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by Ian Volante
Mon Nov 11, 2019 12:53 pm
Forum: Countdown - General
Topic: Outing Gevin! (& similar fun activities suitable for a rainy Tuesday afternoon)
Replies: 12
Views: 1004

Re: Outing Gevin! (& similar fun activities suitable for a rainy Tuesday afternoon)

Well when I registered for Apterous and this forum I used the name George Pryn, as it used to be my Twitter handle (same thing as Gevin, just plucked out of the air). When my episodes came out as George Ford it was quite funny to realise that people from Apterous knew me by a different name. But th...
by Ian Volante
Wed Nov 06, 2019 1:33 pm
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: Is Jeremy Corbyn electable as Prime Minister ?
Replies: 23
Views: 439

Re: Is Jeremy Corbyn electable as Prime Minister ?

Marc Meakin wrote:
Tue Nov 05, 2019 4:08 pm
Ian Volante wrote:
Tue Nov 05, 2019 12:57 pm
Yes.
Maybe you could elaborate ?
He's leading one of the country's biggest parties against a bunch of mendacious, self-serving buffoons.
by Ian Volante
Tue Oct 22, 2019 11:46 am
Forum: Countdown - General
Topic: Baby Riley-Kovalev
Replies: 36
Views: 6969

Re: Baby Riley-Kovalev

As far as I can tell, series 82 will be mostly in the can by mid-November, and possibly done heat-wise completely if they get a third filming block in before she pops.
by Ian Volante
Fri Oct 18, 2019 12:36 pm
Forum: Countdown - General
Topic: Is Countdown moving to Leeds ?
Replies: 3
Views: 384

Re: Is Countdown moving to Leeds ?

I'm not sure why they would start filming it there again, they've never stopped being based there administratively as far as I'm aware.
by Ian Volante
Wed Oct 16, 2019 9:41 pm
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: People you shouldn't trust
Replies: 598
Views: 119241

Re: People you shouldn't trust

People that get on a train, sit next to you, and start clipping their nails.
by Ian Volante
Wed Oct 09, 2019 12:36 pm
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: No Shit Sherlock
Replies: 19
Views: 1169

Re: No Shit Sherlock

I don't follow the politics of previous Countdown contestants too closely!
by Ian Volante
Mon Oct 07, 2019 12:10 pm
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: People you shouldn't trust
Replies: 598
Views: 119241

Re: People you shouldn't trust

People that post links to videos without a transcript.
by Ian Volante
Fri Oct 04, 2019 12:15 pm
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: No Shit Sherlock
Replies: 19
Views: 1169

Re: No Shit Sherlock

That was not obvious to me at all.
by Ian Volante
Wed Oct 02, 2019 12:21 pm
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: Politics in General
Replies: 531
Views: 98625

Re: Politics in General

I thought I might have posted about this before but I can't find it. Anyway I read this about whether vaccinations should be made compulsory. Obviously it makes sense that parents with anti-scientific views shouldn't be able to stop their children from being vaccinated, since vaccination would help...
by Ian Volante
Wed Oct 02, 2019 12:19 pm
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: Controversial Musical Opinions.
Replies: 59
Views: 3632

Re: Controversial Musical Opinions.

I might as well do live music while I'm here. If you go to see a band live it's not as good as listening to their recorded music. Objectively, I agree. in terms of technique etc, it's never going to be as polished. But the energy of the musicians and the crowd, the show, the volume allowing the mus...
by Ian Volante
Wed Oct 02, 2019 12:11 pm
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: Controversial Musical Opinions.
Replies: 59
Views: 3632

Re: Controversial Musical Opinions.

Marc Meakin wrote:
Sat Sep 28, 2019 4:00 pm
The Bee Gees were one of the best bands to come from the UK (IoM I checked )
You can argue they're from the UK because they grew up near Manchester, but the Isle of Man isn't in the UK.

