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by Marc Meakin
Fri Oct 18, 2019 12:11 pm
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: People you shouldn't trust
Replies: 596
Views: 114197

Re: People you shouldn't trust

People who sit next to you on a table seat when there are empty double seats nearby. This is fine. As a tall person, I want a table seat because I am more comfortable without having to have knees pressed into the seat in front. And of course there are plenty of other reasons to do with the actual t...
by Marc Meakin
Thu Oct 17, 2019 3:03 am
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: People you shouldn't trust
Replies: 596
Views: 114197

Re: People you shouldn't trust

People that get on a train, sit next to you, and start clipping their nails. One of my pet subjects is train etiquette. People who sit next to you on a table seat when there are empty double seats nearby. People who stand by the door when there are seats available (when I have my bike with me ) Wom...
by Marc Meakin
Sat Oct 12, 2019 4:22 pm
Forum: Other game shows
Topic: Headhunters
Replies: 0
Views: 157

Headhunters

A surprisingly good gameshow on BBC1 .
I think they are a little too generous to give second chances to players who failed the previous day but otherwise enjoyable
by Marc Meakin
Thu Oct 10, 2019 8:47 pm
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: No Shit Sherlock
Replies: 19
Views: 809

Re: No Shit Sherlock

Just did some googling and it turns out Westmonster was founded by Aaron Banks, who also founded the leave.EU campaign, who have been famously truthful in all of their dealings with the public. :roll: Interesting. So it was idiotic of him to defend them then. Still not a good reason to block someon...
by Marc Meakin
Thu Oct 10, 2019 6:59 pm
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: No Shit Sherlock
Replies: 19
Views: 809

Re: No Shit Sherlock

Trawling through my Facebook I found that Rachel blocked Craig because he disagreed that Westmonster (?) was a fake news site peddling crap about not opening our borders to refugees.
Hope this helps
by Marc Meakin
Thu Oct 10, 2019 5:32 pm
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: No Shit Sherlock
Replies: 19
Views: 809

Re: No Shit Sherlock

I only block people for being abusive or very personal because they have lost the argument.
Everyone else will be dared/goaded to block me first
by Marc Meakin
Wed Oct 09, 2019 7:10 pm
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: What films have you watched lately?
Replies: 253
Views: 79353

Re: What films have you watched lately?

Just watched Joker. A brilliant tour de force performance by Joachim Phoenix. A very dark movie evoking ekenents of A Clockwork Orange and Taxi Driver I see the movie is getting pelters for using a Garry Glitter track. I can't believe anyone would boycott a film over s piece of music. I'm sure I wil...
by Marc Meakin
Wed Oct 09, 2019 7:02 pm
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: No Shit Sherlock
Replies: 19
Views: 809

Re: No Shit Sherlock

:roll: aw The bad person in that scenario is Rachel Riley, unless he was bullying her personally. If it was purely a block based in a difference of opinion, that's disappointing. I don't do Twitter but from Craig's perspective it seemed an overreaction. But then on Facebook he accused her of being a...
by Marc Meakin
Wed Oct 09, 2019 4:17 pm
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: No Shit Sherlock
Replies: 19
Views: 809

Re: No Shit Sherlock

Ian Volante wrote:
Wed Oct 09, 2019 12:36 pm
I don't follow the politics of previous Countdown contestants too closely!
Sorry in my bubble of the Scrabble community I didn't realise .
by Marc Meakin
Wed Oct 09, 2019 10:47 am
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: Deathwatch 2017
Replies: 215
Views: 53367

Re: Deathwatch 2017

How many years will this rollover ?
by Marc Meakin
Tue Oct 08, 2019 9:23 am
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: People you shouldn't trust
Replies: 596
Views: 114197

Re: People you shouldn't trust

😮Did Gev make a typo ?
by Marc Meakin
Mon Oct 07, 2019 12:44 pm
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: People you shouldn't trust
Replies: 596
Views: 114197

Re: People you shouldn't trust

Ian Volante wrote:
Mon Oct 07, 2019 12:10 pm
People that post links to videos without a transcript.
People who don't excuse someone for omitting a transcript on something that is genuinely funny
by Marc Meakin
Sun Oct 06, 2019 8:34 pm
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: How autistic are you?
Replies: 107
Views: 4513

Re: How autistic are you?

