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by Marc Meakin
Wed Oct 17, 2018 4:03 pm
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: What TV programmes have you been watching lately?
Replies: 316
Views: 48916

Re: What TV programmes have you been watching lately?

"The Haunting of Hill House" on Netflix. The Haunting (1963) scared the bejeezus out of me when I first saw it, aged 11. It scared me again when I saw it for a second time,7 years later. This series stays loyal to the original film, and adds a few more layers too. I'm on episode 5 of 10, and enjoyi...
by Marc Meakin
Wed Oct 17, 2018 3:56 am
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: Moon Landings ,fake?
Replies: 17
Views: 693

Re: Moon Landings ,fake?

Stolen from another poster on another forum. "Attempts of proof are frequently met with obdurate denials. Take a look at the denial of the tobacco companies regarding the demonstrations that their products caused cancer as an example. It is abundantly clear that deniers will not readily admit their...
by Marc Meakin
Tue Oct 16, 2018 4:16 pm
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: Can you swim?
Replies: 56
Views: 2058

Re: Can you swim?

Just on Gev's falling into the road comparison: "The Road Safety Authority of Ireland (RSA) analysis revealed there were 313 pedestrians killed on Irish roads between 2008 and 2015" (from the Irish Times, sorry can't get the link to work) Between the same period there were 488 accidental drownings....
by Marc Meakin
Tue Oct 16, 2018 8:39 am
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: Can you swim?
Replies: 56
Views: 2058

Re: Can you swim?

Swimming is ridiculous, and this has really made me reconsider you as a person. Getting wet is just annoying and swimming is one of the most overrated activities in the world. People try to make out that learning to swim is essential and that you might need to know how to swim in case you randomly ...
by Marc Meakin
Tue Oct 16, 2018 7:12 am
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: What films have you watched lately?
Replies: 178
Views: 28891

Re: What films have you watched lately?

Saw First Man last night. Brilliant piece of cinematography and the best use of a theramin in a music score ever Anyone interested in the moon landings should watch it. Ryan Gosling really is a fine actor . Clare Foy was a revelation. If you only see one film at the cinema this year, Then I recommen...
by Marc Meakin
Tue Oct 16, 2018 7:08 am
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: Can you swim?
Replies: 56
Views: 2058

Re: Can you swim?

Just on Gev's falling into the road comparison: "The Road Safety Authority of Ireland (RSA) analysis revealed there were 313 pedestrians killed on Irish roads between 2008 and 2015" (from the Irish Times, sorry can't get the link to work) Between the same period there were 488 accidental drownings....
by Marc Meakin
Mon Oct 15, 2018 7:05 pm
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: An appropriate question
Replies: 7
Views: 756

Re: An appropriate question

Check your spam folder
by Marc Meakin
Mon Oct 15, 2018 8:45 am
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: Can you swim?
Replies: 56
Views: 2058

Re: Can you swim?

Criminal Prosecution. It means Jason is posting to us from prison. Consider it a trial run for the next lot of posts from Richard Brittain. Wow. I like swimming by the way. I used to be pretty good (I remember doing 50 lengths for a BHF sponsored swim when I was young enough that 50 lengths was dec...
by Marc Meakin
Sun Oct 14, 2018 7:56 pm
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: Moon Landings ,fake?
Replies: 17
Views: 693

Re: Moon Landings ,fake?

Gavin Chipper wrote:
Sun Oct 14, 2018 7:36 pm
Unfortunately a lot of the stuff was deleted, but there's also this thread.
Those were the days.
RB DoD , Jon Corby and Charlie.
Pure Bantz as my daughter would say
by Marc Meakin
Sun Oct 14, 2018 12:44 pm
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: Moon Landings ,fake?
Replies: 17
Views: 693

Re: Moon Landings ,fake?

I want a reality show made where the flat earth society member search for the end of the earth. My work colleague believes the 9/11 was a conspiracy because the FBI wanted to see the CIA get a bloody nose due to the lack of shared intelligence in previous terrorist activities. Although having read a...
by Marc Meakin
Sat Oct 13, 2018 3:06 pm
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: Moon Landings ,fake?
Replies: 17
Views: 693

Re: Moon Landings ,fake?

You will be pleased to know he has accepted that he may have been a bit hasty.
He is now concentrating on convincing people tgat Princess Diana was murdered by M15.
by Marc Meakin
Sat Oct 13, 2018 3:43 am
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: Moon Landings ,fake?
Replies: 17
Views: 693

Re: Moon Landings ,fake?

