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by Callum Todd
Thu Apr 15, 2021 3:55 pm
Forum: Countdown - General
Topic: Baby Riley-Kovalev
Replies: 54
Views: 17951

Re: Baby Riley-Kovalev

But I presume that will be by far the preferred option than trying to find an alternative presenter to cover for a short period - whilst it's easy enough to find a decent substitute main show host (Colin is testament to that) it will be far more difficult to find a short-term replacement for Rachel...
by Callum Todd
Thu Mar 18, 2021 5:26 am
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: Questions you've always wanted answered
Replies: 853
Views: 259991

Re: Questions you've always wanted answered

Pretty much. Yeah the female makes the eggs; the male makes the sperm. That's what defines sex in biology: gamete production. They do a sort of medieval mating ritual where they entwine themselves together for a bit then the female pumps her eggs into the male's 'brood pouch'. The eggs mature in the...
by Callum Todd
Wed Mar 17, 2021 5:34 am
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: Questions you've always wanted answered
Replies: 853
Views: 259991

Re: Questions you've always wanted answered

Mark Deeks wrote:
Wed Mar 17, 2021 3:06 am
Surely, if the male seahorse gives birth, it's not the male?
They don't "give birth" as such. They just hold on to the eggs until the hatchlings are ready to swim free, then release them. Like male penguins do.
by Callum Todd
Fri Mar 12, 2021 6:45 pm
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: Sarah Everard/Women's Safety
Replies: 58
Views: 3215

Re: Politics in General

I originally typed the following earlier before my response (the first comment responding to Gavin's relative 'OP' in this thread) but deleted it as I thought none of it needed to be said as it was obvious to everyone. But just in case it isn't, here's a few things that I thought everybody knew: Men...
by Callum Todd
Fri Mar 12, 2021 5:29 am
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: Sarah Everard/Women's Safety
Replies: 58
Views: 3215

Re: Politics in General

Do you really believe that women have no more reason to feel unsafe when out alone (particularly at night) than men do? I'm not coming at this from a Jess Phillips angle at all. I'm slightly confused by your 'culture wars' framing of what seems to me to be a perfectly straightforward issue. If it's ...
by Callum Todd
Thu Mar 11, 2021 6:04 pm
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: REALLY obvious things you've just realised
Replies: 334
Views: 121704

Re: REALLY obvious things you've just realised

The right way to eat a banana is obviously from the middle outwards.
by Callum Todd
Thu Mar 11, 2021 6:02 pm
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: Questions you've always wanted answered
Replies: 853
Views: 259991

Re: Questions you've always wanted answered

"...water, 95%, did you know that? 95% water, all of us, and yet they say there’s a shortage!"
by Callum Todd
Fri Mar 05, 2021 7:58 pm
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: REALLY obvious things you've just realised
Replies: 334
Views: 121704

Re: REALLY obvious things you've just realised

The word 'disease' is dis - ease. Because you're not at ease when you have a disease.
by Callum Todd
Tue Feb 23, 2021 7:52 pm
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: COVID-19 Coronavirus Thread
Replies: 360
Views: 69922

Re: COVID-19 Coronavirus Thread

Rhys Benjamin wrote:
Tue Feb 23, 2021 2:48 pm
Yeah, I went back and watched the whole statement in full, so I could cut through the media narrative on it and just get to the point.
This is how all information should be consumed.
by Callum Todd
Fri Feb 19, 2021 1:03 pm
Forum: Countdown - General
Topic: ROBINSON TO HOST COUNTDOWN!!
Replies: 60
Views: 4864

Re: ROBINSON TO HOST COUNTDOWN!!

Cancel culture https://www.mirror.co.uk/3am/celebrity-news/new-countdown-host-anne-robinson-23527324?utm_source=linkCopy&utm_medium=social&utm_campaign=sharebar Where? I'm guessing here: "She does not want Anne, 76, to be sacked as the host of Countdown." Seems a bit out of the blue unless you auto...
by Callum Todd
Mon Feb 15, 2021 4:23 pm
Forum: Countdown - General
Topic: ROBINSON TO HOST COUNTDOWN!!
Replies: 60
Views: 4864

Re: ROBINSON TO HOST COUNTDOWN!!

