Search found 1220 matches

by Mark James
Tue Apr 30, 2019 10:43 am
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: People you shouldn't trust
Replies: 539
Views: 84545

Re: People you shouldn't trust

Marc Meakin wrote:
Tue Apr 30, 2019 4:34 am
Mark James wrote:
Tue Apr 30, 2019 1:50 am
People who go to the toilet on their lunch break. Don't waste a perfectly good bathroom break you capitalist boot awlickers.
When you gotta you gotta go.
Members of the proletariat who can't hold it in to stick it to the bourgeoisie. Straight to the gulag with you.
by Mark James
Tue Apr 30, 2019 1:50 am
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: People you shouldn't trust
Replies: 539
Views: 84545

Re: People you shouldn't trust

People who go to the toilet on their lunch break. Don't waste a perfectly good bathroom break you capitalist bootlickers.
by Mark James
Fri Apr 26, 2019 12:58 pm
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: REALLY obvious things you've just realised
Replies: 180
Views: 31912

Re: REALLY obvious things you've just realised

I've just found out that certain Irish names are pronounced nothing like their spelling like Niamh (neeve ) Padraic (porik) Eidlah (ailey ) They are pronounced how they are spelled. When you're taught how certain letter combos are pronounced in the Irish language they make sense. Certainly more sen...
by Mark James
Wed Apr 24, 2019 12:51 pm
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: REALLY obvious things you've just realised
Replies: 180
Views: 31912

Re: REALLY obvious things you've just realised

I've just found out that certain Irish names are pronounced nothing like their spelling like Niamh (neeve ) Padraic (porik) Eidlah (ailey ) They are pronounced how they are spelled. When you're taught how certain letter combos are pronounced in the Irish language they make sense. Certainly more sen...
by Mark James
Tue Mar 19, 2019 12:15 am
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: What films have you watched lately?
Replies: 251
Views: 64051

Re: What films have you watched lately?

Just watched Mandy, psychedelic revenge flick with Nicolas Cage in top form. It's gorgeously shot. One of the best looking movies ever. A real face melter. Highly recommend.
by Mark James
Sat Mar 02, 2019 11:51 pm
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: What documentaries have you been watching.
Replies: 4
Views: 1800

Re: What documentaries have you been watching.

Saw that three identical strangers on channel 4 the other night. It was excellent.

Would thoroughly recommend Searching for Sugarman as well.
by Mark James
Sat Mar 02, 2019 11:47 pm
Forum: Countdown - General
Topic: Easy numbers rounds
Replies: 3
Views: 749

Re: Easy numbers rounds

I didn't make an easy solution more complicated but I messed up a numbers game by writing it down. I find it easier to do it my head and was going to just declare it not written down but then thought since I'm on telly I should write it down but ended up using a number twice. If I remember correctly...
by Mark James
Sat Feb 09, 2019 2:59 pm
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: Questions you've always wanted answered
Replies: 537
Views: 88843

Re: Questions you've always wanted answered

I eat most meals with just a fork. I don't even take a knife out of the cutlery drawer. Unless it's like a steak or a chop that needs a proper cutting, most stuff can be cut with the side of the fork.
by Mark James
Wed Feb 06, 2019 10:36 am
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: Politics in General
Replies: 453
Views: 64949

Re: Politics in General

I kind of agree. I wouldn't call myself a feminist, I would say I support feminism. If people want to call me a feminist that's fine, I try not to give myself labels. It's useless to just call yourself one anyway, it should be defined by your actions. However I think another problem is that, for som...
by Mark James
Thu Jan 24, 2019 3:05 pm
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: What films have you watched lately?
Replies: 251
Views: 64051

Re: What films have you watched lately?

Watched The Dark Knight again the other night because I didn't like it the first time and thought maybe a second viewing might do the trick but no. Still don't get the praise. It was better than the first time but I still think it's pretty crap. The pacing is really weird and the dialogue is awful. ...
by Mark James
Tue Jan 08, 2019 10:29 pm
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: Politics in General
Replies: 453
Views: 64949

Re: Politics in General

James Robinson wrote:
Tue Jan 08, 2019 8:29 pm
Mark James wrote:
Tue Jan 08, 2019 8:08 pm
Re: Labour antisemitism. Anyone following Rachel Reilly on twitter at the moment?
Who's Rachel REILLY!!!??? :!: :!: :!: :?: :?: :?:
She spelled Chomsky wrong so.
by Mark James
Tue Jan 08, 2019 8:08 pm
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: Politics in General
Replies: 453
Views: 64949

Re: Politics in General

Re: Labour antisemitism. Anyone following Rachel Reilly on twitter at the moment?
by Mark James
Tue Jan 01, 2019 3:51 am
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: People you shouldn't trust
Replies: 539
Views: 84545

Re: People you shouldn't trust

People who chose Frosties over Sugar Puffs.
by Mark James
Sun Dec 30, 2018 10:57 am
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: What films have you watched lately?
Replies: 251
Views: 64051

Re: What films have you watched lately?

