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by Marc Meakin
Wed Sep 23, 2020 12:38 pm
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: Trade Secrets
Replies: 130
Views: 16905

Re: Trade Secrets

Defo wear a visor rather than a face mask indoors at least, i e. at work
by Marc Meakin
Tue Sep 22, 2020 7:08 am
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: What TV programmes have you been watching lately?
Replies: 549
Views: 178169

Re: What TV programmes have you been watching lately?

Just started watching Battlestar Galactica. Got the two feature-length introductory episodes out of the way and about to start on the series proper. It's quite good so far. Also: having finished all six seasons of Schitt's Creek, I'd have to say that it deserves every one of its record-breaking nin...
by Marc Meakin
Mon Sep 21, 2020 7:18 pm
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: Trade Secrets
Replies: 130
Views: 16905

Re: Trade Secrets

I'll start: don't use cotton buds for cleaning your ears. They are useless. Use Bic pen lids. They're sturdy so you can scrape all the wax off the ear walls, or whatever you call it, they won't fall off, they go in the perfect depth (for me) before it starts getting uncomfortable, and they're cheap...
by Marc Meakin
Sun Sep 20, 2020 4:10 pm
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: COVID-19 Coronavirus Thread
Replies: 125
Views: 10729

Re: COVID-19 Coronavirus Thread

We need the daily update to return.
Although I don't think this government wants to it is putting the lockdown onus on local authorities to prevent a second national lock down which economically the country can't cope with
by Marc Meakin
Sun Sep 20, 2020 8:54 am
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: 2020 Vision
Replies: 18
Views: 2797

Re: 2020 Vision

Ian Volante wrote:
Sat Sep 19, 2020 10:21 pm
Marc Meakin wrote:
Sat Sep 19, 2020 6:28 pm
Well at least I think I've got the Tenet one right
Only $200M to go...
I'm still hopeful as it hasn't come out in India yet.
I'm shocked so many people watched Bad Boys For Life
by Marc Meakin
Sat Sep 19, 2020 6:28 pm
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: 2020 Vision
Replies: 18
Views: 2797

Re: 2020 Vision

Well at least I think I've got the Tenet one right
by Marc Meakin
Thu Sep 17, 2020 4:55 pm
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: Thread Of Random (for Marc)
Replies: 162
Views: 24563

Re: Thread Of Random (for Marc)

I think this is another one that belongs here: When Jill Dando was murdered back in 1999, I'm sure I rememeber them saying that the Crimewatch about her death was going to have her talking about it herself using CGI or something. But now I can't find any evidence for it. Did I make this up? It was ...
by Marc Meakin
Fri Sep 11, 2020 3:36 am
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: Track and Field Athletics
Replies: 23
Views: 1302

Re: Track and Field Athletics

Speaking of records is Kratichvilovas (dubious) 800 netres record ever gonna be beat?
I think it's from 1983 it must be the longest standing track record.
Maria Koch has a record in the 400 metres that's also over 35 years old.
Can we assume there was a little testosterone involved
by Marc Meakin
Thu Sep 10, 2020 7:53 pm
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: Track and Field Athletics
Replies: 23
Views: 1302

Re: Track and Field Athletics

David Williams wrote:
Thu Sep 10, 2020 6:25 pm
Honourable mention for Jonathan Edwards, whose world triple jump record has stood for 25 years. He also held the previous record, which stood for about 25 minutes.
Although I was pleased when he won his medals I've always considered the triple jump the most inferior of field events
by Marc Meakin
Thu Sep 10, 2020 2:44 pm
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: Track and Field Athletics
Replies: 23
Views: 1302

Re: Track and Field Athletics

Didn't they have to redisign the javelin due to the risk of it hitting the running track?. They did redesign it but before the Zelezny record. Old specs . Until it finally got broken I would say Bob Beamons record in the long jump was the most impressive field event record It was at altitude though...
by Marc Meakin
Thu Sep 10, 2020 8:25 am
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: Track and Field Athletics
Replies: 23
Views: 1302

