Z (#atozchallenge)

The Sound of One Hand Typing

So, here we are at the end of the A to Z Challenge for 2015, and at the end of the alphabet with the letter Z, known as “zed” in much of the rest of world.

Z is the name of a 1969 French Algerian movie starring Yves Montand and Irene Papas, directed by the Greek director Costa-Gavras, music by Mikis Theodorakis, adapted from the novel of the same name by Vasilis Vasilikos. IMDb’s logline says “Following the murder of a prominent leftist, an investigator tries to uncover the truth while government officials attempt to cover up their roles.” The whole movie is available on YouTube with English subtitles, broken into 13 pieces. I had a hard time following it, even with the subtitles; maybe you’ll have better luck. Roger Ebert, who had started at the Chicago Sun-Times not long before, proclaimed it the best movie of 1969.



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Pull Up A Toadstool

Most of us have heard of Nessie, which is the ever elusive, possibly mythological creature which inhabits Loch Ness in Scotland. How many of you have heard of Teggie, which is a creature of a similar nature which inhabits Bala lake in Wales? I had never heard of Teggie myself until starting to research topics for this year’s A to Z challenge.

Bala is a small village at the eastern edge of Snowdonia National Park, and is a quiet little hamlet with possibly as many sheep as there are people. Don’t let the sleepy nature of this place fool you though. Teggie was given her name in a similar way to Nessie, which is after the body of water inhabited. The Welsh name for Bala lake is Llyn Tegid.

Teggie is said to be a large crocodile like creature and has been reported to have lifted wind surfers out of…

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An #AtoZChallenge Bonus: t-shirt

Hey that’s me. well some is!!

The Sound of One Hand Typing

Talk about your serendipity…

Jeremy Hawkins, proprietor of the blog HOLLYWOOD NUTS!, fellow co-host for this year’s A to Z Challenge, and graphic artist par excellence, came up with an idea which he first announced on the A to Z Challenge blog a week ago yesterday: he has designed a wide range of merchandise, including t-shirts, hoodies, gear for kids and babies, messenger bags, etc. etc. which allow you to advertise yourself as an A to Z Challenge Survivor! Go on over to NeatoShop and convince yourself that life will not be complete until you purchase a bunch of A to Z gear!

This is our first stab at marketing A to Z Challenge merchandise. If it goes well, expect other A to Z Challenge gear in the coming years, like ball caps, coffee mugs, memo pads… who knows how far we can go with it?

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The Return of Clive Barker, Horror Icon

and there you go!

Zombie Salmon (the Horror Continues)

For most of us old codgers, the 1980’s were a vibrant part of the Era of Stephen King… Then – as now – he absolutely ruled the genre. But there was another writer – one frequently considered King’s “heir apparent” and who King himself once called the future of Horror – who in the midst of everything, in the heat of battle and a growing publishing crises – vanished from the genre, only to surface in Dark Fantasy. Horror had let one of its best authors slip through its fingers.

That author was Clive Barker.

Our Lost Icon

Most Horror fans know the name from the Books of Blood and Hellraiser films (and once seen who could ever completely forget Pinhead?) … But Barker is also the author of The Damnation Game, The Hellbound Heart, The Great and Secret Show, Weaveworld, Cabal, Imajica and Abarat, Lost Souls, Nightbreed, Cold Heart…

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Nazca Lines

When you gotta meet some one awesome…

Pull Up A Toadstool

nazca lines

The Nazca lines in Peru date back to as far back as 500 B.C. There are various animal shapes, birds, a man, and different geometric patterns scattered around the region. The reason for the creation of these geoglyphs is unknown. There have been many theories regarding their purpose including roadways, irrigation canals, an astronomical calendar, ritual offerings, part of a mystical system of creations around the world along ley lines, and landing places or messages to or from aliens.

The common sense explanations such as roadways and irrigation canals make no sense due to the shape and depth. In addition, the fact that they are in recognizable shapes seems to indicate that they have more meaning than something so pedestrian. One thing which has been demonstrated is that these giant images aren’t really visible from the ground, but they certainly are by air. This begs the question of who they were…

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Favorite Scenes and Quotes – A to Z 2015 – G – Gun Hand

just a great piece with Wilder!


Back to the grindstone with the A to Z choice for G. I chose the bit with Cleavon Little and Gene Wilder in the comedy classic Blazing Saddles. You know most classics have multiple funny quotes or scenes. This movie is no slacker in that regard. With a cast including Mel Brooks, Harvey Korman and Madeline Khan how could you miss? Obviously they did not.

But the one that I find so funny is when Cleavon Little’s Bart is talking with Wilder’s Jim “The Waco Kid” in the sheriff’s office. Wilder’s character tells him he is known as “The Waco Kid”. Little comments about how steady his hand is. Then Wilder shows his left hand that he shakes violently.

Yes, I know there are so many clever and funny lines in this movie that I could have chosen so many others, but for me this one takes the prize. What about you…

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