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by Ian Volante
Thu Jun 06, 2024 11:07 am
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: 2024 UK General Election Thread
Replies: 76
Views: 3008

Re: 2024 UK General Election Thread

As usual, I'll support any candidate primarily on the basis of whether they support reform of the voting system. Everything else is secondary. I'm sick of having the choice of voting for someone I'm not that interested in if I want to maximise the utility of that vote, or to go with what I actually ...
by Ian Volante
Wed Jun 05, 2024 11:07 am
Forum: Countdown - Events
Topic: CO:parkrun Recaps
Replies: 606
Views: 402903

Re: CO:parkrun Recaps

Nice. I'm hoping to get back to parkrun at some point in the next few months once my injuries improve, then I'll be trying to get my times back to anywhere near what they used to be, I'm five minutes and more off my best at this stage.
by Ian Volante
Mon Jun 03, 2024 11:56 am
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: 2024 UK General Election Thread
Replies: 76
Views: 3008

Re: 2024 UK General Election Thread

Keir Starmer isn't the best by a long shot, however...I was eight when the Conservatives came to power. Having seen what they've done, ranging from education, to austerity, to Brexit, to the pandemic, I just want them gone. Thrown out, humiliated, numbers ground into the dust whilst we all stand ar...
by Ian Volante
Thu May 30, 2024 12:39 pm
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: 2024 UK General Election Thread
Replies: 76
Views: 3008

Re: 2024 UK General Election Thread

Keir Starmer isn't the best by a long shot, however...I was eight when the Conservatives came to power. Having seen what they've done, ranging from education, to austerity, to Brexit, to the pandemic, I just want them gone. Thrown out, humiliated, numbers ground into the dust whilst we all stand ar...
by Ian Volante
Tue May 28, 2024 12:18 pm
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: REALLY obvious things you've just realised
Replies: 658
Views: 350259

Re: REALLY obvious things you've just realised

Marc Meakin wrote: Fri May 24, 2024 9:49 am Bashing the Bishop relates to the chess piece
In my experience, it usually doesn't.
by Ian Volante
Tue May 21, 2024 12:53 pm
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: REALLY obvious things you've just realised
Replies: 658
Views: 350259

Re: REALLY obvious things you've just realised

Marc Meakin wrote: Mon May 20, 2024 5:31 pm A chicken drumstick doesn't in anyway resemble a drumstick
It looks more like a drumstick than it does a chicken.
by Ian Volante
Tue May 21, 2024 12:46 pm
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: Unpopular opinions you genuinely hold
Replies: 326
Views: 156537

Re: Unpopular opinions you genuinely hold

Bond could have instead murdered her - sorry killed with his licence to kill - and it would have been fine of course. My point is not about the morality of the actions in the film, but about depicting rape as a pleasant comical form of seduction. And even by mid 60s moral/legal standards, these are...
by Ian Volante
Wed May 01, 2024 11:47 am
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: Unpopular opinions you genuinely hold
Replies: 326
Views: 156537

Re: Unpopular opinions you genuinely hold

Fawlty Towers (mostly) isn't funny I think you're part of a silent majority here. I've watched Fawlty Towers and, for what it's held up to be, it really didn't meet expectations. There isn't really much story in the episodes, and some things that are supposed to be funny actually have quite the opp...
by Ian Volante
Sat Apr 27, 2024 7:35 pm
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: Politics in General
Replies: 1660
Views: 1891700

Re: Politics in General

Mark James wrote: Sat Apr 27, 2024 12:34 pm https://x.com/CountBinface/status/1783807825182884270

You know what to do.
And here's his presence in a less toxic environment. https://mastodon.online/@CountBinface@mastodon.world
by Ian Volante
Fri Apr 26, 2024 11:59 am
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: No More FA Cup Replays
Replies: 19
Views: 6339

Re: No More FA Cup Replays

I'm still pissed off that they got rid of multiple replays. Trying and failing to remember whether a second replay was played at a neutral venue or not. I know it was in the Rugby League Cup.
by Ian Volante
Mon Apr 22, 2024 12:05 pm
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: REALLY obvious things you've just realised
Replies: 658
Views: 350259

Re: REALLY obvious things you've just realised

And nothing about dalmatians as it turns out.
by Ian Volante
Thu Apr 18, 2024 11:50 am
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: Words you often Misspell
Replies: 7
Views: 3248

Re: Words you often Misspell

Marc Meakin wrote: Thu Apr 18, 2024 11:30 am Just occurred to me that it's probably not off-topic but anyway.
Ignoring fat fingers and other typos I always struggle with spelling HYGIENE and DIARRHOEA and ASTHMA
I'd suggest washing more often and seeing a doctor.
by Ian Volante
Thu Apr 11, 2024 11:34 am
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: Politics in General
Replies: 1660
Views: 1891700

