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by Marc Meakin
Tue May 22, 2018 3:37 pm
Forum: Countdown - General
Topic: Where are They Now ?
Replies: 43
Views: 1088

Re: Where are They Now ?

Sweyn Kikness gets my vote as best contestant name ever
by Marc Meakin
Tue May 22, 2018 10:38 am
Forum: Countdown - General
Topic: Where are They Now ?
Replies: 43
Views: 1088

Re: Where are They Now ?

I think most word games would rather do without islamophobes AND cheats, it's not like they need to choose whichever is worse and only remove one lot. From what I remember of Beevers on here, something tells me his efforts to out a cheat would have served some personal gain rather than been purely ...
by Marc Meakin
Tue May 22, 2018 3:35 am
Forum: Countdown - General
Topic: Where are They Now ?
Replies: 43
Views: 1088

Re: Where are They Now ?

He does have the right to post any shit he likes - well, sorta - but they also have a right to not want to be associated with a person who does that. Valid point but to put it into context One man shakes the ABSP tree from within to out a virtual cover up of a cheat Then gets chucked out of same co...
by Marc Meakin
Tue May 22, 2018 1:45 am
Forum: Countdown - General
Topic: Where are They Now ?
Replies: 43
Views: 1088

Re: Where are They Now ?

A bit off topic, but I found myself looking into Scrabble stuff - Craig Beevers appears to be the only world champion not to have his own Wikipedia article . He hasn't got one for being chucked out the ABSP for his , shall we say, colourful opinions on HIS own Facebook page. More details please! Th...
by Marc Meakin
Mon May 21, 2018 5:37 pm
Forum: Countdown - General
Topic: Where are They Now ?
Replies: 43
Views: 1088

Re: Where are They Now ?

Gavin Chipper wrote:
Mon May 21, 2018 4:41 pm
A bit off topic, but I found myself looking into Scrabble stuff - Craig Beevers appears to be the only world champion not to have his own Wikipedia article.
He hasn't got one for being chucked out the ABSP for his , shall we say, colourful opinions on HIS own Facebook page.
by Marc Meakin
Sun May 20, 2018 7:20 pm
Forum: Countdown - General
Topic: Where are They Now ?
Replies: 43
Views: 1088

Re: Where are They Now ?

He got caught cheating last year and has been banned for two years and had to give trophies back but not prize money AFAIK. I believe he repeatedly overdrew tiles and palmed or cherry picked them. I think it made the newspapers. Probably not the Times though. He hasn't admitted guilt nor apologised....
by Marc Meakin
Sun May 20, 2018 5:18 pm
Forum: Countdown - General
Topic: Where are They Now ?
Replies: 43
Views: 1088

Re: Where are They Now ?

David Williams wrote:
Sun May 20, 2018 3:09 pm
Elliott Mellor wrote:
Sun May 20, 2018 8:39 am
Anyone know the whereabouts of Paul Gallen
He writes a weekly Scrabble column for The Times.
Took over from Allan (cheat ) Simmons
by Marc Meakin
Sun May 20, 2018 8:00 am
Forum: Countdown - Events
Topic: CO SCRA ?
Replies: 0
Views: 227

CO SCRA ?

Just wanted to put some feelers out for a joint Co event with elements of Scrabble or even a light hearted team challenge. With conventional countdown games countdown games using OSW 15. Conventional Scrabble games using OED and some using OSW 15. Culminating in a Scrabble Countdown hybrid where you...
by Marc Meakin
Sun May 20, 2018 7:52 am
Forum: Countdown - General
Topic: Where are They Now ?
Replies: 43
Views: 1088

Re: Where are They Now ?

Marc Meakin wrote:
Sat May 19, 2018 5:36 am
Also forumites like Zeff , Sue Sanders, Mr Hargreaves,
Also various flouncers, too many to mention.( plus I've forgotten most of their names )
I did meet Zeff at a Scrabble tournament in Essex many years ago and it was only because he was an early keyboard warrior in the Scrabble community too
by Marc Meakin
Sun May 20, 2018 7:49 am
Forum: Countdown - General
Topic: Where are They Now ?
Replies: 43
Views: 1088

Re: Where are They Now ?

Sorry I should have put that in quotes.
It's quite possible I may have mixed him up with Derek Hazell
by Marc Meakin
Sun May 20, 2018 7:46 am
Forum: Countdown - General
Topic: Where are They Now ?
Replies: 43
Views: 1088

Re: Where are They Now ?

