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by Phil Reynolds
Tue Sep 04, 2018 10:59 am
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: Deathwatch 2018
Replies: 107
Views: 20724

Re: Deathwatch 2018

Jacqueline Pearce, aka Servalan in Blake's 7.
by Phil Reynolds
Tue Aug 21, 2018 10:26 pm
Forum: Games and Puzzles
Topic: Change one letter of a film title to make a funny one
Replies: 63
Views: 7161

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

Mark James wrote:
Tue Jul 24, 2018 4:28 pm
Schindler's Fist was my favourite.
I'm sure he'd be gratified to know that.
by Phil Reynolds
Wed Aug 15, 2018 10:18 am
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: The Irish Question
Replies: 29
Views: 1679

Re: The Irish Question

Here is how much I know about Ireland. If it's any consolation I probably would have said six as well and I'm Irish. You hear Ulster and you think the six counties of Northern Ireland. You forget there's three other ones in the Republic. Yep, I had the phrase "the six counties" in my head when I pu...
by Phil Reynolds
Wed Jul 11, 2018 10:14 pm
Forum: Games and Puzzles
Topic: Change one letter of a film title to make a funny one
Replies: 63
Views: 7161

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

Star Wars Episode IV: A New Hole
by Phil Reynolds
Thu Jun 07, 2018 9:29 am
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: What TV programmes have you been watching lately?
Replies: 313
Views: 47009

Re: What TV programmes have you been watching lately?

A Very English Scandal. It was good , though maybe they could have condensed it into a 2 hour film. What would be the point of that? When TV's this good you want more of it, not less. But as it happens the story divided very logically into three - the affair and its aftermath, the murder plot, and ...
by Phil Reynolds
Wed Jun 06, 2018 10:07 pm
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: Questions you've always wanted answered
Replies: 502
Views: 62182

Re: Questions you've always wanted answered

Mark Deeks wrote:
Wed Jun 06, 2018 6:33 pm
Phil Reynolds wrote:
Wed Jun 06, 2018 2:24 pm
When people are videoing something on their phone, why do they invariably hold it upright
Because it's easier to hold it one handed that way.
And they say men can't multitask.
by Phil Reynolds
Wed Jun 06, 2018 5:41 pm
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: Questions you've always wanted answered
Replies: 502
Views: 62182

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...
by Phil Reynolds
Wed Jun 06, 2018 2:29 pm
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: Shouldn't have to ask
Replies: 25
Views: 2723

Re: Shouldn't have to ask

Zarte Siempre wrote:
Tue Jun 05, 2018 7:52 am
Phil Reynolds wrote:
Mon Jun 04, 2018 5:48 pm
Anyway, grated cheese in a sandwich is simply annoying and wrong.
You'd think you'd enjoy something you have so much in common with ;)
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iopcslbsXxQ
by Phil Reynolds
Wed Jun 06, 2018 2:24 pm
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: Questions you've always wanted answered
Replies: 502
Views: 62182

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 hel...
by Phil Reynolds
Wed Jun 06, 2018 2:18 pm
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: What TV programmes have you been watching lately?
Replies: 313
Views: 47009

Re: What TV programmes have you been watching lately?

A Very English Scandal. Just outstanding in every way - writing, acting, direction, all superb. And for those of us old enough to remember the Thorpe trial and the sensation it caused, the blackly farcical tone is spot-on.
by Phil Reynolds
Mon Jun 04, 2018 5:48 pm
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: Shouldn't have to ask
Replies: 25
Views: 2723

Re: Shouldn't have to ask

How does altering the surface area of the cheese give it more flavour? I posit that this is entirely a product of your imagination. http://qi.com/infocloud/cheese Even if true, I don't care. As a snack I'll quite often cut myself a thick slice off a slab of extra mature cheddar and eat it with noth...
by Phil Reynolds
Mon Jun 04, 2018 4:14 pm
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: Shouldn't have to ask
Replies: 25
Views: 2723

Re: Shouldn't have to ask

Zarte Siempre wrote:
Mon Jun 04, 2018 1:42 pm
grated cheese is by far the more sensible option for a sandwich that you can eat over a plate. It alters the surface area of the cheese and gives it more flavour
How does altering the surface area of the cheese give it more flavour? I posit that this is entirely a product of your imagination.
by Phil Reynolds
Mon Jun 04, 2018 12:32 pm
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: Shouldn't have to ask
Replies: 25
Views: 2723

