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by Paul Worsley
Tue Jan 28, 2020 1:55 pm
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: Why don't you like basketball?
Replies: 76
Views: 15926

Re: Why don't you like basketball?

My opinion of basketball did go up slightly last year when I was in Las Vegas. I was playing card with a bunch of Americans who were watching a basketball game on the screens. They were very excitable and clearly passionate about the game, which I believe was a college game. Maybe it is a real sport...
by Paul Worsley
Fri Jan 24, 2020 10:24 am
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: Absolutely terrible claims to fame/celebrity spots
Replies: 43
Views: 1961

Re: Absolutely terrible claims to fame/celebrity spots

Andy Platt wrote:
Thu Jan 23, 2020 11:21 pm
Bringing it back to Countdown somewhat, my auntie is really good mates with Carol Vorderman's sister, Trixie.
I went to school with Carol Vorderman's first husband. I didn't go to the wedding, but I did go to the divorce party.
by Paul Worsley
Sat Jan 18, 2020 10:37 pm
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: Absolutely terrible claims to fame/celebrity spots
Replies: 43
Views: 1961

Re: Absolutely terrible claims to fame/celebrity spots

Tom S wrote:
Sat Jan 18, 2020 10:33 am
He was actually quite nice and pleasant, though.
I assumed he would be. What made you think otherwise?
by Paul Worsley
Sat Jan 18, 2020 8:48 am
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: Absolutely terrible claims to fame/celebrity spots
Replies: 43
Views: 1961

Re: Absolutely terrible claims to fame/celebrity spots

Mark Deeks wrote:
Sat Jan 18, 2020 8:00 am
Weird that she'd take her uncle's name. Guess they do it differently in the West Country/Empire.
That was just how me and my flatmates referred to her. We also used to mouth The Imperial March when we knew she was coming up the stairs.
by Paul Worsley
Sat Jan 18, 2020 1:03 am
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: Absolutely terrible claims to fame/celebrity spots
Replies: 43
Views: 1961

Re: Absolutely terrible claims to fame/celebrity spots

James Robinson wrote:
Fri Jan 17, 2020 11:20 am
Paul Worsley wrote:
Fri Jan 17, 2020 9:47 am
At Uni, a flatmate's girlfriend was the niece of Darth Vader.
Body or voice?😛
David Prowse.

It was around the time of the filming of The Return of the Jedi, and he was pretty pissed off about the fact they'd used a different actor for the death scene, according to his niece (Beverly Vader).
by Paul Worsley
Fri Jan 17, 2020 9:47 am
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: Absolutely terrible claims to fame/celebrity spots
Replies: 43
Views: 1961

Re: Absolutely terrible claims to fame/celebrity spots

At Uni, a flatmate's girlfriend was the niece of Darth Vader.
by Paul Worsley
Tue Jan 14, 2020 12:58 pm
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: Questions you've always wanted answered
Replies: 622
Views: 134990

Re: Questions you've always wanted answered

I have a friend who appeared on Pointless, and apparently it's ok to ask for clarification. So if a Champions League question came up it would be ok to ask "Is that a European competition?"
by Paul Worsley
Fri Dec 20, 2019 4:37 pm
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: Politics in General
Replies: 578
Views: 113774

Re: Politics in General

You're quite right (although I think its £11k more). The tipping point is about 69k. What I should've said that on the whole, those earning 50-100k will be paying less. The "tipping point" is 64K by my calculations*. It would be dishonest to suggest that anyone earning 50-100K would be paying less,...
by Paul Worsley
Fri Dec 20, 2019 10:26 am
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: Politics in General
Replies: 578
Views: 113774

Re: Politics in General

- Everyone who earns up to 100k will be better off - Those who earn between 20-50k will basically be getting a 10% net pay rise overnight - This will raise £6bn for the treasury Don't do any interviews with Nick Ferrari. Someone earning £100K pa would be pay a whopping £15K extra under your propose...
by Paul Worsley
Fri Dec 20, 2019 2:44 am
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: Politics in General
Replies: 578
Views: 113774

Re: Politics in General

Jon O'Neill wrote:
Tue Dec 03, 2019 8:53 am
75% was a nice round number that took the overall picture into "profit" vs. the status quo.
What about National Insurance? Are you abolishing it or keeping it the same as it is now?
by Paul Worsley
Wed Dec 18, 2019 1:00 am
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: Who would you like to lead the labour Party
Replies: 30
Views: 1559

