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by Callum Todd
Sat Sep 05, 2020 7:51 am
Forum: Countdown - Events
Topic: CO:parkrun Recaps
Replies: 393
Views: 135992

Re: CO:parkrun Recaps

In other news, in the absence of parkrun, you can still submit times each week and they get registered as (not)parkruns. And the last couple of weeks, my MP James Cleverly has registered times for my local parkrun. Also we're now following each other on Strava . How does one do this? And are you co...
by Callum Todd
Mon Aug 17, 2020 9:40 pm
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: What is the best non dairy milk for coffee ?
Replies: 13
Views: 1097

Re: What is the best non dairy milk for coffee ?

Soya is shit.

Almond is okay.

Coconut is decent but I've heard it's not so good for you/the planet.

Oat is very good.

Cashew is nice if you can find it.

Hazelnut makes everything taste like Nutella.

For hot drinks, the best milk is no milk.
by Callum Todd
Thu Aug 06, 2020 6:06 am
Forum: Countdown - Events
Topic: Mind Sports Olympiad (CO-MSO) comes to Apterous Friday 21st August
Replies: 16
Views: 5006

Re: Mind Sports Olympiad (CO-MSO) comes to Apterous Friday 21st August

If you are an expired apterous user or want to play anonymously, then create yourself a new (trial) user (for free) using a second email address. You will need to declare your pseudonym on registration under your real name and your real name will not be revealed until after the event is complete. C...
by Callum Todd
Sun Aug 02, 2020 8:16 am
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: Victor Meldrew
Replies: 13
Views: 1893

Re: Victor Meldrew

Alright is fine but it's silly to say all right is wrong. Al'right should be okay too really.
by Callum Todd
Sun Aug 02, 2020 8:12 am
Forum: Countdown - Events
Topic: COLIN XVII- Countdown in Lincoln, dates TBC
Replies: 5
Views: 4300

Re: COLIN XVII- Countdown in Lincoln, 30-31 January 2021

Great news, good luck with it Ben.
by Callum Todd
Tue Jul 21, 2020 4:43 am
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: Joke Items
Replies: 133
Views: 12749

Re: Joke Items

Gavin Chipper wrote:
Mon Jul 20, 2020 9:26 pm
Roman numerals.
What did they ever do for us?
by Callum Todd
Tue Jul 21, 2020 4:42 am
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: Inventions corner
Replies: 46
Views: 4767

Re: Inventions corner

Some kind of app that tells you if something is vegan friendly by scanning the bar code rather than having to scan the ingredients as not all packaging has the vegan symbol Apps like this do exist but because there are billions of products the database will never be big enough to have widespread co...
by Callum Todd
Tue Jul 21, 2020 4:36 am
Forum: Countdown - General
Topic: ZoomDown finals!
Replies: 42
Views: 3919

Re: ZoomDown finals!

Observing the live chat from last nights episode I was thinking we should do a 'making of ZoomDown' behind the scenes style episode but I suppose this has covered most of it.
by Callum Todd
Sat Jul 11, 2020 8:47 am
Forum: Countdown - General
Topic: ZoomDown finals!
Replies: 42
Views: 3919

Re: ZoomDown finals!

Nice predictions LM! Might be worth doing a ZD finals prediction poll thread like there is for Countdown finals.
by Callum Todd
Fri Jul 10, 2020 5:25 am
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: Offensive Words
Replies: 57
Views: 4980

Re: Offensive Words

There is a list. They've presented it here in a clever way that prevents them actually having to write the words out. That was a fun list of conundrums. Some of the words on it do have other meanings that are totally innocuous though. And some of them are just mild swearwords; it'd be ridiculously ...
by Callum Todd
Thu Jul 09, 2020 8:35 pm
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: Offensive Words
Replies: 57
Views: 4980

Re: Offensive Words

Matty Artell wrote:
Thu Jul 09, 2020 8:25 pm
**** ***** **** ** **** *** ****** *** *** ***** ** ******* **** ** **** **** ****** ********* ** *** ****
Wash your mouth out Matty!
by Callum Todd
Thu Jul 09, 2020 5:47 am
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: Offensive Words
Replies: 57
Views: 4980

Re: Offensive Words

I suppose if it was just the N word that wouldn't make much difference for Countdown as it has well known anagrams. I'd like to hope that if someone had that word they would also have spotted its anagrams and would choose to declare one of them instead. Obviously in scrabble it may be necessary to p...
by Callum Todd
Mon Jul 06, 2020 8:57 pm
Forum: Countdown - General
Topic: Ask Graeme?
Replies: 1406
Views: 316531

Re: Ask Graeme?

