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by Mark Murray
Tue Oct 17, 2017 12:37 pm
Forum: Countdown - Events
Topic: CoBirmingham/The FOCAL Finals 2017
Replies: 21
Views: 2934

Re: CoBirmingham/The FOCAL Finals 2017

Just over couple of weeks left at which point hotel will want to know details of who will be staying at the hotel Friday/Saturday night or both nights. As with last year, they may consider circumstances for rooms on these nights after this date (dependant on availability), however if you have decide...
by Mark Murray
Sun Oct 15, 2017 4:37 pm
Forum: Countdown - Events
Topic: FOCAL going forwards
Replies: 1
Views: 696

Re: FOCAL going forwards

Thank you to everyone who has given feedback and voted on the FOCAL poll today. There is a clear appetite for FOCAL to continue next year. By this point last year, Code of conduct had been agreed by organisers, and 2017 was well underway with the seeds sown . What with this, and Zarte's announcement...
by Mark Murray
Tue Sep 05, 2017 6:54 pm
Forum: Countdown - General
Topic: Best 9 of all time
Replies: 17
Views: 2910

Re: Best 9 of all time

Lisa Hermann wrote:
Mon Sep 04, 2017 3:16 pm
Very impressive at the time, especially as it was Maria Boyes' first game and she didn't fit the identikit Countdown champion being young, female and down to earth
Is that saying Countdown champions are generally not young, or down to earth, as well as not being female? :D
by Mark Murray
Sun Aug 20, 2017 7:23 pm
Forum: Countdown - Events
Topic: Countdown Bristol 2018
Replies: 1
Views: 576

Re: Countdown Bristol 2018

Attendees Meal
Zarte Yes
Giles Maybe
Aidan Maybe
Tom Fielding Maybe
by Mark Murray
Sun Aug 20, 2017 6:50 pm
Forum: Countdown - Events
Topic: Countdown Bristol 2018
Replies: 1
Views: 576

Countdown Bristol 2018

CO BRIS (Bristol) IS BACK....24th February 2018 Bristol County Sports Club 40 Colston St, Bristol, Avon BS1 5AE http://www.bristolcountysportsclub.co.uk/ Location on Google Maps: http://tinyurl.com/ksaw8ss Presented by Mark Murray and Jeff Clayton, The plan at the moment is for everybody to compete ...
by Mark Murray
Sun Jul 23, 2017 2:06 pm
Forum: Countdown - General
Topic: Curious about the CD recording process
Replies: 24
Views: 1856

Re: Curious about the CD recording process

possibly something in it. my show was 3rd of the day and Pete Stegg's would have been 3rd of the next day! but Ciaran's wasn't so ...
by Mark Murray
Fri Jun 30, 2017 5:53 am
Forum: Countdown - Spoilers
Topic: Spoilers for Thursday 29th June 2017 (Series 76, SF2)
Replies: 8
Views: 1369

Re: Spoilers for Thursday 29th June 2017 (Series 76, SF2)

Only the 2nd game i have watched on telly this series . fantastic semi final game and very close. unlucky Jeff
by Mark Murray
Wed Feb 08, 2017 10:31 pm
Forum: Games and Puzzles
Topic: the Countdowners In My Place game (CIMP)
Replies: 14
Views: 868

Re: the Countdowners In My Place game (CIMP)

Tia Corkish
Jen Steadman
Antoinette Ryan
Paul James
Zarte
Sean Fletcher
Eddy Byrne
Dan McColm
by Mark Murray
Mon Jan 23, 2017 4:38 pm
Forum: Countdown - Events
Topic: FOCAL 2017
Replies: 37
Views: 5483

Re: FOCAL 2017

Gavin Chipper wrote:
Mon Jan 23, 2017 1:46 pm
Presumably the piece of paper I've got with all the FOCAL dates on will update automatically?
I am sat here thinking "not him again" :p
by Mark Murray
Thu Jan 12, 2017 11:41 pm
Forum: Countdown - Events
Topic: Countdown Bristol 2017
Replies: 19
Views: 2800