Good luck to Anne. #Deeks2022.
by Callum Todd
Sat Feb 13, 2021 7:47 pm
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: What TV programmes have you been watching lately?
Replies: 592
Views: 274481

Re: What TV programmes have you been watching lately?

Davey Attz' Perfect Planet
by Callum Todd
Fri Feb 12, 2021 12:14 pm
Forum: Other game shows
Topic: The Chase
Replies: 152
Views: 56395

Re: The Chase

Gavin Chipper wrote:
Fri Feb 12, 2021 10:41 am
Does anyone else find it slightly dodgy that Shaun is the Dark Destroyer and Jenny is always described as hot?
Yes.
by Callum Todd
Sun Feb 07, 2021 1:57 pm
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: COVID-19 Coronavirus Thread
Replies: 360
Views: 69922

Re: COVID-19 Coronavirus Thread

I suppose the bit I don't get is really the specific time/number based but of it. Obviously it makes sense to plan to do good stuff, do lots of it, and do it as soon as possible. But why isn't that enough? Why "100,000 tests a week by this time" or "everyone vaccinated by May" rather than "as many ...
by Callum Todd
Sat Feb 06, 2021 7:45 pm
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: COVID-19 Coronavirus Thread
Replies: 360
Views: 69922

Re: COVID-19 Coronavirus Thread

I suppose the bit I don't get is really the specific time/number based but of it. Obviously it makes sense to plan to do good stuff, do lots of it, and do it as soon as possible. But why isn't that enough? Why "100,000 tests a week by this time" or "everyone vaccinated by May" rather than "as many t...
by Callum Todd
Sat Feb 06, 2021 6:44 pm
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: COVID-19 Coronavirus Thread
Replies: 360
Views: 69922

Re: COVID-19 Coronavirus Thread

Before anyone tries to move any goalposts, it's quite clear that " by May " means before the beginning of May. Does anyone get the apparent obsession with setting targets (specifically in the context of covid response, I'm aware it's a wider trend in politics but let's keep it on topic for now if p...
by Callum Todd
Fri Feb 05, 2021 5:15 am
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: Hate Speech
Replies: 30
Views: 2908

Re: Hate Speech

I don't think it's clear that Marc was using the word "woke" as a pejorative. In my experience people tend to use that word as a self-identifier as often as it is used as a pejorative. I read Marc's comment as him referring to people he knows who describe themselves that way. But Callum, are you say...
by Callum Todd
Thu Feb 04, 2021 5:32 pm
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: Hate Speech
Replies: 30
Views: 2908

Re: Hate Speech

Thanks Marc and Rhys for the links explaining. The Scrabble ting sounds newsworthy (at least by the very low standard that appears to be accepted by most news outlets) so surprised my google search didn't return anything. I have no idea what to make of the Thomas the Tank Engine thing. Seems like a ...
by Callum Todd
Thu Feb 04, 2021 5:18 am
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: Hate Speech
Replies: 30
Views: 2908

Re: Hate Speech

I've just googled news for Scrabble, Mattel and Thomas the Tank Engine, and don't see anything. What's happening exactly?
by Callum Todd
Tue Feb 02, 2021 5:16 am
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: People you shouldn't trust
Replies: 781
Views: 231884

Re: People you shouldn't trust

Ian Volante wrote:
Mon Feb 01, 2021 12:46 pm
[...] judging by my team-mates (and people in adverts), I'm extremely stingy with shower gel. I'll get through an average bottle of the stuff in a year or so.
Good to know. Glad a proper Yorkshireman has addressed my concern about shower gel not being economical.
by Callum Todd
Fri Jan 29, 2021 2:30 pm
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: People you shouldn't trust
Replies: 781
Views: 231884

