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  1. Carry on people... We need to know where the hell Murray belongs
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    Tennis Volume 7: Roger That!

    Well, it seems that half of Serbian population is treating common cold with penicillin, so don't give yourself a hard time. As for Djokovic, of course no one wanted to cast a doubt on Serbian's golden boy. Needless to say, they were rather up to the task when Nadal's recoveries didn't make any sense. As for Federer, he does seem somewhat strict on the issue, openly calling for more tests and making public records. I would be thoroughly disappointed if it would one day be revealed that he was also using something, But, then we come to more difficult question. What is doping anyway? If the list grows every couple of month and if the methods are getting more and more obscure, how the hell are we going to judge anyone? Like Sharapowa case. It wasn't doping on December, 31st and then it became on January, 1st, What does it mean? Like all those who weren't caught, are they clean? Morally? Does legality of one drug means that it is not doping? Or is it some new grey area?
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    Tennis Volume 7: Roger That!

    I remember quite a lot of immunologists raised their eyebrows to this. I was at med school back then and it was one of the heavily discussed topics at the Department of Immunology's halls and classrooms. No one wanted to say the abhorrent D word, but no one actually bought it.
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    Tennis Volume 7: Roger That!

    Oh, boy... Here comes an essay. It is such a complex issue that it is impossible to pinpoint it entirely correctly. Needless to say, it is a number of factors and the blame is on entire bunch of people. I believe it all started when Djokovic began his professional career. In his early days, he was not known for his athleticism as he would be later known. The allergies, especially gluten allergy was causing a lot of health issues. Now, that would only be his problem but he was somewhat ungraceful about that. He was retiring from matches but in interviews he wasn't entirely truthful. Roddick was especially annoyed with him, numerous medical time-outs, after which Djokovic would go to the press and say "I was in control of the match" Many considered his unpreparedness for matches extremely tiring and a good excuse. Needless to say there were many moments "I could have won but my health was not good today". Then you have his family. People in Serbia know too much about these hillbillies, but their antics have been becoming known to the wider public too. When playing against Federer in his early years, Djokovic had a very vocal support from his box to the point when Federer had to react and simply say "Shut up!" Was he justified? Absolutely. Federer rightfully ended a very problematic behavior. That led of course to famous 2008 AO semis, when Djokovic won Federer, after which his mother, infamously, said "The King is dead. Long Live the King" And after family, you have his fans. Serbians are very culturally different from Westerners. Novak became a symbol of the new, strong Serbia and people from here weren't very graceful in their admiration towards one of their own. Furthermore, we are somewhat prone to conspiracy theories. Like, the entire central court thing. People around the world would understand that Federer is the golden goose of tennis and that every organizer wants to cash it. But, not for Serbs. For some of us, it is the intricate plot that involves (or now, involved) Nike, Rod the God Laver, ATP and probably Illuminati, Voldemort and Sauron in order to, and I am quoting this, so help me God "to stop one Orthodox Serb from winning the tournaments" And now that everyone speaks English, this easily crosses the borders and the natural reaction of moderate tennis fans is to turn against Djokovic. But Djokovic is not without blame. He had its moments and they don't speak highly of him. No matter whether you are 99,99% polite and nice, if you start yelling at a ballgirl, it is not an appropriate behavior and not something people forget. And that was just one moment. There were many others. He also seems constantly displeased with something and he is someone who wants to be loved. And he is a bit of attention whore. At times, he just looks like a spoiled child. And then there is perhaps the biggest reason - he was born in the wrong time. Narratives are amazing thing and the one that Federer and Nadal created in years before Djokovic's rise was one for the ages. Tennis is, after all, a two persons game. And Federer and Nadal beautifully opposed each other. Federer, a classy gentleman, with his ivory cardigans and style that matches a grace of Bolshoi ballerina matched a Spanish bull who would dig trenches in tennis like Nadal. The first was a grass champion, the second excelled (and still does) on clay. So, when Djokovic came, who was good on all surfaces equally, he became the odd one. Yes, he is amazing, yes, he was perfect and his score with both Nadal and Federer speaks for itself, but there was no story there. No narrative. And his "poor boy from Serbia" story didn't get much traction (perhaps because it was a false story as his family was in 5% of richest in Serbia). I think I covered the most important points...
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    HBO's Sharp Objects

