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by Marc Meakin
Wed Apr 25, 2018 12:15 pm
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: Book recommendations
Replies: 9
Views: 171

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: 171

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: 171

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: 171

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: 171

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: 324

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: 324

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: 69
Views: 7289

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: 324

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: 324

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: 69
Views: 7289

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: 666

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: 666

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: 336

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: 164
Views: 16674

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: 666

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: 69
Views: 7289

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: 286
Views: 25784

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: 488
Views: 45352

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: 345

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: 666

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: 666

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...
by Marc Meakin
Thu Apr 19, 2018 7:15 pm
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: Questions you've always wanted answered
Replies: 488
Views: 45352

Re: Questions you've always wanted answered

Mark Deeks wrote:
Thu Apr 19, 2018 7:08 pm
Possibly. Gevin, get to it.
Is this some kind of pennance for dissing Nick Hewer in the spoilers thread ?
by Marc Meakin
Thu Apr 19, 2018 7:01 pm
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: Podcasts
Replies: 2
Views: 345

Podcasts

I have been watching Richard Herring's podcasts over the last couple of months and they are very funny. The latest one I've been watching is the one with Brian Blessed. Its very funny indeed. ( Pretty much anything with Brian Blessed in is gold ). So I was wondering which podcasts you've been watchi...
by Marc Meakin
Thu Apr 19, 2018 5:53 pm
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: Questions you've always wanted answered
Replies: 488
Views: 45352

Re: Questions you've always wanted answered

When you walk on gravel or pavements or something a bit painful in bare feet, why do you move your arms more? I had no idea that was a thing. I mean, if I'm alone in this, OK, but I really think it is one. Try and see - crush up some glass, walk on it, and report back. I think it definitely is a na...
by Marc Meakin
Thu Apr 19, 2018 2:49 pm
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: Music Covers
Replies: 25
Views: 666

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. That would up there for me. Boyzone/Ronan Keating have made a career out of doing cover versions, each one...
by Marc Meakin
Thu Apr 19, 2018 2:46 pm
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: Music Covers
Replies: 25
Views: 666

Re: Music Covers

Worst Covers , for me include Tom Jones's version of Kiss , The Pet Shop Version of Always on My Mind ( to be honest nothing comes close to Willie Nelson's version ) , Guns and Roses murdering Live and Let Die also pissed me off. Notable covers I've recently discovered included Radiohead's cover of ...
by Marc Meakin
Wed Apr 18, 2018 8:54 pm
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: Music Covers
Replies: 25
Views: 666

Re: Music Covers

I guess most of his songs work best as poetry.
Paul Simon is my favourite folk artist both lyrically and musically.
My favourite Dylan cover is A Hard Rain is Gonna Fall by Roxy Music.
by Marc Meakin
Wed Apr 18, 2018 8:24 pm
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: Music Covers
Replies: 25
Views: 666

Re: Music Covers

I wouldn't go so far to say it's better than the original but I always liked the metal version of Depeche Mode's Everything Counts by In Flames. Pretty much every cover of a Bob Dylan song is better than the original. That's because Dylan, bless him, can't sing. Granted, though, as a songwriter he'...
by Marc Meakin
Wed Apr 18, 2018 5:47 pm
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: Music Covers
Replies: 25
Views: 666

Music Covers

Sorry if it's been done before . I was listening to Colin Murray's Blood on the Tracks. (Worth a listen on the radio iPlayer ) One of the questions was name a Cover ,better than the original. Johnny Cash's Hurt springs to mind as does Joe Cocker's raw version of A Little Help from my Friends But I w...
by Marc Meakin
Wed Apr 18, 2018 3:42 pm
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: REALLY obvious things you've just realised
Replies: 164
Views: 16674

Re: REALLY obvious things you've just realised

Martin Hurst wrote:
Wed Apr 18, 2018 2:58 pm
"Brunch" is a replacement for breakfast and lunch, not in addition to breakfast and lunch.
Linner never really caught on nor Tupper
by Marc Meakin
Wed Apr 18, 2018 8:29 am
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: Questions you've always wanted answered
Replies: 488
Views: 45352

Re: Questions you've always wanted answered

Mark Deeks wrote:
Wed Apr 18, 2018 1:33 am
When you walk on gravel or pavements or something a bit painful in bare feet, why do you move your arms more?
I'm guessing it's a balance reflex
by Marc Meakin
Tue Apr 17, 2018 3:32 pm
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: Stand-up comedy
Replies: 30
Views: 1039

Re: Stand-up comedy

With all that whipping and cruelty, no wonder they have a long face
by Marc Meakin
Tue Apr 17, 2018 3:32 am
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: Stand-up comedy
Replies: 30
Views: 1039