Thank you Graham. Can you , though give a good reason why, for example NASA won't go send anybody up no more. I mean it's 50 years next July, since the moon landings , wouldn't it be good to go back once more. My theory is that it's so dangerous that it was a miracle that the other landings were so ...
by Marc Meakin
Fri Oct 12, 2018 8:02 pm
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: Moon Landings ,fake?
Replies: 17
Views: 693

Moon Landings ,fake?

I have been having a heated debate at work with a young collegue who insists the moon landings were fake. I remember nearly fifty years ago staying up to see the first man on the moon as a six year old. I wanted to ask you clever people, what I could say to shut him up once and for all I suggested a...
by Marc Meakin
Thu Oct 11, 2018 9:23 am
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: Things you can't do that it always seems like everyone else can
Replies: 80
Views: 12942

Re: Things you can't do that it always seems like everyone else can

I'm sure the bobble variety works for most people
by Marc Meakin
Tue Oct 09, 2018 8:37 pm
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: How much do you tip?
Replies: 14
Views: 993

Re: How much do you tip?

Yes. To carry it from the kitchen to the table? Tap water must take no effort compared to a bottle of wine. Silver service will be expected to carry more at once, to pay more attention to angling direction, to have spent more on their work uniform etc. - not using this as an argument against your c...
by Marc Meakin
Sun Oct 07, 2018 5:35 pm
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: How much do you tip?
Replies: 14
Views: 993

Re: How much do you tip?

I will leave cash only . Usually a fiver if it's just the two of us. So it's usually more than 10 percent. I don't leave tips on a card payment. The concept of tipping for me is I only tip Cab drivers , Hairdressers hotel maids and waiting staff. In America you are made to feel you have to tip every...
by Marc Meakin
Sat Oct 06, 2018 6:50 pm
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: Deathwatch 2018
Replies: 112
Views: 23629

Re: Deathwatch 2018

Ray Galton legendary sit com writer
by Marc Meakin
Mon Oct 01, 2018 3:47 pm
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: Deathwatch 2018
Replies: 112
Views: 23629

Re: Deathwatch 2018

Charles Aznavour
by Marc Meakin
Mon Sep 24, 2018 4:36 pm
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: How many UK cities have you been to?
Replies: 43
Views: 3512

Re: How many UK cities have you been to?

Twenty nine
All the Welsh ones but none of the northern Irish ones
by Marc Meakin
Sun Sep 23, 2018 6:22 pm
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: Stuff I want to know for if I get onto countdown .
Replies: 6
Views: 767

Re: Stuff I want to know for if I get onto countdown .

That's ok it's just more Countdowns will look at that category
by Marc Meakin
Sun Sep 23, 2018 1:49 pm
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: Stuff I want to know for if I get onto countdown .
Replies: 6
Views: 767

Re: Stuff I want to know for if I get onto countdown .

This is the off topic category for everything NOT related to Countdown
You should post it in the first category
by Marc Meakin
Sun Sep 23, 2018 7:06 am
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: Stuff I want to know for if I get onto countdown .
Replies: 6
Views: 767

Re: Stuff I want to know for if I get onto countdown .

I think you need to post this in the correct category
by Marc Meakin
Mon Sep 17, 2018 2:49 pm
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: What films have you watched lately?
Replies: 178
Views: 28891

Re: What films have you watched lately?

Just watched King of thieves.
Very shout and sweary and not historically inaccurate but I still enjoyed it.
Also watched American Animals.
Superb Heist movie with a documentary feel to it
by Marc Meakin
Thu Sep 13, 2018 3:40 pm
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: What films have you watched lately?
Replies: 178
Views: 28891

Re: What films have you watched lately?

This week I've seen three films Oceans 8, surprisingly good, but it's no Widows ( one for next month ) MI 6. Best action movie I've seen in a long time. Some of the stunts Tom Cruise did were incredible the HALO jump and the Helicopter chase were out of this world. Tag..quite good considering its si...
by Marc Meakin
Sun Sep 09, 2018 7:34 pm
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: What TV programmes have you been watching lately?
Replies: 316
Views: 48916

Re: What TV programmes have you been watching lately?

