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by Marc Meakin
Sun Nov 18, 2018 8:18 pm
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: What films have you watched lately?
Replies: 192
Views: 35159

Re: What films have you watched lately?

Primer is the nearest thing to a feasible time travel film you can get
by Marc Meakin
Sun Nov 18, 2018 7:45 pm
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: What TV programmes have you been watching lately?
Replies: 343
Views: 55635

Re: What TV programmes have you been watching lately?

Inside No. 9 really is tremendous, isn't it? Really glad there's going to be another series. I've enjoyed every episode in one way or another but as Marc has said, "The Twelve Days Of Christine" is the real standout, probably the best half hour of television I've ever seen (and I've been watching T...
by Marc Meakin
Sun Nov 18, 2018 7:56 am
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: Things normal people normally own but you don't own for some reason
Replies: 41
Views: 688

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

I have never owned an umbrella. An umbrella is a device which deflects rain coming only from directly above you. This, together with its tendency to flip inside out and/or act as a sail, makes it largely useless in even a moderate wind. (Funnily enough, wind and rain often go together.) Even when i...
by Marc Meakin
Sun Nov 18, 2018 7:54 am
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: Things normal people normally own but you don't own for some reason
Replies: 41
Views: 688

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

A pair of chopsticks. I think the knife and fork is a better invention, and don't feel my oriental meals are any less authentic without them. A pair, now you tell me, I've only got the one 😁. All joking aside John Lewis (other pretentious middle class department stores are available ) do a rookie c...
by Marc Meakin
Sat Nov 17, 2018 7:28 pm
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: Things normal people normally own but you don't own for some reason
Replies: 41
Views: 688

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

Fred Mumford wrote: ↑
Sat Nov 17, 2018 6:27 pm
Marc Meakin wrote: ↑
Fri Nov 16, 2018 4:23 pm
I'll have you know that I have been partner of the month twice ( in 5 years )
That's a 3% max rate.
I'll take that in a store of 100 staff who are biased towards front of house staff
by Marc Meakin
Sat Nov 17, 2018 7:27 pm
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: Things normal people normally own but you don't own for some reason
Replies: 41
Views: 688

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

A pair of chopsticks. I think the knife and fork is a better invention, and don't feel my oriental meals are any less authentic without them. A pair, now you tell me, I've only got the one 😁. All joking aside John Lewis (other pretentious middle class department stores are available ) do a rookie c...
by Marc Meakin
Sat Nov 17, 2018 2:03 pm
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: Things normal people normally own but you don't own for some reason
Replies: 41
Views: 688

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

David Williams wrote: ↑
Sat Nov 17, 2018 10:24 am
Marc Meakin wrote: ↑
Fri Nov 16, 2018 4:23 pm
Embarrassingly I work for John Lewis
A lot more embarrassing for them, I would think.
I'll have you know that I have been partner of the month twice ( in 5 years )
by Marc Meakin
Fri Nov 16, 2018 8:08 pm
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: Movember
Replies: 59
Views: 2014

Re: Movember

Bump.
How many are bothering this year ?
by Marc Meakin
Fri Nov 16, 2018 4:23 pm
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: Things normal people normally own but you don't own for some reason
Replies: 41
Views: 688

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

Zarte Siempre wrote: ↑
Fri Nov 16, 2018 3:01 pm
There is no need for a pizza cutter. You just need a big mezzaluna and then you can use it for that AND other things.
Had to look that up.
Embarrassingly I work for John Lewis and a customer couldn't remember the name and I kept thinking of Mandolin.
Needless to say she went to Lakeland
by Marc Meakin
Fri Nov 16, 2018 4:18 pm
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: Things normal people normally own but you don't own for some reason
Replies: 41
Views: 688

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

I wear what my partner lovingly calls 'Night Knickers'
Long shorts for lounging .
I do have a dressing gown for when it gets cold.
Too tight to leave the heating on
by Marc Meakin
Fri Nov 16, 2018 4:18 am
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: A load of old tats
Replies: 14
Views: 1266

Re: A load of old tats

So there has been enough time passed to ressurect this.
My main interest is whether it is more common than Gevin thinks.
Although this forum may not be the place to start
by Marc Meakin
Thu Nov 15, 2018 8:56 pm
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: Things normal people normally own but you don't own for some reason
Replies: 41
Views: 688

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

Maybe the tattoo question should have its own thread because in the last twenty years or so it's becoming quite common
by Marc Meakin
Thu Nov 15, 2018 4:35 pm
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: Things normal people normally own but you don't own for some reason
Replies: 41
Views: 688

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

I want to add Jewellery of any sort.
Also no tattoos, not sure if you 'own ' them though
by Marc Meakin
Thu Nov 15, 2018 2:30 pm
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: What films have you watched lately?
Replies: 192
Views: 35159

Re: What films have you watched lately?

