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Post by Wisey Banks Sat Mar 10, 2012 4:46 am

I was pondering what my Greatest Creative Influences were. (Don't ask me why I was pondering that - I don't know why! Mad )

And then I thought, I also wonder what other Forumshirer's influences are? (Not that I'm interested at all, but I wanted to be polite. Very Happy )

Anyway, here are some of mine:

(1) The Works of JJR Tolkien (especially The Hobbit).
(2) Roald Dahl - his books (especially Danny Champion of the World) and his poems.
(3) Benny Hill.
(4) "Midnite" by Randolf Stow. A little known but utterly BRILLIANT book!
(5) Jesus Christ. (The 'Man' - not the silly 'God' stuff! Rolling Eyes )
(6) Jack Vance.
(7) Narnia
(Cool "The History of Western Philosophy" by Bertrand Russell. (Put in to show how Deep and Philosophical I am! Very Happy )
(9) Life of Brian/Monty Python and the Holy Grail.
(10) Wuthering Heights....

Sorry, gotta go and read yet another Deep and Meanigful Book.... study {{{hee hee "under the sign of Sanders.." how very droll... hee heee Laughing }}}

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Post by Ally Sat Mar 10, 2012 10:39 am

Yeah, don't mind Kate Bush myself... Rolling Eyes

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Post by halfwise Sat Mar 10, 2012 12:40 pm

I wonder if Squach will weigh in here. I just have no clue who her creative influences could be....

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Post by Mrs Figg Sat Mar 10, 2012 1:22 pm

nice question Wisey.
1. William Morris and the Arts and crafts Movement
2. Dante Gabriel Rossetti and the Preraphaelites
3. Oscar Wilde and the Aesthetic Movement, 19th century Symbolists.
4. Fairy Tales and Arthurian Legend
5. Browning and Italy in the 19th century
6. The Smiths and music from Manchester in the 80s
7. The BBC from The Klangers to Doctor Who
8. Monty Python and Gilliam, naked organists
9. Tolkien natch
10. JKRowling natch
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Post by Orwell Sat Mar 10, 2012 10:06 pm

Peculiar thing, Mrs Figg, but Wisey and I share the same influences! Go figure! Very Happy

I can see now what you're made of (creatively speaking). Ahh! An artistic - if somewhat baroque - soul! I love you

Oh yes, yet again I see you can be relied on to take a Serious Thread seriously. Very Happy {{{Shame about the attitude of some of the others, what... Rolling Eyes }}}

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Post by halfwise Sun Mar 11, 2012 2:04 am

You're almost like a reading assignment Figgy - have to do some research to follow the conversation. (Oscar Wilde and Symbolists? Browning and Italy? The pairings catch me by surprise.)

Guess I should make my list (why can't I get the thought of peppermint patties out of my head?) These aren't so much my influences - because one needs an ouvre of one's own to be influenced, and I can't claim a Bank's type of opus - but what I would like to claim as my influences if I should ever produce an opus.

Music - Guillame de Machaut and the Ars Nova movement (14th century avant garde), New Orleans Jazz
Visual Art - the Minoans
Comic Writing - Twain (natch), Wodehouse, Milne (wrote more than Pooh: read 'the Ugly Duckling')
Non-comic Writing - should we all take Tolkien as a given? Samuel Delaney

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Post by Pettytyrant101 Sun Mar 11, 2012 3:47 am

Interesting idea!


Tolkien
The US navy - can't imagine growing up without the extra cultural comparison- I'm sure it effected all sorts of stuff.
Doctor Who
Original Star Trek
Enid Blyton
HG Wells
George Orwell
Carlos Casteneda
Salvidor Dali
2000AD (the comic-this is filling in to save me listing all the influential comics in my life)
The Sex Pistols
Aliestair Crowley
Robert Anton Wilson (without whom I'd never have got interested in physics)
Hunter S Thompson
Monty Python/Spike Milligan
My Dad's porn mag collection! Very Happy (ah the innocent days of Razzle!)