Re: Track and Field Athletics

Obviously nearly breaking a record is never going to be as sexy as actually doing it, but I was quite excited about Johannes Vetter's 97.76 in the javelin on Sunday - only 72cm behind Jan Zelezny's 98.48, which I've heard being called the most impressive of all athletics world records. Didn't they ...
by Marc Meakin
Wed Sep 09, 2020 3:41 pm
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: REALLY obvious things you've just realised
Replies: 277
Views: 75501

Re: REALLY obvious things you've just realised

This isn't a recent discovery, but Walt Disney is an actual person, not just a company. I was reminded of it by someone else being hit by this revelation recently. I presume it's something everyone goes through because it doesn't exactly shout out "Name!" does it? Back when I was very young I used ...
by Marc Meakin
Sat Sep 05, 2020 5:26 pm
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: What films have you watched lately?
Replies: 300
Views: 106704

Re: What films have you watched lately?

I'm Thinking of Ending Things. That's the film not a vague suicide note ( but at least I have your attention 😉) Let me first say it's a Charlie Kaufman movie so I guess I should have known it would be different. Weird and Wonderful, would be an apt three word review. It's on Netflix and would be wor...
by Marc Meakin
Fri Sep 04, 2020 12:12 pm
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: What TV programmes have you been watching lately?
Replies: 549
Views: 178169

Re: What TV programmes have you been watching lately?

Gavin Chipper wrote:
Fri Sep 04, 2020 11:02 am
I've recently finished watching series 3 of The Young Offenders on the iPlayer - the programme I watch because of the recommendations of Marc Meakin and Phil Reynolds.
Is it any good as season 3 has passed me by for some reason?
by Marc Meakin
Fri Sep 04, 2020 10:25 am
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: What TV programmes have you been watching lately?
Replies: 549
Views: 178169

Re: What TV programmes have you been watching lately?

Currently watching the weird but wonderful Lovecraft Country.
Great special effects and period setting.
It still jars me about the treatment of Afro-American in some parts of the USA in the fifties
by Marc Meakin
Fri Sep 04, 2020 8:26 am
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: People you shouldn't trust
Replies: 707
Views: 164014

Re: People you shouldn't trust

Gavin Chipper wrote:
Thu Sep 03, 2020 9:00 pm
Marc Meakin wrote:
Thu Sep 03, 2020 8:49 pm
People who dimiss something as shit on the basis they don't understand it
Well that's this whole thread and the joke items one done for.
I should have qualified my statement by say people who think a piece of art is shit.
by Marc Meakin
Thu Sep 03, 2020 8:49 pm
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: People you shouldn't trust
Replies: 707
Views: 164014

Re: People you shouldn't trust

People who dimiss something as shit on the basis they don't understand it
by Marc Meakin
Thu Sep 03, 2020 8:43 pm
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: People you shouldn't trust
Replies: 707
Views: 164014

Re: People you shouldn't trust

Most kids are shit. You get the occasional interesting one. It's no surprise, since people of all ages generally follow the same rule. I think when you become a grandparent kids stop being so shit as you can cling on to life by enjoying the fleeting moments with your children's children plus if the...
by Marc Meakin
Wed Sep 02, 2020 1:14 pm
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: What films have you watched lately?
Replies: 300
Views: 106704

Re: What films have you watched lately?

I watched Joker recently and thought it was awful. Forget being a poor man's King of Comedy, this was destitute. Watched a few based on a true story stuff which I enjoyed. American Made with Tom Cruise. Decent. Ended up reading about the real thing while watching the movie though. I tend to do that...
by Marc Meakin
Wed Sep 02, 2020 1:04 pm
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: What films have you watched lately?
Replies: 300
Views: 106704

Re: What films have you watched lately?

