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holystove last won the day on June 12 2017

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  1. Bond 26

    Michael Fassbender .. never seen him in anything bad.
  2. Chelsea are pathetic. Barca score at will. Unconvinced Courtois is one of the best goalkeepers.
  3. Tillerson, the only prominent US politician to back UK in criticism of Russia after Salisbury, has been sacked. That won't help with the collusion allegations.
  4. The Wine thread

    I have about 50 but have room for a couple 100 more and I hope during the next decades to be able to build up my stock. They keep their value (or increase in value) and great for any special occasion. I look at it as both a hobby and an investment. I agree with you on German whites. A good Riesling on a hot summer evening is perfection. I ban all rosé wines.
  5. The Wine thread

    I prefer red as well. The only white I really like is Sauternes. Big Burgundy fan. Every year, me and couple of friends, drive to the same hotel in Nuits-Saint-Georges (six hour drive from where we live) and spend a weekend tasting and buying in the Beaune-area. I have several Nuits-Saint-Georges, Vosne-Romané, Aloxe-Corton, Pommard and Volnay is my wine-cellar. The wines I drink regularly tend to be Rioja and Chianti. I don't know a lot about the so called New World Wines (Chile, Argentina, South Africa, etc.) but would love to find out more about them.
  6. Brexit...

    Best brexit-analogy thus far: (from Twitter) Arsenal fans, disappointed by years of underperformance, lay the blame on the Premiership and vote, by a small majority, to leave it. The club management accept the result, and announce that the ‘will of the fans’ must be implemented. Arsenal declare that they will not be members of any league, but will approach every team in the FA and ask them for a game. They estimate that the club will prosper if they can persuade the other clubs to participate. They are not deterred by the fact that no club has ever done this, anywhere, and that they will lose the TV money, a role in drawing up the Premiership rules and a place in European competitions. Arsenal do ask the Premiership if it will still be possible to play against other Premiership teams. However they do not want to make a financial contribution to the league, be bound by the rules on standards of venue (they argue their stadium is already up to standard), and they want to use their own referee. Not surprisingly, the Premiership aren’t keen on this proposal. They mention that Arsenal may encounter other Premiership teams in the FA and League Cup, but this will be in accordance with competition rules and independent referees.What remains a mystery to football fans everywhere is how Arsenal can blame its problems on the Premiership, and how leaving the Premiership will solve them?
  7. Brexit...

    The Times reported yesterday US trade negotiators told UK MP's that in any future US-UK-deal agriculture will have to be included (UK really doesn't want this). The Financial Times has reported the US is set to offer way worse terms to British carriers than it currently does to EU member states via the EU-US open skies agreement. etc. etc. Is this the US punishing the UK for brexit? .. It is about the UK realising it is the demandeur in negotiations with much larger economies. The EU27 will only make it as hard as is beneficial to them. Whether or not a third country is successful outside the EU is irrelevant to this. (look at Norway, Switzerland etc, they're all doing fine).
  8. Brexit...

    Surely this will be solved by diagonal cumulation of origin between UK and EU? This is one of the minor issues that, if the UK gets itself together, could be solved quite quickly.
  9. Longest Thread!

    That's amazing she takes time to do that. Does she visit everyone in Maidenhead or only the known supporters? What did you ask her? Why didn't the bodyguard just come inside instead of letting all the heat out? (did she have a coughing fit? did paintings just start to fall off your wall inexplicably?)
  10. What Are You Watching?

    Yes. Jason Isaacs alone is enough to love this show.
  11. Brexit...

    Poorest indeed, but also the areas with highest Leave vote. - As we enter phase 2, expect a lot more of this: https://www.ft.com/content/a217ae1a-0cf0-11e8-8eb7-42f857ea9f09 : "Britain has a message for the rest of the world after Brexit next year: please pretend we are still in the EU. A “technical note” prepared by the UK government asks non-EU nations to treat the UK during its post-Brexit transition period starting in March 2019 as if it was still covered by more than 700 treaties agreed by Brussels with third-party countries." Today the UK has asked the EU for opt-ins on Justice and Security affairs... All of this to go from a member state that's half out but with a powerful voice, to a third country that's half-in but with no seat at the table? So strange... If I were the UK I'd go for full Rees-Mogg, so you'd be able to say that you at least gave it a real shot. The current approach doesn't address any of the underlying issues that led to brexit, quite the opposite.
  12. Brexit...

    http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2018/01/30/germans-hate-us-celebrating-glorious-victory-against-nazism/amp/?utm_campaign=Echobox&utm_medium=Social&utm_source=Twitter&__twitter_impression=true The Telegraph has for a while now been on the same level as Daily Mail and Daily Express, with this piece they have managed to find a new low.
  13. What Grinds Your Gears...

    I'm going to keep cycling to work but from now on I'll never again assume the driver of an oncoming car saw me 😉 Besides at 23 cent per kilometre I've got about two more years to go before I recoupe prize of bike.
  14. What Grinds Your Gears...

    there's a train I could take but going by (highspeed) bike is 10 minutes faster and I'm free to leave work when I want instead of being bound by train schedule. Plus I get 23 cents per kilometre from my employer, which adds up. There's two types of e-bike here. Max 15 mph which is standard and max 30 mph for which you need a drivers licence and a numberplate. Theres this network of bike highways in Flanders so you can easily go 10 miles without a red light or crossing another road, making highspeed bikes a quick way to travel. I've broken wrist, foot and leg in the past and got a concussion in a biking accident as a kid.. collarbone is definitely the most painful
  15. What Grinds Your Gears...

    Tired of being stuck in traffic, I bought myself a high speed e-bike to travel the 15 miles to work. 6th day using it, got hit by a car while I was going 30 mph and broke my collarbone. Bike totalled and definitely the most painful injury I've ever had.