Re: Politics in General

I think come December or whenever Sunak decides to go to the country they will lose so many seats that they may try and get a groundswell going for in the future AV, the fib dems will back it too The Lib Dems would be idiots to support AV (like they were last time) as they've supported PR forever, ...
by Ian Volante
Wed Apr 10, 2024 11:49 am
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: Politics in General
Replies: 1660
Views: 1891700

Re: Politics in General

I think come December or whenever Sunak decides to go to the country they will lose so many seats that they may try and get a groundswell going for in the future AV, the fib dems will back it too The Lib Dems would be idiots to support AV (like they were last time) as they've supported PR forever, ...
by Ian Volante
Tue Apr 09, 2024 12:46 pm
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: Unpopular opinions you genuinely hold
Replies: 326
Views: 156537

Re: Unpopular opinions you genuinely hold

Good tribute bands are better to see live than the original band if that band was from the 70s or early 80s Better in what way though? If it's just about sound quality you might as well just listen to a recording and not see anyone live. I meant if you want see a live band then a tribute version of...
by Ian Volante
Tue Apr 09, 2024 12:45 pm
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: Politics in General
Replies: 1660
Views: 1891700

Re: Politics in General

Marc Meakin wrote: Tue Apr 09, 2024 7:12 am Amirite that all the 4 leaders of the home nations and also the Republic of Ireland were not elected by the people?
Well yes, that's how our systems work. We elect a local rep who then choose an overall leader from within their ranks.
by Ian Volante
Tue Apr 02, 2024 12:25 pm
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: What TV programmes have you been watching lately?
Replies: 779
Views: 706422

Re: What TV programmes have you been watching lately?

Tal Lessner wrote: Thu Mar 28, 2024 11:42 am Larry David at his weakest is still better and funnier than anybody else.
Wow, there's no accounting for taste! I've felt like the small bits of this and Seinfeld I've seen were arse-clenchingly boring to watch.
by Ian Volante
Tue Apr 02, 2024 12:13 pm
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: Is TV making a comeback?
Replies: 3
Views: 2893

Re: Is TV making a comeback?

Streaming is certainly useful if I've missed a regular quiz or sporting fixture. I'll watch more slow telly then I ever did, and otherwise I'll likely watch old films versus most of the other crap that's available. More generally, I don't enjoy watching or listening to stuff that isn't live. Not sur...
by Ian Volante
Wed Mar 27, 2024 1:01 pm
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: What films have you watched lately?
Replies: 438
Views: 313132

Re: What films have you watched lately?

I saw the Last Stand the other day. Sort of good fun, but struggled to tread the right line between enjoyable action and taking the piss out of itself, not necessarily getting it right.
by Ian Volante
Mon Mar 25, 2024 2:13 pm
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: Unpopular opinions you genuinely hold
Replies: 326
Views: 156537

Re: Unpopular opinions you genuinely hold

Mark James wrote: Sat Mar 23, 2024 9:50 am The Marchioness of Cholmondeley is better looking than Kate Middleton.
I like my women with more chin.
by Ian Volante
Wed Mar 20, 2024 1:24 pm
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: Questions you've always wanted answered
Replies: 1642
Views: 775580

Re: Questions you've always wanted answered

Marc Meakin wrote: Tue Mar 19, 2024 2:01 pm
Ian Volante wrote: Tue Mar 19, 2024 1:34 pm
Marc Meakin wrote: Mon Mar 18, 2024 6:13 pm Maybe in the future AI will stop cars going too closs
Why use AI when a simple distance sensor would do the job?
That's what I meant, and if it cut the accelerator when activated it might encourage safer driving
That's not AI, is the point I'm making.
by Ian Volante
Tue Mar 19, 2024 1:34 pm
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: Questions you've always wanted answered
Replies: 1642
Views: 775580

Re: Questions you've always wanted answered

Marc Meakin wrote: Mon Mar 18, 2024 6:13 pm Maybe in the future AI will stop cars going too closs
Why use AI when a simple distance sensor would do the job?
by Ian Volante
Mon Mar 18, 2024 1:37 pm
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: Questions you've always wanted answered
Replies: 1642
Views: 775580

Re: Questions you've always wanted answered

I understand it to maintain the distance which is the same as the distance between two chevrons. This seems beyond many drivers in any case.
by Ian Volante
Thu Mar 07, 2024 12:52 pm
Forum: Countdown - General
Topic: Should I be worried?
Replies: 11
Views: 8794

Re: Should I be worried?

