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  2. Corvinus

    Game of Star Wars: The Final Hope

    The Mandalorian's episode schedule has been released. https://www.digitalspy.com/tv/ustv/a29517980/star-wars-the-mandalorian-air-dates-disney/ Also, as an Amazon Fire TV user, I might miss out. (I could probably still sign up on my PC)
  3. Sophelia

    UK Politics: A Partly Political Broadcast

    I must have been in the same part of the march as you because this was my experience too - also saw tail end of speeches on screen (last time by the time we got to the screen it just had a message saying something like 'thank you go home and march is over'). It was raining quite heavily by then so lots of people headed off and eventually that's what I did too. Compared with the previous one a bit less merriment and a soberer mood (though this could have been due to fewer bands/dance troupes and fewer people leading chanting, so lots of quiet walking). I was there for some of the speeches at the start and there was a general sense that we would be losing the battle (for Brexit) but would continue to to and persuade people in the future - Owen Jones gave a particularly stirring speech referring to suffragettes and civil rights protestors often having to go through a long period of being reviled and attacked before achieving long term changes. However hearing the news about the Letwin amendment gave an unexpected reprieve and lightened the mood a lot where we had thought we might hear that Boris Johnson's deal had got through while we were still marching.
  4. Chaircat Meow

    UK Politics: A Partly Political Broadcast

    I guess there is potential for the deal to fail over a Hammond/Gauke anti no deal amendment regarding the end of the 2020 transition. It does seem reasonably clear Hammond, Gauke, Sandbach and Boles would be up for that. Now the ERG have been promised the opposite, Barron and Bone have both explicitly said this - they will not tolerate a transition longer than 14 months, so it is a red line for some of the ERG. So, if such an amendment passes they have to make a decision. Do they still support the deal in the hope that Boris Johnson, after he wins an election, will remove the offending amendment from the WAB? Even if he does win an election with a decent majority he may still not have enough no deal MPs to remove the amendment, as whatever remains of Labour, Liberals and SNP will vote for retaining it and so may some Tories. So you probably want a strong commitment to removing it prior to the WAB passing, maybe a sign it would go in the manifesto, but if Boris agrees to that does that lose indie Tory and Labour votes. So this ruse could work and to be fair I don't even think it is a wrecking amendment at all - Gauke is probably sincere in wanting to vote for the deal with proper safeguards. But anyway, long and short, it is one minute to midnight, we are very probably fucked and Boris is near to pulling off a total victory over Remain but the majority for the deal is still likely very small, certain amendments could derail it, especially as the ERG seem to have been promised things Boris can't really deliver and the DUP are as mad as hell and can probably pull the plug and take this to an election.
  5. Free Northman Reborn

    Rugby: Building up to Japan

    I'd pick CJ Stander well ahead of Siya Kolisi, that's for sure. Compare the two teams then. Willie le Roux today is a shadow of the Willie of 2015. I'd go for 2015 Habana over any of today's wings. Pietersen vs the current wings probably more of a toss up. The centers were the same guys as today if I recall, until Kriel got injured earlier in this tournament. Pollard as well. Fourie du Preez is not only the greatest South African scrumhalf ever - yes, better than Joost - he is a contender for greatest scrumhalf ever to play the game. Even in 2015 he was better than Faf de Klerk. His try to put away Wales in the quarters was sublime. Duane Vermeulen of 4 years ago was better than today' mid-thirties Duane. As was Francois Louw 4 years ago. Etsebeth and De Jager 2015 vs Etsebeth and de Jager 2019- much of a muchness. Then the front row - Bismark probably the best SA hooker since professionalism. Certainly better than John Smit who kept him on the bench for years purely for captaincy reasons. And you can't deny that Mtawarira of 4 years ago was better than Mtawarira today. Then the bench: Ruan Pienaar Victor Matfield Willem Bonecrusher Alberts Adriaan Strauss Pat Lambie Overall, it is a pretty easy call for me that the 2015 team was better, and had more world class players across the park - than today's team.
  6. Hugorfonics

    Why does Balon Greyjoy want to attack the North?