Great songwriters.
by Ian Volante
Wed Sep 25, 2019 12:01 pm
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: Climate Change Deniers
Replies: 19
Views: 1993

Re: Climate Change Deniers

What is particularly annoying is that if you don't swallow every word Greta Thunberg says you're labelled as a denier, which is completely ridiculous. People like her really fail to appreciate the huge and grossly unreported efforts that some countries have made: the UK is virtually coal-free now, ...
by Ian Volante
Wed Sep 18, 2019 12:09 pm
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: The Right wing press
Replies: 11
Views: 1336

Re: The Right wing press

I remember how the Sun and the other right wing rags made Neil Kinnock unelectable with their lamplighting of the British masses about his ability to govern. I'm convinced that Tony B. Liar only got in government because the Sun endorsed him The Sun did not have the ability to provide a three-figur...
by Ian Volante
Tue Sep 17, 2019 12:03 pm
Forum: Games and Puzzles
Topic: Favourite board game
Replies: 101
Views: 31907

Re: Favourite board game

But what is odd about this thread is how few board games have been mentioned. And, given the penchant of some Countdowners for gratuitous filth, it is very strange that I'm the first person to mention the notorious "Cards against Humanity". (Beat you to it, Steadman! :mrgreen:) Not a board game, ot...
by Ian Volante
Tue Sep 17, 2019 11:59 am
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: The Right wing press
Replies: 11
Views: 1336

Re: The Right wing press

I remember how the Sun and the other right wing rags made Neil Kinnock unelectable with their lamplighting of the British masses about his ability to govern. I'm convinced that Tony B. Liar only got in government because the Sun endorsed him The Sun did not have the ability to provide a three-figur...
by Ian Volante
Tue Sep 17, 2019 11:50 am
Forum: Other game shows
Topic: Only Connect
Replies: 131
Views: 38659

Re: Only Connect

Andy Platt wrote:
Mon Sep 16, 2019 8:08 pm
Hello
Good to see the tradition of Apterite teams being upheld.
by Ian Volante
Fri Sep 06, 2019 11:26 am
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: Religion
Replies: 456
Views: 35349

Re: Religion

Gavin Chipper wrote:
Thu Sep 05, 2019 3:09 pm
Zarte Siempre wrote:
Wed Sep 04, 2019 6:50 pm

Callum has an excellent story about PBUH, but I don't know how to attract his attention to get him to put it here....
This might summon him:
I'd have tried a pentagram first.
by Ian Volante
Fri Sep 06, 2019 11:25 am
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: Questions you've always wanted answered
Replies: 582
Views: 118822

Re: Questions you've always wanted answered

I want to return to this actually - I know it's supposedly a thing that women complain about men leaving the toilet seat up so they have to go to the great deal of effort to put it down again. But if there is a "civilised" way to do it, it's to put both the seat and the lid down. If you leave the l...
by Ian Volante
Wed Sep 04, 2019 11:42 am
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: Questions you've always wanted answered
Replies: 582
Views: 118822

Re: Questions you've always wanted answered

What's wrong with leaving the toilet seat up? It's certainly no worse than leaving the seat down but the lid up. I want to return to this actually - I know it's supposedly a thing that women complain about men leaving the toilet seat up so they have to go to the great deal of effort to put it down ...
by Ian Volante
Fri Aug 30, 2019 12:34 pm
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: Politics in General
Replies: 531
Views: 98625

Re: Politics in General

Anyway , proroguing is it a good thing ?. It seems a little undemocratic but I am getting so fed up with Brexit dragging on , if this is the only way to GUARANTEE we leave on Halloween then so be it. I think the Queen probably agrees Not clear that that's why he's doing it, or if he is, that it's a...
by Ian Volante
Fri Aug 30, 2019 12:32 pm
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: Questions you've always wanted answered
Replies: 582
Views: 118822

Re: Questions you've always wanted answered

It's certainly no worse than leaving the seat down but the lid up. It allows a miasma of faeces to escape when the bog is flushed. It really doesn't, unless you've got some sort of super-turbine toilet that throws the water from the toilet bowl all over your bathroom. Sure, a few microbial parts ma...
by Ian Volante
Thu Aug 29, 2019 11:57 am
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: Politics in General
Replies: 531
Views: 98625

Re: Politics in General

Anyway , proroguing is it a good thing ?. It seems a little undemocratic but I am getting so fed up with Brexit dragging on , if this is the only way to GUARANTEE we leave on Halloween then so be it. I think the Queen probably agrees Not clear that that's why he's doing it, or if he is, that it's a...
by Ian Volante
Wed Aug 28, 2019 12:13 pm
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: Religion
Replies: 456
Views: 35349

