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+ - Author Iain Banks has terminal cancer

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An anonymous reader writes "Scottish author Iain Banks unlikely to live longer than a year and latest novel The Quarry set to be his last, he revealed on his website. From the BBC — The 59-year-old's novels include The Wasp Factory, The Crow Road, Complicity and the Culture series. The statement said his health problems came to light when he saw his doctor, suffering from a sore back. He was diagnosed with jaundice, before further tests established the full extent of his illness. A personal statment from Iain Banks released on the publisher site here."

Comment: Music should be hard work! (Score 0) 390

by MeesterCat (#40370833) Attached to: Young Listeners Opt For Streaming Over Owning

This to me signifies the decline in musical quality of late.

It's so easy to obtain (and by obtain I don't mean own) music now, there is no effort or desire required by the listener. And if the listeners don't have to try, then why should the artists.

*This may be a thinly veiled get off my lawn post.

Comment: Re:Wow, live stargazing is a TV show in England? (Score 1) 116

by MeesterCat (#34789590) Attached to: BBC Astronomer Misses Meteor During Live Show

And as he nicely plugged during the show, he has a new series "Wonders of the Universe" starting in March.

Personally I found this an interesting set of programmes. Yes there was some filler, but it was nice to see something vaguely intelligent on TV. All the old semi-heavyweight documentaries on UK TV have either disappeared (Equinox), or turned into a kind of lightweight, 'look what our CG department can do' fluffy documentary series (Horizon; see also Panorama).

I still miss impenetrable Geometry programmes on Open University at 4am. *Sniff*

Comment: Re:Obvious omission (Score 1) 98

by MeesterCat (#34429460) Attached to: Analyzing Game Journalism

I was about to raise exactly the same point. I know Edge is something of a 'Marmite' publication; some people hate it with a real passion, labelling it pretentious or that most White Van Man title of "wanky art-bollocks". But it does remain to my mind one of the few places that treats games with any kind of reverence or actual critical appreciation, and try to at least transcend their seeming perception as an opiate for numbskull, gadget-addled teenagers.

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