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by JimBentley
Fri May 19, 2017 4:53 pm
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: Deathwatch 2017
Replies: 112
Views: 6940

Re: Deathwatch 2017

James Laverty wrote:
Mon May 15, 2017 9:18 pm
Brady's dead....
He is indeed...

Standings @ 19/05/2017:

1. Jim Bentley: 135
2. Mark Deeks: 100
3. James Laverty: 66
4. Andy McGurn: 56
5. Thomas Carey: 55
6. Euan Slatter: 28
by JimBentley
Tue May 09, 2017 2:02 pm
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: (I Think I'm Going To) Snap General Election Poll
Replies: 53
Views: 3504

Re: (I Think I'm Going To) Snap General Election Poll

I wonder if you're allocating more of the UKIP vote to the Tories that I am - that's the big variable to my mind. Also, the Tory resurgence in Scotland I think is more notable than you have. Agree with Anglesey and Bristol West though. Yes, I think you're right on all those, so I've made a few chan...
by JimBentley
Mon May 08, 2017 6:13 pm
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: (I Think I'm Going To) Snap General Election Poll
Replies: 53
Views: 3504

Re: (I Think I'm Going To) Snap General Election Poll

Using a bit of guesstimation based on last week's results, I've now got the Tories at about 375, Labour about 170, Lib Dems ~20, Greens 2, SNP down below 50, UKIP lol. Tory majority of around 100. About 60 seats changing hands, mostly away from Labour. Long way to go yet, but Corbyn needs to work v...
by JimBentley
Sun May 07, 2017 9:15 am
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: (I Think I'm Going To) Snap General Election Poll
Replies: 53
Views: 3504

Re: (I Think I'm Going To) Snap General Election Poll

No No Wise words there from Thomas. Anybody got any thoughts about the local/mayoral elections last week? Major shock here in the Tees Valley mayoral election, with the Conservative candidate narrowly winning (even though the local Labour-dominated councils are much-criticised, Labour candidate Sue...
by JimBentley
Fri May 05, 2017 2:15 pm
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: (I Think I'm Going To) Snap General Election Poll
Replies: 53
Views: 3504

Re: (I Think I'm Going To) Snap General Election Poll

Ian Volante wrote:
Fri May 05, 2017 12:17 pm
Noel Mc wrote:
Fri Apr 28, 2017 5:50 pm
Paul Worsley wrote:
Fri Apr 28, 2017 10:52 am


It's an Alison Krauss song. Ronan Keating hasn't got any songs.
Never heard 'Life is a Rollercoaster'? Quality tune
He didn't write it.
Yes, it was Greg whatsit out of the New Radicals, wasn't it? Which presumably explains why it sounds almost exactly like "You Get What You Give".
by JimBentley
Thu May 04, 2017 8:17 pm
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: Lance Armstrong and "doping" generally
Replies: 108
Views: 3621

Re: Lance Armstrong and "doping" generally

I'm not convinced that it pulled up other people's performances. I mean, other British 400m runners might not have had Koch or Kratochvilova to compete against, but they've still often had plenty of runners faster than them to pull them up. If you're running 51 seconds, I don't see why someone runn...
by JimBentley
Thu May 04, 2017 8:16 pm
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: Lance Armstrong and "doping" generally
Replies: 108
Views: 3621

Re: Lance Armstrong and "doping" generally

This is actually quite an interesting phenomenon in itself. To return to the women's 400m, when the likes of Marita Koch and Jarmila Kratochvilova (I know, I'm absolutely obsessed with these two in particular*) were posting their drug-assisted times in the late 1970s and early 1980s, it actually pu...
by JimBentley
Thu May 04, 2017 8:16 pm
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: Lance Armstrong and "doping" generally
Replies: 108
Views: 3621

Re: Lance Armstrong and "doping" generally

This is actually quite an interesting phenomenon in itself. To return to the women's 400m, when the likes of Marita Koch and Jarmila Kratochvilova (I know, I'm absolutely obsessed with these two in particular*) were posting their drug-assisted times in the late 1970s and early 1980s, it actually pu...
by JimBentley
Thu May 04, 2017 6:27 pm
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: Lance Armstrong and "doping" generally
Replies: 108
Views: 3621

Re: Lance Armstrong and "doping" generally

...Kathy Cook's 49.40s was set around that time because she was competing against them. It's still the British record and I don't think she was cheating. If my memory (backed up by Wikipedia) is correct, Cook's British record was 49.43. This was surpassed by Christine Ohuruogu's 49.41 at the 2013 W...
by JimBentley
Wed May 03, 2017 6:54 pm
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: Lance Armstrong and "doping" generally
Replies: 108
Views: 3621

