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    Do you like Feast and Dance?

    Chapter for chapter, they're probably better than the early books, but they definitely lack the structure of the early ones. I think it's better to see them as just a part of one epic narrative than stand alone books in their own right. The end of Dance seems to be "well this is about as long as this can go, better cut off here".
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    What should be done... about climate change

    It's probably a little outdated, the rhetoric has changed since 2014. Actual climate change denial has gotten a lot rarer, it's only the real fringe of the right wing who go in for full denial. Far more common now is the idea that it's happening, but there's nothing we can do because India and China are polluting so much. I'd say nationalism is the real issue from a political standpoint. People can't get their heads around trying to see a global issue without using the nation state as the basis, even though that's very limiting when looking at enivronment issues.
  3. The corruption in Brussels is so obvious to anyone with half an eye open. This is my favourite story recently- https://www.theguardian.com/food/2019/apr/04/eu-to-ban-non-meat-product-labels-veggie-burgers-and-vegan-steaks Now I've seen plenty of deliberately obnoxious carnivores on the internet, but I've never even seen anyone even pretend to have a slight problem with the term "veggie burger". Although this is one case where I think I'd rather they were bought and sold by the meat industry, rather than them actually being idiotic enough to think that it's a good idea to ban these terms. It's a shame these eurosceptic MPs refuse to do any actual work- very principled to just take the paychecks. Still, hopefully soon Miss Rees-Mogg will be out of a job, and this committee will have to cope without British contributions.
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    Theon’s death?

    The most obvious future I can see for him is being used by Asha to invalidate the Kingsmoot. Helping to defeat his evil uncle Euron could definitely give him a form of redemption.
  5. + King Bran I can sort of get along with. It's odd, but there are historical moments where you really don't know who should lead you, and the guy with magic powers isn't the worth choice. Some great cinematography as always. Tyrion among the rubble, Dany up high in front of the unsullied, the throne being burnt, all very nice. Ser Brienne Tarth, Lord Commander of the Kingsguard. That plot has actually progressed very nicely, well deserved. Jon's story turned full circle nicely (if you don't pay too much attention to his "there's still a Nights Watch" being a very relevant question). - Come on, people like Yara and the Dornish were never just going to accept that outcome. Wasn't Yara promised to be backed as Queen of the Iron Islands if she backed Dany? I thought the whole thing would break up back to individual kingdoms. Maybe with Bran as some kind of mystical Holy Roman Emperor type figure threatening to use his powers on anyone who breaks the peace. The dothraki just left? Hmm, well that's convenient. Very similar to GRRM's famous criticism of the end of LotR, where Aragorn doesn't have to deal with orcs and that, he just "rules wisely" and we just assume the problems sorted themselves out. Sooo much fanservice for Bronn. A good death scene would have been a much better ending for his character. I don't give Tyrion's plans for future democracy and chosen leaders much chance. It's been tried, didn't work. I'll give it a seven, from where they were it wasn't bad, nicely shot, partly logical.
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    The Last Dragon

    What do you think her narrative purpose is? She's specifically described as common, brown and not attractive, the implication is clearly that she isn't a Valyrian. It seems clear to me the point of the character is to show that this idea that the Targs have magic blood isn't true. Which makes sense- in real life, monarchies effectively claimed magic blood, and obviously that wasn't true. GRRM isn't a monarchist. If Nettles is supposed to have Varlyrian ancestry, the only reason I can think of her inclusion is to be a massive red herring. But I'm struggling to think why that would be necessary. She's a mockery of the absurdity of aristocracy. They all thought they needed these people with magic blood, she just fed it some sheep and showed some balls.
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    The Last Dragon

    I can never ignore people forgetting Nettles.
  8. I liked them killing the dragon like that, first thing this series that has really made me go "oh, shit!", after last week was only unpredictable in how predictable it was. Although they should have killed Drogon instead, because that would have made for more conflict between Dany and Jon, with Rhaegal being her child but the dragon he rode. I guess indestructible Jon choosing not to ride it should have been a good hint. Though I didn't understand why Tyrion jumped in the water. Jaime/Brienne was alright, so clearly fan servicing though. I'm pretty sure he's going to try and kill Cersei, not get back with her. But then we're going to get more fan service with Sandor/Gregor... I guess it's just really jarring because it's pretty much the opposite to how GRRM writes. Ghost being left was horrible, but then they've already ruined his character, him suddenly being with Jon all the time would have been just as weird. Tormund was great as always, good on him for surviving I guess. Like Maisie Williams, I'm still not totally convinced by Sophie Turner. I liked her talking with The Hound, but when she is trying to act tough with Dany in the meeting, it looks laughable to me. Dany/Jon rivalry is a decent way to go from the point they were at. Though I don't really think much of Varys anymore, despite Conleth Hill's incredible performance. Tyrion is right, this whole "serve the realm" stuff is very abstract and doesn't really explain all his plotting. Cersei totally should have killed Tyrion there. Why not? Apparantly she really wants him dead. They ruin a lot of the villain credentials they build up on her by making her repeatedly back down. Last series she threatened to kill Tyrion, then didn't. Then she threatened to kill Jaime, then didn't. Now she threatened Tyrion again... he was right there! Fucking kill him! Game changer! Only two episodes left! Instead she kills Missandri, which was well shot, but why kill someone she has no connection to instead of someone she's apparently desperate to kill? I really thought the main character's plot armour would be off by now. See I gave an eight but that's a lot of negatives. I try and enjoy the show for what it is and basically turn off my brain.
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    UK Politics: Austerity has ended - More cuts to come.

