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  1. He also never had a yellow card, you’d think she’d work that into the analogy, rule following never having been a priority for this government. Sunak called Starmer a ‘lawyer’ during PM’s questions, suggesting a lawyer is just the type of person you might expect to object to a law considered unworkable and illegal. People don’t like goal hangers and lawyers apparently.
  2. The MPs calling for his sacking do realise that the BBC doesn’t run twitter? Moving to a different higher paying broadcaster with no impartiality rules is hardly going to get him to shush.
  3. Then your TV will define your main location. The location is either set by the account holder or Netflix detects it based on activity. Then any other devices on the same network have to log in once a month (launch the app and, according to some news sources, actually watch something). If you’re travelling and using a device that hasn’t logged in then you can access with a verification code sent to your account contact details. So it’s not really a problem for account holders (well, if you watch through a VPN I suppose you can’t do that anymore) but for kids living away from home you’d need access to the verification code and for people at a further remove it would probably be too awkward to log in anymore. My brother in law uses our account but if he can’t get access he’s definitely not going to buy Netflix, he’s just going to download what he wants to watch from somewhere.
  4. Ha! Don’t know what you’re talking about. These bruises are from working out so hard like my hero Liam Hemsworth.
  5. Obviously whether it’s good or not … will spend on whether it’s good or not. But I do wish more shows would do this, it makes much more sense to me than recasting the lead with a similar character and making up some weird in universe explanation for it. The Witcher as great literature - I’m reliably(?) informed by various Poles that the English translation does it few favours. They seem to consider it great popular literature anyway. The Witcher as TV show - It’s ok but yeah, it’s better than Rings of Power.
  6. He needed the Doctor dead so he could be her and go around having adventures with companions. It wouldn’t really work if he just dressed up as her. I’m usually quite pedantic about the level of sense in DWs science fantasy but the forced regeneration didn’t bother me. They changed the Doctor into Jon Pertwee so that plus consciousness transfer doesn’t seem like a big leap for Gallifreyan technology. The thing that undermines it somewhat is Chibnall’s own retcon of the Doctor being a unique being who’s the source of the power in the first place so it would be perfectly believable if it didn’t work on her like on other Time Lords. But I also think using the forced regeneration as the cause of her death would’ve been better. The Qurunx was a dumb invention, could have powered the planet a dozen other ways. And the Master used a little box to make it zap the Doctor, is that what happened? Better if she’d been unstable but able to hold on for a while like Tennant’s original exit. Unstable regeneration would also give you an explanation for the weird regeneration and why she’s regenerating clothes all of a sudden.
  7. It’s a shame that Chibnall only learned how to properly do the throw it all at the screen method of storytelling on his last episode. Paul McGann still looking good, he could easily be the Doctor now.
  8. If there’s been an improvement there must be a problem to improve on, right? You could say it’s not a very systemically racist society, I suppose. But you’re linking to figures demonstrating exactly my point.
  9. Noticing who the PM is is not a great example of a system though. Still lacking in the actual electoral system, the proportion of ethnic minority MPs versus proportion of ethnic minorities in the population.
  10. Has there ever been a more apropos thread title by the way? Hitting 400 posts just as we’re getting a new PM
  11. We could always put it out to tender. I’m sure the process would be fair and above board.
  12. I always figured he’d have to do a lot of work with older Kvothe in the framing sections to wrap up the story. Unless it’s supposed to have an open ending just with Kvothe reinvigorated setting off to save the world.
  13. If only there’d been some way she could have predicted that!
  14. Oh listen to Dougie Howser over here! (yes, that’s the kind of references I’m working with)
  15. There’s other ways to get high value candidates. Make them take exams like civil servants do. Going to have a little tea party this afternoon with an Italian and two Poles and try and contain my embarrassment over the absolute state of my country’s politics.
