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by Mark James
Mon Nov 19, 2018 2:39 am
Forum: Other game shows
Topic: Blockbusters: Video Games and Internet themed
Replies: 3
Views: 1373

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: 195
Views: 35299

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: 2061

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: 45
Views: 767

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: 45
Views: 767

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: 1025

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: 3341

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: 3341

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: 3341

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: 3341

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: 1557

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: 1557

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: 1557

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: 1258

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: 112
Views: 27667

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: 195
Views: 35299

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: 2542

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: 2542

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: 2542

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: 1330

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: 2542

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: 2542

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: 2542

Re: The Irish Question

Jennifer Steadman wrote:
Wed Aug 15, 2018 5:22 pm
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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: 2542

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: 1032

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: 3763

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: 3763

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: 3763

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: 3763

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: 3763

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: 3763

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: 3763

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: 3763

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: 3763

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: 2210

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: 195
Views: 35299

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...
by Mark James
Wed Aug 01, 2018 2:21 am
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: Music
Replies: 193
Views: 22764

Re: Music

Probably the Manics? Just sounds liek they're trying to awkwardly sing a faux-profound A-level essay over music that doesn't fit. Motorcycle Emptiness (despite suffering from the A-level essay problem) and A Design For Life are good but find the rest to be pretty boring and tuneless guff. 100%. All...
by Mark James
Tue Jul 31, 2018 12:34 pm
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: Music
Replies: 193
Views: 22764

Re: Music

What's a band or artist that you don't like but people suspect that you should going by your taste in music. I've never liked Rush. I usually love complicated prog rock but I just don't get their appeal. People always assume I like them but I don't. I particularly hate how Neil Peart is held up as t...
by Mark James
Tue Jul 24, 2018 4:28 pm
Forum: Games and Puzzles
Topic: Change one letter of a film title to make a funny one
Replies: 63
Views: 9518

Re: Change one letter of a film title to make a funny one

Schindler's Fist was my favourite.
by Mark James
Sun Jul 15, 2018 9:04 pm
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: What Degrees do you have
Replies: 25
Views: 4099

Re: What Degrees do you have

I have a first in creative digital media.
by Mark James
Sun Jul 15, 2018 9:02 pm
Forum: Countdown - General
Topic: Countdown Lookalikes?
Replies: 217
Views: 50515

Re: Countdown Lookalikes?

Not even close. A proper lookalike is modric and gail platt from corrie. No countdown relation though.
by Mark James
Sat Jul 14, 2018 1:09 am
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: Deathwatch 2018
Replies: 112
Views: 27667

Re: Deathwatch 2018

Owen Carroll wrote:
Fri Jul 13, 2018 11:14 pm
What are we supposed to do here?
Watch for death.
by Mark James
Thu Jun 28, 2018 9:26 am
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: What films have you watched lately?
Replies: 195
Views: 35299

Re: What films have you watched lately?

Also watched the first two Beverly Hills Cop movies and Fletch recently. Love the Harold Faltermayer soundtracks. What's everyone's favourite soundtracks? I'm looking for original score only, not just a film with a good collection of already released songs. Might try come up with a top ten list of m...
by Mark James
Thu Jun 28, 2018 9:21 am
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: What films have you watched lately?
Replies: 195
Views: 35299

Re: What films have you watched lately?

I Googled the answer and the most portrayed character in film and television is Sherlock Holmes. What the hell is no 2? Ah. Apparently he's the most portrayed literary character (although how is the devil not a literary character). All the first few Google hits had the Sherlock Holmes answer. The s...
by Mark James
Thu Jun 28, 2018 9:12 am
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: What films have you watched lately?
Replies: 195
Views: 35299

Re: What films have you watched lately?

I Googled the answer and the most portrayed character in film and television is Sherlock Holmes. What the hell is no 2?
by Mark James
Wed Jun 27, 2018 8:44 pm
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: World Cup 2018
Replies: 14
Views: 3833

Re: World Cup 2018

Matt Morrison wrote:
Wed Jun 27, 2018 8:01 pm
I'm having a great time.
I too am enjoying. I also have the advantage of the Irish pundits. Brian Kerr is the greatest co-commentator of all time.
by Mark James
Wed Jun 27, 2018 6:59 pm
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: What films have you watched lately?
Replies: 195
Views: 35299

Re: What films have you watched lately?

I'd go for dracula.
by Mark James
Wed Jun 20, 2018 11:42 am
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: What films have you watched lately?
Replies: 195
Views: 35299

Re: What films have you watched lately?

