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by Ian Volante
Fri Dec 07, 2018 1:12 pm
Forum: Countdown - General
Topic: Countdown words spotted in real life
Replies: 113
Views: 20815

Re: Countdown words spotted in real life

Owen Carroll wrote:
Fri Dec 07, 2018 12:03 am
I was offered a tangelo today.
Did you go off on one?
by Ian Volante
Fri Dec 07, 2018 1:10 pm
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: Celebrations - a ranking
Replies: 30
Views: 780

Re: Celebrations - a ranking

1. Mars
2. Bounty
3. Snickers
4. Malteaser
5. Twix
6. Milky Way
7. Galaxy
8. Galaxy Caramel

I agree with the general comment that straight chocolate sweets are underrated, but Galaxy is a bit shit.

I'm mainly glad that they haven't started making any of these salty yet.
by Ian Volante
Mon Dec 03, 2018 12:39 pm
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: What films have you watched lately?
Replies: 220
Views: 41240

Re: What films have you watched lately?

Mark James wrote:
Sun Dec 02, 2018 9:02 pm
Getting tired of the Marvel cinematic universe to be honest.
That happened to me at some point during Iron Man.
by Ian Volante
Mon Nov 26, 2018 12:53 pm
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: Questions you've always wanted answered
Replies: 511
Views: 68269

Re: Questions you've always wanted answered

At the risk of going a bit Philomena Cunk on this, how did the concept of money even start? I know that there was the barter system, where you'd exchange a cow for a certain amount of grain, or whatever, and that makes sense. But the whole concept of money makes no sense to me at all. Honestly, I f...
by Ian Volante
Fri Nov 23, 2018 1:36 pm
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: Questions you've always wanted answered
Replies: 511
Views: 68269

Re: Questions you've always wanted answered

OK, here's one for the economics people: If every country's economy has a fiscal deficit (and all major economies do) then who is the interest on their loans paid to? Where are such loans taken out? We hear (for instance) that the UK must pay £30 billion to service its debt each year, but where doe...
by Ian Volante
Thu Nov 22, 2018 1:20 pm
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: Steam codes
Replies: 25
Views: 5298

Re: Steam codes

Matt Morrison wrote:
Wed Nov 21, 2018 9:20 pm
Ian Volante wrote:
Wed Nov 21, 2018 1:03 pm
Are Colin McRae or Dirt still available? I like a good driving game, and I've not had one on my laptop for a long time (excluding emulated oldies).
coming right at you via PM
Cheers!
by Ian Volante
Wed Nov 21, 2018 1:04 pm
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: What films have you watched lately?
Replies: 220
Views: 41240

Re: What films have you watched lately?

Run Fatboy Run, a bit clichéd, but it passed the time sufficiently well. There was a question on Pointless recently about naming actors in the film and I'd forgotten Thandie Newton was in it and I watched the film at the cinema 😮 I'd barely heard of her before, but she was a definite plus-point.
by Ian Volante
Wed Nov 21, 2018 1:03 pm
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: Steam codes
Replies: 25
Views: 5298

Re: Steam codes

Are Colin McRae or Dirt still available? I like a good driving game, and I've not had one on my laptop for a long time (excluding emulated oldies).
by Ian Volante
Wed Nov 21, 2018 1:00 pm
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: Things normal people normally own but you don't own for some reason
Replies: 58
Views: 2074

Re: Things normal people normally own but you don't own for some reason

Pyjamas are significantly comfier than anything else to lounge around the house in and sleep in, so I can only imagine all you nudey freaks have a fetish for rubbing your balls on things. I don't think I can position myself in such a way to both sleep and have my scrotum in contact with anything bu...
by Ian Volante
Wed Nov 21, 2018 12:57 pm
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: Things normal people normally own but you don't own for some reason
Replies: 58
Views: 2074

Re: Things normal people normally own but you don't own for some reason

I've only ever worn pyjamas to go swimming in. Bollock-naked is the way to sleep, and if you're cold like that, you need a better quilt. I've only once worn clothes in bed that I can remember (apart from when sharing rooms, when I think general decorum suggests at least keeping my pants on), and th...
by Ian Volante
Tue Nov 20, 2018 1:07 pm
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: Things normal people normally own but you don't own for some reason
Replies: 58
Views: 2074

