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by Ian Volante
Wed Jan 20, 2021 1:47 pm
Forum: Countdown - General
Topic: Octochamps
Replies: 7
Views: 334

Re: Octochamps

Gavin Chipper wrote:
Wed Jan 20, 2021 1:10 pm
Probably not that much, although I suppose if you wait long enough everyone might become an octochamp.
There are a few people I can think of that would be outrun by the heat-death of the universe.
by Ian Volante
Wed Jan 20, 2021 12:54 pm
Forum: Countdown - General
Topic: Octochamps
Replies: 7
Views: 334

Re: Octochamps

Would it make that much difference? I'm not sure.
by Ian Volante
Fri Jan 08, 2021 11:31 am
Forum: Countdown - General
Topic: Who should replace Nick Hewer?
Replies: 41
Views: 3575

Re: Who should replace Nick Hewer?

I understand that due to Nick Shielding and Colin Murray being unavailable ther will be no filmiming of Countdown Next week. Hopefully we wont have to get repeats because of this Who is Nick Shielding and why is he unavailable? I'm told they have enough shows recorded to last until 4th March, anywa...
by Ian Volante
Mon Jan 04, 2021 4:30 pm
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: COVID-19 Coronavirus Thread
Replies: 294
Views: 31037

Re: COVID-19 Coronavirus Thread

Schools aren't opening here. I get the impression that the E+W response has been driven by Scotland again.
by Ian Volante
Mon Jan 04, 2021 4:28 pm
Forum: Countdown - Spoilers
Topic: Spoilers for Monday 4 January 2021 (Series 83, Preliminary 1)
Replies: 2
Views: 323

Re: Spoilers for Monday 4 January 2021 (Series 83, Preliminary 1)

Mark Kudlowski wrote:
Mon Jan 04, 2021 2:25 pm
Venezuelan money in R4 - BOLIVARES.
Don't think so. Works without the E.
by Ian Volante
Mon Jan 04, 2021 12:40 pm
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: Covid 19 roll call
Replies: 12
Views: 725

Re: Covid 19 roll call

Possible infection in this house back in March, but no testing available back then to confirm. Otherwise no problems yet.
by Ian Volante
Mon Jan 04, 2021 12:37 pm
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: Genius things
Replies: 36
Views: 1276

Re: Genius things

Automatic/video doorbells sound like hell to me. Great, you can answer the door remotely and see who's there, but there's bugger all you can do if they start doing something contrary to what you'd like. I'd rather not know. Also, I'm aware of landlords (in the USA I believe) who are able to lock pe...
by Ian Volante
Sat Jan 02, 2021 7:32 pm
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: Genius things
Replies: 36
Views: 1276

Re: Genius things

How new are we talking? mRNA vaccines Ring doorbell LED lamp Automatic/video doorbells sound like hell to me. Great, you can answer the door remotely and see who's there, but there's bugger all you can see if they start doing something contrary to what you'd like. I'd rather not know. Also, I'm awa...
by Ian Volante
Tue Dec 22, 2020 7:29 pm
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: Steam codes
Replies: 28
Views: 13624

Re: Steam codes

Would love the first one, thanks!
by Ian Volante
Sun Dec 20, 2020 12:22 pm
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: COVID-19 Coronavirus Thread
Replies: 294
Views: 31037

Re: COVID-19 Coronavirus Thread

The vaccine news seems like a lot of false positivity. Not sure what's false about it; maybe the expectation of many people that it'll make a noticeable difference within a couple of weeks rather than six months? It felt, last week, like the beginning of the end. Now, it feels like it’s never going...
by Ian Volante
Sun Dec 20, 2020 12:18 pm
Forum: Countdown - Spoilers
Topic: Spoilers for Friday 18 December 2020 (Series 82, Grand Final)
Replies: 42
Views: 1916

Re: Spoilers for Friday 18 December 2020 (Series 82, Grand Final)

Aye, well played all. Can't add much to the above, but a stunningly high standard from these lads, and a great effort behind the scenes to get things going again. Olé!
by Ian Volante
Sat Dec 19, 2020 5:08 pm
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: People you shouldn't trust
Replies: 736
Views: 192213

Re: People you shouldn't trust

Sam Cappleman-Lynes wrote:
Sat Dec 19, 2020 4:26 pm
The current government
An eternal truism.
by Ian Volante
Sat Dec 19, 2020 5:07 pm
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: COVID-19 Coronavirus Thread
Replies: 294
Views: 31037