    Yea man Balons war was extremely successful. I get it, dudes an asshole. Took advantages over protagonists, but he was successful Didn't stop him from taking the Crag But if his father or sister reinforced him then hed only need another doezen or so to hold the castle indefinitely from any number of soldiers. Rodrik had 5 times Ramsays men and they all died, numbers are useless in asoiaf Dagmer did a good job Smallfolk aren't armed though. Thats the job of their lord, is to get them ready for battle. So, no. Smallfolk know their land but not war. No one likes the cold, but fires a thing. Warm blankets too, or just staying indoors. Winter can be defeated. Kamikazes? Like a Zero? Peasants arent filled with explosives man, nor do they travel at like 500 mph Why Renly? Hes undiplomatic, stubborn and a showboat. None of his plans got close to becoming into fruition by the time if his death
  7. Excellent point. Here is the passage where Laila is first mentioned in the books: This certainly makes the rumours more plausible.
  8. Daniel Newhouse

    US politics - When the Barr's so low.

    The water table in the plains states is drying up! That's what I am talking about. An aquifer is an underground river. At what point is the depth sacreligious?
  9. ljkeane

    Rugby: Building up to Japan

    That's nice. They still lost though, just like they'd been doing repeatedly . This South African side got results away in New Zealand for the first time in a decade. Complete nonsense. Kolisi's been brilliant for South Africa and under his leadership it's been the best period for South African rugby since 2009. I probably would have gone with Kitshoff but they're not picking 100 plus times capped Mtawarira because of racial quotas. Come on. On top of that Mapimpi, Kolbe and Am are clearly there on merit. Mbonambi's done really well to deservedly fight his way into a starting spot in a very competitive position. Would he bollocks. He left South African rugby because he was nowhere near getting a Springbok place and they told him he was too small to ever make it. You'd be picking CJ Stander ahead of Duane Vermuelen? Yeah, right.
  10. iberiandirewolf

    What now?

    This on-going discussion about GRRM not being able to finish his work has always seemed a bit awkward to me. I don't know if it's because in my country we don't have this ''tradition'' or ''thing'' going on about ''what if this X or Y author suddenly dies'', so I can't quite fathom this whole topic that has been going on for years. Before I started reading news, forums and the such, it never occurred to me that the author might die and leave his work unfinished. If it happens, it happens. I too might die tomorrow. And if I was GRRM, I'd feel uncomfortable seeing how this whole thing is a neverending topic. I don't think it's very polite. His pace is slow, yes, but what he delivers can't be compared to what other authors do. Having an academical background, I, for the life of me, can't comprehend how someone can write a high fantasy book in a year, or two, or even three. My master's thesis drained me and I only had some months. Imagine having a world like ASoIaF in your hands... Must be like having 200 games of Risk constantly playing on your head. Being a high fantasy writer in the level that GRRM is requires extreme mental endurance, and that kind of endurance is very demanding and needs resting, and planning, and doing other things to oxygen your brain. I don't intend to sound like a fangirl (which I totally am, like all of us), but I haven't seen this level of world-building in a work of literature before... I honestly don't know how he does it. All we have to do is wait, really. I'm positive we will have news of The Winds of Winter in 2020, I'd bet around Spring. My bet is that he's probably done with the draft already. I'd like to be on the theory wagon that believes he's written TWoW and ADoS at the same time... But I don't think that's humanly possible.
  11. honeyed chicken

    Acrophobia 36 - Gone Fishin' - ROUND 8+++ BONUS ROUND!!

    r8 + bonus Howland Reed (these are really good - it's a tough decision. I had 2 others I really wanted to vote for, but these three hadn't received anything yet - and they deserve to.) 1st) 7. Shifting crannogs, frogging overnight...still laughing - Later! 2nd) 2. Staying covert. Furtively orchestrating Stark line liberation. 3rd) 3. Secret castle floats on swamp lizards. Later! Hallyne, pyromancer 1st) 6. Hmmm...Floating inferno ready! EVACUATE QUICKLY! 2nd) 3. Was fyred. Incendiary research endangered Queen(s). 3rd) 5. Zodiac's foretelling incredible reaction! Evaluation's justified!
  12. honeyed chicken

    Acrophobia 36 - Gone Fishin' - ROUND 8+++ BONUS ROUND!!

