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Stopharage

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  1. Now the floodlights are off! This is great.
  2. It's hilarious. Are they working on the sequel to Untitled Goose Game in the same studio?
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    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.
  4. 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.
  5. As we all know, Chris Sutton only ever states the truth, so let this be the end of the matter.
  6. 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.
  7. If Southampton see this out, kudos to Jones. His substitutions and tactical changes in the 2nd half have shown Lampard up.
  8. 2. The Every by Dave Eggers Second of my planned 2023 reads down. This is a sequel to Eggers’ The Circle, which was about the dystopian impacts of a behemoth social media site. I wasn’t hugely enamoured with that, although it was significantly better than the Netflix version. Anyway this is a sequel which ramps things up even more and I really didn’t get much out of it. The relentless spread of ever more inhumane apps and the slavishness of the employees made for a dispiriting novel. Eggers is one of my favourite contemporary writers but I don’t get on with these books at all.
  9. Think that will be tough to beat.
  10. I'd say not really. Short History is (from memory) much more focused on the science behind creation and beyond. Stranger Than We Can Imagine is a far more enlightening tome as it's the writer's explanation behind the events of the 20th Century. The book covers the subjects of relativity, modernism, war, individualism, the id, uncertainty, Science fiction, realism, space, sex, teenagers, chaos, growth, post-modernism and networking. It's brilliant, thought-provoking and genuinely had me looking at events from a slightly different perspective as a result. His 'The Future Starts Here" is also well worth a purchase.
  11. No idea, but was at 99p when I posted it. May have been a mistake and they inadvertently changed it, as today it’s one of the deals of the day
  12. I bounced off the Seinfeld audible offering, so couldn’t recommend that unless you’re a real fan. I’d go for John Higgs’ Stranger Than We Can Imagine. Far superior than A Short History for my money and helps you to reappraise how you look back on the 20th Century.
  13. I'd agree. It's mildly diverting and full of inane plotholes with some astoundingly dumb decisions at some points.
  14. Stephen King's The Institute is 99p.
  15. I watched the whole thing as it's ideal fodder for when I'm on the treadmill. Coach Rob is great and I think you'll rethink him by the end. The playing staff definitely aren't as memorable or easy to warm to this time around. I'd agree it's not as compelling as the first series though.
  16. Roberto Martinez is likely to be the next Portugal manager. With the degree to which he fails upwards, I’m surprised he’s not a Tory front bencher.
  17. This lot are all on offer at the moment. Not sure this is it for the monthly offerings, it's a bit uninspiring all round. Soul Music by Terry Pratchett £1.99 I Who Have Never Known Men by Jacqueline Harpman This is How You Lose the Time War by Amal El-Mohtar & Max Gladstone How To Make The Best Coffee At Home by James Hoffman Blood and Oil: Mohammed bin Salman's Ruthless Quest for Global Power by Bradley Hope & Justin Scheck It Takes Blood and Guts by Skin Can Everyone Please Calm Down?: A Guide to 21st Century Sexuality by Mae Martin All That Remains: A Life in Death by Sue Black Momenticon by Andrew Caldecott Kindred by Octavia Butler Crime by Irvine Welsh Factfulness: Ten Reasons We're Wrong About The World - And Why Things Are Better Than You Think by Hans Rosling The Player of Games by Iain M Banks Tenement Kid by Bobby Gillespie Firekeeper's Daughter by Angeline Boulley The Antidote by Oliver Burkeman The Green Mile by Stephen King Best Served Cold: A First Law Novel by Joe Abercrombie Before They Are Hanged: Book Two (The First Law 2) by Joe Abercrombie On Bloody Sunday: A New History Of The Day And Its Aftermath – By The People Who Were There by Julieann Campbell Lancaster: The Forging of a Very British Legend by John Nicol Digital Minimalism: Choosing a Focused Life in a Noisy World by Cal Newport £1.99 Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance by Robert M. Pirsig All Tomorrow's Parties by William Gibson The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern Star Wars: Brotherhood by Mike Chen Metro 2034 by Dmitry Glukhovsky Tuned Out: A British Time Travel Adventure by Keith A. Pearson House of Chains: Malazan Book of the Fallen 4 by Steven Erikson
  18. It’s not my tardiness this time; they haven’t dropped yet. Amazon are still running the 12 Days of Christmas promo.
  19. 1. Expected Goals by Rory Smith. Discusses the explosion of data analysis on the Premier League, as Moneyball influences clubs to look at alternative approaches to player recruitment. If you has a reasonable interest in football and/or data analysis I think you’d enjoy it. Some good tales of the initial sniffiness and suspicion towards data and how some of our most maligned managers (Pulis, Allardyce, Redknapp) were amongst the standard bearers of this new approach whilst my team’s manager, Brendan Rodgers was more dismissive than I would have thought. 4/5 First one of my planned reads down.
  20. I’m pretty chuffed with Leicester’s owners. Pumped millions into the city, especially the hospital and even more into regenerating the area around the King Power. Think they spent £100m+ on our new training facility. Every year they give the fans free food and drink (pints and mince pies at Xmas for example). Top also seems very well liked by the players and staff. Having said that, he’s a billionaire. And you don’t get to be one of those without screwing someone along the way, so I’m aware he’s not all sweetness and light. But he’s amongst the best in the Prem.
  21. Dear oh dear. Dewsbury-Hall injured in the warm-up and then Soumare substituted after 8 minutes, so two of our three starting midfielders are off. Fulham all over us and Mitrovic has inevitably scored.
  22. Maybe send this to them? I didn’t get an email confirming the deal once I clicked on it but this was on the email I received when they sent me the £5.
  23. @Benny, I've submitted my votes, when do you need any write-ups/explanations for our votes?
  24. I'm going for 40 again. This year, I've largely chosen what they are going to be as well, although I can see a few changing as other titles are reduced and new titles come out. Think this might stop me procrastinating over what title in my huge Kindle pile of shame to tackle next. A real mixed bag in there. Here's what I've settled on for now. I'm currently reading (all begun in 2022) The Gallows Pole by Benjamin Myers, Expected Goals by Rory Smith, Maybe I Don’t Belong Here by David Harewood and The Every by Dave Eggers.
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