Re: Who would you like to lead the labour Party

Coming back to the original question, I believe that Sir Keir Starmer or Lisa Nandy would be the best choice to lead the Labour party. Given that both candidates are seen as too centrist for Momentum, it's likely to be Rebecca Long-Bailey. None of them will ever be PM, but Nandy stands the best chan...
by Paul Worsley
Tue Dec 17, 2019 6:06 pm
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: Who would you like to lead the labour Party
Replies: 30
Views: 1559

Re: Who would you like to lead the labour Party

Jon O'Neill wrote:
Tue Dec 17, 2019 5:34 pm
Labour got more votes and more seats this GE than the 2015 GE so to call it their worst defeat since 1935 is a little misleading in a discussion about how they fared.
Labour won fewer seats than they did in 2015.
by Paul Worsley
Tue Dec 17, 2019 12:40 am
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: Who would you like to lead the labour Party
Replies: 30
Views: 1559

Re: Who would you like to lead the labour Party

Gavin Chipper wrote:
Mon Dec 16, 2019 10:58 pm
I don't think it's that at all. You mentioned the press. It's much more how it's presented than the actual policies.
So let me get this right. The Labour party just suffered their worst defeat since 1935, and you think it's down to presentation?
by Paul Worsley
Sat Dec 14, 2019 2:17 am
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: Is Jeremy Corbyn electable as Prime Minister ?
Replies: 26
Views: 2441

Re: Is Jeremy Corbyn electable as Prime Minister ?

Jon O'Neill wrote:
Sun Nov 24, 2019 11:40 pm
Worth noting that the odds have moved significantly away from Corbyn in this market, when the Brexit Party stood down their candidates in all CON seats.
Thanks for the heads up though. I managed to get some money on a Conservative majority at 6/4 on Betfair.
by Paul Worsley
Tue Dec 03, 2019 12:34 am
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: Politics in General
Replies: 578
Views: 113774

Re: Politics in General

Jon O'Neill wrote:
Sun Nov 24, 2019 11:06 pm
None of this is to say that I accept the original premise, that higher tax kills aspiration. People are motivated by more than just cash.
Just out of interest, how did you come up with 75%? If punitive tax doesn't kill aspiration why stop there? Why not 85% or 95% or even 100%?
by Paul Worsley
Sun Nov 24, 2019 1:07 am
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: Politics in General
Replies: 578
Views: 113774

Re: Politics in General

JimBentley wrote:
Sat Nov 23, 2019 11:25 pm
I endorse this proposal wholeheartedly.
A 75% tax rate on earnings over 50K kills aspiration. Why would anyone start a small business, with all the risk and all the extra work bother?
by Paul Worsley
Sun Nov 03, 2019 11:10 pm
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: REALLY obvious things you've just realised
Replies: 204
Views: 54262

Re: REALLY obvious things you've just realised

Not obvious until someone tells you, but in the song Feel Like Making' Love by Bad Company, they actually sing "Feel like bacon, love?"
by Paul Worsley
Mon Oct 21, 2019 8:44 pm
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: What films have you watched lately?
Replies: 257
Views: 90129

Re: What films have you watched lately?

Joker is relentlessly bleak and not as good as I had hoped. Phoenix was outstanding though.
by Paul Worsley
Thu Oct 03, 2019 3:08 pm
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: Politics in General
Replies: 578
Views: 113774

Re: Politics in General

The way I see it, they're a hospital. It's completely outside of their role and beyond their jurisdiction to be trying to stop someone going somewhere else for treatment. The doctor's duty of care is to the patient, not to the parents/next of kin. If the doctor believes that a procedure or transfer...
by Paul Worsley
Wed Oct 02, 2019 6:00 pm
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: Controversial Musical Opinions.
Replies: 59
Views: 6298

Re: Controversial Musical Opinions.

This was quite an easy one for most radio stations though. "Rock And Roll" kind of stands up today but all the rest of the Glitter stuff is really dated now. And it's not as though much other early 70s glam stuff gets played these days (I guess because it does sound so dated). As for Rolf Harris, a...
by Paul Worsley
Wed Oct 02, 2019 10:23 am
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: Controversial Musical Opinions.
Replies: 59
Views: 6298

Re: Controversial Musical Opinions.

