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On Hiatus: Normal Programming Resumes June 11th 2017.

Programmes have been briefly interrupted. Do not readjust your set. Do not attempt conversation. Do not attempt intimate relations, as years of TV radiation have left your genitals withered and useless.


I am on hiatus to focus on end-of-year essays for my Masters and canvassing for the UK General Election - I'm voting Labour if you're interested: 

- Next Simpsons post June 11th 2017     - Next general post June 14th 2017




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