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by Gavin Chipper
Fri Sep 13, 2019 1:13 pm
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: Questions you've always wanted answered
Replies: 574
Views: 106283

Re: Questions you've always wanted answered

Would Mr Eadie be willing to reveal what proportion of Countdown applicants fail the audition? And how come the postal address is still in Leeds? Perhaps another one to add to this (though it does not appear under always wanted to know) was as to why Robin Johnson was not present in the S79 finals-...
by Gavin Chipper
Thu Sep 12, 2019 10:21 pm
Forum: Games and Puzzles
Topic: the Countdowners Outside Co:Event Meet-ups game (COCMEAT)
Replies: 77
Views: 26853

Re: the Countdowners Outside Co:Event Meet-ups game (COCMEAT)

People you already knew definitely shouldn't count.
by Gavin Chipper
Thu Sep 12, 2019 10:16 am
Forum: Games and Puzzles
Topic: the Countdowners Outside Co:Event Meet-ups game (COCMEAT)
Replies: 77
Views: 26853

Re: the Countdowners Outside Co:Event Meet-ups game (COCMEAT)

I'm going to rewrite my list: Jon O'Neill (various, probably the first time was at Chelmsford parkrun) Mark Deeks (various, probably the first time was on election night in 2015, and he also came to mine with Jen) Matt Morrison (various, been to his flat several times) Heather Badcock (various, been...
by Gavin Chipper
Tue Sep 10, 2019 7:49 pm
Forum: Countdown - Spoilers
Topic: Spoilers for Tuesday 10th September 2019 (Series 81, Prelim 51)
Replies: 2
Views: 172

Re: Spoilers for Tuesday 10th September 2019 (Series 81, Prelim 51)

I was amazed they allowed that declaration of 569.

"57...560"

Nick: "ish"

"569"
by Gavin Chipper
Sun Sep 08, 2019 10:11 pm
Forum: Games and Puzzles
Topic: Deliberately misquoting people using homonyms
Replies: 2
Views: 104

Re: Deliberately misquoting people using homonyms

You need a good night's sleep I think.
by Gavin Chipper
Fri Sep 06, 2019 9:29 pm
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: Questions you've always wanted answered
Replies: 574
Views: 106283

Re: Questions you've always wanted answered

Ian Volante wrote:
Fri Sep 06, 2019 11:25 am
Gavin Chipper wrote:
Thu Sep 05, 2019 3:12 pm
Ian Volante wrote:
Wed Sep 04, 2019 11:42 am


I agree, but I get told off for putting the lid down. So I now put the lid down everywhere but in my own house.
I think you need to have a conversation about this.
Oh, we have.
I want a transcript.
by Gavin Chipper
Fri Sep 06, 2019 2:08 pm
Forum: Countdown - General
Topic: Countdown Lookalikes?
Replies: 234
Views: 70959

Re: Countdown Lookalikes?

Yet another Callum Todd sighting 8 seconds into this video (the kid at the front left of the classroom). Our left or their left? If this was a good lookalike, I wouldn't need to ask! On the other hand, the one on their left (our right) looks like James Rowan. Also, Conor Travers was on yesterday's ...
by Gavin Chipper
Thu Sep 05, 2019 3:12 pm
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: Questions you've always wanted answered
Replies: 574
Views: 106283

Re: Questions you've always wanted answered

It's certainly no worse than leaving the seat down but the lid up. I want to return to this actually - I know it's supposedly a thing that women complain about men leaving the toilet seat up so they have to go to the great deal of effort to put it down again. But if there is a "civilised" way to do...
by Gavin Chipper
Thu Sep 05, 2019 3:12 pm
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: Questions you've always wanted answered
Replies: 574
Views: 106283

Re: Questions you've always wanted answered

How does your body know when to make you need to go for a poo? Quite often if I've been out and not needing to go at all, I'll get back and then start needing to go quite urgently. It can't just be a coincidence that I happen to get back just in time.
by Gavin Chipper
Thu Sep 05, 2019 3:09 pm
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: Religion
Replies: 445
Views: 22743

Re: Religion

Zarte Siempre wrote:
Wed Sep 04, 2019 6:50 pm

Callum has an excellent story about PBUH, but I don't know how to attract his attention to get him to put it here....
This might summon him:
by Gavin Chipper
Wed Sep 04, 2019 5:53 pm
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: Religion
Replies: 445
Views: 22743