Live albums, on the other hand... There are a few notable exceptions. At Filmore East is better than any studio album produced by The Allman Brothers. Thin Lizzy's Live and Dangerous is their best album, in my opinion, although there is a lot of debate about just how live it is. B.B.King Live at th...
by Paul Worsley
Wed Oct 02, 2019 12:10 am
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: Controversial Musical Opinions.
Replies: 59
Views: 6298

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. Wow. I know this is the "Controversial Musical Opinions" thread, and I kept quiet when someone said Bonnie Tyler had a better song than anything Bowie ever did, but this...
by Paul Worsley
Tue Oct 01, 2019 1:39 pm
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: Religion
Replies: 456
Views: 44058

Re: Religion

Dan Byrom wrote:
Tue Sep 24, 2019 11:49 am
I have heard second hand from a friend who saw someone with one leg longer than the other get prayed for and visibly see the shorter leg get longer.
Type "faith healer leg trick" into YouTube to see see it first hand, complete with an explanation of how it's done.
by Paul Worsley
Mon Sep 30, 2019 10:00 am
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: Controversial Musical Opinions.
Replies: 59
Views: 6298

Re: Controversial Musical Opinions.

There are hundreds of good albums.

I would define a good album as one that you listen to from start to finish. It may have highlights, but that doesn't make the other tracks "fillers".
by Paul Worsley
Wed Sep 25, 2019 6:08 pm
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: Understanding Asperger's
Replies: 4
Views: 1153

Re: Understanding Asperger's

Just to be clear, Trump and the right wing American media have NOT been referring to Greta Thurnberg's Asperger's as a mental illness. Political commentator Michael J Knowles disgracefully referred to her as a "mentally ill Swedish child", but he has been criticised by the American media, including ...
by Paul Worsley
Tue Sep 17, 2019 5:13 pm
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: Controversial Musical Opinions.
Replies: 59
Views: 6298

Re: Controversial Musical Opinions.

Michael Jackson was rightly revered for being a great performer, and innovative showman, but his song writing was nothing special.

"'Cause this is thriller....." No, Michael. This is horror.
by Paul Worsley
Tue Sep 17, 2019 10:47 am
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: Controversial Musical Opinions.
Replies: 59
Views: 6298

Re: Controversial Musical Opinions.

Covers of Beatles songs were far superior to the originals. Exhibit A - Dear Prudence. Siouxsie knocked it out of the park. I'm old enough to remember the release of Siouxsie's version, and was already familiar with the Beatle's White Album. I think the cover is ok, but never "far superior". I thin...
by Paul Worsley
Sat Sep 14, 2019 10:54 pm
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: The Left Wing Press
Replies: 11
Views: 1984

Re: The Left Wing Press

Before I started this thread I checked out the Sun and the Daily Mail websites, and neither lead on the Flintoff story. I also picked up a copy of the Sun while queueing in Costa and no mention of Flintoff on the front page. I subscribe to the online Daily Telegraph and wasn't aware they were ignori...
by Paul Worsley
Sat Sep 14, 2019 11:52 am
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: The Left Wing Press
Replies: 11
Views: 1984

Re: The Left Wing Press

What near-treasonous behaviour was that, Paul? Explain with examples please. And anyway, the Guardian is not left-wing, it is very much centrist. They probably hate Corbyn as much as you do! I was being sarcastic in response to another thread. Basically, I believe the current political paralysis ca...
by Paul Worsley
Thu Sep 12, 2019 11:14 pm
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: The Left Wing Press
Replies: 11
Views: 1984

The Left Wing Press

I cannot believe that after near treasonous behaviour by Jeremy Corbyn, the best headline the Guardian and the Mirror can come up with is about the Duchess of Sussex's fashion line for unemployed women, and Simon Cowell's botox. I used to laugh about North Korea and Russia suppressing news stories, ...
by Paul Worsley
Wed Aug 28, 2019 11:20 am
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: Tiny details that spoilt your enjoyment of a film or TV show
Replies: 3
Views: 1201

Re: Tiny details that spoilt your enjoyment of a film or TV show

Gavin Chipper wrote:
Wed Aug 28, 2019 11:05 am
Would they not have had fillings in a post-apocalyptic world?
Unlikely. From what I remember, they didn't even have Netflix.
by Paul Worsley
Tue Aug 13, 2019 3:46 pm
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: Religion
Replies: 456
Views: 44058

Re: Religion

That said, I'm not all that pleased about it. I am somewhat jealous of the comfort that faith seems to provide many people I know. The late Christopher Hitchens considered himself an "antitheist", in that he didn't believe in god, and would be disappointed to discover that he was wrong, even before...
by Paul Worsley
Mon Aug 12, 2019 11:22 pm
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: Religion
Replies: 456
Views: 44058

Re: Religion

I agree it's a ridiculous argument. I went to a church school, and was once asked by a teacher, who was also a minister, what I thought about the bible. I told him I was an atheist, and he replied, "There's no such thing as atheist". When he saw the puzzled look on my face, he explained that whereas...
by Paul Worsley
Mon Aug 12, 2019 10:21 pm
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: Religion
Replies: 456
Views: 44058