Watched two remake this week. Widows, a reimagining of the Linda LaPlant classic. Very well made, Chicago set drama tackling racism, sexism and still packing a great deal of story and action. The editing was genius. Also watched the remake of Papillon. Probably didn't need remaking but the two leads...
by Marc Meakin
Thu Nov 15, 2018 11:12 am
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: Brexit- what next.
Replies: 3
Views: 294

Re: Brexit- what next.

We should let the people decide using rock, paper, scissors.
On a more serious note.
The referendum was a dogs breakfast from the get go.
It should never have been a binary vote.
Staying in was a simple choice, but pulling out opens a can of worms that won't get back in the can
by Marc Meakin
Thu Nov 15, 2018 9:59 am
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: Things normal people normally own but you don't own for some reason
Replies: 41
Views: 688

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

Also no CD player.
Do people still have those though.
No Alexa./Siri.
No Apple products.
No Games Console.
by Marc Meakin
Thu Nov 15, 2018 9:57 am
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: Things normal people normally own but you don't own for some reason
Replies: 41
Views: 688

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

No Comb, because I'm bald.
No wallet , although I do keep my credit / debit cards etc in a tin.
No toolbox, though I do have an electric drill.
No shoe polish
by Marc Meakin
Mon Nov 12, 2018 2:29 pm
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: Greatest Ever Sportsman?
Replies: 126
Views: 8271

Re: Greatest Ever Sportsman?

Jahangir Khan and Joe Davis spring to mind
by Marc Meakin
Sun Nov 11, 2018 5:25 am
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: Greatest Ever Sportsman?
Replies: 126
Views: 8271

Re: Greatest Ever Sportsman?

That includes all combat sport then .
by Marc Meakin
Sat Nov 10, 2018 5:54 pm
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: Football grounds you've been to
Replies: 43
Views: 7922

Re: Football grounds you've been to

At Wembley I have seen six different sports there .
Football (all levels from schoolboy to Women's )
Boxing
WWF Wrestling
Speedway
Rugby League
American Football
by Marc Meakin
Sat Nov 10, 2018 5:49 pm
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: Greatest Ever Sportsman?
Replies: 126
Views: 8271

Re: Greatest Ever Sportsman?

I think boxers know the risks before taking up the sport as do Motor sport drivers/riders.
By all means do anything necessary to make its as safe as possible but banning the sport will drive it underground
by Marc Meakin
Fri Nov 09, 2018 3:25 pm
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: Greatest Ever Sportsman?
Replies: 126
Views: 8271

Re: Greatest Ever Sportsman?

There are almost as many cases of brain damage caused by heading a football, back in the day when they were leather
by Marc Meakin
Fri Nov 09, 2018 3:03 am
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: Greatest Ever Sportsman?
Replies: 126
Views: 8271

Re: Greatest Ever Sportsman?

I've seen many a stoppage caused by a good body shot
by Marc Meakin
Thu Nov 08, 2018 7:32 pm
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: Football grounds you've been to
Replies: 43
Views: 7922

Re: Football grounds you've been to

Ok
Wembley
Millennium Stadium
Stamford Bridge
Villa Park
Old Trafford
White Heart Lane
Plough Lane
Boundary Park
Brisbane Lane
Highbury
Selhurst Park
The New Den
Charlton Athletic (forgot stadium name )
by Marc Meakin
Thu Nov 08, 2018 7:27 pm
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: Greatest Ever Sportsman?
Replies: 126
Views: 8271

Re: Greatest Ever Sportsman?

I don't have a nomination, but am protesting against the inclusion of boxers - whose objective is to inflict brain injury - the one part of the body which never heals. (They even wear padded gloves to protect themselves against injuring themselves in doing so.) :( I don't think their purpose is to ...
by Marc Meakin
Thu Nov 08, 2018 3:27 pm
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: What films have you watched lately?
Replies: 192
Views: 35159

Re: What films have you watched lately?

