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  1. Stopharage

    PlayStation 4 Console Thread

    Thanks, that’s pretty much what I did but when I get to Test Connection it fails. I’ll have another go this evening and follow your advice and give a more detailed response. I sound like my dad trying to work out how to get a VHS tape to work on Sky Q.
  2. Stopharage

    PlayStation 4 Console Thread

    Trying to run with a wired connection into my PS4. Does anyone have an easy to follow guide as I'm an absolute Luddite when it comes to anything like this? Have it wired up but every time I go to Test Connection it fails to recognise the router. Exceedingly frustrating.
  3. Stopharage

    Football Thread 2018/19

    Rose is having a bit of a mare; looks pretty unfit. Sterling is world class though; between him and Virgil for Player of the Season at present.
  4. Stopharage

    Football Thread 2018/19

    They didn't arrange the flight though?
  5. Stopharage

    Football Thread 2018/19

    As a Leicester fan, I 'm a big fan of Maguire. But playing him and Keane at the back is a concern. They're both fairly immobile; we need Gomez and Stones back.
  6. Stopharage

    Apex Legends - Battle Royale by Respawn Entertainment

    The game pass is helping move me out of my comfort zone and get a wider appreciation for the range of characters. I know I wouldn’t have given quite a few of them a sustained go if there hadn’t have been extra battle pass xp available for doing so. Basically, each week you can get 25,000 battle pass xp per character which help you level up more speedily. I’m not one for skins and outfits so the challenge of levelling up is the main focus for me. Anyway, this week I’ve played at least 10 games as Lifeline, Gibraltar, Metal Mickey, unlocked Mirage and then played as him. None of them were characters I’ve ever played with with the exception of Lifeline. So it’s been quite rewarding at getting a better insight into their strengths. Definitely going to be more comfortable playing as any of the characters now. It’s a great ‘quick fix’ game for when you’ve got a spare 30 minutes so can see myself playing it for a fair while. I’m not great but God loves a trier.
  7. Stopharage

    What books did you read in 2019?

    8 down. Finished 84k by Clare North, who also wrote The First Fifteen Lives of Harry August. It's a fairly bleak view of a worryingly plausible future Britain. A massive corporation governs the government; dead end jobs for dead end people abound; communities crumble and become lawless. The 84k relates to the fact that crimes can now be paid off. Killed someone? Well, their role in society dictates how much you'll need to pay to avoid being imprisoned. As much as I enjoyed the plot, the shifting timeline and strange prose became too distracting and ineffective for my sensibilities. A decent plot let down by some strange stylistic choices. Then The Chalk Man by C.J. Tudor. I only bought this as it was talked up by quite a few book reviews last year. It's another book with a fluctuating timeline and is more coherent that in 84k. It's a crime novel with a few macabre elements to it. You can tell it's written by a first-time author as there are some baffling and totally ridiculous plotting issues. There is a revelation towards the end to do with something that has been missing which is so utterly ridiculous that I can't believe it wasn't included for any other reason than for the writer to show how much they can get away with. If you're into dystopian narratives with an air of plausibility to them, then give 84K a go. Some interesting ideas in there. Same can't be said for The Chalk Man.
  8. Stopharage

    Kindle shop Recommendations

    The rather great Into the Woods: How stories work and why we tell them by John Yorke is down to 99p on Amazon. Marketing blurb:- We all love stories. But why do we tell them? And why do all stories function in an eerily similar way? John Yorke, creator of the BBC Writers' Academy, has brought a vast array of drama to British screens. Here he takes us on a journey to the heart of storytelling, revealing that there truly is a unifying shape to narrative forms - one that echoes the fairytale journey into the woods and, like any great art, comes from deep within. From ancient myths to big-budget blockbusters, he gets to the root of the stories that are all around us, every day. It’s a great read. Anyone into story-telling should give it a go.
  9. Stopharage

    Football Thread 2018/19

    They were a great pair and those games were always superb entertainment.
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    Football Thread 2018/19

    Utter guff. Steve Walsh marmalized him on a number of occasions. Not sure what the verb means but I’m sure it’s wholly appropriate.
  11. Stopharage

    Football Thread 2018/19

    Messi mundane in comparison? Jesus wept.
  12. Stopharage

    What’s the worst film you have ever seen?

    Sucker Punch. No redeeming features. Snyder at his worst with a lurid, misogynistic piece of trash. Ghastly mess. More recently with the kids, I endured A Wrinkle in Time which was exceedingly dull. We now use it as part of our in-house disciplinary processes. Won't eat your greens? A Wrinkle in Time for 20 minutes.
  13. Stopharage

    Kindle shop Recommendations

    The rather impressive Seven Deaths of Evelyn Hardcastle by Stuart Turton is down to 99p at the moment. Not perfect but a very ambitious book which pretty much delivers. An absolute bargain.
  14. Stopharage

    Football Thread 2018/19

    You have to be a special kind of stupid to post nasty shite like this. But it’s pretty uncomfortable to see others post his address in reply. The court of popular opinion can be a troubling place at times.
  15. Stopharage

    Football Thread 2018/19

    Grealish scores. I hope as part of the assailant’s punishment he has to watch that goal ad infinitum, Clockwork Orange style.

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