Re: Religion

Smarter. He's smarter than us. Nothing smug there :roll: I don't think he said he was smarter. He just said that agnosticism is a smarter position than atheism. I assume he means that, because you can't prove 100% that there isn't a god, it is smarter to label yourself a "Don't Know" By the same to...
by Paul Worsley
Mon Aug 05, 2019 12:00 am
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: Questions you've always wanted answered
Replies: 622
Views: 134990

Re: Questions you've always wanted answered

Ian Volante wrote:
Wed Jul 31, 2019 12:18 pm
In the UK, we're lucky to have a lot of fresh water resource, although it's becoming a problem in the southeast of England as far as I'm aware.
Maybe if they didn't put so much of it in their beer, they wouldn't have a problem.
by Paul Worsley
Tue Apr 30, 2019 9:45 am
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: People you shouldn't trust
Replies: 607
Views: 133513

Re: People you shouldn't trust

People who say "Well, we have to go now", and are still there 20 minutes later.
by Paul Worsley
Fri Apr 26, 2019 12:42 pm
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: REALLY obvious things you've just realised
Replies: 204
Views: 54262

Re: REALLY obvious things you've just realised

Mark Deeks wrote:
Fri Apr 26, 2019 10:40 am
Jimmy Carr looks like Richard Nixon.
I was going to post something along the line of "Bollocks!", but, actually, you have a point.
by Paul Worsley
Mon Apr 22, 2019 7:27 pm
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: What films have you watched lately?
Replies: 257
Views: 90129

Re: What films have you watched lately?

The Highwaymen.....Kevin Costner and Woody Harrelson. A netflix special. It's about the hunt for Bonnie and Clyde. I quite enjoyed it 7/10 Also new on netflix, The Thing. I hadn't seen this in over 30 years and was surprised how well it had aged. It's considered to be one of the last big special eff...
by Paul Worsley
Sat Apr 13, 2019 12:55 pm
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: What films have you watched lately?
Replies: 257
Views: 90129

Re: What films have you watched lately?

Watched two in-flight movies this week.

"First Man", the Neil Armstrong biopic was very good, and I can recommend it.

"Widows" based on the Lynda La Plante novel/mini-series, started off well, but the final twists were a bit preposterous.
by Paul Worsley
Mon Mar 11, 2019 10:22 pm
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: Politics in General
Replies: 578
Views: 113774

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".
by Paul Worsley
Sun Feb 17, 2019 10:10 pm
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: What TV programmes have you been watching lately?
Replies: 463
Views: 138393

Re: What TV programmes have you been watching lately?

Just finished watching Black Mirror on Netflix. For the most part I thoroughly enjoyed it, but for some reason Netflix made me watch it back to front (kind of a Black Mirror moment), so I watched Season 4 first and Season 1 last. Did it make you or did it just come as by default and you didn't do a...
by Paul Worsley
Sun Feb 17, 2019 12:15 am
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: What TV programmes have you been watching lately?
Replies: 463
Views: 138393

Re: What TV programmes have you been watching lately?

Just finished watching Black Mirror on Netflix. For the most part I thoroughly enjoyed it, but for some reason Netflix made me watch it back to front (kind of a Black Mirror moment), so I watched Season 4 first and Season 1 last. All fine, until tonight, when I watched my final episode, "The Nationa...
by Paul Worsley
Fri Dec 21, 2018 1:26 pm
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: Questions you've always wanted answered
Replies: 622
Views: 134990

Re: Questions you've always wanted answered

Cat Buck-A-Roo is good fun on Christmas day.
by Paul Worsley
Wed Dec 19, 2018 6:19 pm
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: Christmas cards
Replies: 3
Views: 2225

Re: Christmas cards

We still send cards.

I still think of myself as being in touch with a friend from university days, even though my wife writes and sends our card, and his wife writes and sends theirs.
by Paul Worsley
Sun Dec 16, 2018 7:23 pm
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: What TV programmes have you been watching lately?
Replies: 463
Views: 138393

Re: What TV programmes have you been watching lately?

"Narcos: Mexico" on Netflix. I suppose it's very similar to "Narcos", but set in Mexico, and with cannabis instead of cocaine (although they do upgrade to smuggling cocaine for the Colombians). It's very violent and most of the dialogue is subtitled, but fascinating nonetheless. This series highligh...
by Paul Worsley
Sat Nov 17, 2018 11:08 pm
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: Things normal people normally own but you don't own for some reason
Replies: 66
Views: 18268

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

A pair of chopsticks. I think the knife and fork is a better invention, and don't feel my oriental meals are any less authentic without them. A pair, now you tell me, I've only got the one 😁. All joking aside John Lewis (other pretentious middle class department stores are available ) do a rookie c...
by Paul Worsley
Sat Nov 17, 2018 4:27 pm
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: Things normal people normally own but you don't own for some reason
Replies: 66
Views: 18268

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

A pair of chopsticks.

