I ‘That‘s a nasty shaving rash you‘ve gotthere. maybe you should change your brand of gel.‘ This and - other beauty tips are ottered by Tetsuo. a newJapanese sci-ti/horrortilm. See Film index. page 22.
I ‘Harpistwere you last night?‘ isastandard morning greeting in the List ottices. Fiona Davidson is probablyted up with such whimsy. She‘ll be plucking her stuff at the Festival at Myth and Legend. And why not? See Openlistings.
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not gone down well in some circles. with Mary Whitehouse saying she was ‘horrified‘. while the Catholic Church (hitherto major consumers of the beverage despite its colour) says ‘We take a very dim view of this remark‘. Apparently the ‘Have a Vimto and get shagged' ad has been put on ice for the interim. In the meantime. Irn Bru‘s other advertising landmark. the clock above Glasgow Central station. has been taken down after a dispute about site ownership. For tired and emotional travellers trying to find their way to Central from Queen Street after dark. this will be a bitter loss.
IT‘S BACK BY POPULAR demand. Yes. it‘s the Zenya Hamada corner. The Edinburgh Festival‘s favourite millionaire Japanese impressario has done it again. This time he‘s sacked the cast of his latest production (The Atom Bomb. the nature and venue of which escapes us at the moment) with only two weeks left to opening. Apparently. in flagrant ﬂouting of Japanese convention. they were showing too much animation. ie.
they occasionally blinked. or gave a hint ofinﬁection to their lines. And great lines they were too. from the excerpts that have been smuggled out to us here. Rumour tells us that Hamada's script could have all the power and incisiveness of When Did You Last See Your Trousers. The lack of a cast could cause the ‘genius‘ some problems. considering their names have already been extensively publicised throughout the Scottish media (and on a fleet ofbuses). The newly-redundant actors are finding it even harder to conceal their emotions now. seeing as they were paid a hefty wad ofcash up front. Several broad grins have already beenspoued.
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