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  1. Juncker's State of the Union address...... United States of Europe back on! Now the pesky Brits have exited stage right pursued by a bear the project can continue. And the migrant crisis has been resolved. Lots more Euros for everybody! Oh and Nick Clegg might need to eat some humble pie about that European Army question.....not such a fantasy apparently.
  2. I dunno. I first went on the internet 6th September 1998 in hotel in London. Nearly 19 years ago. I had friends who were laughed at in the mid nineties for starting jobs in the internet business as it "was a flash in the pan". 23 years from now, is a long time. Not only will the car industry fight to be industry leaders but insurance companies will be coercing people into chipped, safer electric cars, unable to speed or do anything interesting as it makes their lives easier and their profits bigger. I've already told my children they can forget the joys of driving a little bit too fast round a corner or putting the throttle down. Hydrogen is the other option and is definitely one to look out for. Electric versus Hyrodrogen could be the VHS v Beta of the future.
  3. HANGED, Drawn and Quartered, my dear. Parliaments however are hung. And yes, I realise its a rather good pun but there are standards to be maintained when exercising medieval torture and punishment. Speaking of torture, does that mean I have to listen to another Diane Abbott interview, as it is now safe to get her out of the cupboard again?
  4. Sounded like Harry Potter was about to show up at the beginning.......
  5. Main stream media.
  6. Can't see a topic on this or discussion. Caught my eye as it is plugged by Margaret Atwood who I love. Thought it would be pretty average, and it started off a bit weak but got stronger throughout. The Balkans sections were particularly strong. The depictions of rape and the exploration of this in the letters at the end, mirror the endless discussions about female rape being a plot device in today's MSM. The bitten fruit in the archaeological finds was a very good touch. Also the very last line was bleakly funny as well. Definitely worth a read.
  7. This and the sequel were one of my favourites in 2016 after reading about it on Wert's site. Incredibly strong debut and very very different. Loved a certain character's depiction as a spoon. Hope this does well, as it deserves recognition. Looking forward to the third book. Anybody got any ideas when?
  8. Errrr.......last time a Harry married an Infanta of Spain I seem to remember a very bad break with a 'treaty' of Rome and a Spanish Armada eventually sent to convert us back to the heaving bosom of the continent. Didn't pan out terribly well. Probably best to send a couple of warships to Gib and sign a defence pact with Morocco to build a nice deep water port on the opposite African coast which will of course be suitable for our (eventual) aircraft carriers. We can then of course carry on our much-needed humanitarian duties by helping all those poor struggling African refugees by ferrying them across the straits of Gibraltar and depositing safely in Spanish waters where they can claim asylum in the land of milk and honey which is the blessed EU. The fact that the UK will then operate the Pillars of Hercules would never cross our mind at all. Bit of gunboat diplomacy never hurt did it?
  9. Having just finished Beevor's Berlin: Downfall 1945, I can add my recommendation to others. A brilliant and very readable book on a rather harrowing subject. I will definitely check out 'A Woman in Berlin' by Anonymous after reading Beevor. I've just embarked on Giles McDonough's 'After the Reich' as history does not come to an . in 45. [Apologies to 1066 & all that] Less military books on WWII I would recommend are Gitta Sereny's "Albert Speer:His Battle with Truth". Speer's closeness to Hitler, his obvious intelligence and his dubious assertions of not knowing about the holocaust are fascinating. The other first hand testimony I would recommend is Hugh Trevor Roper's " The Last Days of Hitler" written in 1947. Roper, then an intelligence officer and future historian, was charged by the British to find out what had happened to Hitler, as he had disappeared. This reads like a rollicking detective novel set in the smoke filled ruins of Berlin. By the way, Beevor's Downfall deals with the disappearance of Hitler from the Russian perspective. Trevor-Roper's great historical rival was A.J.P. Taylor who wrote the rather essential "War by Time Table", a extended essay on the origins of the First World War. Incredibly influential work and very readable with an original point of view. I would also recommend, if the OP is interested in the Ottoman/Asia theatre of war, "On Secret Service East of Constantinople" by Peter Hopkirk. Hopkirk is a brilliantly knowledgeable & engaging author with a sense of humour. Germany's meddling in the Middle East and getting the Ottomans to declare jihad against the Russians & British, and the secret squirrel adventures across the middle East Persia & Afghanistan is pretty breathless stuff. I knew nothing about the German agent Wilhelm Wassmuss before this, who was considered by the British to be the German Lawrence of Arabia. He has unfortunate role in the Zimmerman Telegram affair, which was not known when Tuchman published her book which I won't spoil here. Highly recommended especially for the Battle of the Erzerum which goes to prove that no army should take on the Russians in the depths of winter. A less grim, 'All Quiet on the Western Front" or "Goodbye to All That", fantastic books both but so sad, is Siegfried Sassoon's 'Memoirs of a Fox Hunting Man'. A darkly funny book in parts. I've also finished recently, so its fresh in my mind and was thoroughly engrossing was Luke McCallin's fictional Gregor Reinhardt Trilogy. A Berlin police officer, co-opted into the German Army as an intelligence officer, the first two books are set in Sarajevo and the last in Berlin just after the war has ended. As Balkans history makes my head hurt, these very well researched and at times quietly brutal stories are brilliantly realised in a part of the world that doesn't often get covered in the anglo world.
  10. Rose how could you!
  11. Just a meandering thought but how big are the direwolves now? I know the old wolf is probably warg as well but surely he is much smaller and also old and probably ravenous. Summer, even with her sore paw should cream cracker the old wolf? Just wondering......not really up to speed with my direwolf lore but I was under the impression they were much larger or has Summer not reached full size? So long since I read this I just can't remember details anymore. Has Blood Raven been mentioned in the main novels (not Dunk & Egg) as I was also under the impression he's a very very very minor character if you were reading the books casually? Cold Hands being revealed to be Bloodraven would probably cause a big 'uhh?' from most normal readers - somehow I can't see it. I see Blood Raven being more a green seer type of character as Master Aemon was a wise old bird type of character who was revealed later to be a Targ but mostly I just think Blood Raven has gone gone gone.
  12. Welcome back Bran - we've missed you! So excited to read this, even though the mysteries are still held close to GRRM's chest. Going to be interesting how GRRM will handle the Green seer and the Children of the Forest.
  13. [quote name='David and Dan' post='1607351' date='Dec 3 2008, 13.19']"The things I do for love." Sound familiar? We think you're going to like it... D&D[/quote] Gone for the cliffhanger ending ol'chestnut................Brilliant! :P
  14. ITS THE UK!!!!!! Faints with excitement.................. When are you casting extras? :D