I think the knife and fork is a better invention, and don't feel my oriental meals are any less authentic without them.
by Paul Worsley
Mon Nov 12, 2018 1:24 pm
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: Greatest Ever Sportsman?
Replies: 126
Views: 18109

Re: Greatest Ever Sportsman?

I concur again with Bradman. I find this weird. I don't think I could say who the greatest ever sportsman would be, but I'm pretty sure I wouldn't choose a cricketer. Cricket doesn't test athletic abilities in any meaningful way and one person's influence over the team performance is only ever goin...
by Paul Worsley
Mon Nov 05, 2018 1:59 pm
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: What films have you watched lately?
Replies: 257
Views: 90129

Re: What films have you watched lately?

Beasts of No Nation.. A difficult subject, but very well handled. Violent at times, but thought provoking and harrowing.
by Paul Worsley
Tue Oct 23, 2018 12:14 am
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: Greatest Ever Sportsman?
Replies: 126
Views: 18109

Re: Greatest Ever Sportsman?

I agree that both Farah and Hamilton could win more titles, but Stevenson would have been turning professional in a golden era for Heavyweight boxing. It's impossible to say how he would have fared. It certainly was a golden era for heavyweight boxing and Muhammad Ali in the mid seventies was a ver...
by Paul Worsley
Mon Oct 22, 2018 8:41 am
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: Greatest Ever Sportsman?
Replies: 126
Views: 18109

Re: Greatest Ever Sportsman?

I agree that both Farah and Hamilton could win more titles, but Stevenson would have been turning professional in a golden era for Heavyweight boxing. It's impossible to say how he would have fared.
by Paul Worsley
Sun Oct 21, 2018 8:54 pm
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: Greatest Ever Sportsman?
Replies: 126
Views: 18109

Re: Greatest Ever Sportsman?

No Rocky Marciano, no Tefeleo Stevenson. Mo Farah and Lewis Hamilton should be added too. Jahanagar Khan is a good call for a non global sport though. Mo Farah's Olympic feats were surpassed by both Lasse Viren and Emil Zatopek. Stevenson was never tested, as he never turned professional. Fangio is...
by Paul Worsley
Sun Oct 21, 2018 8:45 am
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: Greatest Ever Sportsman?
Replies: 126
Views: 18109

Re: Greatest Ever Sportsman?

Although not a contender for "Greatest Sportsman", the US discus thrower, Al Oerter, deserves an honorary mention. In 1968 he became the first person to win a fourth consecutive gold in the same event, a feat only equalled by Carl Lewis (long jump) and Michael Phelps (200m individual medley).
by Paul Worsley
Sun Oct 21, 2018 8:25 am
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: Greatest Ever Sportsman?
Replies: 126
Views: 18109

Re: Greatest Ever Sportsman?

Just reading this thread again. I was thinking about boxing - it doesn't have proper tournaments. It's just a challenge thing, which doesn't cut it. You remain champion until some opponent (sometimes arguably picked for non-merit reasons) beats you. And people refer to Ali as a three-time champion ...
by Paul Worsley
Wed Oct 17, 2018 9:16 pm
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: What TV programmes have you been watching lately?
Replies: 463
Views: 138393

Re: What TV programmes have you been watching lately?

Give it a go. It's a ghost story rather than a gorefest, (although there is some blood and gore). Unlike the majority of horror films it's genuinely scary.
by Paul Worsley
Wed Oct 17, 2018 3:21 pm
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: What TV programmes have you been watching lately?
Replies: 463
Views: 138393

Re: What TV programmes have you been watching lately?

"The Haunting of Hill House" on Netflix. The Haunting (1963) scared the bejeezus out of me when I first saw it, aged 11. It scared me again when I saw it for a second time,7 years later. This series stays loyal to the original film, and adds a few more layers too. I'm on episode 5 of 10, and enjoyin...
by Paul Worsley
Wed Oct 17, 2018 3:13 pm
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: What films have you watched lately?
Replies: 257
Views: 90129

Re: What films have you watched lately?

Saw "A Star is Born" last week. 4/5. Bradley Cooper and Lady GaGa are both very good. The on stage scenes were first rate.