Re: Things normal people normally own but you don't own for some reason

I've only ever worn pyjamas to go swimming in. Bollock-naked is the way to sleep, and if you're cold like that, you need a better quilt. I've only once worn clothes in bed that I can remember (apart from when sharing rooms, when I think general decorum suggests at least keeping my pants on), and tha...
by Ian Volante
Tue Nov 20, 2018 12:56 pm
Forum: Other game shows
Topic: Blockbusters: Video Games and Internet themed
Replies: 4
Views: 2313

Re: Blockbusters: Video Games and Internet themed

I've got the 48k Spectrum version of Blockbusters, but the questions are getting a bit dated at this stage.
by Ian Volante
Tue Nov 20, 2018 12:54 pm
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: What films have you watched lately?
Replies: 220
Views: 41240

Re: What films have you watched lately?

Run Fatboy Run, a bit clichéd, but it passed the time sufficiently well.
by Ian Volante
Fri Nov 09, 2018 12:54 pm
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: Football grounds you've been to
Replies: 43
Views: 8588

Re: Football grounds you've been to

For football: Bramall Lane Kirklees Stadium Old Trafford For rugby league: Anfield Old Trafford Elland Road Kirklees Stadium St James's Park Tynecastle Murrayfield (also one union match) Wembley (old and new) Gigg Lane Burnden Park (also Headingley, Barley Mow, Belle Vue, Mount Pleasant, Kingston Pa...
by Ian Volante
Wed Nov 07, 2018 12:56 pm
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: Is Chase Tag a thing ?
Replies: 2
Views: 860

Re: Is Chase Tag a thing ?

No, but I'd call it tig.
by Ian Volante
Mon Oct 29, 2018 1:07 pm
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: Do you think it is wrong ?
Replies: 16
Views: 1593

Re: Do you think it is wrong ?

Marc Meakin wrote:
Thu Oct 25, 2018 5:37 am
I don't know about you guys, but I could never be that ruthless when playing a novice.
I think it would disrespectful to play badly on purpose.
by Ian Volante
Wed Oct 24, 2018 12:29 pm
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: Scam to watch out for
Replies: 9
Views: 1650

Re: Scam to watch out for

Phil Reynolds wrote:
Tue Oct 23, 2018 1:46 pm
Ian Volante wrote:
Tue Oct 23, 2018 12:10 pm
Phil Reynolds wrote:
Tue Oct 23, 2018 12:07 pm
AJ Pritchard
I just looked him up, and it looks like he's read the instructions on how to smile in a book, and is trying too hard!
Agreed. But then, arse like two hard-boiled eggs in a hankie, so meh.
I can't argue with that.
by Ian Volante
Tue Oct 23, 2018 12:10 pm
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: Scam to watch out for
Replies: 9
Views: 1650

Re: Scam to watch out for

Phil Reynolds wrote:
Tue Oct 23, 2018 12:07 pm
Zarte Siempre wrote:
Tue Oct 23, 2018 10:52 am
Phil Reynolds wrote:
Tue Oct 23, 2018 10:29 am
photos of AJ Pritchard shirtless
terrible taste
Photos of him have the advantage that you don't have to listen to him talking.
I just looked him up, and it looks like he's read the instructions on how to smile in a book, and is trying too hard!
by Ian Volante
Mon Oct 22, 2018 12:01 pm
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: What films have you watched lately?
Replies: 220
Views: 41240

Re: What films have you watched lately?

Saw Assault on Precinct 13 the other night. Very watchable relative to its budget, and pleasing soundtrack of course, which is all I'd previously been aware of.
by Ian Volante
Sat Oct 20, 2018 11:39 pm
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: Greatest Ever Sportsman?
Replies: 126
Views: 8864

Re: Greatest Ever Sportsman?

