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by Mark Deeks
Thu Oct 11, 2018 6:10 am
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: Things you can't do that it always seems like everyone else can
Replies: 80
Views: 13069

Re: Things you can't do that it always seems like everyone else can

I feel the same way. Hats always are either way too small or make me look like I have a receding head.
by Mark Deeks
Wed Oct 03, 2018 11:29 pm
Forum: Countdown - General
Topic: C of C Draw......
Replies: 105
Views: 8995

Re: C of C Draw......

I'm enjoying the post/signature synergy there. You're gushing over how wonderful everyone is next to a quote from one particularly wonderful member of the community accusing you of looking like a serial killer. Good times, good times.
by Mark Deeks
Wed Oct 03, 2018 5:25 pm
Forum: Games and Puzzles
Topic: the Countdowners In My Place game (CIMP)
Replies: 20
Views: 4602

Re: the Countdowners In My Place game (CIMP)

Just received three more, and had Deeks to add to since this hasn't been updated in ages. I might even be forgetting one more... hmm... Michelle Ryan Gevin Jono Bayfield Corby Deeks Laverty Garner Springalicious Phil Makepeace I think puts you back in the lead. It really is a titanic tussle at the ...
by Mark Deeks
Wed Oct 03, 2018 4:22 pm
Forum: Countdown - Events
Topic: How to host an event (for dummies)?
Replies: 28
Views: 3138

Re: How to host an event (for dummies)?

I think a key thing for a Co:Event is keeping the costs down. Event costs keep creeping up to the participant, and while a cost to offset the facility hire is inevitable, a decent proportion of it seems to be spent on the nick-nacks and individuality that I don't really want anyway. By the time tran...
by Mark Deeks
Tue Aug 21, 2018 10:07 pm
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: How often do you go to the toilet?
Replies: 18
Views: 1306

Re: How often do you go to the toilet?

Vince Fernando wrote:
Tue Aug 21, 2018 7:03 pm
Perhaps, you should see a doctor.
For what? Having phenomenal capacity?
by Mark Deeks
Tue Aug 21, 2018 10:04 pm
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: How often do you go to the toilet?
Replies: 18
Views: 1306

Re: How often do you go to the toilet?

Marc Meakin wrote:
Tue Aug 21, 2018 5:47 pm
Just curious, what's the duration of your average piss....I'm guessing your up there with the Donkey from One Foot in the Algarve 😁.
Opening scene from Austin Powers.
by Mark Deeks
Tue Aug 21, 2018 1:15 pm
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: How often do you go to the toilet?
Replies: 18
Views: 1306

Re: How often do you go to the toilet?

By the way, we may have just finally stumbled upon the reason why I'm twice your weight.
by Mark Deeks
Tue Aug 21, 2018 1:14 pm
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: How often do you go to the toilet?
Replies: 18
Views: 1306

Re: How often do you go to the toilet?

Well, start a tracking sheet.
by Mark Deeks
Tue Aug 21, 2018 1:30 am
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: How often do you go to the toilet?
Replies: 18
Views: 1306

How often do you go to the toilet?

It has been brought to my attention that I rarely go to the toilet. It began when I went to Los Angeles on a work trip and went the entire way from baggage drop-off to baggage reclaim without going for a wee. (Hopefully one day I get sent to Australia and do the same. The idea of going from London t...
by Mark Deeks
Wed Aug 15, 2018 1:31 pm
Forum: Countdown - Events
Topic: FOCAL scoring system
Replies: 16
Views: 2050

Re: FOCAL scoring system

I feel that with only very rare exceptions, no matter how deep a field is, the winners always go through the same cycle; random draw round one, then two frigging tough follow-up rounds. So to overly weight the points awarded to large fields seems in error, for you aren't playing the vast majority of...
by Mark Deeks
Wed Aug 08, 2018 11:03 pm
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: What Degrees do you have
Replies: 25
Views: 3520

Re: What Degrees do you have

It's weird how haughty people get about reading books. Like it's sacrilege if one doesn't do it. It is A way to learn, and A way to think creatively, but by God we have other ways now and that's probably fine. People need to sneer less.
by Mark Deeks
Tue Aug 07, 2018 10:34 am
Forum: Countdown - Spoilers
Topic: Spoilers for 6th August 2018
Replies: 22
Views: 1261

Re: Spoilers for 6th August 2018

Also, it's hardly a fail. If someone out there is willing and able to say RELUCTING, they deserve their ten points.
by Mark Deeks
Mon Aug 06, 2018 1:06 pm
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: Why don't you like basketball?
Replies: 66
Views: 2773

Re: Why don't you like basketball?