Re: Stand-up comedy

I too found Richard Prior to be not that funny I much prefer Robin Williams stand up. Don't take much notice of Comedians recommendations as they are a bit hit and miss ( similar with Authors that do the same ) I prefer word of mouth from friends. Also I've seldom seen a female comic that consistent...
by Marc Meakin
Mon Apr 16, 2018 4:23 pm
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: Is the Grand National cruel to horses
Replies: 6
Views: 488

Re: Is the Grand National cruel to horses

What about other equestrian events then ?
Or is all sport involving animals cruel because they are not doing it willingly ( in spite of my apparent nativity about my riderless horse argument ) ?
by Marc Meakin
Mon Apr 16, 2018 2:32 pm
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: Is the Grand National cruel to horses
Replies: 6
Views: 488

Is the Grand National cruel to horses

Had a heated debate with my student daughter about animal cruelty. We agreed on most things especially how bad animals are treated in China. But when she spouted that the Grand National was cruel to horses, I countered with the argument that many horses that have unseated their jockeys still gladly ...
by Marc Meakin
Mon Apr 16, 2018 9:41 am
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: Stand-up comedy
Replies: 30
Views: 1039

Re: Stand-up comedy

Stewart Francis can make me howl occasionally. I do still agree with the general phenomenon that it's harder to be blown away by a constant barrage of one-liner jokes, but he can really make me laugh. Tim Vine, just... no tbh. I think it must be something about that family, cos Jeremy does my fucki...
by Marc Meakin
Mon Apr 16, 2018 9:37 am
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: Marmite people.
Replies: 4
Views: 483

Re: Marmite people.

Am I allowed to say that Gary Glitter was one of the best concerts I ever went to? [/quote Well you can't erase history ( although the BBC are giving it a go ). You can hate the man but like his Art. Woody Allen and Roman Polanski spring to mind I love Kevin Spacey's acting and who didn't love watc...
by Marc Meakin
Mon Apr 16, 2018 5:18 am
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: Netflix reboots
Replies: 6
Views: 622

Re: Netflix reboots

How about coming up with new stuff? Nothing wrong with new stuff, if it's original like Counterpart. It might be an age thing but some of the best stuff of days gone by might look good with a modern makeover i.e. using technology to improve its look. A bit like the brilliant 8 bit computer games th...
by Marc Meakin
Sun Apr 15, 2018 4:20 pm
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: Netflix reboots
Replies: 6
Views: 622

Re: Netflix reboots

I was thinking Utopia would have been a good reboot set in America, then I read David Fincher was all set to make it for Netflix but he asked for too big a budget. Shame, as it was one of my favourite channel 4 box sets ever
by Marc Meakin
Sun Apr 15, 2018 11:58 am
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: Marmite people.
Replies: 4
Views: 483

Marmite people.

After Zarte's comment about Tim Vine, it got me thinking about Celebs and shows who you like that most people don't and vice versa. For example, I think Harry Hill is hilarious but a lot of people I know don't find him funny. Similarly I can't abide Keith Lemon and yet I thought Bo Selecta was hilar...
by Marc Meakin
Sun Apr 15, 2018 11:15 am
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: Stand-up comedy
Replies: 30
Views: 1039

Re: Stand-up comedy

Genuinely don't understand how anyone enjoys Tim Vine... That's my only real noteworthy thought on this thread. Just that. End of anecdote 🙂 I think there are two main types of stand ups, joke tellers and story tellers. I think now Ken Dodds dead, Time Vine can take the reigns of king of the one li...
by Marc Meakin
Sat Apr 14, 2018 6:16 pm
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: Netflix reboots
Replies: 6
Views: 622

Netflix reboots

I see Netflix has rebooted Lost in Space and was wondering about over shows that could do with being remade.
Like Catweazel or Worzel Gummidge or maybe Blake's 7.
Do you have any shows that you would like to see redone ?
by Marc Meakin
Sat Apr 14, 2018 2:16 pm
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: MEAKIN THREAD
Replies: 57
Views: 4643

Re: MEAKIN THREAD

The best play that I've seen on film is Man of Earth.
Its not technically a play but it is mainly in one room.
Its a cerebral Sci Fi. Its worth checking out but not the pointless sequel Holocene
by Marc Meakin
Sat Apr 14, 2018 9:14 am
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: MEAKIN THREAD
Replies: 57
Views: 4643

Re: MEAKIN THREAD

Continuing a voyage around live entertainment. What's your favourite poet or ventriloquist 😁 ......no but seriously. What's your favourite play or live musical. My favourite play is Glengarry Glenross although I did enjoy Death of a Salesman. I've seen Les Miserables countless times ( my daughters w...
by Marc Meakin
Fri Apr 13, 2018 5:50 pm
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: Stand-up comedy
Replies: 30
Views: 1039

Re: Stand-up comedy

Tim Minchin and Bill Bailey are probably the best musical comics.
Of course back in the day Jasper Carrott wasn't too bad.