Just seen Bohemian Rhapsody.
Superb biopic.
Rami Malek was unbelievable, the music was great the choreography first class and although they took a few liberties with the timeline, the Live Aid climax was spot on.
If you like Queen or music biopics you will love it
by Marc Meakin
Fri Nov 02, 2018 5:08 pm
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: Is Chase Tag a thing ?
Replies: 2
Views: 759

Is Chase Tag a thing ?

Just been reading about chase tag being popular.
It sounds like a cross between Parkour and tag.
Have any of you guys tried it ?
by Marc Meakin
Wed Oct 31, 2018 5:12 am
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: What TV programmes have you been watching lately?
Replies: 343
Views: 55635

Re: What TV programmes have you been watching lately?

I feel sorry for anyone watching it on catch-up as they won't have that element of surprise. I will let you know No need, I already know the answer. The fact that it's available on catch-up at all means the twist doesn't work. Should still be an enjoyable watch though. I did enjoy it, it was clever...
by Marc Meakin
Wed Oct 31, 2018 1:29 am
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: What TV programmes have you been watching lately?
Replies: 343
Views: 55635

Re: What TV programmes have you been watching lately?

No need, I already know the answer. The fact that it's available on catch-up at all means the twist doesn't work. Should still be an enjoyable watch though. Completely forgot about it until I saw it mentioned in this thread. Quickly noped out for the avoidance of spoilers but yes, you're right, it ...
by Marc Meakin
Tue Oct 30, 2018 8:11 pm
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: What TV programmes have you been watching lately?
Replies: 343
Views: 55635

Re: What TV programmes have you been watching lately?

Don't think any of it was live. But it was very good. I've now checked out Sunday's BBC1 10 O'Clock News on iPlayer (so you don't have to), and the TV in Reece and Steve's dressing room was indeed showing what was on BBC1 at that time, so unless they employed some real-time technical wizardry to su...
by Marc Meakin
Tue Oct 30, 2018 7:06 pm
Forum: Other game shows
Topic: Countdowners On Other Quizzes
Replies: 174
Views: 43884

Re: Countdowners On Other Quizzes

Thought I spotted Zarte in this week's Only Connect playing for The LARPers, but I was wrong 😁
by Marc Meakin
Mon Oct 29, 2018 5:16 pm
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: What TV programmes have you been watching lately?
Replies: 343
Views: 55635

Re: What TV programmes have you been watching lately?

I binge watched The Cry over the weekend.
Very well made, I got a little irritated by the flash back and flash forward scenes but the pay off was worth it.
I'm not sure I would have stuck with it if I had to wait a week.
by Marc Meakin
Mon Oct 29, 2018 1:25 pm
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: What TV programmes have you been watching lately?
Replies: 343
Views: 55635

Re: What TV programmes have you been watching lately?

So, the big question about tonight's special "live" episode of Inside No. 9... Was it actually live? Dunno, but it was awesome regardless! It was. I'd predicted that they would pull a stunt like that and yet I was still fooled when I was watching it. I feel sorry for anyone watching it on catch-up ...
by Marc Meakin
Mon Oct 29, 2018 1:24 pm
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: Do you think it is wrong ?
Replies: 16
Views: 1353

Re: Do you think it is wrong ?

I don't know about you guys, but I could never be that ruthless when playing a novice. I think it would disrespectful to play badly on purpose. Not play badly but not be ruthless though, for example if I knew they were playing a phoney I would ask them if they were sure , especially if they were a ...
by Marc Meakin
Mon Oct 29, 2018 5:33 am
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: What TV programmes have you been watching lately?
Replies: 343
Views: 55635

Re: What TV programmes have you been watching lately?

I've been Watching Kidding, starring Jim Carrey, I t really is quite brilliant, how it is touching, laugh out loud funny and such a brilliant ensemble cast.
by Marc Meakin
Mon Oct 29, 2018 5:30 am
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: What TV programmes have you been watching lately?
Replies: 343
Views: 55635

Re: What TV programmes have you been watching lately?

Shit, I missed it.
My favourite British made anthology series, too (Black Mirror is less British nowadays ).
My favourite Inside No 9 has always been 12 Days of Christine.
I will watch it later today and will answer your question
by Marc Meakin
Thu Oct 25, 2018 5:37 am
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: Do you think it is wrong ?
Replies: 16
Views: 1353

Re: Do you think it is wrong ?