Re: Religion

I do think that Junaid writing PBUH every time he mentioned Mohammed was ridiculous and about as sycophantic as you can get. Surely it loses its effect if you abbreviate it anyway and shows you're not committed to it - like it's just an afterthought. Do it properly or not at all! Would it have been...
by Gavin Chipper
Tue Sep 03, 2019 10:26 pm
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: Questions you've always wanted answered
Replies: 574
Views: 106283

Re: Questions you've always wanted answered

What's wrong with leaving the toilet seat up? It's certainly no worse than leaving the seat down but the lid up. I want to return to this actually - I know it's supposedly a thing that women complain about men leaving the toilet seat up so they have to go to the great deal of effort to put it down ...
by Gavin Chipper
Sun Sep 01, 2019 4:07 pm
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: Religion
Replies: 445
Views: 22743

Re: Religion

My perspective on religion... I'm a Jew by accident of birth, through matrilineal descent over who knows how many generations. I believe in God largely because I want to, and because I've been conditioned to do so in my upbringing, not because anyone has delivered a particularly compelling argument...
by Gavin Chipper
Sun Sep 01, 2019 6:41 am
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: Religion
Replies: 445
Views: 22743

Re: Religion

That was quite an interesting post so thanks for that. I might respond better later. PS - I'm quite taken aback to see how many people use a capital 'G' when writing 'God'; this is seen as a mark of respect among those who believe in God and I didn't realise it was so widespread. All the same, I app...
by Gavin Chipper
Fri Aug 30, 2019 7:52 am
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: C4C/apto/Countdown Dreams
Replies: 628
Views: 173297

Re: C4C/apto/Countdown Dreams

I clearly refused anything paedoey, so good luck making that stick. As for your continued efforts to paint me as some kind of anti-semite, I don't think the mere mention of a massive hat gets it done, you racist. Absolutely, I think Gavin (if that is his real name, I somehow doubt it myself) has go...
by Gavin Chipper
Wed Aug 28, 2019 1:45 pm
Forum: Countdown - Spoilers
Topic: Spoilers for Wednesday 28th August 2019 (Series 81, Prelim 42)
Replies: 3
Views: 365

Re: Spoilers for Wednesday 28th August 2019 (Series 81, Prelim 42)

(50-1)×(9+3)+9=597 as a more standard method for round 9.
by Gavin Chipper
Wed Aug 28, 2019 1:21 pm
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: Thread Of Random (for Marc)
Replies: 158
Views: 16044

Re: Thread Of Random (for Marc)

I don't think the hole in the ozone layer was even thought of back then. Mainly because we didn't have the scientific consensus until around that point. Not one to court controversy but I have believed global warming to be a conspiracy theory with very little hard evidence to support it. Certainly ...
by Gavin Chipper
Wed Aug 28, 2019 11:05 am
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: Tiny details that spoilt your enjoyment of a film or TV show
Replies: 3
Views: 296

Re: Tiny details that spoilt your enjoyment of a film or TV show

Would they not have had fillings in a post-apocalyptic world?
by Gavin Chipper
Tue Aug 27, 2019 9:16 pm
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: Questions you've always wanted answered
Replies: 574
Views: 106283

Re: Questions you've always wanted answered

Mark Deeks wrote:
Tue Aug 27, 2019 9:08 pm
What's wrong with leaving the toilet seat up?
It's certainly no worse than leaving the seat down but the lid up.
by Gavin Chipper
Tue Aug 27, 2019 11:37 am
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: Thread Of Random (for Marc)
Replies: 158
Views: 16044

Re: Thread Of Random (for Marc)

Marc Meakin wrote:
Tue Aug 27, 2019 8:56 am
I don't mind so much when people say it's the hottest whatever since records began.
But when they say it's down to global warming then it's annoying
Why is it annoying? Obviously it's difficult to pin down a single data point to global warming, but you can with the general trend.
by Gavin Chipper
Mon Aug 26, 2019 8:56 pm
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: Thread Of Random (for Marc)
Replies: 158
Views: 16044

Re: Thread Of Random (for Marc)