Re: People you shouldn't trust

Marc Meakin wrote:
Fri Jan 29, 2021 2:14 pm
... from the bollocks of my elder brothers
This sounds like a phenomenal title for a folk album.
by Callum Todd
Fri Jan 29, 2021 12:21 pm
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: People you shouldn't trust
Replies: 781
Views: 231884

Re: People you shouldn't trust

A couple of points here. 1. Flannels, sponges, loofahs and body puffs are basically bacteria-growing machines and it's disgusting that you put them all over your body, even with detergent. 2. Re: bars of soap. I am a shower gel guy - always have been. I once played golf and was showering in the cha...
by Callum Todd
Fri Jan 29, 2021 12:16 pm
Forum: Countdown - General
Topic: Who should replace Nick Hewer?
Replies: 78
Views: 14092

Re: Who should replace Nick Hewer?

As much as I like Colin, if all this pseudo-controversy within this influenceless and invisibly small niche group leads to him not getting the job, I'm all for it if it advances the cause of #Deeks2021.
by Callum Todd
Fri Jan 29, 2021 10:56 am
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: People you shouldn't trust
Replies: 781
Views: 231884

Re: People you shouldn't trust

I'm always confused by people who don't use body sponges (or similar) and apply shower gel by hand. So strange. Either you have to use four times as much shower gel to get anything close to the same lather or coverage, or if you use a similar amount then you end up having a shower which falls consi...
by Callum Todd
Tue Jan 26, 2021 8:09 am
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: Best steak restaurants
Replies: 13
Views: 2132

Re: Best steak restaurants

Yeah Fazenda is good for variety-loving meat eaters.
by Callum Todd
Mon Jan 25, 2021 7:22 pm
Forum: Countdown - General
Topic: Countdown Lookalikes?
Replies: 305
Views: 137241

Re: Countdown Lookalikes?

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by Callum Todd
Mon Jan 25, 2021 7:15 pm
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: Best steak restaurants
Replies: 13
Views: 2132

Re: Best steak restaurants

Peak c4c. The one thing I miss is bacon sandwiches. The smell of bacon cooking on a morning is cruel to me.
by Callum Todd
Mon Jan 25, 2021 7:14 pm
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: Veganuary
Replies: 17
Views: 3848

Re: Veganuary

I would guess it means someone who eats chicken (pollo) and fish (pesc) but not other meats. I struggled more with the meaning of "this guy" as at first I thought Gavin was referring to Immortal Technique but I guess he actually meant Jono. Easy to mix those two up.
by Callum Todd
Mon Jan 25, 2021 4:15 pm
Forum: Other game shows
Topic: ...and that's ZoomDown
Replies: 218
Views: 34206

Re: ...and that's ZoomDown

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=M0Dxmw2Pg_4 If you subscribe to that YouTube channel Jonathan, the video links are normally put up a day or two in advance so you'll see them ahead of time. Or if you use twitter, there is a twitter account @LiveZoomDown. Failing that, Mondays and Thursdays at 8pm UK ...
by Callum Todd
Mon Jan 25, 2021 4:12 pm
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: Veganuary
Replies: 17
Views: 3848

Re: Veganuary

Jon O'Neill wrote:
Mon Jan 25, 2021 4:04 pm
Marc Meakin wrote:
Mon Jan 25, 2021 3:47 pm
Jon O'Neill wrote:
Mon Jan 25, 2021 3:13 pm
Saddest thread on the forum this.
Sad, how?
Callum Todd wrote:
Mon Jan 25, 2021 2:41 pm
a roast brocoli head can be a good base for a meal
I now realise that I didn't really need to get involved though... apologies. I'll take my leave.
:lol: fair play. I've been roasted like a broccoli head there. See also: this
by Callum Todd
Mon Jan 25, 2021 4:08 pm
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: Best steak restaurants
Replies: 13
Views: 2132

Re: Best steak restaurants

:) I've never been to one myself, and I suppose I'm now unlikely ever to, but I've heard that Miller & Carter are good.
by Callum Todd
Mon Jan 25, 2021 2:41 pm
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: Veganuary
Replies: 17
Views: 3848