I think you're right that others will copy it but as much as I enjoyed I think it's still a bit gimmicky and the novelty could wear off very quickly if people aren't doing it right. If it seems like they're just jumping on the bandwagon without putting the requisite thought into it it could die a de...
by Mark James
Sun Dec 30, 2018 3:52 am
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: What films have you watched lately?
Replies: 251
Views: 64051

Re: What films have you watched lately?

Really liked Bandersnatch. In some ways though it's unsatisfying. I'm sure a few of you will remember a "video game" from a while ago called Heavy Rain which was a kind of similar thing but with a shitter plot and irrelevant game like interaction. I thought at the time it would have been better if i...
by Mark James
Fri Dec 21, 2018 2:16 am
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: Questions you've always wanted answered
Replies: 537
Views: 88843

Re: Questions you've always wanted answered

I've seen a good few videos on the likes of youtube explaining the behaviour of cats, like why do cats push things off tables etc. but I'd love to see someone explain things humans do in relation to cats. It seems to me to be a universal thing that humans like to put things on cats. Not so much clot...
by Mark James
Sun Dec 16, 2018 10:21 pm
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: What films have you watched lately?
Replies: 251
Views: 64051

Re: What films have you watched lately?

Just watched Shape of Water there. Haven't seen all the best picture oscar nominees from 2018 but of the ones I did see it's probably my favourite. Makes me want to watch Pan's Labyrinth again though. I like del Toro's style.
by Mark James
Sat Dec 15, 2018 4:14 pm
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: What films have you watched lately?
Replies: 251
Views: 64051

Re: What films have you watched lately?

Saw Solo: A Star Wars Story in an open air cinema in Lanzarote. I normally don't like cinemas but this was a cool experience. Got a lovely two course meal as well during the film. Movie was ok. I'm not much of a Star Wars fan and apparently Star Wars fans don't like this one but I thought it was one...
by Mark James
Wed Dec 05, 2018 9:07 pm
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: Celebrations - a ranking
Replies: 32
Views: 4644

Re: Celebrations - a ranking

Think I did 1. Malteser 2. Twix 3. Milky Bar 4. Galaxy Caramel 5. Galaxy 6. Mars 7. Snickers 8. Bounty (excuse my prejudice) 6,7 and 8 under the would not eat category. I'd go with that. Maybe swap Milky Way and Galaxy. Definitely agree with Snickers and Bounty down the end. Don't know what it is a...
by Mark James
Sun Dec 02, 2018 9:02 pm
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: What films have you watched lately?
Replies: 251
Views: 64051

Re: What films have you watched lately?

Thor Ragnarok. How did this get so much praise? I thought it was tremendously boring. Getting tired of the Marvel cinematic universe to be honest.
by Mark James
Mon Nov 26, 2018 6:15 pm
Forum: Other game shows
Topic: Blockbusters: Video Games and Internet themed
Replies: 4
Views: 3288

Re: Blockbusters: Video Games and Internet themed

Episode three was much better. Still too much toilet humour for me (which i guess was always part of Digi) but it felt more like a gaming show with absurdist comedy rather than an absurdist comedy show with gaming elements.
by Mark James
Mon Nov 26, 2018 2:35 am
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: What films have you watched lately?
Replies: 251
Views: 64051

Re: What films have you watched lately?

Watched Arrival. It was alright. It was a bit dreary in terms of the colour pallete, very un sci-fi like. And it went a bit weird in the end in the same way Interstellar did where it strays more into the fi than the sci. Still worth the watch. Amy Adams is always good. Then I watched Split which was...
by Mark James
Fri Nov 23, 2018 6:27 pm
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: Questions you've always wanted answered
Replies: 537
Views: 88843

Re: Questions you've always wanted answered

I really don't understand economics. I tried to do a bit of reading on it there and it doesn't make any sense. China owns about half of the US debt which has the highest amount of debt but China has the second highest debt. I couldn't find out who owns that? I don't understand bonds and treasuries o...
by Mark James
Thu Nov 22, 2018 2:22 am
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: What TV programmes have you been watching lately?
Replies: 411
Views: 90958

Re: What TV programmes have you been watching lately?

