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by Ian Volante
Mon Jun 01, 2020 12:40 pm
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: Trade Secrets
Replies: 104
Views: 10610

Re: Trade Secrets

Paul Worsley wrote:
Sun May 31, 2020 8:21 pm
A good quality vodka tastes better out of the fridge. The same is true for gin.
Surely this effect is even more pronounced for poor-quality alcohol?
by Ian Volante
Mon Jun 01, 2020 12:36 pm
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: Cummings and goings
Replies: 66
Views: 1322

Re: Cummings and goings

Maybe Hislop's just balancing the shift in the other direction by the Prime Minister? And are you seriously claiming that the Clinton campaign would have spared time and money to 'lean' on a slightly jaded British panel show?
by Ian Volante
Mon Jun 01, 2020 7:56 am
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: COVID-19 Coronavirus Thread
Replies: 88
Views: 4411

Re: COVID-19 Coronavirus Thread

Well Boris has made it clear he's prepared to increase lockdown back to where it was if things get worse again. The theories are that the virus doesn't like hot weather which is why third-world countries have been largely spared, and so what we really need is a huge, 40-degree heatwave across Europ...
by Ian Volante
Mon Jun 01, 2020 7:53 am
Forum: Countdown - General
Topic: Ask Graeme?
Replies: 1314
Views: 284850

Re: Ask Graeme?

Hi Graeme, What is the biggest decrease in score of a champion from one game to the next, in which they had won both of the games? .This is applicable to all types of 15R's. I'd have a punt and say it was Jodine Lawrence from S79, who got 117 in her debut, and 75 in the next game, but thought I'd a...
by Ian Volante
Wed May 27, 2020 12:15 pm
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: Joke Items
Replies: 50
Views: 1458

Re: Joke Items

My mouse is rechargeable. Best of both worlds.
by Ian Volante
Sun May 24, 2020 8:02 pm
Forum: Countdown - General
Topic: What's your skin colour?
Replies: 37
Views: 2576

Re: What's your skin colour?

Anyway, there was a reason I came across this topic. Are both skin colours still a thing? I can't find how to change it. I'm using the better one (prosilver). Are people still using aerogreen? Anyway, I still need an answer to this question. I don't think so. I've dim memories of them getting washe...
by Ian Volante
Sun May 24, 2020 8:01 pm
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: Trade Secrets
Replies: 104
Views: 10610

Re: Trade Secrets

On the batteries subject, I keep getting an on screen message that the batteries in my Sky remote need changing but I don't change them and they last another six months. Could this be a ploy between Sky and the battery companies to get you to buy batteries when you don't need to? Six months? Am cur...
by Ian Volante
Sun May 24, 2020 7:53 pm
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: Favourite beverage , non alcoholic.
Replies: 17
Views: 340

Re: Favourite beverage , non alcoholic.

Tea.
by Ian Volante
Sun May 24, 2020 7:53 pm
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: Cummings and goings
Replies: 66
Views: 1322

Re: Cummings and goings

I don't think these two things are exclusive.
by Ian Volante
Wed May 20, 2020 1:09 pm
Forum: Countdown - General
Topic: Countdown VHS Tapes
Replies: 1
Views: 210

Re: Countdown VHS Tapes

Get hold of a unit that converts analogue to digital and capture software (I've got a crappy one, EasyCap, but it works well enough).

Was going to digitise my run from years ago, but last week I discovered that I'd (I assume) taped over it with the 2007 World Championship men's 100m final. Ho hum.
by Ian Volante
Mon May 18, 2020 11:44 am
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: Best TV/Film Opening Credits
Replies: 13
Views: 365

Re: Best TV/Film Opening Credits

Police Squad! [In color]
by Ian Volante
Mon May 18, 2020 8:23 am
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: Weird stuff that's happened to you
Replies: 24
Views: 3226

Re: Weird stuff that's happened to you

I never knew that being called Dave was associated with such people.
by Ian Volante
Tue May 12, 2020 1:52 pm
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: Stay Alert
Replies: 8
Views: 310

