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  1. Not as good as Henry V for me, but still has some very powerful and emotive language, particularly the speeches of Gaunt and later in the play Richard himself. I really should read both parts of Henry IV as well, they would probably give a better understanding of the character of Bolingbroke, a figure whose intentions always seem somewhat ambiguous during the play.
  2. Like most of Shakespeare's comedies, I find myself unable to get on with this at all. I think his tragedies are, in the main, wonderful works, but the comedies just don't stand the test of time. The jokes and puns are no longer funny in modern society, and the nonsensical and chaotic plots just annoy me rather than entertain. Give me Othello, Hamlet, Lear or even a history play such as Henry V any day over Shakespeare's unfortunate attempts to look at the lighter side of life.
  3. It depressed me when thinking about it the other day that even I am now too old (at 19!) to be Skins main target audience. It's still compulsive viewing though, and fortunately I am still young enough to spot the satirical (perhaps the makers would prefer the term piss-takes?) digs at the yoof of society. Loved the first series, so was slightly torn when I watched the first episode of series 2. Skins was never supposed to be pure comedy, but it suddenly got so much darker that it took a bit of getting used to. Thought the latest episode was genius though - the stalking element disturbed, amused and made you empathise with the chracter in almost equal measure. Plus you can't fail to enjoy a show which features a musical about terrorism.
  4. I absolutely love mountains, so my favourite regular holiday destination has always been Switzerland, which I've visited a ridiculous number of times now. And having trekked from one side the other along the Alpine Pass Route I think I've seen much of what it has to offer. Simply stunning. Other than that my favourite trips have been to Australia and South Africa. The price of flying down under may be high, but it has to be done at least once. This year me and friends are searching for the cheap destinations favoured by students. So far it looks like we could be holidaying in Bulgaria, which will make an interesting change.
  5. We always have vension at Xmas. It's arguably the best meat on the planet, and we always order a huge joint which keeps everyone going for 2 or 3 days. Turkey pales in comparison.
  6. Sitting at home with 2 litres of Blackthorn and 7 series worth of Scrubs to watch. And yes, I'm in a bad mood. I'm new, so I'd better just explain, this is how I chill when I'm stressed. I'm not that strange. Plus Scrubs is a great show, I'd watch it happily even if I wasn't grumpy.
  7. Why is there no discussion about House? It's probably my favourite show - certainly one of the view things where I will tune in for every episode without fail. I've thought it was genius right from the first episode, and Hugh Laurie is simply awesome in the role. Apparently the director didn't even realise he wasn't American when he first auditioned. Currently watching series 4 along with the Americans. I won't reveal anything to be sure nothing is spoiled for those yet to see it, but safe to say this programme just keeps on getting better and better.
  8. That's exactly what Uni is all about for me. The degree is just something you know you will use in later life, completed while experiencing living. Have to say I disagree that you necessarily have to go to a non-campus University in order to be able to escape from student life. I love the campus here at Reading, but have become involved in activities around the rest of the town in order to give my life a bit of diversity. I regularly do sports coaching with a group of people completely unassociated with the Uni, which is great as it means I am always meeting new people. Have been for evenings out with this other social group and, much as I like my Uni friends, it is nice to socialize with people who aren't all sharing similar experiences to you onc in a while.
  9. And for some reason the author has ended up as something other than George McDonald Fraser. Be grateful if someone could change that for me.
  10. Suprised to find none of George McDonald Fraser's work being discussed on this site. He is one of my favourite authors, so I thought it would appropriate to begin a thread on a novel I wasn't able to put down the first time I read it. It is very difficult to describe exactly why I love Mr American so much. As many reviews I have read in various places say, it really doesn't have the pace or instant action of Fraser's Flashman titles (which I also adore). It's a fairly lengthy novel, and on the surface the storyline may not sound as gripping as I have always found it. The plot follows an American who travels across to England towards the end of the 19th century, having made his fortune from mining silver. Having suddenly acquired great wealth, Mark Franklin has decided to return to his family roots - a large house in Norfolk. The early part of the novel follows his attempts to fit in with both his local village neighbours and also tread the boards of high society, a situation he is thrown into after a chance meeting with the king. So far, so mundane I hear everyone thinking. However, the beauty of this book is the way in which Franklin's mysterious American past is drip-fed to the reader, and the variety of characters he comes into contact with. I don't want to gave too much away, but safe to say there are friends, enemies and love interests aplenty along the way (as well as a part for a very old, but still utterly scandalous Flashman). It is also very interesting to see how society appears to change as one century rolls into another, and as technology develops with it. Not sure how many people will have read this, but I thoroughly recommend it to anyone. As long as they have a little patience and are willing to see how the characters develop of course.
  11. Unless you go to Oxbridge, in which case you can walk into any job of your choosing for the rest of your life.
  12. Cheers for the welcomes guys. I read a lot of books and posting on here about them is a good distraction from having to do any actual work. Plus I'm an opinionated sod with plenty to say.
  13. Know Your Enemy - Rage Against the Machine
  14. Give me some credit, I haven't sunk quite that low yet. Woodpecker is the cheapest cider I'll usually resort to. A white fish might well find itself honoured by the name of a close friend's favourite - Malibu.
  15. My younger brother has fish, and once they gave birth to a new batch I adopted a couple myself. Decided, due to their orangey colour, to call them Magners and Strongbow. The next one that comes along will probably be Blackthorn. At least my influences are clear.
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