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    Has A Song of Ice and Fire influenced your life in any way?

    I think the characters have taught me that there's more than one way to show strength. Cat, for example. I know she is unpopular amongst some, but I admire how she is a strong woman, whilst also being a wife and a mother; she doesn't have to rebel against these conventions to be strong. I would have always said I was a Brienne type, but now I can totally relate to Cat in a way I have never related to any other wife/mother figure.
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    Small, unworthy things: part whatever

    Thanks both. I'll write a little note to say we don't want to take her away from her people, but she's safe and very welcome.
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    What Do You Think Cultural Appropriation Is?

    I identify as White British, but for the purpose of this thread I'm white English. I realise I'm therefore coming from a place of privilege and reading this thread has reinforced this. I try to think about whether something I do could reasonably offend another person, and if so, is it necessary that I do it. This isn't an example of cultural appropriation, but I remember a group of Morris Dancers who went to Birmingham town centre and performed a traditional spring dance. This "tradition" involved blacking their faces. Now, they insisted this was in no way racist, but for goodness sake, how ignorant do you have to be to think this wouldn't offend people? Everyone has a responsibility for their own actions and, to some extent, how these might be viewed by others. https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-birmingham-38559669 Coming back to the topic at hand, is it cultural appropriation for an English person (given that many view as the dominant culture of the UK) to wear a Scottish kilt to a wedding? I can see how this can be inappropriate and even offensive - I'd be interested to know what others think. What about cultures where race or ethnicity is not a defining factor as in this story: https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-leeds-43227761 This is about a university hockey club that had a "chav" party. Is this an example of cultural appropriation or is it more about mocking a group that is considered lower class? Would hosting a goth or an emo party have resulted in the same punishment? Like I say, I realise the place of privilege I am coming from and that I cannot understand what it is like to be an oppressed culture, so I'd be genuinely interested to see what people think of the examples I've mentioned. By the way, racism was absolutely a factor in Britain voting to leave the EU. Although I know a bunch of people who aren't racist who voted Leave (in my own family), I know a ton of others for whom this was a major motivation.
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    GRRM swears fealty to Tolkien in this ASOIAF Easter Egg

    I suspect the poster may have removed it himself, but I could be wrong in that. I've read it all, and while I see what you're saying, I don't believe the theory so in my opinion, there is no controversy. I'm starting to feel a little silly now debating a theory that I don't believe in on a thread that doesn't have anything to do with it, so I'll call it a day.
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    GRRM swears fealty to Tolkien in this ASOIAF Easter Egg

    This is getting off topic and I think it's time for this to die - the theory thread has been removed and the teaser thread has been locked. I just wanted to say, there is no controversy here, there is no flak to take. If, and it's a big if, there is any truth in the top secret theory, Ms Milano was 20/21 in 1993 as the books were being planned. #MeToo is an important movement and it's about damn time, but controversy isn't created by a man having desire for a woman, or writing about it in a top secret way (which I am 99.9999999 percent sure GRRM did not do), it's about men's entitled behaviour towards women and a hell of a lot more (Google it for someone more intelligent than me to explain).
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    Small, unworthy things: part whatever

    We accidently stole a cat and I need some advice. Christmas Doggy (this is what happens when you ask a 3 year old what they think she's called) started coming in a few months ago, at first just for food, but now she sleeps in my husband's office all day. She has a collar, so clearly she's someone's, but she seems to prefer our house. Goodness knows why. It's a tip, we have a crazy toddler, and a cat 3 times her size. Yes, they get the good food, but she really seems to like hanging out here. Now it's come to the point where she needs a new collar, but I'm reluctant to put it on as I feel guilty about our accidental theft. Do you think I should try and get a message back to the owners if she goes back there? I hate to think of them missing her, as I wouldn't like it if ours went wondering. Any advice would be greatly appreciated.
  7. I hope you don't go missing. I might not be a fan of your theories, but it's cool that everyone gets to share and discuss them on here. Long may it continue, and long may I lurk!
  8. Hey, #theorygate got my post count up. 186 in nearly 6 years - maybe next time I can join the coveted Theoryguard?
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    R+L=J&M [Part II] - The Gods' Plan

    So you directed me here to prepare for the top secret theory release. I definitely appreciate the work you put in to this theory (it's certainly more than I've ever done), but I'm struggling to take it on board. I think a big issue with theories on here in general (and I've been here for a while now, even if I'm somewhat reticent - read: too lazy to sign in and post), is that it's easy to favour certain "evidence" whilst ignoring that that doesn't fit the theory. The amount of times I've read something and been convinced that it's spot-on, only for the next poster to say "well what about this..." and it falls apart (yeah, I'm that fickle). I think R+L=J (no M) is still the most likely scenario, even if I may prefer it not to be, as there are plenty of hints there. I also see Meera very much as a secondary, even tertiary character. But I'm here because you said the big reveal of the parallels for AA and NN is an extension of this part of the theory. Here's the thing, I don't think AA or any of the heroes of old exist. I know this doesn't necessarily mean there can't be a real world parallel, but it certainly makes it less important for me. In fact, while I can't deny the use of magic throughout the series, I am reluctant to believe there are any gods working behind the scenes. I'm still very curious to see what you come up with. And I thank you for taking the time to do so and giving me something to read (even if I don't really agree with your tactics of forming a Theoryguard to do so). I hope to be proved wrong, but I don't see this having a substantial impact on my understanding of the material; we're just coming from different places.
  10. I would expect a POV from Ser Pounce himself. Plus, look at the kitties we do see, e.g. Balerion - bit of a bastard. Definitely biased against felines.
  11. Woo hoo! Don't know how I'll get through the next 24 hours...
  12. Wait, what, this dude thinks kittens aren't cute? Get him! At least this thread is amusing, for all the wrong reasons, I suspect.
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    I was slightly upset I'd not seen TD2 as I loved the first one, but good to know I'm not missing out!
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    Mainly disagree, and agree with others that you should definitely try The Wire, Deadwood, Breaking Bad. Comedies not mentioned (I think): It's Always Sunny (obv.), Curb Your Enthusiasm, Freaks and Geeks, Peep Show, Father Ted. Good call on Spaced and whoever mentioned Silicone Valley. Dramas: Justified (to the point that I haven't watched the final episode and a half because I loved it so much), would probably include True Blood, although it has it's flaws, as does Altered Carbon, which I just finished and am trying to get over! Edit: forgot about kid's shows: WE BARE BEARS!
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