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    UK Politics: A Third Meaningful Thread

    Well, I am shattered. I got to Park Lane at about 12:00, and joined the march from there. I got to Westminster for bang on 17:00. Overall, it was really positive. Some great singing, chanting, tonnes of amazing signs, and so on. I hope it does turn out to have been a million people, it bloody well felt like it. Never thought I would see bunches of middle class mums chanting "bollocks to brexit", kids in tow. Only moment I was a bit concerned was at the big left turn (I think at the bottom of Park Lane?). Somehow at that point (around 3ish) I'd slipped to pretty much the last few hundred people in the March. For some reason there were lots of idiot youths stood around holding everyone up, and at one point it actually became a real press. One of the people stood on the wall mentioned that at this point, the main march had actually just left, so I hopped over the wall and caught up. Some people are completely unaware of how much they are being cunts. Hope nobody got hurt.
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    Exercise and Fitness: bro science debunked

    Fucking hell, Luke. Few almost-weeks off in March due to holiday and work, but I've not lost too much of a step really. New 10k PB on Sunday (47:48), which came as a surprise. Doing alright at getting press-ups in, but the overall change to my upper body hasn't been as quick as I'd like. My shoulders and upper chest are pretty toned now, but I've not quite managed that defined/large pectoral look yet. Mind you, I can probably afford to tighten up the gut area a bit first anyway. Onwards and upwards.
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    UK Politics: A Third Meaningful Thread

    Well, that speech was a total waste of time. No Theresa May, nobody wants you to just get on with it, despite what you might think some people actually are interested in having a say on whether we should commit to a deal that will be objectively bad for the country. Putting aside my rage at May and the Tory party for just a second, what the fuck is Corbyn up to. It is the 11th hour. Stop fucking about. Signed that petition. Will see if I can be at the march this Saturday.
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    Make Mine Captain Marvel! (SPOILERS)

    Well, I liked it. First thing I would note is that the first Endgame trailer is better than the one we saw this week, I think. When seen on the big screen, anyway. Larson and Jackson had pretty strong chemistry, I felt. I really liked Larson in the role, too - she's a great actor so it's not that surprising, but I thought she did really well to make the character feel real when the script was, on more than one occasion, very generic. With the exception of the records-room fight scene, I actually forgot until writing this that Samuel L Jackson is nearly 70 and the entire performance was de-aged. The overall plot was fine I think. The best part of the movie was probably the atmosphere, although I was also quite relieved when Carol one-shotted Jude Law. Downsides: I think they could have done more to humanise the Skrull early on. I also wasn't a big fan of the actress playing Mar-Vell. I also felt that they had a lot of potential for really gorgeous shots, and I kind of wanted them to dwell on some of those for longer.
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    Dark Phoenix -- the FoX-Men finale

    I didn't hate it, it certainly didn't look any worse than Apocalypse. Since they're presumably killing off Mystique, it might even be better (low bar). Whatsername as Jean isn't really doing much for me. I don't watch Game of Thrones so I don't know what she's been like in that, but this trailer didn't give me confidence. Same for whoever plays Cyclops. Agree with those saying this universe needs to die though. With zero comic book knowledge backing this up, I feel like one way the Phoenix Force thing could work is if you just say fuck it and blow the whole universe up at the end of the film, rather than trying to do the entire thing (and more) in one film (Last Stand). The only property really worth saving is Deadpool, which can easily be handwaved into the MCU. If the deal had gone down after Days of Future Past, maybe then would have been a good time to shoehorn McAvoy and Fassbender into the MCU too, but post-Apocalypse I think both the audience and probably the actors too are happy enough to call it a day.
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    Exercise and Fitness: bro science debunked