It comes from a position where there is something "wrong". I appreciate autism can make life harder, but it's not a mental illness. But whether it's classed as an illness, condition or whatever, its very existence as a classifiable thing makes it in some way a negative pejorative thing, or at least...
by Marc Meakin
Sun Oct 06, 2019 6:42 pm
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: How autistic are you?
Replies: 107
Views: 4513

Re: How autistic are you?

Where is Kieran , these days ?
by Marc Meakin
Sat Oct 05, 2019 3:42 pm
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: People you shouldn't trust
Replies: 596
Views: 114197

Re: People you shouldn't trust

L'oisleatch McGraw wrote:
Sat Oct 05, 2019 3:28 pm
People who ring you, and lead with "may I ask who I am speaking with?"
That always reminds me of this.
It's very funny and sums up what you said succinctly.
If offended by something funny please don't open.
Edited .

https://youtu.be/2hM97kEKGME
by Marc Meakin
Sat Oct 05, 2019 1:46 pm
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: How autistic are you?
Replies: 107
Views: 4513

Re: How autistic are you?

I don't like labels generally but since my daughter had a diagnosis as having Asperger's Syndrome , I have been reflecting and studying my place on the spectrum. I have many traits like tactlessness , not making eye contact , socially inept , not being able to read a room full of people. But having ...
by Marc Meakin
Sat Oct 05, 2019 10:24 am
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: People you shouldn't trust
Replies: 596
Views: 114197

Re: People you shouldn't trust

Vegans throw a lot of shade.
Plant-based is much more palatable 😀
by Marc Meakin
Sat Oct 05, 2019 8:42 am
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: How autistic are you?
Replies: 107
Views: 4513

Re: How autistic are you?

Well assuming it's the same test as this https://psychology-tools.com/test/autism-spectrum-quotient It seems to equate being a bit introverted and liking patterns with autism. I scored 27, but think it's bollocks :) Mind you, I work in IT, so perhaps my perceptions of "normal" are skewed ... :D Do ...
by Marc Meakin
Fri Oct 04, 2019 9:30 pm
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: How autistic are you?
Replies: 107
Views: 4513

Re: How autistic are you?

Want to bump this thread.
I recently did a poll on Facebook asking a Scrabble group if they was on the spectrum and over 120 replied and one in four said they was.
Curious if a similar result would be achieved here if it was a straight poll.
by Marc Meakin
Fri Oct 04, 2019 1:36 pm
Forum: Countdown - Spoilers
Topic: Spoilers for Friday 4th October
Replies: 3
Views: 331

Spoilers for Friday 4th October

Must be one of the highest max games in years
by Marc Meakin
Fri Oct 04, 2019 1:08 pm
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: No Shit Sherlock
Replies: 19
Views: 809

Re: No Shit Sherlock

In retrospect I should have named the thread Quelle Surprise
by Marc Meakin
Fri Oct 04, 2019 1:06 pm
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: No Shit Sherlock
Replies: 19
Views: 809

Re: No Shit Sherlock

Ok.
I didn't realise that Craig's Right wing politics were not common knowledge.
Apart from Countdown the only thing that they had in common was a mutual dislike of Jeremy Corbin
by Marc Meakin
Thu Oct 03, 2019 6:36 pm
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: No Shit Sherlock
Replies: 19
Views: 809

No Shit Sherlock

Places to state the bleeding obvious.
I will start.
Rachel Riley has just blocked Craig Beevers on Twitter
by Marc Meakin
Thu Oct 03, 2019 3:21 pm
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: Politics in General
Replies: 519
Views: 93977

Re: Politics in General

Looking for the like button
by Marc Meakin
Thu Oct 03, 2019 12:50 pm
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: Politics in General
Replies: 519
Views: 93977

Re: Politics in General

But surely if she is an NHS patient then any medical costs would have to be paid by the the NHS.
by Marc Meakin
Thu Oct 03, 2019 11:37 am
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: Politics in General
Replies: 519
Views: 93977

