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  1. It's the utter inconsistency of those running VAR that infuriates so much. If it takes more than 30 seconds to decide, with the benefit of multiple camera angles, then it's not a clear and obvious error.
  2. We do look utterly one-dimensional at the moment. The only way I can see us getting anything out of this game is if they have about 4 players sent off.
  3. We have been pretty dreadful since we returned. I'm not sure how taking 2 and a half minutes to decide a penalty can be seen as a clear and obvious error though. Ho hum.
  4. The spices will be fine for 12-18 months. Obviously the fresher it is the better. But if they’re sealed they’ll be fine. The seeds last for 3-4 years, so no issues there. I do a lot of home cooking so I’ll get through those spices easily.
  5. 1Kg peeled white onions (halved) £1 Sliced 1/2 Red Bell pepper 40p 1 chopped Green finger Chile 20p 1/2 sliced carrot 10p 60ml Vegetable oil 10p 1 tin good quality Plum tomato's 80p 50g coconut block (KTC) 40p 125g sweetened condensed Milk £1 50g Garlic (just peeled) £1 50g Ginger £1 2 teaspoons turmeric powder 10p 1 tablespoon tomato puree 20p 2 teaspoons Coriander powder 10p 2 teaspoons Cumin powder 10p 2 teaspoons Paprika 10p 2 teaspoons Tandoori Masala powder 10p 1 teaspoon salt 2p 100g White Cabbage 50p 1/2 small potato (leave skin on) 5p Handful of Red Lentils (~40g) 15p 30g fresh Coriander (leave stems in as well) 50p 1 or 2 teaspoons of Butter Ghee (EAST END) 30p 3 Bay Leaves Free 7 Green Cardamoms 20p 4 cloves 5p 2 teaspoons small Black Mustard seeds 20p 2 teaspoons Fennel seeds 30p 2 teaspoons whole Corriander seeds 20p 2 teaspoons Cumin seeds 10p 1/2 Star Anise 10p Small piece of Cinnamon bark 5p It's less than a tenner for me and I'm been fairly liberal with the costings, so probably a bit lower than that. I buy most of my Indian spices from here. I spent £40 on herbs and spices last month and that will sort me out for 18 months or so. If you can afford the initial outlay, you save lots of money in the long run.
  6. Just a head's up. If you don't mind using cookery books through the Kindle app then it's 99p this month. Here.
  7. Some books. Cheap. 99p Robopocalypse by Daniel H. Wilson Ellis and John Present The Holy Vible by Ellis James and John Robins Dirty Vegan by Matt Pritchard The Man Who Fell To Earth by Walter Tevis Patter Recognition by William Gibson If Nobody Speaks Of Remarkable Things by Jon McGregor RHS: The Little Book of Bonsai I Think You'll Find It's A Bit More Complicated Than That by Ben Goldacre Who Rules The World by Noam Chomsky Caging Skies by Christine Leunens The Science of Discworld by Terry Pratchett The Climb by Chris Froome The Trial by Franz Kafka The Wandering Earth by Cixin Liu Perdido Street Station by China Mieville The Mixer by Michael Cox Millions by Frank Cottrell Boyce On Fire by Ben Stokes Black, Listed by Jeffrey Boakye Hidden Figures by Margot Lee Shetterly What If? by Randall Munroe Brave by Rose McGowan Flowers For Algernon by Daniel Keyes Planets by Brian Cox The Book of Eli by M. R. Carey Dominicana by Angie Cruz The Hidden Life of Trees by Peter Wohlleben The Book Thief by Marcus Zuzak The Girl Who Lived Twice by David Lagerkrantz The Color Purple by Alice Walker £1,19 The Aquariums of Pyongyang by Kang Chol-Hwan £2.49 Lanny by Max Porter £2.59 Kitchen Confidential by Anthony Bourdain £3.29 This Is Not Propaganda by Peter Pomerantsev If you like cookery books, then there's some excellent ones at 99p including Persiana, Feasts and Indian Restaurant Curry at Home.
  8. The Iain M. Banks is definitely The Algebraist. The Asimov is Prelude to Foundation. Handmaid's Tale is on there. Aldous Huxley's Brave New World as well. She's got quite a few Sue Townsend 'Adrian Mole' books on there. Jonathon Coe's 'The Rotter's Club' She also has this, which is rather lovely.
  9. That's how I feel about the rest of the season, after the way Leicester have returned.
  10. The risk/reward is it all going wrong and being spotted then swamped by enemies vs conservation of resources. You discern how beautifully planned and executed the kill is by whether their body is discovered whilst you’re still trying to stealthily take down the rest. There are at least 20 occasions where you have the opportunity to make the most of the stealth options. Anyone can take 1/2 enemies out stealthily but it takes really sound planning to wipe all 5/6 of them without alerting anyone. I think what you miss from watching and not playing this, is the fairly relentless tension which ratchets up the importance of stealth and the risks of getting it wrong. That is partly governed by the difficulty level. Let’s all keep things civil in here as well. I’m partly saying this out of self-interest; I was certain I’d give this 10/10, 10+ hours into the game and now I’m not so sure. When I complete it, I’m going to read through those critical reviews and see whether their views resonate with me.
