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  1. williamjm

    Rugby: Building up to Japan

    You would think that if anybody should know not to underestimate Japan it should be Eddie Jones. The game in Dublin did live up to the expectations of the two best sides in the world competing against each other. It was very intense all the way through, towards the end the Irish looked as if they were almost running out of energy but they managed to hang on for an excellent win. The first half in Edinburgh also featured a lot of entertaining play from both sides, although Scotland seemed to find it difficult to get an decent possession in the second half.
  2. The Guardian has a handy page where you can experiment with how different groups in Parliament could combine in a Brexit vote. It does illustrate how big a chasm May has to cross to get her plan approved. If I change the premise and try to work out who might be willing to go for something like a second referendum or staying in the single market then it's possible to get to within 10 of a majority by adding together Labour (minus their diehard Brexiters), Lib Dem, SNP, Plaid Cymru and the Tory remainers. To actually get over the line might require persuading a few of the moderate Tories as well. I looks like it's going to be challenging to get any sort of an agreement from this Parliament. Even another election wouldn't necessarily help since it's unclear whether it would change the balance of power significantly.
  3. It can be difficult to tell whether a bowler or a top order batsman is more likely to score runs in the current England side. Away from Sri Lanka, I noticed Theresa May is now comparing her approach to leadership with Geoffrey Boycott's approach to batting. I think the occasion where Boycott was deliberately run out by his own team-mates probably isn't what she was think of but it might end up being the most apt metaphor.
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    Upcoming Cover Art VII

    The number of books Tchaikovsky writes is just getting ridiculous now.
  5. As Mormont says, there may not be an official answer to this but I seem to remember that invoking Article 50 required a Parliamentary vote, so it would make sense that revoking it should also require a Parliamentary vote. I think the EU also has to agree to it as well. As far as I know there aren't any circumstances in which a referendum is required to change anything in the UK (Cameron's EU referendum was non-binding), although it would be easier for politicians to justify reversing the Brexit decision if there was another referendum. I'm not sure that it would have been possible as long as May was insisting on ending freedom of movement. It's possible a Norway-style deal involving staying in the single market might have been able to get a Parliamentary majority but that would never be acceptable to the majority of the Tory party.
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    Formula One 2018

    I thought Vettel's battle with the weighbridge would be the stupidest thing this weekend, but I think Ocon has managed to top that. It's a pity for Max who was driving a great race, at least he was still able to finish but he should have won that race.
  7. I think Boris thought the key outcome of Brexit would be him becoming Prime Minister, everything else is unimportant by comparison.
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    Upcoming TV Series of 2018 - Your most anticipated shows

    I did like that unlike most of the Big Mystery shows that came out in that time period that it did give a lot of answers as it went along, every season finale did resolve major storylines. I think Fringe is perhaps the only other shows that managed to do something similar.
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    Most filmable adaptation

    I could definitely do without David Beckham cameos or random fifty foot tall war elephants in a First Law adaptation.
  10. It's an impressive innings and he seems to do well in those conditions, but I'm worried that it might just end up confusing the top order selection even more. This will probably cement his place for a while, but we've still got to see whether he'll be able to deliver in conditions that help the seamers.
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    Upcoming TV Series of 2018 - Your most anticipated shows

    I'm not sure what I was expecting when I saw I had a notification from this thread, but it definitely wasn't this. I'm sure I'll watch it if they make it, but I'm nervous about the idea and other than the original series not getting a proper conclusion I can't see much need to remake it. If they did keep the original set of characters (and the synopsis suggests they're maybe not doing that) then I'd feel sorry for whichever actor has to step into Mahershala Ali's shoes. At least the writers seem to have been involved in other shows I like, although they still might not be a replacement for the old DS9 crew on the original show. Does this mean that the same network would have both The 100 and The 4400? I imagine some people could get confused by that. They seem to think that 10 years is long enough to wait. I suppose we've had not one but two Spiderman reboots in the same time frame, but it does still feel a bit soon.
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    US Politics: Four Days and Counting

    I'm not sure if there's any law that says it has to be on a Thursday, but it always has been for as long as I can remember. Polls stay open to 10pm. I think there have been suggestions about moving it to the weekend to try to increase turnout, although I could also get behind the suggestion of making it a holiday.
  13. At this rate it almost feels like Joe Root might end up being the only specialist batsman in the team. It's an impressive debut from Foakes, hopefully he can go on to a well-deserved century tomorrow.
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    The Witcher on Netflix 2

    I think my favourite nitpicking complaint was that the white raven on the TV show wasn't as large as it had been described in the books.