Re: Countdown Bristol 2017

Instead of the planned divisional format, it will now be a swiss tournament style 9 rounder format with everyone playing 7 games. This does mean an increase of games from the original format (from 6 to 7), though it does mean removal of divisions and removal of the 15 rounder heat matchesl The grand...
by Mark Murray
Mon Jan 09, 2017 6:39 pm
Forum: Countdown - Events
Topic: Countdown Bristol 2017
Replies: 19
Views: 2800

Re: Countdown Bristol 2017

Mark Deeks wrote:I might just get my own buffet and sit at a different table to you all, throwing bits at you and flicking the Vs. Haven't decided yet.
You can try, but I have it on good authority from the establishment that you will be politely asked to leave :lol:
by Mark Murray
Mon Jan 09, 2017 5:09 pm
Forum: Countdown - Events
Topic: Countdown Bristol 2017
Replies: 19
Views: 2800

Re: Countdown Bristol 2017

My current plan is to not play at the event, but do that thing where I turn up late and then am around for the evening, with said evening to include the buffet. Will you hate me if I do this? I don't know if charm works on you to make you change your mind to play on the day, but here goes. "how cou...
by Mark Murray
Mon Jan 09, 2017 4:58 pm
Forum: Countdown - Events
Topic: Countdown Bristol 2017
Replies: 19
Views: 2800

Re: Countdown Bristol 2017

Just to confirm, am I OK to cover the ZaZa actually on the day, or will there be a cut off point? Having some Paypal issues atm, so just want to make sure I'm not gonna have problems at any point :) No that's fine . As long as I know the final numbers on who will be dining at least 24 hours in adva...
by Mark Murray
Sun Dec 18, 2016 10:09 am
Forum: Countdown - Events
Topic: Countdown Bristol 2017
Replies: 19
Views: 2800

Re: Countdown Bristol 2017

Please send payments when you can (by paypal) £15 to markmurray97@hotmail.com

I am also taking payments for those of you who do want to attend the meal at Za Za bazaar and pay in advance

http://www.zazabazaar.com

Will be great to see the confirmation of numbers boosted :)
by Mark Murray
Wed Nov 23, 2016 1:28 pm
Forum: Countdown - Events
Topic: The FOCAL Finals/CoBirmingham - Saturday 3rd December 2016
Replies: 12
Views: 2580

Re: The FOCAL Finals/CoBirmingham - Saturday 3rd December 2016

Just 7 days left now to get payments in, as I have to pay hotel for remaining lunches on the last day of the month.
by Mark Murray
Sat Nov 19, 2016 6:39 pm
Forum: Countdown - Events
Topic: FOCAL 2016
Replies: 114
Views: 9657

Re: FOCAL 2016

I don't really see how this is different from the top 3 at Colin getting free entry into the next one. It's a nice reward, but I wouldn't be too bothered if nobody got it.But yeah, even though this scoring system may not be the best one (I personally prefer Gevin's, even though it puts me lower and...
by Mark Murray
Sat Nov 19, 2016 8:22 am
Forum: Countdown - Events
Topic: The FOCAL Finals/CoBirmingham - Saturday 3rd December 2016
Replies: 12
Views: 2580

Re: The FOCAL Finals/CoBirmingham - Saturday 3rd December 2016

Yep the hotel has a car park which should be good enough for who is driving on the day :)
by Mark Murray
Sat Nov 12, 2016 2:06 pm
Forum: Countdown - General
Topic: Who is better: Carol Vorderman or Rachel Riley?
Replies: 61
Views: 4301

Re: Who is better: Carol Vorderman or Rachel Riley?

Having met both of them. Rachel 100%
by Mark Murray
Mon Oct 24, 2016 9:36 pm
Forum: Countdown - Events
Topic: Countdown Bristol 2017
Replies: 19
Views: 2800

Re: Countdown Bristol 2017

Euan Slatter wrote:No offence, but "Zsa Zsa" is irritating me. There are no Ss, it's just Za Za!

okayyyyyy
by Mark Murray
Sun Oct 23, 2016 6:27 pm
Forum: Countdown - Events
Topic: Countdown Bristol 2017
Replies: 19
Views: 2800