Re: Lance Armstrong and "doping" generally

Remember kids: DRUGS ARE BAD. Can I have yours then? I've run out. I'd love to help you out, but since the Psychoactive Substances Act, it's become a hell of a job getting hold of them (for research purposes only, of course). I've made a rod for my own back really; having "researched" so many in th...
by JimBentley
Wed May 03, 2017 5:09 pm
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: Lance Armstrong and "doping" generally
Replies: 108
Views: 3621

Re: Lance Armstrong and "doping" generally

By the way, I don't think there's any chance of this happening. I think it's just posturing for whatever reason. It's also just an idea that's come out of European Athletics, and not something that's originated from the IAAF, who would be the arbiters of this. Agreed, it's pretty unlikely to gain a...
by JimBentley
Wed May 03, 2017 2:49 pm
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: Lance Armstrong and "doping" generally
Replies: 108
Views: 3621

Re: Lance Armstrong and "doping" generally

Zarte Siempre wrote:
Wed May 03, 2017 10:08 am
But yes, I actually for once find myself in complete agreement with you.
For once? I was under the impression we agreed on quite a lot of things.
by JimBentley
Tue May 02, 2017 11:07 pm
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: Lance Armstrong and "doping" generally
Replies: 108
Views: 3621

Re: Lance Armstrong and "doping" generally

In light of this - and with the World Championships barely a month away - I think it's time to resurrect this thread. For those who just want a very quick precis: a proposal has been made that all World and European athletics records set prior to 2005 should be erased from the record books (weirdly,...
by JimBentley
Tue May 02, 2017 11:04 pm
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: Lance Armstrong and "doping" generally
Replies: 108
Views: 3621

Re: Lance Armstrong and "doping" generally

Haha as if! I was about to post something about this. In fact, I'm going to do so RIGHT NOW.
by JimBentley
Fri Apr 28, 2017 9:34 pm
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: Google search keyphrases
Replies: 16
Views: 1531

Re: Google search keyphrases

So searching for these terms puts your website at the top? I would try it out, but I might get some sort of record. No, it's any sort of hit at all, but I think the search result has to be clicked through to the site to appear in the list. Possibly. I'm not really sure how it all works, to be honest.
by JimBentley
Thu Apr 27, 2017 10:56 pm
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: Google search keyphrases
Replies: 16
Views: 1531

Re: Google search keyphrases

Haven't updated this in a while, so thought I'd take a look to see what hot new trends people (well, I say 'people', but looking at some of these I can't really be certain) are searching for. Naturally, there's the usual sex-related stuff...hell, who am I kidding, it's pretty much all sex-related: -...
by JimBentley
Thu Apr 27, 2017 11:20 am
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: Thread Of Random (for Marc)
Replies: 142
Views: 5666

Re: Thread Of Random (for Marc)

I was reading yesterday about Joey Barton's 18 month FA ban for his dodgy football bets . Here's a flavour of some of the bets that got him into trouble: http://i.imgur.com/e6w9Pmg.jpg A couple of things struck me about the whole sorry affair. First, I would have expected the bets to be larger than ...
by JimBentley
Wed Apr 26, 2017 11:14 pm
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: (I Think I'm Going To) Snap General Election Poll
Replies: 53
Views: 3504

Re: (I Think I'm Going To) Snap General Election Poll

...a Socialist Yes, god help us if the people actually doing the work get any kind of ownership of the fruits of their labour. Far better that the profits remain in the hands of a few people at the top of the tree. After all, they know best, don't they? And we wouldn't want the plebs getting above ...
by JimBentley
Wed Apr 26, 2017 8:33 pm
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: (I Think I'm Going To) Snap General Election Poll
Replies: 53
Views: 3504

Re: (I Think I'm Going To) Snap General Election Poll

It's being reported that Corbyn won't be participating in TV debates if May doesn't. Why on earth? I'm struggling to think of any way to see how this isn't the stupidest tactical decision I've ever heard. I agree, I think it's a mistake. But I can kind of see the rationale behind the decision; this...
by JimBentley
Sat Apr 22, 2017 11:54 am
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: (I Think I'm Going To) Snap General Election Poll
Replies: 53
Views: 3504