Re: COVID-19 Coronavirus Thread

Rhys Benjamin wrote:
Sat Dec 19, 2020 5:01 pm
The vaccine news seems like a lot of false positivity.
Not sure what's false about it; maybe the expectation of many people that it'll make a noticeable difference within a couple of weeks rather than six months?
by Ian Volante
Thu Dec 17, 2020 12:28 pm
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: Obscenity democracy
Replies: 205
Views: 10812

Re: Obscenity democracy

I asked because I don't know what it is, and you use it like a stick to beat people with. It seems to cheapen debate. I'm interested to know its etymology. I was making a point as well, but I'm still asking the question. Isn't it just a Tim Vine character? Quite how that became an insult in Eoin's ...
by Ian Volante
Thu Dec 17, 2020 11:16 am
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: Obscenity democracy
Replies: 205
Views: 10812

Re: Obscenity democracy

And anyone who knows what the Plastic Elvis thing is, knows how ridiculous it is that people are getting hung up on that term, as though it were a slur or an insult. I asked because I don't know what it is, and you use it like a stick to beat people with. It seems to cheapen debate. I'm interested ...
by Ian Volante
Wed Dec 16, 2020 5:38 pm
Forum: Countdown - Spoilers
Topic: Spoilers for Wednesday 16 December 2020 (Series 82, First Semi Final)
Replies: 20
Views: 1011

Re: Spoilers for Wednesday 16 December 2020 (Series 82, First Semi Final)

It should be noted that I had the 8 in R13, but I went for the hail Mary to give myself the slimmest of chances if it worked. That brings the margin down below 40 at least. And only AUMBRIES was beyond me - everything else was gettable and at my best, I would have had a crucial to lose on.
by Ian Volante
Wed Dec 16, 2020 5:34 pm
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: Obscenity democracy
Replies: 205
Views: 10812

Re: Obscenity democracy

What's this plastic Elvises thing? Sounds like a way to discriminate against a bunch of people to me. As for the N word or otherwise, I'd like to think that generally, people wouldn't use it at all, but that there are probably contexts in which is has validity. And going back to the general tenor of...
by Ian Volante
Wed Dec 16, 2020 8:38 am
Forum: Countdown - Spoilers
Topic: Spoilers for Tuesday 15 December 2020 (Series 82, Fourth Quarter Final)
Replies: 5
Views: 554

Re: Spoilers for Tuesday 15 December 2020 (Series 82, Fourth Quarter Final)

I never even saw the conundrum message until now! Also, immediately yesterday I saw PEAHEN in round 1, which went unremarked on by DC.

Unlucky Tom!
by Ian Volante
Thu Dec 10, 2020 7:19 pm
Forum: Countdown - General
Topic: Who should replace Nick Hewer?
Replies: 41
Views: 3575

Re: Who should replace Nick Hewer?

Callum Todd wrote:
Thu Dec 10, 2020 6:07 pm
After all this diversity chat, I got an e-mail today off the back of being on Countdown in 2020 with a diversity form to fill out for Diamond, a 'diversity network' set up to obtain diversity data for the big broadcasters.
Legal duty to report on it I believe.
by Ian Volante
Tue Dec 08, 2020 8:54 am
Forum: Countdown - General
Topic: Who should replace Nick Hewer?
Replies: 41
Views: 3575

Re: Who should replace Nick Hewer?

Damian - I'll do it for £50k. I'm a great straight man, and am almost guaranteed to pause and very briefly raise an eyebrow at 'amusing' words.
by Ian Volante
Mon Dec 07, 2020 12:39 pm
Forum: Countdown - General
Topic: Nick Hewer to leave Countdown.
Replies: 8
Views: 1044

Re: Nick Hewer to leave Countdown.

Marc Meakin wrote:
Mon Dec 07, 2020 12:17 pm
A good opportunity to bring in someone younger
Not that easy to do the opposite to be fair.
by Ian Volante
Wed Dec 02, 2020 4:55 pm
Forum: Countdown - Spoilers
Topic: Series 82 Finals Predictions (With Poll)
Replies: 5
Views: 979

Re: Series 82 Finals Predictions (With Poll)

We did all turn up :)
by Ian Volante
Mon Nov 30, 2020 8:19 pm
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: REALLY obvious things you've just realised
Replies: 292
Views: 96742

Re: REALLY obvious things you've just realised

Marc Meakin wrote:
Mon Nov 30, 2020 2:26 pm
Ian Volante wrote:
Mon Nov 30, 2020 1:57 pm
Mark Deeks wrote:
Mon Nov 30, 2020 9:12 am
In the opening splash screen of Sonic 2 - which I spent my youth playing - the character of Tails is given the full name of Miles Prower. It has just dawned on me that this is not a typo of Power, but a pun.
What's it a pun of though? I can't work it out.
Miles per hour
oh jaysus
by Ian Volante
Mon Nov 30, 2020 1:57 pm
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: REALLY obvious things you've just realised
Replies: 292
Views: 96742

