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by Rosemary Roberts
Tue Sep 03, 2019 8:49 pm
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: Religion
Replies: 456
Views: 38392

Re: Religion

You would probably call me an aggressive atheist. I don't have any quarrel with religious people who simply want to follow their own creed and try to be good people, but I do quarrel, very readily, with anybody who claims that their beliefs should govern the way other people behave. Most religions w...
by Rosemary Roberts
Sat Aug 24, 2019 9:08 pm
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: Religion
Replies: 456
Views: 38392

Re: Religion

I agree. I also wouldn't waste much time with anyone who believes that something written in a book is hard evidence. Believing everything in a book merely because it was written so long ago that nobody knows who was involved in its creation is totally counter-intuitive.
by Rosemary Roberts
Sat Aug 17, 2019 7:00 pm
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: Religion
Replies: 456
Views: 38392

Re: Religion

A couple of days ago I wrote “The argument for a deity is of the exact same robustness.”
It has been pointed out to me that this is not true. The argument for a deity is far less robust that that for the orbiting teapot: Countdown teapots are known to exist.
Sorry about that.
by Rosemary Roberts
Thu Aug 15, 2019 6:18 pm
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: Religion
Replies: 456
Views: 38392

Re: Religion

That isn't really what I said, and you can't prove it is. I see no evidence for any gods. I suspect that if there were evidence, somebody would have noticed it and reported it. I also see no evidence for any other universes, but I understand that some scientists do, or at least have theories that pr...
by Rosemary Roberts
Tue Aug 13, 2019 4:57 am
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: Religion
Replies: 456
Views: 38392

Re: Religion

Dave Allen also rules!
by Rosemary Roberts
Sat Aug 10, 2019 2:26 pm
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: Religion
Replies: 456
Views: 38392

Re: Religion

Occam's razor rules. As do orbiting teapots. I have no need of your equivocation.
by Rosemary Roberts
Sat Aug 10, 2019 1:30 pm
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: Religion
Replies: 456
Views: 38392

Re: Religion

I entirely agree with your argument. For the record, I am of the "there is definitely no god" persuasion: there has never, ever, been any credible evidence to suggest there was. Millennia of misguided humans claiming otherwise is not evidence.
by Rosemary Roberts
Wed Sep 10, 2014 6:07 am
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: C4Cers in Other Media
Replies: 160
Views: 14121

Re: C4Cers in Other Media

Do we see schism even here!
by Rosemary Roberts
Mon Aug 25, 2014 9:31 pm
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: Questions you've always wanted answered
Replies: 586
Views: 123142

Re: Questions you've always wanted answered

I almost invariably come to c4countdown by clicking on a link in a notification e-mail (which has the full link starting with http://www.c4countdown...) and for months I have always had to log on afresh. Until Mark posted his question and you your answer: both times the links brought me here straigh...
by Rosemary Roberts
Wed Aug 14, 2013 12:28 am
Forum: Other game shows
Topic: 1001 Things You Should Know
Replies: 22
Views: 5904

Re: 1001 Things You Should Know

Bring back Fifteen to One. Seconded. Perhaps hosted by Sandi Toksvig. You might be in luck, as it looks like it might be returning, albeit with Adam Hills instead of William G. Stewart hosting. http://www.mirror.co.uk/tv/tv-news/fifteen-one-channel-4-comeback-2163383? Thanks for the update, James. ...
by Rosemary Roberts
Sat Jun 22, 2013 11:25 am
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: Paul Zenon vs Psychic Sally
Replies: 89
Views: 10933

Re: Paul Zenon vs Psychic Sally

The Guardian article refers to “being able to prove Morgan did not believe in her own abilities”. I would think “getting information through an earpiece” would go a long way towards that. James Randi has a noble history of exposing such people.
by Rosemary Roberts
Wed Jun 05, 2013 1:20 pm
Forum: Other game shows
Topic: Pointless Series 5
Replies: 216
Views: 23597

Re: Pointless Series 5

I'm sure Richard has previously allowed similarly abbreviated answers, though it would have been unfair to accept the second near miss after rejecting the first. What really surprised me was that the third candidate risked yet another stab at the same question.
by Rosemary Roberts
Wed May 22, 2013 6:24 pm
Forum: Other game shows
Topic: Pointless Series 5
Replies: 216
Views: 23597

Re: Pointless Series 5

James Robinson wrote:As I said, my episodes are being repeated on BBC One on Thursday and Friday this week.

