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  1. General Election 2017

    It pisses me off no end as well but to be fair, they've got the right idea. Regardless of the level of bullshit, they identify a message and repeat it and repeat it and repeat it and repeat it and repeat it. It doesn't take long for enough people to accept it as truth. We've seen it countless times. The Tories always have a few well-scripted lines that they bring out when they're stuck for something of genuine substance to say. The Brexit campaign was another prime example. If only Corbyn/Labour could do something similar (with a bit more honesty). It's even more frustrating given that there are countless open goals that he's comprehensively failing to take advantage of. He's not just missing - he's not even swinging his leg for a shot and just letting the ball roll out of play.
  2. Anyone Watching A Good Tv Show?

    Wow, the fight choreography in Iron Fist . Is it intentionally bad? I mean, I can't believed that someone 'OKed' it if not. Characters dodge punches before they're thrown and others clearly don't land. It's like an poorly rehearsed dance. I'm not sure I've ever seen worse.
  3. General Election 2017

    "Tories the party of lower taxes" then. Don't worry about those crippling school budgets, disability benefit cuts and all that other stuff, though. As long as we don't have to pay more tax. They really know their audience don't they? Seriously, how can anyone think that this is ok? If that wins your vote then you're a word removed. I honestly believe that this election is there for the winning for a decent socialist opposition with a coherent message communicated clearly, pointing out exactly what the Tories are doing. It really is a shame (to put it mildly) that Corbyn is making such a monumental balls of it.
  4. Anyone Watching A Good Tv Show?

    Phew, I missed that so it was a relative surprise, even though I knew it was coming at some point. Netflix is a **** for spoilers, though. Promotional images of later seasons of multi-season shows with prominent characters missing/present, showing who's still alive/possibly dead. Worst of all is if you accidentally hover over the time bar, it shows you a still image of that particular moment in the movie/show. Had a few minor spoilers thanks to that, including Fring's two-face moment...
  5. Rugby: General Chat

    I think that Launchbury's exclusion was quite possibly political. By which I mean second rows from other nations were included to up their quota of players. He was the unfortunate fall guy out of England's quartet of deserving tourists. Henderson and Jones are quality players, though.
  6. Rugby: General Chat

    To be fair, although it does look harsh based on the fact that they beat Ireland and Wales, I'm struggling to see which other Scots deserve a place above the guys selected. I'd maybe have picked Huw Jones but their forwards were over-powered in pretty much every game.
  7. Rugby: General Chat

    Oh yeah, on the whole I'm pretty happy with it. I'm nitpicking, really. Davies and Halfpenny were always going to be picked and that's the annoying thing. Those two and Biggar don't deserve to be there based on their form over the past couple of years. And I say that with no bias at all. Hopefully they won't be anywhere near the test team.
  8. Rugby: General Chat

    Joseph in after all. No Roberts. Phew. Still some very lucky boys in that squad, though. Biggar over Ford is questionable to say the least. I'd have picked Ringrose over Davies. The biggest one for me is Moriarty being chosen over Robshaw. One of them had a decent game for 50 minutes of a 6N game, the other has been a warrior for years and man of the series in a 3-0 tour win down under. At some point you have to look at who knows how to win against the SH teams. A lot of those guys have proven on several occasions that they don't.
  9. Rugby: General Chat

    If the leaked squad rumours are true then **** hell. My enthusiasm was already pretty low thanks to the Gatland/Howley axis but now it's through the floor. Jamie Roberts - what a pisstake. You almost couldn't make it up. He can run all the straight lines he wants, it never has and never will trouble the ABs. Davies and Halfpenny have no place in that squad either. No Joseph, Ringrose or Carberry and there will be some disappointed Scots. I was hoping it wouldn't be Warrenball as it doesn't take a genius to know that won't work against the ABs but it looks like it's on the cards again. I think we'd have had a decent chance with the right personnel and a positive approach. Glad to see Daly in there. Just hoping that players like him aren't nullified by our approach. We look strong up front (gutted for Robshaw, mind) so I'm hoping that will keep things relatively competitive. If any other NH nation had had the past year and a bit that England have, the squad would be built around them. Needless to say, it will probably all be England's fault when we lose.
  10. Anyone Watching A Good Tv Show?

    Better Call Saul is so **** good. First 15 minutes of latest episode:
  11. The Film Thread

    I've never gone out of my way to watch a Marvel film and haven't particularly enjoyed any that I've watched. I've found most of them pretty awful tbh. But I'll be going to the cinema to watch the new Thor, simply because of Taika Waititi.
  12. Personal Independence Payment Farce

    My mom has been through something similar. She's been quite seriously ill over the past year due to a debilitating condition that she's been dealing with for years. Things were actually touch and go for while. This has obviously meant that she hasn't been able to work (and has only ever been able to work part time for years now). However, the process of trying to get a PIPs re-assessment has been a shitshow, to say the very least. There have even been two occasions where the private company who've been contracted to carry out the assessments have cancelled actually on the day of the her assessment! Once just 40 minutes in advance! I just can't get my head around how things like this can be handled in such a way in a civilised society. The whole thing is disgusting and immoral.
  13. Things that piss you off that shouldn't

    I'd say the word removed ratio is still higher with BMW drivers (pretty much 1:1 in fact) than Audis. I know some good people who drive Audis just because they're nice cars. I haven't ruled out getting one when I change my car. But the amount of superficial, wannabe-bling clearings in the woods driving them to look rich and impress people is increasing all the time. They're a definite second in my imaginary 'cars that you need to keep an eye on because they're probably driven by a word removed' list.
  14. Things that piss you off that shouldn't

    This one definitely should piss me off... I was on a slip road trying to get onto the motorway. There was an Audi in front of me that for some reason was only going around 30mph. I assumed they would speed up, but no. The motorway was pretty busy and the traffic in the inside lane was moving quickly so it was going to be tricky to get on at that speed. It was causing chaos with everyone behind impatiently trying to get around each other. Luckily it's a really long slip road that widens out a bit before it filters and I was able to get past the Audi and get on. As I was passing I saw that the stupid **** word removed was on her phone. Texting (I assume) with a big dumb grin on her face. No regard for anyone else or their safety. She ended up driving half on the hard shoulder, half on the inside lane for quite some distance, still probably only going about 40 max. I hope that she went on to drive herself into a tree or off a bridge before she hurt anybody else. Absolute **** scumbag.