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  1. Really underwhelmed with the LFC kit, but the training range of t shirts and zip tops are really nice, so I'll probably grab one. I did say that if the LFC kit was like the leaked one a few weeks back that I'd get the new Ajax away. Except it costs a billion pounds. Anyone know where I can one for 50 quid(ish)?
  2. Finished reading Red or Dead this week. Thought it was brilliant and totally helped me understand the history of the club, which, while I knew, I didn't really know the details. Writing style isn't for everyone but I like how David Peace writes. Also, along with the Nature's Fire documentary, helped bring context to the 'matter of life or death' quote. It was about the people, the Liverpool population, and how much it means to them. Never knew that, just thought it was a 'football, bloody hell' reaction type thing.
  3. 2014 hurt, last year hurt (last night felt similar - some bad luck and a worldie, despite being very much in the game) but this year won't, whatever happens. I'm 35 and I've never seen an LFC team which is this good. In 05, 14 and last year we were underdogs, punching above our weight and it felt like this was a chance that may not come around again any time soon. This team is different. There's no dead weight knocking about, just a proper team full of talented, exciting and disaplined players. I'm happy just to have a team that will be competing for at least a few years yet, not just another Gerrard/Torres/Suarez led group of decent players that get lucky/turn out on when it suits. There's quality all over the pitch now. Quality and potential. Without checking I think we've lost 7 times all season. To be 1 point off first in the PL at this stage and go out in the CL semi to Barca would have been snatched in an instant if it was offered to us 12 months or 12 years ago. I feel for the players and staff because their hard work over the the past 2 seasons does merit a trophy, but it doesn't really matter. Sport is full of losers; stability and progress are much more important things for LFC right now. To regress (again) would the absolute worst thing to happen and nothing suggests it's going to. Klopp said similar a few times weeks ago. Last year, we had a final to look forward to, but we also still had to qualify for the CL on the last day (penny for your thoughts, Spurs fans) - this is much better. Finally, there was a moment last night where JoGo made run and shanked a cross out of play. He ran back down the line and Klopp mouthed something like 'Smile, enjoy yourself'. I'm not making excuses for the team (maybe) not winning anything again, but it pretty much sums up how I feel about our lot.
  4. I play on PS4, but have tried the PC version at one of the Belong's in Game. I failed pretty miserably for a while and then asked if I could switch to a pad. The really helpful assistant suggested we go along to their team nights, but I batted him away after seeing just how terrible my mouse and keyboard skills were. Then he said that their best player uses a pad and, despite getting ripped by other teams for not using M&K, they quickly had to back down as she was getting all the kills. Could be a load of sales twaddle, an outlier or they could all just be awful; but I think you'll be ok. It's only really the snipers, Tracer and Genji that would allow a much higher skill cap on PC I reckon/what I hear from friends.
  5. Mine was ok...but far from great. If anything it's making me excited to watch it again on Monday, with a delicious 1080p copy As for the whining
  6. Has any PS4 players experiencing lack of dramatic music in the menu/setup/timer countdowns/etc since the update yesterday? It feels awfully quiet without it...
  7. Count me in the 'loved it' camp. The final act was messy as most of Moffat's stuff tends to be these days, but a lot of that was probably down to the Jenna U-Turn. Anyway, just wanted to leave some kudos to the wonderful Christmassy themes that were slipped in. The dreaming and desire to wake up (metaphor for Christmas being like a dream and then back to reality when it's over). The reminder that every Christmas is like a 'last Christmas' - explaining the dying aspect of the story. Christmas is a timely reminder of that we are all dying; and whatever Christmas you have in any given year, is so very different to the ones you may have experienced in years gone by. This may be a bit of a personal reflection, but after spending a day seeing my little ones open their presents, my elderly Gran in home and a visit to the coast to lay a flower for my late stepmum, it seemed to resonate with me... Even the explanation of the anaesthetic was nice touch to reference the various anaesthetics (overindulgence) we all use at this time of year to get us through the holiday period! Anyway, definitely the best Christmas special since A Christmas Carol. So THERE.