Might be something to do with the lack of https. I'm unable to visit a different forum from my work machine which doesn't have this feature; I presume I can only use this place because it's either set up better, or it's locally hosted.
by Ian Volante
Mon Mar 04, 2024 1:05 pm
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: REALLY obvious things you've just realised
Replies: 658
Views: 350259

Re: REALLY obvious things you've just realised

Jon O'Neill wrote: Sun Mar 03, 2024 10:05 pm Sun King is a blatant rip off of Albatross and these are two totally separate and distinct songs.
Inspired by I'd say. I doubt they set out to copy it.
by Ian Volante
Thu Feb 29, 2024 1:03 pm
Forum: Countdown - General
Topic: Ask Graeme?
Replies: 1767
Views: 801776

Re: Ask Graeme?

Philip A wrote: Wed Feb 28, 2024 2:09 pm How many people have won a Countdown teapot and a Mastermind glass bowl?
Isabelle Heward is the one I'm aware of. May well be others. Geoff Thomas marginally missed doing the double, arguably failing at the easier task.
by Ian Volante
Tue Feb 27, 2024 12:38 pm
Forum: apterous.org
Topic: Words You Would Have Thought...
Replies: 479
Views: 196088

Re: Words You Would Have Thought...

Gavin Chipper wrote: Mon Feb 26, 2024 2:22 pmLimbic.
Not just me then.
by Ian Volante
Thu Feb 22, 2024 1:01 pm
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: Track and Field (and Road) Athletics
Replies: 258
Views: 72488

Re: Track and Field (and Road) Athletics

I can fully understand why existing athletes are whinging about this idea, as they've practised for a long time to perfect the take-off. If it becomes just a long jump event rather than a long jump from as close to an arbitary line as possible, then it simply renders a lot of their work obsolete. D...
by Ian Volante
Wed Feb 21, 2024 12:29 pm
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: Track and Field (and Road) Athletics
Replies: 258
Views: 72488

Re: Track and Field (and Road) Athletics

I can fully understand why existing athletes are whinging about this idea, as they've practised for a long time to perfect the take-off. If it becomes just a long jump event rather than a long jump from as close to an arbitary line as possible, then it simply renders a lot of their work obsolete. Do...
by Ian Volante
Wed Feb 14, 2024 12:31 pm
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: Track and Field (and Road) Athletics
Replies: 258
Views: 72488

Re: Track and Field (and Road) Athletics

I reckon if the enhanced games happen then sub 2 hours will happen If you're happy to count that then why not count Kipchoge's sub-2? Why wasn't it official then? He had pacemakers, and if I remember right, was shielded from air resistance by a vehicle in front of him too, not to mention shoes that...
by Ian Volante
Wed Feb 14, 2024 12:30 pm
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: Questions you've always wanted answered
Replies: 1642
Views: 775580

Re: Questions you've always wanted answered

What's that whole thing about when your ear goes PING and then you're deaf for a few seconds? Ive never experienced this but my step daughter (in her early thirties) says it happens whenever she hears a cat scarer I hate those bloody things. I thought they were supposed to be inaudible to humans? D...
by Ian Volante
Wed Feb 14, 2024 12:28 pm
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: Questions you've always wanted answered
Replies: 1642
Views: 775580

Re: Questions you've always wanted answered

Enfield council do it for free, seemingly based on concerns about fly tipping (source: https://www.enfield.gov.uk/news-and-events/2022/10/councils-free-bulky-waste-collection-service-goes-from-strength-to-strength). But a brief Google search suggests that's rare even among London boroughs. You can ...
by Ian Volante
Tue Feb 13, 2024 1:40 pm
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: Track and Field (and Road) Athletics
Replies: 258
Views: 72488

Re: Track and Field (and Road) Athletics

Steve Prefontaine similar.
by Ian Volante
Wed Feb 07, 2024 1:06 pm
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: Questions you've always wanted answered
Replies: 1642
Views: 775580

Re: Questions you've always wanted answered

Paul Worsley wrote: Tue Feb 06, 2024 8:56 pm When did roof racks stop being a thing?

