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by Marc Meakin
Fri Jul 19, 2024 5:32 pm
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: 2024 Paris Olympics
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Views: 31

2024 Paris Olympics

Let me start with :
Breakdancing !!! , really
by Marc Meakin
Wed Jul 17, 2024 8:58 am
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: The C4C Football Thread
Replies: 1298
Views: 235317

Re: The C4C Football Thread

I should have realised the gods were against us as the last 3 Spanish Wimbledon Wins have lead to a football win in the same period (if you count The Nations Cup last year ) This sort of statistical paradoelia gets a lot more discussion than it really deserves. What do you make of this one? 27 fina...
by Marc Meakin
Tue Jul 16, 2024 1:43 pm
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: The C4C Football Thread
Replies: 1298
Views: 235317

Re: The C4C Football Thread

I should have realised the gods were against us as the last 3 Spanish Wimbledon Wins have lead to a football win in the same period (if you count The Nations Cup last year ) This sort of statistical paradoelia gets a lot more discussion than it really deserves. I always associated that word with vi...
by Marc Meakin
Tue Jul 16, 2024 1:38 pm
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: Words and expressions that grind your gears
Replies: 121
Views: 25982

Re: Words and expressions that grind your gears

People who don't suffer fools gladly. Translation - intolerant arsehole who is generally oblivious to all of their own failings as a human being. Mostly their failings are personality based rather than ability based. The ones I didn't like are a bit outdated now. Children should be seen and not hea...
by Marc Meakin
Tue Jul 16, 2024 1:35 pm
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: Track and Field (and Road) Athletics
Replies: 261
Views: 79991

Re: Track and Field (and Road) Athletics

Amazing 800 metres Pattison goes second behind Coe in the all time list by finishing 5th It's interesting that the men's 800m has suddenly become a competitive event. Over the last few years, people have rarely gone under 1:43, and getting a 1:42.xx generally means you're a gold medal contender. Wi...
by Marc Meakin
Mon Jul 15, 2024 7:27 pm
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: Unpopular opinions you genuinely hold
Replies: 379
Views: 202429

Re: Unpopular opinions you genuinely hold

Callum Todd wrote: Mon Jul 15, 2024 6:28 pm will just leave this here in case anyone else somehow believes the trump shooting thing was some set-up or something:

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Occam's_razor
Zebra.

Occams Razor didn't help the sub-postmasters much
by Marc Meakin
Mon Jul 15, 2024 7:26 pm
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: Unpopular opinions you genuinely hold
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Re: Unpopular opinions you genuinely hold

Gavin Chipper wrote: Mon Jul 15, 2024 6:36 pm What if the Farage milkshake incident was stage managed? That's next level.
Nah it didn't work last time
by Marc Meakin
Mon Jul 15, 2024 5:22 pm
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: Minor things that annoy you more than they probably should
Replies: 6
Views: 353

Re: Minor things that annoy you more than they probably should

Ian Volante wrote: Mon Jul 15, 2024 12:22 pm Interviews with winning tennis players after matches.
Interviews with any sportsman whilst the adrenaline is still coursing through their veins (figure of speech , not medical fact )
by Marc Meakin
Mon Jul 15, 2024 5:19 pm
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: The C4C Football Thread
Replies: 1298
Views: 235317

Re: The C4C Football Thread

There is a word for someone who takes pleasure in other people's misery. BTW it's not Schadenfreude Misery? Ye should be overjoyed that such a shite team made it past Slovakia somehow! As for me, I was glad to see the best, most entertaining team win. Only The 3 professional fouls I'm the final so ...
by Marc Meakin
Mon Jul 15, 2024 9:14 am
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: The C4C Football Thread
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Views: 235317

Re: The C4C Football Thread

Let's hope your predictions/wishes continue in the same vein tonight I was getting worried, but the final and most important result went my way! :mrgreen: "They're going home, they're going home, with nothing, England's going home..." There is a word for someone who takes pleasure in othe...
by Marc Meakin
Mon Jul 15, 2024 8:50 am
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: Unpopular opinions you genuinely hold
Replies: 379
Views: 202429