Also can't believe I never mentioned Mad Max: Fury Road yet. Watched it a good while ago now and it's probably the best film made in the past ten years. It's absolutely perfect. I've got it on DVD, but I need to watch the earlier ones first. Hopefully I'll manage that before the end of the year! Yo...
by Mark James
Wed Jun 20, 2018 12:32 am
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: What films have you watched lately?
Replies: 195
Views: 35299

Re: What films have you watched lately?

Just watched Blade Runner 2049. Visually stunning and a very good sequel Hope I'm around for the next one. Loved it and yet I never really liked the original. Also can't believe I never mentioned Mad Max: Fury Road yet. Watched it a good while ago now and it's probably the best film made in the pas...
by Mark James
Fri Jun 15, 2018 4:30 pm
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: Stand-up comedy
Replies: 31
Views: 4402

Re: Stand-up comedy

So I saw Bill Burr and Doug Stanhope in the last week. Burr was excellent. Stanhope was more hit and miss. Some of his stuff is just outrageous for the sake of it without actually attaching a joke to it. He did do the best part of two hours though so you got your money's worth. Would recommend seein...
by Mark James
Wed Jun 13, 2018 3:57 pm
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: What films have you watched lately?
Replies: 195
Views: 35299

Re: What films have you watched lately?

Just watched two good films, Marjorie Prime, a cerebral Sci-fi about the human condition, and Mudbound an excellent adaption of the book by Hillary Jordan. Excellent acting all round, could be Netflix first best picture Oscar Just watched Marjorie Prime. Really enjoyed it. Definitely my kind of sci...
by Mark James
Wed Jun 13, 2018 2:01 pm
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: What TV programmes have you been watching lately?
Replies: 345
Views: 55860

Re: What TV programmes have you been watching lately?

I kind of enjoyed season five of Arrested Development even though I didn't laugh all that much. What's the story with the season four remix? Is it much different to the original?
by Mark James
Sun Jun 10, 2018 1:39 am
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: What films have you watched lately?
Replies: 195
Views: 35299

Re: What films have you watched lately?

Watched mother! Thought it was pretty good apart from the very end. Probably laughed more than I should have too.
by Mark James
Mon Jun 04, 2018 3:57 pm
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: Shouldn't have to ask
Replies: 25
Views: 3319

Re: Shouldn't have to ask

Agree with Zarte. Grated cheese is the way to go. Except for on a cheese burger. There you want the cheapest, almost plastic easy singles.
by Mark James
Sun Jun 03, 2018 12:23 pm
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: Shouldn't have to ask
Replies: 25
Views: 3319

Re: Shouldn't have to ask

I'll concede the butter one. It's clearly better to ask to have something than to ask not to have something. It just personally feels weird though to ask for butter in a way that it doesn't feel weird to ask for mayo (and yeah Gevin, mayo shouldn't be assumed). If I order a chicken roll with lettuce...
by Mark James
Sun Jun 03, 2018 1:16 am
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: Shouldn't have to ask
Replies: 25
Views: 3319

Shouldn't have to ask

https://chicago.suntimes.com/food/say-cheese-not-when-im-getting-a-hamburger/amp/?__twitter_impression=true Couldn't agree more with this piece. Personally I love cheese and will always order a cheeseburger but the guy is right. You shouldn't have to ask for a hamburger with no cheese. That should b...
by Mark James
Fri Jun 01, 2018 8:02 pm
Forum: Other game shows
Topic: Richard Osman's House of Games
Replies: 5
Views: 2040

Re: Richard Osman's House of Games

Agreed. Great fun and some great questions.
by Mark James
Thu May 10, 2018 12:10 am
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: People you shouldn't trust
Replies: 519
Views: 64655

Re: People you shouldn't trust

People who think starting campaigns to get a particular song to number one is any kind of useful protest.
by Mark James
Sun May 06, 2018 1:47 pm
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: Deathwatch 2018
Replies: 112
Views: 27667

Re: Deathwatch 2018

Stupid Facebook. I do apologise. Ouch. Indeed. I'm thoroughly ashamed of myself. What I don't get is why they felt the need to make up a fact. Usually you'd do it to sell some crap. Or at least get you to click to another site. People were just sharing this random yoke to make a rather shit joke. A...
by Mark James
Sat May 05, 2018 6:29 pm
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: Deathwatch 2018
Replies: 112
Views: 27667

Re: Deathwatch 2018

Stupid Facebook. I do apologise.