Another comic good at the one liners is Stu Francis ( the Canadian, not the British one )
by Marc Meakin
Fri Apr 13, 2018 5:05 pm
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: Stand-up comedy
Replies: 30
Views: 1039

Re: Stand-up comedy

Sean Locke is less funny at stand up since he has been on panel shows.
People like Milton Jones is still good live but he limits his panel show appearances.
I think some people have funny bones and consistently make me laugh like Johnny Vegas or Bill Bailey.
by Marc Meakin
Fri Apr 13, 2018 4:44 pm
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: MEAKIN THREAD
Replies: 57
Views: 4643

Re: MEAKIN THREAD

I am of the belief that funny is funny regardless of background. Jimmy Carr is not my favourite person but he can still make me laugh. The only other panel show comics I like are Sean Locke and Milton Jones. Some of the funniest stand up routines are by people playing characters like Paul Calf and C...
by Marc Meakin
Fri Apr 13, 2018 3:10 pm
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: MEAKIN THREAD
Replies: 57
Views: 4643

Re: MEAKIN THREAD

I only mentioned Ricky Gervais because he must have seen Stewart Lee a few times as he seems to be nicking his style. There are very few comedians I've seen that I can say I don't like. Michael McIntyre, for instance can be quite funny as can Peter Kay. I don't mind a bit of Harry Hill (Btw the firs...
by Marc Meakin
Fri Apr 13, 2018 8:29 am
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: MEAKIN THREAD
Replies: 57
Views: 4643

Re: MEAKIN THREAD

Seinfeld is a genius.
I forgot to mention Stewart Lee, he is great.
Ricky Gervais must like him too.
Will check out Norm McDonald over the weekend.

Also remember seeing Bob Monkhouse when I was a teenager and he was excellent.
by Marc Meakin
Thu Apr 12, 2018 9:05 pm
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: Deathwatch 2018
Replies: 69
Views: 7289

Re: Deathwatch 2018

Aaron Ramsay has just scored, watch this space ......
by Marc Meakin
Thu Apr 12, 2018 8:09 pm
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: MEAKIN THREAD
Replies: 57
Views: 4643

Re: MEAKIN THREAD

Want to start a thread (apologies if one has been started previously ) about comedy gigs either live or on DVD/Netflix etc. Just watched James Acaster's Repertoire on Netflix, very clever and funny in parts. Favourite live comedian I have seen is Frank Skinner Favourite DVD was of Robin Williams. Wo...
by Marc Meakin
Mon Apr 09, 2018 10:30 pm
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: What films have you watched lately?
Replies: 127
Views: 14581

Re: What films have you watched lately?

A Quiet Place.
Brilliant use of sound and silence to create tension.
I urge you to see it.
But don't take any noisy snacks or sit near anyone eating them
by Marc Meakin
Fri Apr 06, 2018 3:43 pm
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: Deathwatch 2018
Replies: 69
Views: 7289

Re: Deathwatch 2018

Mark James wrote:
Fri Apr 06, 2018 11:54 am
Aaron Ramsey strikes again.
I believe that's 16 now.
I think there's a Ramsaycurse# on the twattersphere
by Marc Meakin
Fri Apr 06, 2018 4:29 am
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: Deathwatch 2018
Replies: 69
Views: 7289

Re: Deathwatch 2018

Marc Meakin wrote:
Fri Apr 06, 2018 3:56 am
Genuinely gutted.
He was a legend
I meant Eric Bristow, although Isao Takahata will be missed too
by Marc Meakin
Fri Apr 06, 2018 3:56 am
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: Deathwatch 2018
Replies: 69
Views: 7289

Re: Deathwatch 2018

Genuinely gutted.
He was a legend
by Marc Meakin
Wed Apr 04, 2018 8:59 pm
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: What TV programmes have you been watching lately?
Replies: 286
Views: 25784

Re: What TV programmes have you been watching lately?

We have watched episode 1 which we enjoyed, though it's not always totally easy to pick up the thick dialogue. Will get round to more but haven't done in the past month for some reason. Recently we busted through 11.22.63 which had your typical Stephen King plotholes in it but we still enjoyed and ...
by Marc Meakin
Tue Apr 03, 2018 11:17 am
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: What TV programmes have you been watching lately?
Replies: 286
Views: 25784

Re: What TV programmes have you been watching lately?

Also don't forget to watch the Film version.
It was made in 2016 and is set in 2007 .
Still very funny although I recommend you watch the series first
by Marc Meakin
Tue Apr 03, 2018 3:59 am
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: What TV programmes have you been watching lately?
Replies: 286
Views: 25784

Re: What TV programmes have you been watching lately?

Finished watching The Young Offenders. Cant praise it highly enough. Cant remember the last time a series has made me laugh out loud and cry like a baby so much. I urge you to watch it. Cant wait for a second series. This. The full series is on iPlayer for at least another couple of months so do yo...