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  1. Hoddy

    The Wire

    I'd heard decent things about this show, so decided to make the first series the next DVD I bought. To say it was nothing like I was expecting is an understatement. I was thinking it would be a 'The Shield' type gritty drama, but it was nothing of the sort. To try and explain it to someone who's never watched it is difficult. It's not especially violent, it's not ground-breaking in any narrative form, there's no film star trying to rebuild his career by making a move into television, but it's quite simply one of the best shows I've ever watched. I remember watching the first episode and not being especially blown away by it. That's cos it's not the easiest programme to get into by any means. But once you're in there and have grasped the non-exposition dialogue, the little moments, the fact that not every scene has plot-significance, it's surely one of the most joyful series on TV to watch right now. The fact that you find yourself caring about every character – be they drug pushers or fat waster police –*shows the care that goes into rounding these personalities up. Basically, I thought I'd start this thread to see what others on here think of the show. Favourite characters, actors, best scenes, best episodes, best moments, best lines of dialogue etc. For me, there's too many memorable characters to name. The thing about 'The Wire' is hardly any of the actors are famous, which probably adds to the drama in some way. If I was goingt to have to give a shout out to any character, it would have to be the terminally drugged-up 'Bubbles'. The little things he does and says –*like the salute to the US flag at his sister's house are priceless. The scene with McNulty at the end of the series was heartbreaking as well. Heartbreaking without being overplayed one single bit – a common theme throughout the drama. Best scene is too hard to pick. A few off the top of my head: the chess scene, where D'Angelo's explaining the ruminations of chess to his fellow boys in the 'Jects. A scene that's funny (they're playing chequers with a chess set only because they haven't got any chequers), and preachy without being preachy. It's an allegory for the whole set-up of the show, yet never feels like it because of the nature of the scene. Another one I'd have to pick – a scene that would run in to my favourite line of dialogue also –*is Bunk being sat on a toilet, in a pink dressing gown, complaining about smelling like pussy. His logic of setting fire to the clothes is just one of those things you think about when you're hammered, and it remains one of the best drunk scenes I've ever seen.
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    Barcelona 3 Liverpool 0 (May 1 2019)

    I'm not sure about booing/whistling/jeering Suarez, but not for sentimental reasons. Mainly because he fucking loves it; he gets off on that sort of treatment. Inject it into his veins, as he'd say, if he were on Twitter. He's a natural fighter, and a fighter only gets more scrappy when the odds are against him. That sort of treatment will work with someone like Sterling, but for Suarez it'll act as an adrenaline rush. Let the players rile him; we should treat him as an irrelevance. That angers fighters more than anything.
  3. Hi all, I’ve posted this type of thing on the forum before, and you’ve always been a massive help. I’m hoping the same will happen this time. I’m hosting a Family Fortunes quiz for an upcoming get-together, and hoping to source all the responses myself (“We asked 100 people to name...” etc). Yes, I'm being that guy. With that in mind, if anyone's got a quick couple of minutes to answer the questions below – or know of any family member who's also got a couple of minutes - that'd be ace. And while I appreciate the temptation to give funny responses – I’d be exactly the same – please try and keep it semi-serious and give the first answer that comes to mind for each one (and if that happens to be a funny answer, so be it!). Many thanks in advance to anyone who answers these. I do appreciate it, and I look forward to reading the responses. -- 1) Name a recreational activity traditionally done in hot weather 2) Name something people are often chased by in movies 3) Name something people buy to show they’re successful 4) Name something you would hate to find under your bed 5) Name something you wouldn’t want to happen while giving a speech 6) Name a nocturnal animal 7) Name something you might eat with a hamburger 8) Name a liquid in your kitchen that you hope no-one accidentally drinks 9) Name a type of gun that doesn’t shoot bullets 10) Name a place where people have to use coins
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    Family Fortunes - answers required

    Cheers for all responses so far. Really appreciate it. Anyone else who hasn't answered, please feel free to do so.
  5. Cracking read, as always. "Camp Not." Even more enjoyable than your Solange typo a few weeks ago.
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    Game of Thrones

    I think the 5th was easily the weakest so far.
  7. Dave, what's with the new Solange spelling? Is this like a Kiev/Kyiv thing we've not been told about?
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    Premier League Round Up (Feb 10-12 2018)

    Dave, you forgot to finish a simile - obviously something you were coming back to - about Man Utd being as much a threat to City as you are to... I feel like this needs to be completed for me to get my membership money's worth. I'm very keen to find out what the punchline is. Obviously, it needs to be fucking good if it's going to get anywhere near that line about Firmino fingering his bird from last week. I'm still laughing at that one now.
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    Salif Diao

    A disgusting excuse for a footballer. He should never wear our shirt again.
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    Rate the last film you watched...

    I once read somewhere that the mark of a truly great film is that you can be flicking through the channels and, no matter what part you come into it, you'll finish watching right through to the end. This is very true.
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    Family Fortunes

    Hey GF, I'm hosting a quiz night in which one of the contests on the agenda is Family Fortunes. I've done it before, and it always ends up being a good laugh. One of the things I try and do is source the 100-person survey myself, and in the past the GF has been an invaluable outlet for reaching that mark. So, if you have a spare minute, would as many people as possible be able to give answers to the 12 categories below? You don't have to give it too much thought - in fact, it's probably more true if you don't - just put down the first thing that comes into your head. But can I ask, without being a massive killjoy, that you try and keep it serious. I appreciate comedy answers more than anyone, but it doesn't really help me in compiling genuine responses. So without further ado, please can you: 1) Name a fairytale 2) Name a famous movie monster 3) Name something that rises 4) Name something slippery 5) Name something you put into a salad 6) Name something that you close your eyes to do 7) Name something that moves very slowly 8) Name something that makes you grumpy 9) Name a weapon used in ancient times 10) Name someone who wears white clothing 11) Name a place people ask you to 'be quiet' 12) Name something people make into a ball Cheers in advance for any responses; they're all greatly appreciated. Hoddy
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    Family Fortunes