I concur again with Bradman. And witha few more years of dominance to add in, I'll say Hakuho is also a contender.
by Ian Volante
Mon Oct 15, 2018 11:29 am
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: An appropriate question
Replies: 7
Views: 1420

Re: An appropriate question

I'd suggest resending at this stage.
by Ian Volante
Mon Oct 15, 2018 11:28 am
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: Can you swim?
Replies: 56
Views: 3679

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 Ian Volante
Tue Oct 09, 2018 12:10 pm
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: How much do you tip?
Replies: 14
Views: 1946

Re: How much do you tip?

About ten percent, boringly.
by Ian Volante
Wed Sep 26, 2018 11:57 am
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: How many countries have you been to?
Replies: 155
Views: 18463

Re: How many countries have you been to?

Graeme Cole wrote:
Tue Sep 25, 2018 10:45 pm
I wonder if anyone's been to the Vatican City but not to Italy?
Yes, but I've never been to me.
by Ian Volante
Thu Sep 13, 2018 12:17 pm
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: Favourite Bond Theme?
Replies: 6
Views: 1373

Re: Favourite Bond Theme?

My favourites are Licence to Kill (Gladys Knight) and Live and Let Die (Wings). Skyfall sits pretty well too.
by Ian Volante
Mon Sep 03, 2018 11:44 am
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: What films have you watched lately?
Replies: 220
Views: 41240

Re: What films have you watched lately?

I watched The original Omen and the remake on Friday. Marginally prefer the original, I think it did the atmospherics better.
by Ian Volante
Tue Aug 21, 2018 12:06 pm
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: How often do you go to the toilet?
Replies: 18
Views: 1982

Re: How often do you go to the toilet?

Five or six times during the week as I'm usually drinking tea constantly.
by Ian Volante
Mon Aug 20, 2018 8:37 pm
Forum: Countdown - Events
Topic: Special event for former contestants?
Replies: 19
Views: 3766

Re: Special event for former contestants?

Terrible idea. That co-event with 4,000 people was an utter shambles. The event started on time at 11am, with 3,998 people present, Tom Carey at home having got the date wrong, and Anthony Endsor wandering round a similarly-named town a hundred miles away. So far so average, but things went downhil...
by Ian Volante
Mon Aug 20, 2018 8:32 pm
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: The Irish Question
Replies: 29
Views: 2778

Re: The Irish Question

As for Ireland, the north needs to be kicked out of its stupor, probably by updating the GFA. Who's got enough power in the centre to get something like that going at the moment? Nobody I can see.
by Ian Volante
Mon Aug 20, 2018 8:30 pm
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: The Irish Question
Replies: 29
Views: 2778

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 Ian Volante
Wed Aug 08, 2018 12:26 pm
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: How many of your Facebook friends are dead?
Replies: 26
Views: 2378

Re: How many of your Facebook friends are dead?

Three I think, although I unfriended one of them since.
by Ian Volante
Wed Aug 08, 2018 12:24 pm
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: The Erosion of Manners
Replies: 3
Views: 1087

Re: The Erosion of Manners

No, I find youngsters nowadays as well-mannered as I've ever experienced.
by Ian Volante
Wed Aug 01, 2018 12:28 pm
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: What films have you watched lately?
Replies: 220
Views: 41240

Re: What films have you watched lately?

Paul Worsley wrote:
Wed Aug 01, 2018 10:43 am
Bad Day for the Cut.
This is ripe for the slight alterations to film titles thread.
by Ian Volante
Tue Jul 24, 2018 12:01 pm
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: What Degrees do you have
Replies: 25
Views: 4529

Re: What Degrees do you have

A fourth in astrophysics, and a stats masters.
by Ian Volante
Thu Jul 19, 2018 12:29 pm
Forum: apterous.org
Topic: Left handed apterites
Replies: 3
Views: 1217

Re: Left handed apterites

Matt Morrison wrote:
Wed Jul 18, 2018 10:13 pm
This just made me think of "One-handed apterous".
Jon Corby's sort of thing I'm sure.
by Ian Volante
Thu Jul 12, 2018 12:19 pm
Forum: Games and Puzzles
Topic: Change one letter of a film title to make a funny one
Replies: 63
Views: 10588

