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  1. Maybe rather than being The Bloody Nine, he was just Logen The Bloody?
  2. I went there for a work conference back in 2015 and I'd agree with this. It would probably have been fairly low down my list of famous American cities to visit, but I liked it more than I thought I would. It was fun wandering down the eccentricity of the Strip and all the ridiculous buildings (I think the volcano across from my hotel that exploded every half hour was probably the silliest), although I think once the novelty value had worn off there might not be all that much of interest so I probably wouldn't want to have to visit there regularly. It probably also helped that it was late November, I'm not sure I'd have enjoyed it in the summer. The biggest disadvantage of walking down the Strip is having to deal with all the people trying to sell you things. I think Vegas is one of those places where the best places to see are outside it. I went on a day trip to the Valley of Fire and I thought it was fascinating, a completely different landscape to anything I'd see in Europe. Again, it probably helped that it was November. I also took another trip to the Grand Canyon, although that's far enough way that it probably doesn't really count as being in the vicinity. There was something a bit depressing about walking through them. Those people sitting at the slot machines really don't look like they're enjoying themselves.
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    UK Politics: A Third Meaningful Thread

    I saw this quote in some of the coverage which I think perfectly sums up the competence of our government:
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    UK Politics: A Third Meaningful Thread

    In non-Brexit news I'm sure nobody will be too surprised that the leader of Farage's new party has had to resign due to Islamophobic comments being unearthed.
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    UK Politics: A Third Meaningful Thread

    I think since May's deal has been debated (endlessly) in Parliament already, it isn't a valid subject for a petition - the idea of them is to encourage debate on things Parliament hasn't already covered. I'm not particularly surprised that Cambridge is currently winning the race for most signatures, although Brighton Pavilion is putting up a brave fight in second.
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    UK Politics: A Third Meaningful Thread

    According to their website: I don't think Parliament has specifically debated revoking Article 50, so it seems like a valid subject for a debate. It doesn't seem to specify a timeframe, so I guess it's possible it would be a while until it was debated and even when it is, it is telling Parliament to debate the topic, not to have a vote on it.
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    UK Politics: A Third Meaningful Thread

    I've heard that it's basically up to Bercow to interpret the rules about what is blocked, so it's difficult to know what would be ruled out. I also wonder whether changing the date on which we would leave under May's deal to the 23rd of May would count as a substantial difference compared to the original vote?
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    Best GRRM Short Stories

    It is an excellent collection, with the possible of exception of some of the earliest stories I thought every story in it was good or very good. My favourites included The Hedge Knight, Sandkings, A Song for Lya, And Seven Times Never Kill Man and The Skin Trade
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    UK Politics: Time Marches On

    According to https://www.theguardian.com/politics/2019/mar/18/what-has-john-bercow-done-now it would be:
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    Watch, Watched, Watching: Endgame

    Your assumption would be correct. I did really like Widows, I was a bit surprised it got very little attention in the awards season.
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    Make Mine Captain Marvel! (SPOILERS)

    Or he only writes Fantastic Four and X-Men comics.
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    UK Politics: Time Marches On

    May also has the problem that the alternative of a long delay could encourage the ERG and DUP to vote for her deal, but it might have the opposite effect on the small band of Tory remainers who didn't vote for her deal before. I find it impossible to predict what the DUP might do, other than thinking they won't split their votes between the two options.
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    Rugby: Building up to Japan

    I don't think it's been the highest quality tournament overall (although it has been entertaining), but Wales have been the most consistent (after the first half in Paris) so they are deserving winners. I think if you'd offered anyone Scottish a tie at half-time they would have taken it. It's a pity they didn't manage the game a bit better in the last couple of minutes and gave England an opportunity to come back, but overall it was still a great second-half performance. Everything Finn Russell did in that half seemed to turn out perfectly. Scotland don't have the consistency to win the World Cup, but any other team will likely be nervous at playing them in the tournament just in case they manage to put in a similar performance.
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    Formula One 2019

    The commentators have in the past suggested the other drivers are unimpressed with some of Magnusson's driving. That said, as 'bad boys of F1' go, he's no Pastor Maldonado. It was an interesting race, even if it's a bit disappointing that Mercedes seem to have a clear pace advantage. Bottas drove a pretty much perfect race, hopefully he can put up a sustained challenge to Hamilton this year. Verstappen should also be very satisfied with overtaking Vettel and having similar pace to Hamilton. Ferrari's lack of pace was surprising, although I know Melbourne isn't a particularly representative track so it might be a different story at other circuits. Leclerc did seem to be making a point by zooming up behind Vettel. I agree it was surprising that Leclerc didn't make the attempt, since it would be a net gain of two if they can prevent Mercedes getting the point and if they ended up losing the Constructor's title by 1 or 2 points then they're going to regret missing out here.
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    Formula One 2019

    There is something very familiar about the front of the grid. I guess we still need to see whether Mercedes also have a significant advantage in race pace, but it doesn't look good for Ferrari. They do seem to be embedded in the midfield.
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