Ben Wilson wrote:
Sun Sep 09, 2018 2:19 pm
Safe, an 8-part miniseries on Netflix starring Michael C. 'Dexter' Hall doing a passable English accent. Highly recommended (the show, the accent less so).
That's the Harlan Coben one isn't it
It's on my Netflix list.
Doh, just seen your link
by Marc Meakin
Sun Sep 09, 2018 7:32 pm
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: Favourite Bond Theme?
Replies: 6
Views: 946

Re: Favourite Bond Theme?

No particular order.
All the time in the world by Louis Armstrong from On her Majesty's Secret Service
For Your Eyes Only by Sheena Easton
The Spy Who Loved me by Carly Simon
Goldfinger by Shirley Bassey
Goldeneye by Tina Turner
by Marc Meakin
Thu Sep 06, 2018 6:32 pm
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: What films have you watched lately?
Replies: 178
Views: 28891

Re: What films have you watched lately?

Just watched Upgrade, a thoroughly entertaining low budget sci Fi.
The best compliment I can give it is to say it's like a feature length black mirror with violence
by Marc Meakin
Thu Sep 06, 2018 6:30 pm
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: Lunch at Breakfast time
Replies: 8
Views: 894

Re: Lunch at Breakfast time

I tend to only really eat breakfast at breakfast time is when I'm on holiday
by Marc Meakin
Wed Sep 05, 2018 5:21 pm
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: Do you watch foreign language movies ?
Replies: 7
Views: 1014

Re: Do you watch foreign language movies ?

I watched Alpha recently about prehistoric man and his bond with dogs.It was in a made up language with subtitles
by Marc Meakin
Wed Sep 05, 2018 8:42 am
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: Lunch at Breakfast time
Replies: 8
Views: 894

Re: Lunch at Breakfast time

Problem I have is I can't wake up get washed and dressed and then eat a breakfast.
I have always needed a couple of hours between waking up and eating.
Although weirdly enough I have no problem with eating a meal just prior to sleeping
by Marc Meakin
Wed Sep 05, 2018 3:45 am
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: Lunch at Breakfast time
Replies: 8
Views: 894

Lunch at Breakfast time

I have to leave for work around 4 and I don't get a break at work until around ten.
I quite often eat a curry or soup as my brain thinks it's lunchtime .
Other people I work with can't get their heads around that and think it weird that I don't eat a breakfast.
Is it really that odd?
by Marc Meakin
Wed Sep 05, 2018 3:29 am
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: What films have you watched lately?
Replies: 178
Views: 28891

Re: What films have you watched lately?

I watched The Thing the other day. Thought it was quite good. A bit silly really, but entertaining enough. One of my favourite Sci-fi films. It's almost like a whodunnit with special effects. That film is 25 years old and the special effects still look superb. The Thing was released in 1982, so 36 ...
by Marc Meakin
Tue Sep 04, 2018 3:37 pm
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: What films have you watched lately?
Replies: 178
Views: 28891

Re: What films have you watched lately?

Gavin Chipper wrote:
Tue Sep 04, 2018 1:59 pm
I watched The Thing the other day. Thought it was quite good. A bit silly really, but entertaining enough.
One of my favourite Sci-fi films.
It's almost like a whodunnit with special effects.
That film is 25 years old and the special effects still look superb.
by Marc Meakin
Mon Sep 03, 2018 12:14 pm
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: What films have you watched lately?
Replies: 178
Views: 28891

Re: What films have you watched lately?

Ian Volante wrote:
Mon Sep 03, 2018 11:44 am
I watched The original Omen and the remake on Friday. Marginally prefer the original, I think it did the atmospherics better.
Not seen the remake.
The music in the original Omen was epic
by Marc Meakin
Mon Sep 03, 2018 9:02 am
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: What films have you watched lately?
Replies: 178
Views: 28891

Re: What films have you watched lately?

Just watched Hereditary very good horror movie that looked at bit rushed at the end.

