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  1. My impression is that at the moment, Trump's favour is extremely useful in winning a Republican primary... but not necessarily in winning an open election (with some exceptions geographically). Is that the situation?
  2. Being included as a makeweight in an international transfer must be a deeply weird experience. Like, a major development in your entire life and career is being treated as a footnote in someone else's career move.
  3. If I were Derby, though, I’d be wondering how Rooney is now going to discipline any of his players for doing dumb shit involving clubs, drink and/or dubious behaviour with young women. Or any other form of unprofessional conduct.
  4. That would be one way to describe the theory, I suppose. Another way would be to say it's a theory that has been debated for (at this point) well over a decade and is, next to R+L=J, one of the most widely supported theories in ASOIAF scholarship and discussion. That doesn't make it correct, of course. But certainly many people believe it is well supported by the text.
  5. On its own, maybe. But there are other textual references that suggest there was a general impression of an involvement between Ned and Ashara. Cat hears the Winterfell servants and guards gossiping about Ashara being Jon's mother, and Allyria Dayne appears to believe Ned was involved with Ashara too.
  6. Yeah, 28 is a central defender still in his prime. Varane at the end of this deal could maybe be described as 'aged' but now? No. Pogba, well I know it's not original to say this but it's true: can't see the point in keeping him. Not sure I ever really saw the point in signing him. He was good sometimes, but for the money Man U paid in fees and wages, they surely could've done better.
  7. We know relatively little about Brandon and what we do know is second-hand at best, so we can only speculate about how Brandon and Robert got along. But we see quite a lot of Stannis and Ned and it's quite clear that they're not friends, and there are good reasons for that. They're not very similar, when all is said and done. One of the main things about Ned is that he is, at heart, a very loving and sensitive man: as a friend, a father and a husband, he loves very deeply. Stannis... does not. I don't mean to say he doesn't care for anyone. But he isn't comfortable acknowledging, let alone expressing, that love. He's also jealous, prickly and proud, none of which are traits Ned would find congenial. In fact, with the exception of Davos - and that's arguable, in some ways - Stannis doesn't seem to have a single friendship or really close relationship in his life. Contrast that with Ned, who loves and is genuinely loved. Yes, both men care about things like honour and justice and honesty - but in very different ways, and that difference in their emotional intelligence is at the heart of those differences. Anyway, back on-topic: I agree that Ned was intended by his father for a fate other than the NW. Apart from anything else, there's never an indication from Ned that he ever contemplated joining himself, and it seems unlikely that he was unaware if that was the intention. More likely, he was intended to shore up alliances down South. If Brandon had wed Catelyn, as intended, perhaps Ned would have joined Hoster's household. Perhaps he'd have stayed in the Vale or gone to the Stormlands with Robert. Or, as others have suggested, he'd have been Brandon's right hand man. There are numerous possibilities.
  8. There's no such text, of course. But we are told that Rhaegar was tasked with finding the KotLT: we know that Aerys wanted to see the KotLT punished because of his growing paranoia: we know that Rhaegar was at the stage where he was willing to take steps to address the problems caused by that paranoia: we know that Rhaegar rarely failed at anything he set his mind to: and we know that Rhaegar gave Lyanna public recognition after the KotLT mysteriously disappears without trace. Good enough for me. YMMV. If one knew of that bullying incident, of course. The KotLT makes clear that the knights' squires are guilty of unchivalrous behaviour, but there's no indication that anyone but the squires, Lyanna and Howland witnessed the incident, or that anyone but those five, Ned and Brandon knew of it. I agree, obviously, but that's not inconsistent with the KotLT being an underdog - in fact it's complementary, I think. The KotLT isn't a vision of chivalry in appearance but he defeats the knights nonetheless because he has virtue on his side. That 'he' is actually a woman only makes the story more powerful and resonant thematically: look at how many threads of the wider story are about gender and power.
  9. The notion that we are in some way past the point where we need to protect the vulnerable is almost as eyebrow-raising as the idea that the UK government is pursuing, has ever pursued or ever intends to pursue an elimination strategy.
  10. I really love how being contact traced has now fallen victim to the standard right-wing tactic of relabelling an important thing in order to push the idea that it's an unnecessary annoyance instead of being actually important.
  11. I may have been confused. But of course, Howland hasn't been sworn to secrecy over this story, or he wouldn't have told it to Jojen and Meera. And presumably, parts at least of the story itself (though of course not the identity of the mystery knight) are publicly known. Not very well known, or the Stark kids would have heard it somewhere else, but the appearance of the mystery knight must be part of the stories about the Harrenhal tourney. Somewhat overshadowed by what happened next, of course, when Rhaegar gives the crown of love and beauty to Lyanna. That, of course, is largely unrelated to the story of the Knight of the Laughing Tree if the mystery knight was Howland... but if it was Lyanna, then it can be read as a backhanded way of Rhaegar acknowledging Lyanna's victories in the tournament. I think you need to check that detail.
  12. Seriously? You can't think of any reason why Ned didn't tell the kids this story? Well, even if you can't: he clearly didn't tell them, he clearly had a reason and there is no reason not to tell them if it's Howland. It can't be 'Bran's powers' because Ned has no idea Bran has any. It can't be to protect Howland because from what? And critically, Ned doesn't even tell them the tale while withholding the identity of the mystery knight. Why? Well... we know that he avoids talking about certain subjects. Subjects that touch on Jon's parentage, in fact. Subjects like... how Jon's parents met?
  13. They're not really footing the bill so this isn't a great recommendation.
  14. Yeah, but aren't those Dunmer accents a bit of a turnoff? Plus, y'know, Bosmer are all rebellious and wild.
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