Re: Unpopular opinions you genuinely hold

Marc, dude, don't do this. It wasn't staged or managed. It happened. When I watched it in real-time I found it incredible that after shots were fired Trump got up , fist pumping and (Nazi ) saluting . I mean when I trip over it takes me 5 minutes to get up The secret service shouldn't have let him ...
by Marc Meakin
Mon Jul 15, 2024 8:43 am
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: Words and expressions that grind your gears
Replies: 121
Views: 25982

Re: Words and expressions that grind your gears

Sleepover.
Not the word per se , but the implication the teenagers or tweenagers (also not a phrase I like ) involved rarely go to sleep before about 3am
by Marc Meakin
Sun Jul 14, 2024 9:24 pm
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: Minor things that annoy you more than they probably should
Replies: 6
Views: 353

Re: Minor things that annoy you more than they probably should

Opening ceremonies, closing ceremonies and half time shows. Fuck off. If the sport isn't enough for you, go watch Britain's Got Talent or something. Although maybe I'd watch trash tv like Love Island if they kicked it all off with a football match first. An aul 5-a-side on the beach would go down a...
by Marc Meakin
Sun Jul 14, 2024 9:23 pm
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: Unpopular opinions you genuinely hold
Replies: 379
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Re: Unpopular opinions you genuinely hold

Gavin Chipper wrote: Sun Jul 14, 2024 7:35 pm Unpopular opinions / full-on conspiracy theories
The plot thickens as the would was caused by glass according to the Doctor.
Unless the autocue got hit.
Also the shooter was on the opposite side to trumps wounded ear
by Marc Meakin
Sun Jul 14, 2024 3:45 pm
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: Unpopular opinions you genuinely hold
Replies: 379
Views: 202429

Re: Unpopular opinions you genuinely hold

The Assassanation attempt on Trump was stage managed
by Marc Meakin
Sun Jul 14, 2024 3:44 pm
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: What films have you watched lately?
Replies: 445
Views: 318022

Re: What films have you watched lately?

Paul Worsley wrote: Sat Jul 13, 2024 8:59 pm Longlegs

Pants
I don't generally watch horror unless it's got exceptional reviews so I will swerve this one
by Marc Meakin
Sun Jul 14, 2024 3:39 pm
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: The C4C Football Thread
Replies: 1298
Views: 235317

Re: The C4C Football Thread

L'oisleatch McGraw wrote: Fri Jul 12, 2024 11:25 pm
Marc Meakin wrote: Fri Jul 12, 2024 10:15 pm Shouldn't this be on the tennis thread
There's a tennis thread?
Could you post a Serbian flag on that for me please! :mrgreen:
[Edited to include:- and an Italian flag for the ladies!]
Let's hope your predictions/wishes continue in the same vein tonight
by Marc Meakin
Sat Jul 13, 2024 5:12 pm
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: Minor things that annoy you more than they probably should
Replies: 6
Views: 353

Re: Minor things that annoy you more than they probably should

Facebook Marketplace: "Hey, is this still available?" "no sorry" Take the listing down then, Janet. Probably only beaten by FB group post : My Dog /Cat /Teenage child has gone missing. With no follow up post to say that they are safe. Mind you I did chuckle when for some reason ...
by Marc Meakin
Fri Jul 12, 2024 10:15 pm
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: The C4C Football Thread
Replies: 1298
Views: 235317

Re: The C4C Football Thread

L'oisleatch McGraw wrote: Fri Jul 12, 2024 9:00 pm Image
Shouldn't this be on the tennis thread
by Marc Meakin
Fri Jul 12, 2024 9:27 pm
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: Track and Field (and Road) Athletics
Replies: 261
Views: 79991