    I have just watched the first episode (it does seem my HBO GO is not useless) and it was bloody fantastic. Clarkson nailed her role, Adams, as always, is also superb. Haven't read the book so I am looking forward not to be spoiled. As for the tone... It is grim. Not The Handmaid's Tale grim and not there's something under the carpet grim like Big Little Lies but it does play between what you can easily observe and what is hidden.
  6. Here we go again... The summer came and with it the end of television season. And that means, time for Emmy awards. "Game of Thrones" returns after missing last year due to ineligibility. We'll see how it will bode against new favorite "The Handmaid's Tale". Acting categories in Drama are absurdly stacked. Nominations will be read on July, 12th. By that time, you can discuss who deserves the awards. Throughout the summer there will be regular updates... For those interested, Game of Thrones acting Emmy submissions:
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    Primetime Emmy Awards 2018

    Yes. She has been nominated as Supporting Actress in Drama several times for "Grey's anatomy" but this is the first time she got the Lead nomination. On the other hand, producers and directors of the Best Drama- nominated TV shows are almost all white men. Also, no young men in Best Lead Actor in Drama Series, which really caused some talk. The thing is that these awards are getting more and more prestigious as the number of things nominated doesn't rise, but the program does. It is not same when you have 50 TV shows and 200. Unfortunately, that means that these awards will always be somewhat myopic to certain TV shows, especially nowadays with the popular vote. I was truly happy to have heard Sandra Oh's name. Yes, Jodie Comer also have deserved the nomination, as well as many others, but as I said, it is getting tougher and tougher. To win an Emmy, or Oscar, you truly have to be amazing. Amazingly great, or amazingly happy.
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    Upcoming TV Series of 2018 - Your most anticipated shows

    https://people.com/movies/downton-abbey-original-cast-returning-for-movie-adaption/ Oh, yea... Lady Mary, Lord Grantham and Dowager Countess with the rest of the gang will be back for a MOVIE...
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    Primetime Emmy Awards 2018

    "The Handmaid's tale". They ruled the most important categories and with amazing finale that have just aired... It's theirs to lose. Unfortunately this is rarely about "deserving". I would love to see Rhys winning and wins in writing and Best Drama. But, realistically, it is not likely. Although, they sometimes do surprise us. As Maslany getting nom, for instance. I was afraid they have forgotten her.
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    Primetime Emmy Awards 2018

    I am glad that they got nominated. I am saddened that Noah Emmerich didn't get a nomination, but hey... Rhys has a better chance of winning. Russell is in impossibly difficult category, with Foy and Moss being the front-runners. And given the amount of acting noms for The Handmaid's Tale, I think this one will go to Moss. Rhys is another story. I see voters choosing him as the consolation price for "The Americans" I was thrilled to have seen the finale episode "Start" getting the writing nomination.
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    Primetime Emmy Awards 2018

    PRIMETIME EMMY NOMINATIONS THE REST OF NOMINEES ARE ON THIS LIST
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    Rank your 2018 TV shows throughout the year

    The Americans Season 6 The Handmaid's Tale Season 2 Sense8 Finale Killing Eve Season 1 The Expanse Season 3 The Good Fight Season 2 Altered Carbon Jessica Jones Season 2 Lost in Space Season 1 The Chi Season 1 Will & Grace Season 9 Grey's Anatomy Season 14 13 Reasons Why Season 2 The Big Bang Theory Season 10 Young Sheldon Season 1 So, THT ended its second season and it took second place (so far). Last year, I debated about whether it deserved n.1, but this year it seems that "The Americans" is in the league of its own. Moss really did amazing work. And given the work Strahovski and Bledel did in the final, it will be interesting to see how it will impact the voting for Best Supporting Actress in Emmy race (if, of course, both got nominated.) I feel that Strahovski had a winning tape in the finale, but for 2019 Emmys, it is ineligible.
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    Upcoming TV Series of 2018 - Your most anticipated shows

    Season 4 ended marvelously and then the shitstorm began. I won't be tuning in for another season (I didn't even finish Season 5) as I want to live in the world where OITNB ended with Season 4.
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    Atwood's 'The Handmaid’s Tale' on Hulu

    Season finale...
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    Tennis Volume 7: Roger That!