I think this is still the thread for posting stuff that isn't worthy of its own thread and doesn't really fit anywhere else. Apparently this is the hottest late August Bank Holiday Monday on record . OK, but does that really count as a weather record? I know it's a worry that so many heat records ar...
by Gavin Chipper
Mon Aug 26, 2019 4:25 pm
Forum: Countdown - Spoilers
Topic: Spoilers for Bank Holiday Monday 26th August 2019 (Series 81, Prelim 40)
Replies: 3
Views: 444

Re: Spoilers for Bank Holiday Monday 26th August 2019 (Series 81, Prelim 40)

Owen Carroll wrote:
Mon Aug 26, 2019 3:39 pm
97-29. Really goes to show how different playing in the studio to as home is.
Exactly the same score as you got for the game on 17th June as well.
by Gavin Chipper
Sun Aug 25, 2019 8:17 pm
Forum: Countdown - Events
Topic: CO-MSO 25th August 2019
Replies: 18
Views: 8338

Re: CO-MSO 25th August 2019

Congrats to young Ronan Higginson for winning his first Co event and taking the Gold medal! He beat Jonathan De Souza in the final 107-103 after spotting the crucial connundrum from ABUTDOVER. The bronze medal went to Jonathan Wynn who beat Martin Thomas in the play-off 103-66. Recaps and full resu...
by Gavin Chipper
Sun Aug 25, 2019 6:49 pm
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: Questions you've always wanted answered
Replies: 574
Views: 106283

Re: Questions you've always wanted answered

Obviously I haven't always wanted this question answered but:

I'm no cricket fan anyway, but how do people (both players and fans) motivate themselves to really give a shit about the Ashes almost immediately after winning the World Cup?
by Gavin Chipper
Sun Aug 25, 2019 5:22 pm
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: C4C/apto/Countdown Dreams
Replies: 628
Views: 173297

Re: C4C/apto/Countdown Dreams

Mark Deeks wrote:
Sun Aug 25, 2019 2:36 pm
In hindsight, bit of a gay dream with a subtext about weight gain. So, the usual.
A little bit paedo-y and anti-Semitic too.
by Gavin Chipper
Sun Aug 25, 2019 7:12 am
Forum: Games and Puzzles
Topic: the Countdowner's Homes I've Been In game (CHIBIN)
Replies: 34
Views: 16889

Re: the Countdowner's Homes I've Been In game (CHIBIN)

Thomas Carey wrote:
Sun Aug 25, 2019 1:16 am
Jason Larsen.

Did I win? I think I won.
:o :o :o

How did this happen?
by Gavin Chipper
Sat Aug 24, 2019 9:13 pm
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: Religion
Replies: 445
Views: 22743

Re: Religion

Sorry if you think me out of order. But anyone who says they have met god personally really isn't someone I want to be associated with. Call me picky It's a thread about religion. Several people, mostly agnostic/atheist, have shared their views. Dan shared his experience,and offered - only if you w...
by Gavin Chipper
Fri Aug 23, 2019 10:12 pm
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: Which Is Your Favourite Joke?
Replies: 20
Views: 1549

Re: Which Is Your Favourite Joke?

I am guessing this was voted for by the public. This really is the boaty mcboatface of funny jokes I don't think it was the public. I think it was some committee. Actually from my original link: The goal of finding the wittiest one-liners fell to an expert panel of 10 judges, comprising the UK's le...
by Gavin Chipper
Fri Aug 23, 2019 1:21 pm
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: People you shouldn't trust
Replies: 566
Views: 104681

Re: People you shouldn't trust

Marc Meakin wrote:
Fri Aug 23, 2019 11:00 am
People who don't say their mobile phone number in the 5/3/3 format
What's worse is when someone reads a number back to you differently so that it sounds like a completely different number.

"Is your phone number...?"

"I don't know. Read it out properly and we'll find out."
by Gavin Chipper
Fri Aug 23, 2019 9:24 am
Forum: Countdown - Events
Topic: CO-MSO 25th August 2019
Replies: 18
Views: 8338

Re: CO-MSO 25th August 2019

Hi I'll be going to this. I spoke to Jonathan De Souza and he's going to0. T-Cap and Robbo can't make it, not sure about Ann of those who have been before that I know of. Interestingly I spoke to quite a few people at MK who weren't aware of this event as they don't use the forum. Possibly worth a ...
by Gavin Chipper
Wed Aug 21, 2019 2:41 pm
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: Which Is Your Favourite Joke?
Replies: 20
Views: 1549

Re: Which Is Your Favourite Joke?

