Note: this piece contains multiple spoilers concerning the plot of Game of Thrones seasons 1-8 When you play the Game of Thrones you win or you die. There is no middle ground – so Cersei Lannister coolly said to Ned Stark. There are only a few major players left standing in this most brutal of games. But, as season eight gets underway, there are bound to be plenty of developments in store – and possibly some new claimants to the Iron Throne. In the lull before each episode we’ll speculate on directions the plot might take. Using your responses, our game will generate our collective best guess for the following week’s twists and turns. We’ll also be using your predictions in the comments section to feed into the game. Do let us know your hopes and fears for the episodes ahead in the comments below after playing. How your predictions fared for week 2: A Knight of the Seven Kingdoms Our second predictor was on the money … [Read more...] about Who will ‘win’ Game of Thrones? Make your predictions for season 8, episode 3
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Press play to listen to this article By FLORIAN EDERwith ZOYA SHEFTALOVICH PRESENTED BY Send tips here | Tweet @florianeder | Listen to Playbook and view in your browser OUCH: Police in the Czech Republic have recommended charges be filed against Prime Minister Andrej Babiš in a case involving the alleged misuse of EU funds. If convicted in the case — in which it is alleged that Babiš illegally accepted €2 million in EU subsidies related to a farm and convention center — the prime minister could face several years in jail. Lili Bayer has the story. Equal opportunities: This isn’t like the other rule of law issues in some EU countries — a prime minister facing serious criminal charges is quite unheard of. Still, the case provides ALDE, of which Babiš is a member, the opportunity to practice what they preached to both the EPP and PES for their own internal black sheep. GOOD MORNING. Playbook is still in Strasbourg … [Read more...] about POLITICO Brussels Playbook, presented by BP: Press freedom under threat — Clean Broxit — EU vs. US, round 1,243
Features James Delingpole 16 Apr 2019 Game of Thrones is back and it feels like the first day at school after the long summer holidays. All these half-remembered names and faces: the goodie-two-shoes head of school; the hot, unattainable one; the hot dangerous one; the evil, cackling bully; the dwarf. Who were your friends and who your enemies? What new alliances are going to be forged over the next few weeks? Really, it could go in any direction and so far you’re not much enjoying the experience: it all feels simultaneously stale, confusing and anxious-making. I shan’t pursue this school analogy any further. If I did I’d start doing stuff like comparing the White Walkers to the kids from the really rough comprehensive down the road – and that would be silly. My basic point stands, though: the first day of term isn’t fun and so far this doesn’t feel like fun either. GoT needs to raise its game fast if it’s not go down as the epic series … [Read more...] about Reviewed: Game of Thrones, season 8, episode 1
This recap contains spoilers for episode one of Game of Thrones, season 8 The excitement was of course uncontainable as Game of Thrones returned after 595 days away (we’ve been counting – as have you). But as season eight – the only season that matters, now that we’re in the end game – swooped into view, it seemed Game of Thrones was keen to mute our joy. This was a grey, stoney-faced episode – serious about its business and brusque as it brought together characters we’ve yearned to see reunited after so many years apart. So the meeting of Jon and Arya had a sting in its tail as the adorable little assassin made it clear that, should push come to weapons drawn, she’d side with Sansa over Jon and Daenerys. And on the subject of the Targaryen cuddle bunnies – what a massive Dragonglass spanner Sam chucked into their romance when he a) pointed out that Daenerys could have been a tad more regal and not burned alive his … [Read more...] about Game of Thrones season 8 episode 1 recap review: what happened in Winterfell?
It is 2025 and midtown Manhattan is snarled with traffic. But the 19km journey to JFK airport — normally about an hour by road — takes just five minutes in an electric flying taxi and costs roughly $50.This is not from an episode of The Jetsons. It is the vision that Lilium, a Munich-based start-up, is working towards bringing to the public within six years. The company, founded in 2015 by four engineering students, is developing vertical take-off and landing (VTOL) jets for a fleet of flying taxis that will be as easy to book as an Uber car.“We’re not intending to make it a luxury product that only the rich can afford. We want to make it a service that everyone can use,” says Remo Gerber, Lilium’s chief commercial officer. “It has to be affordable — it shouldn’t be just for the select few. We want it to be truly accessible.”Daniel Wiegand, Lilium’s chief executive and a life-long aircraft enthusiast who began piloting … [Read more...] about Lilium hopes to soar with launch of electric air taxis