Paul Worsley wrote:
Wed Sep 02, 2020 9:35 am
Mark James wrote:
Wed Sep 02, 2020 9:07 am
Based on the true story of Stoke City's kit man.
Suddenly, the talking chimp doesn't seem such a bad idea.
It truly was marvellous, Toby Jones was superb as was the writing by Peter Bowker who went on to write the A Word
by Marc Meakin
Wed Sep 02, 2020 8:21 am
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: What films have you watched lately?
Replies: 300
Views: 106704

Re: What films have you watched lately?

Venom. On the recommendation of a friend. I think I need some new friends. Watch Upload instead similar premise but far more entertaining and on a fraction of the budget Thanks for the recommendation. I don't mind sci-fi, but this modern surge of superhero movies leaves me cold. I tried watching an...
by Marc Meakin
Tue Sep 01, 2020 12:04 pm
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: What films have you watched lately?
Replies: 300
Views: 106704

Re: What films have you watched lately?

Paul Worsley wrote:
Tue Sep 01, 2020 11:10 am
Venom. On the recommendation of a friend. I think I need some new friends.
Watch Upload instead similar premise but far more entertaining and on a fraction of the budget
by Marc Meakin
Tue Sep 01, 2020 6:20 am
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: What films have you watched lately?
Replies: 300
Views: 106704

Re: What films have you watched lately?

I've watched this film four times now and every time I have leant something new.
I am waiting for a subtitled version before I see it a fifth time as there are still dialogue issues
by Marc Meakin
Wed Aug 26, 2020 8:13 pm
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: What films have you watched lately?
Replies: 300
Views: 106704

Re: What films have you watched lately?

Tenet.... spoiler free review. Feeling confused all the good guys wearing masks a sense of impending doom. Yes a film that fits in with the current world atm. What's good : Great visuals and set pieces.. To steal someone else's quote (over to you Phil) it's like James Bond on acid.. What's bad : Iff...
by Marc Meakin
Wed Aug 26, 2020 8:42 am
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: What films have you watched lately?
Replies: 300
Views: 106704

Re: What films have you watched lately?

My favourite review was of Raise the Titanic,. I think Barry Norman said it would have been cheaper to lower the Atlantic It was Lew Grade, and it wasn't a review. Other than that, excellent. Probably a budget review rather than a film review. Actually this was the first film I watched, at the cine...
by Marc Meakin
Tue Aug 25, 2020 6:14 pm
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: What films have you watched lately?
Replies: 300
Views: 106704

Re: What films have you watched lately?

Watching For Your Eyes Only, I was reminded of Barry Norman's comment that it "cost less to make than its predecessor, Moonraker, and, while still not coming within hailing distance of plausibility, was at least close enough to be contacted by phone". Now that's a review. I don't think it was Barry...
by Marc Meakin
Mon Aug 24, 2020 5:20 pm
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: What computer games have you been playing lately?
Replies: 52
Views: 9847

Re: What computer games have you been playing lately?

Does Scrabble Go count ? During my furlough period I averaged a dozen games a day I saw this and thought of you. How thoughtful 🤐🤐🤐 Fwiw I was instrumental in getting the chat facility to be switched off having had several American veterans in Afghanistan asking for money , access to WhatsApp , Fac...
by Marc Meakin
Sun Aug 23, 2020 8:39 pm
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: What films have you watched lately?
Replies: 300
Views: 106704

Re: What films have you watched lately?

I remember smart Alec being a derogatory term..
Funnily enough I have never used the original meaning of smart ,when you hurt yourself.
by Marc Meakin
Sun Aug 23, 2020 6:15 pm
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: What films have you watched lately?
Replies: 300
Views: 106704

Re: What films have you watched lately?

I enjoyed The Imitation Game on Netflix the other night. I found it slightly irritating when characters kept saying how "smart" Alan Turing was. I'm pretty sure that the term "smart", meaning "clever", wasn't around in the 1940s. Turing seemed to know what they meant though, so maybe he was even sm...
by Marc Meakin
Sat Aug 22, 2020 4:02 am
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: Track and Field Athletics
Replies: 23
Views: 1302

Re: Track and Field Athletics

It's always popular at the Olympics
by Marc Meakin
Thu Aug 20, 2020 4:27 am
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: What annoys you about the modern world we live in !
Replies: 0
Views: 508

What annoys you about the modern world we live in !