Re: Countdown Bristol 2017

Paid Attendees Za Za Bazaar Meal Mark (Paid) Jeff (Paid) Margaret Marshall No Paul Talmey Yes (paid) Zarte Siempre Yes Karen Pearson No Gevin C Yes (paid) Matt Morrison Yes (paid) Heather Badcock Yes (paid) Jon O Neill Yes (Paid) Sean Fletcher Yes (Paid) Jamie Illett-Jones No Jayne Wisniewski No Dav...
by Mark Murray
Sun Oct 16, 2016 8:25 am
Forum: Countdown - Events
Topic: Countdown Bristol 2017
Replies: 19
Views: 2800

Re: Countdown Bristol 2017

Btw, what the other way? As it says Payments for this can either be made in advance (paypal markmurray97@hotmail.com Please ensure when sending money by paypal that paying family/friends otherwise the full amount will not come through), and the either suggests there is an alternative! I would just ...
by Mark Murray
Sat Oct 08, 2016 7:05 pm
Forum: Countdown - Events
Topic: FOCAL 2017
Replies: 37
Views: 5483

Re: FOCAL 2017

Hello, I would like to ask some questions in response to what seems to me to be, essentially, a litany of self-congratulation. This wasn't a litany of self congratulation. Rather a positive message. How many people has FOCAL has engaged to keep an eye on their year-long performance and try and atte...
by Mark Murray
Fri Oct 07, 2016 6:31 pm
Forum: Countdown - Events
Topic: FOCAL 2017
Replies: 37
Views: 5483

Re: FOCAL 2017

People pay for their travel and accommodation at CO events anyway, and I certainly don't think paying someone's entry fee would work as an incentive to get them to come to the final. Actually I think I was wrong here - the top 8 do get their accommodation paid don't they? No! Top 8 get entry paid o...
by Mark Murray
Sat Oct 01, 2016 6:36 pm
Forum: Countdown - Events
Topic: Countdown Bristol 2017
Replies: 19
Views: 2800

Countdown Bristol 2017

I am delighted to announce that CO BRIS (Bristol) 2017 is definitely happening and has been confirmed for Saturday 18th February 2017 Bristol County Sports Club 40 Colston St, Bristol, Avon BS1 5AE http://www.bristolcountysportsclub.co.uk/ Location on Google Maps: http://tinyurl.com/ksaw8ss Presente...
by Mark Murray
Thu Jul 21, 2016 9:55 am
Forum: Countdown - General
Topic: Has Countdown ever helped you with your career?
Replies: 8
Views: 1184

Re: Has Countdown ever helped you with your career?

If the papers are to be believed,yes!

I started with Allianz the same week as my finals were aired and used the fact that I won the series in my interview.My manager has always insisted that the main reason I got the job was my willingness to dress up as a leprechaun in the office.!
by Mark Murray
Tue Jul 05, 2016 8:43 pm
Forum: Other game shows
Topic: Countdowners On Other Quizzes
Replies: 152
Views: 25370

Re: Countdowners On Other Quizzes

another 15-1 appearance. Martyn Brookes. Got to see his game with Andy Noden in series 72
by Mark Murray
Mon Jul 04, 2016 8:19 pm
Forum: Other game shows
Topic: Countdowners On Other Quizzes
Replies: 152
Views: 25370

Re: Countdowners On Other Quizzes

Julie Devine on 15 to 1 same show as Tom (from series 70 after my Octorun)
by Mark Murray
Wed Jun 08, 2016 9:44 am
Forum: Countdown - Events
Topic: FOCAL 2016
Replies: 114
Views: 9657

Re: FOCAL 2016

Thanks for the messages. In a nutshell, the purpose of having a committee in place is to ensure that tasks are carried out linking up the events and ensuring that the finals event happens at the end of the year. The overall committee consists of 11 members (organisers) of the Co events and within th...
by Mark Murray
Fri Mar 25, 2016 10:30 am
Forum: Countdown - Events
Topic: CODUB2 Countdown in Dublin 10th September 2016.
Replies: 18
Views: 3447

Re: CODUB2 Countdown in Dublin 10th September 2016.