Also saw Ghost Stories a very good British horror film that's quite clever, made by Derren Brown's mate
by Marc Meakin
Sun Aug 26, 2018 4:33 pm
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: Deathwatch 2018
Replies: 112
Views: 23629

Re: Deathwatch 2018

Neil Simon
by Marc Meakin
Thu Aug 23, 2018 2:31 pm
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: Do you watch foreign language movies ?
Replies: 7
Views: 1014

Re: Do you watch foreign language movies ?

yeah, a lot. Don't mind subtitles (much prefer them over a bad dub), to the point where I often subtitle stuff in languages I can understand in case I miss a word or something to save me scrolling back a few seconds or whatever every time How many languages can you understand?! I often watch stuff ...
by Marc Meakin
Thu Aug 23, 2018 2:28 pm
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: The Irish Question
Replies: 29
Views: 1947

Re: The Irish Question

I'm guessing as I am not he, that he assumed the guilty parties name would not be known AFTER the verdict
by Marc Meakin
Thu Aug 23, 2018 11:09 am
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: The Irish Question
Replies: 29
Views: 1947

Re: The Irish Question

Name the defendants as there was little justification in keeping the defendants names secret .
by Marc Meakin
Thu Aug 23, 2018 3:20 am
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: Do you watch foreign language movies ?
Replies: 7
Views: 1014

Re: Do you watch foreign language movies ?

Did like Run Lola Run.. (visual films are better if you have to read subtitles.

Apocalyptico is good until the last scene when the Spanish turn up
The usual Mel Gibson directed anachronisms... see Braveheart for better examples
by Marc Meakin
Thu Aug 23, 2018 12:46 am
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: Do you watch foreign language movies ?
Replies: 7
Views: 1014

Do you watch foreign language movies ?

I've just watched two brilliant films recently. Oldboy a Korean twisted revenge thriller and Incendies, an amazing film , in French, set in the Middle East, which does more to show the horrors of religious conflict than anything I've seen in years. I usually avoid foreign language films as I was too...
by Marc Meakin
Wed Aug 22, 2018 10:04 pm
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: What films have you watched lately?
Replies: 178
Views: 28891

Re: What films have you watched lately?

Just Watched the original version of Oldboy.
Fantasticly twisted film.
I will watch the other films in the Vengeance trilogy ( this is the second one ) as they are anthology rather than episodic
by Marc Meakin
Wed Aug 22, 2018 7:11 pm
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: The Irish Question
Replies: 29
Views: 1947

Re: The Irish Question

Fascinating read. However misguided, I can understand why he did it but not agree with the way went about it. Reporting restrictions and anonymity of defedent's is always a difficult issue. I think , however unless children are among the defendants or Terrorism is involved, I find it difficult to ac...
by Marc Meakin
Tue Aug 21, 2018 5:55 pm
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: How often do you go to the toilet?
Replies: 18
Views: 1217

Re: How often do you go to the toilet?

Also whilst we are talking toilet habits.
Am I the only one who can take a shit and then after I have wiped and washed my hands, can then immediately take a piss.
Maybe it's an age thing
by Marc Meakin
Tue Aug 21, 2018 5:47 pm
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: How often do you go to the toilet?
Replies: 18
Views: 1217

Re: How often do you go to the toilet?

It has been brought to my attention that I rarely go to the toilet. It began when I went to Los Angeles on a work trip and went the entire way from baggage drop-off to baggage reclaim without going for a wee. (Hopefully one day I get sent to Australia and do the same. The idea of going from London ...
by Marc Meakin
Tue Aug 21, 2018 3:52 pm
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: The Irish Question
Replies: 29
Views: 1947

Re: The Irish Question

Yes! This!! This is why C o C law exists!!! Championship of Champions? The alignment of Paisley and Adams with Farage made me laugh. Paisley of old (I assume you’re talking about Sr.) obviously used to just spew a lot of hate filled bile, but in his later years, he definitely did a lot to remedy so...
by Marc Meakin
Tue Aug 21, 2018 11:22 am
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: The Irish Question
Replies: 29
Views: 1947

Re: The Irish Question

No Not taking the piss. But from my understanding he read out a statement , which was filmed , about the case from the BBC website AFTER the Trial had ended and the Jury was considering its verdict. But if this statement is not fact then I will drop the matter. I still feel that there is a general a...
by Marc Meakin
Tue Aug 21, 2018 8:47 am
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: How often do you go to the toilet?
Replies: 18
Views: 1217

Re: How often do you go to the toilet?