Re: Shouldn't have to ask

Gavin Chipper wrote:
Mon Jun 04, 2018 12:01 pm
I've always thought of a hamburger as a burger in a bun. No-one would call a burger on its own a hamburger.
Apart from the Oxford Dictionary... (Note that "typically served in a bread roll" is added information, not part of the definition.)
by Phil Reynolds
Mon Jun 04, 2018 12:21 pm
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: Shouldn't have to ask
Replies: 25
Views: 2723

Re: Shouldn't have to ask

And what else should you not have to ask for? More than two English Breakfast tea bags in a double room in a hotel. By all means provide a selection of alternatives - green tea, decaf, whatever. But for fuck's sake bias the numbers towards the one that most normal people are going to want. The litt...
by Phil Reynolds
Mon Jun 04, 2018 11:48 am
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: Shouldn't have to ask
Replies: 25
Views: 2723

Re: Shouldn't have to ask

Random observations on this thread: RO#1: I've never in my life heard anyone order a "hamburger" in a restaurant. It's just a burger. By default a burger is made of beef. Other types of burger are qualified by an appropriate prefix (chicken burger, veggie burger etc). Asking for a hamburger sounds s...
by Phil Reynolds
Mon Jun 04, 2018 11:24 am
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: What TV programmes have you been watching lately?
Replies: 313
Views: 47009

Re: What TV programmes have you been watching lately?

Young Offenders was ok, kind of vaguely fun and with some level of a kind of nostalgic cuteness to it, but hasn't impressed that much. Didn't really seem like a Reynolds pick even (which made me wonder if I was missing something). You're missing something. (If you weren't bawling your eyes out by t...
by Phil Reynolds
Mon Jun 04, 2018 11:03 am
Forum: Games and Puzzles
Topic: the Countdowners In My Place game (CIMP)
Replies: 18
Views: 3819

Re: the Countdowners In My Place game (CIMP)

Matt Morrison wrote:
Sun Feb 05, 2017 5:48 pm
How many people from the apterous and Countdown world have you had in your home?
Well, I have been visited at home a few times by Sue Sanders and on one occasion Dez Hazell. But I haven't had either of them, in my home or elsewhere, and anyone who says I have is lying.
by Phil Reynolds
Tue May 01, 2018 7:38 pm
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: What TV programmes have you been watching lately?
Replies: 313
Views: 47009

Re: What TV programmes have you been watching lately?

Also don't forget to watch the Film version. [of The Young Offenders] It was made in 2016 and is set in 2007 . Still very funny although I recommend you watch the series first Watched the film last night. It was enjoyable up to a point but the plot ran out of steam towards the end and the minor cha...
by Phil Reynolds
Sat Apr 14, 2018 12:15 am
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: Stand-up comedy
Replies: 31
Views: 4070

Re: Stand-up comedy

Vine just does classic gags anyone can do. The one that slaughtered us was: I was in my local record store. I said, what do you have by the Doors. He said a bucket of sand and a fire blanket. My favourite Tim Vine gag: I said to my girlfriend, how do you like my new shirt? It's got cactuses on it. ...
by Phil Reynolds
Wed Apr 04, 2018 11:40 pm
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: REALLY obvious things you've just realised
Replies: 167
Views: 26204

Re: REALLY obvious things you've just realised

Matt Morrison wrote:
Wed Apr 04, 2018 10:03 pm
I use quadrice, quintice, sextice, heptice, octice, nonice, tennis.
Next in the sequence presumably being elvis.
by Phil Reynolds
Wed Apr 04, 2018 9:38 pm
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: REALLY obvious things you've just realised
Replies: 167
Views: 26204

Re: REALLY obvious things you've just realised

Once, twice, thrice, quice, quince, since, spice, ace, nice, tense.
by Phil Reynolds
Tue Apr 03, 2018 9:55 am
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: What TV programmes have you been watching lately?
Replies: 313
Views: 47009

Re: What TV programmes have you been watching lately?

Is it that surprising though? It's "on BBC 3" - i.e. stuffed away on the iPlayer to be forgotten about. No-one would have any reason to know about it, until you pointed it out. It was also shown on Friday nights on BBC1, which is how I initially came across it. Anyway, I'm going to watch the first ...
by Phil Reynolds
Tue Apr 03, 2018 9:50 am
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: What TV programmes have you been watching lately?
Replies: 313
Views: 47009

Re: What TV programmes have you been watching lately?