Then next week, Series 9 resumes. 8-)
A fitting climax!
by Rosemary Roberts
Sun May 12, 2013 11:11 pm
Forum: Other game shows
Topic: Pointless Series 5
Replies: 216
Views: 23597

Re: Pointless Series 5

James Robinson wrote: Unfortunately not, but interestingly enough my shows will be repeated on BBC1 shortly too :!: :!: :shock: :shock: :o :o 8-) 8-)
I hope they're giving you repeat fees :!:
by Rosemary Roberts
Sun May 12, 2013 10:43 pm
Forum: Other game shows
Topic: Pointless Series 5
Replies: 216
Views: 23597

Re: Pointless Series 5

James Robinson wrote:Just a little mention that my Pointless episodes from this series are being repeated on Challenge tomorrow and Tuesday, at 7pm and 9pm respectively. ;) :) :D :mrgreen: 8-)
Thanks for telling us, James, I'll look out for them.

Do you also know when BBC1 will be done with repeats?
by Rosemary Roberts
Fri Mar 08, 2013 7:18 pm
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: The Matt Morrison Computer Corner
Replies: 433
Views: 67201

Re: The Matt Morrison Computer Corner

Thanks very much for the link, Matt. I had no idea the function was called Snap!
by Rosemary Roberts
Fri Mar 08, 2013 4:02 pm
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: The Matt Morrison Computer Corner
Replies: 433
Views: 67201

Re: The Matt Morrison Computer Corner

Thank you. My brother keeps a large hammer on top of his monitor, which (he says) does make it mind its manners somewhat. But unfortunately it doesn't solve this problem.
by Rosemary Roberts
Fri Mar 08, 2013 3:06 pm
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: The Matt Morrison Computer Corner
Replies: 433
Views: 67201

Re: The Matt Morrison Computer Corner

In WIndows 7, whenever I move a window and it touches the top of the screen the system takes over and full-screens it. This is never what I want and is driving me mad. Does anybody know a way of configuring it, or killing it outright?
by Rosemary Roberts
Thu Mar 07, 2013 10:21 am
Forum: Countdown - General
Topic: Countdown mentions on other shows
Replies: 299
Views: 83583

Re: Countdown mentions on other shows

It sounds pathetic. People who want to make fun of Countdown and/or the Germans ought to know a little about one or the other.
by Rosemary Roberts
Tue Feb 19, 2013 10:04 pm
Forum: Countdown - General
Topic: Countdown in the news
Replies: 217
Views: 40702

Re: Countdown in the news

Not so much trending, more old hat. But it was interesting to see that Peter Mandelson being gay is somehow relevant to Countdown's astonishing use of earpieces. Or maybe the connection is just that Matthew Parris has very acute hearing?
by Rosemary Roberts
Wed Dec 12, 2012 8:11 am
Forum: Other game shows
Topic: Only Connect
Replies: 131
Views: 39500

Re: Only Connect

James Robinson wrote:Yeah, now should we call ourselves the "Apterites" or the "Countdowners" :?: :?:
You could fill several teams and have a play-off, perhaps even a celebrity round against Rachel+Nick+Susie.
by Rosemary Roberts
Tue Nov 20, 2012 4:22 pm
Forum: Other game shows
Topic: 1001 Things You Should Know
Replies: 22
Views: 5904