I think in boxing they consider someone who retires as lineal champion to be the end of that lineage, and a new one begins with whoever picks up the title after their retirement. The problem with Countdown is that everyone sort of 'retires' at the same time, so we'd just go through an endless cycle ...
by Callum Todd
Wed Jul 01, 2020 4:34 am
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: Joke Items
Replies: 133
Views: 12749

Re: Joke Items

I think Gavin has a point. That article he links does seem to make some good points, but does so without offering evidence and I'm suspicious of the bias it may have. Especially the protect the lanes bit seems off, for reasons Gavin has already laid out in this thread. Good debate!
by Callum Todd
Tue Jun 30, 2020 7:19 pm
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: Politics in General
Replies: 712
Views: 155994

Re: Politics in General

I refuse to share that. You have Google, don't you? I went to their Twitter page and found a few things about Israel/Palestine, and it was obvious to me that none of the tweets were going to explicitly say what you say they are saying - it would be down to interpretation. So I thought it might just...
by Callum Todd
Tue Jun 30, 2020 7:13 pm
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: Joke Items
Replies: 133
Views: 12749

Re: Joke Items

The happy coincidence line is a zinger.
by Callum Todd
Tue Jun 30, 2020 2:33 pm
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: Do you iron your clothes
Replies: 6
Views: 982

Re: Do you iron your clothes

What Ian said.
by Callum Todd
Tue Jun 30, 2020 2:32 pm
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: Joke Items
Replies: 133
Views: 12749

Re: Joke Items

:!:
by Callum Todd
Tue Jun 30, 2020 4:36 am
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: Joke Items
Replies: 133
Views: 12749

Re: Joke Items

Snooker cues. Why do I have to use the equipment provided that has been specifically designed to play the sport properly? Why can't I just use a stick I found or roll the balls with my hand? Because A) that would be shit B) It would fuck up the table and the balls By all means if you have your own ...
by Callum Todd
Mon Jun 29, 2020 2:53 pm
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: Politics in General
Replies: 712
Views: 155994

Re: Politics in General

Rhys Benjamin wrote:
Mon Jun 29, 2020 1:50 pm
I refuse to share that. You have Google, don't you?
You must have breezed through university. Referencing is for chumps.
by Callum Todd
Thu Jun 25, 2020 3:54 pm
Forum: Countdown - General
Topic: You Are The Ref
Replies: 249
Views: 33953

Re: You Are The Ref

Just as an aside, in the whole history of Countdown has anyone ever queried a word or numbers solution after examining what was written down? If you think of the number of times people are unable to complete a numbers solution despite having written it out, an awful lot of gobbledegook must be slid...
by Callum Todd
Thu Jun 25, 2020 8:55 am
Forum: Countdown - General
Topic: You Are The Ref
Replies: 249
Views: 33953

Re: You Are The Ref

It would just be a case of pointing to the appropriate position in a continuous stream of letters. Player needs to draw the last letters game. He writes down MAUVES. His opponent declares five, so he declares five as well. Opponent says MAUVE, player says "Same" and shows him the piece of paper. Yo...
by Callum Todd
Thu Jun 25, 2020 5:51 am
Forum: Countdown - General
Topic: You Are The Ref
Replies: 249
Views: 33953

Re: You Are The Ref

Letters round, selection is MNTSWAOIE. You are declaring second and know there is a 9. Unsure what it is, you write down a few random ones. WAMNIOTES MAWSONITE AWMNIOTES Player 1 declares a 9, you also declare a 9. Wait for them to declare MAWSONITE. You then say 'Yep, same word' and point to the c...
by Callum Todd
Mon Jun 22, 2020 5:08 am
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: Fun stuff you've just found (music, games, etc)
Replies: 10
Views: 1749

Re: Fun stuff you've just found (music, games, etc)

The maker of the song I linked in the original post has just uploaded a new one, this time it's 'Somebody I Used To Know'.