You used to see them all the time in the 70s, but I can't remember the last time I saw one.
Cars are so bloody big that they aren't needed.
by Ian Volante
Tue Jan 30, 2024 12:50 pm
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: Favourite Comedy Gig
Replies: 11
Views: 5021

Re: Favourite Comedy Gig

Probably never enjoyed anyone live more than Brendon Burns.
by Ian Volante
Thu Jan 25, 2024 12:50 pm
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: Questions you've always wanted answered
Replies: 1642
Views: 775580

Re: Questions you've always wanted answered

The council has installed a radon detector. When did this become a thing? Since the build-up of radioactive gas indoors became a heightened cancer risk, i.e. since it's been practical to do so really. Not sure what the legal requirement is for such monitoring, but as far as I'm aware, it's common i...
by Ian Volante
Thu Jan 25, 2024 12:47 pm
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: Unpopular opinions you genuinely hold
Replies: 326
Views: 156537

Re: Unpopular opinions you genuinely hold

But seriously, I could never understand how Tony B Liar did not try and reverse the privatised industries back to being nationalised You seem to parrot this as though you're being paid to do so. Have you not yet thought of a more original nickname for him than the tabloids have? Fwiw, I came up wit...
by Ian Volante
Tue Jan 23, 2024 3:09 pm
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: Was Jeanne Calment a fraud?
Replies: 70
Views: 33158

Re: Was Jeanne Calment a fraud?

Gavin Chipper wrote: Mon Jan 22, 2024 3:17 pm
Ian Volante wrote: Mon Jan 22, 2024 12:50 pm
Gavin Chipper wrote: Fri Jan 19, 2024 2:21 pm

There's already loads of 80-year-olds roaming the streets.
What's your point here?
I don't think your post really addressed what Marc was saying.
Marc said he expected people living to 100 to be the norm, which I think is fairly interpreted as more people doing that than not.
by Ian Volante
Mon Jan 22, 2024 12:50 pm
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: Was Jeanne Calment a fraud?
Replies: 70
Views: 33158

Re: Was Jeanne Calment a fraud?

I think in 30 years time living to 100 plus will be the norm however as we are all gifted with a limited amount of brain cells I can envisage 120 year olds roaming the streets like zombies. There's a horror movie in that Improvements in the global south might enable us to surpass 80, but I'd be ama...
by Ian Volante
Fri Jan 19, 2024 12:50 pm
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: Was Jeanne Calment a fraud?
Replies: 70
Views: 33158

Re: Was Jeanne Calment a fraud?

I think in 30 years time living to 100 plus will be the norm however as we are all gifted with a limited amount of brain cells I can envisage 120 year olds roaming the streets like zombies. There's a horror movie in that Improvements in the global south might enable us to surpass 80, but I'd be ama...
by Ian Volante
Thu Jan 18, 2024 12:49 pm
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: Was Jeanne Calment a fraud?
Replies: 70
Views: 33158

Re: Was Jeanne Calment a fraud?

I just can't believe that Bluey's dead.
by Ian Volante
Mon Jan 15, 2024 1:08 pm
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: What films have you watched lately?
Replies: 438
Views: 313132

Re: What films have you watched lately?

Rambo: Last Blood. Some of the most over-the-top gore and violence I've seen outside the horror genre. Almost made the film worthwhile!
by Ian Volante
Mon Jan 15, 2024 1:07 pm
Forum: Countdown - General
Topic: Worst word ever
Replies: 9
Views: 4945

Re: Worst word ever

Moist.
by Ian Volante
Sat Jan 13, 2024 10:52 pm
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: Questions you've always wanted answered
Replies: 1642
Views: 775580

Re: Questions you've always wanted answered

Mark Deeks wrote: Fri Jan 12, 2024 11:09 pm What's that gunky brown gank that builds up around the bathroom tap all about?
Some sort of biofilm. Don't put it in your sandwiches.
by Ian Volante
Mon Jan 08, 2024 12:49 pm
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: Unpopular opinions you genuinely hold
Replies: 326
Views: 156537

Re: Unpopular opinions you genuinely hold

You all (recent commenters) seem to be putting the cart before the horse. Persons under the rainbow flag(s) all deviate from societal norms of fitting with binary gender roles, which is much wider than who/what someone is attracted to. Anyone in these groups has endured, and continue to endure, att...
by Ian Volante
Mon Jan 08, 2024 12:37 pm
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: Which Is Your Favourite Joke?
Replies: 48
Views: 15125

Re: Which Is Your Favourite Joke?

Marc Meakin wrote: Sat Jan 06, 2024 7:39 pm
Ian Volante wrote: Sat Jan 06, 2024 6:16 pm
Marc Meakin wrote: Fri Jan 05, 2024 4:14 am Since the Epstein papers release, I see Stephen Hawking's big bang theory is trending on social media
You need to explain this to the likes of me.
Its not rocket science 😊
Ah, as an astrophysicist (ish), I don't associate Hawking with rockets...
by Ian Volante
Sat Jan 06, 2024 6:16 pm
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: Which Is Your Favourite Joke?
Replies: 48
Views: 15125

Re: Which Is Your Favourite Joke?