    Well, January is over. One month of no alcohol and no meat (fish allowed). I feel pretty good - last night I had my first beer since New Years (and then a few more). My taste for it has changed perceptibly though, so I think I'll only have one or two tonight while I eat. Last year while cutting down I began to really cherish how much better I felt on Sat/Sun mornings, and last night/this morning I felt that to an even greater degree. I also don't feel like I want as much meat going forwards, although we'll see how long my attitude on both of these things lasts. I've seen massive improvements since I knuckled down last August. In terms of speed if not distance, my running is better than it's ever been. My recent PBs for 5k and 10k were ~ 22:30 and ~ 48:30 respectively. My focus for the rest of Winter/Spring is to continue running and perhaps begin to look at improving my distance. Outside of running, I'm focusing on my upper body (particularly pectorals). I've never had big arms so I'm not bothered as much about those, but I would like to tone my chest up a bit. Press ups are going well despite my shitty wrists, so just crack on I suppose.
  7. As much as I'd love a second referendum, talk of another one - especially some sort of crash referendum - just makes me nervous. Depending on what was on the ballot, of course.
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    Exercise and Fitness: bro science debunked

    New 10k PB @ 49:15. Pretty chuffed with that, but I'm not putting pressure on myself to hit any more PBs while it's winter. My main goal until next Spring is to keep getting up and out there. Maybe I'll improve my running a bit more in doing that, but since I'm pretty much back to my best (or at least, pretty close) I'm happy to take it steady until the weather improves a bit.
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    Exercise and Fitness: bro science debunked

    Cheat days work for me. I let myself have both Friday and Saturday "off". As of this weekend, I'm down 10kg from mid-August, with another 5kg or so to go. My cheat days aren't that spectacular though, 3-4 beers and a moderately large meal in the evening. My running has come on as I'd hoped - a couple of sub-54 min 10ks over the last few weeks. The plan is to jump straight onto a HM training programme. However, I'll probably aim to repeat some intermediate weeks so that I'm not out running for longer than 90 minutes. I want an easy Christmas...
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    Pictionary 42 - LAST ROUND!!!

    Thanks, but I don't think I should be trying to play Pictionary any more..
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    Daredevil Season 3 [SPOILERS - Page 3 and beyond]

    Well, I just finished, and that was pretty great - I think I will still give the edge to Season 1 because that was so novel to me. Season 3 was incredibly consistent though. I think it actually had fewer "highs" than quite a few other seasons (both DDs, LC, JJ), but the consistency made up for that, as well as the excellent and refreshing characters. I don't want to write off any future more mystical Daredevil storylines due to the poor portrayal of The Hand in S2, but I think this proves that the Netflix show can excel with a more "real life" crime storyline. The show is really strong when Matt, Karen and Foggy can all be linked to the same story. It helped massively that the Nadeem/FBI storyline was so good, although generally I enjoyed the supporting characters in all plotlines. I look forward to S4 if there is one.
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    Exercise and Fitness: bro science debunked

    Wow, cracking DL, that. Been a bit of a mixed back of tricks this year. Injury and work have stopped my running progress twice in Spring and Summer. However, it's proceeding apace at the mo - hovering around the 5:30 min/km mark, should be on for a solidly sub-60 10k in a few weeks. Can't wait to get back to smashing PBs though (but that will be next year at this rate). Managed 10 consecutive chin-ups today, which is something I've not been able to do for what feels like years. I'm continuing to slim down, so hopefully will see more good progress there and with other lifts.
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    US Politics: Crossing that Ford

    I just watched the first hour and a half and the last half, Mitchell seemed pretty professional to me. If anything she was probably much kinder to Ford than the Republicans wanted. It threw me for a second when she latched on to the heard/understood comment, but Ford's answer was common sense and she moved on immediately. At the end of the hearing she went over to Ford and exchanged words, which seemed very amiable. There's a whole host of people on that committee who have been unprofessional or downright incompetent, seems odd to me that Mitchell would be singled out on this one. In any case, from what I watched, I was hugely impressed by Ford. That's some intense testimony.
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    Small things that have left you SPEECHLESS