Re: (I Think I'm Going To) Snap General Election Poll

It annoys me how much of a free ride Theresa May has had as leader. And just to reinforce this point, the most trenchant political commentary (and pretty much the only anti-May narrative) that I've seen on TV this week came from the participants on Gogglebox last night. That's right, Gogglebox. Som...
by JimBentley
Wed Apr 19, 2017 6:33 pm
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: (I Think I'm Going To) Snap General Election Poll
Replies: 53
Views: 3504

Re: (I Think I'm Going To) Snap General Election Poll

It annoys me how much of a free ride Theresa May has had as leader. It was just decided before she was leader that she was a "safe pair of hands" and that's just stuck. Me too. Not even Thatcher at the peak of her popularity got this level of media sycophancy. And at least Thatcher, for all her fau...
by JimBentley
Wed Apr 19, 2017 9:46 am
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: (I Think I'm Going To) Snap General Election Poll
Replies: 53
Views: 3504

Re: (I Think I'm Going To) Snap General Election Poll

This seems pretty arrogant even for T. May: Theresa May says no to general election TV debates Presumably there's nothing stopping debates being arranged anyway? The other party leaders could hardly turn them down now and the Conservatives could be represented by a balloon on a string with a frowny ...
by JimBentley
Wed Apr 19, 2017 8:05 am
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: (I Think I'm Going To) Snap General Election Poll
Replies: 53
Views: 3504

Re: (I Think I'm Going To) Snap General Election Poll

Sorry I'm late to the party but I had so much ELECTION FEVER yesterday I couldn't type properly! Anyway, should be interesting. The consensus opinion seems to be that the Conservatives will be re-elected with a much-increased majority, but I wonder if that's going to happen? There are only so many s...
by JimBentley
Mon Apr 17, 2017 12:10 pm
Forum: Games and Puzzles
Topic: Music connection question
Replies: 60
Views: 4620

Re: Music connection question

Gavin Chipper wrote:
Mon Apr 17, 2017 11:14 am
Nice, particularly the David Cameron one.

But isn't it Axl Rose?
I think it's actually William Axl Rose, but he's always been best known as Axl, so I guess it's fine if soundalikes are OK (similarly John Leslie - Lesley Josephs only works if homophones count).
by JimBentley
Sat Apr 15, 2017 6:37 pm
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: Deathwatch 2017
Replies: 112
Views: 6940

Re: Deathwatch 2017

Possibly not a great surprise but Emma Marano - formerly the world's oldest person - has died today at the age of 117. I think this also means that the only people who are living now were born in or after 1900 (but will have to check that out). Standings @ 15/04/2017: 1. Jim Bentley: 135 2. Mark Dee...
by JimBentley
Sun Mar 19, 2017 12:43 am
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: Deathwatch 2017
Replies: 112
Views: 6940

Re: Deathwatch 2017

The legendary Chuck Berry has died aged 90 I must admit, I thought I'd got Chuckles on my own list, but it turns out the only one of us to actually nominate the old cunt was Thomas - well done sir! Standings @ 19/03/2017: 1. Jim Bentley: 135 2. Mark Deeks: 100 3. Andy McGurn: 56 4. Thomas Carey: 55
by JimBentley
Wed Jan 25, 2017 8:00 pm
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: Deathwatch 2017
Replies: 112
Views: 6940

Re: Deathwatch 2017

Mary Tyler Moore's croaked it. One off Jim's list. Just seen it myself. Points update on way (just for completeness, you understand). Standings @ 25/01/17: 1. Jim Bentley: 45 + 40 + 25 + 25 (2 x bonus) = 135 points Sorry everyone. I'm alarming myself now with my precognitive abilities. If another o...
by JimBentley
Mon Jan 23, 2017 6:25 pm
Forum: Countdown - Events
Topic: COLIN XIII- Countdown in Lincoln, 28-29 January 2017
Replies: 87
Views: 5272

Re: COLIN XIII- Countdown in Lincoln, 28-29 January 2017

I know someone's going to ask "What if the consonant pile on my table has, say, five Qs in it? Am I not allowed to remove any? What about three Qs? Two?" My "you are the ref" take on this would be to show the deck to the organiser, and if they're satisfied it has a silly distribution then they can ...
by JimBentley
Fri Jan 20, 2017 11:08 pm
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: Politics in General
Replies: 385
Views: 25813

