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    Are soundbars really worth it now? The best new tellies have ridiculous sound quality.
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    Weller, The Jam & The Style Council

    Really enjoyed the duet with Boy George on You’re The Best Thing. George’s voice has lost its upper range, but his tone is lovely.
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    The GF book thread

    I'm after some recommendations and thought I'd throw a few into the mix: "Altered Carbon" by Richard Morgan. I first read this in the summer and was blown away by it and am now on my second go. It's very gritty, noir-ish SF about this insanely hard bloke on the lam in a future where your consciousness can be stored, or transferred into new "sleeves" (bodies). Fucking ace. I've read a few of the "Eagle" novels by Simon Scarrow set in Britain during Caesar's day. They're nowt special, but are an entertaining diversion. "Wall & Piece" by Banksy was a Christmas book and it's absolutely addictive. Everyone who enters our bog seems to get lost for about half an hour because they start reading it. For those of you not in the know, he's a grafitti artist from Bristol who likes making anti-establishment artistic statements that look very nice on public walls. Just about to start "The Algebraist" by Iain M. Banks. I've read all his others and not got round to this yet. I'm also desperate for a new James Ellroy. Any other fans out there?
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    The GF book thread

    I don’t tend to think in lists of “Best ever…” as I rarely re-read stuff; rather I’m always on the look out for something new. However, here are a few favourites that spring to mind now, in no particular order (I’ve deffo forgotten stuff too): His Dark Materials by Philip Pullman (think you have to treat it as one work) The Takeshi Kovacs books by Richard Morgan Iain M. Banks’ Culture books John Connelly’s Parker books The Kenzie and Gennaro books by Dennis Lehane Different Seasons, The Dark Tower books and The Green Mile (and others too, actually) by Stephen King World War Z and The Zombie Survival Guide by Max Brooks Most James Ellroy books (although I’ve struggled with his most recent few) The Preacher series by Garth Ennis and Steve Dillon The Walking Dead by Robert Kirkman The Cole and Pike books by Robert Crais Where Eagles Dare and The Satan Bug by Alistair Maclean Day Of The Triffids by John Wyndham The Death Of Grass by John Christopher The Secret History by Donna Tartt The Wasp Factory by Iain Banks Red Dragon by Thomas Harris The Eaters Of The Dead by Michael Crichton (in fact most of his books) The Gentleman Bastard books by Scott Lynch Richard Stark’s Parker novels Michael Connelly’s Bosch novels Bernard Cornwell’s Sharpe books & the Uhtred series La Peste by Albert Camus Robinson Crusoe by Daniel Defoe Most of Don Winslow’s books Mark Lawrence’s stuff: The Broken Empire trilogy, The Red Queen’s War trilogy, The Book Of The Ancestor trilogy and The Book Of The Ice Trilogy The Millennium books by Stieg Larsson The Harry Hole books by Jo Nesbo The Name Of The Rose by Umberto Eco The Rampart Trilogy - MR Carey
  5. Today, I finished building a play area for the kids at the back of our garden that included putting in a wall, moving three tons of soil and walking round in shorts, boots and gloves. Grrrr. What manly stuff did you do today?
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    The GF book thread

    Finished The River by Pete Heller. It’s about two best friends who go on a canoe expedition in the wilds of Canada and get caught up with two other parties who may or may not have ill intentions. It was really good and, as with The Dog Stars, really well written. Got five samples downloaded now and not sure what to go with next. Might start with some SF and Neal Asher’s Polity universe with Gridlinked, the first Agent Cormac book.
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    Beats and pieces

    Ha, ha, ha!!! Just a got a shout out off Gilles on 6Music. 50 years old and still pathetically made up about it!
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    Beats and pieces

    Just a little thread for those of us who appreciate stuff at the other end of the scale from the more popular (on here, at least) rock side of things. So, to get us started, Gilles' show this week is a tribute to John Lucien and Max Roach who both died last week. It's jazz-tastic. Nice. http://www.bbc.co.uk/radio1/gillespeterson/index.shtml
  9. I was a rum and coke man for years but about ten years ago I started getting into G&Ts and now they’re hands down my favourite tipple above anything else. I fucking love ‘em! And cucumber tonic is some next level booze shenanigans.
  10. Just remembered a boss cucumber salad I stole from somewhere last summer and did loads during lockdown one: ribbons of cucumber (use a potato peeler) dressed with soy sauce and rice wine vinegar. Sensaysh.
  11. Some bad cases of “primary school palate”* on here. *AKA Usheritis.
  12. The whole principle of a gin and tonic is that it’s a three ingredient cocktail: gin, tonic and something else. The something else depends on both the gin and the tonic you’re using. So for a basic Friday night tipple after work, I like Lidl’s Hortus gin (sensational for the price), Fevertree cucumber tonic and a chunk of cucumber. It’s amazing.
  13. It’s a cheese butty with added predictive text meddling.
  14. They’re the fucking bomb when done right. And right means a fat chunk in a strong gin and cucumber tonic or in a tomato and cucumber salad with salt, olive oil and balsamic vinegar. Shit is real, yo. Nice thinly sliced in a cheese butty too.
  15. ... if you’ve had it. Oooh, oooh, me, me!!! Went to Bootle this morning. In and out in five minutes. Super efficient public service from the taxpayer funded NHS. Wasn’t even a ball ache having to drive to Bootle as we had a walk on Crosby beach after. Nice. Who else has been chipped and controlled?
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    Upcoming Games

    All the Ratchet and Clank games are ace.
  17. £15m minimum for a CL centre back. Hope he stays though.
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    The GF book thread

    Finished The Postman. It wasn’t all that. About to start a sample of The River by Peter Heller.
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    Rate the last film you watched...

    Zero Dark Thirty - 8/10. All the more compelling for being largely true.
  20. The idea of a set up episode should be anathema though. Marvel has got some work to do in terms of narrative structure and pacing of its TV shows. All three have had stumbles in that regard so far (with the caveat that each production was affected by Covid).
  21. Right. New thread to discuss Endgame for those of us who’ve seen it. This is supposed to be a gloves off, full spoilers, no holds barred thread about the film. If you haven’t seen it and don’t want to know what happens, don't read on. Edit: the thread has been expanded to discussions of the whole MCU. Same rules on spoilers. Also, if you’re not a fan, sound - but rather than give vent to your burning need to tell us fans how shit the thing we’re fans of is, please consider not doing that as it’s the epitome being a forum bad bell. Nice one.