    Don't hurt yourself, it's a long fall.
  13. Inkdaub

    Small unworthy things - as you were

    I've been considering that note and I do like the part about the parking brick. Also I think it would be fair if using your phone disqualified you from most, if not all, legal and safety protections. I will say that if said phone user is in a crosswalk they are ahead of the game. I encounter too many people just stepping out anywhere without even glancing to see what's coming down the road.
  14. Free Northman Reborn

    Rugby: Building up to Japan

    The South African Super Rugby teams are ALSO racial quota based teams, as are their age group based teams. Quotas are now close to 50%. So the pool of available players is in itself racially skewed. And the players who lose out to those quota rules? They either stop playing rugby after age group level, or head overseas. The 2015 team narrowly lost to a much better NZ team than the current NZ team, by just 2 points in the semifinal. Siya Kolisi would not make a Springbok bench if not for quotas, never mind captain the team. Mtawarira would not still be there, either. It is reality. Look at the number of SA players overseas. CJ Stander would be a Springbok loose forward today, but decided to leave barely past the age of 20 to rather qualify for Ireland, because of the issues in SA rugby. And now he is a British Lion. That pattern repeats itself again and again. And is a sign of things to come. Sad, but undeniable.
  15. A wilding

    UK Politics: A Partly Political Broadcast

    About the same numbers as before I think, huge numbers of people, a big crush all the way. We didn't actually make it to parliament square - the crowds were just too solid. Eventually got within hearing distance of a screen just short of the cenotaph and got the tail end of the speeches. Our impression of the mood: grim, resolute. Incidentally, the BBC has a decent birds eye video of the march here: https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/video_and_audio/headlines/50111404/hyde-park-to-parliament-in-60-seconds Hopefully it all made some MPs think a little.
  16. ljkeane

    Rugby: Building up to Japan

    That’s rubbish. Which white players should be in ahead of any of the black players in the side?
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  18. Free Northman Reborn

    Rugby: Building up to Japan

    Current SA team is a racial quota based team, sadly.
  19. The Marquis de Leech

    Rugby: Building up to Japan

    Incredible. Japan still well and truly in it at half-time.
  20. Inkdaub

    Book of the Ancestor trilogy by Mark Lawrence {spoiler thread}

    I liked Book of the Ancestor so I'll buy this for sure.
  21. I think it must be his wife. There is a Laila in the Two Rivers that Perrin had some sort of relationship with when he was younger I think. I assume they are just making that relationship more prominent. Maybe? I'm not sure how that would work but I am cautiously optimistic. Changes have to be made after all. We'll see what happens. I'll be honest. I'm looking forward to changes being made...even big ones. I am a big WoT fan but I want the show to stand on it's own. I hope I don't regret feeling that way as the show progresses.
  22. I am going to displace you, Honeyed Chicken! Howland 1. 1 2. 4 3. 10 Hallyne 1. 8 2. 1 3. 7
  23. butterbumps!

    US politics - When the Barr's so low.

    Is Sanders well above Warren on that list, or are they more or less interchangeable for you?
  24. DMC

    MLB Postseason: Bat Fight!

    Chapman opting out would be a blessing. Andujar has options so there's no hurry. Didi and Betances, yeah, those two are tough.
  25. Dolorous Gabe

    Acrophobia 36 - Gone Fishin' - ROUND 8+++ BONUS ROUND!!

    Challenge accepted. Or not. Nope, challenge not accepted.
  26. ljkeane

    Rugby: Building up to Japan

    I'm a bit late to the party because I was too lazy to get up but that was a fun game. Like Jeor I was a bit disappointed with the New Zealand Ireland game yesterday so it's good to get a decent game in this morning. Wales were very lucky to get through that game. Vaahamina's brainless red card gave them a chance and they still needed two pretty lucky tries and Ntamack to forget his kicking boots to get through. Credit to them France were better than I thought they'd be, they were great at times, but they still managed to shoot themselves in the foot. No way. The 2015 South Africa team had a few players who were world class in 2007, still good in 2011 and were well past their best in 2015 and playing on reputation because the South African coaching team didn't have any better ideas. The current team are actually picking on current form and look well coached under Erasmus.
  27. ROUND 9 - BENJEN STARK Ah, the Starks and their heart for duty. Benjen felt the call to the Watch and left his family home soon after Ned's return from the war. He quickly rose up in the ranks to First Ranger, but ranging is dangerous work. Benjen left to find missing rangers, and then went missing himself. The last trace of him was in the stony highlands. He has been seen or heard from since. Where o where is Benjen? The ravens keep coming back with the same reply. D D Y G Z W T U L K S R Z H Z S O Y U C B Y Deadline: Thursday, October 24, noonish (BST)
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