Re: Politics in General

I think that a lot of arguments that politicians use (not just about the EU but generally) are fundamentally stupid arguments (or just dishonest) rather than just a difference of opinion. This is what I was getting at, but you slightly spoiled it with your bracketed caveat. Of course they're being ...
by JimBentley
Thu Jan 19, 2017 11:52 pm
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: Politics in General
Replies: 385
Views: 25813

Re: Politics in General

Are all politicians who seem stupid as stupid as they seem? This is impossible to answer unless you give us the names of some politicians that you think "seem stupid", because whilst I disagree profoundly with the views of many (OK, most) politicians, I can't think of one that I would call "stupid"...
by JimBentley
Fri Jan 13, 2017 11:44 pm
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: Deathwatch 2017
Replies: 112
Views: 6940

Re: Deathwatch 2017

Still a couple of days to get entries in for this and plenty of very likely candidates not yet mentioned. Graham Taylor was completely out of the blue, I think, so no surprises that nobody had thought of him. Similarly Lord Snowdon, although old, had no known health problems so I think it would have...
by JimBentley
Thu Jan 12, 2017 2:16 am
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: People you shouldn't trust
Replies: 486
Views: 26893

Re: People you shouldn't trust

People who insist that dates, rather than being a fruit in their own right, are dried plums, even when you point out how strange it is that the stone completely changes shape in the drying process. I always thought that prunes were dried plums? Dates aren't related at all, are they? Who are these p...
by JimBentley
Thu Jan 12, 2017 2:11 am
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: Thread Of Random (for Marc)
Replies: 142
Views: 5666

Re: Thread Of Random (for Marc)

After the Crisp and Confectionary threads how about one for favourite desserts. Mine is a toss up between a red velvet cheesecake or an authentic apple strudel. Although amittedly the semifredo I had at an Italian restaurant recently was to die for I'm not the biggest fan of desserts (or "afters", ...
by JimBentley
Mon Jan 09, 2017 7:55 pm
Forum: Countdown - General
Topic: Jon Corby
Replies: 32
Views: 2104

Re: Jon Corby

I KNEW IT. I think you were the only one that worked it out actually. Jim might've done too, come to think of it, not sure. Damnit, I didn't. I almost suggested it once as a joke but then the two of you started posting on the same thread and I dismissed the idea. Of course, Jon might be just preten...
by JimBentley
Sun Jan 08, 2017 8:34 pm
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: Confectionery
Replies: 17
Views: 1363

Re: Confectionery

In 1979, we lived in a flat in Gilberdyke for a few months that was part of a block that contained pretty much all of the village's shops, one of which was a newsagent that had a really impressive range of sweets. Loads of jars of the usual stuff to buy by the quarter: cola bottles, gobstoppers, jel...
by JimBentley
Sun Jan 08, 2017 7:21 pm
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: Deathwatch 2017
Replies: 112
Views: 6940

Re: Deathwatch 2017

Peter Sarstedt has died at the age of 75, it has been announced today. Very sad news (although not unexpected) and certainly not the way in which I wanted scoring in this competition to begin. I'm off to play "Where Do You Go To My Lovely" in tribute. Standings @ 08/01/2017: 1. Jim Bentley: 45 (120...
by JimBentley
Fri Jan 06, 2017 1:48 am
Forum: Countdown - General
Topic: Countdown Goody Bags through the ages.
Replies: 22
Views: 1655

Re: Countdown Goody Bags through the ages.

do you happen to own a copy of that jim? Heh, no. 99% of the games I had were - brace yourself - illegal copies. But I remember the reviews from the time and have played it since on emulators (it's not especially good and certainly not worth tracking down today, although it certainly has novelty va...
by JimBentley
Thu Jan 05, 2017 8:29 pm
Forum: Countdown - Events
Topic: COLIN XIII- Countdown in Lincoln, 28-29 January 2017
Replies: 87
Views: 5272

Re: COLIN XIII- Countdown in Lincoln, 28-29 January 2017

Ben Wilson wrote:
Matt Morrison wrote:Imagine if it was the biggest and best without Corby.
He'll only have himself to blame.
It's odd that - having already posted in this thread - he obviously knows that it's going on, but hasn't entered (or said why he's not coming). Hope he's OK. I might have to email him.
by JimBentley
Thu Jan 05, 2017 8:25 pm
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: Deathwatch 2017
Replies: 112
Views: 6940

Re: Deathwatch 2017

I read that BBC article about the Mandela effect, and empathised with almost none of it. People just don't pay attention. Also, I'm pretty sure I read virtually the same article years ago. I've been reading a bit more about the Mandela Effect lately and one thing that strikes me is that it tends to...
by JimBentley
Tue Jan 03, 2017 11:46 pm
Forum: Countdown - General
Topic: Countdown Goody Bags through the ages.
Replies: 22
Views: 1655