Re: Veganuary

Some of the meat substitutes that are imitations of popular meat products taste nice but I mostly avoid them, or just treat them as occasional 'treats' like chocolate/sweets as they're processed and expensive. Some things are more meat alternatives than substitutes though and these can be exciting t...
by Callum Todd
Sat Jan 23, 2021 5:46 pm
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: COVID-19 Coronavirus Thread
Replies: 360
Views: 69922

Re: COVID-19 Coronavirus Thread

Totally agree with Fiona, hope you're okay Rhys. Please reach out if you need some support.
by Callum Todd
Sat Jan 23, 2021 5:45 pm
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: C4C/apto/Countdown Dreams
Replies: 685
Views: 275088

Re: C4C/apto/Countdown Dreams

Eructation.
by Callum Todd
Tue Jan 12, 2021 6:54 pm
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: Politics in General
Replies: 814
Views: 384447

Re: Politics in General

I'd say it's more like if Man Utd signed a new player, he welcomed them on twitter, and then he passed the ball to them on their debut and then they scored an own goal. Or something.
by Callum Todd
Tue Jan 12, 2021 6:08 pm
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: Politics in General
Replies: 814
Views: 384447

Re: Politics in General

It’s the outsourced company which ought to have its contract revoked. What a waste of public money. Further proof, if any be needed, that taxpayer-funded programs offer little value for money. I think the reason people are blaming the Conservative party for this rather than the company/companies is...
by Callum Todd
Tue Jan 12, 2021 6:01 pm
Forum: apterous.org
Topic: Game of the Year (GotY) 2020 - nominations
Replies: 18
Views: 5292

Re: Game of the Year (GotY) 2020 - nominations

I'd like to nominate this thread for c4c dispute of the year.
by Callum Todd
Sat Jan 09, 2021 10:47 am
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: What books have you been reading lately?
Replies: 56
Views: 13794

Re: What books have you been reading lately?

What did you make of Freedom Evolved? I think we have it in our house but I haven't read it. It's very long, and to be honest I think free will is too lightweight a philosophical subject to deserve that many pages devoted to it in a book written in the 21st century. I have read some of Dennett's st...
by Callum Todd
Fri Jan 08, 2021 5:55 am
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: What books have you been reading lately?
Replies: 56
Views: 13794

Re: What books have you been reading lately?

Since the beginning of October I've read: Stuff and Consciousness by Toby Pereira How did you find this book? I'd be interested in discussing it with you. Shite mate. Nah, it was very good! I had to very alert to take it in. As a layman it was instructive and not beyond me but I had to be switched ...
by Callum Todd
Fri Jan 08, 2021 5:18 am
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: COVID-19 Coronavirus Thread
Replies: 360
Views: 69922

Re: COVID-19 Coronavirus Thread

Clap for Heroes (previously known as Clap for Carers) is coming back this evening at 8. Was there a big debate on c4c around March/April time about this? I seem to remember one but can't find it - although admittedly I haven't looked very hard. I'm guessing you mean this thread ? Look harder next t...
by Callum Todd
Thu Jan 07, 2021 7:01 pm
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: COVID-19 Coronavirus Thread
Replies: 360
Views: 69922

Re: COVID-19 Coronavirus Thread

Clap for Heroes (previously known as Clap for Carers) is coming back this evening at 8. Was there a big debate on c4c around March/April time about this? I seem to remember one but can't find it - although admittedly I haven't looked very hard.
by Callum Todd
Thu Jan 07, 2021 6:12 pm
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: What books have you been reading lately?
Replies: 56
Views: 13794

Re: What books have you been reading lately?

