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  1. I just don't think the women would want to have his baby. I don't think getting pregnant to a lord is necessarily a paycheck. Its only highborn bastards that may generally get some kind of recognition and obligation. Gendry getting an apprenticeship seems a bit unusual. Children of prostitutes especially may be just completely ignored. And the women would likely not want to risk having a child who might be a dwarf. Its quite an aweful thing to be in Westeros, to be physically disabled and seen as an evil imp. I think those women have enough to contend with without contemplating trying to raise a child with dwarfism in a brothel, not to mention they probably subscribe to the same prejudices themselves. Another interpretation of Lanna is she is the child of Gerion Lannister.
  2. Same here is Australia. Currently I am visiting Vic from my home in NSW (which I rarely leave) and am aware of all the risks I am running. The fact that hardly anyone wears a mask means that I keep forgetting too! And the medical experts here and elsewhere saying just vaccination isn't enough. Then there's dismal weather with rain rain rain probably due to climate change... I feel like my house in the blue mountains is sinking in the mud (its not literally as yet...) I must say there has been a bit of sun the last two days and my mood went up straight away, so I can understand northern hemisphere cheer!
  3. One thing, I don't think referencing is necessarily predictive in GRRM - its more like he puts layers of stuff to make up characters, as if he is enamalling. Characters can have bits of Homer in their make up as well as the Wars of the Roses and Norse mythology. In fact the referencing can be a bit deceptive. Jaime as Achilles makes you think he will eventually rouse himself and become the brilliant knight he was before he 'went into a sulk' as one poster once described it. Instead he has lost his sword hand. His path is going to be a lot more miserable and complicated than initially seemed (then again, so are the books - a trilogy that kept winding around and stretching.) I don't think there is anyone more like Odysseus than Tyrion, not that there can only be one character referencing Odysseus. The way he has bounced around, from one sticky situation to the next, always surviving by his wits and his clever tongue, in a truly stupendous run of bad luck, one would certainly think that the Gods are preventing him from going home. His quick wits, guile, adaptability and ability to persuade to survive stand out. Someone like Arya who is also now in Essos, is quite a different personality.
  4. My sympathies Chataya. My sister died of lung cancer recently. She had a long struggle to get diagnosed. She had the effrontery to diagnose herself on the basis of having suddenly realised that she had had a dry cough for 6 weeks which meant that the GP felt obliged to assume she was a hysterical patient (also partly because she was not a lifelong heavy smoker and that is the stereotype they are expecting). A chain of consistently cancer-indicating results from scans didn't change his opinion and his initial referral seems to have influenced those reporting on the scans to explain the evidence away. Finally they agreed she had cancer (after opening her up to look) and she obtained through her own efforts a referral to one of the leading cancer surgeons. He said it had been clear it was cancer from early scans onwards and also that the surgical procedure lined up for her at the small private hospital was barbaric. (I should mention that the GP had the strange opinion that you don't refer to a cancer specialist to obtain a diagnosis of whether there is cancer but only after cancer has been diagnosed.) It turned out when this new surgeon went into operate that she had it all over the outside of her lungs - the primaries were adenomas but the secondaries were in a form that did not show up on scans. She got excellent care and a specialist wrote a referral for her to obtain a drug for free that prolonged her life for three years. (It was authorised for use under the public pharmaceutical system for other cancers but not lung - but the companies will supply it free partly as a sort of trial which can give further evidence that it helps with other cancers so it might be approved for them). Fuck cancer. Fuck cigarettes.
  5. During COVID I went on some rereading binges, as I found it had been long enough since first read that it was worthwhile. I reread all of Elly Griffiths series centring on an archaeologist. I also found the MItchell and Markby series of village cosies by Ann Granger. I had read some of her Fran Varaday books around the time they came out and found them OK, and later her Victorian mysteries with a policeman and his wife which I liked (I didn't even realised it was the same author as the Fran Varaday series). The Mitchell and Markby are quite dated now but I liked them and just read the whole lot. So disappointing there can't be more! I am dependent on there being e-book versions now, as I never mastered reading glasses when there was an easier alternative, and that's how I found the Mitchell and Markby series. They were probably out of print or just not around when I was browsing in book shops.
  6. I started reading Armageddon Rag, GRRM's book that was apparently expected to be a huge hit and was not. Its available as an e-book. He talked about it in a recent podcast. I have to say I eventually found it dull and gave up, although I did like some aspects of it. As part of a assignment as a journalist, the narrator, an author whose books have done less well since the first success, is looking up old friends and trying to solve a murder mystery. I got quite hooked by the set up and I enjoyed the account of each meeting with an old friend but gradually lost interest, just as it was building to a climax. there is an immaturity to it (not to the writing, but the author!) which is also detectable in The Dying of the Light an earlier book (1977) I read but I eventually really liked that one. It has all sort of influences from different science fiction authors and strange elements embroidered into it, and some great set piece chapters. Ah well, maybe I will go back and try to finish Armageddon Rag, I read most of the way through in one sitting. I suppose I should see if I can get through the rest.