Re: Stay Alert

It says a lot about the state of our media that France has adopted exactly the same slogan without comment. But what I'm quite annoyed about here is the whole system of devolution. Why does the First Minister have a veto over lockdown changes, over and above that of the Prime Minister!? Devolution ...
by Ian Volante
Tue May 12, 2020 1:32 pm
Forum: Countdown - General
Topic: Countdown Puzzle Magazine #1
Replies: 2
Views: 318

Re: Countdown Puzzle Magazine #1

I reckon you might be lucky enough to get £10 for it if you get the right people looking at a sales listing.
by Ian Volante
Tue May 12, 2020 1:31 pm
Forum: apterous.org
Topic: Is Apterous down? [GENERAL DISCUSSION THREAD]
Replies: 16
Views: 875

Re: Is Apterous down? [GENERAL DISCUSSION THREAD]

Are those testicular electrodes now repurposed?
by Ian Volante
Tue May 12, 2020 1:29 pm
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: Stay Alert
Replies: 8
Views: 310

Re: Stay Alert

I can exercise more already. Nothing changing otherwise here, nice to be somewhere where there's actual coherence in government output.
by Ian Volante
Wed May 06, 2020 2:58 pm
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: People you shouldn't trust
Replies: 653
Views: 143304

Re: People you shouldn't trust

People that think that adding salt to sweet/dessert items is ever sensible. That and the idiot who thought balsamic vinegar and strawberries go together. Although to contradict myself , a salted caramel dessert is nice but I wouldn't add salt But caramel's nice in the first place. There's a practic...
by Ian Volante
Wed May 06, 2020 12:38 pm
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: People you shouldn't trust
Replies: 653
Views: 143304

Re: People you shouldn't trust

People that think that adding salt to sweet/dessert items is ever sensible.
by Ian Volante
Mon May 04, 2020 11:54 am
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: REALLY obvious things you've just realised
Replies: 244
Views: 60001

Re: REALLY obvious things you've just realised

Johnny Canuck wrote:
Sun May 03, 2020 2:02 pm
“Mavis Beacon Teaches Typing” has the same syllabic rhythm as Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles.
I still don't understand why this is a thing.
by Ian Volante
Mon May 04, 2020 11:51 am
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: Joke Items
Replies: 50
Views: 1458

Re: Joke Items

Tins that need tin openers Most tin openers are a joke Tins that don't need them are bloody annoying because they have a lip that means it's more difficult to get all of the liquid out. Bad design. Similarly, such tins which have one of those thicker bottoms meaning that you have to use an opener a...
by Ian Volante
Wed Apr 29, 2020 11:52 am
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: REALLY obvious things you've just realised
Replies: 244
Views: 60001

Re: REALLY obvious things you've just realised

It's only in recent years that Civil Service guidance has changed, but it's a relic of mechanical typesetting, or something like that if I remember right. Still a good number of colleagues use them, I delight in finding and replacing them :)
by Ian Volante
Mon Apr 27, 2020 7:49 am
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: NHS-worship
Replies: 28
Views: 1320

Re: NHS-worship

There is an argument that the best way to get mass compliance with the lock-down etc is to have a very simple message - save the NHS has evolvd to be that message. The weekly noisemaking and associated hagiographising may be over-sentimental claptrap (Britain's still a world-leader in something!), b...
by Ian Volante
Fri Apr 24, 2020 5:04 pm
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: Questions you've always wanted answered
Replies: 739
Views: 145975

Re: Questions you've always wanted answered

GCSEs in my day went from A-G - it's not that long since they changed to numbers.
by Ian Volante
Tue Apr 21, 2020 12:32 pm
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: Questions you've always wanted answered
Replies: 739
Views: 145975

Re: Questions you've always wanted answered

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rhoticity_in_English It appears my Scottish heritage is the differentiator here. "Many non-rhotic speakers also insert an epenthetic /r/ between vowels when the first vowel is one that can occur before syllable-final r (drawring for drawing). " Yep, and as a Yorkshirem...
by Ian Volante
Mon Apr 20, 2020 7:53 am
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: Questions you've always wanted answered
Replies: 739
Views: 145975