  8. I considered this for a moment while watching. It could happen, but I'd be surprised if it went that way.
  9. Going into the Real game, it makes me remember the confidence I had back in the Rafa days that the team were very difficult to beat. We would be tight, especially in Europe, and invariably nick a result. I don't pine for a return for that, but we were difficult to beat due to how little we gave away. We were difficult to beat last season as well, but that's because of the lethal attacking mentality (and him) that we possessed. And it wasn't just Suarez, anyway: we did this with or without him in the team. Sturridge, Sterling and Phil all contributed at key moments. I guess my point is this: while our defending is ridiculously bad, it's not what Rodger's teams are about. He plays quick, penetrating football and has had some pretty decent results with it so far. While we need to improve our defending (by a considerable margin), I am getting a little fed up with every analyst or pundit looking at that as the key problem. Right now, we need more from out creative and attacking players and, for me, this is where the real area of concern is. We haven't looked threatening since the Spurs game. Tightening up defensively won't make up for the loss of Luis's goals. This is far from a 'oh Liverpool haven't replaced Suarez' lament, but I just feel there's more than one way to be difficult to beat and we should play to our strengths. Under Rogers that's never been a defensive efficiency, why should it be the focus now?
  10. Watched the first two episodes of this season, and I thought it was pretty good. The show is definitely different, much like the Guardian preview suggested - a soft reboot. There's some powerful stuff in there, mainly I'm enjoying the terror plot being repositioned as the story arc, rather than the main drive of each episode. This feels much more like the characters' personal stories are driving the narrative; at least, at this stage of season 4 anyway. Worth a go, especially as it has .
  11. I want to see this in the TV show! http://www.doctorwho.tv/events/doctor-who-experience Ok, the link to the website doesn't seem to play the video, but it may be my creaking laptop playing up. I'll put the link to the Facebook page where I found it in the first place anyway. https://www.facebook.com/DoctorWho?fref=nf
  12. Anyone seen this? http://www.theguardian.com/tv-and-radio/2014/sep/17/doctor-who-late-time-saturday-night I'm not necessarily saying I subscribe to the idea - in fact, I can actually see some fairly sensible reasons for moving it this late - but it all feels a little Michael Grade. Pretty sure I remember reading somewhere that he moved it to a terrible timeslot after it's hiatus in the 80s. Like ITV did, with Bullseye, but that worked out fine.
  13. His passing has been awful since the start of the season. He was on the bench against Spurs and we played well, so I don't get the justification for inclusion in the first XI atm.
  14. Yeah, this is absolutely spot on. It's all about the eponymous lead. Winds me right up when a lot of my sci-fi obsessed friends start (negatively) comparing it to BSG or similar, or when they start obsessing about canon/continuity a la Star Trek. It's a totally unique show and *probably* has more in common with general Saturday night television than science fiction. Save for the odd story, naturally.
  15. No real (literal) lol moments in last night's episode, for me. Obviously, the tone was different and it was handled well, but still missed Rob's enthusiasm. His Coogan impression at the end almost made up for it, but just gutted I have to wait another week. Still, unmissable stuff, mind.
  16. Fantastic again - I was crying at the 'guess the bill' gameshow bit!
  17. Finally caught up with this, and I think its ace. Massive fan of Sagan and the original, but I think this treads the lines between remake, homage and freshness fairly effectively. The Sagan clips/sound bites are a nice touch and the new stories told to illustrate the scientific evidence are evident of it feeling like Carl's spirit is driving the show, along with Neil's enthusiasm. Its not perfect, but I enjoyed it much more than, say, Cox's recent offerings. Also; Seth McFarlane, Ann Dryun and Brannon Braga? I nearly squee'd. Also, one last point. Channel 4's lap of space, this show and Gravity doing well at the Oscars can only mean that space is cool again! Hurrah!