From the rival forum that was created about 7 or 8 years ago during the inner sanctumgate
by Marc Meakin
Sat May 19, 2018 5:36 am
Forum: Countdown - General
Topic: Where are They Now ?
Replies: 43
Views: 1088

Re: Where are They Now ?

Also forumites like Zeff , Sue Sanders, Mr Hargreaves,
Also various flouncers, too many to mention.( plus I've forgotten most of their names )
by Marc Meakin
Fri May 18, 2018 6:56 pm
Forum: Countdown - General
Topic: Where are They Now ?
Replies: 43
Views: 1088

Re: Where are They Now ?

Chris Davies plays in a band
by Marc Meakin
Fri May 18, 2018 12:44 pm
Forum: Countdown - General
Topic: Where are They Now ?
Replies: 43
Views: 1088

Re: Where are They Now ?

Gavin Chipper wrote:
Fri May 18, 2018 11:23 am
Marc Meakin wrote:
Fri May 18, 2018 9:01 am
Junaid, Kirk Bevans , Jimmy Gough and Oliver Garner to name a few.
Oliver Garner won CO:LON the other day. Kirk Bevins is refereeing darts games.
I thought Oliver Garner was dabbling in the dark arts ( Scrabble )
by Marc Meakin
Fri May 18, 2018 9:01 am
Forum: Countdown - General
Topic: Where are They Now ?
Replies: 43
Views: 1088

Re: Where are They Now ?

Junaid, Kirk Bevans , Jimmy Gough and Oliver Garner to name a few.
by Marc Meakin
Fri May 18, 2018 5:49 am
Forum: Countdown - General
Topic: Where are They Now ?
Replies: 43
Views: 1088

Where are They Now ?

I was wondering what some of the memorable Countdown Contestants are doing now like Kai Laddieman, Jeffrey Handsford and Richard Brittain.
by Marc Meakin
Mon May 14, 2018 1:53 pm
Forum: Countdown - Spoilers
Topic: Spoilers for Monday 14th May 2018 (Series 78, Prelim 89)
Replies: 8
Views: 861

Re: Spoilers for Monday 14th May 2018 (Series 78, Prelim 89)

Unlucky Curtis.
Should have gone for the 4 large again
by Marc Meakin
Sat May 12, 2018 9:00 pm
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: Eurovision Song Contest 2018
Replies: 20
Views: 1478

Re: Eurovision Song Contest 2018

Right gonna pick the top 5 in no particular order
Australia, Israel , Hungary, Netherlands and UK , sympathy vote
by Marc Meakin
Tue May 08, 2018 5:37 pm
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: Eurovision Song Contest 2018
Replies: 20
Views: 1478

Re: Eurovision Song Contest 2018

Someone said to me that ABBA were reforming
I assumed they meant they were going to be called BABA or BAAB
by Marc Meakin
Tue May 08, 2018 3:08 pm
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: Eurovision Song Contest 2018
Replies: 20
Views: 1478

Re: Eurovision Song Contest 2018

Saraa' Aalto has a great voice
by Marc Meakin
Tue May 08, 2018 1:35 pm
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: Questions you've always wanted answered
Replies: 493
Views: 50889

Re: Questions you've always wanted answered

Matt Morrison wrote:
Tue May 08, 2018 12:29 pm
is it a branding thing because plum juice sounds like spunk
Nah if that was the case they would also change the name of natural yoghurt
by Marc Meakin
Tue May 08, 2018 12:22 pm
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: Questions you've always wanted answered
Replies: 493
Views: 50889

Re: Questions you've always wanted answered

Why can you get grape juice and raisins also come from grapes but no plum juice. You get plums and dried ones are prunes. Yet you can get prune juice. What? Let me elucidate. Dried grapes are raisins (probably sultanas too ) You can buy grape juice from most supermarkets Dried plums are prunes You ...
by Marc Meakin
Tue May 08, 2018 10:30 am
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: REALLY obvious things you've just realised
Replies: 167
Views: 20521

Re: REALLY obvious things you've just realised

I've just found out that certain Irish names are pronounced nothing like their spelling like Niamh (neeve )
Padraic (porik) Eidlah (ailey )
by Marc Meakin
Tue May 08, 2018 10:26 am
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: REALLY obvious things you've just realised
Replies: 167
Views: 20521