Had a semi successful day yesterday I won 4 and lost 5 giving me a score of 6 wins eleven losses. In a game in b division there was a game that ended 668 to 33. It was not a typo, turns out the losing player was only seven, and missed about 8 turns because his moves were invalid. I don't know about ...
by Marc Meakin
Wed Oct 24, 2018 5:11 am
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: Do you think it is wrong ?
Replies: 16
Views: 1353

Re: Do you think it is wrong ?

To be fair , most of the good players absent had visa problems anyway. I got the pleasure to play Mark Nyman today ( of this parish ) needless to say he beat me but it was nip and tuck until I picked up the Q late on. Still 2 wins from 8 will do me as I'm 73rd rated out of 75 so I'm currently 66th ...
by Marc Meakin
Wed Oct 24, 2018 5:08 am
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: Do you think it is wrong ?
Replies: 16
Views: 1353

Re: Do you think it is wrong ?

The only thing that is used to counter potential upsets is the five point penalty per word challenge. In some American tournaments you lose your turn for an incorrect challenge, which is harsh. The 5 point penalty worked against me yesterday as one of my opponents played SALTIER then later hooked an...
by Marc Meakin
Tue Oct 23, 2018 7:33 pm
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: Do you think it is wrong ?
Replies: 16
Views: 1353

Re: Do you think it is wrong ?

To be fair , most of the good players absent had visa problems anyway.
I got the pleasure to play Mark Nyman today ( of this parish ) needless to say he beat me but it was nip and tuck until I picked up the Q late on.
Still 2 wins from 8 will do me as I'm 73rd rated out of 75 so I'm currently 66th
by Marc Meakin
Tue Oct 23, 2018 6:53 am
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: Do you think it is wrong ?
Replies: 16
Views: 1353

Do you think it is wrong ?

I'm about to embark on an adventure . I'm playing in the World Scrabble Championship in Torquay from today. There are two divisions but the first division is open to anyone. So naturally I've entered in the open division. I'm 96 out of 97, currently the full roster won't be confirmed until 10 am. I ...
by Marc Meakin
Tue Oct 23, 2018 5:54 am
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: Greatest Ever Sportsman?
Replies: 126
Views: 8271

Re: Greatest Ever Sportsman?

I agree that both Farah and Hamilton could win more titles, but Stevenson would have been turning professional in a golden era for Heavyweight boxing. It's impossible to say how he would have fared. It certainly was a golden era for heavyweight boxing and Muhammad Ali in the mid seventies was a ver...
by Marc Meakin
Mon Oct 22, 2018 6:59 pm
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: Greatest Ever Sportsman?
Replies: 126
Views: 8271

Re: Greatest Ever Sportsman?

[q awuote="Noel Mc" post_id=179330 time=1540224697 user_id=89682] Just as a side note, Pele has 2 votes, Maradona 0. I think Maradona > Pele. Id also put Messi as (probably) the best footballer ever though, so what do I know. [/quote] Best footballer of this generation for sure although history will...
by Marc Meakin
Mon Oct 22, 2018 2:03 pm
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: What films have you watched lately?
Replies: 192
Views: 35159

Re: What films have you watched lately?

Ian Volante wrote: ↑
Mon Oct 22, 2018 12:01 pm
Saw Assault on Precinct 13 the other night. Very watchable relative to its budget, and pleasing soundtrack of course, which is all I'd previously been aware of.
If it's the John Carpenter original, then it's a superb film and I do believe it's his film score too.
by Marc Meakin
Mon Oct 22, 2018 2:01 pm
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: Greatest Ever Sportsman?
Replies: 126
Views: 8271

Re: Greatest Ever Sportsman?

I agree that both Farah and Hamilton could win more titles, but Stevenson would have been turning professional in a golden era for Heavyweight boxing. It's impossible to say how he would have fared. It certainly was a golden era for heavyweight boxing and Muhammad Ali in the mid seventies was a ver...
by Marc Meakin
Mon Oct 22, 2018 7:31 am
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: Greatest Ever Sportsman?
Replies: 126
Views: 8271

Re: Greatest Ever Sportsman?

No Rocky Marciano, no Tefeleo Stevenson. Mo Farah and Lewis Hamilton should be added too. Jahanagar Khan is a good call for a non global sport though. Mo Farah's Olympic feats were surpassed by both Lasse Viren and Emil Zatopek. Stevenson was never tested, as he never turned professional. Fangio is...
by Marc Meakin
Sun Oct 21, 2018 3:20 pm
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: Greatest Ever Sportsman?
Replies: 126
Views: 8271

Re: Greatest Ever Sportsman?