Re: 1001 Things You Should Know

Jojo Apollo wrote:Bring back Fifteen to One.
Seconded. Perhaps hosted by Sandi Toksvig.
by Rosemary Roberts
Wed Nov 14, 2012 3:55 pm
Forum: Other game shows
Topic: 1001 Things You Should Know
Replies: 22
Views: 5904

Re: 1001 Things You Should Know

I find it hard to believe that there is such a tremendous market for people very slowly answering simple questions. Particularly as this was roughly the slot that used to get Fifteen to One . I guess it proves the advertisers are aware that knowledgeable people don't buy their stuff. That's useful t...
by Rosemary Roberts
Wed Oct 31, 2012 12:24 pm
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: Paul Zenon vs Psychic Sally
Replies: 89
Views: 10933

Re: Paul Zenon vs Psychic Sally

She said there were fraudsters operating as psychic mediums - but that it was wrong for scientists to think that such mediums "were all the same"
It looks like an ideal test to prove just that.
by Rosemary Roberts
Sat Oct 13, 2012 2:33 pm
Forum: Games and Puzzles
Topic: London Underground (and DLR) Stations
Replies: 12
Views: 2391

Re: London Underground (and DLR) Stations

Bob, that's basically what I meant by "hotspots" - clicking elsewhere has no effect but where a solution is required you are prompted to double-click to enter it. But like some adventure games it is sometimes a challenge to find the right spot to hover in, and some of them are very close together.
by Rosemary Roberts
Sat Oct 13, 2012 10:15 am
Forum: Games and Puzzles
Topic: London Underground (and DLR) Stations
Replies: 12
Views: 2391

Re: London Underground (and DLR) Stations

I'm on a PC and see the hotspots OK, but only in IE. In Firefox I see no picture at all, but that is just my NoScript add-on - I like it set to suppress ordinary bells and whistles, but it does sometimes get above itself. In IE the game takes away the hotspots as you go, so I guess the answers are s...
by Rosemary Roberts
Fri Oct 12, 2012 6:42 pm
Forum: Games and Puzzles
Topic: London Underground (and DLR) Stations
Replies: 12
Views: 2391

Re: London Underground (and DLR) Stations

Thanks, Bob, with your excellent hint I finally got it. The red herring is a neat touch, though - I was mightily puzzled by having more hotspots than answers. I'm quite impressed by the implementation, too, except that I can't now register or log on without losing my score so far. But I don't need a...
by Rosemary Roberts
Fri Oct 12, 2012 9:26 am
Forum: Games and Puzzles
Topic: London Underground (and DLR) Stations
Replies: 12
Views: 2391

Re: London Underground (and DLR) Stations

Thanks Rosemary, I stumbled across this a few days ago as well. Managed to get them all after a protracted struggle - there are some real stinkers in there, a few of which jar from a "cryptic crossword" point of view Well done you! After several days poring over lists I'm still missing two of them,...
by Rosemary Roberts
Thu Oct 11, 2012 7:08 pm
Forum: Games and Puzzles
Topic: London Underground (and DLR) Stations
Replies: 12
Views: 2391

London Underground (and DLR) Stations

There's a quite good picture puzzle at http://www.lookforlonger.com for people who like railways and/or excruciating puns. There are even prizes to be won, and a couple of weeks left before the final deadline.
by Rosemary Roberts
Wed Oct 03, 2012 10:41 pm
Forum: Countdown - General
Topic: Countdown in the news
Replies: 217
Views: 40702

Re: Countdown in the news

Not exactly news, but the clue to 23A in the latest Eye crossword is "Or maybe Countdown expert's beaver? (6)"
If you want to see the whole puzzle it's at

http://www.private-eye.co.uk/sections.p ... =crossword
by Rosemary Roberts
Sun Aug 12, 2012 1:37 pm
Forum: Other game shows
Topic: Pointles Series 6
Replies: 76
Views: 12473