  7. I think its a real theme in the book to do with ice and fire (death and life) and the story of AA - that blood and fire magic happens as for Beric and Catelyn, so Jon's death and resurrection is hardly a shock at this point. Well actually I think he is probably going to warg Ghost for a while while his body is healed. Even worse than 'not dead' would be he becomes a skinchanger who can never get back to his original body, like Varamyr. Yuck! Poor fucking Jon. The fantasy elements of the books have been coming to the fore with each volume so who knows where it will end up. When I first started reading I could only enjoy it because of the historical fiction elements as I find fantasy sort of cheesy but I seem to have converted. Resurrection? So what?
  8. Thank you Howlin', and Ser for the joke, I think...
  9. I do! I am OK. Well sort of. I just gave up. When I started this game Gabe said "good luck reviving the game" and I realise now why he was sceptical. Five is too few players unless they are all incredibly motivated and organised (two things I have never combined in my own life) all at the same time. The only way I can see acrophilia continuing is if it was played on a one round basis. ie someone organises a round, then its up to someone else. That limits the amount of commitment players have to make. I also gave up because of a death in my family and other issues. Now I am learning about how to be an executor. The main thing is not to be one. I am OK but stressed.
  10. I found it a very interesting moment, but had not paid attention on first read.
  11. So it seems most people are struggling to get this guessing done. Please do try over the next few days to at least get me some prelims. Two of the clues are very hard. One you will only get through playing around with putting combinations of words from the clue into a search of ice and fire unless you have an extraordinary memory.
  12. Kennelmaster I think. Hopefully I'd be a really good one like Cesar Millan and make my lord very happy with his hounds. If you were having crabs boiled in fiery eastern sauces would you have it with Dornish Red or Arbor Gold?
  13. Does anyone know if state laws which would prosecute you for doing something in another state have been enforced or upheld by higher courts?
  14. "creatives" as an umbrella term for people in any kind of art or design activity.
  15. edit: This post was about finding the use of 'lighted' instead of 'lit' eg 'the torch lighted up the trees' which I noticed a while ago in a book I was reading, then searched and found it in others. But I have calmed down now because I checked again and found its not that common - I got the impression it had somehow become standard without my noticing.
  16. Round 2 Character clues for guessing 1. Daughter. Faithful bastard. Lives obscurely. 2. Egregiously fired. Hurting, junked cape. 3. Dear friend. *Brother* lying. Obviously! 4. Entirely black contemplation in swans. 5. Destroyed foster boy's letter obligingly. Deadline: 11 March In this round, you may choose to give me the prelim characters and the prelim theme separately. ie if you find many of your characters are wrong you may not wish to submit the theme until you have had a rethink, or vice verse.
  17. I think Euron references Loki the trickster God in Norse myth. When Loki's ship made of the fingernails and toenails of the dead breaks its moorings and sets sail as the world floods, its part of the early stages leading to Ragnorak. Loki like Euro think he can defeat the Gods and become the one supreme God. I also think Euron is basically a nutcase with an interest in the occult but whether he has gained any knowledge in his journey and whether his shiny 'Valyrian' suit or armour is real is another question. I think when the Ironborn entered the story it was the beginning of the weaving of the myth of Ragnorak into the story as we move to cataclysms and a final battle after which many of the leading characters will be dead. Strange wonders will happen but whether Euron has any active role in causing them is up in the air. I have to say I found the Ironborn incredibly tedious and wondered why I had to read about another culture at this stage - wasn't there enough going on alread??. Now I see it like a big narrative stage creaking into action like a ship setting sail.
  18. I hope you are having fun making your round 2 clues. Round 1 Results C=character guesses T=theme guess V=favourite clue votes Julia H. C8+T4+V1=13 [vote from shadow] A Free Shadow C6+T4+V2=12 [votes from HH & FB] Howlin’ Howland C4=4 Lilac & Gooseberries C2+V1=3 [vote from Julia H.] Fragile Bird C2+V1=3 [vote from L&G] Julia H., a fearsomely with-it player, got all clues and theme correct at prelims, and then earned a favourite clue vote, giving her the highest score this round. A free shadow was close behind, with three correct guesses, the theme and two favourite clue votes. Spare a thought for Howlin' who got back to me quickly with three correct clues and a reasonable but incorrect theme guess, and then worsened his position, as does happen in this cruel game, at final. Lilac & Gooseberries frightened the host with her several plausible but incorrect answers and Fragile Bird said she found she has forgotten all about the books, never having read them properly! If she finds her mojo other players will need to beware. My fear in hosting was that I'd pitch things too hard leaving everyone bewildered or too easy leading to a set of perfect scores. This didn't happen but I did find out I can't detect ambiguous clues. I did not realise how many people were pathetically manipulated in their love life in this book. Shadow found one who fit both the clue and the theme! I don't think I can promise to do better, but I will try.
  19. This is a scam isn't it? Some scammer using the Great Scammer's name?
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