Re: Religion

It seems to me that a lot of what's believed is simply down to whatever was the official belief of the most powerful political groupings in the 4th century CE. As far as I've seen, there's nothing less believable about such things as Arianism as there is about orthodox dogma; quite what the bloke hi...
by Ian Volante
Wed Aug 28, 2019 12:02 pm
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: Questions you've always wanted answered
Replies: 582
Views: 118822

Re: Questions you've always wanted answered

Gavin Chipper wrote:
Tue Aug 27, 2019 9:16 pm
Mark Deeks wrote:
Tue Aug 27, 2019 9:08 pm
What's wrong with leaving the toilet seat up?
It's certainly no worse than leaving the seat down but the lid up.
It allows a miasma of faeces to escape when the bog is flushed. it also doesn't look very neat.
by Ian Volante
Wed Aug 28, 2019 12:00 pm
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: Thread Of Random (for Marc)
Replies: 159
Views: 19707

Re: Thread Of Random (for Marc)

Marc Meakin wrote:
Tue Aug 27, 2019 3:23 pm
I don't think the hole in the ozone layer was even thought of back then.
Mainly because we didn't have the scientific consensus until around that point.
by Ian Volante
Mon Aug 05, 2019 12:33 pm
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: Politics in General
Replies: 531
Views: 98625

Re: Politics in General

James Cleverly is annoyed about the result in the Brecon and Radnorshire by-election because the remain parties didn't stand against each other to give the Lib Dems a better chance of winning. It's almost as if First Past the Post is an awful voting system isn't it, James? On a separate note, I fin...
by Ian Volante
Fri Aug 02, 2019 11:47 am
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: Questions you've always wanted answered
Replies: 582
Views: 118822

Re: Questions you've always wanted answered

Some questions:And why don't you see white dogshit anymore? Saw some white dogshit today. Very nostalgic. Almost brought a tear to my eye. Come to my back garden, you can pick up numerous examples every day. Or to put it another way, our dogs eat raw food (basically, minced meat and bone), so every...
by Ian Volante
Wed Jul 31, 2019 12:19 pm
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: Questions you've always wanted answered
Replies: 582
Views: 118822

Re: Questions you've always wanted answered

See also the Aral Sea, or the lack thereof.
by Ian Volante
Wed Jul 31, 2019 12:18 pm
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: Questions you've always wanted answered
Replies: 582
Views: 118822

Re: Questions you've always wanted answered

How is water wasted? My mum always used to have a go at me for wasting water, leaving taps on etc, but surely it just goes back into the system. Surely water is either in the human man made sewage/plumbing system, a river, the sea, the sky, or the ground making its way down to the water table? If i...
by Ian Volante
Fri Jul 26, 2019 11:56 am
Forum: Countdown - General
Topic: Welcome! - Post here first
Replies: 1926
Views: 212622

Re: Welcome! - Post here first

Hello all, hope the chat round here isn't too off-putting :)
by Ian Volante
Wed Jul 24, 2019 12:20 pm
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: Deathwatch 2018
Replies: 134
Views: 56079

Re: Deathwatch 2018

JimBentley wrote:
Wed Jul 17, 2019 4:36 pm
Ah cool, thanks!
by Ian Volante
Fri Jul 19, 2019 12:44 pm
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: REALLY obvious things you've just realised
Replies: 192
Views: 46508

Re: REALLY obvious things you've just realised

Ben Wilson wrote:
Thu Jul 18, 2019 3:51 pm
The Nissan Sunny's name is derived from reversing the syllables of Nissan.
That's not at all obvious.
by Ian Volante
Fri Jul 19, 2019 12:43 pm
Forum: apterous.org
Topic: Classic Aptochat moments
Replies: 200
Views: 67411

Re: Classic Aptochat moments

Geel lekker!
by Ian Volante
Wed Jul 17, 2019 12:12 pm
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: Deathwatch 2018
Replies: 134
Views: 56079

Re: Deathwatch 2018

It would have been a much bigger stretch to sell a group of three not particularly attractive middle-aged men who (at the time) few people had heard of, even if the songs were the same. They did get to #13 with Roadblock, which then got sampled and taken to #1 by M/A/R/R/S, so they weren't far off ...
by Ian Volante
Tue Jul 16, 2019 12:06 pm
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: How many in a baker's gross?
Replies: 7
Views: 1320

Re: How many in a baker's gross?

