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  1. I use Netflix at work occasionally in lessons so guessing that will be curtailed which is a bloody annoyance. Some of their documentary output is pretty useful but I’m not going to stump up for another account just to be able to do what I’ve always been able to.
  2. 5. Things I've Learned From Women Who've Dumped Me - Various, including Stephen Colbert Bought this as I'd read an article about the best humorous books. It's an anthology about various men's relationships and woes with women. I didn't find it particularly amusing and whilst there were a few decent contributions a bit too much of it was pretty obvious. Patton Oswalt, Stephen Colbert, Nick Hornby and lots of US comedians feature but it wasn't very insightful or original, so I can't recommend it. 2/5 On to reading Maybe I Don't Belong Here by David Harewood and Ninth House by Leigh Bardugo.
  3. He’s effectively wiped out much of the liability the club has so should make it easier (and cheaper) if we want a loan in future and makes it more attractive when it comes to selling the club. That isn’t on the cards though as he’s just done similar with our sister club in Belgium, OH Leuven. And has subsequently talked about his long-term plan to make his clubs sustainable whilst also helping improving the cities they’re in. The debt covered much of our COVID losses and the £100m+ training facility.
  4. Not only did Leicester go out and get three additions, our chairman has just wiped out £194m of debt that the club owed King Power. Utterly blessed to have Top and his family in charge.
  5. Which ones? I'm always interested to know what people pick up.
  6. Quite happy with Leicester's business in this window. New fullback, CB and a much-needed winger. However, we have let Marc Albrighton go out on loan to West From. He might be like an Aldi James Milner but bit gutted he's gone. Grafted in every single game he ever played for us, was a member of the title-winning team, was one of the best crossers in the league and was a lovely guy too. Actually think Everton have more than enough quality to stay up (especially under Dyche) but this transfer window has been pretty appalling for them. Also, this list of most expensive signings might have Chelsea fans a bit concerned; there's an awful lot of wasted money there - only Van Dijk could be seen as an outstanding success.
  7. Quite a lot here, surely got to be something for everyone. The 3rd and 4th offerings are well worth a read. Going Postal - Terry Pratchett £1.99 The Last Hero - Terry Pratchett When the Dust Settles: Searching For Hope After Disaster - Lucy Easthope The Uninhabitable Earth: A Story of the Future - David Wallace-Wells £1.99 A Village in the Third Reich: How Ordinary Lives Were Transformed By the Rise of Fascism - Julia Boyd All the Lies They Did Not Tell: The True Story of Satanic Panic in an Italian Community - Pablo Trincia The Ruin of All Witches: Life and Death in the New World -  Malcolm Gaskill £1.99 AI 2041: Ten Visions of Our Future by Kai-Fu Lee & Chen Qiufan Dopesick: Dealers, Doctors and the Drug Company that Addicted America - Beth Macy £3.99 The Matter of Everything: Twelve Experiments that Changed Our World - Susie Sheehy £3.99 Casino: The Rise and Fall of the Mob in Las Vegas - Nicholas Pileggi Control - Adam Rutherford Glue - Irvine Welsh Menus that Made History: Over 2000 years of menus from Ancient Egyptian food for the afterlife to Elvis Presley's wedding breakfast - Alex Johnson & Vincent Franklin Cunk on Everything: The Encyclopedia Philomena - Philomena Cunk How To Be Famous - Caitlin Moran Animal Vegetable Criminal: When Nature Breaks the Law - Mary Roach This is the Night They Come For You - Robert Goddard The Monster of Florence - Douglas Preston and Mario Spezi Enlightenment Now: The Case for Reason, Science, Humanism, and Progress - Steven Pinker £1.99 The Club King: My Rise, Reign, and Fall in New York Nightlife - Peter Gatien The Kaiju Preservation Society - John Scalzi The Lonely Londoners - Sam Selvon £1.99 Roadside Picnic - Arkady Strugatsky How to Make the World Add Up: Ten Rules for Thinking Differently About Numbers - Tim Harford Go Tell it on the Mountain - James Baldwin £1.99 The Lies of Locke Lamora - Scott Lynch The Doors of Perception - Aldous Huxley Utopia Avenue - David Mitchell 'Rommel?' 'Gunner Who?': A Confrontation in the Desert (Milligan Memoirs Book 2) - Spike Milligan The Midwich Cuckoos - John Wyndham Scar Tissue - Anthony Kiedis The God is Not Willing: The First Tale of Witness - Steven Erikson The City We Became - N. K. Jemisin Blind Assassin - Margaret Attwood The Caraval Trilogy - Stephanie Garber About Time - Jodi Taylor The Girl in the Spider's Web - David Lagercrantz To Be Taught, If Fortunate: A Novella - Becky Chambers The Runaway Jury - John Grisham The Labyrinth of the Spirits - Carlos Ruiz Zafon Zero History - William Gibson My Name'5 Doddie - Doddie Weir Redemption - TROY DEENEY Far From The Light - Tade Thompson Ringworld - Larry Niven Inhibitor Phase - Alistair Reynolds Absolution Gap - Alistair Reynolds George's Marvellous Medicine - Roald Dahl
  8. It’s been on my wish list for a while, so I’m looking forward to reading it primarily because he writes with such honesty and love about his son. If you can get through This article by Delaney then you may be able to get through the book. It’s a wonderful but heartbreaking piece of writing.
  9. £550m net spend this year for Chelsea. Yelp.
