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  1. All the issues with the whole kit deal aside, that's quite a step-down in brand power there. I imagine that other potential large corporate sponsors just see the UFC as too volatile and it's extremely likely that your gear is going to be worn by people accused of some dreadful things - recent examples being rape, wife beating, racism, assault, doping etc. - who would likely still be in the UFC no matter what happens. It doesn't have the buzz it had a few years back about being the next huge sport. Not surprising if someone like Adidas or Nike don't fancy a punt.
  2. Just finished season 2. Yeah, it’s bloody brilliant. I love the absolute bastardry on display in every single scene. I don’t know who I hate-love most.
  3. NEW EP. US BROADCAST 24/05/20 Minor joke spoiler: We’re divorced now.
  4. I was really sad to hear about this yesterday. He was looking quite frail in recent appearances on Modern Family (though still being great). Like Spleen above, Best In Show is the one for me - one of my favourite films and with so many legendary comic actors on the cast, Fred Willard still comes away as the best thing in it. There was something about him which always cheered me up when he would appear on screen.
  5. You can use things like 1Password to handle the 2FA instead of your mobile too. Very convenient platform that. I know GTA V is the big one at the moment but I’m enjoying Death Coming from last week’s freebie. Cute pixel-art characters meeting untimely deaths and I zone out and click around the environment to kill them off. Strangely relaxing.
  6. Yeah, it crossed my mind alright but I thought not, considering a conversation that was had between Saul and Mike earlier on in the show. It would have been great if it did turn out like that though. One random question about the call in question:
  7. I suspect that Dana wanted to make ESPN/Disney make the call rather than they UFC doing it themselves. I've read something around how his motivation was to deliver whatever number of events they had promised so that that UFC earns the $750m in their contract with ESPN (and Dana still gets bonuses based on their financial performance too iirc). If ESPN pulled the plug, the UFC aren't the ones letting down their side of the bargain and would not be subject to penalty. Probably too simplistic but I don't know if a pandemic is something that would commonly be covered in a contract like that. This whole thing has been a bit horrible though - the paid-for 'mma journalists' going along with everything, the fan backlash against actual journalists and some fighters who called the whole thing a disgrace, the disappointment when fighter(s) you thought had some common sense comes out in support of Dana White's "leadership" (Michelle Waterson the most recent one I saw). It's one of those times where the UFC (and therefore MMA) does come across as knuckle-draggingly stupid and dodgy as a lot of people think it is. Whole thing is gross - hot shower required. Scott Coker and Bellator coming out of this with much more respect from their handling of the situation.
  8. I had to look it up to be sure but Fring’s Madrigal German friend shows up much later in the timeline in a scene that horrified me at the time. BB Spoiler likely not required but just in case...
  9. Does anyone know where (or if) I can buy a steam key for an ok price that will qualify me to get Doom 64 as well? CD Keys sell it for the Bethesda launcher but sod that, I have too many launchers already. Now is the perfect time for this game in my life. I rinsed the 2016 one many times.
  10. Ronan Farrow’s Catch and Kill is the 99p deal today https://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/B07NGJD698/ref=mh_s9_acsd_hps_c2_x_0_i?pf_rd_m=A3P5ROKL5A1OLE&pf_rd_s=mobile-hybrid-3&pf_rd_r=D6YFFNMZP3NJVQCSN7T3&pf_rd_t=1201&pf_rd_p=7fd5af5d-187b-4287-89b2-b9d5e96ebf9b&pf_rd_i=5400977031
  11. One of my favourite bands of all times - that album is amazing, though I have a lot of time for everything that came before, infernal love, suicide pact and semi-detached. The last time I saw them (2017?) was an acoustic show and it was brilliant. It was full of Andy's anecdotes like how he felt he was ripping off Helmet so much, he wanted Page Hamilton to play on Unbeliever and how they got him to come over to where they were living in Dun Laoghaire at the time.
  12. Watched the first episode - it was ok-ish. I think Mac and Cricket got me through to be honest but I'm willing to stick with it for a few episodes. Surprised to see zero interest here on the day of release.
  13. Yes, thanks so much for the monthly updates. I contribute the occasional bargain every now and then from my own wishlist but I really look forward to your monthly sieving through the pile of discounts. I’d happily click on your affiliate links if you set them up. I picked up the Chiang collection today.