Decided to give The Good Place a try and wow, was not expecting that. It's fantastic. Watched all of season one tonight. Really clever and manages to touch on some hardcore philosophy but with some proper laugh out loud moments. Ted Danson is a scream.
by Mark James
Mon Nov 19, 2018 2:39 am
Forum: Other game shows
Topic: Blockbusters: Video Games and Internet themed
Replies: 4
Views: 3288

Re: Blockbusters: Video Games and Internet themed

Semi-related, but through that first video, I found this , which I couldn't be more chuffed about. :D So this is out now. Have to say I watched the first two episodes and thought it was pretty shit. I love the Digitiser humour in print and some of the found footage stuff was good but I'm not gettin...
by Mark James
Sun Nov 18, 2018 7:31 pm
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: What films have you watched lately?
Replies: 251
Views: 64051

Re: What films have you watched lately?

Primer - What was that all about? ?/10 Finally watched this and it's amazing. 100% totally recommended, would see again (I think I need to because I definitely didn't understand it all the first time and I've looked at diagrams and everything. Should have made it clearer that I too recommend it. Ha...
by Mark James
Sat Nov 17, 2018 12:29 pm
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: Movember
Replies: 59
Views: 3776

Re: Movember

A friend if mine is doing it so I was going to join him. I was trimming my beard into a hulk hogan style handlebar moustache but my beard is going grey. One side of the handlebar was much greyer than the other so it kinda looked like I only had one. Then I went to trim the handlebars off but I accid...
by Mark James
Fri Nov 16, 2018 2:30 pm
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: Things normal people normally own but you don't own for some reason
Replies: 64
Views: 8043

Re: Things normal people normally own but you don't own for some reason

Widen "pyjamas" out to mean anything put on to sleep, then. Even a t-shirt and shorts. I just wear what I wore the day before. I know dictionary definition pedants can be tiresome but this is a Countdown forum after all. Pyjamas are a specific type of clothing. There's even a current trend of weari...
by Mark James
Thu Nov 15, 2018 1:28 am
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: Things normal people normally own but you don't own for some reason
Replies: 64
Views: 8043

Re: Things normal people normally own but you don't own for some reason

Are pyjamas that universal? I would have thought it's more normal to just wear undies and maybe a t-shirt (if not nothing at all). They certainly seem to be more of a female thing. Can't think of any men I know who wear them. I did get myself a dressing gown for the first time ever about a year ago ...
by Mark James
Sat Oct 20, 2018 9:33 am
Forum: Other game shows
Topic: Lateral
Replies: 3
Views: 1705

Re: Lateral

I agree that the team with less time going first is an added disadvantage. I would just have the first question be on the buzzer and whoever gets it right starts the other team's timer. Otherwise I really enjoyed it.
by Mark James
Tue Oct 16, 2018 8:59 am
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: Can you swim?
Replies: 56
Views: 5465

Re: Can you swim?

Also swimming is pretty easy really. It's fear and panic that are the biggest stumbling block. Humans float very naturally with the minimum of effort. Get in water about chest height, try lying on your back. Spread your legs and arms to cover more surface area and you will float easily. You might ne...
by Mark James
Tue Oct 16, 2018 8:42 am
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: Can you swim?
Replies: 56
Views: 5465

Re: Can you swim?

Just on Gev's falling into the road comparison: "The Road Safety Authority of Ireland (RSA) analysis revealed there were 313 pedestrians killed on Irish roads between 2008 and 2015" (from the Irish Times, sorry can't get the link to work) Between the same period there were 488 accidental drownings....
by Mark James
Tue Oct 16, 2018 12:22 am
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: Can you swim?
Replies: 56
Views: 5465

Re: Can you swim?

Just on Gev's falling into the road comparison: "The Road Safety Authority of Ireland (RSA) analysis revealed there were 313 pedestrians killed on Irish roads between 2008 and 2015" (from the Irish Times, sorry can't get the link to work) Between the same period there were 488 accidental drownings. ...
by Mark James
Mon Oct 15, 2018 9:13 pm
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: Can you swim?
Replies: 56
Views: 5465

Re: Can you swim?

I'd rather go swimming than jogging for exercise. Pools are great cause you can do so much, either be really active or also use it for relaxation. Have you ever been to a water park? Bloody amazing fun. You said getting wet is annoying. It's anything but. I think no one should leave school without k...
by Mark James
Sun Oct 14, 2018 5:24 pm
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: Moon Landings ,fake?
Replies: 17
Views: 2930

Re: Moon Landings ,fake?