It would appear my number is teenagers only, apologies.
by Mark Deeks
Mon Aug 06, 2018 11:36 am
Forum: Countdown - General
Topic: Susie coming to town!
Replies: 6
Views: 1400

Re: Susie coming to town!

Heh, the tone of this post really went on a journey. It started so warm, so positive, and then...

Looked into going to this but there weren't any within 100 miles of my house, so alas.
by Mark Deeks
Mon Aug 06, 2018 11:15 am
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: Why don't you like basketball?
Replies: 66
Views: 2773

Re: Why don't you like basketball?

Most recreational basketball is outdoors for facilities reasons, in all countries. The wind makes such an impact on shooting that the pro game is played inside, though.
by Mark Deeks
Mon Aug 06, 2018 11:07 am
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: Why don't you like basketball?
Replies: 66
Views: 2773

Re: Why don't you like basketball?

I would like to know the percentage of 6 foot 7 plus people living in the UK. I suspect that answer will explain the lack of participation. But never give up as it has taken decades for America to accept soccer as a viable sport and I suspect come 2026 they may come close to winning the darn thing....
by Mark Deeks
Mon Aug 06, 2018 11:05 am
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: Why don't you like basketball?
Replies: 66
Views: 2773

Re: Why don't you like basketball?

Mark, I'm not sure what you want acceptance of your opinion to look like. I disagree with your opinion and I'm not going to start agreeing with it. But that doesn't mean I don't accept it. I do seek to challenge it, and the logic behind it; that's what this very thread is from the start. It was an i...
by Mark Deeks
Mon Aug 06, 2018 12:35 am
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: Why don't you like basketball?
Replies: 66
Views: 2773

Re: Why don't you like basketball?

Again, I never said it was great. It was however low scoring and not populated by giants. So maybe the answer isn't those things after all.
by Mark Deeks
Sun Aug 05, 2018 12:17 pm
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: Why don't you like basketball?
Replies: 66
Views: 2773

Re: Why don't you like basketball?

Is it big in Japan ? That was a serious question btw and not a pop song reference. Not bad! They are still a baseball-mad nation, but it's on the upswing there. Their professional league had a BDO/PDC thing going on until recently, but it's been fixed, and they get some decent import players throug...
by Mark Deeks
Sun Aug 05, 2018 11:52 am
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: Why don't you like basketball?
Replies: 66
Views: 2773

Re: Why don't you like basketball?

Well, you say that, but basketball has grown enormously all over the world....except here. We are the exception in this instance, not the norm.
by Mark Deeks
Sun Aug 05, 2018 11:14 am
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: Why don't you like basketball?
Replies: 66
Views: 2773

Re: Why don't you like basketball?

(a) the majority of NBA players were black About 80-85%, (b) this might have been a barrier to cultural acceptance or prestige in some quarters Not really! The NBA had a drug problem in the 1980s that gave it lower social status, but the rehabilitation of its image in the time hence has been pretty...
by Mark Deeks
Sun Aug 05, 2018 11:12 am
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: Why don't you like basketball?
Replies: 66
Views: 2773

Re: Why don't you like basketball?

It was invented in the 1890s, yes, but not by a colonial superpower that took it everywhere they went. Instead, in one small portion of one massive-ass country that didn't even sort out its own league worth a damn until the 1940s, and which then needed the onset of television a generation later to a...
by Mark Deeks
Sun Aug 05, 2018 11:03 am
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: Why don't you like basketball?
Replies: 66
Views: 2773

Re: Why don't you like basketball?