Re: Politics in General

I always think it's weird when hospitals try to stop people from being taken to other countries for treatment such as the case outlined here and here . In this case the court has ruled that the girl can go abroad, but I've seen other cases where they've ruled against. A hospital might argue that fu...
by Marc Meakin
Thu Oct 03, 2019 11:35 am
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: Politics in General
Replies: 519
Views: 93977

Re: Politics in General

When reading this, the (fictitious) example that came to mind was from the excellent read "The Book Thief" where Hitler Youth Nico Liersch applies blackface to be like his sporting hero Jesse Owens - clearly admiration and imitation. But I suspect such innocent examples are few and far between, and...
by Marc Meakin
Wed Oct 02, 2019 11:01 pm
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: Politics in General
Replies: 519
Views: 93977

Re: Politics in General

I'm not sure that something can really be described as racist if there is no intent. You can call it offensive, but even then nothing is offensive in a vacuum. If someone decides to paint their face black in their own room alone and dance about a bit, and then wash their face before anyone sees the...
by Marc Meakin
Wed Oct 02, 2019 9:48 pm
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: Controversial Musical Opinions.
Replies: 59
Views: 2837

Re: Controversial Musical Opinions.

I've never been stopped from standing up at a seated arena. Namely , Prince and Stevie Wonder
by Marc Meakin
Wed Oct 02, 2019 6:36 pm
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: Controversial Musical Opinions.
Replies: 59
Views: 2837

Re: Controversial Musical Opinions.

This was quite an easy one for most radio stations though. "Rock And Roll" kind of stands up today but all the rest of the Glitter stuff is really dated now. And it's not as though much other early 70s glam stuff gets played these days (I guess because it does sound so dated). As for Rolf Harris, a...
by Marc Meakin
Wed Oct 02, 2019 5:51 pm
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: Controversial Musical Opinions.
Replies: 59
Views: 2837

Re: Controversial Musical Opinions.

4. The music of Gary Glitter, Rolf Harris et al should be played. The songs aren't paedophiles. This was quite an easy one for most radio stations though. "Rock And Roll" kind of stands up today but all the rest of the Glitter stuff is really dated now. And it's not as though much other early 70s g...
by Marc Meakin
Wed Oct 02, 2019 5:24 pm
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: Things normal people normally own but you don't own for some reason
Replies: 66
Views: 14125

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

Mark Deeks wrote:
Wed Oct 02, 2019 5:22 pm
I bought a comb. Lock the thread.
Show off
by Marc Meakin
Wed Oct 02, 2019 5:21 pm
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: Controversial Musical Opinions.
Replies: 59
Views: 2837

Re: Controversial Musical Opinions.

The Bee Gees were one of the best bands to come from the UK (IoM I checked ) You can argue they're from the UK because they grew up near Manchester, but the Isle of Man isn't in the UK. Great songwriters. If the Isle of Man is not part of the UK , is it a sovereign state then ? Edit, just checked ,...
by Marc Meakin
Wed Oct 02, 2019 10:26 am
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: Controversial Musical Opinions.
Replies: 59
Views: 2837

Re: Controversial Musical Opinions.

Live albums, on the other hand... There are a few notable exceptions. At Filmore East is better than any studio album produced by The Allman Brothers. Thin Lizzy's Live and Dangerous is their best album, in my opinion, although there is a lot of debate about just how live it is. B.B.King Live at th...
by Marc Meakin
Wed Oct 02, 2019 9:55 am
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: Controversial Musical Opinions.
Replies: 59
Views: 2837

Re: Controversial Musical Opinions.

When I took my daughter to see Linkin Park at the O2 , you could buy for a nominal fee a live album of the gig which I thought was a cool idea.
Buying live albums you haven't been to , I can understand those that may not like them
by Marc Meakin
Wed Oct 02, 2019 9:12 am
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: Politics in General
Replies: 519
Views: 93977

Re: Politics in General

I thought I might have posted about this before but I can't find it. Anyway I read this about whether vaccinations should be made compulsory. Obviously it makes sense that parents with anti-scientific views shouldn't be able to stop their children from being vaccinated, since vaccination would help...
by Marc Meakin
Wed Oct 02, 2019 6:16 am
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: Controversial Musical Opinions.
Replies: 59
Views: 2837

Re: Controversial Musical Opinions.

