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Peter Hitchens

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  1. This is true to an extent, but it's an absurd simplification to suggest that everyone in the world could live like rich Americans - or in Elysium. It's very apparent that at least the richest people, and probably most of "the West" would have to accept a lower standard of living for the rest of the world to truly achieve something like equality. The ending when
  2. I saw the film without reading the script and this was pretty much still how I felt about it. I had high expectations having read good reviews, and it started out very promisingly. Bradley Cooper's performance is great and you really feel for his character. But I couldn't really get over how everything was increasingly contrived and stupid, really from the moment the dance thing was introduced but especially with the bet at the end. It was like the acting and subject matter hinted at a really interesting film, but then it collapsed into standard rom-com territory, with the serious mental illness receding into the background. A lot to like, but ultimately disappointing.
  3. What TV coverage is there of the Aussie open? Is it just the BBC red button or is some of it going to be on Sky ?
  4. Regarding this 'red card ruining the game' issue - I really don't see why they couldn't just amend the 'clear goalscoring chance' rule so that it only applies outside the penalty area. Surely the function of the rule is primarily to prevent the situation where somebody is going to be put through and the defender realises this and fouls them before they reach the area, knowing they can just take a yellow card and the team go almost unpunished (only conceding a freekick). The rule is basically pointless in the area as a penalty is a severe enough deterrent already, there's no incentive to foul in the area (unless you think it'll go unseen). And it can be incredibly harsh (not so much in this case as Kos did it entirely deliberately) for example when a player is clean through in the area and defender makes an attempt at a last ditch tackle that they mistime. Or even worse, when the goalkeeper gets sent off for it - with the rule as it stands the risk is so high they might as well just stand there and watch the shot go in.
  5. For my festive viewing today I watched Raw Deal: A Question of Consent. A very interesting and disturbing documentary about a stripper who alleged she had been raped at a frat party. Shortly after she reported it to the police it was discovered that much of the party including this incident (or at least some of it) had been filmed by guys at the party. It might sound inappropriate but the film makers show a lot of this graphic footage. It forms the backbone of the film along interviews with the woman who was (or wasn't) raped, and one of the frat boys who was in the room while it occurred (the guy accused of doing it did not want to be interviewed). It's very disturbing and depressing seeing the behaviour at the frat party, and especially the way one of the interviewees so clearly looks down on the woman, describing her as "white trash" when clearly his own behaviour is not exactly great. I did feel a little guilty that I was fascinated and desperate to see this footage, but it is justified in the context of the film. A big part of the story is how people have watched the same footage and had entirely different reactions to it, so it's necessary to see it for yourself to try to understand. Unfortunately I was watching a stream online which cut out before the end so I didn't get to the end. So now I'm trying to torrent it. But anyway, I highly recommend it if you can find a way to get hold of it.
  6. I think it may be becoming a lazy stereotype, but it's at least somewhat true for this current test team. I was in India for the first two tests and there were a few times when I couldn't believe the way the Indian outfielders were giving up on chasing fours that might have been saved. Or sometimes making a dive that was more for show than a genuine attempt to reach the ball. It might only happen a couple of times in a day but I thought it was quite telling that it would happen at all at this level. And Tendulkar seemed to be a notable culprit.
  7. Is it just me who thought this was really not very good? I guess I'm overstating it because I had very high expectations - I hadn't read the book or seen the original but loved the look of the trailer and thought it sounded like something that Fincher could do brilliantly. But I couldn't help feeling that despite the high production values and good performances it was ruined by being stuck in such a plodding and formulaic 'detective story' template. Lisbeth was an interesting character but she was really the ONLY interesting thing about the film. This was particularly apparent during the first half when the stories were quite separate - her story was interesting but I was just bored/annoyed when it cut back to another scene of Daniel Craig having the murder mystery plot explained to him and slowly looking at photos. To be fair I can imagine it would have worked a lot better in the book, it just wasn't a very cinematic story as the investigation was all looking into the past rather than following unfolding events. I would say more about specific bits but I can't seem to find how to conceal spoilers.
  8. Any good streams for this game? I'm struggling.
  9. You seem to be being deliberately obtuse about the fact that the Office VERY clearly does ATTEMPT to have sincere emotional storylines and plausible characters who you care about, just because you personally thought the Tim/Dawn stuff was crap. It has a very different tone to Seinfeld in which the boyfriend/girlfriends always are disposable characters who advance the humour, and sincerity or emotion is avoided. It's not just the Tim/Dawn relationship, almost all the characters and relationships in the Office are intended sincerely and have emotional moments. For example, the episode with Tim's birthday and the pub quiz - it is funny but it's also horribly believable seeing the Finchy/Brent dynamic, and Tim being awkwardly bullied by Lee, then left alone with no shoes at the end. The whole show has a very bleak streak running through it.
  10. Does it mean they'll be cheaper than normal? Or is it just that we get them first?
  11. I don't understand though, don't managers on touchline bans always communicate with the bench? I'm sure I've seen them on phones many times before, I don't remember hearing that they couldn't.
  12. This looks great, but why on earth did they release that ludicrously long trailer that just tells the entire story in quite a long winded boring way? It's especially unnecessary with a film like this where it has such a great single line concept, it really only needs the tiniest of teasing as it's obviously a cool concept with potential.
  13. The other day I was re-watching R Kelly's amazing Trapped in the Closet videos, and noticed that "Omar from the Wire" is one of the main characters.
  14. I have been convinced, it was a good idea. My thinking was that kids young enough to need that sort of seat are utterly dependent on their parents and don't have very adventurous lives, so they wouldn't really benefit from the freedom afforded by the backpack. I only remember using a seat like that when I was so young that I didn't really go anywhere without my parents.
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