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  1. Miner Willy

    Recommend me non fiction

    I've read the Big Short: good, but I'm definitely not smart enough to understand it all. I bought The Undoing Project as it was already in my Wishlist.
  2. Miner Willy

    Recommend me non fiction

    I'm really enjoying Collusion by Luke Harding. I expect you can guess what it's about. It really helps to make sense of the whole Trump-Russia thing, and the insights into spying and investigative journalism are interesting too.
  3. Miner Willy

    Recommend me non fiction

    Just finished El Narco, about the Mexican drug cartels, which was very good.
  4. Not too sure about this. I mean, it's pretty watchable nonsense, but so far it doesn't actually seem to be very good. Certainly it's not in the same league as Line of Duty. Still, Mercurio knows how to build to a climax, so hopefully it will end strongly.
  5. Miner Willy

    Tennis

    Yeah, Djokovic is back to being the overwhelming favourite on hard courts (and a decent bet on others too). I thought he was unplayable at times, and his return was - even by his own standards - ridiculous. You'd have to be an Isner or Karlovic to actually get a decent number of free points on first serves, and every time you have to hit a second serve you're immediately the underdog in the rally. That said, it makes sense that he was this good in the US, where the courts are slower now. Australia - historically his best tournament - is now much the quicker of the two, which is less to his liking. He will be the favourite there, but more susceptible to someone on fire, or an aggressive attacker like Federer.
  6. Miner Willy

    Tennis

    Yeah, Delpo upped his game and Djokovic seems a bit rattled. Delpo desperately needs to grab this set though.
  7. Miner Willy

    Tennis

    This is close to perfection from Djokovic right now. Not sure how you find a way through him.
  8. Miner Willy

    Tennis

    Delpo is having to hit three monster forehands just to win a point at the moment. That's not great news for his chances.
  9. Miner Willy

    Tennis

    I've been away so only just watched this. Pretty amazing stuff. My main response is disappointment, mostly for Osaka, but also for the way Serena reacted. I think she's brilliant in many ways, but let herself down badly here. I think when the dust settles she will accept that she got this one wrong. Each of the punishments were merited and by the book, and you could see in Ramos' face that he didn't want to do it but felt he had no option. Horrible situation for him too. That said, I don't interpret it as a sense of entitlement, or even that it was being a bad loser (she was winning that set when it kicked off, and still had a decent chance). I think it was just an exceptionally tense and emotional situation. She genuinely (but incorrectly) seemed to feel the victim of a mistake; the decisions and resulting punishments escalated rapidly, and she responded very poorly.
  10. Miner Willy

    Tennis

    Such a shame for Nadal - you could see how gutted he was. But at the same time, so happy to see Delpo in a slam final again. He'll need to be inspired to beat Djokovic, but I so hope he can do it.
  11. Miner Willy

    Tennis

    Good set of tennis: I like the contrast of styles with these two. Not sure Jimmy Connors is adding much to the experience though. Felt like Nadal was on top early on, before Delpo came into it and should really have won the set before the breaker. I think it was probably good for the match that Delpo got the first set.. should be very interesting now.
  12. Miner Willy

    What are you reading at the moment?

    I read it years ago. Some of it is tragically hilarious; still remember the cops tricking the kids into confessing by loading the photocopier with pre written sheets and telling them it was a lie detector machine. Actually, did that turn up in a The Wire scene? I only got part way through The Corner; I should give it another try.
  13. Exactly. Her decision made complete sense to me. The whole episode was about the horrific life of females in Gilead; she couldn't just fuck off with her baby and leave her first born trapped inside. I've only just finished this. Don't think it was as good as series one, but still good. Felt like it dragged a bit in the middle but finished pretty strongly. There were bits that felt a bit off in the various characters' behaviours and decision making at times, but all forgiven for having Bradley Whitford rock up.
  14. Miner Willy

    Tennis

    Only saw the final set of Nadal-Thiem, which was superb. The quality until the tie-break was brilliant, but they both dipped a little from there. Nadal has clearly been a little up and down in this tournament but just keeps fighting through. Has he got another two big wins in him though? Logically you'd say no, but it's Rafa. For Thiem this could be a watershed I think. I know he's done well on clay, but I don't think I've seen him close to this good on hard courts before. That said, I didn't ever really think he was going to win it. The one moment that belief wavered was when Rafa had to hit a second serve at 4-5 in the final tie-break: Rafa switched up from the wide one, but didn't hit the spot with his body serve. Thiem had time and space to do something aggressive with it, but went tentative and hit the top of the tape. It's never easy to change grip and go big when returning a change-up serve, but those are the margins I guess. Rafa seems to have this uncanny ability to change up the serve exactly when he really needs it. Glad to see Delpo through. I desperately want him to win the tournament from here. I think he has a very decent chance vs. Rafa.
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