More than there are in a nun's nasty.
by Ian Volante
Tue Jul 16, 2019 12:03 pm
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: Deathwatch 2018
Replies: 134
Views: 56079

Re: Deathwatch 2018

It would have been a much bigger stretch to sell a group of three not particularly attractive middle-aged men who (at the time) few people had heard of, even if the songs were the same. They did get to #13 with Roadblock, which then got sampled and taken to #1 by M/A/R/R/S, so they weren't far off :)
by Ian Volante
Sat Jul 06, 2019 2:34 pm
Forum: apterous.org
Topic: Is Apterous down?
Replies: 569
Views: 166354

Re: Is Apterous down?

Ist kaput.
by Ian Volante
Mon Jul 01, 2019 11:57 pm
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: Politics in General
Replies: 531
Views: 98625

Re: Politics in General

Sadly, yes. The Labour antisemitism thing keeps rumbling on. At first, I thought the Lab leadership was being nice but dim and not understanding, but given some of the things Corbyn has said I'm not sure. The problem is that a lot of people conflate "Israel" and "Jews" since Israel is the only Jewi...
by Ian Volante
Thu Jun 27, 2019 3:46 pm
Forum: Countdown - General
Topic: Kryptonite
Replies: 20
Views: 5500

Re: Kryptonite

Hi I am Jenny the mum of Ashton Hancock. He is really 11 years old. I would like to apologise on Ashton’s behalf for his posts on this forum and I wish for all his posts to be deleted. I also would like the access his account to be restored and him to be given a 2nd chance. If his access is restore...
by Ian Volante
Wed Jun 26, 2019 12:02 pm
Forum: Countdown - General
Topic: Kryptonite
Replies: 20
Views: 5500

Re: Kryptonite

Doesn't look green to me.
by Ian Volante
Tue Jun 25, 2019 5:22 pm
Forum: Countdown - General
Topic: Kryptonite
Replies: 20
Views: 5500

Re: Kryptonite

A nugget of purest green, one might suggest.
by Ian Volante
Tue Jun 25, 2019 5:22 pm
Forum: Countdown - General
Topic: Kryptonite
Replies: 20
Views: 5500

Re: Kryptonite

One would presume, from the vaguely odd ramblings above, that the trophy for this series of Countdown is a lump of green stuff?
by Ian Volante
Tue Jun 25, 2019 12:13 pm
Forum: Countdown - General
Topic: Kryptonite
Replies: 20
Views: 5500

Re: Kryptonite

Huh?
by Ian Volante
Mon Jun 24, 2019 7:36 pm
Forum: Countdown - Events
Topic: FOCAL scoring system
Replies: 48
Views: 12124

Re: FOCAL scoring system

Hi I am Dave Butt and I am delighted to announce that i will be hosting the 1st ever Countdown in South Yorkshire. Date: Saturday 17th August 2019 Venue: https://www.premierinn.com/gb/en/hotels/england/south-yorkshire/sheffield/sheffield-meadowhall.html?cid=KNC_Brn%7C_G_UK_UK_Eng_Enc_Brand%20Destin...
by Ian Volante
Mon Jun 17, 2019 10:03 pm
Forum: Countdown - Events
Topic: Countdown In Brinsworth 2019
Replies: 108
Views: 15952

Re: Countdown In Brinsworth 2019

Fred W wrote:
Mon Jun 17, 2019 4:39 pm
Ashton Hancock wrote:
Mon Jun 17, 2019 4:28 pm
Fred W wrote:
Mon Jun 17, 2019 4:16 pm
I reckon that Ashton will need to charge an entry fee now. Just to cover the van hire cost to get Ronan to the event
Shut it Fred

:o
*Thoughts and prayers*
by Ian Volante
Mon Jun 17, 2019 12:05 pm
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: Tory Leadership
Replies: 20
Views: 4692