I have flown to Dublin 5 times within the last few months and have managed to get a return flight every time (including over Easter with return Easter Monday) for under £50. usually £20-£30. Generally best direct on the Ryanair website and as Jen says, a few months closer to the time
by Mark Murray
Sun Jan 31, 2016 7:28 pm
Forum: Countdown - Events
Topic: Co Bristol February 27th 2016
Replies: 7
Views: 2277

Re: Co Bristol February 27th 2016

Hi Adam Trenchard street is the nearest car park to the venue and one of the cheapest in town. I tried looking at their website re price and it isn't overly clear on price for the whole day. It does say up to 24 hours parking is fine and seems to be £1 per hour so anything up to approx £8 I would sa...
by Mark Murray
Wed Jan 13, 2016 7:24 am
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: Who would be the biggest deaths?
Replies: 236
Views: 9918

Re: Who would be the biggest deaths?

Madonna or Kylie
by Mark Murray
Wed Jan 06, 2016 6:36 pm
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: 9-00pm C5 Celebrity Big Brother.
Replies: 35
Views: 1366

Re: 9-00pm C5 Celebrity Big Brother.

Gemma Collins - 2 (always in newspapers) Kristina Rihanoff - 2 (isn't she with that James Jordan who was a dancer and obnoxious on this before) Darren Day - 2 (television host from the 90's (some of us are old enough to remember) Daniella Westbrook - 2 (Eastenders) David Gest - 2 (He went out with L...
by Mark Murray
Thu Dec 24, 2015 6:11 pm
Forum: Countdown - Spoilers
Topic: Grand Final Spoilers For Wednesday December 23rd 2015
Replies: 44
Views: 2029

Re: Grand Final Spoilers For Wednesday December 23rd 2015

Congratulations Jonathan and Matthew.

Was an exciting finale to a top quality series and with the quality of contestants, you both really earned your place to get to the finals. And an exciting crucial conundrum at the end ( and not a word that I remember ever hearing of either)

:)
by Mark Murray
Sat Dec 05, 2015 3:07 pm
Forum: Countdown - Events
Topic: Co Bristol February 27th 2016
Replies: 7
Views: 2277

Re: Co Bristol February 27th 2016

Paid entrants so far: Meal after (Mark & Jeff) 1 Philip Wilson No 2 David Barnard Maybe 3 Giles Hutchings No 4 James Robinson Yes 5 Antoinette Ryan Yes 6. Jayne Wisniewski Yes 7. Heather Styles Yes 8. Paul James Yes 9. Karen Pearson Yes 10 Jerry Humphreys Yes 11 Margaret Marshall No 12 Jamie Illett-...
by Mark Murray
Wed Oct 28, 2015 7:45 am
Forum: Countdown - Events
Topic: Co Bristol February 27th 2016
Replies: 7
Views: 2277

Re: Co Bristol February 27th 2016

I have no doubt about it. On Facebook, if you see the amount of people confirming to go and maybes, we are already beating last years target. Just a bit early for payment for some people ;)
by Mark Murray
Thu Oct 08, 2015 8:44 pm
Forum: Countdown - Spoilers
Topic: Spoilers for Thursday October 8th 2015 (S73 P68)
Replies: 47
Views: 3747

Re: Spoilers for Thursday October 8th 2015 (S73 P68)

That was an absolutely amazing game. made great tv and you were really unlucky there James. You could have won 8 games and been one of the ones to watch in the finals so very unlucky to have come across such a player on your first show. As some of the others have said, it would be great if the likes...
by Mark Murray
Sat Oct 03, 2015 3:37 pm
Forum: Countdown - Events
Topic: FOCAL 2016
Replies: 114
Views: 9657

Re: FOCAL 2016

This 2016 end of year event is going to be fantastic with great work from all of the committee who have spent a lot of their own time in ensuring that this gets off the ground. :)
by Mark Murray
Sat Oct 03, 2015 3:22 pm
Forum: Countdown - Events
Topic: Co Bristol February 27th 2016
Replies: 7
Views: 2277

Re: Co Bristol February 27th 2016

Already have our first entrant Phil Wilson :)
by Mark Murray
Sat Oct 03, 2015 3:10 pm
Forum: Countdown - Events
Topic: Co Bristol February 27th 2016
Replies: 7
Views: 2277

