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1  Community Forums / The Lounge / Re: COVID19 on: February 24, 2020, 12:50:53 PM
With significant outbreaks in South Korea (who knows what’s happening in the North?), Iran and now Italy, it seems likely that Covid19 will achieve official pandemic status in the very near future.

From everything I’ve read, it seems the fatalities are almost exclusively among the elderly, and in particular those with pre-existing health conditions. Symptoms for those under aged 45 are relatively mild. However, if there is a major infection rate here in the UK, the consequences will be yet more draining of already stretched NHS resources. So, if you’re not a victim of Covid, but in need of an NHS bed for an equally or more serious condition, you could be in trouble.

As for travel to the Far East, I think I’d make use of my travel insurance and cancel it until we’re on the other side of this.
2  Community Forums / The Lounge / Re: The UK Politics and EU Referendum thread - merged on: February 15, 2020, 11:32:48 AM
Bit quiet on here it just because now the Tories are in and Brexit is happening, people finally realise whining actually doesn’t work?  Cool


Now we just have to wait until people realise that gloating doesn't help either.

Course it does!!! 

It's a shame we butt heads so often.

As well as being one of the people on here that I disagree with most often, you are also one of those I most admire.

Sometimes, I wish I could be the bigger man. (I'm not talking waistlines here)

I’m actually quite curious, Red. What is it that you admire about Woodsey?

(Sorry if you were waiting for Woodsey to ask)
3  Community Forums / The Lounge / Re: *** 'THE OFFICIAL MOVIE THREAD' *** on: February 10, 2020, 10:19:49 AM
Well played Chompy

Seems to me that the Oscars voters did a better job than BAFTA’s.
4  Poker Forums / Diaries and Blogs / Re: Vegas & The Aftermath - Diary on: February 06, 2020, 10:27:44 AM

WARNING - Graphic image follows which may give offence.

Not your socks again?

Worse. Far worse. You are gonna be SO disgusted. Even worse than some of those disgusting replies to the Tea & Toast combo. Yup, I'm looking at you booder.

Aha! I was wondering if it was tea or coffee - only because the black tea looks black enough to be coffee.
So, on that basis, it’s 4 C for me
5  Community Forums / The Lounge / Re: *** 'THE OFFICIAL MOVIE THREAD' *** on: February 04, 2020, 09:05:32 AM

Did anyone else watch them? First time for me in many a year; all the luvvies backslapping each other made me feel rather nauseous in years past, but there really wasn’t much else on the Telly so I tuned in....

Joaquin Phoenix: I don’t think I’ve ever witnessed so much intensity in a human. I was all tensed up just listening to him - as was everybody else at the Albert Hall itself. Nobody knew whether to gasp, clap, or run for cover.

Renee Zellweger: is she for real? Felt like Sally Fields “you really love me!” speech. I couldn’t wait for all the squeaking to end.

Michael Ward: At the other end of the emotional spectrum, I was in tears by the end of this young man’s heartfelt acceptance speech. His mum, in the audience, crying with pride had a lot to do with that. I just hope that there were a lot of other young black men watching & being inspired by him.

Parasite & Sama. Must see them - probably involves going into London for the former.

Strange that the ceremony presenter script writers feel the need to force humour from the presenters. It only has a 50% strike rate, and you can feel them and the audience cringeing. Overall, though, it was a very entertaining watch - quite often for unintended reasons.
6  Community Forums / The Lounge / Re: The Next President of the United States on: February 04, 2020, 08:47:46 AM
It's time for the voting to start. Iowa is first to vote as always, and it's tonight. Despite a population of only 3 million, and accounting for just 1% of the party delegates, Iowa is critical to the US Presidential race. It is surprisingly important to do well - poor results there have led to many favourites' campaigns going off the rails, while it has been a springboard for others who hadn't shone prior to Iowa. It has a ludicrous voting process that nobody understands, which seems quite appropriate. There are almost 1,700 precincts, including 24 out of state and three international, for voters who can't get home to vote. The international ones are located, as you would expect, in Tbilisi, Paris and Glasgow. I'm not making this up.