I average 2.5 just for a no 2.
I usually go for a wee every 3 hours, but I drink a fair bit of coffee
by Marc Meakin
Tue Aug 21, 2018 8:45 am
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: The Irish Question
Replies: 29
Views: 1947

Re: The Irish Question

Why should a contempt of court arrest, (which the defendant pleaded guilty to) make the news? Just because the defendant is somewhat famous and backed by a crowd of morons? There's probably loads of contempt of court cases that will never make the news. It was only the protests that made it newswor...
by Marc Meakin
Tue Aug 21, 2018 4:27 am
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: The Irish Question
Replies: 29
Views: 1947

Re: The Irish Question

I can recommend Cavan as a nice place to visit in Ulster ( one of the three in the Republic ). On a not disimilar theme with regards news reporting, I couldn't believe the virtual news black out of all the protests etc about the Incarceration of slightly right of centre, Tommy Robinson shocked me a...
by Marc Meakin
Sun Aug 19, 2018 1:55 pm
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: Deathwatch 2018
Replies: 112
Views: 23629

Re: Deathwatch 2018

Gavin Chipper wrote:
Sun Aug 19, 2018 8:07 am
Kofi Annan.
That might Ghana some interest
by Marc Meakin
Thu Aug 16, 2018 8:02 pm
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: Deathwatch 2018
Replies: 112
Views: 23629

Re: Deathwatch 2018

Gavin Chipper wrote:
Thu Aug 16, 2018 4:20 pm
Aretha Franklin. I wonder if she died of a urinary tract infection.
Show a little RESPECT
by Marc Meakin
Wed Aug 15, 2018 7:52 pm
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: The Irish Question
Replies: 29
Views: 1947

Re: The Irish Question

On a not disimilar theme with regards news reporting, I couldn't believe the virtual news black out of all the protests etc about the Incarceration of slightly right of centre, Tommy Robinson shocked me as I remember when the Soviet Union and China suppressed news coverage I thought the people of t...
by Marc Meakin
Wed Aug 15, 2018 2:45 pm
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: The Irish Question
Replies: 29
Views: 1947

Re: The Irish Question

I can recommend Cavan as a nice place to visit in Ulster ( one of the three in the Republic ). On a not disimilar theme with regards news reporting, I couldn't believe the virtual news black out of all the protests etc about the Incarceration of slightly right of centre, Tommy Robinson shocked me as...
by Marc Meakin
Mon Aug 13, 2018 3:27 pm
Forum: Countdown - General
Topic: Looking to sell my laptop prize
Replies: 11
Views: 1957

Re: Looking to sell my laptop prize

I reckon you'd have no trouble finding a good home when you go to the CofCs....looking at your first round opponent maybe offer it as a bribe 😁
by Marc Meakin
Thu Aug 09, 2018 5:39 am
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: What Degrees do you have
Replies: 25
Views: 3421

Re: What Degrees do you have

I guess back in the day ( using this sentence officially means I'm old ) Reading books was the only way to get information , and entertain yourself on long journeys. I stopped reading books with the advent of the portable DVD player and the Audio book (on my Walkman ). Now I only read a book if some...
by Marc Meakin
Wed Aug 08, 2018 6:17 pm
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: Why don't you like Tournament Scrabble
Replies: 3
Views: 700

Re: Why don't you like Tournament Scrabble

I was at that Tourney too, I was going to introduce myself but never found the opportunity . I think the die hard Scrabbler don't embrace change easily. Look at the furore over the introduction of tablet Scrabble. I'm going to a tablet tournament in London in September, though it's a early-ish start...
by Marc Meakin
Wed Aug 08, 2018 2:27 pm
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: The Erosion of Manners
Replies: 3
Views: 797

Re: The Erosion of Manners

It's not even about youngsters tbh its people generally.
I was trying to establish if queuing and letting people off first was an English thing.
Even the custom of keeping left in corridors etc doesn't happen anymore and I must stress this only in London
by Marc Meakin
Wed Aug 08, 2018 12:22 pm
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: Why don't you like Tournament Scrabble
Replies: 3
Views: 700

Why don't you like Tournament Scrabble

I thought I would try and find out why forumites , mostly, don't play competitive Scrabble. I have been playing Tournament Scrabble for around twenty years. Recently I have noticed that really have not been attracting new, younger players. Is it because playing on Facebook meets your needs. Or simpl...
by Marc Meakin
Mon Aug 06, 2018 11:26 am
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: Why don't you like basketball?
Replies: 66
Views: 2557

Re: Why don't you like basketball?

Mark Deeks wrote:
Mon Aug 06, 2018 11:15 am
Most recreational basketball is outdoors for facilities reasons, in all countries. The wind makes such an impact on shooting that the pro game is played inside, though.
Is that due to the diet.
Sorry couldn't resist