I will list crap live performances I have seen Madonna , Elton John , Duran Duran , Spandau Ballet , Marilyn Manson , Guns n Roses and Kim Wilde. Some were probably because they are past there best some because you can't dance and sing well live. The others were crap because they are crap. Disclaime...
by Marc Meakin
Wed Oct 02, 2019 6:09 am
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: Controversial Musical Opinions.
Replies: 59
Views: 2837

Re: Controversial Musical Opinions.

I might as well do live music while I'm here. If you go to see a band live it's not as good as listening to their recorded music. "Oh but - but the atmosphere". Whatever. It's not the main thing. The quality of the music from a band performing live is invariably worse than their recorded music. It'...
by Marc Meakin
Wed Oct 02, 2019 6:05 am
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: Politics in General
Replies: 519
Views: 93977

Re: Politics in General

I did mean their jokes rather than inciting violence.
Critics obviously can diss the performance.
But don't call out ,say , Jimmy Carr , for being bear the knuckle when it's part of his act.
Obviously if repeated on twitter then that's a different matter
by Marc Meakin
Tue Oct 01, 2019 4:50 pm
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: Controversial Musical Opinions.
Replies: 59
Views: 2837

Re: Controversial Musical Opinions.

sean d wrote:
Tue Oct 01, 2019 2:22 pm
Electronic dance music (house, techno, whatever you're having yourself) is the modern equivalent of classical music
The modern equivalent of classical music is modern classical music.
Albums by Mike Oldfield ,Tomita and others have far more right to say that than what you said.
by Marc Meakin
Tue Oct 01, 2019 9:03 am
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: Politics in General
Replies: 519
Views: 93977

Re: Politics in General

Blackface/brownface was always racist. But the general awareness of that fact that it's racist, and why, has only come to light relatively recently. I think Trudeau was absolutely right in his handling of it - he acknowledged it was offensive, said he hadn't realised at the time and apologised genu...
by Marc Meakin
Tue Oct 01, 2019 7:16 am
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: Politics in General
Replies: 519
Views: 93977

Re: Politics in General

I have strong views on the ' right to be offended ' generation. Any comedian or public speaker who charge money for you to see them because you want to see them. Should not be pilloried for the things they say on stage. This would be different if they were on the TV , without s prior warning at leas...
by Marc Meakin
Mon Sep 30, 2019 2:57 pm
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: Controversial Musical Opinions.
Replies: 59
Views: 2837

Re: Controversial Musical Opinions.

"What's your favourite album?" is also a weird question. People have favourite songs. You're asking them to work out some sort of average across the album, which is a pretty pointless exercise. Most of my favourite albums aren't comprised of songs. (Or even tracks - one possible contender for my fa...
by Marc Meakin
Mon Sep 30, 2019 8:48 am
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: Controversial Musical Opinions.
Replies: 59
Views: 2837

Re: Controversial Musical Opinions.

Albums are generally overrated. A couple of good songs and mostly filler. An album track is the equivalent of a straight to DVD film. "What's your favourite album?" is also a weird question. People have favourite songs. You're asking them to work out some sort of average across the album, which is ...
by Marc Meakin
Mon Sep 30, 2019 3:47 am
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: Controversial Musical Opinions.
Replies: 59
Views: 2837

Re: Controversial Musical Opinions.

Ok. This is fun. My contributions:- 1. The Eurovision Song Contest (since at c1996) has provided at least one better written pop song per year than at least 10 of the top 20 best selling chart singles of the year in question. .............................. 2. Each of the following acts are overrate...
by Marc Meakin
Sat Sep 28, 2019 5:38 pm
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: Controversial Musical Opinions.
Replies: 59
Views: 2837

Re: Controversial Musical Opinions.

Here's another one. I don't actually mind Bono's off stage antics. Sure he should be paying his taxes but the whole self important pontificating and ego maniacal behaviour is far more entertaining than his dreary music. U2 should be hated for their musical output not because of Bono's personality. ...
by Marc Meakin
Sat Sep 28, 2019 4:00 pm
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: Controversial Musical Opinions.
Replies: 59
Views: 2837

Re: Controversial Musical Opinions.