Re: the Olympics, am I imagining an instance where the Russians achieved a shock victory over the Americans when they were close to their peak? The Russians beat the US in the 1972 Olympic final, as above, but it was a US amateur team, as were they all at that time. The 1992 team was the first prof...
by Mark Deeks
Sun Aug 05, 2018 10:59 am
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: Why don't you like basketball?
Replies: 66
Views: 2773

Re: Why don't you like basketball?

- Culture-wise, basketball shits on football, and indeed all sports. The NBA is extremely good at this. How do you mean 'culture-wise', and what in that respect does basketball do better? The NBA is cool. It has dominant market share in fashion, music and culture. To massively oversimplify this and...
by Mark Deeks
Sun Aug 05, 2018 10:57 am
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: Why don't you like basketball?
Replies: 66
Views: 2773

Re: Why don't you like basketball?

but it almost suggests a natural state of affairs. Or the success of colonialism :) This isn't really football versus basketball, though. That's just one angle I may or may not go down. This is about basketball itself. I suspect a rejection of American stuff (look how long it took us to come around...
by Mark Deeks
Sun Aug 05, 2018 10:47 am
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: Why don't you like basketball?
Replies: 66
Views: 2773

Re: Why don't you like basketball?

At the risk of making the OP feel a bit shat on Just to add to this - who else here does a job whereby people, after asking what you do, you have to (a) explain it for ages, and then (b) have people say it's cool, but then at the same time (c) have the same people tell you they don't like it? Happe...
by Mark Deeks
Sun Aug 05, 2018 10:42 am
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: Why don't you like basketball?
Replies: 66
Views: 2773

Re: Why don't you like basketball?

- Rules-wise, basketball is very simple. You can't run with the ball. You can't tackle whoever's got the ball. You have a certain amount of time to attempt a shot in, otherwise the other team gets it. [This was brought in because of the tackling rule; winning teams just used to stand there holding t...
by Mark Deeks
Sun Aug 05, 2018 10:25 am
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: Why don't you like basketball?
Replies: 66
Views: 2773

Re: Why don't you like basketball?

At the risk of making the OP feel a bit shat on Heh there is a bit of that, yes. But then I started this knowing people were going to take views I wanted to challenge, so it's all good. I may be wrong but I have a feeling that the top NBA players no longer play in the Olympics. tl;dr This was true ...
by Mark Deeks
Sun Aug 05, 2018 10:07 am
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: Why don't you like basketball?
Replies: 66
Views: 2773

Re: Why don't you like basketball?

Sorry Mark but that video of curry hitting those three pointers was boring af. It's probably testament to his skill that he makes it look easy but that's what it looks like. The same happens in other sports. It wasn't supposed to be exciting! It was supposed to be perspective. "It's all giants doin...
by Mark Deeks
Sun Aug 05, 2018 12:15 am
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: Why don't you like basketball?
Replies: 66
Views: 2773

Re: Why don't you like basketball?

Also how easy is it to get what's going on if you have no prior knowledge of the sport? Football is really easy. Up to a point, sure. That said, if we were on a basketball court, just chilling, and I passed you the ball, you'd try and get it in the hoop, no? We all know enough to know that's the po...
by Mark Deeks
Sun Aug 05, 2018 12:08 am
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: Why don't you like basketball?
Replies: 66
Views: 2773

Re: Why don't you like basketball?

I can tell you why I love football. It's the goals. There's no feeling like when your team scores a great goal, or winning goal. Every football fan can relate to this. For me the greatest goal was Ole Gunnar Solskjaer's last minute winner in the 1999 Champions League final. Other goals that stand o...
by Mark Deeks
Sat Aug 04, 2018 2:07 pm
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: Why don't you like basketball?
Replies: 66
Views: 2773

Re: Why don't you like basketball?

It would also bias the game towards taller guys, which, per the above, already seems to be a problem to many.
by Mark Deeks
Sat Aug 04, 2018 2:05 pm
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: Why don't you like basketball?
Replies: 66
Views: 2773

Re: Why don't you like basketball?