Re: Countdown Goody Bags through the ages.

do you happen to own a copy of that jim? Heh, no. 99% of the games I had were - brace yourself - illegal copies. But I remember the reviews from the time and have played it since on emulators (it's not especially good and certainly not worth tracking down today, although it certainly has novelty va...
by JimBentley
Tue Jan 03, 2017 8:07 pm
Forum: Countdown - General
Topic: Countdown Goody Bags through the ages.
Replies: 22
Views: 1655

Re: Countdown Goody Bags through the ages.

It's almost definitely some version of the computer game, which had appeared a couple of years previous. This is the inlay from the Spectrum version: http://www.worldofspectrum.org/pub/sinclair/games-inlays/Rereleases/c/Countdown(TVGames).jpg Not identical, but it's possible that other versions (e.g...
by JimBentley
Mon Jan 02, 2017 5:51 pm
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: Deathwatch 2017
Replies: 112
Views: 6940

Re: Deathwatch 2017

Would this have been a valid guess? Because it did occur to me. Also, someone like this . I dunno really. Admittedly I didn't specifically guard against this sort of thing, but could plausibly have disallowed both choices as - to be brutal - their only notability arose from their being close to dea...
by JimBentley
Sun Jan 01, 2017 4:23 pm
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: Thread Of Random (for Marc)
Replies: 142
Views: 5666

Re: Thread Of Random (for Marc)

I would agree with Greatest British female singer of the 21st Century though Don't be silly, everyone knows that the greatest British female singer of the 21st century was Leanne Brown out of long-forgotten early-2000s one-hit wonders Sweet Female Attitude. Either her or the other one out of long-f...
by JimBentley
Sun Jan 01, 2017 3:54 pm
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: Deathwatch 2017
Replies: 112
Views: 6940

Re: Deathwatch 2017

Marc Meakin wrote:
James Laverty wrote:See the official list is out. Plenty of names already mentioned on it https://deathlist.net//
12/50 for 2016 wasn't a bad yield
Technically my ratio of 4/10 was better. I AM GREAT etc.
by JimBentley
Sun Jan 01, 2017 3:52 pm
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: Thread Of Random (for Marc)
Replies: 142
Views: 5666

Re: Thread Of Random (for Marc)

I'm just watching a countdown of the best-selling British singles of the decade on low-quality music TV station Viva and it's got to "Rolling In The Deep" by Adele. According to the idiot voiceover woman, this is the single that apparently confirmed Adele as "the greatest artist we have ever had". I...
by JimBentley
Sun Jan 01, 2017 3:23 pm
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: Deathwatch 2017
Replies: 112
Views: 6940

Re: Deathwatch 2017

Although entries don't close for a couple of weeks, here's a quick round-up of the top picks so far. It should probably be said that in the interests of getting in first with a choice, this is probably a bit distorted (certainly I removed four of these people from my list once I saw they'd been chos...
by JimBentley
Sun Jan 01, 2017 2:00 pm
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: Deathwatch 2017
Replies: 112
Views: 6940

Re: Deathwatch 2017

I see Tommy Wisbey didn't make it.......I reckon a 90% Google amongst us lot :D Well, a bit of research never hurts in IMPORTANT COMPETITIONS such as this. With scoring now underway, the first casualty of 2017 is Burundian politician Emmanuel Niyonkuru, shot dead earlier today. Surprisingly, nobody...
by JimBentley
Sat Dec 31, 2016 8:02 pm
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: Deathwatch 2017
Replies: 112
Views: 6940

Re: Deathwatch 2017

Mark Deeks wrote:What if someone on one of our lists dies at like 00.30am GMT, but they're in America at the time? How do we call that?
Well, someone could have died in Australia (or any place that's already into 2017) by now, but in the extremely unlikely event of this happening, we're going by GMT.
by JimBentley
Sat Dec 31, 2016 7:32 pm
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: Deathwatch 2017
Replies: 112
Views: 6940

Re: Deathwatch 2017

OK, I know I was going to wait but hopefully none of these will die in the next four and a half hours:

Burt Reynolds
Denis Norden
Ian St. John
Joni Mitchell
Leslie Phillips
Liz Dawn
Mary Tyler Moore
Peter Sarstedt
Val Kilmer
Valerie Harper
by JimBentley
Sat Dec 31, 2016 5:16 pm
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: Deathwatch 2017
Replies: 112
Views: 6940

Re: Deathwatch 2017

Marc Meakin wrote:After studying the form book.
Can I swap Paul Gascoigne and Carol Vorderman for Pele and Bobby Charlton.
Go on then, but only because it's you.