  14. I’ll miss this show, it was certainly immersive Now it’s over, I’m weirdly nostalgic for sleaze-ridden NYC. I love this type of show, where the pace is laid back (and when something happens, it hits harder), the world is full of detail and the performances are, for the most part, spot on. Only unsatisfying bit - where is our man Larry Brown? What happened there?
  15. The whole Liveship Traders trilogy from Robin Hobb is £4.60.
  16. To answer my own question, I'm now halfway through the book and it's excellent. Already far more satisfying and comprehensive than Call of the Weird - would highly recommend to followers of this thread.
  17. Michael Palin Erebus is the daily deal today - 99p https://www.amazon.co.uk/gp/aw/d/B07C7RDKXQ/ref=mh_s9_acsd_hps_c_x_1_w?pf_rd_m=A3P5ROKL5A1OLE&pf_rd_s=mobile-hybrid-3&pf_rd_r=TQVDSS26FBQNNMQDHB2R&pf_rd_t=1201&pf_rd_p=7fd5af5d-187b-4287-89b2-b9d5e96ebf9b&pf_rd_i=5400977031
  18. Say Nothing by Patrick Raddan Keefe is £1.99, down from £20. It’s been on my wishlist for a while, it’s about Jean McConville and the troubles, have read only glowing reviews: https://www.amazon.co.uk/gp/aw/d/B07B2NZRL5/ref=tmm_kin_title_0?ie=UTF8&qid=1569918231&sr=8-1
  19. My Sister, The Serial Killer by Oyinkan Braithwaite. This was a lovely black comedy that rattles along its tiny chapters. It's set in Lagos, it has no fat at all and it reminded me a bit of Chuck Palahniuk, except lighter and not stuffed with gory details. Very happy with my 99p kindle deal there.
  20. I have also read about a dozen of them. Some of the ones I have read on that list are perfectly fine, but didn't stay with me long (Gone Girl, Girl with the Dragon Tattoo) and others are genuinely memorable (Nothing to Envy, Never Let Me Go, The Road). I think I own a lot more of those that are on the to-read pile but something more exciting always gets put ahead of more "worthy" fare. If anything, I have a few things to add to my wishlist as a result of this article and I may get to them by the time this list is redone in ten years. I would have liked to have seen the Power of the Dog on there. My personal list would probably also contain The Sisters Brothers, The Sad Tale of the Brothers Grossbart, The Damned United, I, Partridge, The Martian, and Horns - mostly based on pure enjoyment if nothing else.
  21. Cbeebies owns the TV at that time in my household at the weekends. During the week, I’m commuting so it’s very rare I get my Frasier fix in a broadcast format. The anytime convenience is what’s important to me.
  22. Great news - I just need Frasier back on the UK/Irish service again and I will never unsubscribe as I bounce between both shows for the rest of my life.
  23. Made Poirier look very ordinary - the speed when shooting for the takedowns was very impressive. It did only look like a matter of time until he got the RNC or a neck crank. I think the only way to defend is by getting on your bike whenever you're anywhere near the cage and right back into the centre. Whenever Poirier had a second of a break, I was imploring him to get the hell away from the cage. You knew Dustin was done after the guillotine attempt failed, it looked like he squeezed everything into trying to get that. I couldn't see if his hands were joined though, it didn't look like it. Fuck it, I'm on the Justin Gaethje train now. He has wrestling and he's crazy enough to throw the kitchen sink at Khabib in the first 15 seconds. Tony - I just feel that the fight is never going to happen with him for whatever reason. Do we think Khabib will end up being a dull champ within a few fights? Like, why bother to tune in when there's no danger, he'll just outgrapple everyone and on to the next one? I don't think we will ever see him move up in weight either, despite the alleged tough cut. Similar to Jon Jones, I think he has that bully boy mentality where he'd be quite happy to clear out a division and then be content to crush any further lesser opponents thrown at him. I would be interested to see how he'd fare against any of Colby/Usman/Tyron. Ramzan Kadyrov was in attendance tonight as well - there's a lot about Khabib that is concerning to say the least. It's a bit hard to stomach someone like him being as incredibly talented as he is.
  24. I enjoy the BE staff picks articles, and also the winners & losers ones after the events.
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