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    UK Politics: This Country is Going to the Moggs

    I don't know if you can call about 65% "a vast majority", but yes, I was aware of that, though I always appreciate an unnecessarily patronising tone. My point was about parties sticking to their manifestos. Are you "recquired by law" to use this ridiculously smug tone? Is this how you talk to people when you aren't behind a keyboard? I'm really unsure why you're bringing up Enoch Powell, anyway. Right, they can have their say. I never saw anything to say that they would be able to force a u-turn based on conference voting. Well, I did switch my vote to Labour over Brexit, I voted Lib Dem before, but I didn't really feel like I could when they were building their whole campaign around trying to reverse the election result (which gained them very little). I wouldn't say "I will never vote for them again", honestly I find it pretty childish when voters say that. If they have the best manifesto and the right people, of course I'd vote for them. UKIP are dead, which I did say they would be if we voted Leave (I haven't got too many political predictions right in recent years, so it's worthy pointing these out...). Even when they weren't, I don't consider them ethical. You can't just look at one issue. I'm not going to be quiet on this, because there is this constant narrative from both sides that the left and the Labour Party are pro Remain, and the right and Tories are pro Leave. It's such an oversimplification.
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    UK Politics: This Country is Going to the Moggs

    Since when did the majority of members of any political party determine policy? I've never heard of a party being run like that. The members elected Corbyn as a leader, not a delegate, and they should have been aware of his long established attitude towards the EU. Of course the members should be listened to, but that doesn't mean they should be obeyed at all times. Like it or not (and I don't like it, but that's another issue) the trade unions are a well established part of the Labour Party as well. At the last election, we were told Labour would not try to stop Brexit, and a lot of us voted for them with that understanding. I wonder if Remainers would say it would be equally as outrageous if Theresa May backed a second referendum against the wishes of her party members?
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    Queen's Men

    Fair enough, but I would have thought that another Westerosi exile founded sellsword company would have come up with all the discussions of the Golden Company. Maybe they would be allies, maybe rivals, but you would assume it would come up.
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    Queen's Men

    Do they definitely still exist? We've heard so much about sellswords, and they've never been mentioned in the main story.
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    Queen's Men

    Even if Shireen survives, only a true fanatic would support her. Stannis' campaign is against the odds, reliant largely on his personal military expertise and determination. The actual question is hard to answer, because so much determines on the the circumstances of Stannis' death. More interesting to me is- what will Stannis' Men at Castle Black do now they think King Stannis is dead, whether he is or not? It's certainly a difficult position for most of them, as Sothrons, so far from home. I agree that the Queen's Men will follow Melisandre, there's little other option. Are many King's men still at Castle Black? I assume most aren't. If they are there, I would hope some would protect Shireen if they can, but as I say, I don't think they'd actually try to build her up as monarch, it just isn't realistic. Some might join the Watch, other's might flee for home, maybe via Eastwatch.
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    Vargo's death.

    I dunno, there was a little hint on a Histories of Westeros DVD bonus that his grandfather was interested in magic, but I couldn't find anything else to back it up. Obviously we have actual giants in the story, but I just don't think we've seen any hints that there's something going on there, and Gregor has had quite a lot to do in the stories. I feel like George could have made him "well over seven foot" and kept all the character traits, but he had to go for the "eight feet" and take him into the realm of being pretty much impossible. There have been people getting towards that height, but there certainly haven't been any who are anything like physically threatening.
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    Vargo's death.

    I don't feel like GRRM is that judgemental or patronising to his readers. You aren't "supposed" to feel anything, these situations are morally ambiguous. How do you feel about people pissing on Mussolini's corpse? There's no right or wrong answer, but it's interesting to think about, and to think about what principles you have, and what exceptions there are. The Theon situation is similar. We have this unlikable character commit brutal crimes, but then get victimised by someone far worse. Personally, I had no sympathy for Vargo. His attitude was that you can take what you want, and commit as much cruelty as you like, so he can have no complaints about meeting someone with the same attitude. I would judge Gregor for what he did, it's not normal to want to do that to someone.
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    Small things that have left you SPEECHLESS

    I was in Japan recently, and they are pretty lax on smoking, you can smoke in bars, some cafes, and other cafes have smoking areas. That felt really odd, because the whole country has such a clean vibe. The smell is nasty though, and I've got big, thick hair which is unfortunately really smell absorbent. Noooooo. Unless there are loads of seats available. Waiting for someone to ask on a busy train is very rude.
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    Aurane Waters in WoW

    I'm just not sure why you're calling Oakenfist a pirate, he fought pirates, he was loyal to the crown. That's definitely achievable, but he can't side with Cersei as he stole her ships, nor Stannis as if he's aiming to displace his loyal supporters. Maybe he thinks he can charm Dany like he did Cersei- but he's probably wrong. Dany has never shown much attraction to Valyrian type looks, we've seen her be strongly attracted to Drogo and Daario, neither of whom look anything like Aurane.
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    ASOIAF Jokes

    Who is your favourite eunuch? I would usually say Strong Belwas, but sometimes it Varys...
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    Aurane Waters in WoW

    Good point, I hadn't thought of that. He's charmed Cersei, it might well be that someone told him how to do that, probably someone who knows how infatuated she was/is with Rhaegar, as his Valyrian features are noted. Varys would be a strong possibility. This makes a lot of sense, Varys has tricked Cersei into spending a fortune building Aegon some awesome ships. Aurane pretends to go pirate, maybe even indicates he's on someone else's side, then launches a surprise strike in favour of Aegon when the time is right. And then, as you say, Aegon has a fleet for transportation. I'd say that's now my top guess. You say he was a pirate, but he was loyal to the crown, right? So more of a privateer. Lord of the Tides is very achievable, that's just head of House Velaryon, right? The current Lord is a child. I don't think he can back Stannis as he'd have to displace/kill a loyal supporter of his.
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    UK Politics: This Country is Going to the Moggs

    The thing is "they" were never really a group that were united on any other issue, I mean someone like Boris was very obviously only siding for career reasons. It's a natural thing to happen when you have a political party without many principles, people will always try to step on each other to get on top. I mean that's always a feature of political parties anyway, but especially for people like the Tories.
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    UK Politics: This Country is Going to the Moggs

    I think the moment was the post Brexit election. Theresa May was a Remainer, they were never going to get the type of Brexit they wanted. Boris and Gove played an idiot's idea of Machiavellian politics and the shot was missed. Honestly, a lot of this now is just posturing. Boris knows he won't get "his Brexit", but the more fuss he makes, the more he can blame any future problems on things not being done his own way. Same with Sadiq, does he really expect a second referendum (sorry, people's vote, huge difference)? No, but he's Mayor of London, so he'd better make sure he's seen to be on the right side. If the economy stays stable she'll probably do a couple of years, though 2022 feels a long way away... any downturn and she doesn't have much protection.
  14. I bet you've melded into your sofa.
  15. This is why I find it funny when people say that illegal downloading is absolutely wrong. If I buy something completely legally and they just wipe it, of course I'm going to illegally download it. Once I tried to buy a song on iTunes, it screwed up and charged me three times without me getting the song. So I just illegally downloaded the album. I think it's got to be a healthy mix. I think we all love a book collection, but having worked three days in removals, a personal mini library is a right pain in the arse/back. People move more these days, right? I like my kindle mainly for reading in bed at night. I just want less stuff, and digital copies are so good for minimising space.
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