The Bee Gees were one of the best bands to come from the UK (IoM I checked )
by Marc Meakin
Sat Sep 28, 2019 2:14 pm
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: Controversial Musical Opinions.
Replies: 59
Views: 2837

Re: Controversial Musical Opinions.

Here's some of mine. Phil Collins is good. NuMetal from the 2000s has a pretty terrible reputation (and rightly so) but overall it actually had far better songs than the Emo scene and most of the pop punk from the same era, neither of which have as bad a reputation as they deserve. On that note, Li...
by Marc Meakin
Sat Sep 28, 2019 5:42 am
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: Peoples Choice Chart
Replies: 6
Views: 618

Re: Peoples Choice Chart

Just noticed less than 10% of your choices are from the last century.
It would be the other way round for me
by Marc Meakin
Fri Sep 27, 2019 7:20 am
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: Peoples Choice Chart
Replies: 6
Views: 618

Re: Peoples Choice Chart

I will pm the answers in number format.
For the record only about 1 would make my top hundred 😃
by Marc Meakin
Thu Sep 26, 2019 4:49 pm
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: Understanding Asperger's
Replies: 4
Views: 545

Re: Understanding Asperger's

I think it's true that political and media rhetoric around mental health in general is almost universally shitty, but it seems to me that their ignorance of Asperger's only reflects that of the wider public. Through years spent in this community many of us have probably had more interactions with p...
by Marc Meakin
Wed Sep 25, 2019 11:56 pm
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: Understanding Asperger's
Replies: 4
Views: 545

Re: Understanding Asperger's

Just to be clear, Trump and the right wing American media have NOT been referring to Greta Thurnberg's Asperger's as a mental illness. Political commentator Michael J Knowles disgracefully referred to her as a "mentally ill Swedish child", but he has been criticised by the American media, including...
by Marc Meakin
Wed Sep 25, 2019 4:51 pm
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: Climate Change Deniers
Replies: 19
Views: 1529

Re: Climate Change Deniers

Oh for the days when you could find a balanced source you can trust
by Marc Meakin
Wed Sep 25, 2019 12:24 pm
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: Understanding Asperger's
Replies: 4
Views: 545

Understanding Asperger's

I see Donald Trump and the right wing American media has been referring to Greta Thunberg's Asperger's as a mental illness. Can't believe in the 21st Century , adults are still so ignorant Admittedly until my daughter's diagnosis , I was ignorant of her behaviours and referred to them as symptoms. I...
by Marc Meakin
Tue Sep 24, 2019 10:15 pm
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: Climate Change Deniers
Replies: 19
Views: 1529

Re: Climate Change Deniers

I was trying, albeit not successfully , to sit on the fence about this. Trying to play devils avocado , create some debate. In a similar vein to the God/atheist debate. Trying to point out that to blindly deny something is happening is no more delusional than saying we're doomed. Because the doom me...
by Marc Meakin
Tue Sep 24, 2019 6:58 pm
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: Climate Change Deniers
Replies: 19
Views: 1529

Re: Climate Change Deniers

Why I agree that putting your head in the sand is wrong , I do still doubt the term scientific evidence.
How many times do you here stuff like coffee is bad for you , then next week it's good for you.
Eggs ,wine , saturated fats etc.
Some things are not exact like predicting the weather
by Marc Meakin
Tue Sep 24, 2019 10:31 am
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: Climate Change Deniers
Replies: 19
Views: 1529

Re: Climate Change Deniers

I have lived through most of those scaremongering reports. Had sleepless nights about the impending ice age when I was seven , so there is a little bit of fact getting the way of the Guardians sources. Are the Guardian still supporting The Fib , sorry , Lib Dems. by the way. The party ,whose manifes...
by Marc Meakin
Tue Sep 24, 2019 9:10 am
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: Climate Change Deniers
Replies: 19
Views: 1529

Re: Climate Change Deniers

You can understand a little scepticism
https://www.aei.org/publication/50-year ... fEB-12hrnI
by Marc Meakin
Sun Sep 22, 2019 9:15 pm
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: Climate Change Deniers
Replies: 19
Views: 1529

Re: Climate Change Deniers

I mean increased CO2 is a result of increased temperature