  18. That bit was great and Vegas was so right about Paul's comedy. However, I do think that he's not exactly innocent as some of accusations he makes about 'other people's comedy'. I also really liked the Lee Mack/Nina Conti bit. The link is below and you probably need to watch before and through the nominations reel to understand what Lee Mack does when he wins. I'm a big fan of Lee Mack; he's nothing original, but his wit and timing doesn't always need to be. Edit: the link starts at the bit I mean, 47 minutes in. Edit 2: That cut Coogan speech is at the end of the link too and it's fucking AWESOME.
  19. I think that line from the 50th means that there were 13 Doctor's orbiting Gallifrey, so the aborted 10 re-gen wasn't really a Doctor was he? No TARDIS and the like. I like to think he probably just ran a little shop on the parallel Earth.
  20. In my son's Doctor Who visual guide, it says that the war started because the Daleks discovered what the Fourth Doctor was ordered to accomplish in Genesis, which could add some extra guilt to his conscience. He didn't do it, which meant that he had to destroy both the Daleks and Time Lords during Hurt's tenure. Can't remember it being mentioned since the 2005 series though, so unsure of the accuracy of this. I think Moffat has gone on record to say how Grade basically 'stole' a whole host of stories by cancelling the show. Of course, this doesn't quite add up, but I think it's great that instead of doing something differnt with a risky, sprawling war epic; they just did a really great episode Doctor Who. McGann got treated well by fan fiction, maybe so will the War Doctor?
  21. Well, I thought that the most recent episode was great. Homeland may be a bit more transparent now we're in the third season and used to how the stories play out and the techniques the writers use. but I really think it's picked the ball back up. Certainly better than season two and not far off some of the excitement of seen since season one, for me.
  22. Near the end of my first listen now, but it hasn't grabbed me yet. The Suburbs was my first foray into Arcade Fire after trying a few times with bits of Neon Bible, and I loved it first time. I now love Neon Bible almost as much and Funeral is great too. This one may take a few more listens. 'Side/Disc 1' seems a bit weaker at the moment and enjoying from Joan Of Arc onwards pretty consistently. It seems to have a little bit more flow which their albums do so well. The first few tracks almost sounded like it was 'Win Butler sings David Bowie', but still...It's good to have them back!
  23. Think some credit must go to Breaking Bad. It's obviously difficult to be sure as the show still has a small way to go yet. But it does feel like most of the current show seems planned from the off, like it's an unreleased three part novelization. Best I can think of is Derek Jacobi's Professor Yana in Doctor Who. Maybe I'm in the minority here, but it came as a total surprise and clues were littered over the season. The conclusion was terrible, but the setup was good as any. Probably not quite what the OP was after, but it's a good (and tough) question.
  24. I absolutely love Troughton and can't really see why anyone wouldn't. Absolutely no disrespect to Hartnell, but it's with Troughton where the show really started; at least in it's current sense. The show became less ham fisted and a little more self aware with it's humour. The 2nd Doctor was the first step in evolving the character of The Doctor, rather than just make it about aliens and ridiculous peril (which, of course, still persisted). I know he bears similarities to the current Doctor, but Troughton took the ball running and that's why we are where we are now, with the show. I don't dislike Hartnell though, it may just because I did one of those 'which Doctor are you?' multiple choice quizzes a while back and I came up as The First Doctor. I knew little about the show at the time and just really wanted to be someone different...
  25. Yes. Yes, it is. The guy seems really quite mental. It's quite a good read, but, to be honest, I liked reading it just to see the quotes that are forever hiding in my subconcious come to the surface again. Julian's 'pissy biscuit' in particular. I mean, remove the context from the above list, and that's pretty much how most sitcoms work. Father Ted: 16) your main messages are: a) The priests are idiots b) everything in the priest's world rebounds on the priest c) it doesn't make any difference who the priest's antagonist is/are d) swearing is funny e) all scheme, proposals and initiatives go wrong f) nothing changes, nothing can be done No?
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