Re: Track and Field (and Road) Athletics

Amazing 800 metres Pattison goes second behind Coe in the all time list by finishing 5th
by Marc Meakin
Fri Jul 12, 2024 9:03 pm
Forum: Countdown - General
Topic: Countdowners in the news
Replies: 246
Views: 163775

Re: Countdowners in the news

Susie Dent has written a mystery novel.
Guilty By Definition .
Comes out in August
by Marc Meakin
Fri Jul 12, 2024 6:22 pm
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: Unpopular opinions you genuinely hold
Replies: 379
Views: 202429

Re: Unpopular opinions you genuinely hold

:roll: It's like having a margin of error for the speed limit. It makes no difference. The speed limit just becomes 73.987mph or whatever. 73.988 and it's 3 points on your licence. There's always going to be a cut-off point. AFAIK there is a magin of error with speed limits as yo have to go 10% ove...
by Marc Meakin
Fri Jul 12, 2024 2:59 pm
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: Unpopular opinions you genuinely hold
Replies: 379
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Re: Unpopular opinions you genuinely hold

:roll: It's like having a margin of error for the speed limit. It makes no difference. The speed limit just becomes 73.987mph or whatever. 73.988 and it's 3 points on your licence. There's always going to be a cut-off point. AFAIK there is a magin of error with speed limits as yo have to go 10% over...
by Marc Meakin
Fri Jul 12, 2024 10:03 am
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: Unpopular opinions you genuinely hold
Replies: 379
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Re: Unpopular opinions you genuinely hold

Biden should be re-elected and then immediately resign and hand it over to vice president Trump....er I mean Harris
by Marc Meakin
Fri Jul 12, 2024 9:54 am
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Topic: Unpopular opinions you genuinely hold
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Re: Unpopular opinions you genuinely hold

VAR should be used for more contentious decisions like corners/goalkicks Ball going out of play for throw ins etc Bookings for simulation Even if it means more stoppages And slow the game down even more than it already has been? It's just turning subjective decisions in to even slower subjective de...
by Marc Meakin
Fri Jul 12, 2024 9:04 am
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: Unpopular opinions you genuinely hold
Replies: 379
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Re: Unpopular opinions you genuinely hold

VAR should be used for more contentious decisions like corners/goalkicks Ball going out of play for throw ins etc Bookings for simulation Even if it means more stoppages Screw that I think the genie is out of the bottle with VAR it just needs to be used properly. I'm a proud England supporter but S...
by Marc Meakin
Fri Jul 12, 2024 8:37 am
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: Words and expressions that grind your gears
Replies: 121
Views: 25982

Re: Words and expressions that grind your gears

2 cheeks of the same arse
by Marc Meakin
Fri Jul 12, 2024 7:15 am
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: Interesting things that aren't necessarily completely obvious
Replies: 16
Views: 9401

Re: Interesting things that aren't necessarily completely obvious

I was thinking of starting a thread called Things I learned on tick tock. Not that I go on tick tick but my FB feed shares loads of crap but some gems like : Electric Showers didn't exist until the 1960s Life Dysmorphia is a thing. Saltburn is just a sick version of Kind Hearts and Coronets When Spu...
by Marc Meakin
Thu Jul 11, 2024 2:08 pm
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: The C4C Football Thread
Replies: 1298
Views: 235317

Re: The C4C Football Thread

It's 8:00 isn't it? Hardly that late. It could be nearly 11 pm by the time it finishes. Old people and school children need to go to bed at a reasonable time. It's not like it's in a different time zone Germany is definitely in a different time zone. I was waiting for you to post that. Are you masq...
by Marc Meakin
Thu Jul 11, 2024 11:14 am
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: Unpopular opinions you genuinely hold
Replies: 379
Views: 202429

Re: Unpopular opinions you genuinely hold

VAR should be used for more contentious decisions like corners/goalkicks
Ball going out of play for throw ins etc
Bookings for simulation
Even if it means more stoppages
by Marc Meakin
Thu Jul 11, 2024 10:23 am
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: The C4C Football Thread
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Views: 235317