After my daughter asked the loaded question ,how did you cope with life before the internet. Well this wouldn't have happened for a start Read on : I was in Romford ( the kind of place where it's best to be like a shark and keep moving ) when near the high street I got a puncture in my bike. I googl...
by Marc Meakin
Thu Aug 20, 2020 4:08 am
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: Most Famous People without a Wikipedia Article
Replies: 40
Views: 12652

Re: Most Famous People without a Wikipedia Article

I decided to go on Ranker to find out the top ten 'Celebrities ' without a Wiki Page.
No 1 was Scott Dissik.....something to do with the Kardashian and he has s show called Flip it like Dissik.
So I thought I would find out more about him and lo and behold it took me to his Wiki page 😀
by Marc Meakin
Thu Aug 20, 2020 3:31 am
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: Most Famous People without a Wikipedia Article
Replies: 40
Views: 12652

Re: Most Famous People without a Wikipedia Article

She played a principal role in a blockbuster movie. Hardly obscure. The reason she doesn't get a wiki page is because she never did anything else (out of choice). That in itself doesn't exclude you from a wiki page. The boy who played Charlie in Charlie and the Chocolate Factory has one The boy who...
by Marc Meakin
Wed Aug 19, 2020 4:04 pm
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: Trade Secrets
Replies: 130
Views: 16905

Re: Trade Secrets

Found this today https://www.reddit.com/r/Unexpected/comments/ibxxrn/how_to_fold_a_carrier_bag/ I haven't been so excited since I learned to fold a fitted sheet. :D That's great until the person opens a drawer full of them. Clearly a lack of understanding about bags for life! How do you fold a fitt...
by Marc Meakin
Tue Aug 18, 2020 5:16 am
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: Accentuate the positive
Replies: 6
Views: 748

Re: Accentuate the positive

I can have a nap on a train knowing I won't get the customary ' tickets please ' from the guard ( yes that's what they are I don't accept the fancy titles they use ) Do they not wake up the sleepers? I think unless it's the end of the line or a station has a short platform the guard just stays in h...
by Marc Meakin
Tue Aug 18, 2020 5:12 am
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: What is the best non dairy milk for coffee ?
Replies: 13
Views: 1112

Re: What is the best non dairy milk for coffee ?

Callum Todd wrote:
Mon Aug 17, 2020 9:40 pm
Soya is shit.

Almond is okay.

Coconut is decent but I've heard it's not so good for you/the planet.

Oat is very good.

Cashew is nice if you can find it.

Hazelnut makes everything taste like Nutella.

For hot drinks, the best milk is no milk.
Have you tried the hemp ?
by Marc Meakin
Mon Aug 17, 2020 6:09 pm
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: Accentuate the positive
Replies: 6
Views: 748

Re: Accentuate the positive

I don't know you at all, Marc, but I like the way you stand by your past. No wriggling out of it, you own it without being proud of it. Nicely done. It's only this forum that stops me forgetting my past sins. I sometimes read some of my posts with open mouth thinking did I really say those things. ...
by Marc Meakin
Mon Aug 17, 2020 10:08 am
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: Needless impulse purchases during lockdown
Replies: 0
Views: 421

Needless impulse purchases during lockdown

Since we have been spending , until recently at least , most of our time at home ( apart from Key Workers ) , what frivolous or unnneccesary purchases have you made. Mine include a portable fan that you add water to to make a portable air conditioning unit. Fine in principle but I wrongly assumed by...
by Marc Meakin
Mon Aug 17, 2020 9:52 am
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: What is the best non dairy milk for coffee ?
Replies: 13
Views: 1112

Re: What is the best non dairy milk for coffee ?

