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Twin Peaks: Major Briggs’ Vision

The return of Twin Peaks – which originally aired for two seasons and thirty episodes between 1990 and 1991 – was confirmed on Monday, by means of two identical tweets posted simultaneously by series creators David Lynch and Mark Frost, closely followed by a tweeted announcement courtesy of the Showtime network, on which the new episodes will air. A new series…

Clotted Hinderparts and Privy Drains: Game of Thrones and a History of Death on the Toilet

Clotted Hinderparts and Privy Drains: Game of Thrones and a History of Death on the Toilet

The twentieth century saw an abundance of famous toilet-related deaths. Elvis died in 1977 at just forty-two years old, found on the bathroom floor of his Graceland mansion in Memphis, Tennessee, apparently having fallen from the toilet seat. Obese, and struggling with glaucoma, high blood pressure, liver damage, and an enlarged colon, the cause of his death was given as cardiac…

The World Cup in Wider Culture

While on the field, the 2014 World Cup saw the rise of new superstars, the decline of footballing philosophies, the interplay between varying formations, and appeared to demonstrate the narrowing of traditional power gaps in the international game – in the knockout stages, from the round of sixteen through to the final, only three of fifteen matches were won by a…

What Tribulations Await the New Doctor Who?

What Tribulations Await the New Doctor Who?

I have never watched an episode of Doctor Who. And yet when I read on Sunday of the proposed announcement of a new Doctor – an announcement which was to be made live, so I read, broadcast via BBC television – my imagination was taken in and held captive. I thought up the following words, sentences depicting the potential views,…