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  1. Completely agree. It genuinely raised the bar in several areas - but writing isn't one of them.
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    Chernobyl (HBO/Sky)

    Yeah, this is really brilliant TV. Horrible, but so good.
  3. I haven't been very impressed with this season, but I thought that was a decent ending. There were some flaws, but nothing I'd be overly concerned about - and the first third was really strong.
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    What are you reading at the moment?

    I've been meaning to read this series for ages. Might have to bump it up my to read list..
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    What books did you read in 2019?

    21. All the President's Men. I thought this was really great - firstly for just how incredible the Watergate scandal was (I confess I didn't really know much about it before now), and secondly for the brilliant account of the investigative journalism Woodward and Bernstein undertook to uncover it. Also, I now know where the term "ratfuck" comes from. Previously:
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    This is the end... Good and bad TV endings

    The ending of The Leftovers is just incredible. You think there's no way it can possibly close the story off, but it does - so perfectly. The ideal end to an amazing show.
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    Digital Pressure Cookers

    The pressure cooker functionality is mainly used for stock for me. I don't eat meat very often these days, but whenever I do I will use the bones to make a batch of stock.
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    That round of 16 lineup at Madrid is ridiculous. Pretty much every single match looks great. Thiem-Fognini perhaps the pick of a very, very good bunch.
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    What books did you read in 2019?

    20. The Expert System's Brother by Adrian Tchaikovsky. This is a short book that certainly doesn't outstay its welcome. There are some enjoyable elements and the first half reminded me a bit of Hothouse. I'd put it a little behind Tchaikovsky's Dogs of War, and it's definitely not in the same league as Children of Time. Previously:
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    What books did you read in 2019?

    19. Six Days of War by Michael Oren. I hoped this might help me better understand the Isreal / Palestine conflict and shaping of the Middle East. It's certainly a very thorough book, but the complexity was probably a bit beyond me, and I struggled to keep up at various points. Previously:
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    Line of Duty (BBC)

    Yeah, I thought that was pretty rubbish. I expected a strong reveal in the finale but didn't even get that - just a bit of a pathetic whimper. Hard not to think this should have gone out on a high at the end of series 3.
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    Nintendo Labo VR

    Just got going with this - the camera aquarium is amazing; feels like magic.
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    Digital Pressure Cookers

    I've had an instant pot for years. It's great.
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    Line of Duty (BBC)

    Generally agree, except having re-watched them in the past few weeks I think series 1 is also brilliant. It feels smaller and tighter, and - given how ludicrous everything has become in the past couple of series - all the better for it.
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    Line of Duty (BBC)

    That was complete crap. The most entertainment I had was working out which show I recognised Carmichael from. Also, while this series had generally been poor, the writing was a whole new level of bad this week.

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