Ian Fitzpatrick wrote:
Mon Aug 17, 2020 8:54 am
Coffee is best drunk black!
My first espresso usually is but for my evening coffee I normally have frothy milk
by Marc Meakin
Mon Aug 17, 2020 6:45 am
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: What is the best non dairy milk for coffee ?
Replies: 13
Views: 1112

What is the best non dairy milk for coffee ?

I worked a few weeks in Waitrose and noticed all the different types of non diary milks out there. I drink my coffee at home and only semi skimmed works for me as I tried soya milk and although it's fine in cereal doesn't work for me , but I'm willing to try another alternative based on a recommenda...
by Marc Meakin
Mon Aug 17, 2020 6:38 am
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: Accentuate the positive
Replies: 6
Views: 748

Accentuate the positive

Obviously these times are very unsettling and upsetting but there are one or two positives. If you are a student and go to pieces during exams then teacher assessments for G.C.S.E grades have got to be a bonus. ( although I was the opposite and always pissed about during term time knowing I could pa...
by Marc Meakin
Thu Aug 13, 2020 5:52 pm
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: Do you have a pet?
Replies: 3
Views: 495

Re: Do you have a pet?

I was sure I must have posted something about this before, but in my search I at least found out the Marc wouldn't care too much if his bulldog died. But anyway, I've always thought that unless you're a child or chronically lonely, having a pet is a bit weird. I mean anything "less" than a dog or a...
by Marc Meakin
Thu Aug 13, 2020 10:40 am
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: Do you have a pet?
Replies: 3
Views: 495

Do you have a pet?

What pet do you have.
I have just got a French Bulldog.
It's the first time I have had a " companion dog"
It's lucky my missus works from home
by Marc Meakin
Wed Aug 12, 2020 9:01 pm
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: What computer games have you been playing lately?
Replies: 52
Views: 9847

Re: What computer games have you been playing lately?

Does Scrabble Go count ?
During my furlough period I averaged a dozen games a day
by Marc Meakin
Wed Aug 12, 2020 9:00 pm
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: Offensive Words
Replies: 57
Views: 5007

Re: Offensive Words

You might as well. We was trying to move a large item of furniture into a tight space and Richie my colleague said careful I don't want ton end up with a door up my arse , and I added or a knob.....then I quickly added, I meant door knob. I guess you had to be there to have found it funny A bit of ...
by Marc Meakin
Tue Aug 11, 2020 9:02 pm
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: REALLY obvious things you've just realised
Replies: 277
Views: 75501

Re: REALLY obvious things you've just realised

Blofeld only appears in three of the novels, and is strangled by Bond in "You Only Live Twice" . The timeline of the novels is completely different to the films, so he seems pretty much indestructible in the movies. There was some contractual problem which meant the makers of the movies couldn't us...
by Marc Meakin
Tue Aug 11, 2020 7:17 pm
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: Offensive Words
Replies: 57
Views: 5007

Re: Offensive Words

Maybe not overused , but definitely used incorrectly. No they were not homophobic . No my colleagues analysis was wrong. He is gay and laughed at the comment but pointed out that others may find it so. I do not regret making the comment as it was a joke and all my colleagues laughed , it was banter...
by Marc Meakin
Tue Aug 11, 2020 7:11 pm
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: Offensive Words
Replies: 57
Views: 5007

Re: Offensive Words

I am willing to divulge the innuendo if it helps with context You might as well. We was trying to move a large item of furniture into a tight space and Richie my colleague said careful I don't want ton end up with a door up my arse , and I added or a knob.....then I quickly added, I meant door knob...
by Marc Meakin
Tue Aug 11, 2020 1:39 pm
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: Offensive Words
Replies: 57
Views: 5007

Re: Offensive Words

Homophobia is a word that is over used. For example I made a joke that wouldn't look out of place in a carry on film using the word knob as an inuendo. My college who wasn't offended said it could be deemed a homophobic comment. I am guilt of casual sexism on occasions but I'm not a misogenist . So...
by Marc Meakin
Tue Aug 11, 2020 7:06 am
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: Offensive Words
Replies: 57
Views: 5007