  16. There needs to be an immediate consensus behind Sunak, not because he’s a good candidate or because he’s shown any indication of a principled character, but because it’s the only way they can in any way divorce themselves from the Truss induced fuck ups that he accurately predicted. Surely better than a criminal currently under investigation for more misdeeds? On the comparison with the situation in the US, I mean the US is famously a divided nation. That means half of you still support some decent policies. The only division in the UK is clowns to the left, jokers to the right.
  17. On the macro level the “changes” seem interesting to me. Unless I’ve misunderstood something they have Sauron as genuinely repentant, trying to escape the draws of power and then Galadriel of all people tempts him back in. On a micro level though, yeah, it’s a bit of a mess
  18. I know virtually nothing about LoTR lore but that scene where Halbrand meets Celebrimbor (my, what lovely ore you have) made me laugh out loud. It’s like they only told Vickers what character he was really playing when they were filming for the last episode and he immediately decided to turn the creepiness up to eleven.
  19. I like how when sacked from senior roles in government you then have to write a letter praising the person who just sacked you. Me as a 12 year old - “Dear Newsagent who just sacked me for refusing to deliver a paper to that house where the dog always tries to bite me, I fully support your goal of delivering newspapers to all your customers and accept that I, as somebody who doesn’t want to be bitten by a dog, am not the correct person to help you fulfil that goal going forward …”
  20. There’s going to be more seasons of Shetland, they’re bringing in new lead detective. Poor Tosh, she’ll never get the top job. I read the Ink Black Heart by Galbraith/Rowling. It was ok, some of the stuff about toxic fandom was interesting, Robin and Strike are as annoying as ever but still readable. I actually thought the last book Troubled Blood was the best pure detective story she’s done, like a Christie classic except that rather than have Poirot’s boring on in the drawing room eliminating the other suspects and naming the murderer, you have all the suspicious characters eliminated over the course of a year’s investigation through painstaking detective work. Book was definitely spoiled however by the frequent insertion of Rowling’s politics. Just finished A Fatal Crossing by Tom Hindle, which is pretty hyped over here as a modern book in the golden age style. Murder on a transatlantic ocean liner in the early 20s. Didn’t really like it, I felt like the classic style was overdone and then there is a twist designed to feel more modern, which was very easy to predict.
  21. I liked the audacity of the ending but it didn’t really work for me, didn’t make sense in the context of the story. For one thing she literally says that Bruce doesn’t need to explain what he’s been up to and then he does exactly that. And I’m not sure about a legal system that drops charges against one person because another person gets charges instead for a totally different offence. I like the idea that Jen is pushing for it to be a legal comedy through the whole show and finally gets her way but the execution definitely felt like they cared more about the laughs than anything else. I did very much enjoy the penultimate episode, poking fun at Daredevil, much as I like that show. So relying on the laughs to carry it can work if you get the balance right, I didn’t feel they did in the finale.
  22. Don’t get me wrong, I’m happy to have a more comic booky MCU. It just seems a far remove from the origins where everything was powered by arc reactor or infinity stone without much in the way of explanation as to how we got to this stage. We just had a Thor movie where it seems he’s literally a god as opposed to a strong alien people mistook for a god.
  23. The state should support lazy people (if we want to reduce them to that) because it’s in the long term interest of the state to do that. The government is more focused on the long term interests of themselves by pandering to a voting bloc so they remain in power.
  24. Yes my nitpicking instinct, normally very repressed for this kind of show, really kicked in in this episode. There’s the Mr Immortal faking his death thing, which doesn’t make sense as mentioned. I’m also confused as to when exactly the MCU became the televised Marvel comics universe, with all kinds of magic and superpowers just everywhere. And I’m not sure why on earth Titania figured it would be a good idea to fight She-Hulk again, how was that ever going to work out? Finally it annoyed me that She-Hulk appeared at all in an episode called Just Jen.
  25. My wife’s answer that they want to distinguish themselves from Jackson’s elves is equally unsatisfactory.
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