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  1. Stopharage

    Anthem - February 22nd

    The amount of time people have to game. To get the most of Destiny you really needed to embrace the grind to be raid ready or to be in a position to challenge the most demanding modes. Whilst Anthem was a possible purchase, since Apex it’s no longer under consideration for me. I just don’t have the time; the demo was pretty ordinary.
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    Apex Legends - Battle Royale by Respawn Entertainment

    Managed my first victory last night with one friend and a random. Strategy rather than firepower won the fight. A total of 4 kills between us. Onwards and upwards.
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    What books did you read in 2019?

    5. My Thoughts Exactly by Lily Allen. She's a hugely polarising figure and this book is no different. It's genuinely entertaining throughout and there'll be sections where you think she only has herself to blame and others where you'll feel genuine sympathy. She's had to deal with some awful events include the breakup of her marriage, pregnancy issues and a stalker whilst living a fairly privileged existence. She writes with real honesty, to the extent that I'm sure she's put a few noses out of joint and she regularly criticises her behaviour including regularly calling herself a promiscuous so-and-so. Keith Allen is portrayed as an appalling father and I'd love to know what he thought of Lily's assessment of him. We do get a glimpse of the occasional bout of being a diva, but she does across as reasonable for the majority of the time; although she thinks her marriage break-up was equally due to both parties, the evidence she gives make it seem like she should bear the huge brunt of the blame. She's not someone that ever really interested me at all, but her 4th album, No Shame, was terrific and was also inspired by the issues in her life. This was recommended by a friend and has proven to be an engaging and enlightening read. Her honesty is what makes this book. Recommended. Now onto Roadside Picnic and 84K.
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    Football Thread 2018/19

    I don't have a great deal of sympathy for Sarri. He's marginalised Kante by focusing on Jorginho. Teams are now just putting a man on Jorginho and totally disrupting Chelsea as a result. Leicester did it, Bournemouth put Brooks on him and appears that if you pressurise Jorginho, he folds.
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    Football Thread 2018/19

    Disappointing result at Wembley. City actually played pretty well, although we were aided by some puzzling decisions by the ref in the first half. Chilwell was excellent and Tielemans sprayed the ball around well. We just can’t score though. Barnes missed an easy chance and it was a terrible idea to let Vardy take the penalty. Ghazzal and Gray continue to do very little of note.
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    Football Thread 2018/19

    Off to Wembley later to watch Leicester with the kids. The youngest has never been so hoping for a decent game. Knowing my luck Puel will play 4 defensive midfielders this week, instead of 3. Can't see us picking up any more than a draw and I'm not very confident of that.
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    Netflix - Releases & Recommendations

    Christian ethos to do unto others..?
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    First film seen at the cinema

    The first film I took my youngest to, was The Muppets at Epsom Odeon. It was one of those perfect parent moments. He loved it, I thought it was a lovingly crafted and heartfelt film and I came out of the cinema just having felt uplifted by the whole experience. The audience had all been fully engaged and there was no rustling of packets, chair being kicked, kids screaming, glaring mobiles. The saccharine memory of Life’s a Happy Song stuck with me all day. Wonderful.
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    Football Thread 2018/19

    Not enough creativity in that Liverpool midfield. As for Keira, that was a poor, poor showing. Still hope Liverpool do it, but think it’s City’s to lose.
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    Netflix - Releases & Recommendations

    I really enjoyed the first series of MAM, but felt that the second series really dragged. Think they could have had half the amount of episodes and it would have improved things considerably. The Staircase was decent too but both don’t approach the quality of The Jinx. Think there were around 6 episodes of that and it was jan-packed full of drama. That final episode..
  11. In case you were unaware, the fundraiser for her is now Over $200,000. Nice ending to a shitty situation.
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    Stan & Ollie

    This was the epitome of the word ‘charming’. The leads were great, the wives were terrific and whilst it wasn’t a chortlefest it was a lovingly crafted character piece.
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    First film seen at the cinema

    Fairly certain it was Flash Gordon at the Empire Leicester Square in 1980. Was just me and my dad and I remember having a coke float for the first time. As great an experience as it was, it didn’t shut out nightmares of Peter Duncan fisting a predatory tree. The next time time I visited the same cinema, I went to see Event Horizon with my girlfriend, now-wife. It was a matinee showing in the week and we were the only people in this vast cathedral of a cinema screen. The emptiness of the screening helped to feed our uneasiness which was compounded by the scares on screen. With about 10 minutes to go, she was clutching hold of my arm. This wasn’t helped by a voice from behind us asking us how we were finding the film at a quiet moment. One of the staff had crept in and as soon as we heard his question, we both screamed. It was at that point, she worked out I was never going to be an alpha male.
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    Anthem - February 22nd

    Did it ever really start?
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    What books did you read in 2019?

    4. In your defence:Stories of Life and Law by Sarah Langford. A serving barrister talks through 11 cases she had worked on, from cases of child custody to sexual offences. It's fairly enlightening throughout and the notes section clarifies some points of law. It dragged a bit towards the end of the book but the author's respect for the justice system and huge frustration with it's dismantling in recent years (legal aid issues etc) shine through. It's an enjoyable read and illustrates how quickly the legal system can go from being something you know a bit about to something you can actively be involved in, often through no fault of your own. Now onto My thoughts exactly by Lily Allen. I know she's a fairly polarising figure but seems to have an interesting story to tell. Although, in the opening pages she's said she wasn't born into the elite whilst then going onto talking about being the daughter of Keith Allen and the producer of Elizabeth, hanging out at the Groucho club as a kid, hanging around with Neneh Cherry, Miquita Oliver and many other celebs whilst at school, having some fairly notable godparents, Harry Enfield as a step-dad etc etc.
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