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    Would you rather?

    I'll go Walder, in that a naked Ramsay is very threatening. Would you rather be a Kingsguard knight, but with no chance of ever breaking your chastity vow, or a peasant farmer with a very attractive spouse?
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    UK Politics: Austerity has ended - More cuts to come.

    The thing with the minority government option is that the Tory party isn't particularly united, so before you have to worry about getting Labour MPs onside, you have to get all of your party. And the obvious question is- if the Tories were capable of ruling as a minority without the DUP support, why didn't they? There's a good reason people tend to get very slippy on the subject. People like their politics simple- goodies and baddies.
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    UK Politics: Austerity has ended - More cuts to come.

    But that wasn't what I asked, you're changing the question a bit to make it one you want to answer (as I say, classic politician's tactic, and don't take that as an insult, I'm not one of these dullards who thinks all politicians and everything they do is bad). I wouldn't give you a nice open ended question like that. I asked "What should the Tories have done after the last election results?". I made it clear the question was after the election, because I was sure you'd give answer one, and I made the question The Tories instead of "Theresa May" so you couldn't give answer two. There you go, that's actually an answer to the question I asked! I feel like Paxman. I'm really not sure a minority government could rule with our current political climate, but maybe you're right, and it is a possibility. Well I didn't ask you as "a random voter", I asked you because you were the one specifically making the "sell out" accusation. Calling someone a "sell out" surely assumes they had other options more in keeping with their principles. I mean if Labour had got into bed with the DUP, I could easily see that as selling out. But the Tories are hardly diametrically opposed to the DUP, in many ways in makes a lot of sense, a lot of us are still represented by Tories who opposed gay marraige, for example. My more general point here is a frustration at the way that people tend to ignore the political realities of democracy, and think that any kind of compromise is proof that someone is just an unprincipled shit. In the real world, compromise is how things work. Obviously if you get a massive majority like Thatcher and Blair, you can do things the way you want. When election results go like they did last time, these types of compromises are inevitable. If you do want some form of PR, you're shooting yourself in the foot by reacting this way (I don't know if you talked about the Lib Dems the same way, but you'll be aware that many people did).
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    UK Politics: Austerity has ended - More cuts to come.

    Have you considered a career in politics? You dodged that question expertly.
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    UK Politics: Austerity has ended - More cuts to come.

    I've got to say, I don't get this argument. What should the Tories have done after the last election results? Compromising with other parties to achieve a majority in parliament is the normal order of things in most European countries. As someone who wants a more proportional electoral system, I really don't like the culture where any compromise between parties is "selling out".
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    UK Politics: Austerity has ended - More cuts to come.

    The EU is certainly facing huge problems currently with Poland and Hungary. Maybe it's just the media I consume, but we aren't hearing much about this in the UK, the EU is suddenly being talked about as if it's the very model of stability and strength. I'm not sure whether this is helping us leave though. Generally, a weaker opponent is better, but I think they're worried that a prosperous post Brexit UK could doom the EU. Anyway, assuming we survive the coming Brexpocalpse (I probably need to make it clear that's a joke), what about hate crime laws? https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2018/oct/16/hating-men-crime-eldely-women-sajid-david-misandry I'm a little confused that this has even come about. When they passed a law to protect gay people from discrimination, it didn't specify it was to protect homosexuals (even though it obviously was), it was against discrimination based on sexual orientation, I pointed this out a lot at the time. People responded there was no way a gay person would ever be prosecuted for discriminating against a straight person- but they were- http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/england/dorset/7171418.stm and I think most gay rights groups were supportive of the ruling. I just don't get why this wouldn't work the same way. Obviously, we all know the law about a hate crime based on gender would mainly be to benefit women, and it would mainly be used to prosecute men. But other hate crime law covers all races, all religions, all sexuality, regardless of social power and levels of crime. If a black person hits me for being white, that's a hate crime, but if a woman hits me for being male, that isn't?