Re: Tory Leadership

I'll vote if you give that blond buffoon his actual name rather than one of his jaunty handles.
by Ian Volante
Wed Jun 12, 2019 12:08 pm
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: Trade Secrets
Replies: 83
Views: 9263

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
Wed Jun 05, 2019 12:10 pm
Forum: Countdown - General
Topic: Best Apterites who haven't appeared on Countdown
Replies: 19
Views: 4730

Re: Best Apterites who haven't appeared on Countdown

Ronan M Higginson wrote:
Thu May 23, 2019 10:56 am
couldn't be bothered to check
:roll:
by Ian Volante
Fri May 31, 2019 11:48 am
Forum: Countdown - General
Topic: Question Time
Replies: 6
Views: 1586

Re: Question Time

Je joue au golf quand il fait du brouillard.
by Ian Volante
Tue May 28, 2019 12:36 pm
Forum: Countdown - Events
Topic: Special event for former contestants?
Replies: 24
Views: 9709

Re: Special event for former contestants?

Ashton Hancock wrote:
Tue May 21, 2019 8:14 pm
Hi Guys

Will you all ignore my posts over the last week someone has signed into my account and been naughty will find out who this is but I’m back know I haven’t logged in for over a week.
Well I'm convinced.
by Ian Volante
Thu May 16, 2019 12:12 pm
Forum: Countdown - Events
Topic: Online Trophy
Replies: 4
Views: 2268

Re: Online Trophy

If only someone had created some sort of online tool that would make this sort of thing much easier!
by Ian Volante
Fri May 10, 2019 11:48 am
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: Was Jeanne Calment a fraud?
Replies: 37
Views: 5771

Re: Was Jeanne Calment a fraud?

This has certainly put a wrinkle in the whole story.
by Ian Volante
Wed Apr 24, 2019 12:02 pm
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: REALLY obvious things you've just realised
Replies: 192
Views: 46508

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 ) There was a Siobhan on Why Don't You back in the eighties, that confused me for a bit. It's pretty routine outside England to have to deal with these names, qu...
by Ian Volante
Fri Apr 05, 2019 12:11 pm
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: What films have you watched lately?
Replies: 253
Views: 81825

Re: What films have you watched lately?

Watched Ready Player One the other night, was okay actually, although over-simplified from the book, which is saying something. Ironically it didn't have enough Spielberg references considering he made it Certainly no narcissist. I was indeed thinking that it was most unlike his sort of referential...
by Ian Volante
Tue Apr 02, 2019 12:21 pm
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: What films have you watched lately?
Replies: 253
Views: 81825

Re: What films have you watched lately?

Watched Ready Player One the other night, was okay actually, although over-simplified from the book, which is saying something.
by Ian Volante
Tue Mar 26, 2019 12:34 pm
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: How much do you weigh?
Replies: 70
Views: 22496

Re: How much do you weigh?

I seem to have declined to about 13st 10 since the start of December, probably as I started running again. Still a little overweight though, I'd like to get near 13.0.
by Ian Volante
Tue Mar 19, 2019 12:52 pm
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: What films have you watched lately?
Replies: 253
Views: 81825

Re: What films have you watched lately?

Hellraiser - pretty terrible acting and cliched storyline (well, I say cliched, but was anyone writing this tripe before Clive Barker?), quite enjoyable for all that. Got 2 and 3 to watch when I get a moment. [Evil Dead trilogy (only seen first one before), and Ready Player One also queued].
by Ian Volante
Wed Mar 13, 2019 1:42 pm
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: Politics in General
Replies: 531
Views: 98625

Re: Politics in General

Alan Hansen did the same on MotD. I think the key is that "coloured" was never meant to be a derogatory term. I seem to remember that back in the early 70s "coloured" was considered more polite than "black". Well aye, but things move on. My impression of its usage is that it's a very middle class w...
by Ian Volante
Fri Feb 22, 2019 12:58 pm
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: Politics in General
Replies: 531
Views: 98625

Re: Politics in General

Marc Meakin wrote:
Fri Feb 22, 2019 7:43 am
I see her parents are challenging the decision to deny Miss Begum UK citizenship.
Will they be entitled to legal aid ?
I've no idea. If you want to give me details of their earnings and the rules surrounding legal aid provision, I can help you find an answer.