Re: Offensive Words

Homophobia is a word that is over used. For example I made a joke that wouldn't look out of place in a carry on film using the word knob as an inuendo. My college who wasn't offended said it could be deemed a homophobic comment. I am guilt of casual sexism on occasions but I'm not a misogenist . So ...
by Marc Meakin
Mon Aug 10, 2020 3:16 am
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: Words and expressions that grind your gears
Replies: 28
Views: 2797

Re: Words and expressions that grind your gears

Phil Reynolds wrote:
Mon Aug 10, 2020 12:52 am
Gavin Chipper wrote:
Sun Aug 09, 2020 10:32 pm
I sometimes wonder how aware most people are about relative distances in space
Well, if the typical Sainsbury's customer is anything to go by, most people don't even have a fucking clue what 2 metres is.
I think proof reading Victor Meldrew is getting under your skin 😀
by Marc Meakin
Sun Aug 09, 2020 4:21 pm
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: Offensive Words
Replies: 57
Views: 5007

Re: Offensive Words

Gavin Chipper wrote:
Sun Aug 09, 2020 3:52 pm
And the BBC have backed down. I see it as taking the easy way out.
I don't think the BBC want to make any enemies of the government as the BBC is ripe for privatisation
by Marc Meakin
Sun Aug 09, 2020 8:06 am
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: Offensive Words
Replies: 57
Views: 5007

Re: Offensive Words

Regardless of your position about the offensiveness of a word taken out of context or used in a quotation, there is still a double standard here. Strong swear words are expressly forbidden before the watershed in any context but this word is not. Whatever process deemed the F-word unsuitable for br...
by Marc Meakin
Sat Aug 08, 2020 7:24 pm
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: Joke Items
Replies: 133
Views: 12847

Re: Joke Items

Gavin Chipper wrote:
Sat Aug 08, 2020 7:11 pm
Nautical miles.
You kid me knot
by Marc Meakin
Sat Aug 08, 2020 5:14 pm
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: Words and expressions that grind your gears
Replies: 28
Views: 2797

Re: Words and expressions that grind your gears

Why do we say things like PIN number and ATM machines when the last word in both acronyms are the same ? It's called RAS syndrome Reading that link gave me a sense of nostalgia. One of my friends at school had a mother called Elsie Dee. When digital watches came out we had so much fun at her expens...
by Marc Meakin
Sat Aug 08, 2020 5:08 pm
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: Words and expressions that grind your gears
Replies: 28
Views: 2797

Re: Words and expressions that grind your gears

Why do we say things like PIN number and ATM machines when the last word in both acronyms are the same ? I know that ATM is the generic name, but I've never heard anyone use the term (with or without the redundant extra word). Everyone I know calls it a cash point. Sorry, I came over all trans-atla...
by Marc Meakin
Sat Aug 08, 2020 7:58 am
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: Words and expressions that grind your gears
Replies: 28
Views: 2797

Re: Words and expressions that grind your gears

Why do we say things like PIN number and ATM machines when the last word in both acronyms are the same ?
by Marc Meakin
Thu Aug 06, 2020 7:28 pm
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: Words and expressions that grind your gears
Replies: 28
Views: 2797

Re: Words and expressions that grind your gears

When someone says something like we don't have any strawberry trifle I'm afraid.
I am often tempted to reply , that there's no need to be scared
by Marc Meakin
Thu Aug 06, 2020 3:52 pm
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: Words and expressions that grind your gears
Replies: 28
Views: 2797

Re: Words and expressions that grind your gears

Two expressions or specifically suffixes really any me. The suffix 'holics' as in chocoholic or shopoholic. This is a lazy misuse , derived from Alcoholics those people addicted to alcohol Also the use of 'gate' during a scandal derived from the Watergate Scandal from the 1970s involving Richard Nix...
by Marc Meakin
Thu Aug 06, 2020 3:44 pm
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: Offensive Words
Replies: 57
Views: 5007

Re: Offensive Words

I think I took exception to the use of people rather than the BBC