  10. Got to love the BBC cameraman focusing on the guy with the tin foil FA Cup..
  11. Not sure how Fabinho can stay on after that.
  12. 3. The Gallows Pole by Benjamin Myers Soon to be a BBC series, directed by Shane Meadows. Based on the true story of the Crag Valley Coiners, who created their own currency to avoid paying taxes to the King. It’s a tale of murder and grim existence in the 18th Century. Myers’ prose is sound throughout and he includes alternating chapters that are written in the dialect of the day. Works well and it’s an intriguing tale which illustrates how awful and barbaric life could be. 4/5 4. Rogues by Patrick Madden Keefe A collection of his writing in the New Yorker. 12 different longform articles on topics such as Mexican drug wars, the exploitation of African resources and Anthony Bourdian. It’s very much hit and miss, which is largely down to the subject matter rather than any falling of his writing. 3/5
  13. I'm really enjoying this so far; the intro sections really are the strongest part though which gives hope and optimism that we may see some decent TLOU universe stories coming about in future seasons. Whilst Netflix's Black Summer was a deeply flawed zombie series, it was also great at showing the zombie outbreak and how people survived it. It also wasn't scared of building up characters to then kill them off. That kind of approach to a TLOU off-shoot would be great. It is really closely sticking to the game at the moment and so I get the criticisms that some have made about it feeling overly familiar but I think they're unfair. I'm watching this with my wife and kids and they're absolutely captivated by it. They're already emotionally invested in the characters, were scared when the clickers turned up and are desperate for the next episodes. Coming to this with no knowledge of the series must heighten the enjoyment and expectation; I'm jealous that they have no awareness of what's to come. Also think our enjoyment and appreciation for this will grow as the relationship and bond between Joel and Ellie develops and we see them experience the events of the first game; it's that relationship development which is at the heart of what is best about the game. Whilst the game's prologue is memorable for the end scene, the game doesn't really flourish until we get to meet Bill. So I wasn't expecting to be blown away by these early episodes but am really impressed by them - in no small part because of what the two prologues have brought to proceedings. I also think they've done pretty well with the quieter, more tender moments which are part of what makes the game so great; I can't wait to see how they do one of the most memorable scenes at the university, with
  14. The game is developed by Mundfish studio. On the website of the studio, there is currently no mention of the fact that it is a Russian game developer. The story of the company begins with its launch in 2017 by a team of like-minded people in Cyprus. At the same time, the studio was mentioned as a Russian one, with an office in Moscow, in Russian gaming and IT medias a few years ago. At DTF 2019, there was even a report from the Moscow office of the studio, where, according to the publication, about 30 people worked at that time. On LinkedIn, you can find the profiles of the founders of the studio: Artem Galeev, Robert Bagratuni, Oleg Horodishenin, they are from the Russian Federation. Bagratuni is a former top manager of Mail.ru. The investors of the studio are Chinese Tencent and Russian GEM Capital and Gaijin Entertainment. GEM Capital is a Russian fund founded by Anatoly Pali, who previously worked at Gazprom’s subsidiary, Gazenergoset. The studio raised investments from them in 2021. Moreover, some internet enthusiasts found Paliy’s connection to other Russian state institutions, like RusAl of Oleg Deripaska and sanctioned “systemically important” bank VTB. Mundfish studio never commented on the war in Ukraine and didn’t condemn Russia either. In a recent tweet, developers stated that they “do not comment on politics”. From here.
  15. If you’re in two minds about picking this up, don’t. I spent 5 hours playing this yesterday. 🤦‍♂️
  16. Babylon - Still Processing/5. The first 30 minutes alone make this a worthwhile watch. Utterly decadent and a feast for the senses. The music is stunning throughout and further illustrates how the very best of Chazelle is based around strong musical pieces and performances. It’s overlong and there are some frankly bewildering scenes that I’m struggling to understand how they were included and not edited out. The cast are great and there are some lavish set pieces and poignant scenes which hit home. There’s also some really lewd and baffling scenes which are totally off kilter. Whilst the characters are fictional they are recognisable as amalgamations of celluloid stars of yesteryear. Robbie smoulders in pretty much every scene she’s in. Definitely one to see in the cinema.
  17. Babel by R. F. Kuang is 99p today
  18. New album is very strong too. Well worth a listen.
  19. Now the floodlights are off! This is great.
  20. It's hilarious. Are they working on the sequel to Untitled Goose Game in the same studio?
  21. Stopharage

    Arsenal

    I think Mudryk’s been badly advised here. Chelsea are all over the place at the moment and their scattergun approach to transfers this last year doesn’t look particularly well planned out. Whereas, Arsenal seem to have a pretty decent structure, strategy and focus in place under Arteta. Potter is a decent manager but Arteta seems to have done a really job in nurturing and improving the young talent at his disposal. Plus, you only need to see how those in similar positions to Mudryk have done in recent seasons at Chelsea and under Potter to have some concerns - none of Pulisic, Ziyech or Sterling have exactly impressed. We’ll sell you Harvey Barnes for £40m.
  22. Away from the offside debate, it’s great to see Rashford in such super form. To have the strength of character to deal with all the shit and responsibility that is thrown his way is pretty remarkable. Supremely talented player. To have the speed of thought (and feet) to chase and then leave the ball that Fernandes hit for the equaliser shows his footballing intelligence. Whilst the likes of poisonous twats like Andrew Tate abound, Rashford remains a wonderful role model and testament to what hard work, a kind heart and proper talent can bring you.
  23. As we all know, Chris Sutton only ever states the truth, so let this be the end of the matter.
  24. I dunno, for a game in which a draw would probably be seen as a decent away result, Jones did make a number of attacking tactical changes which potentially opened them up a bit at the back. Been far more entertaining than Leicester's performance this afternoon.
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