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    Yep, an Indian starting a cricket thread. No surprises here.
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    Sarri to Leave Chelsea

    You always got a feeling from very early in the season(after that small good run of results ended), that the people who run the club and the manager didn't like each other. Add to that the British media that constantly undermined Sarri, spreading stories about him being sacked. Even on the eve of the final there were stories about Lampard replacing him.
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    Your favourite names

    Jocelyn is a name that I really like. Apollonia is another. Dhanashree as well. Of the boy names, I only like Albie. I even used it as a teenager during my Yahoo Pool/ Yahoo chat days, pretending to be a Scottish lad while catfishing bored US army wives and getting them to flash on webcam. It's amazing how much you can achieve with a fake British accent. EDIT: In my defence, I was a fourteen year old virgin boy.
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    Lovely gesture by Virat asking the fans to applaud Smith instead of booing him. Good performance by the side. All batsmen in form and bowlers looking good. Bhuvi finally back in rhythm. All looks good for us.
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    Last movie you watched?

    Watched Captain Marvel. It's actually a really good flick. With the non-linear storyline they give a nice new take on an origin story, with likeable characters and a very likeable cat. Fury, unlike in the other Marvel flicks, is chilled out here and funny. Larson is actually decent. She tries hard to be likeable but comes across as wooden at times. I won't deny that her bad behaviour during the promotion of the flick may have had an effect on me while watching this flick. I went in not wanting to like her, and by the time movie ended I thought she is not that bad in the flick. Which makes the controversy seem so unnecessary. She was provided a fabulous platform, which could have made her a fan favourite and she wasted it by needlessly attacking one section of the fans. Also watched Pokemon Detective Pikachu. It's a fun flick, but it made entertaining by Ryan Reynold's presence. A lot of humour is typical of Reynolds and you can tell. Visually it is good. If you are a fan of Pokemon then you will enjoy it. Finally, John Wick 3. I am officially a fan of the franchise. The amount of thought and planning they are putting in all these creative fight scenes is amazing. Just absolutely fun this one. And it helps that I watched it in the theatre. Makes it more enjoyable. The antique shop fight was by far my favourite.
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    What TV Series Are You Watching?

    I am watching the TV series adaptation of the movie What we do in the shadows and it's a hilarious little show. @Bluewolf you need to get on this.
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    Catch 22 (Miniseries)

    As a massive fan of the book, I am part excited (because of the cast) and part nervous (because I love the book) about this. I thought the Mike Nicholls movie was decent, and more importantly Alan Arkin was the perfect Yossarian. You could argue that there is no need for this remake, but it's a series instead of a movie. I always felt the movie wasn't really able to fully cover all aspects of the book, which the series can. So, really hoping they deliver.
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    Catch 22 (Miniseries)

    Finished with it. Good job to the makers. It's not perfect and chooses not to use most of Heller's humour, but it got the novel's message across in the best possible way. And it can be proud of providing a really good adaptation of the book. Also, I hope Abbott goes on to big roles. Lad is hugely talented.
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    Guess the Movie

    It's Spike Lee's Inside Man. Anyone can take the game forward. I won't be online regularly for a while.
  10. Congratulations @Fairy In Boots
  11. One of the best qualities of good players is making the players around them better. Van Dijk does that. His organisational skills are top class. His reading of the game is brilliant as well. At present he is rightly recognised as the best in the world. But for him to be deemed great, he needs to do this for three-four years at least and win some trophies as well.
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    What Are You Currently Reading?

    Just finished reading this chilling account of genocide by the communist state government that ruled in West Bengal. The shocking fact is that this event is rarely mentioned in the country. Not really surprised. The communists here, whenever in power, have ruled with an iron fist.
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    The tournament was threatening to be shite until the last two matches. I still don't like the format. Add teams like Ireland, Zim, etc and make smaller groups and then Quarters, Semis and Final. That is hell more entertaining. Great performance by Bangladesh and an unsurprising comeback from Pakistan, who truly are a weird side.
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    Catch 22 (Miniseries)

    Halfway through this and mighty impressed. It isn't perfect, but I would have be a proper idiot to think anyone can truly capture the novel in its entirety. They have taken some liberties and cut out some stuff (and I don't mind) but I also loved how the direction and acting hasn't gone over the top during humorous or sad scenes. The grim scenes are actually well shot and not melodramatic and they have a perfect effect. A sneaky punch in the gut. The castings have been spot on. Except Milo (I just couldn't like the actor as I thought he was weak), I loved them all. Especially Kyle Chandler's Cathcart and Abbott's Yossarian. I have to applaud Abbott for doing a great job.
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    Guess the Movie