Re: Pointles Series 6

Thanks, James, I've been counting on you.
by Rosemary Roberts
Sun Jun 24, 2012 12:41 pm
Forum: Countdown - General
Topic: Countdown in the news
Replies: 217
Views: 40702

Re: Countdown in the news

James Robinson wrote:Don't say we're about to head to #6 already...............: http://www.telegraph.co.uk/culture/tvan ... Hewer.html#
If that's all true, he's a better actor than I gave him credit for.
by Rosemary Roberts
Wed Mar 21, 2012 9:04 am
Forum: Countdown - General
Topic: Who would you like to see in DC?
Replies: 219
Views: 20533

Re: Who would you like to see in DC?

I'm quite content with Nick at the moment, but Richard would be an excellent choice for next time. No reason not to have him in DC first.

And why do we never get any Celebrity Countdowns any more? Are they too expensive?
by Rosemary Roberts
Tue Mar 20, 2012 11:11 pm
Forum: Countdown - General
Topic: Who would you like to see in DC?
Replies: 219
Views: 20533

Re: Who would you like to see in DC?

Can we please have Richard Osman in Dictionary Corner. He's clever, and funny, and tall.
by Rosemary Roberts
Thu Mar 08, 2012 9:12 pm
Forum: Other game shows
Topic: Cleverdicks
Replies: 2
Views: 1227

Re: Cleverdicks

Quite a few familiar faces are turning up on this, no Countdowners yet that I recognised but several Masterminders. Ann is pleasant to her candidates, which makes a nice change after The Weakest Link, and the questions are satisfyingly tough. I wouldn't want to watch it in real time, but FFing throu...
by Rosemary Roberts
Wed Mar 07, 2012 12:31 pm
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: The Matt Morrison Computer Corner
Replies: 433
Views: 67201

Re: The Matt Morrison Computer Corner

It seems to be a "known issue". Word has to be run with admin privileges in order to put the registration into the registry. Then you can take them off again. I still don't know what caused the problem, but I have managed to clear it.
by Rosemary Roberts
Fri Mar 02, 2012 11:56 pm
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: The Matt Morrison Computer Corner
Replies: 433
Views: 67201

Re: The Matt Morrison Computer Corner

I'm running WIndows 7, and I've just reinstalled my system and all my software. I installed the Office 2003 suite with no problems, it went online and registered / activated itself quite happily. But now, every time I start any of the Office programs it asks me to Accept its EULA all over again. Reb...
by Rosemary Roberts
Fri Mar 02, 2012 8:41 pm
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: Questions you've always wanted answered
Replies: 586
Views: 123142

Re: Questions you've always wanted answered

In south Germany we were served wheat beer with a slice of lemon. That was not universally well received.
by Rosemary Roberts
Mon Jan 30, 2012 5:48 pm
Forum: Other game shows
Topic: Countdowners On Other Quizzes
Replies: 208
Views: 76849

Re: Countdowners On Other Quizzes

Chris Wills was on Mastermind on Jan 23rd, and missed winning only by one pass. So he could be back in the next round.
by Rosemary Roberts
Wed Jan 25, 2012 2:15 pm
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: Questions you've always wanted answered
Replies: 586
Views: 123142

Re: Questions you've always wanted answered

Considering how well bacteria can multiply, the "amount" that gets onto dropped food is probably not significant. Though I wouldn't eat food that had lain on the floor for a couple of days. The only dirt I ever took seriously was dog shit, which can contain the eggs of parasites such as roundworms. ...
by Rosemary Roberts
Mon Jan 23, 2012 5:00 pm
Forum: Countdown - General
Topic: Nick Hewer, YOU'RE HIRED!!!
Replies: 204
Views: 22122

Re: Nick Hewer, YOU'RE HIRED!!!