Re: REALLY obvious things you've just realised

Mark Deeks wrote:
Mon Nov 30, 2020 9:12 am
In the opening splash screen of Sonic 2 - which I spent my youth playing - the character of Tails is given the full name of Miles Prower. It has just dawned on me that this is not a typo of Power, but a pun.
What's it a pun of though? I can't work it out.
by Ian Volante
Wed Nov 25, 2020 4:57 pm
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: Deathwatch 2017
Replies: 236
Views: 84282

Re: Deathwatch 2017

Go on then. Donald Trump Robert Mugabe Hugh Hefner Vera Lynn George HW Bush Prince Philip Diego Maradona Jake the Snake Roberts Betty White Peter Sallis Sneaky-good performance from Wilson here - Mugabe, Henfer, Lynn, Brush, Maradona and Sallis have all died. I got worried then when I saw 'Brush'. ...
by Ian Volante
Wed Nov 25, 2020 4:07 pm
Forum: Countdown - General
Topic: Ask Graeme?
Replies: 1473
Views: 375673

Re: Ask Graeme?

Paul Anderson wrote:
Tue Nov 24, 2020 1:56 pm
I got 6 wins and 740 odd
Martyn's nearly 800 trumps you then!
by Ian Volante
Sat Nov 21, 2020 9:49 pm
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: Questions you've always wanted answered
Replies: 804
Views: 212885

Re: Questions you've always wanted answered

Marc Meakin wrote:
Sat Nov 21, 2020 8:12 pm
Gavin Chipper wrote:
Sat Nov 21, 2020 5:46 pm
Matt Morrison wrote:
Fri Nov 20, 2020 11:42 pm
You can get proper hypoallergenic proper cats.
What do they make them from?
What if you scotchgard it
What, like glue it to a wall?
by Ian Volante
Sat Nov 21, 2020 7:03 pm
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: COVID-19 Coronavirus Thread
Replies: 294
Views: 31037

Re: COVID-19 Coronavirus Thread

Not that I want to peddle optimism unduly, but a leaked NHS document shown to Sky News suggests all adults (who want one) will be vaccinated by the end of April. One presumes that some restrictions will still be in place, presumably until COVID is wiped out globally (overseas travel restrictions?) ...
by Ian Volante
Thu Nov 19, 2020 1:25 pm
Forum: Other game shows
Topic: ...and that's ZoomDown
Replies: 152
Views: 12557

Re: ...and that's ZoomDown

Only down side to all this is that Zoomdown is now clashing with Quizzy Monday, unlike back in the summer. It's knocking my habit of viewing, almost completely. I'll try to look in tonight!
by Ian Volante
Fri Nov 13, 2020 2:28 pm
Forum: Games and Puzzles
Topic: Tumbleweed
Replies: 51
Views: 18437

Re: Tumbleweed

Something like that, aye.
by Ian Volante
Fri Nov 13, 2020 1:18 pm
Forum: Games and Puzzles
Topic: Tumbleweed
Replies: 51
Views: 18437

Re: Tumbleweed

NOT A POINTS CLAIM

I think I added the less-than-24-hours bits twice maybe. Ah well. This still isn't looking like taking off is it?
by Ian Volante
Fri Nov 13, 2020 12:03 am
Forum: Games and Puzzles
Topic: Tumbleweed
Replies: 51
Views: 18437

Re: Tumbleweed

70,025 bells.
by Ian Volante
Tue Nov 10, 2020 12:58 pm
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: Joke Items
Replies: 145
Views: 21619

Re: Joke Items

Contract trace app. My stepdaughter has the app and it has just pinged to tell her to self isolate and she hadn't left the house since yesterday. I also have the app and mine had not pinged. Either I'm missing something or the app is crap It could easily take a day for a test result and the subsequ...
by Ian Volante
Wed Oct 21, 2020 4:11 pm
Forum: Other game shows
Topic: ...and that's ZoomDown
Replies: 152
Views: 12557

Re: ...and that's ZoomDown

Aye, kudos for getting this going, and long may it continue!
by Ian Volante
Tue Oct 20, 2020 8:15 am
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: Questions you've always wanted answered
Replies: 804
Views: 212885