    Sorry for stalling this thread. I was busy and couldn't get online. More screens.
  16. The one that was played in England right? I was thinking about it too, and it was quite similar to that match, until Moura came on and the Spurs team started attacking, and we got chances of our own.
  17. To all the people who have mocked or had a go at him. A giant fuck off. Jordan fucking Henderson. A Champions League Winning Captain. Mighty happy for the club and the fans. Couldn't have asked more from the players and the managers. It's been a special season.
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    So, I came across this crazy and entertaining thread on Vince McMahon. Link to the entire thread, which has around 50 or less stories of him in tweets. Some samples.
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    Guess the Movie

    New screens. Fairly easy.
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    That's a shame. I have always liked Junaid's bowling style. I think he is a top bowler.
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    Your top 5 favourite books of all time

    In no particular order some of my favourites: Catch 22 Words can't describe how much I love this book. And probably the only book I have read multiple times, and still never got bored. Vyakti Ani Vali, a Marathi language book by the genius Pu. La. Deshpande. The Fortunate Pilgrim , my favourite Mario Puzo book. Beautifully written and well defined characters. A Suitable Boy Vikram Seth's magnum opus of sorts. Every subject, attached to his characters and/or story he covers in this book is described in correct detail. Despite being a big book at 1000+ pages, I found it engaging from start to the end. The Great Gatsby A lot of people either dislike this one, or deem it overrated. I don't care. To me, there was smoothness in the sentences and the narration. If I have to compare this to food, then it felt like a soft, airy, light but tasty Vanilla sponge cake. The White Tiger Aravind Adiga introduced me, a relatively privileged city kid, to the harsh realities of life in unknown corners of my country. Later on I went on to read Rahul Pandita's Hello Bastar, a nonfiction on the same subject and it made me angrier. God of Small Things I despise Arundhati Roy's politics to the point of disliking even her for her habitual lying, support of terrorists and hatred towards the country, but I cannot deny her writing skills in this wonderful novel. Our Moon has Blood Clots Rahul Pandita, a Kashmiri Pandit himself, charts the genocide and exodus of Kashmiri pandits from the Kashmir valley, and also offers the truth about that region. An essential reading if you really want to understand Kashmir. Annihilation of Caste Almost all works of Dr. Ambedkar are worth reading, but this one in particular is the most essential of them all. To me he is the greatest Indian, even far ahead of Gandhi. I have probably forgotten some, which I might add if I remember. I also think Philip Dick's Do Android Dream of Electric Sheep will feature in my favourites once I read it, considering I am obsessed with Blade runner.
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    Game Of Thrones

    My sentiments exactly.
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    Eddie Howe's Bournemouth

    Quietly hoping for them to buy Lallana for 25 mil this summer. Someone in their transfer department is definitely a Red.
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    Three very unique replies to being dropped from the World Cup squad. Junaid's response seems angry, and understandable. @Azeem you need to tell us more, if there are any groups in the squad. Also, are Malik's issues sorted out? He went back home during a series. The other response were less angry. I thought Ambati Rayudu's response was witty, after the selectors stated that they wanted to take three dimensional cricketers to the World Cup. David Willey's is just plain classy.
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    Last movie you watched?

    Wife, who loves pets, had taken a set of dog movies for the village trip. So watched these. A dog's way home. I enjoyed this one. Story was very basic, but done well. Ideal for kids and dog lovers. A dog's purpose. Based on a novel, with Dennis Quaid in the lead. Felt stretched and too sweet at times. But a decent flick, nothing special. Zeus and Roxanne Typical 90s movie, strictly meant for the kids, where Arnold Vasloo, the villain from the Mummy series, makes an arse of himself. At least I could stare at Kathleen Quinlan, the cute milf from the Twilight Zone movie. Alpha. Technically it's a wolf, but this was a really good survival flick. Probably the one I enjoyed the most. Shame I didn't see this in the theatre, cause it would have been more enjoyable. That would have been enough dog movies for me, but I am going to watch John Wick 3 sometime this week. Should be fun, considering the good reviews it's received.