Phil Reynolds wrote: The full series is on iPlayer for at least another couple of months
Gavin Chipper wrote: Strange that you Young Offenders fans haven't mentioned where to get it from. (It's a BBC3 programme, so on the iPlayer, it would appear.)
Um...
by Phil Reynolds
Mon Apr 02, 2018 11:22 pm
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: What TV programmes have you been watching lately?
Replies: 313
Views: 47009

Re: What TV programmes have you been watching lately?

Finished watching The Young Offenders. Cant praise it highly enough. Cant remember the last time a series has made me laugh out loud and cry like a baby so much. I urge you to watch it. Cant wait for a second series. This. The full series is on iPlayer for at least another couple of months so do yo...
by Phil Reynolds
Tue Mar 27, 2018 11:06 pm
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: What TV programmes have you been watching lately?
Replies: 313
Views: 47009

Re: What TV programmes have you been watching lately?

Just called in here to see if anyone had mentioned The Young Offenders yet. Astonishingly, no one has. So, The Young Offenders. Also, Two Doors Down is very good. But really: The Young Offenders. Just watched the first three episodes. Fucking hilarious , and moving at times, although it took me a w...
by Phil Reynolds
Fri Mar 23, 2018 1:18 am
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: How much do you weigh?
Replies: 58
Views: 5507

Re: How much do you weigh?

Mark Deeks wrote:
Fri Mar 23, 2018 12:29 am
What's 1R equal to?
About 12st 12lb last time I checked.
by Phil Reynolds
Wed Mar 21, 2018 2:30 pm
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: How much do you weigh?
Replies: 58
Views: 5507

Re: How much do you weigh?

Matt Morrison wrote:
Wed Mar 21, 2018 2:24 pm
I have [...] a tiny willy
Cue for a spin-off thread?
by Phil Reynolds
Tue Mar 20, 2018 6:10 pm
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: Truly Dumb Designs.
Replies: 35
Views: 4226

Re: Truly Dumb Designs.

We've got this television where if you adjust the volume, you have to wait for the volume bar thing to disappear off the screen before you change the channel. That would be annoying enough but if you do attempt to change the channel, it seems to reset the timer on the volume bar so it will stay up ...
by Phil Reynolds
Wed Mar 14, 2018 1:21 am
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: Calling Mike Brown
Replies: 2
Views: 1220

Re: Calling Mike Brown

Belated thanks Matthew. As a nice side-effect of your efforts, at Elstree Studios in a few weeks' time Mike and I will be meeting for the first time in 9 years. Which is nice.
by Phil Reynolds
Tue Feb 27, 2018 1:35 am
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: What TV programmes have you been watching lately?
Replies: 313
Views: 47009

Re: What TV programmes have you been watching lately?

Marc Meakin wrote:
Tue Feb 27, 2018 1:00 am
Matt Morrison wrote:
Mon Feb 26, 2018 10:25 pm
Marc Meakin wrote:
Mon Feb 26, 2018 10:27 am
Have you seen the film that was made a couple of years ago ?
which one
Oh yeah , The Young Offenders, I should have used the quote feature for Phil's post
No.
by Phil Reynolds
Sun Feb 25, 2018 11:19 pm
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: What TV programmes have you been watching lately?
Replies: 313
Views: 47009

Re: What TV programmes have you been watching lately?

Just called in here to see if anyone had mentioned The Young Offenders yet. Astonishingly, no one has. So, The Young Offenders. Also, Two Doors Down is very good. But really: The Young Offenders.
by Phil Reynolds
Sun Feb 25, 2018 2:54 pm
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: Calling Mike Brown
Replies: 2
Views: 1220

Calling Mike Brown

I'm trying to put the author of a book I'm editing in touch with Mike Brown, but my several attempts to contact Mike have failed. The contact email address on The Countdown Page appears to be no longer active; I've tried sending him an email via his member profile on this board, and also a Facebook ...
by Phil Reynolds
Wed Nov 08, 2017 7:52 pm
Forum: Other game shows
Topic: Countdowners On Other Quizzes
Replies: 161
Views: 38691

Re: Countdowners On Other Quizzes

Tom S wrote:
Tue Oct 31, 2017 5:49 pm
Ciaran McCarthy wrote:
Wed Oct 11, 2017 12:47 pm
I will be on BBC'S Impossible on 30th October until 10th November for 2 weeks at 2.15pm on BBC1
Coincidentally you're on with my neighbour Sam :)
He's very cute. Endearingly dim, but very cute.
by Phil Reynolds
Wed Sep 20, 2017 10:05 am
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: Songs that make you switch off the radio
Replies: 21
Views: 4804

