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  1. I can see why most people see it that way. To me, Begbie is sometimes quite childish in his thoughts, which makes him a bit less dislikeable. A bit, he's still a terrible human being. Neither are Welsh's worst point of view character either, that would have to be detective Bruce Robertson from Filth. But he has one hell of a set of excuses.
  2. Well the Mongols were very experienced with sieges, they conquered very well protected Arab and Chinese cities. They devastated the surrounding countryside and starved people out, or they used the most advanced siege weaponry, which they got from the Chinese and Arabs. It's hard to see the Mongols actually ruling Western Europe, as they did China, but not to see them overrunning it. Political disunity may make long term rule harder, but it makes short term defeat easier. There are countless examples in history of sides already in conflict allying with new invaders to get an advantage, only to be taken over as well. Not least in the other Mongol conquests. People argue that Baghdad never recovered from Mongol destruction, it's chilling to think of great Western cities facing the same treatment.
  3. Gotta get a shout to Subutai, Genghis Khan's main general, seeing as he conquered more territory than anyone else in history. The West has traditionally ignored the strategic and tactical brilliance of the Mongols, but of course they didn't conquer most of Asia by charging like mindless savages, a lot of their military was extremely advanced in terms of tactics and communications. He got well into Europe, conclusively defeating Russians, Poland and Hungary. One of the luckiest moments in the history of the west came when Ogedai Khan had a heart attack, meaning they all returned home- if that hadn't happened, we might all have heard of this man. Relatively, he wasn't far from Vienna, Rome and Paris.
  4. If naval commanders count, Admiral Yi for sure. Basically beat off the Japanese invasion despite having no naval experience and a shitty state system behind him.
  5. The lions might be defending you, but no lion is going to be your bitch and let you ride it.
  6. A kodiak bear, even a dead one, would be a good cover. In fact, maybe I'll change my answer to the rats and the bears. I'll hide behind one bear, then underneath its' corpse when it dies (probably when the hunter shoots it) while the rats do their work.
  7. It depends how close the hunter is, and how good he is, because otherwise it's an instant killshot, game over.
  8. I think I'd go the same, because I think the hunter would scare a lot of the animals off, blasting away. I'd be most scared of the rats not turning from a shotgun blast, plus I think animals that didn't get turned away by the gun would turn when hundreds/thousands of rats started biting them.
  9. It's definitely something that's deliberately referenced, there's too many hints- his dragon obsession, mismatched eyes, Aerys lusting for Joanna, the dragon needing a third head, etc. I still think it probably isn't true, I've got three reasons why these hints are there- - It's a deliberate diversion, to direct us away from Jon, the real secret Targaryen - It's something he was considering when he first wrote the books (I think a lot of these hints are quite early on, except the Aerys/Joanna one), and decided against it. Obviously he should never be influenced by what the fans want, but hopefully he would have seen people's valid criticism of the plot point, if he was seriously considering it. Remember his whole "gardener not an architect" thing. - I started watching a tv show halfway through writing this, and I've forgot the third one, but I definitely had one. One strong bit of evidence for Tywin being Tyrion's dad I got on a re-read is the little speech Genna Lannister gives Jaime, telling him he isn't like Tywin- "Tyrion is Tywin's son". It's a chapter ender, strongly emphasised, it might not seem like much but it's hard to reconcile with the idea of Tyrion not being Tywin's son.
  10. Sounds very plausable, like a natural survival tactic. A bit like little kids no longer wanting to be friends with the one who wet himself in class. I'd think that thought of thing was mainly subconscious? That sounds really positive, considering how homophobic my impression of Jamaica is.
  11. I've got to go with Tyrion Targ, because there are a lot of hints to it in the text. But it would be bad writing, it would undermine the whole story. I don't like it because I'm a little worried it's true.
  12. It's an interesting topic, because the normal Roman view of homosexuality would still be considered highly offensive today, they thought recieving was absolutely shameful, in fact I'm sure I read it was a crime for a patrician to take the submissive role to a plebian. It's certainly a mistake when people assume every society before 1960 ever was Victorian style homophobic, but at the same time I'm not aware of any that view homosexuality as modern, liberal society does. It's a pretty generous definition of "ally". None of those things make me uncomfortable, but I don't call myself a gay ally, anymore than I'm a black ally, a Muslim ally, etc, just an egalitarian. Don't you actually have to,y'know, do something to be an ally? Even in a private survey, could it partly be that people just feel emboldened, even subconsciously, by seeing powerful figures openly voicing bigoted views? I thinks socialisation is a strong enough force that it could effect whether someone would tick a box saying they felt uncomfortable around gay people, if they felt that was taboo.
  13. Begbie is borderline psychotic, unhinged and violent. He's pretty batshit, and it's very entertaining. Sick Boy is more of a psychopath in the true sense of the word, he does things like get young girls hooked on heroin so he can pimp them out. The books are very different (and so good, seriously everyone should give Trainspotting a go). Especially the sequal, it's very different, Sick Boy is the protagonist.
  14. I haven't heard a better argument for accepting constitutional democracy, even if you hate how things are going, that the story of the Gracci brothers. Once you introduce violence, it's hard to close that door. And there are limits to the levels of social injustice and inequality that a system can take before it breaks. But I haven't read that much on it, what are your thoughts?
  15. Simon "Sick Boy" Williamson from Invine Welsh's novels. Horribly realistic portrayal of a brutally selfish person useing people, mainly women, for pleasure and profit.