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All it needs is Tardis to buff the trolling.
 
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You are correct, Myrthos, and you can really see that in a lot of shows these days....as someone that participated in the SCA and Civil War re-enactments back in the day, you really don't have time to chit-chat during combat. You can really see shows abusing this on the CW network, where they seem to spend ninety percent of the episodes standing in corridors and yapping about their feelings, lol. Yet all networks seem to do this, to a certain extent. It leaves me scratching my head at times, do they not review this stuff before releasing?
 
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Pink FLoyd Granchester Meadows with footage from Grantchester:

Yes, you'd be amazed the number of famous people who've been to Grantchester and had their artistic inspirations tickled in one way or another.

It's a renown beauty spot, hence the tourists I mentioned earlier.

Pretty much everywhere is a good spot to nestle down with a good book if the weather's nice:

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There's not really much there though, it's not some theme park, it just happens to get mentioned a lot by a certain category of artist.

Rupert Brook has a blue plaque there and a tea room dedicated to him. There's a different section of the village called Byron's Pool & one of it's most famous current residents is the (in)famous writer Jeffery Archer. Apparently that's his cat up there.

You also never know what's going to turn up in the local paddocks from one day to the next:

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Also, as you can tell, the place is very photogenic.

It doesn't get swamped with tourists because there's not really much to do there, it doesn't even have any shops, not even a little village shop for locals. Plenty of places to eat and drink though. It only tends to attract those of a certain mindset.
 
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PS. I think comedy is a difficult genre. There are a lot of mildly amusing ones, and the really funny ones are far between. Which means I have to watch (or start watching) a lot of mediocrity to catch the really good ones. It's not only comedy, of course, same problem with horror. And (real) football matches DS.

Absolutely agree. A lot of it probably has to do with how easily amused one is, but I only find maybe 1 in 10 sitcoms to actually be funny. Horror films have an even worse percentage for what I think is good.
 
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House of the Dragon - Teaser

Is this the first trailer for any GoT spin-off series? I remember there being many of them in production/discussion. Looks ok.

Meh...not getting a very good feeling about this, but hopefully I'm wrong.

As far as other GoT other spin-offs, there were/are several others being pitched, but afaik, this is the only one that's actually in production.
 
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Your wish is my command.

Today's weather forecast promised some sun, but unfortunately it was just promises, promises, so not ideal, but I took a few snaps anyway. Even with a grey overtone some of the pics managed to come out ok.

Don't forget you can enlarge them by right clicking them and opening them in a new tab.

The view of the river as per Pibbur's vid but if you step back a bit:

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This house has no road access. When it was built that wasn't a concern:

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Cows are allowed to roam freely in the meadows, and they're normally bulls. Well, steers anyway. They don't normally attack people:

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Some old cobblers:

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The main T-junction of the village. Newer houses to the right as you look, medium age houses behind me and the older ones to the left:

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I took loads, but I'll ration them to one batch a day to save the stress it puts on other users for whom this probably seems horribly off-topic.
 
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I guess I'd better clue you in to all those food and drink venues next then.

Assuming you're around at an appropriate time and manage to be around whenever it is that the various venues have their opening times, there's:

The posh one. The one where one knows it's posh because one can't understand the menu and choosing something is more an experimentation than a desire. Beverages of preference are likely a wine from some regarded source. And the prices are quite high, of course:

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The Campaign For Real Ale one. Lovely home-cooked meals such as curries and bangers'n'mash accompanied by a good solid pint of highly regarded warm beer. Be wary though, if you're just looking for a nice hot cuppa or a glass of fizzy pop then the landlord wont be hesitating to express his opinion that "This isn't the establishment you're looking for". Reasonably priced and very cosy:

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The most popular one. Once a chain pub, this venue keeps to that taste but with more refinement than a chain pub. Traditional pub grub such as cod'n'chip or a slice of meat with fresh vegetables, complete with options for all your veges, vegans, anti-glutens etc etc. Likely sells more cold lagers than warm beers. Averagely priced:

