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    Amazon and WB discussing new LORD OF THE RINGS TV series

    If they had the rights to the whole works, they wouldn't be doing Aragorn.
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    Amazon and WB discussing new LORD OF THE RINGS TV series

    Unless they've got their claws on the rights to Unfinished Tales, they won't get to show Celebrimbor's body riddled with arrows and used as a battle standard. Stuff in the appendices that might be of use: A very summarised version of the Downfall of Numenor. You'd need to put a different spin on it to avoid the overlap with the Akallabeth though (unless they've bought the rights to that). The Witch-King and Angmar. The demise of Arvedui. The Gondorian Kinstrife. Helm Hammerhand. Stuff like the awakening of the Balrog in Moria wouldn't be enough to base a TV series around.
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    Amazon and WB discussing new LORD OF THE RINGS TV series

    I'm pinning my hopes on the Aragorn arc being confined to the first season, because at least there's enough material to work with there (but not enough for five seasons). If they want another Game of Thrones though, they've made a serious mistake - the stakes aren't high enough. My own curiosity is how they treat Denethor: https://phuulishfellow.wordpress.com/2018/05/17/so-it-is-young-aragorn/
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    UK Politics - From Russia with Love

    Which is primarily what I was getting at - quite apart from any issue of wages, free movement of labour inherently strengthens the negotiating power of employers. And free movement of capital certainly strengthens the power of the investment class vis-a-vis an elected government.
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    Tolkien 2.0

    Comparing Tolkien and Martin on the theme of courage (and actually being neutral about it): The Meaning of Courage: J.R.R. Tolkien vs George R.R. Martin
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    UK Politics - From Russia with Love

    Brexit reasserts parliamentary sovereignty. A future left-wing government can pursue a left-wing agenda without the various undemocratic restraints imposed on it by the EU (the Fourth Railway Package, the Viking Case from the European Court of Justice, the rules against helping local industry, the enforced freedom of movement to undermine unions, the enforced freedom of capital to undermine government power, and so on). And while the UK is not part of the Euro or the Fiscal Compact (hooray for Euroscepticism...), the cornerstones of the EU project are basically enshrining austerity and the outlawing of Keynesianism. Honestly, the Greek Crisis showed the true face of these people, and it isn't pretty. If you're annoyed that a Tory Government is doing horrible things to the Welfare State... vote them out. That's what elections are for.
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    UK Politics - From Russia with Love

    A quick look at history would reveal that, traditionally, British opposition to the European project was a left-wing position (and I'm not just talking about the Bennite wing of Labour either). That would be rather curious if such a position were incoherent. Rather, if one sees the EU and its predecessors as an inherently right-wing organisation... it makes sense for the Left to oppose it.
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    UK Politics - From Russia with Love

    The difference is that one can actually vote out a British government if it destroys the welfare state. One can't vote out the EU - an organisation neoliberal to its core, and utterly contemptuous of democracy.
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    UK Politics - From Russia with Love

    It's a very strange experience being a pro-Brexit Left-winger. Everyone is either screaming at you, or pretending you don't exist.
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    Dating: to play the part of the one who doesn't wait

    ... and she's just texted me to tell me that she's decided to start dating someone else exclusively. Fair enough, but I really need to stop getting my hopes up in such situations.
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    May - Reading 2018 - Have another?

    Schaeffer. It's a bit heavy on the attempted psychological analysis, but makes the fair point that de Sade's problem wasn't his perversions - it was the way he handled them in interacting with society.
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    UK Politics - From Russia with Love

    Of course the media are doing this. They'd puffed up Labour Expectations sky-high, and Labour (stupidly) went along with it. In reality, while it's disappointing for Corbyn, it's not a disaster: (1) Polls basically show a 40-40 split, and have done since the election. The situation is highly polarised. (2) It caught him in the aftermath of the anti-semitic furore. (3) Things are in a holding pattern until April 2019 anyway, with all the potential downstream consequences of that.
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    May - Reading 2018 - Have another?

    Currently reading a biography of the Marquis de Sade.
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    Dating: to play the part of the one who doesn't wait

    Just got back from second coffee-date with a girl. She's invited me around to dinner next week, so things are definitely looking up.
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    Bonfire of the Vanities: Which Fantasies will Survive?

    Modern epic fantasy as we know it was born in 1977, between Covenant and The Sword of Shannara.
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