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  1. Apparently full steam ahead. It does feel its become Brexit at all costs as depending on which papers you read the UK government is determined to go it alone and avoid working with Europe despite the possible consequences. The UK appears to have opted out of several pan European schemes around medical equipment (or missed the email according to the government). A lot of people have suggested that now is maybe not the time for one of the biggest unknown steps in UK Economic history but the government has said no reason to delay. In fact if anything amongst some groups its seen as all the more reason to go our own way - why should we bail out those feckless southern Europeans? Blitz spirit and all that. Personally I was hoping it might sway some of the more determined Brexiteers to think about some of the detail such as how vital immigrants have been to the NHS and frontline services but then this is the party that cheered a 0% pay award for nurses a few years ago. It's also highlighted the lack of manufacturing in the country and all those stories such as how Dyson was going to build thousands ventilators turned out to be nonsense. One of the lead stories today on the BBC News site is about the arrival of loads of PPE equipment from China presumably as none of the promised locally manufactured stuff materialised. I'm biased in that I was vaguely remain but the last few weeks have hardened my view that leaving the EU is a big mistake as we very much don't seem to have the leadership or capability to go our own way. This story made me laugh in an ironic way Eastern European workers flown in UK
  2. Just bought this in the GoG sale. Did anyone else play it? Thinking about wrapping up my modded Skyrim game and giving this a go.
  3. Well 3 weeks later and the UK hasn't ended (yet). Admittedly Christmas got in the way but the Queens Speech (where governments set out their objectives and legislation for the year) was a rerun of the earlier one that got kick into touch. Big emphasis on Infrastructure spending and some stuff around minimum wage increases and the tax breaks for the rich seem to have disappeared. The Tory win was very dependent on the North of England so interesting to see how much a traditional left of centre area influences policies and what they government does to keep their votes. Brexit remains a big unknown but is pretty much happening even if no one knows how. Be interesting to see if some of the nutters right wing Cabinet members are replaced by MPs from the centre of the party or at least not from the fringes. Talent or politics or rewarding loyalty? From a personal point of view looks like my job is going to disappear as there's a lot of hostility to my employer ( a well known British broadcaster) and a huge income cut is on the cards. Scotland continues to demand independence and I'm wondering how I can qualify for a Scottish passport as despite growing up there I wasn't actually born there but the rest of my family was.
  4. What does the 25th Amendment involve? Asking from a country with no written constitution which has been er...interesting over the last couple of years.
  5. Taking a break from Skyrim (reached the point where I'm pretty indestructible so just exploring now) I played warlock 2 - the exiled and a bit of Renowned Explorers for a quick fix. Just bought Kingdom Come - Deliverance but I think I need a good period of time set aside for that one. Warlock 2 is fun but with some annoying User Interface issues and has the feel of a game that ran out of money/development time.
  6. I think Venice gives you a very different experience which is a good reason for playing it. I also found I had less to do as you do tend to get nudged towards a particular type of play. As someone who plays for fun rather than winning or min/maxing I found it a bit boring ultimately but glad it was included.
  7. Well that was all a bit unexpected. Main themes...everyone is bored with Brexit whatever their view, Corbyn has little support outside his own cult of worshippers, Scotland does its own thing (again) and Liberal Democrats despite actually increasing their share of the vote almost disappear.
  8. A General Election and I'm fed up already. The main parties seem to have retreated to the far left and right but it's all about Brexit so nobody seems to have noticed. The Brexit Party (formerly UKIP although they're still going) is at war with the Tories as their Brexit isn't hard enough. Labour's position remain vague. The Lib Dems hope for greater things but the first past the post system means its unlikely. Scotland will probably end up a one party state again. And in Northern Ireland people look likely to continue to vote on religious lines regardless of policies. Still at least at work i can bounce any project requests with a "don't you know there's an election on???"
  9. As well as hoping my Skyrim game doesn't break I've played a bit of Order of Battle. Bought this ages ago and never played it. Taking a look I discover they've completely changed the charging model. Now the base game tutorial and the first few turns of every DLC are free. I guess the idea being if you enjoy a couple of turns you buy a DLC. Main problem with this is that it took me ages to update my game to a working version and work out what licence codes I actually had. Anyway its very similar to Panzer General/Panzer Corps but slightly more tactical. Units have a lot more abilities. There's also an abstracted supply lines rule which is quite fun. The main interest for me though is seeing scenarios set in theatres normally ignored - Pacific, Burma, China etc. So far the scenarios have been well designed and its good to have several defensive ones as opposed to the normal capture everything. In the Philippines I was totally out classed and it become a case of how long can you hold on to that secondary victory hex. The naval combat feels a bit under developed but still better than PG.
  10. Found the SKSE update. Remembered how to install and set off again... Even though I'm playing with various economy mods that make working for a living practical I've skipped my usual dozen hours plus around Riverwood hunting and farming on the grounds it will probably break. Pleasantly surprised to still be playing at level 40 without too many crashes. I removed a lot of mods that had scripts. Some such as Hagen Reborn never seemed to work anyway and others I decided to live without. The main different though is I stopped using 'quick saves'. Seems to have made all the difference. I'm now further on in the main quest than I've ever got before - rescuing the old man in the sewers in Rifkind. The downside is that I'm far too over powered so taking the opportunity to see parts of the world I've never seen despite several hundred hours play. Paused on the Dragon Born quest and now I'm off to join the Legion.
  11. Very much so. Still on going.... Good joke from a former Bulgarian minister. “The year is 2192,” he wrote. “The British prime minister visits Brussels to ask for an extension of the Brexit deadline. No one remembers where this tradition originated, but every year it attracts many tourists from all over the world.”
  12. At work we're planning for a General Election in October although the logic has moved from Boris wants to cement his position to Boris loses vote of confidence. To be fair our election coverage plans have been reviewed most weeks in the last year whereas its normally "what did we do 5 years ago?"
  13. I think I'd struggle to recommend it but I'd also want to applaud the developer for doing something different. Maybe if it explained things a little better (like fishing), elaborated on how relationships between characters developed and made combat easier with a better tutorial. There's tool tips galore but they don't always explain the mechanics themselves.
  14. So Boris as Prime Minister. At least I can claim I've met him - he was lost at my local train station so we had a chat while I pointed him the right direction and we waited for the London train. Admittedly not the greatest claim but much as I dislike his politics ( I think - not entirely clear what they are) he was pleasant enough. While that may not seem much I interviewed a lot of MPs when I was a journalist and most were complete and utter arses who couldn't even be polite.