Re: The C4C Football Thread

Gavin Chipper wrote: Thu Jul 11, 2024 9:59 am It's 8:00 isn't it? Hardly that late.
It could be nearly 11 pm by the time it finishes.
Old people and school children need to go to bed at a reasonable time.
It's not like it's in a different time zone
by Marc Meakin
Thu Jul 11, 2024 8:27 am
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: The C4C Football Thread
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Re: The C4C Football Thread

Well if it wasn't a resurgent Spain awaiting England in the final I would say England's name on the cup. They have played this tournament like Italy in the days they were good (well technically that was 3 years ago ) in the 80s The Overhead kick from Bellingham against Slovakia , the penalty shoot o...
by Marc Meakin
Wed Jul 10, 2024 4:26 pm
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Topic: Unpopular opinions you genuinely hold
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Re: Unpopular opinions you genuinely hold

Gavin Chipper wrote: Wed Jul 10, 2024 2:23 pm My single favourite episode of Blackadder comes from series 3 - Nob and Nobility about revolutionary France and the Scarlet Pimpernel. I like the way it all comes together at the end.
That's the best episode of Season 3
by Marc Meakin
Tue Jul 09, 2024 5:46 pm
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Topic: Unpopular opinions you genuinely hold
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Re: Unpopular opinions you genuinely hold

:roll: For me it's probably 3, 2, 4, 1. I think 3 has the best and most memorable episodes. 1 is still good but hit and miss. Disagree with you on that , they got the dynamic right rather than in series one where he is an idiot Most of the most quotable episodes are in season 2. Stephen Fry and Mira...
by Marc Meakin
Tue Jul 09, 2024 4:26 pm
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: 2024 UK General Election Thread
Replies: 131
Views: 7274

Re: 2024 UK General Election Thread

Gavin Chipper wrote: Sun Jul 07, 2024 10:39 pm Yeah, a lot of lies were told.
I still find it difficult to comprehend how it all works with regards to who the MPs would be for example if your preferred reformed vote was applied to last week what would be the split ?
by Marc Meakin
Tue Jul 09, 2024 4:20 pm
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Topic: Unpopular opinions you genuinely hold
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Re: Unpopular opinions you genuinely hold

Gavin Chipper wrote: Tue Jul 09, 2024 12:14 pm Blackadder Goes Forth is not as good as 2 or 3. That one single scene at the end does not elevate the entire series above the others.
I hated season 1 but season 2 was by far the best .
Not a duff episode.
Season 3 was a bit hit and miss and 4 was meh apart from the poignant last episode.
by Marc Meakin
Mon Jul 08, 2024 3:10 pm
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: Questions you've always wanted answered
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Views: 792412

Re: Questions you've always wanted answered

Mark Deeks wrote: Mon Jul 08, 2024 1:59 pm Who paid cowboys?
Is a cowboy even a job.
I mean rancher I get but cowboy is just an all encompassing name for those that fought the Indians (indigenous people )
by Marc Meakin
Mon Jul 08, 2024 3:08 pm
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: Questions you've always wanted answered
Replies: 1651
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Re: Questions you've always wanted answered

I've seen baby snails but has anyone seen a snail being born ?
by Marc Meakin
Sun Jul 07, 2024 8:08 pm
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: Questions you've always wanted answered
Replies: 1651
Views: 792412

Re: Questions you've always wanted answered

Is Duo Lingo actually a good way to learn a language? I've never used it, but I know loads of people who have been using it for ages and I'm not convinced any of them can do anything more than ask for bread or the way to the station. I haven't used it too intensively but the impression I get is tha...
by Marc Meakin
Sun Jul 07, 2024 5:21 pm
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Topic: 2024 UK General Election Thread
Replies: 131
Views: 7274

