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    Bakker LVII

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    LOTR prequel TV series 2.0

    If Elros is neldor or beldor and is still around, then it’s very early in the second age, ie first 500 years and millennia away from ar-pharazon, Saurons captivity and the fall. The casting does have a worrying soap opera texture to it. How they are going to handle the passage of time will make or break this. It’s an extremely challenging project.
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    Rugby: Building up to Japan

    https://mobile.twitter.com/jacnienaber/status/1192727138207707136?s=12 tip of the hat to the old club, 4 ex Munster men and William Webb-Ellis
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    Rugby: Building up to Japan

    Hats off to South Africa and to rassie Erasmus in particular. Has there ever been a more complete example of the maxim “forwards win matches and backs decide by how much”? Absolutely ground England to mince in the scrums, kept turning the screw with penalties and eventually the tries came. Also great to see the electric pace of mpampi and kolbe finally too. Complete performance. First team to ever win RWC after losing a group game, three finals three wins for boks, first time boks scores a try in a final, a night of records. Never mind England, stiff upper lip and all that, what?
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    LOTR prequel TV series 2.0

    So do we think they're fabricating entire storylines, i.e plots that are not connected to Tolkien other than they take place in this alternate middle earth? Certainly those character names are new? Oren, Beldor and Tyra? I was looking for aldarion at least or Gil Galad, Elrond etc.
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    Rugby: Building up to Japan

    That’s right, I certainly thought it has felt more competitive than last few. The usual minnows are closing the gap, pity Romania, Spain etc couldn’t get through
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    Rugby: Building up to Japan

    Incredibly difficult quarters to call. All teams could beat the others. In some ways South Africa is toughest call for japan. Physically the biggest, will the style Japan used v Ireland and Scotland tire out boks or just break on them like a rock? Think SA England look too strong for Australia but are vulnerable when believing their own press. Cheiks needs a win and will have them fired up to beat the poms. Think England ireland v NZ. I think Ireland based on what I said above. Wales v france, wales drilled well, in form, but I think france to rip up form book with they’re mercurial World Cup form. Great cup team. So, SA, France, Ireland, England semis?
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    Rugby: Building up to Japan

    Very much agree with this. We’re getting excited about Saturday here in Ireland though, New Zealand haven’t played a game since sa on the 21st of September, then Canada and Namibia, then two weeks jerking off to tentacle porn in a typhoon? They’ve got to be struggling for focus. We’ve been through the wringer emotionally, and have come together nicely v Samoa. The emotional intensity with sexton leading against NZ... the fear of humiliation coupled with the knowledge we can beat them? Furlong rampaging, murray sexton back in form, starting to believe...bring it on!!!
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    Rugby: Building up to Japan

    Wait, which is the tier one nation here again? Japan? SRU regretting their insistence on playing this match! if I was boks I’d be worried and we’ve got New Zealand. Great. Nothing to lose though and we’ve beaten them. Ireland have proved in this tournament so far that they need a challenge to rise to, rather than coming in favorites. Got that now!
  10. Interesting that they’ve gone mixed race for the two rivers look. I guess they were always described as dark, but in the books that was more dark haired and dark eyed Caucasian like “black Irish” as in Rigney’s “Fallon legacy” series. Always had two rivers folk pegged as 17th -18th century Irish culturally/ societally. The important thing is they keep it consistent whatever they go with so Rand stands out etc. there’s obviously a lot of ott criticism gonna happen but once their costumed up and hair etc, it will fade. Rosamund pike looks a lot less like book moiraine than any of these guys/gals!
  11. I really enjoyed empire of grass. All the unver/thrithings stuff was excellent, I really liked Morgan’s odyssey through the Aldheorte and the new things we’re learning about keida’ya and tinukeda’ya. Simon and miriameles pieces were slower. Simon seems to becoming or already is, an alcoholic which is tragic. Don’t agree with the scale of negativity I’ve seen on these two pages. Loved the book, the pacing is very close to the original trilogy/ quadrilogy. If only there were more books in the genre as high quality as this.
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    [Spoilers] Episode 805 Discussion

    The last time I remember such fury on the boards was when storm of swords came out and the red wedding happened. Same complaints. “Robb would never have been so stupid, ruined his character, not reading anymore etc etc”. I have no doubt this was GRRM’s twist. 100%
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    UK Politics: The Edge of Destruction

    But of course you haven’t had Brexit yet. This terrible mess is just your parliament trying to agree what terms to ask for in leaving. Don’t worry, if Brexit ever actually happens, those predictions will materialize, or something close. It’s my view that it won’t happen now though, long delay, followed by more long delay, second referendum and problem solved. “Brexit” doesn’t exist as a coherent concept, it never did, it’s a portmanteau that appeared when the Greeks were having their difficulties and “Grexit” was being floated. Not sure it’s even possible to do everybody means something different when they say it from “Brexit in name only” style customs union, to forcibly building a fence around the island and along the border and tossing out everyone who “sounds foreign”
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    Rothfuss XIV: The Slow Regard of Luna Lovegood

    When I heard that Miranda had optioned Kingkiller I was relieved. I had not enjoyed Hamilton and couldn’t understand the level of adulation thrown its way. I put it down to cultural differences (I’m Irish originally). The fact that he thought that something as unwieldy, confused, bloated and obviously out of control as the kingkiller chronicles (especially the second book) would make a good tv show confirmed for me that his judgement is not what most think. I also think you are missing the point about rothfuss, I.e. the trolling of fans, etc etc which the other authors you’ve mentioned didn’t indulge in. (unless you believe as some do that bakkers entire series was one giant trolling! Or his AMA) I wouldn’t be surprised if the damage his behaviour has caused to his reputation among the fantasy consuming community is contributing to his current feelings of despondency. Also thanks for reminding me that we haven’t had anything from sussanah Clarke in so long. Loved jonathan strange. So original and well written.