Re: Questions you've always wanted answered

Gavin Chipper wrote:
Sun Apr 19, 2020 7:15 pm
If every human above a certain age were to die instantaneously, what is the minimum age that could be for the human race to still survive into the future in some form?
I think it would struggle below about 4 or 5.
by Ian Volante
Mon Apr 20, 2020 7:52 am
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: Questions you've always wanted answered
Replies: 739
Views: 145975

Re: Questions you've always wanted answered

Bicycle helmets are only really useful for slow speed impacts. Cars move considerably more quickly. (Actually there's a lot of contradictory evidence about cycle helmets, hence why the CTC (now CyclingUK) don't recommend them, and frequently show cyclists of all ages without them. FTAOD I do wear o...
by Ian Volante
Fri Apr 17, 2020 10:27 am
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: Google search keyphrases
Replies: 17
Views: 3469

Re: Google search keyphrases

This thread needs an update please.
by Ian Volante
Sun Apr 05, 2020 8:41 pm
Forum: apterous.org
Topic: Apterous Wiki
Replies: 10
Views: 1120

Re: Apterous Wiki

Gavin Chipper wrote:
Sun Apr 05, 2020 3:29 pm
It's not working for me right now as I type this.
It's fine here. Tried a hard refresh?
by Ian Volante
Wed Mar 25, 2020 11:27 pm
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: COVID-19 Coronavirus Thread
Replies: 88
Views: 4411

Re: COVID-19 Coronavirus Thread

I had a weird chest infection around the end of February too, was given antibiotics and didn't think anything further of it, was told it couldn't possible be COVID as I hadn't come into contact with anyone with it. Fast forward to this weekend just gone, I've got an elevated temperature and my sens...
by Ian Volante
Tue Mar 24, 2020 12:52 pm
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: COVID-19 Coronavirus Thread
Replies: 88
Views: 4411

Re: COVID-19 Coronavirus Thread

Keep spouting shit on social media and here to keep my spirits up. Also I have been canvassing people who had Coronavirus symptoms in December or early January as I'm convinced I had it before it was officially out there. Chances are you could have done. I know of two people at uni who had it in la...
by Ian Volante
Mon Mar 23, 2020 1:22 pm
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: Working from home - top tips!
Replies: 1
Views: 312

Re: Working from home - top tips!

Can't argue with any of that.
by Ian Volante
Mon Mar 23, 2020 1:21 pm
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: COVID-19 Coronavirus Thread
Replies: 88
Views: 4411

Re: COVID-19 Coronavirus Thread

Day six of lockdown here, getting a lot of stuff done, but missing ball sports. The garden is mostly sorted for the Spring.
by Ian Volante
Tue Mar 17, 2020 1:55 pm
Forum: Countdown - Spoilers
Topic: Spoilers for Friday 13th March 2020 (Series 82, Prelim 52)
Replies: 7
Views: 852

Re: Spoilers for Friday 13th March 2020 (Series 82, Prelim 52)

Phil H wrote:
Tue Mar 17, 2020 12:34 pm
Gavin Chipper wrote:
Fri Mar 13, 2020 6:24 pm
This champion geezer is pretty good. Very solid on the letters. I think I've beaten him in one letters round over two games but the numbers have let him down a bit.
Yep. I'd predict him to win eight and finish as number 3 seed so far.
That's a pretty tight target to aim for!
by Ian Volante
Thu Mar 12, 2020 1:03 pm
Forum: Countdown - General
Topic: Countdown Lookalikes?
Replies: 276
Views: 92837

Re: Countdown Lookalikes?

Gavin Chipper wrote:
Thu Mar 12, 2020 11:29 am
Series 82 contesant Steve Agace

Image

And series 46 champion Ben Wilson

Image
It's like Ben and Ken Bruce produced progeny.
by Ian Volante
Thu Mar 12, 2020 1:01 pm
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: Questions you've always wanted answered
Replies: 739
Views: 145975

Re: Questions you've always wanted answered

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rhoticity_in_English It appears my Scottish heritage is the differentiator here. "Many non-rhotic speakers also insert an epenthetic /r/ between vowels when the first vowel is one that can occur before syllable-final r (drawring for drawing). " Yep, and as a Yorkshirem...
by Ian Volante
Wed Mar 11, 2020 1:27 pm
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: Questions you've always wanted answered
Replies: 739
Views: 145975

