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BRIGHTON STATE OF MIND

I'm a huge fan of Brighton. I have been for a good while. I have a lot of good memories here and every time I go back, it always gives me more and more to enjoy and appreciate.
It's a different world there, a better world. People get on, no matter what their background or sexual preferences are.  It's a seperate universe where 50 year olds can happily skateboard down the run without a second glance, same-sex couples can walk hand-in-hand in the street without reprisal.
I wish this way of thinking could be, as the corporate world would say, "rolled out" to other cities.
For me, there is enough for this gleeful man child; indie comic book shops, old school t-shirt and poster shops where you can buy a Sid James mug as a Christmas gift and a Japanese Wizard of Oz tote back for the wife. There is a pier with decent rides that, despite being alone on the ride, I can get myself spun around and scared for a few minutes at a time.
I feel perfectly at home here and, if I c…
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COWARD - A Short Script/Story

INT. APARTMENT BUILDING - DAY
Office worker, MARTIN HENDRIDGE, returns home. He does not seem all that happy about having free time.
He checks his post before moving on.
A little girl, of around ten, is there. This is AMY.

MARTIN
Hey, Amy.
AMY
Hi, Martin.
MARTIN
Where are you off to?
AMY
Dad..
MARTIN
Is he out today?
AMY
No, he wants me to get beer for him and his friends.
FRANK (V.O)
AMY!
AMY
I'm just going, Dad.
FRANK
I'm going to have to reset the timer. Martin.
MARTIN
Frank.
FRANK
Amy get going. I'm not going to start the stopwatch a third time.
Amy heads away, money in hand and keen not to rile her Dad further.
Martin starts to walk up the stairs.
FRANK
Martin.
MARTIN
Yes.
FRANK
Stop talking to my daughter.
MARTIN
I was just saying hello.
FRANK
I don't want her talking to strangers.
MARTIN
I'm not that much of a stranger.
FRANK
I don't know you.
MARTIN
We've been neighbours...for six years.
FRANK
But I don't know what you do up there. In your litt…

That Fucking Song (Short Script)

INT. OFFICE - DAY

Robin is typing away at his work station. He is disturbed by the vibration of his mobile. He immediately logs out and moves to exit.

ROBIN

Going to lunch.

MATT

It's not twelve yet.

ROBIN

I'll make the time up.

Robin is sat in the staff cafeteria. He has ear phones wedged into his ears. He is red faced and sweating. He doesn't seem to be enjoying the song he is listening to. As we hear it, we soon see why.

It's an auto tuned abomination that's clearly been created by a committee of middle aged men.

Robin appears relieved when the track ends. He tucks away his earphones and replaces it with a hip flask. He looks around before taking a long, hard swig of a beverage banned by his work place. For Robin, it is needed.

CUT TO:

INT. MENS ROOM - DAY

Robin splashes his face with cold water. He takes a look at himself in the mirror. Things aren't how they should be.

CUT TO:

INT. APARTMENT - EVENING

Robin arrives home. He dumps his work bag on the floor a…

The Movies That Almost Were

In the movie industry (an industry that steadfastly refuses to speak to me directly),  most movies go through a series of changes from page to screen. Today, at ALOOFUS, we are going to look at the origins of famous films and what could have been.

AN AMERICAN WEREWOLF IN LONDON
At its genesis, this film was almost completely different. For starters, it was called 'A ENGLISH WEREWOLF IN NEW YORK' and was more of a comedy, centring around a wolf man trying to live in modern day Manhattan. The original script featured almost no action and was dialogue-driven to the point of being incredibly mundane. For example, there is a eight minute conversation about visa forms. This was, of course, replaced by the iconic transformation scene.
Thankfully, less-hairer heads prevailed and the film we now know and love is the one that was made.

ALIEN
Alien is a classic, for that there is no doubt. Its a dark, menacing sci-fi nightmare that ruined social dinner for a lot of people whilst attaching …

Why Are More People Not Talking About This? #1 - When Bob Dylan Changed His Alias

Bob Dylan is a legend, for that there is no doubt. He was a pioneer in the sixties and created folk anthems for the times as well as released a number of classic albums. However, every artist has a time when they need to express themselves differently, to indulge the inner child that never really goes away. Dylan did just that recently by re-recording many of his classic albums under a new, eye-brow raising alias; MUCKY BOB DYLAN. Mucky Bob Dylan, or MBD, as he sometimes called himself in interviews, was a conduit to which old Bob could humour himself and let his childish side come flopping out. He released a few of his old albums with mostly hasty reworkings of the original track lists to include crude swearing and more sexual references than you could shake a pork sword at. This move perplexed long time fans. A stone cold classic like 'Blood on the Tracks' has been remastered to keep up to date with the current audio standards but no one would have expected him Dylan to cha…

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