Re: REALLY obvious things you've just realised

Matt Morrison wrote:
Tue May 08, 2018 9:09 am
True to thread as it doesn't take long thinking about it before you realise how obvious it is, but I think I've always absent-mindedly gone for "vocal chords" instead of "vocal cords".
Vocal Chords are loud trousers 😀
by Marc Meakin
Mon May 07, 2018 11:32 pm
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: Eurovision Song Contest 2018
Replies: 20
Views: 1478

Re: Eurovision Song Contest 2018

https://youtu.be/2Szy0pPN_c0
Agreed Matt, shit name but ok song
by Marc Meakin
Mon May 07, 2018 9:56 pm
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: Eurovision Song Contest 2018
Replies: 20
Views: 1478

Eurovision Song Contest 2018

Just heard the UK entrant and it ain't too bad.
Mind you ,Ed Sheeran could perform with Adele and we still wouldn't get in the top ten.
Still gonna watch it.
Might make it interesting this year by running a sweepstake.
by Marc Meakin
Sat May 05, 2018 4:54 pm
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: Deathwatch 2018
Replies: 77
Views: 9886

Re: Deathwatch 2018

1981: 1. Prince from England married 2. Liverpool wins the Champions League 3. The pope dies 2005: 1. Prince from England married 2. Liverpool wins the Champions League 3. The pope dies 2018: 1. Prince from England marries 2. Liv awerpool is in the Champions League final Anyone have the Pope on the...
by Marc Meakin
Sat May 05, 2018 11:16 am
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: Questions you've always wanted answered
Replies: 493
Views: 50889

Re: Questions you've always wanted answered

Why can you get grape juice and raisins also come from grapes but no plum juice.
You get plums and dried ones are prunes.
Yet you can get prune juice.
by Marc Meakin
Fri May 04, 2018 5:12 pm
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: Implicit Association Tests
Replies: 6
Views: 1087

Re: Implicit Association Tests

Mark James wrote:
Fri May 04, 2018 3:58 pm
Oh. And I don't mind fat people either.
Horizontally gifted surely 🙂
by Marc Meakin
Thu May 03, 2018 5:08 pm
Forum: apterous.org
Topic: App.terous
Replies: 3
Views: 784

App.terous

I'm sure this may have been discussed before but is there any chance of a scaled down version of Apterous in App form , or are there copyright issues
I have tried other countdown themed apps and they are crap
by Marc Meakin
Thu May 03, 2018 1:47 pm
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: Why do ?.....
Replies: 6
Views: 803

Re: Why do ?.....

Why do people not even notice any more that the term "dog collar" is actually a joke? People say it without any thought of "I'm making a silly joke here". Though I should point out that Marc used quotes around it. I wasn't sure if it's offensive to the clergy to say dog collar. As I don't have an i...
by Marc Meakin
Thu May 03, 2018 12:59 pm
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: Why do ?.....
Replies: 6
Views: 803

Re: Why do ?.....

Mark Deeks wrote:
Thu May 03, 2018 12:29 pm
I guess it's a bit like always wearing a wedding ring.
Only if you equate matrimony to work.
by Marc Meakin
Thu May 03, 2018 10:23 am
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: Why do ?.....
Replies: 6
Views: 803

Why do ?.....

Couldn't think of a better topic heading. But why do priests and vicars insist on wearing their dog collars outside of their place of work. I've seen it on loads of TV shows and panel shows. There was a priest recently who was singing on Britain's Got Talent with his ' dog collar ' on. Why ? I would...
by Marc Meakin
Wed May 02, 2018 5:20 am
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: What TV programmes have you been watching lately?
Replies: 290
Views: 33282

Re: What TV programmes have you been watching lately?

Also don't forget to watch the Film version. [of The Young Offenders] It was made in 2016 and is set in 2007 . Still very funny although I recommend you watch the series first Watched the film last night. It was enjoyable up to a point but the plot ran out of steam towards the end and the minor cha...
by Marc Meakin
Sun Apr 29, 2018 12:03 pm
Forum: Games and Puzzles
Topic: Favourite board game
Replies: 86
Views: 15308

Re: Favourite board game

Bumped this to create (hopefully) some debate. Would you be more inclined to play Scrabble more if the consonants and vowels were in seperating bags ? I quite like this idea tbh. Sort of a mish mash of scrabble and countdown. Would probably prefer them to alter the letters distribution too. I've be...
by Marc Meakin
Sat Apr 28, 2018 3:38 pm
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: Coincidence
Replies: 215
Views: 26793

Re: Coincidence

I was talking to my work colleagues about immersive cinema experiences and this came on my timeline http://dlsh.it/eJxSOTi
Someone must have read my mind cos I've always thought this idea would be good
by Marc Meakin
Fri Apr 27, 2018 9:10 am
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: Mutterings of Matthew Morrison
Replies: 6
Views: 1207