Re: Change one letter of a film title to make a funny one

Ricky. Also, First Bloom. Demolition Ban.
by Ian Volante
Wed Jul 04, 2018 12:09 pm
Forum: Countdown - General
Topic: Welcome! - Post here first
Replies: 1908
Views: 152308

Re: Welcome! - Post here first

Owen Carroll wrote:
Tue Jul 03, 2018 10:53 pm
This may not be the place to put this but I've been wondering this for about a year. Is s75 the first December finals in years where they decorate the studio for Christmas
I'm almost certain that this isn't the place :)
by Ian Volante
Thu Jun 28, 2018 12:31 pm
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: What films have you watched lately?
Replies: 220
Views: 41240

Re: What films have you watched lately?

Also watched the first two Beverly Hills Cop movies and Fletch recently. Love the Harold Faltermayer soundtracks. What's everyone's favourite soundtracks? I'm looking for original score only, not just a film with a good collection of already released songs. Might try come up with a top ten list of ...
by Ian Volante
Thu Jun 21, 2018 12:16 pm
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: What films have you watched lately?
Replies: 220
Views: 41240

Re: What films have you watched lately?

Also can't believe I never mentioned Mad Max: Fury Road yet. Watched it a good while ago now and it's probably the best film made in the past ten years. It's absolutely perfect. I've got it on DVD, but I need to watch the earlier ones first. Hopefully I'll manage that before the end of the year! Yo...
by Ian Volante
Wed Jun 20, 2018 11:15 am
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: What films have you watched lately?
Replies: 220
Views: 41240

Re: What films have you watched lately?

Mark James wrote:
Wed Jun 20, 2018 12:32 am
Also can't believe I never mentioned Mad Max: Fury Road yet. Watched it a good while ago now and it's probably the best film made in the past ten years. It's absolutely perfect.
I've got it on DVD, but I need to watch the earlier ones first. Hopefully I'll manage that before the end of the year!
by Ian Volante
Tue Jun 19, 2018 11:42 am
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: World Cup 2018
Replies: 14
Views: 3983

Re: World Cup 2018

All the top teams are trying to play too pretty. Get more bloody crosses in!
by Ian Volante
Mon Jun 11, 2018 11:57 am
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: What films have you watched lately?
Replies: 220
Views: 41240

Re: What films have you watched lately?

Crocodile Dundee 2. Good in the Australian segment.
by Ian Volante
Tue Jun 05, 2018 12:17 pm
Forum: Games and Puzzles
Topic: Weird maze/puzzle thing on BBC Micro emulator
Replies: 14
Views: 4221

Re: Weird maze/puzzle thing on BBC Micro emulator

I'm just glad it's led me back to playing Barrage again.
by Ian Volante
Tue Jun 05, 2018 12:15 pm
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: Shouldn't have to ask
Replies: 25
Views: 3667

Re: Shouldn't have to ask

It gets right on my tits that it's almost impossible to order just a hamburger, i.e. a lump of meat between two bits of bread, and nowt else. All these chains now by default provide a mass of crud with the meat, (cheese a given), and I end up paying for all the extraneous shit even after I request a...
by Ian Volante
Tue May 22, 2018 11:37 am
Forum: Countdown - General
Topic: Where are They Now ?
Replies: 44
Views: 5566

Re: Where are They Now ?

Elliott Mellor wrote:
Sun May 20, 2018 8:39 am
If I recall rightly, Fell himself is working as a lawyer nowadays?
Not sure, but he turned up at my quiz a few years ago if I remember right, I suspect he was grumpy that one of his team-mates outed him, don't think he's returned since.
by Ian Volante
Mon May 14, 2018 12:01 pm
Forum: Games and Puzzles
Topic: the Countdowners In My Place game (CIMP)
Replies: 20
Views: 5473

Re: the Countdowners In My Place game (CIMP)

Just Sue Sanders I think.
by Ian Volante
Mon May 14, 2018 12:00 pm
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: Eurovision Song Contest 2018
Replies: 20
Views: 3644