Co Bristol February 27th 2016

Following the success of this years event, I am delighted to announce CO BRIS (Bristol) 2016 Saturday 27th February. **Players will also be able to play for points as part of the wider FOCAL event ** Bristol County Sports Club 40 Colston St, Bristol, Avon BS1 5AE http://www.bristolcountysportsclub.c...
by Mark Murray
Mon Aug 10, 2015 6:28 am
Forum: Countdown - Spoilers
Topic: Spoilers For Friday August 7th 2015
Replies: 8
Views: 765

Re: Spoilers For Friday August 7th 2015

really impressive octorun and fantastic cumulative score over the 8 games. Well done!!

And first time I think I have EVER maxed a game watching the show and 2nd max ever .. yay
by Mark Murray
Sat Aug 08, 2015 11:52 am
Forum: Countdown - General
Topic: Series 4 Champion Brian Hudson
Replies: 14
Views: 1746

Re: Series 4 Champion Brian Hudson

Quite a few turn up at scrabble tournament Steve Balment series 12 is the earliest series champ I have met
by Mark Murray
Fri Jun 12, 2015 5:34 pm
Forum: Countdown - Spoilers
Topic: Grand Final Spoilers For Friday June 12th 2015
Replies: 24
Views: 1438

Re: Grand Final Spoilers For Friday June 12th 2015

Well done Tracey and Tom. top quality game as all your games have been throughout the series. really enjoyed watching it :D
by Mark Murray
Thu Jun 11, 2015 7:46 pm
Forum: Countdown - Spoilers
Topic: Spoilers For Thursday June 11th 2015
Replies: 15
Views: 1247

Re: Spoilers For Thursday June 11th 2015

another fantastic quality game with great spots .. I liked royalism in particular and that fantastic numbers spot from Gerry. i only spotted the conundrum after Gerry's declaration has been a great run of final games and looking forward to tomorrow Tracey. both you and Gerry were on top form today a...
by Mark Murray
Fri May 29, 2015 12:48 pm
Forum: Countdown - Spoilers
Topic: Who Will Win Series 72? (Spoilers Included)
Replies: 3
Views: 690

Re: Who Will Win Series 72? (Spoilers Included)

I agree with Jordan.. it is very close and tough to call between them..I think the outcome will be that Tom will edge it against Tracey in the final but wouldn't bet lots of money as could as easily be a Andy vs Gerry final
by Mark Murray
Tue May 19, 2015 6:58 am
Forum: Countdown - Spoilers
Topic: Spoilers For Monday May 18th 2015
Replies: 20
Views: 1113

Re: Spoilers For Monday May 18th 2015

so unlucky there Dave, know the feeling well of trying to get back a game when it all seems to be going horribly wrong. really unlucky on last numbers game too. well done on your solid performances.
by Mark Murray
Fri May 15, 2015 8:13 pm
Forum: Countdown - Spoilers
Topic: Spoilers for Tuesday May 12th 2015 (S72 P81)
Replies: 9
Views: 1068

Re: Spoilers for Tuesday May 12th 2015 (S72 P81)

it was a great game David. Impressive run of maxes. You would have taken a few of us who " practice" to a crucial conundrum so can't really say more than that :D Well, you could. "You would have taken a few of us to a crucial conundrum" sounds pretty fucking patronising tbh :? To David Pooley..Apol...
by Mark Murray
Fri May 15, 2015 6:19 am
Forum: Countdown - Spoilers
Topic: Spoilers for Tuesday May 12th 2015 (S72 P81)
Replies: 9
Views: 1068

Re: Spoilers for Tuesday May 12th 2015 (S72 P81)

it was a great game David. Impressive run of maxes. You would have taken a few of us who " practice" to a crucial conundrum so can't really say more than that :D
by Mark Murray
Thu May 14, 2015 8:50 pm
Forum: Countdown - Events
Topic: Co.Dublin who would be interested?
Replies: 15
Views: 1454

Re: Co.Dublin who would be interested?