Re: Mutterings of Matthew Morrison

Gavin Chipper wrote:
Fri Apr 27, 2018 7:25 am
Marc Meakin wrote:
Fri Apr 27, 2018 3:36 am
Banned Why ???
Surely not death threats .
I think it's a one in/one out situation.
From one MM to another then
by Marc Meakin
Fri Apr 27, 2018 3:36 am
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: Mutterings of Matthew Morrison
Replies: 6
Views: 1207

Re: Mutterings of Matthew Morrison

Banned Why ???
Surely not death threats .
by Marc Meakin
Wed Apr 25, 2018 12:15 pm
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: Book recommendations
Replies: 9
Views: 961

Re: Book recommendations

Mark James wrote:
Wed Apr 25, 2018 11:16 am
I recommend watching the film.
I'm doing that more and more lately, and ironically if the films good I end up reading the book afterwards.
Last time I did that was with Mudbound.
Both are recommended.
by Marc Meakin
Wed Apr 25, 2018 12:13 pm
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: Book recommendations
Replies: 9
Views: 961

Re: Book recommendations

Gavin Chipper wrote:
Wed Apr 25, 2018 10:10 am
There are a few other threads that might contain suggestions of interest - here, here and here.
If I was clever enough I should have bumped one of these threads but as you can see in still having fun posting new threads for the first time in eons.
by Marc Meakin
Wed Apr 25, 2018 9:17 am
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: Book recommendations
Replies: 9
Views: 961

Re: Book recommendations

Jono is doing a book a week as his new year's resolution for 2018. He'll pop along soon with some of the highlights I'm sure. I copied some of them from what people recommended him on Facebook and will report back. I'm a little behind (3 weeks if I finish what I'm currently reading by Sunday). So f...
by Marc Meakin
Tue Apr 24, 2018 8:17 pm
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: Book recommendations
Replies: 9
Views: 961

Re: Book recommendations

I'm sure you're savouring the brilliance at Anfield first
by Marc Meakin
Tue Apr 24, 2018 5:46 pm
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: Book recommendations
Replies: 9
Views: 961

Book recommendations

I've just read a very good book called Johnny Ruin by Dan Dalton I was surprised that the author is British as it captures aspects of Americana brilliantly. If you liked Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind you are sure to like this. Right that's my book recommendation for this year What are yours ?
by Marc Meakin
Tue Apr 24, 2018 3:29 pm
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: Talents and party tricks
Replies: 8
Views: 1033

Re: Talents and party tricks

Probably not if they were sober.
Maybe my friends at the time were more gullible than you and your friends
by Marc Meakin
Tue Apr 24, 2018 11:13 am
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: Talents and party tricks
Replies: 8
Views: 1033

Re: Talents and party tricks

There used to be a pub bet (maybe deserves its own thread ? ) That I used to win drinks with that never failed. Bet someone that they cannot copy what you do for 30 seconds. Then you put your hand out, the do the same, hold your drink, they copy that, put the drink to your lips, they do the same, t...
by Marc Meakin
Tue Apr 24, 2018 11:07 am
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: Deathwatch 2018
Replies: 77
Views: 9886

Re: Deathwatch 2018

Gavin Chipper wrote:
Tue Apr 24, 2018 10:26 am
Oh, and Verne Troyer died the other day.
I heard he touched someone's ankle inappropriately
Mini-metoo#
by Marc Meakin
Tue Apr 24, 2018 4:37 am
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: Talents and party tricks
Replies: 8
Views: 1033

Re: Talents and party tricks

There used to be a pub bet (maybe deserves its own thread ? ) That I used to win drinks with that never failed. Bet someone that they cannot copy what you do for 30 seconds. Then you put your hand out, the do the same, hold your drink, they copy that, put the drink to your lips, they do the same, ta...
by Marc Meakin
Mon Apr 23, 2018 5:18 pm
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: Talents and party tricks
Replies: 8
Views: 1033

Talents and party tricks

Do you have any hidden talents or tricks that you impress your friends and family with. I used to be able to boast that I could name a tune from the top twenty after less than ten seconds of the intro. But after the late eighties it became too difficult. Also I can read upside down as good as the ri...
by Marc Meakin
Mon Apr 23, 2018 9:19 am
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: Deathwatch 2018
Replies: 77
Views: 9886