    Will do. Actually, if yourself or anyone else wants to use the results for their own game, just let me know and I'll share when I've collected them. As for the name change, this has always been me. Not sure who you thought I was before.
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    Family Fortunes

    Cheers to all those who've replied so far; much and massively appreciated. And to those who've got their other halves involved: great idea, keep 'em all coming!
  14. Just been watching this on DVD; is there anyone who thinks this isn't the best out of the four series? I'd be very surprised if so. For me, this one had it all: the characters were fully-formed, the actors were all in their perfect roles (even Rik Mayall's Flashheart is fucking ace), each episode is top-notch, and the similes are as funny as anything in British comedy history. Anyone else agree?
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    Referee conspiracy stats

    I was listening to FiveLive a few months back, right at the end of the Jan transfer window, and Mark Chapman - who's usually excellent, I think - was personally interviewing managers following their midweek game that evening. Each time, after asking each manager about their game that evening, he'd finish the interview with something like: "So then Chris/Brian/Alan/Andre, any last-minute dealings in the transfer window?" To which they'd squirm, give a non-commital response and then sign-off the interview. But the tone in which he asked the question was firm and decisive. He was asking the question whether they liked it or not. And then came to Ferguson's interview, and the way he asked the question just spoke volumes: "And sorry Sir Alex, I have to ask this, but any signings before the deadline closes?" It was apologetic, deferential, and in that small snapshot you got an insight into just how terrified all these broadcasters/journalists are of him. It's actually pretty pathetic.
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    New HBO Series: Game of Thrones

    Agree with this. The change of pace, to focus on just one storyline for that particular week, made it feel like something truly special.
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    If this series put Mandy Patinkin in its main role it'd be infinitely superior.
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    Another PR success story

    Martin Samuel hates us. Absolutely loathes Liverpool. There's a snide dig in nearly every article he writes (and this isn't even mentioning the Suarez-Terry fat-fuck-flip-flop he performed over that issue). Whether it's sticking up for Lampard and thus denigrating Gerrard in the process, making sure we get first mention in articles describing loutish fan behaviour (as of an article this week), or offering up outrageously arrogant 'apologies' when Spirit of Shankly pulled him up on something he wrote, you can just sense the disdain dripping from his articles (as well as lard and various leftover pieces of cheese). The only thing that makes me smile when it comes to Martin Samuel and Liverpool, is thinking how he must have felt in 2006 when Gerrard's bullet sent the FA Cup Final into extra-time, costing his beloved West Ham a chance of glory. I bet he almost exploded.
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    Have a rant thread

    Couldn't have said it better myself. I follow my kid around too, basically for the same reason you've just said: to make sure he doesn't do anything he's not supposed to. So after every time my kid goes for a toy or a slide another child's playing with - and I warn him that's not really his - he then looks at me and wonders why no-one's telling off the child who's then stealing toys and slides off him. Because it's not my child, I don't want to say anything. But to see the look my kid gives me when this happens, it breaks my fucking heart. And the parents/carers/life-givers are absolutely nowhere to be seen. One of these days if it happens again I'm probably gonna go postal and end up pile-driving one of the fuckers. All because the parents see playcentres as some sort of communal babysitting service. I honestly don't believe some people deserve to be parents.
  20. That's Richard Price's daughter (he's a novellist who also wrote a few episodes, and also appeared in Season 2 as the guy running DeAngelo's book sessions). Something else I've noticed whilst going through the 5 series. How Rawls' career progresses nearly every season. 1 - he's working as a Major in Homicide 2 - he's become Colonel 3 - Deputy Ops by the time the season begins 4 - Deputy Ops, but making a play for Commissioner 5 - he's Acting Commissioner for a time, then State Superindendent by the time the series ends. Rawls - "As ruthless a fuck as there is in the department"
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    Captions needed....

    "Give it up for Petey everybody! Yeeeeeeeeeeeaaaaaaaaaaaah, Petey!"
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    Wanted: Suarez - video proof of diving

    I played against a player in our 5aside Powerleague the other week who - and I shit you not - thought a direct free-kick meant you HAD to shoot on goal. The goon. The worst thing was he was a decent player too. Just an absolute braindead.
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    Wrestling thread

    Without knowing anything about the rumours, I would say 'work'. Still, part of me hopes - for the sake of the business - it's true. WWE needs a massive kick up the arse right now. Until they change the way 'Creative' works though, it won't happen. It's been a slippery slope ever since Stephanie McMahon was put in charge.
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    The West Wing

    When Sorkin first conceived of it, it was going to focus on the President's staff - with Josh and Sam the main characters (who, speaking of which, were originally cast the other way round. Can you imagine?). At this point, the audience were always just going to miss seeing the President, or only catch the back of his head. But it was decided - rightly, in my opinion - that this would be too hokey. So they looked around for a President, and I believe, funnily enough, that Alan Alda was one of those considered, until they cast Martin Sheen. The plan at this point was that the President would only feature in 20% of the episodes. Not sure whether this means of each episode, or just 20% of the series (as Stockard Channing does as First Lady). But then, as you allude to, Sheen just came in and blew the roof off the White House, and they knew - probably from his opening line ("I am the Lord our God...") - that he just had to be in the main cast. On a related note, I'm almost certain that CCH Pounder - Claudette in The Shield - was originally cast as CJ. Until Alison Janney auditioned and they changed their minds.