Another thing about conspiracy theories is, who cares really? Imagine if any of them were true, if 9/11 was an inside job, we didn't go to the moon, the earth was flat etc, none of that would make any difference to my life. What are the people who believe them actually doing about it other than whin...
by Mark James
Sun Oct 14, 2018 4:01 am
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: Moon Landings ,fake?
Replies: 17
Views: 2930

Re: Moon Landings ,fake?

The thing that bugs me about conspiracy theories is that on the one hand, they attempt to make simple explanations more complicated but on the other, they want to diminish human accomplishment. Like we must have faked the moon landing because it's not possible or aliens must have built the pyramids....
by Mark James
Sat Oct 13, 2018 2:09 pm
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: Moon Landings ,fake?
Replies: 17
Views: 2930

Re: Moon Landings ,fake?

I'd go the Buzz Aldrin route and just punch them in the face.
by Mark James
Sun Sep 09, 2018 1:05 pm
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: Favourite Bond Theme?
Replies: 6
Views: 1996

Re: Favourite Bond Theme?

Good question. 5. Goldfinger (Shirley Bassey) 4. GoldenEye (Tina Turner) 3. You Know My Name (Chris Cornell) 2. Nobody Does It Better (Carly Simon) 1. Live and Let Die (Paul McCartney and Wings) They're not really in a particular order just my 5 favourites. I also want to add that You Know My Name g...
by Mark James
Fri Sep 07, 2018 10:14 am
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: Deathwatch 2018
Replies: 115
Views: 45620

Re: Deathwatch 2018

Aaron Ramsey strikes again.
by Mark James
Mon Sep 03, 2018 9:12 pm
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: What films have you watched lately?
Replies: 251
Views: 64051

Re: What films have you watched lately?

Watched the matrix the other night. Never liked it originally but I kind of enjoyed it a bit more this time around. The action set pieces are excellent and the special effects mostly hold up but the plot, dialogue and the "oh so cool 90s hacker" aesthetic are pretty cheesy. Maybe it's because they'v...
by Mark James
Thu Aug 23, 2018 4:54 pm
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: The Irish Question
Replies: 29
Views: 4347

Re: The Irish Question

That doesn't answer the question. Whether they are officially released or not after the trial why couldn't he wait until after the trial to name them? He wasn't stopped from obtaining the information, just from reporting it.
by Mark James
Thu Aug 23, 2018 12:14 pm
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: The Irish Question
Replies: 29
Views: 4347

Re: The Irish Question

Why do you need that info before the trial is over?
by Mark James
Thu Aug 23, 2018 9:29 am
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: The Irish Question
Replies: 29
Views: 4347

Re: The Irish Question

Marc Meakin wrote:
Wed Aug 22, 2018 7:11 pm
However misguided, I can understand why he did it but not agree with the way went about it.
What was he trying to do that you understand?
by Mark James
Thu Aug 23, 2018 1:36 am
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: Do you watch foreign language movies ?
Replies: 7
Views: 1709

Re: Do you watch foreign language movies ?

I don't mind subtitles. I had a basic German module in my media course so I watched a good few German movies including Run Lola Run, Die Welle, Good Bye Lenin and The Edukators.

Probably my favourite foreign language film though is Mel Gibson's Apocalypto.
by Mark James
Tue Aug 21, 2018 9:37 am
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: The Irish Question
Replies: 29
Views: 4347

Re: The Irish Question

Yes, a case he endangered. As a father how would you have felt if his actions caused a mistrial and a bunch of gang rapists got off? And besides. What bearing does the original case it was attached to have? He was charged with contempt of court. There's loads of contempt of court charges that won't ...
by Mark James
Tue Aug 21, 2018 8:22 am
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: The Irish Question
Replies: 29
Views: 4347

Re: The Irish Question

Why should a contempt of court arrest, (which the defendant pleaded guilty to) make the news? Just because the defendant is somewhat famous and backed by a crowd of morons? There's probably loads of contempt of court cases that will never make the news. It was only the protests that made it newswort...
by Mark James
Thu Aug 16, 2018 10:52 pm
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: The Irish Question
Replies: 29
Views: 4347

Re: The Irish Question

Jennifer Steadman wrote:
Wed Aug 15, 2018 5:22 pm
[
A few hundred people having a paddy
Unfortunate choice of phrase considering the thread topic, no? :D
by Mark James
Wed Aug 15, 2018 9:24 am
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: The Irish Question
Replies: 29
Views: 4347

Re: The Irish Question

If it's any consolation I probably would have said six as well and I'm Irish. You hear Ulster and you think the six counties of Northern Ireland. You forget there's three other ones in the Republic.
by Mark James
Wed Aug 08, 2018 2:55 pm
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: The Erosion of Manners
Replies: 3
Views: 1424

Re: The Erosion of Manners

I don't think it's gotten better or worse overall. London though is a nightmare. I was on the underground and was trying to ask people if I was on the right platform. Everyone I asked blanked me until a Romanian guy who had seen me get ignored came rushing up to me to let me know I was on the right ...
by Mark James
Mon Aug 06, 2018 2:33 pm
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: Why don't you like basketball?
Replies: 66
Views: 10145

Re: Why don't you like basketball?