Goaltending is outlawed because at the highest levels, it'd be too easy to do.
by Mark Deeks
Sat Aug 04, 2018 1:08 pm
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: Why don't you like basketball?
Replies: 66
Views: 2773

Re: Why don't you like basketball?

The most rabid basketball fanbase in the world is the Philippines, which rather proves that you don't need height to like the game.
by Mark Deeks
Sat Aug 04, 2018 1:07 pm
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: Why don't you like basketball?
Replies: 66
Views: 2773

Re: Why don't you like basketball?

I reckon if there was a scaled down version for short arses then it might be a more popular sport for the masses Again, you're talking the highest level. You and a group of mates, or a local club, or just you on your own shooting around/dribbling....you don't need height. You don't even need a hoop...
by Mark Deeks
Sat Aug 04, 2018 11:23 am
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: Why don't you like basketball?
Replies: 66
Views: 2773

Re: Why don't you like basketball?

Responses hitherto have focused on watching basketball. But what about playing it? It's not very high scoring if you're not good.
by Mark Deeks
Fri Aug 03, 2018 9:35 pm
Forum: Countdown - General
Topic: Susie Dent's Two Words
Replies: 18
Views: 1503

Re: Susie Dent's Two Words

Gavin Chipper wrote:
Fri Aug 03, 2018 10:59 am
What are the two words?
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=10_LcCAueJA
by Mark Deeks
Fri Aug 03, 2018 12:51 pm
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: Why don't you like basketball?
Replies: 66
Views: 2773

Re: Why don't you like basketball?

Basketball is absolutely a contact sport and the idea that it isn't is a big misconception that needs addressing. It is a non-collision sport, yes, but that's very different.
by Mark Deeks
Fri Aug 03, 2018 11:10 am
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: Why don't you like basketball?
Replies: 66
Views: 2773

Re: Why don't you like basketball?

Why particularly if you like football?
At its core, my idea (considering my company's hugely football-centric fan base) is to make whatever I produce out of this particularly targeted to a football audience. The aim is to convince that they are pretty similar games. Or it was, at least.
by Mark Deeks
Fri Aug 03, 2018 10:00 am
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: Why don't you like basketball?
Replies: 66
Views: 2773

Why don't you like basketball?

Hello! So as some of you already know (considering this is a repost from Facebook), I work in and around the NBA, the National Basketball Association of Amurrca. It is not a sport that has much standing in this country at all, for myriad sociological and organisational reasons I won't go into here -...
by Mark Deeks
Thu Aug 02, 2018 11:33 pm
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: How many of your Facebook friends are dead?
Replies: 26
Views: 1833

Re: How many of your Facebook friends are dead?

All yours.
by Mark Deeks
Thu Aug 02, 2018 9:05 pm
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: How many of your Facebook friends are dead?
Replies: 26
Views: 1833

Re: How many of your Facebook friends are dead?

Well now you're just forcing the banter. OTHER THREAD IDEAS - - If given a licence to kill one person with no repercussions, who would it be - What are your own personal kinks - How much meat would you eat if you had to do all the killing yourself - What is the worst thing you've ever said out loud ...
by Mark Deeks
Thu Aug 02, 2018 7:35 pm
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: How many of your Facebook friends are dead?
Replies: 26
Views: 1833

Re: How many of your Facebook friends are dead?

But, as above, I wasn't especially close to these people, and I'd probably stop being a clean breaks guy if I was. Don't know yet, luckily.
by Mark Deeks
Thu Aug 02, 2018 7:34 pm
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: How many of your Facebook friends are dead?
Replies: 26
Views: 1833

Re: How many of your Facebook friends are dead?

It's more that I didn't really want to see their names again. This mirrors my attitude towards death in general, as alluded to here - I understand the melodrama but I don't particularly want to see it. I'm a clean breaks guy.
by Mark Deeks
Thu Aug 02, 2018 12:15 am
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: How many of your Facebook friends are dead?
Replies: 26
Views: 1833

Re: How many of your Facebook friends are dead?

Gotta say, real return to form for C4C, this. Banter flying all over the show. Good job Gev, you content provider you.
by Mark Deeks
Wed Aug 01, 2018 7:10 pm
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: How many of your Facebook friends are dead?
Replies: 26
Views: 1833

Re: How many of your Facebook friends are dead?