Re: Deathwatch 2018

I guess if you are under 28 it makes you reflect on your own mortality.
He was no Buddy Holly that's for sure, who was only 22 when he died and was a terrible loss to music, and would almost certainly have been bigger (although probably not in physique ) than Elvis.
by Marc Meakin
Mon Apr 23, 2018 7:11 am
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: Music Covers
Replies: 25
Views: 1691

Re: Music Covers

Zarte Siempre wrote:
Mon Apr 23, 2018 6:35 am
Marc Meakin wrote:
Mon Apr 23, 2018 6:16 am
Come to think of it, I wonder if there any songs that CAN'T be made into a reggae cover.
Nessun Dorma
Someone has tried. https://youtu.be/8mdER2UbUMQ
Albeit not very good
by Marc Meakin
Mon Apr 23, 2018 6:16 am
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: Music Covers
Replies: 25
Views: 1691

Re: Music Covers

What are people's least favourite covers? One of those rubbish bands like Fall Out Boy or Panic at the Disco, I can never remember which one, did a horrible cover of Michael Jackson's Beat It. Fall Out Boy. And I like it/them. And don't like Michael Jackson. Basically I usually disagree entirely wi...
by Marc Meakin
Sun Apr 22, 2018 4:57 pm
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: People on Countdown or C4C or Apterous or whatever doing awesome things
Replies: 5
Views: 939

Re: People on Countdown or C4C or Apterous or whatever doing awesome things

Cool, what was his time and did you spot him on the telly ?
by Marc Meakin
Sat Apr 21, 2018 9:05 am
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: REALLY obvious things you've just realised
Replies: 167
Views: 20521

Re: REALLY obvious things you've just realised

Astronauts wearing diapers.
Its just the thought of Neil Armstrong and co shitting their pants in them suits sullies my hero worship.
I guess even filmmakers have missed this.
Try watching Gravity ( probably the most over rated film of the last 10 years )
by Marc Meakin
Sat Apr 21, 2018 8:55 am
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: Music Covers
Replies: 25
Views: 1691

Re: Music Covers

Just to throw it out there to see if it captures any interest. If Elvis were alive today, what songs from the recent past would he cover (he more or less sang covers for the last few years of his life ) I would love him to have covered Rehab or Smells like teen Spirit. Though he more than likely wou...
by Marc Meakin
Fri Apr 20, 2018 8:41 pm
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: Deathwatch 2018
Replies: 77
Views: 9886

Re: Deathwatch 2018

To be fair Dale Winston is a household name but Avicii is not a household name in his own household.
R. Lee Emery was great in Full Metal Jacket
Never watched Harry Anderson in anything
by Marc Meakin
Fri Apr 20, 2018 3:34 pm
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: What TV programmes have you been watching lately?
Replies: 290
Views: 33282

Re: What TV programmes have you been watching lately?

I finished watching The Young Offenders the other day. Pretty decent. I liked "Now Eat Some Weetabix" as an alternative to "Never Eat Shredded Wheat". Has anyone been watching The City and The City? Pretty weird, and I'm still not convinced it's any good, but I found the second episode better than ...
by Marc Meakin
Fri Apr 20, 2018 9:06 am
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: Questions you've always wanted answered
Replies: 493
Views: 50889

Re: Questions you've always wanted answered

After further reflection I'm wondering if it is an anticipation of danger/pain rather than a pure reflex reaction. For example if Mark was going to his car in broad daylight and could see his path would he do the arms thing I often go to Gran Canaria for a holiday and do a lot of walking and one of ...
by Marc Meakin
Thu Apr 19, 2018 7:54 pm
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: Podcasts
Replies: 2
Views: 640

Re: Podcasts

Had to look up sjw, and cuck for that matter. 😁
by Marc Meakin
Thu Apr 19, 2018 7:23 pm
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: Music Covers
Replies: 25
Views: 1691

Re: Music Covers

I don't think Cash's Hurt is bad, not at all, but I would definitely say I dislike it overall because I always got irked, as a big NIN fan, that nobody recognised it as a cover. They also love to trot out a quote from Reznor where he described Cash's version as better, or it being "his song now" or...
by Marc Meakin
Thu Apr 19, 2018 7:17 pm
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: Music Covers
Replies: 25
Views: 1691

Re: Music Covers

Anyone ever hear of the song La Poupee que fait non? It's a silly little song from the 60s with somewhat dodgy lyrics (they're originally in French and kind of rapey) but there are a vast amount of cover versions of varying quality of it out there. I think it might actually be the most covered song...