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In 1991 a steelworker named Albert Dryden retired from his job in Butsfield, County Durnham, and decided to build a bungalow for his elderly mother in a leased patch of countryside. His application for a building permit was rejected on the grounds that the structure would marr the landscape. Dryden went ahead and built the bungalow anyway, sparking a huge row with chief planning officer Harry Collinson.
Dryden was ordered to dismantle the property under supervision by Collinson on June 20th. Their legal battle had drawn the interest of the media, and a dozen journalists and cameras turned up to film the supervised demolition. When the cameras began rolling, Dryden calmly approached Collinson, pulled out an antique pistol, and shot him dead. As shocked news crews captured Collinson’s final seconds, Dryden peacefully surrendered to police.
Alfred Dryden was sentenced to life in prison and never expressed remorse for killing the planning officer. He was something of a cult hero in jail, and in October 2017 he was granted parole after suffering a heart attack.
(Pictured: a still showing Dryden firing the gun at Collinson)
(The blog has been a little intense lately, so let’s cheer
things up a bit with some Momiplier meeting the Egos!)
Imagine Mark’s mom flying in to see him in LA, and ever
since seeing “Markiplier TV” she’s been asking about the Egos. She remembers
Mark talking about them years ago when they first came around, but she’s never
seen them for herself. So during her visit, Mark and Amy decide to take her by
Ego Inc. to show her around and let her meet the Egos.
There’s only one problem: all the Egos are sick.
They don’t get sick often, but when they do, it can get a
little crazy. When the three of them walk in the front door, Oliver meets them.
Momiplier walks up and pinches his cheeks and ruffles his hair, talking about
how handsome he is, and Oliver is so flustered that he can barely tell Mark and
Amy what’s going on. That’s when it starts raining tea. “Oh no, Host is awake
again,” Oliver whines.
Momiplier by then has wandered over to the elevator, and
hits the button for the kitchen when the others aren’t looking. She goes up and
rummages around until she finds all she’ll need to make her famous chicken noodle
soup, and downstairs, Mark finally realizes she’s missing and pulls Amy and
Oliver into the elevator after him.
They’re stopped on the way up by Bim, sniffling and wrapped
in a blanket. When he sees the others are already in the elevator, he gets in
with only, “At least it’s not raining in here.” Host stops them next. “I
can’t make it stop,” he mutters and climbs in as well.
By the time they finally make it to the kitchen, Ed and Silver
are there as well, smelling the food and following their noses into the dining
room. They all settle around the table in a slump. Wilford shows up a few
minutes later in his pj’s, and at some point, it stops raining tea, and harps
start playing nonstop in the background. Mark considers gagging the Host, but he doesn’t think
Amy will let him.
Once the soup is done, Momiplier ladles a heaping helping
into several bowls. Doc shows up at the last minute, refusing to admit he’s as
sick as a dog himself, but when he smells the soup, he hangs around “just
because he’s hungry.” After she’s got them all sat down and eating, Momiplier
wanders around brushing the Ego’s hair back from their eyes, “You all need
haircuts.” And she asks them about what they do here in this big building. “Oh,
I didn’t know you had your own TV show.” She gets Doc out of his lab coat,
telling him if he goes back to work, she’ll be very upset with him. She’s not satisfied until Dr. Iplier pinkie promises her that he won’t go back to the clinic today.
After she’s got them full of food, she sends them all to
bed, tucking each of them in herself and putting a wet rag on their foreheads
to help with their temperature. With a kiss and an extra pot of soup for when
they wake up, Momiplier shows herself out, and Mark and Amy take her back to
The next day when the Egos get up and get to feeling better,
they call Amy and ask her to bring Mark’s mom back by again before she goes.
Wilford and Google run to nearest store and buy up all the nail polish colors
they can find, and when Momiplier arrives, they ask her to do their nails like
she did for Mark back at Christmas.
Afterwards, Host and Doc make lunch for her, chatting and
laughing as she tells them stories about Mark when he was younger, and Oliver
speaks to her in Korean, able to switch his language settings. Bim absolutely
fawns over the work she did on their nails and asks about her tips and tricks.
Wilford has a list of questions drawn up, and while Momiplier doesn’t have time
for a full on-camera interview, he quizzes her all about herself and especially
about her soup recipe, which he later hands over to the Host.
Before she has to leave, however, Momiplier asks about Dark.
“Where is the angry one that wears the suit?” Mark tries to tell her that she
really doesn’t want to meet Dark, but she insists. So they take her up to his
office, Wilford ready to defend them just in case, but when they get there,
they find Dark still sick, sitting at his piano and pecking out a few simple
When Dark sees Mark’s mom, he’s somewhat dumbstruck that she’d
have the nerve to come see him, but Momiplier, entirely aware of how scary Dark
can be, grabs him by the ear and drags him into his bedroom. “You should be
resting! You’ll be even more sick if you don’t get your rest!” She tells Mark
to go get another bowl of the soup, and Mark looks at Dark, trying to gauge
what he’s about to do. But Dark just follows Momiplier, lets her tuck him in,
and when Mark comes in with the soup, Dark shrugs and croaks, “I’m evil, but I’m
not that evil. Besides… this soup is