Marc Meakin wrote: Fri Jan 05, 2024 4:14 am Since the Epstein papers release, I see Stephen Hawking's big bang theory is trending on social media
You need to explain this to the likes of me.
by Ian Volante
Sat Jan 06, 2024 6:14 pm
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: Unpopular opinions you genuinely hold
Replies: 326
Views: 156537

Re: Unpopular opinions you genuinely hold

You all (recent commenters) seem to be putting the cart before the horse. Persons under the rainbow flag(s) all deviate from societal norms of fitting with binary gender roles, which is much wider than who/what someone is attracted to. Anyone in these groups has endured, and continue to endure, atta...
by Ian Volante
Wed Jan 03, 2024 7:39 pm
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: The Dead of 2024
Replies: 79
Views: 21410

Re: The Dead of 2024

It's good forum etiquette to say what's behind the link. Edit - Headline is "Kids Company founder Camila Batmanghelidjh dies" btw. 3) At least I didn't say " That colourful woman who was accused of robbing money from kids charity before it went into administration." Btw no menti...
by Ian Volante
Fri Dec 29, 2023 4:54 pm
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: Strange things you used to believe as a child
Replies: 32
Views: 10900

Re: Strange things you used to believe as a child

Fiona T wrote: Tue Dec 19, 2023 2:21 pm
Ian Volante wrote: Tue Dec 19, 2023 2:08 pm Confirms its an utterly shite name too.
It's getting it talked about - you've heard of it now!
Oh I'd heard about it for many years, but just thought it was a silly name.
by Ian Volante
Fri Dec 29, 2023 4:47 pm
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: Questions you've always wanted answered
Replies: 1642
Views: 775580

Re: Questions you've always wanted answered

Mark James wrote: Thu Dec 28, 2023 11:44 am Is lava wet?
It's a liquid of varying viscosity. However, wetness as a concept generally applies to substances that can realistically be touched by human flesh without that flesh being immediately consumed/degraded/vaporised, so it's a bit of a pointless question I think.
by Ian Volante
Mon Dec 25, 2023 7:29 pm
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: Your favourite Christmas song
Replies: 33
Views: 6189

Re: Your favourite Christmas song

Not on the list. December Song by George Michael.
by Ian Volante
Tue Dec 19, 2023 2:08 pm
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: Strange things you used to believe as a child
Replies: 32
Views: 10900

Re: Strange things you used to believe as a child

That's how it's pronounced in our house. I don't understand how else it would be pronounced, I assume the 'correct' makes it sound like "tight least". Title-ist? I mean, I've not heard of it before this discussion. Ahh, that makes a modicum of sense. Confirms its an utterly shite name too.
by Ian Volante
Mon Dec 18, 2023 1:11 pm
Forum: Other game shows
Topic: Question of Sport Axed
Replies: 5
Views: 4182

Re: Question of Sport Axed

If they'd not tried to replace the element of the show that made it entertaining with 'entertainment', they might have had more success.
by Ian Volante
Mon Dec 18, 2023 1:07 pm
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: Strange things you used to believe as a child
Replies: 32
Views: 10900

Re: Strange things you used to believe as a child

Watching golf on the TV I'd occasionally see players sporting the brand 'Tit-leist', which I parsed similarly (second half rhyming with 'heist'). That's how it's pronounced in our house. I don't understand how else it would be pronounced, I assume the 'correct' makes it sound like "tight least...
by Ian Volante
Thu Dec 07, 2023 1:12 pm
Forum: apterous.org
Topic: Words You Would Have Thought...
Replies: 479
Views: 196088

Re: Words You Would Have Thought...

From Wikipedia: The phrase "span-new" meant as new as a freshly cut wood chip, such as those once used to make spoons. In a metaphor dating from at least 1300, something span-new was neat and unstained. Spic was added in the 16th century, as a "spick" (a spike or nail) was anothe...
by Ian Volante
Thu Dec 07, 2023 1:09 pm
Forum: Countdown - General
Topic: What's the minimum time you have to be resident in the British Isles in order to qualify for Countdown?
Replies: 52
Views: 14841

Re: What's the minimum time you have to be resident in the British Isles in order to qualify for Countdown?

I suspect that the basic reasoning is that it's beyond a reasonable effort (or impossible) for production to do the same background checks on overseas persons that they can do on Brits.
by Ian Volante
Wed Dec 06, 2023 12:48 pm
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: Unpopular opinions you genuinely hold
Replies: 326
Views: 156537

Re: Unpopular opinions you genuinely hold

Conor wrote: Tue Dec 05, 2023 1:33 pm given that high earners have already paid a lot of tax
God love em