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The classic Tea Room. Although the first pub was the one called The Rupert Brook, the Orchard is the official eatery dedicated to Rupert Brook, next to his old home and with some little displays here and there. The main experience is sitting outside on deckchairs in a real apple orchard, probably with a pot of tea or cup of coffee and a jam scone with plenty of clotted cream. Alcohol and fizzy pop is also encouraged. Reasonably priced but also provides the option to splash out on the full english Afternoon Tea if you fancy. Inside seating is available:

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The new kid on the block. Relatively recently a Gin distillery set itself up in the village, what one might call a genuine cottage industry. It also serves refreshments, because, well, why not. Beverage of choice is, well, erm, gin, but not exclusively. During lockdown they have had a van outside selling your usual Starbucks-like array of cardboard packaged hot and cold drinks:

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The other one. I've no idea if this one will be in existence or not in the future. Pubs generally are in a decline in the UK, and have been for decades for a cavalcade of reasons. This one found itself trying to be a normal but pricey pub in a world of specialisation. Every time I went in there it seemed the deadest of the lot, even though it's a lovely place. It closed before lockdown and doesn't seem to have anyone moving in post-lockdown. Even in the village of beauty one can find things that, on the surface, seem a bit negative:

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Some street views taking different roads from the T-junction posted earlier:

Going left towards the church area and the centre of the village:

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The road that was behind me and leads shortly to Cambridge:

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Turning right:

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Also down that right hand road, the new bit:

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And of course, the new bit doesn't really trigger any great sense of wonder and beauty. But new bits always have to be built at some point and they'll always take time to start blending in with everything else.

As I said before, while being a popular tourist destination and somewhere that fights tooth and nail to preserve it's essence, the village isn't a theme park, it's a normal village with normal folk going about their normal lives, it's not an Amish like reservation, it's just somewhere that happens to be what it is, if you know what I mean.

Some amusing road names that would be fun to write when filling out forms:

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I know Grantchester well, and it's very pretty, but I think it's time for it to be in a different thread, now.
 
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I'm watching Midnight Mass these days, one episode a night before sleep.

It's interesting enough to keep me coming back every night, though I wouldn't say groundbreaking, it's definitely a peculiar approach to the myth behind a particular type of creature that has been abused to no end in the last couple of decades.
 

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What you've shown me of Grantchester so far reminds me of small villages/hamlets that I've visited in places like Canada and Ireland. I adore such areas, and thanks again for the many tantalizing visuals!
 
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Wrapped up "Squid Game" yesterday. Not sure if it's already been watched by most people here, but I'll chime in and comment that it was a worthwhile series. While the episodes were somewhat uneven in quality, it really did have some spectacularly well-written moments. I especially liked the backstories on the characters in episode #2. The... marbles episode was especially poignant as well.
 
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While the episodes were somewhat uneven in quality, it really did have some spectacularly well-written moments.

It's interesting to hear that because there's been some debate about the accuracy of the English translation. People are claiming that the subtitles are significantly different than what's actually being said in some scenes.

I haven't checked it out yet, but I'm tempted to see what the fuss is about.
 
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I also saw Squid Game and it was indeed worth watching. Really intense sometimes and it managed to show people in different lights. But yeah, watch it in korean, not dubbed. I also heard comments that the translation might not be the most accurate, and that certain cultural meanings get lost. But it is what it is. It’s still decent.
 
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I also saw Squid Game and it was indeed worth watching. Really intense sometimes and it managed to show people in different lights. But yeah, watch it in korean, not dubbed. I also heard comments that the translation might not be the most accurate, and that certain cultural meanings get lost. But it is what it is. It’s still decent.

I just finished watching the first episode. I almost turned it off during the first half, but I'm glad I didn't. It got pretty interesting towards the end, and those last few minutes were powerful.

I agree about watching it in Korean. I went back and forth between English dub and subtitles a couple of times before sticking with the subtitles. The dubbing is comically bad imo.
 
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I finished up the fifth series of Bosch, man, this show just gets better and better! Rather than jumping right into the next series, I'm cruising back to my rewatch of the Americans, picking up with the fifth series. The Mr. Robot rewatch is also going well, I think I'm close to being done with the second set. I'm feeling an urge to check out the fifth series of Expanse, knowing it will likely be quite different from the novel, yet curious to see what's different in the telly version.
 
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