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Post by Mrs Figg Sun Mar 11, 2012 1:11 pm

Halfwise did you get to like the Minoans from going on the Grand Tour? Did you go to Delphi too? I would dearly love to see Leptis Magna in Libia one day when the dust has settled, although they are Roman and not Greek ruins.
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Post by halfwise Sun Mar 11, 2012 1:44 pm

I liked the Minoans before the grand tour. Unfortunately the guy I was with didn't *get* ancient culture. At Pompeii he just wanted to hang out at the bar and talk to tourist chicks as I wandered around the ruins. He thought Delphi was pretty but hadn't the foggiest what it was all about.

Now 3 kids later, he's grown up and has realized what he was missing. But I positively wanted to BIFF him back then.

Haven't heard about magnus leptis, have to look it up. I'd at least like to see Constantinople first.

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Post by Mrs Figg Sun Mar 11, 2012 3:43 pm

If you do go to Istanbul leave out the go-go bars or you could end up in Midnight Express territory. I went to Tunisia to see Carthage and hurled chunks on the ruins, I had eaten lamb stew but I think it was dog as I found a claw under a carrot. silent My brother had a similar reaction but from the other end, poor old ruins. 'Veni, Vidi, Pukie'.
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Post by Pettytyrant101 Sun Mar 11, 2012 4:15 pm

Proof of the old adage that 'travel broadens the mind- put narrows the sphincter!' Nod

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Post by Mrs Figg Sun Mar 11, 2012 6:19 pm

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Post by Orwell Sun Mar 11, 2012 10:02 pm

halfwise wrote:I liked the Minoans before the grand tour. Unfortunately the guy I was with didn't *get* ancient culture. At Pompeii he just wanted to hang out at the bar and talk to tourist chicks as I wandered around the ruins. He thought Delphi was pretty but hadn't the foggiest what it was all about.

Now 3 kids later, he's grown up and has realized what he was missing. But I positively wanted to BIFF him back then.

Haven't heard about magnus leptis, have to look it up. I'd at least like to see Constantinople first.

Now he's grown up, he can go back and have another look - when he's too old for more fun stuff... I would have chosen the chicks too.... Still would... Very Happy .

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Post by Mrs Figg Mon Mar 12, 2012 4:35 pm

is it my imagination or has Halfwise got sunglasses on, is he hiding from someone? Cool
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Post by Pettytyrant101 Mon Mar 12, 2012 5:32 pm

Yeah my sis- and wisely so if I may say.

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Post by halfwise Mon Mar 12, 2012 5:55 pm

{{{ had to change disguises. Mirabella doesn't seem to remember why she wanted my head, but now Pretty thinks I'm after Mirabella. If anything the women on this forum are even more exasperating than elsewhere. Or maybe just those two. They almost seem to be characteratures of the female type. Makes one wonder.... }}}

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Post by Kafria Mon Mar 12, 2012 7:20 pm

Wondered why you'd gone all lone ranger! Very Happy

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Post by Mirabella Mon Mar 12, 2012 10:31 pm

I never trust a man with a beard - as I suspect he's covering up a sly visage... I can only say, I'm doubly doubtful of a bearded man who also wears a mask! Suspect

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Post by Pretty Tyrant Mon Mar 12, 2012 10:35 pm

Oooooh! Embarassed Gives me shivers Mirry when you do your detectoring thing. Kissing

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Post by Mrs Figg Mon Mar 12, 2012 10:48 pm

Basketball bouncing BALLS.
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Post by Pettytyrant101 Mon Mar 12, 2012 10:51 pm

Playing with fire Mrs Figg! Mirrabella will have you taken to the Lockholes at this rate.

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Post by Mrs Figg Mon Mar 12, 2012 10:53 pm

pah she doesnt scare me! Lockholes shmockholes! Cool
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Post by halfwise Mon Mar 12, 2012 11:01 pm

If I had a bunch of furballs protecting me I'd thumb my nose too.

All I've got is Ferguson and the feudal spirit seems to go right out of him in the presence of a spitfire sheriff.

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Post by Mrs Figg Mon Mar 12, 2012 11:04 pm

purlease my pussies are NOT furballs, the very idea. Mad cat
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Post by halfwise Mon Mar 12, 2012 11:24 pm

Oh okay, have it your way: Walking furballs.

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