You can forget about secret ballots. Voters gather in a school gym or wherever and have to stand in the group belonging to their preferred candidate. Thirty minutes of persuasion is allowed at this point, when voters can visit other groups to ask questions about that candidate and groups can send persuaders to other groups to nick voters from them. At that point, they determine how many voters are needed for candidates to be 'viable', which is 15% of the votes. Another thirty minutes of 'persuasion' is then allowed, during which supporters of those who don't hit 15% move to one of the groups that did, though supporters of different non-viable candidates can join together to make one of them viable (they can even form an uncommitted group, which I really don't understand).

Everyone who exceeds 15% at this stage gets some delegates to the County Convention, the number of delegates depending on how many votes they got, though obviously it would be too simple to award delegates in proportion to votes, when you can base them on a complicated formula instead. Each group then elects its delegates to the County Convention. That's just the start of it. If you think the County Convention determines the delegates for the National Convention, you really don't get this. The County Convention elects delegates to the District and State Conventions, which is where the pledged Delegates and unpledged Super-Delegates to the National convention are elected (if you're pledged you can't decide to switch your vote, if you're unpledged you can). We have previously just been told the number of delegates but this time we will also be told the number of votes in the first round and second round, so there could be multiple candidates claiming victory tomorrow.

The Republican process is not exactly the same but quite similar and equally ludicrous. In 2012, Mitt Romney was first named the winner, but this was amended two weeks later and Rick Santorum was declared to have received the most votes, the top three being Santorum 29,839, Romney 29,805, Ron Paul 26,036. Of course, that counts for nothing as it's all about the delegates to County and who they vote for as delegates to District and State - and who those vote for as delegates to National. The crazy system meant that no-one had any idea how many of the 25 pledged and 3 unpledged delegates candidates would get. NBC predicted that Romney and Santorum would get 11 pledged delegates each, with Paul getting 3. Associated Press and the New York Times predicted Romney to get 13 and Santorum 12, which the others getting none. Fox said 12 each for Romney and Santorum, while CNN said 7 each for the top three, with Newt Gingrich getting 2 (both companies leaving some delegates unpredicted). What actually happened was that Paul was far better organised than the others and pulled off a masterful coup by securing key election committee positions for his supporters, ultimately resulting in him getting 22 delegates, Romney getting 6 and Santorum getting none. And if that isn't madness, and indeed undemocratic, I don't know what is.

Ha! How much more evidence is required to prove that democracy in the USA is well & truly dead?
7  Community Forums / Betting Tips and Sport Discussion / Re: NFL Thread 2018/19 on: February 02, 2020, 02:28:52 PM
You might have heard it's the Superbowl tomorrow... I've got my previews online now, Game preview, Novelty bets and a Props post as well!

Should be a cracking game


Looking forward to an end to end game tonight. Hopefully enough of a pointfest to compensate for the halftime show (Hope I’m proved wrong about the show, though)

I’ll be supporting 49ers in tribute to Joe Montana, who is a true GOAT of the game.

The former Chiefs quarterback?

It should be a brilliant game and one I'm very much looking forward to, can't see anything over than points and I'll hate the 49ers forever if they keep the Chiefs quiet and make it a shit game  Grin

Ha! You got me there, but I’ll always associate him with the last great era in 49er history. Even though I’ve always been a Seahawk, Montana was one of the QBs I loved watching. He only needed 2 minutes to recover from all sorts of seemingly impossible positions. Since living in the UK I don’t watch half as much as I used to, so I’m sure there’s others (Peyton Manning, for example) who would compete for the GOAT title.