I'm going to hijack this thread to discuss this year's winner of Dave's "Funniest Joke of The Fringe" . Won by Olaf Falafel, it goes "I keep randomly shouting out 'Broccoli' and 'Cauliflower' - I think I might have florets". However, it's a bit of a shit joke isn't it? I mean, it's just a weak pun. ...
by Gavin Chipper
Mon Aug 19, 2019 9:49 pm
Forum: Countdown - Spoilers
Topic: Spoilers for Monday 19th August 2019 (Series 81, Prelim 35)
Replies: 9
Views: 580

Re: Spoilers for Monday 19th August 2019 (Series 81, Prelim 35)

Matt Morrison wrote:
Mon Aug 19, 2019 9:45 pm
Gavin Chipper wrote:
Mon Aug 19, 2019 1:44 pm
I'm surprised they didn't MENTION the 7 in round 10.
what was it
See if you can get it:

MIWEORTNN
by Gavin Chipper
Mon Aug 19, 2019 1:54 pm
Forum: Countdown - Spoilers
Topic: Spoilers for Monday 19th August 2019 (Series 81, Prelim 35)
Replies: 9
Views: 580

Re: Spoilers for Monday 19th August 2019 (Series 81, Prelim 35)

The quest for nine octochamps in a series took a hit today.
by Gavin Chipper
Mon Aug 19, 2019 1:44 pm
Forum: Countdown - Spoilers
Topic: Spoilers for Monday 19th August 2019 (Series 81, Prelim 35)
Replies: 9
Views: 580

Re: Spoilers for Monday 19th August 2019 (Series 81, Prelim 35)

I'm surprised they didn't MENTION the 7 in round 10.
by Gavin Chipper
Fri Aug 16, 2019 9:45 am
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: Questions you've always wanted answered
Replies: 574
Views: 106283

Re: Questions you've always wanted answered

While I get that sports fans like me indirectly spend a lot of money watching our favourite games, why the HELL do people directly give some serious amounts of money to online gaming streamers? Each to their own. It's another form of addiction Giving money to people? Well direct them towards me.
by Gavin Chipper
Thu Aug 15, 2019 2:23 pm
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: Religion
Replies: 445
Views: 22743

Re: Religion

Just reading the stuff about other universes. It starts here I think, but I'll quite a select bit. Well that made almost no sense. If this universe is the only one we could have evolved in, and it is the only one that exists, then it is NOT remarkable? It's the same as betting on a 1/100,000,000 hor...
by Gavin Chipper
Thu Aug 15, 2019 11:56 am
Forum: Countdown - Events
Topic: CO-MSO 25th August 2019
Replies: 18
Views: 8338

Re: CO-MSO 25th August 2019

Hi I'll be going to this. I spoke to Jonathan De Souza and he's going to0. T-Cap and Robbo can't make it, not sure about Ann of those who have been before that I know of. Interestingly I spoke to quite a few people at MK who weren't aware of this event as they don't use the forum. Possibly worth a ...
by Gavin Chipper
Wed Aug 14, 2019 2:43 pm
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: Religion
Replies: 445
Views: 22743

Re: Religion

I don't remember if I've ever contributed to this discussion before, and I can't be arsed to check, but I haven't voted in the poll, so I suspect not. I am, to my mind, an atheist. I've seen no proof that a god exists, I find it unlikely that one could exist - I do accept that I cannot be completel...
by Gavin Chipper
Tue Aug 13, 2019 3:41 pm
Forum: Countdown - Spoilers
Topic: Spoilers for Tuesday 13th August 2019 (Series 81, Prelim 31)
Replies: 8
Views: 609

Re: Spoilers for Tuesday 13th August 2019 (Series 81, Prelim 31)

Rhys Benjamin wrote:
Tue Aug 13, 2019 1:38 pm
I did (10 x 3 x 2 + 2) x (7 + 5) for that one.
This was the standard method.
by Gavin Chipper
Tue Aug 13, 2019 8:07 am
Forum: Countdown - Spoilers
Topic: Spoilers for Monday 12th August 2019 (Series 81, Prelim 30)
Replies: 3
Views: 458

Re: Spoilers for Monday 12th August 2019 (Series 81, Prelim 30)

