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  1. Werthead

    War of the Worlds: the BBC adaptation

    It's only 3 episodes (less than half the length of HDM Season 1), so a fairly modest time investment.
  2. Werthead

    Formula One 2019

    That was a pretty good race for Brazil, given the championship is over. Hamilton had a couple of uncharacteristic errors, Verstappen was absolutely on fire and great drives from Sainz, Gasly and Albon. Really bad luck for Albon at the end. Idiotic driving from Vettel, undoing all the good work he's done in recent races of getting back from his poor form earlier in the season.
  3. Werthead

    War of the Worlds: the BBC adaptation

    I understand fleshing out the characters in more detail and bringing in some new ones - because the original book is really thin in character - but I don't see the point in then completely changing things for no real reason. The post-apocalyptic landscape suggests that the story is going to end in a completely different manner, the floating black ball was just randomly weird and I don't get why they moved the time on about 10 years from the setting of the book. If they moved it to WWI so you had the Martians invading halfway through the conflict that would change things up (there's a solid faux-Ken Burns documentary about that idea), but otherwise why not keep it closer to the original setting?
  4. Werthead

    His Dark Materials Series

    Interesting choice to introduce Will so early (even just as a photograph). I like the idea of them integrating the story more across the books. In the books it felt a bit disconnected, like "Here's Book 1 and Book 1 stuff and now here's Book 2 and a load of new stuff, a lot of it not hugely set up beforehand." It feels a bit like The Expanse, taking the luxury of knowing what's coming to spread things out a bit more evenly. I think it's a really strong series so far.
  5. Werthead


    I don't think the long seasons existed before the Long Night. It was the Long Night and the arrival of the Others which threw the seasons out of balance, and presumably their final defeat which will return them to "normal".
  6. You did not. This sounds like an easily-sourced claim. Provide it. Name them. Okay, just one. If you can. One "ghetto" in the UK where EU immigrants have been pushed into and refused to integrate with the rest of the country. I don't think you know what "strawman" means, given you constantly use it outside of the correct context. I suggest brushing up on this knowledge. Some of the same factors are, however, in play. For example, polling companies constantly failing to ask young people their opinions and often using lists of publicly-given telephone numbers, which tends to favour older voters. Of course, it is possible that some of the polling companies have adjusted for the problems from 2017 and thus the polling this time is more accurate, but this is not yet proven (if it is for this election, we can then adjust for 2025 or whenever the next election is). It also may be that, as in 2017, a lot of Labour supporters now are hesitant about saying they will vote Labour now for whatever reason but at the ballot box will still vote for them.
  7. At this point in the election cycle last time, the Conservatives were polling at 49% and Labour at 28-31% (UKIP at 3%, LibDem at 9% and SNP at 5%), so it's nothing out of keeping with the previous cycle (the final result was Tories 43%, Labour 41%, UKIP 2%, LibDem 7.5% and SNP 3.1%). No, that people who voted leave are "more" traditional and "interested in their local community" than people who voted remain. This sounds like it was pulled out of thin air. No, I'm asking you to name some of these "ghettos" where hordes of EU immigrants cluster, not interacting with the rest of the population. One would feel that they should be readily and easily identifiable. Your inability to do so suggests that they do not, in fact, exist. Again, how is this relevant? How is an influx of Europeans of an often similar cultural-religious background to white English people causing change or problems beyond people "feeling" uneasy about it? Why are some people's "feelings" more important than verifiable statistics and facts? No one in this thread has said that the idea of Britain having a national identity is racist. However, you have yet to articulate in any meaningful way exactly how a large number of EU immigrants are having a negative impact on Britain's national identity. This suggests that they are, in fact, not having such a negative impact.
  8. The Metropolitan Police is investigating the Brexit Party and the Conservatives for electoral fraud after Farage's claim that he and other Brexit Party members were offered peerages to stand down in the election. My feeling on this is that Farage outright lied about this and the BP could get in a fair bit of trouble for making the claim. True of most nations, but I think Americans take it to a new level, with some Americans still saying they're Irish, Polish, German, Italian or whatever when they are five, six, seven or more generations removed from those times, have never visited those countries and know next to nothing about them.
  9. Pretty solid (and oddly timely) analysis on the immigration issue here.
  10. Citation needed. Citation needed. What large change, where? Where has an influx of mostly educated, white, Christian eastern Europeans caused major, widespread problems in the UK? Where are these problems? What is the location of these "ghettos" (Racist Dogwhistling Term #327 when applied to Poles)? What areas have changed within a few years, and how? This never happened. What did happen is that you claimed that some British people felt that their sense of national identity was under threat from European immigration but then failed to explain how. This is the point made previously: that people (or at least some people) who voted for Brexit for irrational reasons, that they "felt" that their culture/way of life/whatever was under threat from European immigration but when challenged, have never been able to articulate why, in specific terms this is so. This then falls back on an appeal to ask people who have rationally seen the economic, social and political arguments for Brexit and found them wanting (if not actually non-existent) to surrender to a bunch of snowflakes who want to leave the EU because it will make them feel better because reasons.
  11. Werthead

    His Dark Materials Series

    Second episode was stronger than the first, which was still decent. They nailed a really creepy atmosphere and Ruth Wilson was absolutely outstanding. Agreed that showing the portals and world-crossing felt a bit premature. In the books it's a bit of a wow moment when they cross over to our world for the first time. OTOH, it integrates the entire story, rather than bringing in elements as the author thinks of them. The Expanse did this as well, pulling forwards elements from later books to earlier in the story to make it all feel more cohesive rather than a sequential adaptation of several books in a row. I think the success of that idea will have to wait until we've seen all eight episodes. One potential issue I can see is pacing. Having Oxford take up one episode makes sense, having Lyra in London for one episode also works, but the rest of the book makes it a bit harder to break down (from what I remember; I think I read the books shortly before I ever signed up on this board in the first place, so that's at least 15 years ago), and the pacing could suffer later on. Just because 2 hours was far too short for the whole book in the film doesn't necessarily mean that let it sprawl across 8 hours is a good idea as well. That said, strong so far so hopefully they'll keep up the good work.
  12. Werthead

    Salvation Lost by Peter F. Hamilton

    I doubt it.
  13. The Resurrectionist of Caligo by Wendy Trimboli & Alicia Zaloga
  14. Government channelled £2 million of taxpayer money to "charity" which undertook a smear campaign against Labour.
  15. Werthead


    Even in AGoT we're told that five and nine-year seasons are incredibly rare. Tyrion's seen nine summers, including the nine-year-one which just ended when he was 25, so ergo he had to get through eight summers in his first 16 years. That suggests an average season length of six months through Tyrion's early life. I think this is just a sign that the "long seasons" thing is a bit overblown, as we only really hear about the really long and terrible seasons. On average, a "normal" season in the world would appear to be more like twice the length of one in the real world, not years and years long.