Sorry I didn’t notice the obvious link (doh!) & good luck with your tips. Can’t wait till kickoff.
8  Community Forums / Betting Tips and Sport Discussion / Re: *****"The Official 2017 Golf Betting and Discussion Thread"***** on: February 02, 2020, 01:36:19 PM
Lovely stuff, sir. Great start to the betting year.
9  Community Forums / Betting Tips and Sport Discussion / Re: NFL Thread 2018/19 on: February 02, 2020, 10:00:13 AM
You might have heard it's the Superbowl tomorrow... I've got my previews online now, Game preview, Novelty bets and a Props post as well!

Should be a cracking game


Looking forward to an end to end game tonight. Hopefully enough of a pointfest to compensate for the halftime show (Hope I’m proved wrong about the show, though)

I’ll be supporting 49ers in tribute to Joe Montana, who is a true GOAT of the game.
10  Poker Forums / The Rail / Re: APAT Team Championship Dusk Till Dawn 1/2 February 2020 Blonde Team? on: February 01, 2020, 10:28:30 PM

Hopefully this link works; it's a pic of the Blonde Team. They look remarkably hangover free. GL guys.
11  Community Forums / The Lounge / Re: *** 'THE OFFICIAL MOVIE THREAD' *** on: January 28, 2020, 05:34:40 PM
Just Mercy

Familiar territory for both film and tv documentaries. And yes, it’s a depressing reality of the US justice system, which suggests that “you’re better off being rich and guilty than poor and innocent”. Thankfully there are people like our protagonist who strive to correct these wrongs, but I can’t help but think that being black in the southern states, even in 2020, consigns you to a life of fear. It’s a modern day disgrace.

As far as the film is concerned, I was impressed with Jamie Foxx’s performance, and welled up when he eventually walked free - as we all knew he eventually would. And I guess that’s the Achilles heel of the film: we know the final outcome before we start munching our popcorn, so we’re constantly looking elsewhere in the plot for surprises. Unfortunately there aren’t any.

If you haven’t seen a film or documentary of this nature before: 8/10
If you have: 5/10
12  Community Forums / The Lounge / Re: *** 'THE OFFICIAL MOVIE THREAD' *** on: January 21, 2020, 04:57:12 PM

Damp squib, but worth the admission just to watch Charlize. Can’t help but think this was born out of a “political correctness” pitch, and a desire to put a boot into Murdoch, Fox and Trump all at the same time. Some good performances, but nothing that demands an Oscar nom.
13  Poker Forums / The Rail / Re: Vegas Trip Information for anyone looking to go this year. on: January 20, 2020, 06:59:37 PM
The amount he's going to save staying there for a few days, he'll spend on Ubers to and from the strip Cheesy

It's really that much for an Uber from/to South Point. Never underestimate the extra cost of staying on the Strip.
To be honest, I'd seriously consider staying at The Nugget, Downtown with a Mrs & kid in tow. There's lots of stuff to do in & around Freemont Street.
14  Community Forums / The Lounge / Re: They are dropping like flies at the moment on: January 16, 2020, 12:15:45 PM
Neil Peart RIP

Any Rush fans out there?
OTT prog-rock band that built a major following in their native Canada and beyond. Loved “Moving Pictures” with Lifeson’s multi-layered synths, Peart’s thunderous drums and Geddy Lee’s high-pitched vocals. He had some allegedly questionable political views, but don’t we all at one stage of our life or other?

Excellent obit in today’s Times, as always.

15  Community Forums / The Lounge / Re: *** 'THE OFFICIAL MOVIE THREAD' *** on: January 10, 2020, 02:34:31 PM

Style over substance with this film. There are a few good set pieces to liven things up, but I felt the lead actors were carried by the eye-catching long takes that the critics have been raving about. There’s also a couple of nit-picking moments: wouldn’t you run out of the path of an earth-bound aircraft, for example? The well known faces were mere cameos. I’d far rather they’d been given the lead roles. Overall, it’s a “is that it?”, since if you’ve seen the preview, you’ve seen the climax.

Agree with Chompy about the shock of this winning Best Director Globe award. Really can’t see the Academy following suit.

(Sorry, but it’s just 6/10 for me)
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