12 of us stroll in – it seems like a nice place, live piano playing, open space, modern décor…

But as soon as we walk in:

– The piano player almost stops playing.
– The whole bar looks around.
– Some people actually stop drinking to stare.


We ended up giving this place about 2 minutes before being pretty pissed off about the whole thing, so we turn around and head out – apparently to the sound of one old man saying “oh, they’re going now.” Ah, sweet prejudice, how I love thee, let me count the ways!

Interesting place. And by “interesting”, I actually mean “may it burn in the eternal fires of Hades.”

Anyhoo, here are the pics. I’ll let these hang till sometime week, then get back to some comic book story previews for the following weeks. Oh, and a couple features over at WiiChat have recently gone up:

10 Sure-Fire Ways To Get People Touching Your Wii


Wii – A Gateway to Porn and Pedobear?

Yes, as their titles suggest, they’re both meant to be slightly tongue-in-cheek satire, and they’re rife with rude innuendo. Read at your own peril – and remember, I’m not being serious. No need to take it the wrong way like so many people did with Mark Millar’s brilliantly deadpan jibe at gamers recently (which half the gaming community got riled up about needlessly – HE WAS JOKING, FER CRYIN’ OUT LOUD! I DID AN INTERVIEW WITH HIM FOR YAHOO ABOUT HIM WANTING TO DO A VIDEOGAME BACK IN 2004, SHEESH!)


Oh, last thing (promise) – if you’re not watching Heroes yet, then please please please start. Along with Battlestar Galactica, it’s one of the best things going on TV and I really prefer to see this sort of stuff than Dancing on Ice. Do it for the children! The children! *wipes away a dramatic, Captain America-like tear*


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