    I could go on at length about train etiquette, but I'll try to limit it to just one anecdote. Often the train I get is packed to the rafters. I hate being stood in the centre of a writhing mass of arms, bags, arses and phones, so I always try to get down the aisle if I can. The other day I'd got lucky and managed to get right down to where the carriage meets the next one. That's the best spot if you're standing. Next to me was another person, and then there was a huge gap - space for a good 3 people. Then there was the woman causing the block. She was staring vaguely towards the window, completely oblivious to the 30 people pressed up against each other. If she'd just moved down, they would all have had a little more breathing room. But she didn't even think to look. That sort of thing drives me fucking potty. It's kind of astounding how people behave on trains.
  15. Sadiq Khan calls for another Brexit referendum I'm not optimistic about a second vote happening. Perhaps I'm just being stubborn, but I do not find the arguments against one compelling at all.
  16. Hurt Buffy Buffy the Vampire Slayer 9- Crazy Ex-Girlfriend 25 Jessica Jones 25 Orphan Black 25 Sharp Objects 25 That's my bad on the Penny Dreadful/Orphan Black mix-up guys.
  17. Heal Orphan Black Hurt Buffy Big Little Lies 3 - Buffy the Vampire Slayer 9 +- Crazy Ex-Girlfriend 41 Jessica Jones 26 Orphan Black 34+  Sharp Objects 33  I haven't even seen Orphan Black, but that's the one with Eva Green right? She's awesome. Mona The Vampire > Buffy
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    DCEU: Suicidal Insanity

    Honestly, I don't care that much one way or another. I mean, I've defended Cavill as Superman on here before (I think), and I think he's a decent enough actor for it - Mission Impossible was great. But I just have no faith that anything good is going to come of it either way. Option 1. It's a bargaining tactic. Cavill stays and they make another Justice League film, or some other film, and it's probably crap. Option 2. Cavill leaves, and they carry on making shite films. They're making such hard work out of something that should be so easy. Superman, Batman and Wonder Woman are three of the most definitive comic book characters of all time. Just make simple films that showcase the characters. Out of five films released so far, only Wonder Woman was any good. And that's because it actually had a likeable lead. What's the point in doing a Superman movie so dark that nobody actually likes the character?
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    Participation Trophies Are A Good Thing

    I don't think there's anything wrong with participation trophies. In fact, I think the intensity with which some people rail against them to be pretty unhealthy - it is not pleasant to be in a society that only rewards "winners", and I've found that to be true even if you are the winner. The message around a participation trophy is pretty simple imo and shouldn't cause any consternation. "Well done, the effort and determination that you put into this is valuable in and of itself.". This sentiment isn't mutually exclusive with the value of competition.
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    Tennis Volume 7: Roger That!

    That's all true, doesn't mean I have to like it. I like Delpo and Djokovic and I want them to be successful, but it's disappointing ends for three people I like more. Fed lost to fucking Millman, Kei lost to Djokovic for the thousandth time, Rafa injured again. The logic is I want my favourite players to progress, and I typically want them to beat my less favourite players. I still like those less favourite players, but if they have to win at the expense of players I like more, I want them to be interesting and entertaining matches where all players played to a high standard. That's not really what happened here.
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    Tennis Volume 7: Roger That!

    Fucks sake Fed Out Rafa out Kei out I like Djokovic, I like Delpo, I would be happy for both of them to win another slam, why does it have to be like this?
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    Tennis Volume 7: Roger That!

    Did you guys see that Shapovalov Jordan-backhand the other day? Hope Fed wins this one. I've been waiting for a Fed/Djoko match up for ages now since AO2017, and it's such a shame that it had to happen like the Cinci match. Still, he's had a lot of time off this year so rust is to be expected, hopefully hot hard court brings out his best.
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    TTTNE 473: An Obsession of Joshes

    Domestic goddess
  24. The Ronettes - Be My Baby I have weird memories of dancing to this as a 10 year old in some weird cricket club in rural Yorkshire. Great song though, really like it. Next up, Red Light Spells Danger
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    Exercise and Fitness: Keep On Keepin' On

    Wow, congrats Luke and (paternity leave?) Baxus, nice going. As always my fitness has ebbed and flowed, I'm in a nice groove currently though and have avoided the injuries the plagued me earlier this year. Never felt this motivated to get up at the crack of dawn, anyway...working has killed me.