I don't think he has settled down yet. The mentor from the Apprentice still shows through, he is rather confrontational and very direct with the candidates (even more so with personable champions), which I think would make me uncomfortable. But he is not so terrible that he is dragging the game down...
by Rosemary Roberts
Wed Jan 11, 2012 5:32 pm
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: The Matt Morrison Computer Corner
Replies: 433
Views: 67201

Re: The Matt Morrison Computer Corner

Wow, it works. I had that very page open but didn't spot that nuance.
I guess it's a question of knowing where to stand.

Thanks very much, Matt.
by Rosemary Roberts
Wed Jan 11, 2012 4:58 pm
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: The Matt Morrison Computer Corner
Replies: 433
Views: 67201

Re: The Matt Morrison Computer Corner

Matt, I'm running Windows 7 Professional. I just ran its System File Check (in Administrator Command Prompt) and it scanned all my files and wrote a log file. Specifically, it said: Verification 100% complete. Windows Resource Protection found corrupt files but was unable to fix some of them. Detail...
by Rosemary Roberts
Wed Jan 11, 2012 4:48 pm
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: If you covered the surface of the moon with mirrors..
Replies: 13
Views: 1491

Re: If you covered the surface of the moon with mirrors..

Jon O'Neill wrote:If not, why not?
The moon isn't in the sky all the time. If you managed to really light up the moon you would be in a "Nightfall" situation.
by Rosemary Roberts
Sat Dec 17, 2011 3:30 pm
Forum: Countdown - General
Topic: Nick Hewer, YOU'RE HIRED!!!
Replies: 204
Views: 22122

Re: Nick Hewer, YOU'RE HIRED!!!

James Robinson wrote:ME ON POINTLESS AGAIN!! POSTPONED UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE
Is it still hanging fire, James, or did I miss it?
by Rosemary Roberts
Sat Dec 17, 2011 3:28 pm
Forum: Countdown - General
Topic: Nick Hewer, YOU'RE HIRED!!!
Replies: 204
Views: 22122

Re: Nick Hewer, YOU'RE HIRED!!!

I was a bit disappointed to see him going along with all the sneering that Countdown always gets from HIGNFY. Perhaps we need to get Hislop or Merton in Dictionary Corner to help them see the light.
by Rosemary Roberts
Tue Oct 25, 2011 12:04 pm
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: Derren Brown - The Events
Replies: 584
Views: 43273

Re: Derren Brown - The Events

Jon O'Neill wrote:
Rosemary Roberts wrote:Jon, we will never get to the bottom of this until you go to a live show yourself and volunteer. Should we be having a whip-round for your ticket?
Ironically, Jon is probably the only one here who has actually been hypnotised on stage.
Was he programmed to forget it?
by Rosemary Roberts
Tue Oct 25, 2011 11:45 am
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: Derren Brown - The Events
Replies: 584
Views: 43273

Re: Derren Brown - The Events

Jon, we will never get to the bottom of this until you go to a live show yourself and volunteer. Should we be having a whip-round for your ticket?
by Rosemary Roberts
Tue Oct 25, 2011 11:21 am
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: Derren Brown - The Events
Replies: 584
Views: 43273

Re: Derren Brown - The Events

A common stage hypnotism gag is something like "you forget the number six". Ignoring the ambiguity of that statement (do you know there's something in that ordinal position and you just can't remember its name (if so, would you still recognise the word written down?) or do you skip straight to seve...
by Rosemary Roberts
Mon Oct 24, 2011 8:57 am
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: Derren Brown - The Events
Replies: 584
Views: 43273

Re: Derren Brown - The Events

Agree 100%
by Rosemary Roberts
Thu Oct 13, 2011 12:41 pm
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: The Matt Morrison Computer Corner
Replies: 433
Views: 67201

Re: The Matt Morrison Computer Corner

Thanks, Matt, I'll give it a whirl.
by Rosemary Roberts
Thu Oct 13, 2011 11:53 am
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: The Matt Morrison Computer Corner
Replies: 433
Views: 67201

