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Boothjan

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    Xbox One, Real Ale, Wolverhampton Wanderers, guitars, bad quality jokes

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  1. Boothjan

    What are you reading at the moment?

    Cheers @Darren - I've got it on my list after you last mentioned it, and will grab it if it's on offer again.
  2. Boothjan

    What are you reading at the moment?

    What a brilliant, powerful book this is. I have an interest in WW2 history, particularly that of the POWs who were forced to work on the Thai-Burma railway by the Japanese, following their successful invasion of Singapore. I've read a lot of accounts from survivors - the best being The Railwayman by Eric Lomax (which inspired the film starring Colin Firth) and the absolutely amazing Forgotten Highlander by Alastair Urquhart (this is just an astonishing book which I very highly recommend). Conjuror on the Kwai is up there with these 2. It's a fascinating story of courage, resilience and - it has to be said - incredible luck. Quite how the author managed to get out of WW2 in one piece is a mystery! It's a very humble account and a very honest one. Reading how some men endured where others didn't have the strength to carry on has always fascinated me. I have promised myself that I will visit the memorials at Hellfire Pass and Kanchanaburi in Thailand at some point in the next couple of years to pay my respects to those who didn't make it back home, because every time I read memoirs such as these, I realise how lucky I am. If you've any interest in WW2, or just enjoy a good, solid biography, you must read this - in parts it is astonishing, in others utterly heartbreaking. And no matter how many I read, I can never understand why this particular aspect of the war isn't one that many people know too much about.
  3. Boothjan

    Doctor Who

    The Rllmuk hive mind. Which has already seen off The Last Jedi.
  4. Boothjan

    Sea of Thieves - Forsaken Shores free major DLC 27.09.18

    I also did some cargo runs for the first time - quite a nice variation on the merchant quests and fortunately I had nice, calm seas and didn't go to Devil's Roar to do it so all 6 crates were delivered unharmed. I forgot how relaxing Sea of Thieves is when you're not being harrassed by huge molten rocks falling on your head. Someone also left a half full crate of bananas on the beach, so I stole it. Found a treasure map on the next island I went to - and it was a merchants quest for a crate of bananas! Easiest 1200 gold pieces I've made in ages.
  5. Boothjan

    Call of Duty: Black Ops 4 - None More Black

    Thanks, folks. I shall ponder it.
  6. Boothjan

    Call of Duty: Black Ops 4 - None More Black

    I never thought I'd want to go back to CoD - I loathed the WW2 beta. The last FPS I put loads of time into was BF1, but all my mates deserted me when WW2 came out last year! They'll all getting this so I'm starting to contemplate it - they've all said I'd like it more than the last few CoD titles. Please could someone answer a couple of questions for me, which are pretty much dealbreakers for me! 1. Is teamwork rewarded more than in previous titles? 2. Quickscoping - still prevalent? (God I hate quickscopers) 3. Are the game types varied? 4. Is it right that there's no campaign mode this time? Many thanks!
  7. Boothjan

    Sea of Thieves - Forsaken Shores free major DLC 27.09.18

    Saw a reaper's mark at the outpost so I thought I'd sneak there and see if they had anything to steal. Dropped anchor at the other side of the island so they couldn't see me, saw a chest on their ship! Result! So I tried to sneak past them to cash it in. Result! And then this happened. Oh. They turn out to be really nice. Well don't I feel like a bastard right now?
  8. Boothjan

    Sea of Thieves - Forsaken Shores free major DLC 27.09.18

    Are you told where to find them, or do you have to search random islands?
  9. Boothjan

    Sea of Thieves - Forsaken Shores free major DLC 27.09.18

    FFS, I hate people like that - far too many faceless wankers play online games and they're bloody annoying! I shall be logging onto SoT tonight - not played since the cargo runs update so looking forward to a few sessions this week.
  10. Boothjan

    The Beer Thread

    Birmingham based beer fans! There's a new craft ale place that has opened on Bennetts Hill - literally next door to the Wellington - and it's awesome. It's called the Pint Shop - 30 taps of beer, 27 of which were on last night with an excellent varied selection. It's good!
  11. Boothjan

    Doctor Who

    Really enjoyed last nights' episode TBH - not sure what the problem is? Seems to be introducing the new characters nicely, whilst letting JW settle into her new role. Thought last night ticked plenty of boxes and the new Tardis interior looks good.
  12. Boothjan

    Best WWII Movie

    Agree with this. The Pacific is very good and absolutely worth watching, but it's not in the same league as Band of Brothers. BoB is so good because of the characters, and how close they grow due to it focussing on one individual unit as opposed to The Pacific which has to move between 3 different main characters from different units and even different battles (Basilone, Leckie and Sledge). Great shout - really good films.
  13. Boothjan

    Best WWII Movie

    I know it's sacrilegious to say so, but I don't like Bridge Over the River Kwai - I've read too many memoirs of former POWs who suffered whilst building that railway so I really struggle to get over the fact it's so overly sanitised, despite the pretty awesome performances featured in the film. I'd probably have loved it if I saw it before I found an interest in that part of the war and researched it. I don't think I've seen a really good representation of the Thai-Burma railway atrocities - maybe The Railwayman with Colin Firth? Anyone know any others worth watching?
  14. Boothjan

    Football Thread 2018/19

    Fantastic. I love this man.
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