Since the beginning of October I've read: Stuff and Consciousness by Toby Pereira Why Can't We All Just Get Along? by Iain Dale How Not to Die by Dr Michael Greger Animal Farm by George Orwell 1984 by George Orwell Now on Time Lord Victorious: The Knight, The Fool and the Dead by Steve Cole. Up next...
by Callum Todd
Wed Jan 06, 2021 9:58 am
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: Have you put weight on during lockdown
Replies: 16
Views: 4365

Re: Have you put weight on during lockdown

Typically all of my exercise is social stuff like tennis/rounders etc as I can never motivate myself consistently to run/cycle etc alone, so lockdown and distancing culling uni combined with comfort eating has somewhat ruined me... up a strong 5 stone over 2020! Not optimistic for lockdown 3.0... D...
by Callum Todd
Wed Jan 06, 2021 9:53 am
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: Genius things
Replies: 36
Views: 5348

Re: Genius things

This banter.
Ben Wilson wrote:
Mon Jan 04, 2021 6:51 pm
Gavin Chipper wrote:
Mon Jan 04, 2021 6:31 pm
Actually Google Maps was one of the reasons that made me get a smartphone.
I was going to ask if regular fold-out maps were too big and unwieldy for you, but then I remembered how big your phone was.
by Callum Todd
Sat Dec 26, 2020 9:26 am
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: Thread Of Random (for Marc)
Replies: 167
Views: 36076

Re: Thread Of Random (for Marc)

Gavin Chipper wrote:
Fri Dec 25, 2020 8:59 pm
Sausage rolls made Christmas Number 1 for the third year in a row. Why didn't Cliff Richard think of this? But just missing out - well, number 5 anyway - is this. Enjoy.
Politics aside (or not, if you prefer), this is a genuinely good song. Fair play
by Callum Todd
Fri Dec 25, 2020 7:42 am
Forum: Countdown - General
Topic: Letters Distribution Q
Replies: 8
Views: 1947

Re: Letters Distribution Q

Ah soz Maus for some reason I thought you knew. Good to know the summons worked though.
by Callum Todd
Thu Dec 24, 2020 5:42 pm
Forum: Countdown - General
Topic: Letters Distribution Q
Replies: 8
Views: 1947

Re: Letters Distribution Q

As for who to turn to for info on the latest distribution, obviously Countdown Team will know, Charlie surely knows for apterous, Rob and Jack and Conor probably know for their various computery things they've done.

Pretty sure
Thomas Carey wrote:
Thu Jan 01, 1970 12:00 am
summon me like this
knows too.
by Callum Todd
Thu Dec 24, 2020 12:37 pm
Forum: Countdown - General
Topic: Letters Distribution Q
Replies: 8
Views: 1947

Re: Letters Distribution Q

This is the letters distribution circa 2009ish. I think it's changed slightly since.
by Callum Todd
Wed Dec 23, 2020 6:36 pm
Forum: Countdown - Spoilers
Topic: Special Spoilers for Wednesday 23rd December 2020 (Special S49)
Replies: 17
Views: 2420

Re: Special Spoilers for Wednesday 23 December 2020

Colin had an information card with just a couple of bullet points on for each game. I think the 'theme' given for this game was a GOAT match (Maus vs George was billed as a Bingley derby, and me vs Jack was billed as series champ vs series champ). However, Colin also mentioned to Tom that he had don...
by Callum Todd
Tue Dec 22, 2020 7:37 pm
Forum: Countdown - Spoilers
Topic: Special Spoilers for Tuesday 22nd December 2020 (Special S48)
Replies: 9
Views: 1702

Re: Special Spoilers for Tuesday 22 December 2020

Sam Cappleman-Lynes wrote:
Tue Dec 22, 2020 7:27 pm
I'm concerned by the fact that presumably Callum was able to point to a physical manifestation of a bear in that round. How did it get into the studio?