No Rocky Marciano, no Tefeleo Stevenson.
Mo Farah and Lewis Hamilton should be added too.
Jahanagar Khan is a good call for a non global sport though.
by Marc Meakin
Thu Oct 18, 2018 4:28 pm
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: What films have you watched lately?
Replies: 192
Views: 35159

Re: What films have you watched lately?

Will watch it while I'm in Torquay at the WSC
by Marc Meakin
Thu Oct 18, 2018 4:26 pm
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: What TV programmes have you been watching lately?
Replies: 343
Views: 55635

Re: What TV programmes have you been watching lately?

I will but it's behind The Man in The High Castle at the moment.
I do like a horror/ghost story if the acting is good, also the plot.
Ghost Stories being my favourite movie of that genre this year
by Marc Meakin
Wed Oct 17, 2018 4:03 pm
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: What TV programmes have you been watching lately?
Replies: 343
Views: 55635

Re: What TV programmes have you been watching lately?

"The Haunting of Hill House" on Netflix. The Haunting (1963) scared the bejeezus out of me when I first saw it, aged 11. It scared me again when I saw it for a second time,7 years later. This series stays loyal to the original film, and adds a few more layers too. I'm on episode 5 of 10, and enjoyi...
by Marc Meakin
Wed Oct 17, 2018 3:56 am
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: Moon Landings ,fake?
Replies: 17
Views: 1554

Re: Moon Landings ,fake?

Stolen from another poster on another forum. "Attempts of proof are frequently met with obdurate denials. Take a look at the denial of the tobacco companies regarding the demonstrations that their products caused cancer as an example. It is abundantly clear that deniers will not readily admit their...
by Marc Meakin
Tue Oct 16, 2018 4:16 pm
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: Can you swim?
Replies: 56
Views: 3334

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 Marc Meakin
Tue Oct 16, 2018 8:39 am
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: Can you swim?
Replies: 56
Views: 3334

Re: Can you swim?

Swimming is ridiculous, and this has really made me reconsider you as a person. Getting wet is just annoying and swimming is one of the most overrated activities in the world. People try to make out that learning to swim is essential and that you might need to know how to swim in case you randomly ...
by Marc Meakin
Tue Oct 16, 2018 7:12 am
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: What films have you watched lately?
Replies: 192
Views: 35159

Re: What films have you watched lately?

Saw First Man last night. Brilliant piece of cinematography and the best use of a theramin in a music score ever Anyone interested in the moon landings should watch it. Ryan Gosling really is a fine actor . Clare Foy was a revelation. If you only see one film at the cinema this year, Then I recommen...
by Marc Meakin
Tue Oct 16, 2018 7:08 am
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: Can you swim?
Replies: 56
Views: 3334

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 Marc Meakin
Mon Oct 15, 2018 7:05 pm
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: An appropriate question
Replies: 7
Views: 1298

Re: An appropriate question

Check your spam folder
by Marc Meakin
Mon Oct 15, 2018 8:45 am
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: Can you swim?
Replies: 56
Views: 3334

Re: Can you swim?

Criminal Prosecution. It means Jason is posting to us from prison. Consider it a trial run for the next lot of posts from Richard Brittain. Wow. I like swimming by the way. I used to be pretty good (I remember doing 50 lengths for a BHF sponsored swim when I was young enough that 50 lengths was dec...
by Marc Meakin
Sun Oct 14, 2018 7:56 pm
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: Moon Landings ,fake?
Replies: 17
Views: 1554

Re: Moon Landings ,fake?

Gavin Chipper wrote: ↑
Sun Oct 14, 2018 7:36 pm
Unfortunately a lot of the stuff was deleted, but there's also this thread.
Those were the days.
RB DoD , Jon Corby and Charlie.
Pure Bantz as my daughter would say
by Marc Meakin
Sun Oct 14, 2018 12:44 pm
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: Moon Landings ,fake?
Replies: 17
Views: 1554

Re: Moon Landings ,fake?

I want a reality show made where the flat earth society member search for the end of the earth. My work colleague believes the 9/11 was a conspiracy because the FBI wanted to see the CIA get a bloody nose due to the lack of shared intelligence in previous terrorist activities. Although having read a...