A Conversation for Ask h2g2
Bluebottle Posted 2 Weeks Ago
We've ended up with superfluous calendars too, I'm assuming you don't want our spares…?
PH: Things being described as 'multi-purpose' or 'mixed purpose'. You can't buy plain paper without it being labelled as 'Multi-purpose plain paper' and as I was packing away our (fake) over the weekend I noticed the box was labelled '7ft Fir Indoor Use Only Mixed Purpose Christmas Tree'. How many purposes can you mix and match with a Christmas tree, eh? I suppose you could use it as a stage prop, say if you were doing a panto of 'Babes in the Wood' or 'Hansel and Gretel' and you needed trees for a woodland scene, and I've seen some people use little in bird cages for their budgies to sit on. But surely 'Christmas tree' is its purpose? What is mixed about it?
Caiman raptor elk - Yes, but what if the box is REALLY big? Posted 2 Weeks Ago
Could also be a Yule tree, or a Festivus tree, or you could leave it till after Easter.
The Left Reverend Doktor Baron Grim Posted 2 Weeks Ago
Festivus has a pole, not a tree.
Bluebottle Posted 2 Weeks Ago
Well I know that in Turkey, a Muslim country, the is called a 'New Year Tree'. I'd argue that putting decorations on it at the end of the year regardless of whether it is called Yule, Christmas or New Year is the same purpose even if called something different. A by any other name would smell as sweet.
Conspiracy theorists who are climate change deniers who are trolling on the Met Office Tuesday YouTube live stream and believe that the world is cooling and that we're heading of a mini ice age as well as that there everyone is being lied to by big government and big business.
Teasswill Posted 2 Days Ago
PH: Films 'based on' a book, or the characters therein, especially if using the book's title for the film. 'Inspired by' or 'loosely based on' is usually the more accurate description. Might still be a good, watchable film, but please don't mislead people.
Watched Alice through the Looking Glass yesterday eve. Having seen Alice in Wonderland (the Johnny Depp one), I had some idea what to expect - but didn't realise the sequel bore almost no resemblance to the book at all!
Cheerful Dragon Posted 10 Hours Ago
I've seen both films. The first one shows a grown-up Alice and the characters say that Alice has been there before. So the film has characters from the stories, but doesn't follow either of them. I love the Alice stories and was concerned when I saw that the first was about an older Alice. When I saw it I decided to put my knowledge and love of the stories to one side and take the film on its own merits. It's not a great film, but it's OK. I agree, the films don't tell the Lewis Carroll stories, but would anyone watch them if they were called "Grown-up Alice Goes Back to Wonderland", or "Grown-up Alice Back Through the Looking-glass"?
The films and TV series that really annoy me are ones with titles like "Mary Shelley's Frankenstein" or "Agatha Christie's Marple". The author's name is used to give the impression that the film or series is a close adaptation of the book. A lot of the time, it isn't.
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