(https://www.apterous.org/ticket_view.php?ticket=5840 for those who are lost)
Unfortunately I was not, and that is why my word scored 0 points.
by Callum Todd
Tue Dec 22, 2020 5:48 pm
Forum: Countdown - Spoilers
Topic: Special Spoilers for Tuesday 22nd December 2020 (Special S48)
Replies: 9
Views: 1702

Re: Special Spoilers for Tuesday 22 December 2020

Not seen this back but I'm glad if the silly mimed handshake was visible after the edit. Jack would do this sort of handshake to us on videocall when we played over webcam over the past few months, and I liked the idea of keeping a sporting gesture in despite all the Covid guidelines. Filming was gr...
by Callum Todd
Tue Dec 22, 2020 5:45 pm
Forum: Countdown - Spoilers
Topic: Special Spoilers for Monday 21st December 2020 (Special S47)
Replies: 24
Views: 3143

Re: Special Spoilers for Monday 21 December 2020

They cut my favourite part! In the PLANETOID round, Colin observed that George seemed to spot it straight away while Tom appeared to be scribbling away right until the end and asked Tom if it was a late spot. Tom said he saw it very quickly and spent the rest of the time drawing planets, which Colin...
by Callum Todd
Tue Dec 22, 2020 5:43 pm
Forum: Countdown - General
Topic: Catsdown - Why the Small Dictionary?
Replies: 7
Views: 1909

Re: Catsdown - Why the Small Dictionary?

Yeah Catsdown isn't really about dictionaries. It's just a comedy show that is meant to look 'Countdowny', and a physical paper dictionary does that better than an online one. I don't really watch the show but don't hate it. I probably preferred the old 8 out of 10 cats without the countdown in it, ...
by Callum Todd
Sat Dec 19, 2020 6:14 pm
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: Fun stuff you've just found (music, games, etc)
Replies: 16
Views: 4623

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

This German (I think) Christmas TV advert is nice.
by Callum Todd
Fri Dec 18, 2020 5:27 am
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: REALLY obvious things you've just realised
Replies: 334
Views: 121704

Re: REALLY obvious things you've just realised

Marc Meakin wrote:
Fri Dec 18, 2020 5:24 am
I used to think Supertramp was American for years
Their breakfast was.
by Callum Todd
Thu Dec 17, 2020 7:18 am
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: Obscenity democracy
Replies: 205
Views: 17664

Re: Obscenity democracy

Ian Volante wrote:
Wed Dec 16, 2020 5:34 pm
What's this p****** E***** [asterisks mine] thing? Sounds like a way to discriminate against a bunch of people to me.
I find the PE-word to be an offensive slur and think it should be automatically filtered out.
by Callum Todd
Thu Dec 10, 2020 6:53 pm
Forum: Countdown - Spoilers
Topic: Spoilers for Thursday 10th December 2020 (Series 82, 1st Quarter-Final)
Replies: 19
Views: 2811

Re: Spoilers for Thursday 10th December 2020 (Series 82, QF 1)

Amazing stuff. When the big dictionary update happened I thought max games might be a thing of the past, or at least become an extreme rarity. It took apterous about 2 years to get back to seeing them fairly frequently, but the first max game in 6 years on screen is a huge achievement by Luke. Hopef...
by Callum Todd
Thu Dec 10, 2020 6:07 pm
Forum: Countdown - General
Topic: Who should replace Nick Hewer?
Replies: 78
Views: 14092

Re: Who should replace Nick Hewer?

After all this diversity chat, I got an e-mail today off the back of being on Countdown in 2020 with a diversity form to fill out for Diamond, a 'diversity network' set up to obtain diversity data for the big broadcasters.
by Callum Todd
Thu Dec 10, 2020 6:05 pm
Forum: Countdown - General
Topic: Ladbrokes - Next Presenter Odds
Replies: 40
Views: 6003

Re: Ladbrokes - Next Presenter Odds

It's 100% a community-power feelgood story. I feel like we are a small town and Paul is our non-league football team qualifying for the FA Cup. Sure he'll probably get smashed by one of the Premier League big teams like Colin Murray United or whoever, but he's in the running for sure and if he can g...
by Callum Todd
Wed Dec 09, 2020 6:45 am
Forum: Countdown - General
Topic: Who should replace Nick Hewer?
Replies: 78
Views: 14092

Re: Who should replace Nick Hewer?

What do we think the chances of someone like Paul Anderson actually getting this job are? Rachel did not have a broadcasting background when she was selected for the arithmetician role... Would ratings really suffer if the new host was not an established celeb of sorts? I'm not convinced they would...