Re: The Matt Morrison Computer Corner

I already tried removing the device and (on a separate occasion) deinstalling the driver, but both times I was then unable to persuade Windows to find the device or accept the driver. It is onboard sound. There is a plausible looking DVD in the box it came in - is there any future in trying to reins...
by Rosemary Roberts
Thu Oct 13, 2011 10:35 am
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: The Matt Morrison Computer Corner
Replies: 433
Views: 67201

Re: The Matt Morrison Computer Corner

Hi Matt, I'm running Windows 7, and my sound has stopped working. This has happened before following a Windows update and was resolved by backtracking and installing updates in a different order. But that fix no longer works. It's not the hardware, as we get sound if we boot Linux. Windows claims th...
by Rosemary Roberts
Fri Sep 16, 2011 4:34 pm
Forum: Countdown - Spoilers
Topic: Spoilers For Thursday September 15th 2011
Replies: 20
Views: 1570

Re: Spoilers For Thursday September 15th 2011

Balls, I was really rooting for Jayshree there. I wasn't hopeful after the first round (I always kinda think "oh well, that's another win" when a boatload of fairly common sevens pass the challenger by) but she looked like she should have gone on to win. Bugger. (Maybe that also means I wasn't so k...
by Rosemary Roberts
Sat Jul 23, 2011 11:22 pm
Forum: Countdown - Spoilers
Topic: Spoilers For Friday July 22nd 2011
Replies: 13
Views: 1626

Re: Spoilers For Friday July 22nd 2011

Liam Tiernan wrote:It simply refers to the year the programme was first shown. Probably to distinguish it from several films of the same name.
This is why I assumed it was a repeat, but that can hardly be the case if it explicitly promises Rachel who was not even alive then. Shome mishtake shurely.
by Rosemary Roberts
Sat Jul 23, 2011 8:19 pm
Forum: Countdown - Spoilers
Topic: Spoilers For Friday July 22nd 2011
Replies: 13
Views: 1626

Re: Spoilers For Friday July 22nd 2011

My online listings say that Monday's special is a repeat from 1982. Anybody know if that's true? 1. No. 2. Can you show me this listings :?: 3. It's a special between Debbi Flack from S59 and Claudia Tyson from S62. Sure. I don't know where they get their information, but here's what it says: QUIZ ...
by Rosemary Roberts
Sat Jul 23, 2011 4:43 pm
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: what's your top 10 favourite films?
Replies: 101
Views: 5251

Re: what's your top 10 favourite films?

Marc Meakin wrote:Oh and 2001 gets a mention for being the most over rated movie of all time just beating Forrest Gump and Titanic.
Seconded!
by Rosemary Roberts
Sat Jul 23, 2011 4:33 pm
Forum: Countdown - Spoilers
Topic: Spoilers For Friday July 22nd 2011
Replies: 13
Views: 1626

Re: Spoilers For Friday July 22nd 2011

My online listings say that Monday's special is a repeat from 1982. Anybody know if that's true?
by Rosemary Roberts
Mon Jun 27, 2011 11:31 am
Forum: Countdown - General
Topic: Countdown specials: The Secret's Out
Replies: 80
Views: 5922

Re: Countdown specials: The Secret's Out

Jon Corby wrote:
Marc Meakin wrote:Sue Sanders ?
Sue Sanders v Clare Sudbery
The winner to play Kate Richardson?

Or perhaps - in view of the premise - loser to play Kate Richardson?
by Rosemary Roberts
Tue May 24, 2011 12:09 pm
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: Questions you've always wanted answered
Replies: 586
Views: 123142

Re: Questions you've always wanted answered

I want to know why in a packet of Jaffa Cakes 11 of them face one way whilst one of the ends faces in the opposite direction. I would think it is to cushion the chocolate on the last one that would otherwise be cracked by the pressure that closes the packet. Maybe we need a research project here - ...