I spent the first two minutes wondering how they were going to tackle the 'have your friends collect your records line'. I wasn't disappointed.
by Callum Todd
Fri Jun 19, 2020 2:11 pm
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: People you shouldn't trust
Replies: 705
Views: 163247

Re: People you shouldn't trust

Interesting points. Clearly there isn't one true "right" way to speak and write English. But there surely aren't an infinite amount either, and therefore there are many "wrong" ways to speak and write English. For example, if I wished to say something like 'Hello; how are you?' then of the following...
by Callum Todd
Fri Jun 19, 2020 12:50 pm
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: People you shouldn't trust
Replies: 705
Views: 163247

Re: People you shouldn't trust

People who make judgements of character based on prescriptivist grammar rules that aren't even universally accepted. People who use language to reinforce the class and cultural boundaries that disproportionately disadvantage BAME people. I think I understand your first point to be a dig at Gavin's ...
by Callum Todd
Fri Jun 19, 2020 6:04 am
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: Inventions corner
Replies: 46
Views: 4767

Re: Inventions corner

Why is the other thread named "Joke Items" and not "Invention scorner"? Should this be in the 'questions you've always wanted answering' thread? Are all the threads merging into one now? <- should that question be in the Questions you've always wanted answering thread? I'm confused. As for the food...
by Callum Todd
Thu Jun 18, 2020 4:00 pm
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: Trade Secrets
Replies: 129
Views: 16766

Re: Trade Secrets

c4c advice from a seasoned user of this forum:
Marc Meakin wrote:
Thu Jun 18, 2020 10:08 am
Gevin's comments should be taken with a pinch of salt
by Callum Todd
Thu Jun 18, 2020 3:57 pm
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: Inventions corner
Replies: 46
Views: 4767

Re: Inventions corner

Marc Meakin wrote:
Thu Jun 18, 2020 10:08 am
Gevin's comments should be taken with a pinch of salt as he doesn't drink hot beverages
I would say with a teaspoon of salt, in case it's too hot to touch with your fingers. You should be fine to pick the salt up directly with your mouth though.
by Callum Todd
Wed Jun 17, 2020 5:55 pm
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: Joke Items
Replies: 133
Views: 12749

Re: Joke Items

VAR.
by Callum Todd
Wed Jun 17, 2020 11:54 am
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: Politics in General
Replies: 712
Views: 155994

Re: Politics in General

Trial by appearance. The old classic.
by Callum Todd
Tue Jun 16, 2020 5:33 pm
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: Politics in General
Replies: 712
Views: 155994

Re: Politics in General

Furthermore, the law doesn't exist in a vacuum. It is highly contextual, and I suspect this sentence reflects that. Are you saying that it is there to appease the baying mob? Because that's exactly what an independent and impartial judiciary should not be doing. I'm in way over my head here in term...
by Callum Todd
Tue Jun 16, 2020 6:21 am
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: Fun stuff you've just found (music, games, etc)
Replies: 10
Views: 1749

Re: Fun stuff you've just found (music, etc)

Just listened to that Matt, it's great. Will listen to the other seasons too when I get chance.
by Callum Todd
Tue Jun 16, 2020 6:20 am
Forum: Games and Puzzles
Topic: Paradox: A logic puzzle
Replies: 3
Views: 1737

Re: Paradox: A logic puzzle

Must remember to get round to this. Have bookmarked it. Sounds good
by Callum Todd
Tue Jun 16, 2020 4:20 am
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: Joke Items
Replies: 133
Views: 12749

Re: Joke Items

Manual gearboxes (for your average car-lorries and other vehicles are a different story, I know). Automatic is far easier to deal with, not having to fuck about with the clutch and it makes roundabouts much simpler to navigate. About the only thing the US has got right is the demise of 'stickshift....
by Callum Todd
Sun Jun 14, 2020 8:31 am
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: Fun stuff you've just found (music, games, etc)
Replies: 10
Views: 1749

Fun stuff you've just found (music, games, etc)

Couldn't find a thread for things like this so started a new one. Yesterday I was introduced to a new musical genre that goes by the name of 'bardcore', or sometimes 'tavernwave'. This is an absolute banger. The concept was introduced to me as a sort of funny meme thing but I think it's genuinely br...
by Callum Todd
Sun Jun 14, 2020 8:27 am
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: REALLY obvious things you've just realised
Replies: 277
Views: 75158

Re: REALLY obvious things you've just realised

My favourite footballer name is a Belgian defensive midfielder, renowned for his man-marking abilities, called Mark De Man.
by Callum Todd
Fri Jun 12, 2020 11:35 am
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: Politics in General
Replies: 712
Views: 155994

Re: Politics in General

C4c > twitter.