Re: Songs that make you switch off the radio

A non-mover at number 3: Prince Charming by Adam and the Ants. The introduction sounds like someone projectile vomiting and it goes downhill from there. Up from last week's 4 to this week's 2: Party Fears Two by The Associates. Great hook but the worst lead vocal of any UK chart single, ever. And st...
by Phil Reynolds
Mon May 08, 2017 8:45 am
Forum: Countdown - General
Topic: The Countdown App
Replies: 7
Views: 3322

Re: The Countdown App

Noel Mc wrote:
Tue Apr 04, 2017 6:20 am
and I think it might reject valid words too, can anyone confirm this??
Yes:

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by Phil Reynolds
Mon Jun 20, 2016 11:31 pm
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: Cool Things You Did
Replies: 60
Views: 3639

Re: Cool Things You Did

A few weeks ago my other half and I filmed ourselves being chucked off a mountain . Can I be gauche and ask how much it cost? The adroit (geddit) answer is it didn't cost us anything as my father-in-law bought us vouchers as a Christmas present. But anyway it's £60 each; I don't know if there are a...
by Phil Reynolds
Fri Jun 17, 2016 11:09 am
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: Cool Things You Did
Replies: 60
Views: 3639

Re: Cool Things You Did

Gavin Chipper wrote:Are you the next one after Nick? The timing could be good. He's unlikely to want to carry on for too much longer at his age.
#Nexit
by Phil Reynolds
Fri Jun 17, 2016 12:42 am
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: Cool Things You Did
Replies: 60
Views: 3639

Re: Cool Things You Did

Gavin Chipper wrote:Nice, and nicely put together video as well.
Ta!
by Phil Reynolds
Wed Jun 15, 2016 12:33 pm
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: Cool Things You Did
Replies: 60
Views: 3639

Re: Cool Things You Did

A few weeks ago my other half and I filmed ourselves being chucked off a mountain.
by Phil Reynolds
Wed May 04, 2016 11:44 pm
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: What TV programmes have you been watching lately?
Replies: 313
Views: 47009

Re: What TV programmes have you been watching lately?

Hinterland. The opening episode of series 2, while good, felt a bit drawn out, but this week's was back to form and unexpectedly moving.
by Phil Reynolds
Mon Apr 18, 2016 11:25 pm
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: People you shouldn't trust
Replies: 519
Views: 61802

Re: People you shouldn't trust

Does anyone say "thuh"? In my dulcet tones, it's usually "ther" as per "per". Well, "uh" was my attempt at rendering a schwa (unstressed vowel) without resorting to symbols from the International Phonetic alphabet. In the context of a phrase like "all the time" (where "the" is unstressed) most peop...
by Phil Reynolds
Sat Apr 16, 2016 10:55 am
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: People you shouldn't trust
Replies: 519
Views: 61802

Re: People you shouldn't trust

People who always pronounce the word "the" the same way regardless of context. When someone says "Thuh idea is..." I assume that they are aliens masquerading as humans who have made the basic error of not listening to how real people talk.
by Phil Reynolds
Sat Mar 05, 2016 12:07 am
Forum: Other game shows
Topic: The Chase
Replies: 148
Views: 27784

Re: The Chase

Jon Corby wrote:
Mark Deeks wrote:Add my name to the list of Countdowners going the now cliche The Chase route. I'm on Wednesday 16th March.
This is exciting news.
So when I was on you were
interested
but Mark has you
excited
?

None taken.
by Phil Reynolds
Fri Feb 12, 2016 5:28 pm
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: Who are your heroes?
Replies: 20
Views: 1893

Re: Who are your heroes?

It's pretty hard to read Andrew Hodges' biography and not come out of it viewing Alan Turing as something of a hero. Besides "inventing the computer" and "cracking the Enigma code" (neither of which he actually did by himself, but his contributions in both were significant), his refusal to accept th...
by Phil Reynolds
Thu Jan 14, 2016 12:00 pm
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: Derren Brown - The Events
Replies: 584
Views: 34429

Re: Derren Brown - The Events

By the way, there's no way I would have labelled the meat sausages as vegetarian so I wouldn't have been a good subject. But you probably wouldn't have gone along with the whole stand-up-sit-down thing and so wouldn't have progressed to that stage anyway. I thought it was interesting and more plaus...
by Phil Reynolds
Thu Jan 14, 2016 11:41 am
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: How many countries have you been to?
Replies: 147
Views: 13521

Re: How many countries have you been to?