Sorry Mark. I'm really trying not to be antagonistic. I appreciate what you're trying to do. It might not be for me, certainly in terms of watching the game as a spectator sport, but I hope it continues to grow in popularity. The more sports the better. As I said I'd quite like to play a game of it ...
by Mark James
Mon Aug 06, 2018 9:21 am
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: Why don't you like basketball?
Replies: 66
Views: 10145

Re: Why don't you like basketball?

When I stopped watching, both teams scores were in the 20s. I count that as high scoring. I did notice that they were missing lots of shots, maybe more than usual, but like I said above the consequences for missing aren't as harsh because another opportunity to score comes along quickly, to such an ...
by Mark James
Mon Aug 06, 2018 12:04 am
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: Why don't you like basketball?
Replies: 66
Views: 10145

Re: Why don't you like basketball?

If anyone would like to watch this , for example, and then tell me why they didn't like it, I'd be grateful. So I managed to get through about 2/3s of the first quarter. I just found it boring. I don't think you can explain why you don't like something in much the same way I doubt I could explain w...
by Mark James
Sun Aug 05, 2018 5:13 am
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: Why don't you like basketball?
Replies: 66
Views: 10145

Re: Why don't you like basketball?

Sorry Mark but that video of curry hitting those three pointers was boring af. It's probably testament to his skill that he makes it look easy but that's what it looks like. The same happens in other sports. Say something like snooker. There's times I think they make it look easy when it's not but a...
by Mark James
Sun Aug 05, 2018 4:39 am
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: Why don't you like basketball?
Replies: 66
Views: 10145

Re: Why don't you like basketball?

There's definitely a marketing issue. In the lead up to the superbowl or the world series I know they are coming up. When do you ever hear that the playoffs are on? I really only hear about them after the fact. Nobody has basketball playoff parties. There's way less of a hullabaloo made about it in ...
by Mark James
Sat Aug 04, 2018 1:22 pm
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: Why don't you like basketball?
Replies: 66
Views: 10145

Re: Why don't you like basketball?

And just to elaborate a bit, I don't think you should be able to put your hand back up through the basket but some of the blocks that were given as goal tending I would count as great defending and I rather see more of that.
by Mark James
Sat Aug 04, 2018 1:15 pm
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: Why don't you like basketball?
Replies: 66
Views: 10145

Re: Why don't you like basketball?

I was thinking about NBA JAM and how I kept getting called for goal tending and I didn't know what it meant so I just Googled it there and watched a few clips of people getting punished for goal tending and I've decided it should actually be allowed.
by Mark James
Sat Aug 04, 2018 1:00 pm
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: Why don't you like basketball?
Replies: 66
Views: 10145

Re: Why don't you like basketball?

Responses hitherto have focused on watching basketball. But what about playing it? It's not very high scoring if you're not good. Well it requires a basket to play. There's no jumpers for goalposts equivalent for basketball. Most sports though are much better to play then to watch. I'd love a game ...
by Mark James
Fri Aug 03, 2018 5:24 pm
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: Why don't you like basketball?
Replies: 66
Views: 10145

Re: Why don't you like basketball?

I don't know why I don't like it really. I had a brief flirtation with basketball around the time the video game NBA JAM came out and White Men Can't Jump (both of those feature two on two, maybe that should be the way to go) is still one of my favourite films of all time but now, of the big 4 it's ...
by Mark James
Wed Aug 01, 2018 8:49 pm
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: How many of your Facebook friends are dead?
Replies: 26
Views: 3512

Re: How many of your Facebook friends are dead?

Looks like three for me. Two mates and an uncle. Don't see the point of unfriending them. It's not like they're gonna clog up my time line with posts.

Wasn't it the case a while ago that you couldn't delete profiles?
by Mark James
Wed Aug 01, 2018 2:36 am
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: What films have you watched lately?
Replies: 251
Views: 64051

Re: What films have you watched lately?

Watched A Ghost Story the other night. Quirky one. Enjoyed it for the most part but it was overly slow in places. The controversial pie scene is definitely too long. As I said in the music thread I wanted to be more positive so on that front, and also related to my earlier thread on soundtracks, the...