Re: Questions you've always wanted answered

Nah, this is me at home in bed, on my laptop, putting on a song I've heard a million times from the same place I always put it on, and it's just faster this time. Surely others have experienced this? Not necessarily in my bed, but at some point in their lives? I've got a very good ear for music I k...
by Ian Volante
Tue Oct 20, 2020 8:10 am
Forum: Countdown - General
Topic: Re: Ticket #5803: ZoomDown - evidence of potential cheating
Replies: 72
Views: 6936

Re: Re: Ticket #5803: ZoomDown - evidence of potential cheating

Last night was a difficult thing to judge. James was clearly more uncertain on his word declarations, but mostly kept up with Sam; his numbers were poorer, but apart from one round which was much easier than it looked, the other miss was pretty tough I'd say. Arguable that older James would have got...
by Ian Volante
Tue Oct 20, 2020 7:59 am
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: Questions you've always wanted answered
Replies: 804
Views: 212885

Re: Questions you've always wanted answered

Mark Deeks wrote:
Tue Oct 20, 2020 6:50 am
Why does music sometimes sound distinctly higher and faster than you remember it being? Gotta be a tiredness thing, right?
Wouldn't surprise me if some commercial stations speed up some songs, or, like Corby says, dance mix.
by Ian Volante
Mon Oct 19, 2020 8:02 pm
Forum: Countdown - General
Topic: What's your Bevins Number?
Replies: 65
Views: 14666

Re: What's your Bovans Number?

Bump for reference after some ZD chat earlier.
by Ian Volante
Sun Oct 18, 2020 12:40 pm
Forum: Countdown - General
Topic: Letters Max Progression (Featuring graphs)
Replies: 13
Views: 1533

Re: Letters Max Progression (Featuring graphs)

Interesting to see my stats compared to those above: the dictionary update caused me trouble, but recent incentive has helped me approach sixty percent for the first time at least.

Image
by Ian Volante
Fri Oct 16, 2020 7:19 am
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: COVID-19 Coronavirus Thread
Replies: 294
Views: 31037

Re: COVID-19 Coronavirus Thread

No matter how many powers are given to Scotland, they still argue for independence. This feels like a naive comment. People that want independence will generally argue for independence until it's granted - devolution is welcome for many of these people, but is a very different issue, and for many h...
by Ian Volante
Wed Oct 14, 2020 11:45 am
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: Track and Field Athletics
Replies: 35
Views: 4272

Re: Track and Field Athletics

https://www.uka.org.uk/EasysiteWeb/getresource.axd?AssetID=165738&type=full&servicetype=Attachment 2. The maximum lateral inclination of the runway should be 1:100 (1%) unless special circumstances exist which justify the IAAF providing an exemption and, in the last 40m of the runway, the overall d...
by Ian Volante
Wed Oct 14, 2020 11:44 am
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: I keep getting logged out of c4c on my mobile phone
Replies: 7
Views: 1139

Re: I keep getting logged out of c4c on my mobile phone

Have you accidentally started accessing the site without the 'www'? That's the most likely problem. Ah, cheers, I've been bemoaning the fact that I get logged out every day for months now. All ok now I've changed to using the www. Any idea why that would make a difference? I don't generally tend to...
by Ian Volante
Tue Oct 13, 2020 12:34 pm
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: Track and Field Athletics
Replies: 35
Views: 4272

Re: Track and Field Athletics

Edwards' 18.29 was well behind the line, at least 10cm I would say. It's a shame his 18.43 was non legal for wind (2.4 ish I think), I wonder how much difference that really made. Either way I definitely think his world record doesn't quite do him justice, and am surprised it still stands today. No...
by Ian Volante
Mon Oct 12, 2020 12:10 pm
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: Track and Field Athletics
Replies: 35
Views: 4272

Re: Track and Field Athletics

And on the high jump / pole vault thing, surely nowadays they could have a system of laser beams or something to measure the height you reach, so each jump is properly measured, rather than having to get over each set height! Aye, but you can't ask people to jump over nothing. The bar provides a po...
by Ian Volante
Mon Oct 12, 2020 12:01 pm
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: TENNIS
Replies: 83
Views: 17087

Re: TENNIS

What's the furthest into the future that one of Federer/Djokovic/Nadal (or Murray if you want) can still win a grand slam? When will someone else be ranked number 1? I think you have to include Murray - he managed close to a year at #1, and nobody else has broken the hold of those three. Give it tw...
by Ian Volante
Mon Oct 12, 2020 11:54 am
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: COVID-19 Coronavirus Thread
Replies: 294
Views: 31037

Re: COVID-19 Coronavirus Thread

Their R number is higher than in England. Their positivity rate (i.e. cases scaled for testing numbers) is 13%, whereas in England it’s less than 5%. As far as I've seen, the R number for all (possibly maybe not quite all) regions of the UK is somewhere in a range which is statistically inseparable...
by Ian Volante
Fri Oct 09, 2020 9:16 pm
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: I keep getting logged out of c4c on my mobile phone
Replies: 7
Views: 1139

Re: I keep getting logged out of c4c on my mobile phone

Have you accidentally started accessing the site without the 'www'? That's the most likely problem.
by Ian Volante
Thu Oct 08, 2020 12:25 pm
Forum: Countdown - General
Topic: You've just been made producer of Countdown...
Replies: 72
Views: 7480

Re: You've just been made producer of Countdown...