Some impressive-looking entries so far!
by JimBentley
Fri Dec 30, 2016 12:34 am
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: Deathwatch 2017
Replies: 112
Views: 6940

Re: Deathwatch 2017

Also, can't you get together with someone else and murder the people on each other's lists? In a Strangers On A Train vein? Indeed, good point. The more you look at it, this rule just hasn't been very well thought out at all. That's true, I really should have thought more about it more. I'm just go...
by JimBentley
Fri Dec 30, 2016 12:12 am
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: Deathwatch 2017
Replies: 112
Views: 6940

Re: Deathwatch 2017

Doesn't rule 4 actively encourage cheating? 4.1. If you personally murder somebody named on your list, or pay (or offer inducements) for them to be murdered, no points will be scored. Feel free to murder people not on your list though. What if they are murdered but the murder remains unsolved? Do y...
by JimBentley
Thu Dec 29, 2016 10:28 pm
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: Deathwatch 2017
Replies: 112
Views: 6940

Re: Deathwatch 2017

There's a few people who I am fairly certain will die in 2017, but I'm not morbid enough to compete in something that relies on people dying. I expressed a similar opinion last year but I think the best way to get over it is to become actively involved in the whole death scene (although not by kill...
by JimBentley
Thu Dec 29, 2016 10:23 pm
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: Deathwatch 2017
Replies: 112
Views: 6940

Re: Deathwatch 2017

Fred Mumford wrote:Doesn't rule 4 actively encourage cheating?
4.1. If you personally murder somebody named on your list, or pay (or offer inducements) for them to be murdered, no points will be scored.

Feel free to murder people not on your list though.
by JimBentley
Thu Dec 29, 2016 8:02 pm
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: Deathwatch 2017
Replies: 112
Views: 6940

Deathwatch 2017

Given the amount of interest there's been in 2016's celebrity deaths, I thought it might be a interesting to frame 2017's version as a more competitive "thing". After all, for the reasons we've already discussed, it's unlikely to slow down anytime soon. Now, I'm not sure there'll be enough interest ...
by JimBentley
Thu Dec 29, 2016 7:37 pm
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: Crisps
Replies: 47
Views: 1317

Re: Crisps

I think we need more than that Jim. If you leave stuff out, you can always post again! Oh I will, trust me. In fact, I'm doing it right now! On the sub-subject of maize snacks (as opposed to purely potato-based crisps) I've always enjoyed stuff like Space Raiders, especially the pickled onion ones ...
by JimBentley
Thu Dec 29, 2016 5:57 pm
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: Crisps
Replies: 47
Views: 1317

Re: Crisps

I sort of made a start on a proper post for this thread but quickly realised that - like Mark - I love crisps so much that it would go on forever and I'd still end up missing out many of my favourites (and favourites that no longer exist). As such, it's going to be far quicker to say that in my enti...
by JimBentley
Thu Dec 29, 2016 5:37 pm
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: Who would be the biggest deaths?
Replies: 236
Views: 8479

Re: Who would be the biggest deaths?

I'm considering about fifty at the moment and it's going to be tough to reduce it to just ten. Also, I think I'll wait until December 31st because some of my choices are undoubtedly so prescient that they may not last until 2017. I knew I was tempting fate with this, but three of them (Zsa Zsa Gabo...
by JimBentley
Tue Dec 27, 2016 11:59 pm
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: Who would be the biggest deaths?
Replies: 236
Views: 8479

Re: Who would be the biggest deaths?

I hadn't heard of Vera Rubin until today Why not? If you think that physicists and scientific thinkers are given insufficient kudos and coverage, then surely you should be making it your business to find out about them and their work before they die, not after it. But isn't that partly the point? T...
by JimBentley
Tue Dec 27, 2016 7:58 pm
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: Who would be the biggest deaths?
Replies: 236
Views: 8479

Re: Who would be the biggest deaths?

But do we as a society disproportionately value the achievements of entertainers above those of, for example, astrophysicists? Arguably, yes. Or in a more accurate analysis, no. We value achievements that directly impact upon and influence our lives and it's pure intellectual elitism to pontificate...