I've had two die and unfriended them both very soon afterwards. It helped however that I had never met either in person. I'm unsure of what my strategy would be if my partner died.
by Mark Deeks
Thu Jul 26, 2018 8:47 am
Forum: Countdown - Spoilers
Topic: Spoilers for Wednesday 25th July 2018 (Series 79, Prelim 21)
Replies: 15
Views: 1315

Re: Spoilers for Wednesday 25th July 2018 (Series 79, Prelim 21)

I always thought it more of a boong than a boom.
by Mark Deeks
Mon Jul 16, 2018 11:17 pm
Forum: Games and Puzzles
Topic: the Countdowners Outside Co:Event Meet-ups game (COCMEAT)
Replies: 63
Views: 11810

Re: the Countdowners Outside Co:Event Meet-ups game (COCMEAT)

I just went for a steak with Kirk Bevins in Las Vegas.
by Mark Deeks
Fri Jul 06, 2018 1:01 pm
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: Questions you've always wanted answered
Replies: 502
Views: 63315

Re: Questions you've always wanted answered

RELATED - do vicars/priests/chaplains etc take singing lessons as a part of the gig?
by Mark Deeks
Fri Jul 06, 2018 1:50 am
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: Questions you've always wanted answered
Replies: 502
Views: 63315

Re: Questions you've always wanted answered

Churches and vicars. What do they do all day? Do vicars just hang out in open churches and anyone can walk in and get some religion going on? Are they mostly empty? What do vicars do when not in church?
by Mark Deeks
Sun Jun 17, 2018 11:45 am
Forum: Countdown - Events
Topic: Countdown in Cambridge (CoCam) - Saturday 16th June
Replies: 19
Views: 10639

Re: Countdown in Cambridge (CoCam) - Saturday 16th June

Yes but what about the park run?
by Mark Deeks
Wed Jun 13, 2018 10:02 am
Forum: Countdown - General
Topic: NICK HEWER = 8 DIFFERENT LETTERS N,I,C,K,H,E W,R.
Replies: 6
Views: 1663

Re: NICK HEWER = 8 DIFFERENT LETTERS N,I,C,K,H,E W,R.

New Nick Hewer kink?
Nick "Chicken'n'Wine" Hewer? Rich...cheekier...winner....nice. I knew.
Wink, cheer; he knew.

Image

There you go, I salvaged it.
by Mark Deeks
Mon Jun 11, 2018 5:30 pm
Forum: Countdown - General
Topic: COUNTDOWN = 7 DIFFERENT LETTERS C,O,U,N,T,D,W
Replies: 13
Views: 2182

Re: COUNTDOWN = 7 DIFFERENT LETTERS C,O,U,N,T,D,W

Where'd you hear that?
by Mark Deeks
Sun Jun 10, 2018 9:05 am
Forum: Countdown - Spoilers
Topic: Series 78 Finals Predictions (Contains Spoilers!)
Replies: 73
Views: 8121

Re: Series 78 Finals Predictions (Contains Spoilers!)

Sharapova was a good get for the show, to be fair. They did well there, can't have been cheap.

Anyway, yes, sorry, I confused the issue with mentioning Montgomerie in there. I was getting facetious towards the end of an otherwise valid question, apologies.
by Mark Deeks
Sat Jun 09, 2018 5:31 am
Forum: Countdown - Spoilers
Topic: Series 78 Finals Predictions (Contains Spoilers!)
Replies: 73
Views: 8121

Re: Series 78 Finals Predictions (Contains Spoilers!)

What about Nicholas Parsons, was he there? Maria Sharapova? Colin Montgomerie?
by Mark Deeks
Wed Jun 06, 2018 6:33 pm
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: Questions you've always wanted answered
Replies: 502
Views: 63315

Re: Questions you've always wanted answered

When people are videoing something on their phone, why do they invariably hold it upright, in portrait mode, even though that's rarely the optimal framing for the scene being recorded? In fact, people who do this probably belong in the "People you shouldn't trust" topic, with a special circle of he...