    While I am sad that Federer lost, one has to cheer for "the other guy". Anderson played the last set superbly and won fair and square. That was one hell of a comeback, if I have ever seen one. I am sad that Delpo couldn't have won Nadal, but it was amazing match. It will be interesting semis.
  16. You haven't watched it? What's wrong with you?
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    Tennis Volume 7: Roger That!

    Blink it and you have missed it It was FedEx in his animal mode... In other two sets, he allowed some mistakes, but oh, boy, did he look amazing... He simply plays like no other. As for Djokovic, I am so sick of him these days, He created a lot of fuss here in Serbia by proclaiming he is cheering for Croatian national team since Serbian team didn't pass the group phase in World Cup. It created entire debate whether people should really follow his lead and forget the past, while others, rightfully, pointed out that Croatian team did celebrate their victory with WW2-Nazi-collaborators worship song. Speaking of WC, it is not only Djokovic who got himself in trouble. Some nameless Swiss footballer had audacity to tell Roger to "mind his own business"
  18. I am a fantasy book series whore
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    Rank your 2018 TV shows throughout the year

    Was this the one with Julianna Margulies? Be kind enough to let me know is it worthy of watching... I am a huge fan of Mrs Margulies's work.
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    Southron Ambitions question/observation

    Given that the talk regarding Harrenhal tourney were widely known and that the guest list was as prestigious as it gets, it would be totally weird them not to be pro-Rhaegar at that moment. As for Lyanna, the problem with the interpretation is that everyone forget the factor of Knight of the Laughing Tree and the fact that Rhaegar was the one sent looking for mysterious knight. The thing is no one expected Rhaegar to actually WIN which is why crowning being preplanned is not something that can be argued.
  21. Have I spelled it correctly? He is one of those that I have swallowed in the years of my fantasy-book-series phase.
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    Atwood's 'The Handmaid’s Tale' on Hulu

    That was an amazing catch... I never took much interest in timeline, but the show would be sending a very powerful message about this time being the time when we allowed certain things to go unnoticed. As June said, we woke up too late.
  23. Well, someone really has to say "A song of ice and fire" There is just something wonderful about characters that I find uniquely captivating. It's not perfect but I truly love it. My childhood years belong to Tolkien, Lewis and Rowling, I have a special place in my heart for "Wheel of Time" due to numerous people around me loving it. Prattchet's Discworld remains one of the best fantasy things I have read and King, Erikson, Sanderson, Abercrombie, Lukyanenko and Goodkind are among favorites.
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    Don’t pirate books, just don’t

    This has been hot topic in Serbian literary circles for quite some time. In a country where no one gives a damn about piracy, how can you stop pirating the books? Well, you can't. The response to that was "People need to buy things". And it gave some results. When the biggest Serbian published announced that they will stop translating and printing sequels of "Malazan Book of the Fallen", all fantasy FB groups and their members have been called upon. People agreed that they should buy the books and the sales increased. Only a month ago "Bonehunters" saw the light of Serbian day For fantasy enthusiasts, it all comes down to this. Pirating the books became almost unacceptable due to the number of pirated copies. If you want to read the sequel, you have to buy the copy. Simple math, but in a country where said "Bonehunters" represent 15% of monthly income, it also needs a lot of convincing. That said, I really hate pirating the books. I five copies of Harry Potter books in three languages and even though JK Rowling has more money than she objectively needs, I don't care. I support the local writers, fantasy geeks who are trying to become new Tolkien or Martin. I don't care whether author is rich or poor. I care about books.
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