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  1. 4 autobiographies in a row. Only just realised that was the case, so going to give them a break for a while. 28. Stalin Ate My Homework by Alexei Stalin. Wasn't quite what I expected, focused mostly on Sayle's upbringing and life growing up in Liverpool. It's a warm and nostalgic love letter to his communist parents and the city. There's no discussion of his 20s and beyond and whilst I enjoyed it, I would have liked to have a wider scope covered. 29. The Gaffer by Neil Warnock. Very much a Marmite personality. He's outspoken throughout and doesn't hold back on criticising other managers and some of the players that he used to manage. He's a passionate and engaging writer and whilst a certain amount of scepticism needs to be held onto, the tales he recounts seem grounded in some of the darker and more nefarious parts of the beautiful game. 30. Greenlights by Matthew McConaughey. Again, another Marmite character. I've always warmed to McConaughey and his mid-career McConnaisance (a term he reveals that he made up and fed to a journalist). He had a fairly volatile upbringing and cuts his fiery parents a lot of slack. There's a fair bit of obtuse navel-gazing at times and he has pages that talk about the wet dreams which shaped the directions of his life (yes, really). He also incudes examples of his writing, poetry, philosophical musings and mantras. I'm sure it would annoy some readers but he's a genuinely interesting and soulful character. He's brutally honest at times and whilst his early career hedonism may grate, his later transition to commitment and family life is refreshing. 31. The Accidental Footballer by Pat Nevin. Similar thoughts to @Boothjanabove. Only reservation I'd have with recommending it is that some people might think that Nevin paints himself as incessantly worthy and cultured. He comes across as being on the right side of history with his references to facing up to the discrimination of others. However, that would be mean; this approach seems utterly genuine rather than forced and fake. A footballer who was more interested in society and culture, it's a refreshing look at one of football's curios. A guy who would hang out with John Peel over a night out with the team. I'd liked to have seen more about his media career, but I'd imagine that this will have done well enough to command a follow-up.
  2. Count your blessings, Eneloops aren’t being discussed. Yet.
  3. Fofana’s leg break less than a month ago.
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    Tennis

    I’d imagine you can rewatch it on Amazon Prime.
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    Tennis

    Well that’s Sports Personality of the Year wrapped up.
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    Tennis

    This is a wonderful match. Spectacular tennis and two very likeable players. Hope we have many years ahead of these two batting it out.
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    Tennis

    Both have looked a bit nervy at times, which is totally understandable. They’ve also produced some sparkling tennis too. Shaping up to be a cracker.
  8. It’s a superb piece of work. Think the author spent 10 years putting it together and it features the words of over 500 people saying what they went through on the day. Just a huge amount of detail about how people acted and were impacted on the day’s events. So much in there that I didn’t have any knowledge of. Cheney gave the Air Force the power to shoot one of the passenger planes down. The pilots explained what happened next.
  9. Really enjoying Big Red Machine’s new album. Justin Vernon is one of those performers who I adore when he gets it right but also frustrates me when he gets it wrong. The first Bon Iver release being a case of the former and his use of vocal sound effects being a case of the latter. Anyway, the BRM album is really good and there are some decent guests vocalists used effectively. Including Taylor Swift. However, this slice of upbeat Americana with Fleet Foxes and Anais Mitchell is great. And the second video has the random lyrics, emotional vocal delivery and urgency that the best Vernon songs have. I think the album peters out towards the end but the first 2/3 are decent.
  10. After these fuckers got me addicted to Hades, now they're really trying to test my marriage by making FM part of GamePass.
  11. Must buy recommendation:- The Only Plane In The Sky: The Oral History of 9/11 is 99p today. I’m currently 2/3 off the way through the audio version of this and it’s an amazing piece of work. If you’ve recently watched the BBC 9/11 President documentary then this has a similar format. It’s a phenomenal bit of work. Heartily advise if you have a passing interest in the seismic events of 9/11.
  12. Why don’t you two gameshare? It’s so incredibly easy to do, appears like you’ll both benefit hugely and cuts your outlay on games down.
  13. I think it’s totally fair to ban those Brazilian players from playing for their clubs. (After double-checking that Leicester do indeed play Man City on Saturday)
  14. I’ve been watching the Ireland game and it just seems like they have no creative spark at all. Nice to see Soyuncu carrying on his early season form; sent off in the first half against Holland.
  15. That’s just the 7 which is fine if you don’t need Xbox usage, right? The 7x isn’t discounted unfortunately.
  16. Upside is that Burns and Hameed appear to have some promise as an opening pair. And Robinson has been a bit of a revelation, albeit not operating in the area of obvious bowling weakness. Ali seems to be a really thoughtful, sensitive and intelligent cricketer and has been routinely mismanaged. He came out and spoke to the media after the third day session and was open and honest about his own failings. Seemed low on confidence which was sad to see.
  17. Root’s still in. There’s still hope. And evidently, delusion.
  18. Further to the commentator love-in, Tuffnell can get in the bin though. He lives nearby and it’s fair to say he’s not particularly community-spirited. Find he offers very little from a commentary POV, whereas every other person on there really educates and entertains.
  19. I think I could listen to Ebony Rainford-Brent, Andy Zaltzman and Aggers/Mann/Norcross etc all day. National treasures, the lot of em.
  20. This was all so obviously foreseeable. When UEFA banned Hungarian fans for 2 games the Foreign Minister called UEFA a bunch of communists and said there was no evidence of any racism. Then you have Orban empowering them with his right wing rhetoric. Ultimately UEFA and FIFA are spineless on racism and discrimination. They had the opportunity to stick 2 fingers up at Hungarian discrimination when German played them in the Euros. UEFA stopped the Germans from lighting up the stadium in the rainbow colours.
  21. Which isn’t the point I was making. Also, has nothing to do with UEFA. It’s a World Cup game, so under FIFA’s jurisdiction.
  22. Worth remembering that the load behind their goal are the ultras and that the rest of the crowd seems pretty measured. Having said that, was a pretty sizeable number that were booing the taking of the knee.
  23. Looks like Root needs to play around with the field at the moment. Thakur is asking to be caught. Great to watch, mind.
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