Re: Questions you've always wanted answered

My question was not supposed to be funny. I really want an answer. I have asked it many times, to biology teachers and to the Internet, and am yet to receive an answer. Tom's response was supposed to be funny, and it succeeded. Isn't https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Poaceae enough to sate your desire ...
by Ian Volante
Thu Mar 05, 2020 7:47 pm
Forum: Countdown - Events
Topic: Co:MyArs April 31st
Replies: 13
Views: 906

Re: Co:MyArs April 31st

How does Richard Brittain feel about co-hosting?
by Ian Volante
Tue Mar 03, 2020 7:46 pm
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: Politics in General
Replies: 629
Views: 120885

Re: Politics in General

Matt Morrison wrote:
Tue Mar 03, 2020 5:29 pm
Martin Peters wrote:
Mon Mar 02, 2020 2:49 pm
Such as Dancing On Ice with H and Matt.
When did I... I don't remember this at all.
I think the sequins suited you.
by Ian Volante
Tue Mar 03, 2020 12:22 pm
Forum: Countdown - Events
Topic: Countdown In Brinsworth 2019
Replies: 114
Views: 25315

Re: Countdown In Brinsworth 2019

Oh lordy, I'm glad I just reread all this.
by Ian Volante
Mon Mar 02, 2020 8:12 pm
Forum: Countdown - Spoilers
Topic: Spoilers for Thursday 27th February 2020
Replies: 9
Views: 817

Re: Spoilers for 27th February 2020.

But if you were ordering, perhaps you'd say "One beef and two muttons"? And them's the rules. I think the restaurant rule does go too far, and you get some very contrived plurals. It was brought in because words like LAGER were only given as mass nouns, which is simply a deficiency of the dictionar...
by Ian Volante
Mon Mar 02, 2020 7:34 pm
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: Politics in General
Replies: 629
Views: 120885

Re: Politics in General

I’m here to chat to the community about Countdown, I saw this thread and made a simple post and didn’t think it would cause a debate. Oh, I didn't realise the proliferation of homosexuality in public had had much effect on Countdown, or did I miss undercurrents between Susie and Rachel? I’m straigh...
by Ian Volante
Mon Mar 02, 2020 5:01 pm
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: Politics in General
Replies: 629
Views: 120885

Re: Politics in General

I’m not arguing I just made a simple comment about my opinion, I didn’t mean to start a huge debate. If you're going to make comments on public forums, then surely you're inviting engagement? If not, why are you here? I’m here to chat to the community about Countdown, I saw this thread and made a s...
by Ian Volante
Mon Mar 02, 2020 4:56 pm
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: Politics in General
Replies: 629
Views: 120885

Re: Politics in General

They were a couple so get ya facts right!!!!! (One of the hosts has actually recently come out as gay) (no offence Ian), that was just an example. I don't think I denied they were a couple? I still amn't completely convinced of your reasoning yet ;) I’m not arguing I just made a simple comment abou...
by Ian Volante
Mon Mar 02, 2020 3:21 pm
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: Politics in General
Replies: 629
Views: 120885

Re: Politics in General

Such as Dancing On Ice with H and Matt. I was being facetious by mentioning a specific programme, but have you got any stronger evidence than popular TV output having a gay presenter? They were a couple so get ya facts right!!!!! (One of the hosts has actually recently come out as gay) (no offence ...
by Ian Volante
Mon Mar 02, 2020 3:03 pm
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: Politics in General
Replies: 629
Views: 120885

Re: Politics in General

Ian Volante So right there, homos and heterosexuals should be respected equally, but LGBT seem to be getting priority at the min #justsaying #saynotosexism #gaypride #straightpride. In what sense? I can't think of any obvious examples, possibly apart from RuPaul's Drag Race. Such as Dancing On Ice ...
by Ian Volante
Mon Mar 02, 2020 1:45 pm
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: Politics in General
Replies: 629
Views: 120885