Change my mind.
by Callum Todd
Fri Jun 12, 2020 11:18 am
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: Trade Secrets
Replies: 129
Views: 16766

Re: Trade Secrets

Fiona and Matt dropping absolute wisdom bombs here.
by Callum Todd
Thu Jun 11, 2020 5:19 am
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: Politics in General
Replies: 712
Views: 155994

Re: Politics in General

I've seen many political compass tests online before. All of them have been bad. That one is comfortably the worst.
by Callum Todd
Thu Jun 04, 2020 9:56 am
Forum: Countdown - Events
Topic: SIGN-UPS SUSPENDED: Countdown in Edinburgh (CoEdi5) - Saturday 27th June 2020
Replies: 13
Views: 11520

Re: SIGN-UPS SUSPENDED: Countdown in Edinburgh (CoEdi5) - Saturday 27th June 2020

I was holding out hope for as long as possible but the event is now cancelled. Will formalise that on this post and focal site when I get the time. I hope to bring back Coedi at some point, although it's far too soon to speculate when that could be. As for other events in 2020, I plan to go ahead wi...
by Callum Todd
Thu Jun 04, 2020 5:36 am
Forum: Countdown - General
Topic: Ratio of letters to numbers
Replies: 20
Views: 4330

Re: Ratio of letters to numbers

L'oisleatch McGraw wrote:
Thu Jun 04, 2020 12:24 am
2008 Gevin knew his shit!
What went wrong?
by Callum Todd
Tue Jun 02, 2020 2:46 pm
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: Questions you've always wanted answered
Replies: 773
Views: 174777

Re: Questions you've always wanted answered

If an asteroid like the one that killed the dinosaurs stuck again tomorrow (same weight, size, speed, location etc.) what would happen? Would we go extinct or would we somehow survive it with our ability to adapt? I guess we would know it was coming... Exactly. We could send Bruce Willis up there t...
by Callum Todd
Fri May 29, 2020 5:42 pm
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: It's The End Of The World As We Know It (And How Will We Feel Fine?)
Replies: 17
Views: 2085

Re: It's The End Of The World As We Know It (And How Will We Feel Fine?)

I think I heard a minister on the radio this morning saying you are allowed to use their bathroom, so long as you 'thoroughly wipe down afterwards'. A few weeks ago, me and a few friends were in a debate over to what extent the government is responsible for non-compliance with the lockdown regulatio...
by Callum Todd
Wed May 27, 2020 4:44 pm
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: Cummings and goings
Replies: 71
Views: 4784

Re: Cummings and goings

Yeah, I think I just have this sense of unease that the exit point comes after a long post without any chance to respond. But then again, if it didn't, that would mean there would have been unaddressed points from the other point of view. In fact, whenever you choose to exit the conversation, somet...
by Callum Todd
Wed May 27, 2020 9:30 am
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: Cummings and goings
Replies: 71
Views: 4784

Re: Cummings and goings

Tangentially, don't you love it when someone gets into a heated discussion and then says they're going to stop responding to anything anyone says? Because if you continue to try to change their mind, you look stupid for talking to someone who has said they aren't going to talk to you, and if you sa...
by Callum Todd
Wed May 27, 2020 5:27 am
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: Cummings and goings
Replies: 71
Views: 4784

Re: Cummings and goings

Dominic Cummings is the most senior adviser to the cabinet. This isn't some unknown junior aide we're talking about. He would have been heavily involved in deciding on the lockdown rules and how they were communicated to the public, e.g. "you must stay at home", "this is not a request, it is an ins...
by Callum Todd
Tue May 26, 2020 6:15 pm
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: Cummings and goings
Replies: 71
Views: 4784

