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A half hour of genius

My partner and I have been rewatching ‘Blackadder Goes Forth’, prompted by reading John O’Farrell’s comic history of Britain and Stephen Fry’s recent event here in Melbourne.

‘Blackadder Goes Forth’ has all the trademark humour of the preceding series, and all the writers’ penchants for including historically accurate jokes. It all leads to this final half hour – perhaps the best written, best acted 30 minutes of television ever made.

I say this because the comedy remains very funny, but underlying it all is a dark, horrible inevitability. The hideous and profligate waste of lives for nothing more noble than, as Blackadder tells Baldrick “It was easier to have a war than not have one”. The humour is sharp, poignant, always respectful of those who suffered in the trenches, always scathing of those who sent them there to die so uselessly.

I always laugh all the way through the episode. And then, in the final few minutes, I always cry.

It’s a testament to the power of the writing, and of the superb cast, that every single time I watch this episode, they achieve both of those responses.

2 announcements!

The first is that I am holding a new competition on my Facebook page! In honour of the current Federal election in Australia, I want people to post pictures of politicans who have been turned into vampires! Here is a vamped up pic of Liberal leader, Tony Abbott, made using the Vampire Transformer iPhone app.

You can also just draw on a newspaper image, photograph it and submit the pic (or email it to me for submission)

Prizes consist of a copy of The Opposite of Life and Buffy the Vampire Slayer graphic novels. More prizes may be added if I get enough entries!

The second news is that the first novella from my crime novel, Fly By Night, is now available as an e-book on Kindle! Read about Frank and Milo’s adventures in Fremantle, fighting smugglers, homophobes and cold blooded killers!  Fly By Night (Frank and Milo)

Fly By Night was nominated for a Ned Kelly award in 2004 for ‘Best First Crime Novel’.

It’s the first time I’ve created an e-book, so any feedback on the formatting or presentation would be terrific too.