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  1. I didn't like "Brave New World" at all. It did nothing for me. Relatedly, I much preferred "We" to "Nineteen Eighty Four".

    Finished "Bad Blood" the other day. It's the story of Theranos by the WSJ journalist who broke the story about their various frauds. It was a lot more gripping than I expected and is almost unbelievable at points (until you remember who these people are). 

    "Dune Messiah" is next on the list.

  2. 15 hours ago, NotThePars said:

    Worth reading the second at least to see how it subverts the white saviour trope that people were losing the head about a few months back. 

    Whether you read the rest depends on whether you want to see how weird it gets. Definitely stop at the Frank Herbert books though don't read the ones written by his son.

    Awesome I'll pick up the second one and take it from there.

  3. I finished "Dune" recently. Thoroughly enjoyed it. Are the sequels worth checking out? I'm tempted to pick up "Messiah".

    Even more recently I finished "The Expendable Man" by Dorothy Hughes. Really terrific. A 100% certified page-turner; I was totally pulled in and fired through it in two or three nights. I think I might have preferred it to "In A Lonely Place".

  4. Donaldson started off okay but he had a habit of switching off and making silly mistakes (usually giving away cheap penalties). Although that's a criticism which can be levelled at pretty much every County centre-back over the last three or four seasons. 

    On a positive note: signing him was a power move that probably kept Inverness Caley Thistle afloat. 

  5. I get that Adam Mckay doesn't do subtlety but I wasn't particularly enamoured with Don't Look Up. It's okay - not good but not terrible - and I laughed a few times but it was about 30 minutes too long.

    On a separate note, I saw West Side Story last week and enjoyed it. It does some things better than the original and misses the mark with others. I actually liked Ansel Elgort's version of "Maria" but he was a bit of a personality vacuum. On the other hand, Ariana DeBose as Anita was, by some distance, the stand-out performance.

  6. Going back to the hospitality stuff from several pages ago.

    In the 2018 and 2019 festive period I did shifts in a relatively busy bar / restaurant. Most nights you needed at least 6 staff on (and usually you'd have eight people on) - every weekend in December and then every night in the week before Christmas was heaving. 

    I was in on Friday for a couple of pints. It was dead. Apart from Christmas Eve they're estimating that they'll only need 3 staff a night. There's obviously an element of some people being cautious but the government "advice" has obviously had a huge impact.

    At least last year you had furlough. You got your pay packet topped up a wee bit. This year... nothing. 

  7. 38 minutes ago, coprolite said:

    Sure https://www.investopedia.com/terms/i/inflation.asp

    Clearly price rises are a feature of inflation (as are wage rises) but they're not the whole story. Neither is the money supply bit the whole story. 

    Prices can rise because of shocks and fall back down again without being inflation. Or they can rise because of shocks and cause inflation. 

    We're splitting hairs but that is a very awkward definition. The majority of people would define it as a sustained increase in price level. The Bank of England, for example, literally define it as that. The Federal Reserve too. 

    What a way to spend part of my Thursday night. Discussing the semantics of inflation.

  8. 3 hours ago, Billy Jean King said:
    3 hours ago, Detournement said:
    Interest rates up because of inflation is the headline across the media.
    No explanation of how higher interest rates reduces inflation anywhere as far as I can see. It's just another tool of austerity. 

    Take it you didn't do o-grade economics ???

    To be fair (tbf), I don't agree with a lot of Detournement's takes but they've got a point here. And it's not exactly an uncommon take either. There's a number of people questioning how much of an impact it'll have. 

    There's obvious forward guidance implications but - and this is my amateur opinion - I'm not convinced a rate rise will have much effect either way. Although I think there's more reasons to oppose rate hikes at the moment than there is to support them.

    2 hours ago, coprolite said:

    Price rises are not inflation. 

    Citation needed. Because almost every textbook or central bank website I've read defines inflation as a sustained increase in the general price level. 

    Inflation causes a decrease in purchasing power, which is a reduction in the value of your money.

  9. Parking the impact on businesses to one side and looking at workers. It's pretty bad that they're doubling down on the "advising not legislating" approach to hospitality. There's going to be a lot of folk (predominantly those on minimum wage with "flexible" working hours) out of pocket, with no immediate or obvious way for them to cover that loss of income.

     

     

  10. 5 minutes ago, Wee Bully said:

    Yes - anyone organising a works night out pays in advance. Normally weeks in advance. 

    But you don’t care about the facts as it doesn’t play to your narratives. 

    You're being deliberately obtuse. Plenty of smaller workplaces will book a restaurant for dinner. They will pay a small deposit per head. They won't pay for everything up front.

  11. 26 minutes ago, Wee Bully said:

    So, the moonhowling tears about the death of hospitality weren’t warranted. Who knew?

    People drinking bring in less money than people eating and drinking. A few grand a day has effectively evaporated. And of you're on a zero hour contract then you're not getting paid.

    I've no issue with masks or table service but actively telling people to avoid hospitality - but not offering support - is obviously going to have a horrendous impact. Particularly after last Christmas being a write off (rightly or wrongly).

  12. On 02/12/2021 at 17:07, Smurph said:

    My girlfriend and I have a joint account. She spent six pounds an hour on hers.

    Top five for me were Nightmares on Wax, Childish Gambino, Quasimoto, Young Fathers and BROCKHAMPTON.

     

     

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    I gave Quasimoto a listen a few months ago because of your avatar. Some really good stuff. 

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