Re: Cummings and goings

Ah, thanks. Perhaps you're right, without claiming to have read every single word of the actual legislation around travel, it would appear the Barnard Castle trip (but not the London-Durham and Durham-London) trip was probably illegal. Feel free to substitute "and probably even illegal" for the word...
by Callum Todd
Tue May 26, 2020 6:05 pm
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: Cummings and goings
Replies: 71
Views: 4784

Re: Cummings and goings

Ultimately, the guy's actions were the irresponsible but legal behaviour of a private individual. Perhaps it's reasonable that a private individual who also sometimes operates in a public role is subject to more scrutiny of their private behaviour than most others. But what's the absolute cap on a ...
by Callum Todd
Tue May 26, 2020 5:10 pm
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: Cummings and goings
Replies: 71
Views: 4784

Re: Cummings and goings

Jono - I can understand why people are galled by it. I just don't agree with that reaction. I do appreciate what people are going through. I just don't think that a fixation of the witchhunt of one nobhead who's broken some rules will help them. It shouldn't feel like a personal affront, because it'...
by Callum Todd
Tue May 26, 2020 5:39 am
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: Cummings and goings
Replies: 71
Views: 4784

Re: Cummings and goings

Whatever you make of the guy's actions (you could have the strongest opinions either way) the persistent obsession with this story is so depressing. It's been the first item on every news bulletin I've heard for two days. That's an eternity in modern news. In this time, the government has announced ...
by Callum Todd
Mon May 18, 2020 11:38 am
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: Best TV/Film Opening Credits
Replies: 13
Views: 1262

Re: Best TV/Film Opening Credits

Has nobody said The Simpsons yet? Surely they must have.
by Callum Todd
Mon May 18, 2020 11:13 am
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: It's The End Of The World As We Know It (And How Will We Feel Fine?)
Replies: 17
Views: 2085

Re: It's The End Of The World As We Know It (And How Will We Feel Fine?)

Maybe I'm a hardened sceptic. But I reckon that all of the changes that would have happened in the next ~10 years or so (but have been accelerated by the pandemic) will remain, and everything else will fairly rapidly reset to exactly how it was before. I think the social attitude changes I predicte...
by Callum Todd
Mon May 18, 2020 10:07 am
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: It's The End Of The World As We Know It (And How Will We Feel Fine?)
Replies: 17
Views: 2085

Re: It's The End Of The World As We Know It (And How Will We Feel Fine?)

Cash will still be a thing but probably used less frequently. The contactless limit will probably remain at £45 rather than £30. Banks will probably move as much of their services as possible online, likely leading to far fewer high street bank branches. Working from home will probably take off big ...
by Callum Todd
Sun May 17, 2020 10:11 am
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: Weird stuff that's happened to you
Replies: 24
Views: 4408

Re: Weird stuff that's happened to you

So did you get into the car or not?
by Callum Todd
Wed May 13, 2020 11:20 am
Forum: Countdown - General
Topic: 30BC - a better way of drawing the contestants?
Replies: 10
Views: 987

Re: 30BC - a better way of drawing the contestants?

I believe Tom is posting the description of a meat feast pizza to imply that a hypothetical match-up between Jack and Kirk would be 'meaty'.
by Callum Todd
Wed May 13, 2020 11:17 am
Forum: Countdown - General
Topic: Countdown Puzzle Magazine #1
Replies: 2
Views: 660

Re: Countdown Puzzle Magazine #1

bout tree fiddy
by Callum Todd
Wed May 13, 2020 11:16 am
Forum: Countdown - General
Topic: *** EVENT CANCELLED *** Co Blackpool Saturday October 10th
Replies: 44
Views: 8339

Re: Co Blackpool Saturday October 10th

Definitely in so long as it's safe and legal at the time.
by Callum Todd
Wed Apr 29, 2020 6:04 pm
Forum: Countdown - General
Topic: Focal Talk podcast Episode 5 out now! featuring Gavin Chipper and Jack Worsley
Replies: 7
Views: 916

Re: Focal Talk podcast Episode 5 out now! featuring Gavin Chipper and Jack Worsley

The one-guest formula could work, I suppose. It would be interesting to hear if people preferred Episode 3, in which we had just one guest, to other episodes.

Quite rude of you to imply that Jack is a troll there.