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  1. Jenas insight, “That was a poor penalty’ then says “it was a great save”. Offers absolutely nothing as a pundit.
  2. Our first 11 is better than theirs. They have a true match winner though. If Mbappe performs they win, otherwise England go through. They have an error-prone Lloris, a CB as RB, possibly no LB available and so on. However, a French supporter could point to our obvious deficiencies. The bookies won’t have much between it.
  3. How on earth have we got this far and not said the obvious answer? The Medium.
  4. Mixture of pre-sleep reading, post-waking reading, holiday reading and the occasional post-work 'fuck this I need a coffee' cafe hour. I've persevered with a few books this year that I should really have left when I started to dislike them - How to Kill Your Family, the Twyford Code and the Jerry Seinfeld book come to mind. Started reading Crime and Punishment and it all seems a bit too dense for me (not academically just the level of detail and exposition). I've got a huge backlog on my Kindle including a lot of titles I wanted on release but haven't touched yet, so think I'm going to create a reading list for next year and stick to it, ignoring any new books or Kindle deals that pop up in the meantime.
  5. Superb goal, fantastic start to the game. That passing was like Netherlands of yesteryear.
  6. Stopharage

    The Bookies

    I’ve had a shocker with bets this week, then this happened. I’m up £50 for the week now, so going to use that for the rest of the tournament.
  7. Getting fruity now. Got to be a few more yellows to come.
  8. Better late than never, I've given myself a detention as punishment. Unseen Academicals by Terry Pratchett Father Christmas' Fake Beard by Terry Pratchett How High We Go In The Dark by Sequoia Nagamatsu (Probably my favourite book of the year) Bad Blood: Secrets and Lies in a Silicon Valley Startup by John Carreyrou Wool by Hugh Howey The Devil and the Dark Water by Stuart Turton £1.09 The Lost Pianos of Siberia by Sophy Roberts 1000 Years of Joys and Sorrows: The story of two lives, one nation, and a century of art under tyranny by Weiwei Ai Midnight in Chernobyl by Adam Higginbotham The Gallows Pole by Benjamin Myers £2.29 The Ramble Book by Adam Buxton Star Wars: Thrawn Ascendancy by Timothy Zahn Star Wars: From a Certain Point of View by Various Writers How To Watch Football by Ruud Gullit Bossypants by Tina Fey Making Sense of the Troubles: A History of the Northern Ireland Conflict by David McKittrick Shuggie Bain by Douglas Stuart Drive your Plow over the Bones of the Dead by Olga Tokarczuk £3.49 Yearbook by Seth Rogen The Seeds of Time by John Wyndham Ready Player One by Ernest Cline Futebol Nation: A Footballing History of Brazil by David Goldblatt The Game of Our Lives: The Meaning and Making of English Football by David Goldblatt I Am Zlatan Ibrahimovic by Zlatan Ibrahimovic Count Zero by William Gibson The Escape Artist: The Man Who Broke Out of Auschwitz to Warn the World by Jonathan Freedland Diary Of A Wimpy Kid by Jeff Kinney Adolf Hitler: My Part in his Downfall by Spike Milligan Red Rising by Pierce Brown Inverted World by Christopher Priest The Prestige by Christopher Priest The Fry Chronicles by Stephen Fry A Ladder to the Sky by John Boyne Artemis by Andy Weir
  9. Would be wonderful if a Ghanian player saved a certain goal with their hand and the subsequent penalty was missed...
  10. Work stuff is frying my brain at the moment. I’ll put the monthly offers up tomorrow. But for now, Emily St Mandel’s Sea of Tranquility is 99p today only.
  11. Musiala currently on the phone to Southgate, asking for forgiveness and a free transfer.
  12. This truly is the end times. When was the last time both openers got centuries?
  13. 37. The Anomaly by Herve Le Tellier. A plane hits a storm and then lands in the US twice, three months apart. Duplicate passengers deal with this mysterious event and a group of investigators try to get to the bottom of this. It's intriguing, especially in the first half, but I found it underwhelming and didn't connect or care with any of the characters. Was glad when it finished. It was a weird blend of high concept sci-fi combined with a well written literary thriller. 38. Stolen Focus by Johann Hari. Hari comes to terms with his own lack of focus by renting a property and divesting himself of any tech. He then discusses how our technology and social networks have stolen our focus. He interviews a range of people who were and are involved in the creation and explosion of various social networks. Lots of interesting content and some more contentious view on ADHD. Worth reading but don't expect to agree with everything he posits. 39. The Twyford Code by Janice Hallett. This has had quite a lot of coverage in the media, as has her first novel, The Appeal. In no way is this anything to do with her previous career as a magazine editor and journalist. Obviously. Anyway, this is an extremely annoying, confusing and frustrating novel. Slightly illiterate ex-con tries to work out what happened to his primary school teacher, who disappeared after a school trip they were on. Hallett decides the best way of telling this story if through the use of a voice-to-text piece of software which translates his various voicemails, audio notes etc into the words in the book. It ends up as largely unintelligible and needlessly complex. The puzzles at the heart of it all are obtuse and in some parts, patently unbelievable. Avoid. 40. Who Are Ya by Kevin Day. BBC football everyman, Kevin Day, gives arguments as to why you shouldn't support each one of the 92 league teams. There's some really interesting content in there (when football first appeared on the radio, the commentators would have a blind person with them, to give them feedback on whether their descriptions were good enough) and it's a decent introductory insight into each of the teams. An easy and comforting read. That's the 40 for the year that I was aiming for, with a month left. Currently reading The Every by Dave Eggers.
  14. I was waiting for the ref to order it to be retaken. Infantino was obviously in the VAR studio ordering them to keep Messi in the World Cup. Laughable decision.
  15. Belgium are relentlessly pedestrian. Seen more urgency from a sloth. Great second. Morocco thoroughly deserve this.
  16. In the cold light of day, it’s important to reflect on the best part of yesterday. Imagine the scene, tutor time, Senegal game on. Me: Who’s that player on the subs’ bench? Football Obsessed Student (FOS): Name. Me: Yep, that’s what I’m asking. FOS: Moustapha Name. Me: Yeah, I know he must. What is it? FOS: What is wrong with you? That’s his name. Who needs a cost of living pay rise when you’re getting paid to smash out the dad jokes.
  17. My investment in a Japan shirt already paying off. What a cracking second goal, although the German defence was pretty ropey..
  18. Wakes up. Turns cricket on. Sees score. Turns cricket off.
  19. Van Bronkhurst sacked. Stevie G incoming…
  20. Can’t the camera folk zoom in on a sad Emir and Infantino deep in conversation. “This is not what I paid for.”
  21. Was it because the attacker was slightly behind the keeper? Don’t you need keeper and a defender in front of you or you’re offside?
  22. The accommodation looks great and such value for money. I hope this tournament is an utter disaster. 6,500 dead migrant workers treated as little more than a mishap by FIFA, the shameful toads.
  23. To be fair to him it was only the once odd 235 times..
  24. That’s a pretty broad request. Fact/fiction? Genre?
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