  11. I can't speak highly enough of the Chelsea fans that day in 2016. My son had his Leicester shirt on and he was getting applauded, hugged, high fived etc. by Chelsea fans and it made it even more magical. And when they gave Ranieri a standing ovation, there was a tear or two. We've actually always had a pretty decent reception at Stamford Bridge; it was just the scrotes I went to school with that gave me such prejudice!
  12. This will probably come across as a bit self indulgent and mawkish. TLDR - what are those songs that give you shivers down your spine? That mean something hugely important to you? That there's a story to. I got in from work about 5 hours ago and started to watch some of the BBC Glastonbury content on iPlayer. I thought I'd listen to some artists I've not heard much of and some familiar favourites. It's been my favourite evening since this pandemic began, just wallowing in music. Not particularly a fan of The Killers but their set was decent and entertaining. Then watched some Metronomy, Janelle Monae, Idles, Hot Chip, Fontaine DC and Future Islands. It made me desperate to get back to gigs and to go to Glastonbury for the first time. Maybe, it's down to missing live music, maybe it's down to yearning for that shared experience of a bunch of strangers living for the moment and enjoying music collectively. I guess this whole shitty period just hit home and I've started to regret all the gigs I missed and opportunities I've shunned in the past. Then I put LCD Soundsystem on. They've always been one of my favourite bands and have had a weirdly coincidental impact on my life. The first time I went to New York, I went to a cocktail bar called Death & Company. I was with colleagues, not the special people in my life like best friends or family. LCD Soundystem was played over the sound system and it felt like a proper New York moment. Only to be surpassed a while later by James Murphy walking in with friends and sitting at a neighbouring table. I didn't speak to him, just revelled in the fact that by utter chance his music was playing whilst he was there. When my wife and I left the hospital after the birth of our 2 kids, both times LCD Soundsystem were the first artists we heard on XFM/Radio 6 Music; I can't recall hearing much of them on either station any other time. There have been a couple of other times where they have featured in my life by accident. I had a kid in my form show me this advert during registration about 12 years ago:- He was so excited by the game; just abuzz with anticipation. I was getting excited at the use of Get Innocuous by LCD Soundystem and didn't really pay any attention to the visuals. I'm not sure he could appreciate what I was blathering on about. It was one of the last times I saw him as he died shortly after and it's my abiding memory of him. So, I was watching the set tonight and LCD Soundsystem were performing 'Someone Great' and it was around this point when James Murphy and Nancy Whang repeatedly sing 'When Someone Great is gone' that I got one of those incredible emotional moments that music delivers. My nan died of COVID last week and all that collective death and heartache just hit me and I teared up. I guess the severity of this shitty period just hit home and the music facilitated that. Music has always had a huge hold over me and it has given me some of the most amazing and memorable moments of my life. Getting dumped by my girlfriend then walking home with Suedehead by Morrissey on my Walkman, resentful, upset and punching walls. Dancing to an Alistair Whitehead set, when 'Where Love Lives' came on, seeing my then girlfriend in blissful musical euphoria and realising she was the one. My brother wrote me a song for my 30th and its one of my most treasured possession (is it a possession?) So many songs have an emotional resonance that are irreplaceable. Music has been a true constant in my life and has been there for me during the peaks and troughs of my years. These guys have been a godsend during COVID. I find their stuff gives me those goosebump moments and chill me out if there's been work or family that's getting on top of me. They've got an otherworldly familiarity that seems just right for these times. Anyway, that's a rather long-winded post asking what are those songs that give you the feels?
  13. I can only presume you support them because of the Sean Dyche emoji?
  14. Bit late to the whole level of fandom debate earlier. I've grown up in London/Surrey all my life and for the entire time I've been a Leicester supporter. The old man's family were from there and I later went there for uni. I'd argue that I'm as committed as most Leicester fans partly on the basis of the ridiculous amount of shit I got at school for being a Leicester supporter and never backing down when confronted about it. Primarily, it was from Chelsea fans, who were universally ghastly (at my school). As judgemental as that sounds, when we won the league and had our final game at Stamford Bridge, their fans were absolutely superb and kind of felt like everything had gone full circle. Although, I'll start slagging Chelsea fans off tomorrow if they demolish us in the FA Cup.. I know that alone doesn't make me some kind of superfan, but there is a special affinity you get from defending your club to the hilt in enemy waters. Obviously, I thought I was burdening my son with taking on the Leicester mantle; it was a familial rite of passage. Winning the League meant as much to me as any Leicester fan; it validated those years of grief and heartache. To go through it with my son was probably the best experience of my life. I left work at 3.05pm, picked him up from Primary school and we drove up to Leicester on a Thursday evening to attend the victory parade. I really hope you Liverpool fans get the chance to experience an event like that. I would love to have a season ticket for Leicester; I did for a few years. But life gets in the way; family demands, the expense etc. But I see 6/7 games a season, go to friendlies and spend inordinate amounts of money on kits (primarily for the kids). I'm just blathering now, but hope you all get the chance to experience a magical moment, such as I did. Does make all the trials and tribulations worth it.
  15. Stopharage

    Glastonbury 2019

    Can't say they're my cup of tea normally, but watching some of the stuff on iPlayer and The Killers do put on a good show. Brandon Flowers is a pretty charismatic guy and knows exactly how to play the crowd. They got their cameos bang-on too, Pet Shop Boys for a couple of songs and a Johnny Marr fuelled This Charming Man.
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