Martin Jarvis as host, and go back to nine-rounders so he can talk more.
by Ian Volante
Thu Oct 08, 2020 12:21 pm
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: COVID-19 Coronavirus Thread
Replies: 294
Views: 31037

Re: COVID-19 Coronavirus Thread

I keep hearing reports that the R rate is higher in some areas than during lockdown. Isn't it time to go back to full lockdown ( unlikely to happen nationally) or give flu jabs to everyone over 50 and live life as normal, as it will blow over eventually Well, the whole point of lockdown was to redu...
by Ian Volante
Wed Oct 07, 2020 7:44 am
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: COVID-19 Coronavirus Thread
Replies: 294
Views: 31037

Re: COVID-19 Coronavirus Thread

Rhys Benjamin wrote:
Tue Oct 06, 2020 1:38 pm
It’s not on the Sky News front page.
OH NOES
by Ian Volante
Thu Oct 01, 2020 11:56 am
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: Name Pronunciations
Replies: 11
Views: 1393

Re: Name Pronunciations

Adam Gillard wrote:
Thu Oct 01, 2020 8:24 am
A doctor friend of ours once had a patient called L-a, pronounced Ladasha.
Citation needed!

https://www.snopes.com/fact-check/le-a/
by Ian Volante
Wed Sep 30, 2020 10:14 pm
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: Name Pronunciations
Replies: 11
Views: 1393

Re: Name Pronunciations

There's no consistency around here in the pronunciation of Mhairi (Varri/Marry).
by Ian Volante
Tue Sep 29, 2020 12:07 pm
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: People you shouldn't trust
Replies: 736
Views: 192213

Re: People you shouldn't trust

Phil Reynolds wrote:
Mon Sep 28, 2020 6:32 pm
Sam Cappleman-Lynes wrote:
Mon Sep 28, 2020 5:33 pm
Phil Reynolds wrote:
Mon Sep 28, 2020 5:05 pm
"Similarly spelt words in English pronounced differently" shock.
Well, you started it:
Phil Reynolds wrote:
Fri Sep 25, 2020 10:59 pm
Mary, the way it's spelled. Rhymes with hairy.
My point was that nothing about the spelling of Mary suggests it should be pronounced either "Merry" or "Meery".
You clearly aren't from Glasgow!
by Ian Volante
Thu Sep 24, 2020 11:36 am
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: COVID-19 Coronavirus Thread
Replies: 294
Views: 31037

Re: COVID-19 Coronavirus Thread

You cannot lockdown every 2 minutes when another country has a pandemic. That's nuts. Ignoring the hyperbole here, we knew it was extremely likely to be a big problem in late January, and we had the advantage of seeing the numbers in other countries before we followed a similar trajectory. Also, I ...
by Ian Volante
Sat Sep 19, 2020 10:21 pm
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: 2020 Vision
Replies: 18
Views: 4250

Re: 2020 Vision

Marc Meakin wrote:
Sat Sep 19, 2020 6:28 pm
Well at least I think I've got the Tenet one right
Only $200M to go...
by Ian Volante
Thu Sep 17, 2020 4:23 pm
Forum: Countdown - General
Topic: Future of this forum
Replies: 8
Views: 4810

Re: Future of this forum

Done.
by Ian Volante
Thu Sep 17, 2020 4:18 pm
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: Thread Of Random (for Marc)
Replies: 167
Views: 30079

Re: Thread Of Random (for Marc)

I think this is another one that belongs here: When Jill Dando was murdered back in 1999, I'm sure I rememeber them saying that the Crimewatch about her death was going to have her talking about it herself using CGI or something. But now I can't find any evidence for it. Did I make this up? Sounds ...
by Ian Volante
Tue Sep 15, 2020 11:42 am
Forum: Countdown - General
Topic: Future of this forum
Replies: 8
Views: 4810

Re: Future of this forum

This is on my list to do, just need to remember while I'm not on my work computer.