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  1. Ordinarily, I’d message someone privately to thank them for this type of reply. But the rebuke was public so it seems only right to acknowledge your positive response publically. It’s really appreciated. (Apologies for the derail, all!) As for my PS4 Pro, I tend to play most of my games through my headphones. Otherwise it sounds like someone is doing the hoovering next to me.
  2. Superior: The Return of Race Science by Angela Saini is free at the moment. Only came out last year; I've had it on my "to read" list for a while. About 20% of the way in and it's great so far.
  3. 21. A Boy And His Dog At The End Of The World by C. A. Fletcher I struggled with this for the first half of the book and thought it meandered and was inconsistent in parts. To the point where I thought maybe this book resonates more if you've ever had that close bond with a dog. I'm a cat person, so maybe I'm to blame. Anyway, second half was much more interesting and engaging and whilst there was a fairly abrupt denouement, the last 50 pages or so were excellent. I can't stand it when books have nonsensical twists which serve very little purpose other than for publishers to blather on about "YOU WON"T BELIEVE THE TWISTS. UNBELIEVABLE, JEFF." However, a number of things happen in those last 50 or so pages that fully reward any grievances you may have with the rest of the book. It was the antithesis of The Girl With The Gifts, which had a really promising start and then shat the bed.
  4. 1. To start a fire, use a chimney starter with some of these. They come in much smaller packs and you can find them at petrol stations, garden centres etc. You only need one of these with your coals. Don't use firelighters with accelerants as they can taint the flavour of the food. 2. If you want a superb book on BBQ sauces, rubs and marinades, then this is the grand-daddy. 3. Depending on what meat you are cooking, you might want to invest in a BBQ thermometer. This is the one I use at the moment, ridiculously easy to use. Set the temp you want the meat to reach and the app on your phone will inform you when that temp is reached. Not that important for burgers and sausages, but essential if you want cooked, yet moist whole chicken, pork etc. You can also use it in your oven. I never cook to time, but instead to temperature. 4. Get yourself a pair of BBQ gloves, normally around a tenner a pair. Allow you to pick up grates, burning coals etc. if needs be. I've got a pair of these. Make sure you've got tongs too! 5. Trial and error is the key learning process. The beauty of BBQing is that it's an inexact science. Size and type of fuel, as well as air intake are the key factors to be aware of. 6. If you're marinading meat, in most cases the longer you can give the meat, the better.
  5. (Mod hat off) Whilst I'm against group pile-ons towards contributors, it's not hard to see why you got pulled up for this. Cities are on fire in the USA, systemic racism appears to be rife and openly allowed, a despotic President tweets manically about it whilst exacerbating the conflict and law-abiding citizens are in fear of doing normal pursuits because of the fear of racially driven and unwarranted violence. That's without considering the global pandemic that is ravaging the planet and the likelihood of a devastating global financial meltdown. My son was excited about the PS5 event and we'd planned to watch it together. As soon as I told him it was being delayed, he asked if it was because of the George Floyd murder. He's 9; it wasn't rocket science to work it out. I'm not a perfect poster by any means, but I do try and reread my posts and think about the impact they might have on others, the reactions they might illicit and to try and ensure they might add something to healthy discussion. (Mod hat on) After people pulled you up for that comment, there were at least 7 comments from you asking them to justify why they were being critical of you. As you specifically have seen, the mod team do try and deal with personal insults, aggressive behaviour and harassment in a way that stops this from continuing. However, this is a thread about a delayed announcement not about you. You're clearly derailing the thread.
  6. Haha, I was minded of your posts in the Audible thread, so had to highlight it this month! Sure we'll all be purchasing it.
  7. I've just finished replaying TLOU and Left Behind in preparation for TLOU2. I very rarely replay games, the last one I can think of is Bioshock. In the years since playing TLOU for the first time I have had some nagging doubts about the gameplay and within an hour those concerns were fully met. The gameplay, whilst good, was just that. Where was the stellar gameplay that others rave about? You could argue that the superb voice acting, wonderfully evocative soundtrack, natural dialogue, riveting plot and the formation of an emotional bond with the characters would overcome that grievance. But there was a nagging feeling that whilst it is a very good game, it's not excellent. And then, a few hours in, it just clicked. The scarcity of resources push you to embrace the futility of the characters' existence and that this is a game of survival in the most harrowing of situations. There's no blasé approach to overcoming the hurdles you face and the game demands that you treat its encounters with thoughtfulness. A thoughtfulness that the game's plot, script and acting talent delivers back to you in spades. What surprised me most, was that this wasn't a game that was all about Joel and Ellie. The supporting cast were well fleshed out and avoided the cliches of so many creative products. They served to further develop the world, as well as Joel and Ellie's characters and really helped embed the humanity that is at the heart of the proceedings. And then there were the collectables, so often an interminable gaming dirge . However, the stories within them were heartbreaking and believable; of desperation, of spirited fight, of fatigue, of societal breakdown and suspicion of the media narrative. I'd also forgotten how visceral and unrelenting the violence was in parts. To the point at which I had to look away on occasion. But I think this plays a key role in making those quiet, contemplative, sensitive parts even more evocative. The giraffes have that emotional resonance because of what has come before. That these characters are capable of such incredible (yet necessary) violence doesn't eradicate their humanity; it brings this to the fore and the bond between the two develops. I was expecting to play through it again and say that it's still an excellent game but just falls short of greatness. But, it's superb. Just wonderful.