Antoinette Ryan is interested too
by Mark Murray
Thu May 14, 2015 8:39 pm
Forum: Countdown - Events
Topic: Co.Dublin who would be interested?
Replies: 15
Views: 1454

Re: Co.Dublin who would be interested?

definitely interested!!
by Mark Murray
Thu Apr 23, 2015 6:59 am
Forum: Countdown - Spoilers
Topic: Spoilers for Wednesday April 22nd 2015 (S72 P71)
Replies: 4
Views: 613

Re: Spoilers for Wednesday April 22nd 2015 (S72 P71)

just caught up on game now. not the most prudent move for someone to go in to last numbers over 10 points ahead and pick 4 large when I am guessing he wasn't as confident on it. Considering his first number selection. very hard luck
by Mark Murray
Fri Apr 17, 2015 9:28 am
Forum: Countdown - Spoilers
Topic: Spoilers for Thursday April 16th 2015 (S72 P67)
Replies: 4
Views: 632

Re: Spoilers for Thursday April 16th 2015 (S72 P67)

Congrats Gerry on becoming Octochamp after a great set of games. Nice to see a fellow Dubliner make the finals and a great Irish representation again in the finals with Gerry and Kevin
by Mark Murray
Sat Apr 11, 2015 8:52 pm
Forum: Countdown - Events
Topic: COREA15 - Saturday 11th April 2015
Replies: 38
Views: 5495

Re: COREA15 - Saturday 11th April 2015

Thanks so much for a great day Tony..really enjoyed it..well organised and well ran
by Mark Murray
Fri Apr 10, 2015 7:33 am
Forum: Countdown - Spoilers
Topic: Special Spoilers For Friday April 10th 2015
Replies: 9
Views: 915

Re: Special Spoilers For Friday April 10th 2015

Espies as an alternative beater in one of the rounds

Well done Matt on making a nice score and raising a good amount of money for a very worthy cause. Sorry for the loss of your colleagues
by Mark Murray
Thu Apr 09, 2015 6:11 am
Forum: Countdown - Spoilers
Topic: Spoilers for Tuesday April 7th 2015 (S72 P62)
Replies: 17
Views: 1398

Re: Spoilers for Tuesday April 7th 2015 (S72 P62)

Zarte Siempre wrote:
Mark Murray wrote:(not me)
Is this an "accusation" that you often have to answer, Mark? :P
Only at weekends!
by Mark Murray
Wed Apr 08, 2015 10:09 pm
Forum: Countdown - Spoilers
Topic: Spoilers for Tuesday April 7th 2015 (S72 P62)
Replies: 17
Views: 1398

Re: Spoilers for Tuesday April 7th 2015 (S72 P62)

I know for a fact that there has been at least one previous transgender contestant on the show (not me), but it is personal choice on whether people want to be public about it or not). I admire anyone, regardless of religion, sexuality, creed, gender, who has the guts to go on national television wh...
by Mark Murray
Wed Mar 25, 2015 7:53 am
Forum: Countdown - Spoilers
Topic: Spoilers for Tuesday March 24th 2015 (S72 P53)
Replies: 14
Views: 874

Re: Spoilers for Tuesday March 24th 2015 (S72 P53)

fantastic run and games..amazing to watch . pleased that I was 125 going into conundrum with Tom and saw the conundrum at same time -missed daughter but got welcomes.. the finals are going to be tough .some great players this series
by Mark Murray
Tue Mar 17, 2015 6:38 pm
Forum: Countdown - Spoilers
Topic: Spoilers for Tuesday March 17th 2015 (S72 P48)
Replies: 3
Views: 584

Re: Spoilers for Tuesday March 17th 2015 (S72 P48)

Hidalgo round 2...great game today.impressive debut from Charlene
by Mark Murray
Wed Mar 11, 2015 10:16 am
Forum: Countdown - Events
Topic: COREA15 - Saturday 11th April 2015
Replies: 38
Views: 5495

Re: COREA15 - Saturday 11th April 2015

Am pleased to confirm I can make it :)
by Mark Murray
Tue Feb 17, 2015 7:51 am
Forum: Countdown - Spoilers
Topic: Spoilers For Monday February 16th 2015
Replies: 7
Views: 858

Re: Spoilers For Monday February 16th 2015

Just caught up on game..exciting one.. ROTOVATE in round 10