Re: Politics in General

Martin Peters wrote:
Mon Mar 02, 2020 1:08 pm

Ian Volante So right there, homos and heterosexuals should be respected equally, but LGBT seem to be getting priority at the min #justsaying #saynotosexism #gaypride #straightpride.
In what sense? I can't think of any obvious examples, possibly apart from RuPaul's Drag Race.
by Ian Volante
Mon Mar 02, 2020 1:06 pm
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: Politics in General
Replies: 629
Views: 120885

Re: Politics in General

I’m not sexist or homophobic I just believe that LGBT 🏳️‍🌈 people get mentioned more and they have LGBT month, why don’t we have Heterosexual month??? The need for any event like this is effectively showing two fingers to those who would wish to oppress people of whatever the group is in question. ...
by Ian Volante
Mon Mar 02, 2020 12:55 pm
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: Why don't you like Tournament Scrabble
Replies: 8
Views: 2415

Re: Why don't you like Tournament Scrabble

I'm too busy to learn three-letter words.
by Ian Volante
Fri Feb 28, 2020 12:52 pm
Forum: Countdown - General
Topic: You Are The Ref
Replies: 170
Views: 23162

Re: You Are The Ref

Matt Morrison wrote:
Thu Feb 27, 2020 9:31 pm
I would like it if someone screamed to buzz
That's fine until the conundrum is actually "Waaaarrgh".
by Ian Volante
Fri Feb 28, 2020 12:51 pm
Forum: Countdown - Spoilers
Topic: Spoilers for Thursday 27th February 2020
Replies: 9
Views: 817

Re: Spoilers for 27th February 2020.

Needs 107 points today to take second seed spot. Certainly a strong chance of that. Also, he reminds me of the cameraman from Groundhog Day.

Image
by Ian Volante
Tue Feb 25, 2020 1:46 pm
Forum: Countdown - General
Topic: Countdowners in the news
Replies: 131
Views: 45050

Re: Countdowners in the news

I find it really strange - but maybe I shouldn't - that Robbo's tweet got covered by at least two news sources, with links, yet the tweet still has absolutely no likes or retweets, and just one comment (someone telling him it isn't funny). Mad disparity. Desperation for content trumps pretty much a...
by Ian Volante
Fri Feb 21, 2020 12:47 pm
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: Absolutely terrible claims to fame/celebrity spots
Replies: 45
Views: 3882

Re: Absolutely terrible claims to fame/celebrity spots

Actually I can top my daughter's achievement! Applied for WWTBAM (don't we all?) My audition included a guy who used to be Mr Blobby Needless to say he made it to the next stage - I didn't :( Curious if he was the only guy being Mr Blobby He was one of several. One for each limb, and someone doing ...
by Ian Volante
Wed Feb 19, 2020 2:55 pm
Forum: Countdown - General
Topic: 11-champs
Replies: 42
Views: 4820

Re: 11-champs

Gavin Chipper wrote:
Wed Feb 19, 2020 2:43 pm
Nah.
:( :o :shock: :?
by Ian Volante
Wed Feb 19, 2020 1:17 pm
Forum: Countdown - General
Topic: 11-champs
Replies: 42
Views: 4820

Re: 11-champs

Do I qualify for this list now (apart from not winning a series of course, working on that)?
by Ian Volante
Fri Feb 07, 2020 8:09 pm
Forum: Countdown - General
Topic: What's your Bevins Number?
Replies: 63
Views: 8858

Re: What's your Bevins Number?

How far has this been updated to?
by Ian Volante
Fri Feb 07, 2020 12:42 pm
Forum: Countdown - Spoilers
Topic: Spoilers for Thursday 6th February 2020 (Series 82, Prelim 26)
Replies: 16
Views: 1262

Re: Spoilers for Thursday 6th February 2020 (Series 82, Prelim 26)

Gavin Chipper wrote:
Fri Feb 07, 2020 10:54 am
Ian Volante wrote:
Thu Feb 06, 2020 10:28 pm
Gavin Chipper wrote:
Thu Feb 06, 2020 5:43 pm


The "sort of" went with "debut" rather than "excellent" just to clarify.
Ah, thanks then! :D
It's also good to see one of the "old school" forumers on the show doing well.
Clearly everyone else found something more productive to be doing with their time...