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  1. HelenaExMachina

    Fourth Quarter 2019 Reading

    Finished The Northern Lights (or The Golden Compass, non-UK) re-read after falling in love with Pullman’s world again reading The Secret Commonwealth. Its fun reading it in light of his new trilogy in progress and seeing whether the two trilogies square up or if there seems to be a lot of retconning (imo, there are some minor things that can be explained but don’t quite “fit” so seem like a retcon)
  2. No worries. I actually only found out because i went to look for a non-Daily Mail source, and all of the articles, including the DM, were the same 2013 date
  3. Certainly not defending his comments in the slightest and i still think he is a reprehensible POS but i do feel that in the interests of not inadvertently spreading misinformation, that news story is from 2013. As I said, no excuse, but i think its important that all of the news out there is accurate and not misleading. Otherwise a more current story will come along and people will shrug it off.
  4. That would be Jason Stein, former advisor to Amber Rudd and spokesperson for Liz Truss. Such a glowing history of employers...
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    Audiobook recommendations and issues

    Does abercrombie have multiple versions of his audiobooks? Its Steven Pacey over here (who is excellent)
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    What % of YA authors are actually big ol’ a**holes?

    Wonder why they would be so worried about that? Oh right, because of bs like this
  7. So....Prince Andrew’s interview on Epstein.... i mean, where do you even begin? this sums it up quite well
  8. Was the Vale firmly behind its liege? I am genuinely asking because i saw you say something similar in another thread but i thought that, initially at least, part of the Vale (Gulltown, at least) was against Jon Arryn (making Ned’s leaving the Vale more tricky). Have i misremembered that? (This post sounds condescending and tongue in cheek but its meant sincerely, it has been a while since I reread so could well be me in error
  9. HelenaExMachina

    The Good Place S4 - We Have a Group Text now (spoilers)

    Janet The return of Maya Rudolph as the Judge also pleased me. Much love for her
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    LOTR prequel TV series 2.0

    Cannot speak to how reliable the source is be this cropped up today
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    Careerchat III

    I suspected as much from your post in the exercise thread. Congrats! How has the transition been going? i had a fairly trashing couple of weeks at work, working solo on a project that really required three or more people, but due to holidays and other project work we lacked capacity to use three people. Anyway, did lots of overtime on this project (my first ever 12 hour shift in this kind of work) and will finally be over and done with monday (just a few final tweaks and then some uploading of docs for the client). Its been difficult but the instructing solicitor in london actually went out of his way to phone me yesterday purely to thank me for the hard work and offered to arrange for a more substantial debriefing and feedback session next week. So that was lovely. Just want to say i am very very happy with my employer and the level of care and investment they put into their employees. I have, erm...issues, which ive talked about elsewhere on the forum and they led to some absences. Work have just been so supportive though and put so much in place (e.g. flexible work policies, HR support, support, sessions with our mental health first aider) to help me in case this happens again in future, as well as making a referral to OH. I just feel so happy and comfortable here and i think being respected by your employer just improves your productivity so much. Anyway, end of sappy love post...
  12. What did I accuse you of saying that you didn't say? I asked you what British culture was first. I more recently asked how immigration was ruining this. You seem to think your initial post didn't take this position which I find debatable at best. It was full of your usual hedging language saying "some people see..." etc. Etc. By which you are able to say nope that's not my position that's just what some people say. And people did try to engage with you in this thread but the levels of intellectual dishonesty, deflection and weasel wording to establish plausible deniability make it a frustrating endeavour and I don't know why I'm bothering now.
  13. What is there to comment on? The post Varys dug up, which would have taken you all of about 2 minutes to summarise last time I asked instead of being obstinate and refusing to answer, doesn't really seem to adress the points in my post anyway. The things you cite people considering as culture mostly come from immigration anyway. I didn't comment because I don't see what there is to comment on
  14. Speaking of Free Northman, he must be so torn right now by his hero’s decision and comments: https://www.theguardian.com/technology/2019/nov/13/tesla-cites-brexit-as-germany-chosen-over-uk-for-european-plant-elon-musk
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    Bookkeepers and WoIaF books

    Well at least it will have drawn the eye to the WoIaF fantasy and sci-fi are technically shelved separate in most stores but given the overlap/lack of clear boundaries between the two (talking the borderline stuff here, obviously. In many cases its clear as day), and the layout of most bookstores, there is a lot of intermingling.