12/197: UK (3/4), Ireland, France, Germany, Spain, Italy, Belgium, Switzerland, USA, Australia, Hungary, China (Hong Kong airport for several hours on the way to/from Oz). Also passed through Luxembourg on coach going to Germany once but can't remember if we got off or not (it was 40 years ago, FFS)...
by Phil Reynolds
Sat Jan 09, 2016 1:46 pm
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: Derren Brown - The Events
Replies: 584
Views: 34429

Re: Derren Brown - The Events

Gavin Chipper wrote:
Phil Reynolds wrote:this one is apparently an exploration of the power of peer pressure.
And the twist at the end is that Derren Brown invented beer.
Well, one variety of it anyway. It's called "Brown Ale". Haha, I am funny.
by Phil Reynolds
Fri Jan 08, 2016 7:15 pm
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: Derren Brown - The Events
Replies: 584
Views: 34429

Re: Derren Brown - The Events

guessing it is suicide Wrong. unnecessarily harsh. I could have googled Or turned to page 33 in your copy of next week's Radio Times and read Derren's article about it. Oh hang on - for incomprehensible reasons, not everyone buys RT, do they? I keep forgetting that. :roll: @Corby: The difference be...
by Phil Reynolds
Thu Jan 07, 2016 9:35 pm
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: Derren Brown - The Events
Replies: 584
Views: 34429

Re: Derren Brown - The Events

Matt Morrison wrote:it's "pushed over the edge" or something, "driving a normal man to do the unthinkable"

guessing it is suicide
Wrong.
by Phil Reynolds
Wed Dec 30, 2015 1:08 am
Forum: Countdown - General
Topic: Records on the wiki
Replies: 10
Views: 1352

Re: Records on the wiki

Jon Corby wrote:I care.
Should have gone to Specsavers.
by Phil Reynolds
Wed Dec 16, 2015 11:40 am
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: C4C Photo Dump
Replies: 343
Views: 34822

Re: C4C Photo Dump

This year's Countdown Diversity Parade is in full swing, but I think this lot will struggle to get more than 6s and 7s.

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by Phil Reynolds
Thu Dec 10, 2015 5:40 pm
Forum: Games and Puzzles
Topic: GCHQ Christmas Puzzle
Replies: 11
Views: 3061

GCHQ Christmas Puzzle

Anyone had a go at this?
by Phil Reynolds
Tue Dec 01, 2015 10:30 am
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: Cooking
Replies: 47
Views: 3500

Re: Cooking

I tried to start a similar thread once but it never really caught fire (unlike my dinner last night, haha I am funny).

Rumour has it that Matt Morrison is a fully blown vegetarian but I wasn't involved so can neither confirm nor deny.
by Phil Reynolds
Mon Nov 30, 2015 7:02 pm
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: People you shouldn't trust
Replies: 519
Views: 61802

Re: People you shouldn't trust

Gavin Chipper wrote:People who ring the doorbell twice.
What have you got against the postman?
by Phil Reynolds
Tue Oct 27, 2015 11:15 am
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: People you shouldn't trust
Replies: 519
Views: 61802

Re: People you shouldn't trust

Men who spell their name "Aaron" but pronounce it "Arron".
by Phil Reynolds
Mon Oct 05, 2015 8:45 am
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: The Matt Morrison Computer Corner
Replies: 428
Views: 48552

Re: The Matt Morrison Computer Corner

I feel personally responsible when people post in this thread, though in this instance (and many others) all I can really do is Google. Top result is this: https://neosmart.net/wiki/0xc0000225/ That seems to have some ideas, including the option to make a boot disc that can perform the repair from ...
by Phil Reynolds
Sat Oct 03, 2015 11:27 am
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: The Matt Morrison Computer Corner
Replies: 428
Views: 48552

Re: The Matt Morrison Computer Corner

I have a major problem with my PC, which I recently had upgraded with a new SSD main drive, new memory and Windows 10. It's worked fine for a couple of weeks but suddenly all I get on startup is a BSOD with "Your PC/Device needs to be repaired" and error code 0xc0000225. It says to use recovery tool...
by Phil Reynolds
Thu Oct 01, 2015 6:32 pm
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: What books have you been reading lately?
Replies: 36
Views: 3918

Re: What books have you been reading lately?

I can't recall ever reading a book more than once I've read all of Armistead Maupin's books multiple times - the earlier Tales of the City ones probably four or five times each. They're like much-loved holiday destinations that you can't resist going back to again and again. I've read the aforement...