Re: 2024 UK General Election Thread

4 million plus people would agree that Farage is a man of the people. I think that if Starmer doesn't have a rethink about giving 16 year old the vote then public opinion may demand another referendum . I would like to know what countries have benefitted from this to convince me With most of mai la...
by Marc Meakin
Sun Jul 07, 2024 12:56 pm
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Topic: 2024 UK General Election Thread
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Views: 7274

Re: 2024 UK General Election Thread

4 million plus people would agree that Farage is a man of the people. I think that if Starmer doesn't have a rethink about giving 16 year old the vote then public opinion may demand another referendum . I would like to know what countries have benefitted from this to convince me With most of mai lan...
by Marc Meakin
Sun Jul 07, 2024 10:20 am
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Topic: 2024 UK General Election Thread
Replies: 131
Views: 7274

Re: 2024 UK General Election Thread

There are different ways to get PR, but probably the most realistic in the UK is Single Transferable Vote (STV). You'd have larger constituencies (maybe 5 or 6 MPs per constituency) so a mini PR election (rather than nationwide). The most popular candidate would still be elected but not simply the ...
by Marc Meakin
Sat Jul 06, 2024 3:30 pm
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: Interesting things that aren't necessarily completely obvious
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Views: 9401

Re: Interesting things that aren't necessarily completely obvious

Mark James wrote: Sat Jul 06, 2024 10:21 am The last time every human was on Earth was October 31st 2000. Since then there has always been someone in space.
That got me wondering about how many dead people are floating in space.
by Marc Meakin
Sat Jul 06, 2024 5:01 am
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: 2024 UK General Election Thread
Replies: 131
Views: 7274

Re: 2024 UK General Election Thread

I think The Lib dems were the only party to get the same number of seats as their share of the vote
by Marc Meakin
Fri Jul 05, 2024 8:28 pm
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: 2024 UK General Election Thread
Replies: 131
Views: 7274

Re: 2024 UK General Election Thread

AV was always a miserable little compromise and is nothing to do with proportional representation really. Also 2011 is a long time ago now, and loudmouth Farage might do one good thing in his life and bang on about this issue now he's an MP. Maybe in 7 years we can go again as its a once in a gener...
by Marc Meakin
Fri Jul 05, 2024 7:28 pm
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Topic: 2024 UK General Election Thread
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Re: 2024 UK General Election Thread

Wes Streeting nearly lost his seat and Labour lost a few seats because of Gaza . And also this is the biggest gap ever between the share of seats and share of votes for the winning party. There's no real legitimacy for this landside. Just a symptom of our broken electoral system. It's always likely...
by Marc Meakin
Fri Jul 05, 2024 4:19 pm
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: 2024 UK General Election Thread
Replies: 131
Views: 7274

Re: 2024 UK General Election Thread

How many recounts at West Thurrock (my old hunting ground in the 1990s)
I mean 5 votes is 5 votes
by Marc Meakin
Fri Jul 05, 2024 11:38 am
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Topic: 2024 UK General Election Thread
Replies: 131
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Re: 2024 UK General Election Thread

Felt a little bit sorry for Penny Mordant as amshe comes across as a lot better than most of the others though she probably didn't do herself any favours shouting over Angela Rayner during the debates.

Great to see Reece - Mogg lose his seat in this year's Portillo moment
by Marc Meakin
Fri Jul 05, 2024 9:14 am
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: 2024 UK General Election Thread
Replies: 131
Views: 7274

Re: 2024 UK General Election Thread

Labour's vote share went up by 2% compared to 2019 with Corbyn. It's nothing they did. Tories are down by 20%. Edit - BBC saying Labour on 35%. Wikipedia says 32.1% in 2019. 40% in 2017 - also under Corbyn. Given what the Tories have lost, you would expect at least some of those to go to Labour. Gi...
by Marc Meakin
Thu Jul 04, 2024 1:45 pm
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: What TV programmes have you been watching lately?
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Re: What TV programmes have you been watching lately?