Re: Eurovision Song Contest 2018

Well I made a tenner on Israel's win. I can only assume that Sweden's entry was performed a hell of a lot better on the Friday, as it was terrible on the Saturday, and I'm glad the televotes recognised that.
by Ian Volante
Tue May 08, 2018 11:33 am
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: Questions you've always wanted answered
Replies: 511
Views: 68269

Re: Questions you've always wanted answered

Marc Meakin wrote:
Sat May 05, 2018 11:16 am
Why can you get grape juice and raisins also come from grapes but no plum juice.
You get plums and dried ones are prunes.
Yet you can get prune juice.
What?
by Ian Volante
Mon Apr 30, 2018 9:34 pm
Forum: apterous.org
Topic: Classic Aptochat moments
Replies: 182
Views: 47656

Re: Classic Aptochat moments

Staying with the usual low bar of 'classic' around here: 2018-04-30 22:15:38 Ian Volante got it first. You have 0.0 seconds left. 2018-04-30 22:15:38 Time's up and Ian Volante was the only person to get it, solving it in 60.0 seconds and receiving 18 bonus points. The answer to RIPEMIL was IMPERIL. ...
by Ian Volante
Fri Apr 27, 2018 12:35 pm
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: What TV programmes have you been watching lately?
Replies: 379
Views: 60871

Re: What TV programmes have you been watching lately?

Zarte Siempre wrote:
Fri Feb 09, 2018 2:22 pm
Watched all of Derry Girls now.

Best British comedy I've seen in several years.
I saw the first three. Quite good fun.
by Ian Volante
Tue Apr 24, 2018 12:17 pm
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: Music Covers
Replies: 25
Views: 3171

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 Ian Volante
Fri Apr 06, 2018 11:58 am
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: Deathwatch 2018
Replies: 113
Views: 31796

Re: Deathwatch 2018

Mark James wrote:
Fri Apr 06, 2018 11:54 am
Aaron Ramsey strikes again.
I thought it was a heart attack.
by Ian Volante
Thu Apr 05, 2018 12:15 pm
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: REALLY obvious things you've just realised
Replies: 167
Views: 27450

Re: REALLY obvious things you've just realised

Phil Reynolds wrote:
Wed Apr 04, 2018 9:38 pm
Once, twice, thrice, quice, quince, since, spice, ace, nice, tense.
This is like progress to textual orgasm.
by Ian Volante
Tue Apr 03, 2018 5:16 pm
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: "First Ever Song" Recollection.
Replies: 13
Views: 2476

Re: "First Ever Song" Recollection.

I used to love Boney M in 1978 (especially Brown Girl in the Ring), but this is half memory, half post hoc filling in. The first #1 I'm sure I remember is Hit Me With Your Rhythm Stick from Jan 1979, just after I'd turned 2. I certainly loved Pink Floyd's decade-ending #1 too. Coincidentally, the f...
by Ian Volante
Tue Apr 03, 2018 12:07 pm
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: Questions you've always wanted answered
Replies: 511
Views: 68269

Re: Questions you've always wanted answered

Gavin Chipper wrote:
Tue Mar 27, 2018 4:33 pm
Mark James wrote:
Tue Mar 27, 2018 1:51 pm
Ian Volante wrote:
Tue Mar 27, 2018 12:07 pm


Gisele Bundchen is the current stock quiz answer.
She started in the 90s though so I would consider her a member of that classic group.
Not exactly a household name though.
That was sort of my point. I'm impressed she was around in the 90s, I'd never heard of her until about 2015.
by Ian Volante
Tue Apr 03, 2018 12:05 pm
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: "First Ever Song" Recollection.
Replies: 13
Views: 2476

Re: "First Ever Song" Recollection.

I used to love Boney M in 1978 (especially Brown Girl in the Ring), but this is half memory, half post hoc filling in. The first #1 I'm sure I remember is Hit Me With Your Rhythm Stick from Jan 1979, just after I'd turned 2. I certainly loved Pink Floyd's decade-ending #1 too.