  8. I find that there's an increasing (and lazy) writing trope in dramas to make absolutely everyone unlikeable. To the extent I'm willing everyone to die or have awful things happen to them. There are many examples of unlikeable characters in TV that the viewer ends up routing for. However, none of them are in this mess.
  9. Loads of crime novels this month if you can bring yourself to go through the entire list of monthly offers. Very little there that I'm interested in, but here's my selective titles of interest. Queenie by Candice Carty Williams - 99p The Witcher: Last Wish by Andrzej Sapkowski - 99p Oryx and Crake by Margaret Attwood - 99p Alan Partridge: Nomad by Alan Partridge - 99p The Amazing Adventures Of Kavalier And Clay by Michael Chabon - 99p Just One Damned Thing After Another by Jodi Taylor - 99p Around The World In 80 Pints by David Lloyd - 99p How To Be Famous by Caitlin Moran - 99p Bonkers: My Life In Laughs by Jennifer Saunders - 99p How To Be A Footballer by Peter Crouch -99p Freak Out The Squares: Life In A Band Named Pulp by Russell Senior - £2.89 Adults by Emma Jane Unsworth - 99p Going Postal by Terry Pratchett - £1.99 The Martian by Andy Weir - £1.99 Room by Emma Donoghue - 99p Postcards From The Edge by Carrie Fisher - 99p The Black Dahlia by James Ellroy - 99p The Psychopath Test by Jon Ronson - 99p The Knowledge: How To Rebuild Our World From Scratch by Lewis Dartnell - £1.99 A Child Called It by Dave Pelzer - 99p Weaveworld by Clive Barker - 99p Original Spin: Misadventures In Cricket by Vic Marks - £2.89 A Million Little Pieces by James Frey - 99p Quartered Safe Out Here by George MacDonald Fraser - 99p American Kingpin: Catching The Billion Dollar Baron Of The Dark Web by Nick Bilton - £1.99 Riders by Jilly Cooper - 99p The Course Of Love by Alain De Botton - £1.99 Infinite Powers Of Calculus by Stephen Strogatz - £1.99 Red Dragon by Thomas Harris - 99p
  10. White Lines is up there as one of the worst programmes I've ever seen. It's an utter mess. The main actress is diabolical. Really grating with an accent that has more flavours than Baskin Robbins. Daniel Mays is criminally wasted. The scene where he's staring at George getting out of the bath was unintentionally hilarious. No-one is likeable. I despised pretty much everyone. It makes Ibiza look utterly boring. They've thrown so much shit at the screen they must have hoped for a Chris Ofili painting. Instead, it's the type of dirge that even the commission editor of ITV wouldn't countenance. In a desperate attempt to look racy they've alluded to incest, had rampant orgies, etc. For all the mystery at the heart of the story, the decent cast and a setting to die for, it's all incredibly dull.
  11. Jeffrey Epstein:Filthy Rich is really intriguing but heartbreakingly maddening; infuriating that there were numerous opportunities to stop him and yet his prestige and power allowed him to get away with his criminality. Only 4 parts, so hoping it maintains its quality through the series.
  12. 20. Gotta Get Theroux This by Louis Theroux It's Louis Theroux, what's not to love? Well, a few parts actually. I mean most of it is great but there are a few chapters where it's pretty much describing the contents of particular episodes, where its adds little to the viewing experience and is more like the audio descriptive version of a tv programme. A lot on Saville with very little on Westboro; I felt over focusing on specific issues to the detriment of others left it a bit unbalanced He's pretty honest about his failings whilst his childhood and family upbringing give an insight into how he turned out the way he is. Having read it, I've gone off him a little bit. I still really like him but I didn't feel this made me sympathetic towards him or 'root for him' in the way that other autobiographical books have Maybe that just goes to prove how good he is at portraying the truth behind the story.
  13. McMillions is really entertaining. The best part is being as impressed by the criminal scheming as I am amazed by the stupidity of some of their decisions. I’m only half way through but the lack of humility and remorse is unsurprising. And then there’s Doug Matthews and The Church of Fuzzy Bunny. Great stuff.
  14. Joe Abercrombie’s First Law Trilogy is 99p today
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