I'm not sure Control Alt Esc had quite the 12 Days of Christine vibes. It has a fairly similar premise obviously, but I don't see it as having quite the same impact on people. Interestingly on this forum, Love's Great Adventure seemed to get quite a reaction, but on the IMDb list it's only 44th out...
by Marc Meakin
Thu Jul 04, 2024 8:46 am
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: 2024 UK General Election Thread
Replies: 131
Views: 7274

Re: 2024 UK General Election Thread

I'm crap at predictions but I predict the Tories to win less than 80 seats
by Marc Meakin
Wed Jul 03, 2024 9:39 pm
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Topic: 2024 UK General Election Thread
Replies: 131
Views: 7274

Re: 2024 UK General Election Thread

Gavin Chipper wrote: Wed Jul 03, 2024 9:16 pm My MP has been going round the constituency.
Is he gonna lose his seat do you think ?
by Marc Meakin
Wed Jul 03, 2024 5:56 pm
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Topic: 2024 UK General Election Thread
Replies: 131
Views: 7274

Re: 2024 UK General Election Thread

A small part of me is upset that England. are winning as my favourite joke about England players being told not to vote to save further embarrassment as they are unlikely to find the box let alone put a cross in it .

But England MEN only win trophies under a Labour government
by Marc Meakin
Wed Jul 03, 2024 5:41 pm
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: What TV programmes have you been watching lately?
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Re: What TV programmes have you been watching lately?

Zanzibar is by far the cleverest one. BTW did you get a 12 days of Christine vibe with Control Alt Esc.? A Quiet Night in is great to rewatch too I only recently found out that Oona Chaplin was in it. Nice touch. What did you think of the final episode Plodding on ?. I'm going back to The League of ...
by Marc Meakin
Wed Jul 03, 2024 5:33 pm
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: The C4C Football Thread
Replies: 1298
Views: 235317

Re: The C4C Football Thread

Jon O'Neill wrote: Tue Jul 02, 2024 10:09 pm
Callum Todd wrote: Fri Jun 07, 2024 4:57 amI'm a fan.
Still?
Interesting stat is that Southgate has won more tournament knock out games as England manager than every other England manager COMBINED.
Yet he is a still a disappointment.

Maybe on Saturday he will finally go for it
by Marc Meakin
Tue Jul 02, 2024 4:59 pm
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Topic: The C4C Football Thread
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Views: 235317

Re: The C4C Football Thread

Spain and Austria should be the final based on performance so far

But I have an Inkling it will be Portugal v England
by Marc Meakin
Sun Jun 30, 2024 5:17 am
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: Words and expressions that grind your gears
Replies: 121
Views: 25982

Re: Words and expressions that grind your gears

Pregnant people .
What is wrong with saying expectant mothers ffs
by Marc Meakin
Sat Jun 29, 2024 11:07 am
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: Unpopular opinions you genuinely hold
Replies: 379
Views: 202429

Re: Unpopular opinions you genuinely hold

I think paying for a face to face with GP would ensure no appointments are missed.
Obviously you should get your money back if you turn up
by Marc Meakin
Fri Jun 28, 2024 6:13 pm
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: What TV programmes have you been watching lately?
Replies: 784
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Re: What TV programmes have you been watching lately?

Douglas Is Cancelled. Binged it on ITV X Very well made series (4 x 42 minute episodes ) that's more about the Me too movementthan cancelling per se. Thedialogye is cracking and the last episode was almost like Sorkins Newsroom. Karen Gillan and Hugh Bonneville are excellent here and the support is ...
by Marc Meakin
Fri Jun 28, 2024 2:43 pm
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Topic: Unpopular opinions you genuinely hold
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People can still be friends with somebody who has differing politics to them- political tribalism that’s ever so prevalent in this country at the moment harms everyone. I hate the Tories- let’s be honest- but I find they’re more willing to discuss topics with those of opposing viewpoints than the l...