I enjoyed today's game- Colin seemed to play at his best, with some nice spots like Gamiest and in particular, Nosegay, but Stephen deserved to win it based on numerical strength. May be in for a good few more games if he keeps it up..... It did seem that Colin suddenly turned into a great player i...
by Gavin Chipper
Mon Aug 12, 2019 9:21 pm
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: People you shouldn't trust
Replies: 566
Views: 104681

Re: People you shouldn't trust

People who reply to those stupid things on Facebook like "Tag a friend who..." or "Your porn name is..." etc.
by Gavin Chipper
Mon Aug 12, 2019 1:21 pm
Forum: Countdown - Spoilers
Topic: Spoilers for Monday 12th August 2019 (Series 81, Prelim 30)
Replies: 3
Views: 458

Re: Spoilers for Monday 12th August 2019 (Series 81, Prelim 30)

OUTLAWS was the standard method 7 in round 1.
by Gavin Chipper
Mon Aug 12, 2019 1:21 pm
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: Politics in General
Replies: 488
Views: 84097

Re: Politics in General

I still think PR is preferable to what we have now. And we'd also have a decent number of Greens etc. However, you have to watch out for nonsense like this . I still think Caroline Lucas' proposed cabinet is preferable to what we have now. It would be hard not to be. But on further reflection, it's...
by Gavin Chipper
Mon Aug 12, 2019 8:52 am
Forum: Countdown - Events
Topic: CO:parkrun Recaps
Replies: 355
Views: 97239

Re: CO:parkrun Recaps

This year I've generally been giving the points as integers, but keeping the decimal places "in the background", but I've added the first decimal place above just so it's easier to keep track of for the next event. But I think for next year, I'm going to do away with decimals altogether. Instead of...
by Gavin Chipper
Mon Aug 12, 2019 8:47 am
Forum: Countdown - Events
Topic: CO:parkrun Recaps
Replies: 355
Views: 97239

Re: CO:parkrun Recaps

I've done another update of the overall PB table. Matthew Tassier was the only person who'd improved his time since the last update, improving from 25:00 to 24:31, overtaking Dave Ryan and Stephen Read in the process. However, two new people have been added - Rachel Perkins, who has done a couple of...
by Gavin Chipper
Mon Aug 12, 2019 8:20 am
Forum: Countdown - Events
Topic: CO:parkrun Recaps
Replies: 355
Views: 97239

Re: CO:parkrun Recaps

We had a record attendance at the Linford Wood parkrun before .co.mk 5. Eight CO-event attendees took part. Lauren Hamer would have made nine but because she wasn't Countdowning afterwards, she wasn't eligible for points! And here are the results out of 240 runners: 4. Gevin Chapwell - 19:18 (89 poi...
by Gavin Chipper
Mon Aug 12, 2019 7:25 am
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: Politics in General
Replies: 488
Views: 84097

Re: Politics in General

Gavin Chipper wrote:
Mon Aug 05, 2019 9:15 pm

I still think PR is preferable to what we have now. And we'd also have a decent number of Greens etc.
However, you have to watch out for nonsense like this.
by Gavin Chipper
Sun Aug 11, 2019 8:43 pm
Forum: Countdown - Events
Topic: FOCAL Code of Conduct
Replies: 8
Views: 546

Re: FOCAL Code of Conduct

"All participants attending the event must sign a code of conduct" Would a better solution not be that signing up to the event constitutes a commitment to abide by it, rather than asking for signatures at the start of the day? Yes, I agree. If applying a code of conduct to events is as easy as putt...
by Gavin Chipper
Sun Aug 11, 2019 4:20 pm
Forum: Countdown - Events
Topic: FOCAL Code of Conduct
Replies: 8
Views: 546

Re: FOCAL Code of Conduct

Really?
by Gavin Chipper
Sat Aug 10, 2019 10:30 pm
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: Questions you've always wanted answered
Replies: 574
Views: 106283

Re: Questions you've always wanted answered

You often hear that two boxers have different championship belts and when they fight each other it will "unify" the belts or something. So why don't they then stay unified for eternity?
by Gavin Chipper
Sat Aug 10, 2019 10:25 pm
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: Religion
Replies: 445
Views: 22743

Re: Religion

What's as bad -if not worse- than the ones who claim there definitely is a God, are the similarly misguided, but often more smug humans who declare there definitely isn't something. Agnosticism is a smarter position than Atheism. That's one of the only definites that can be relied on in all of this...
by Gavin Chipper
Thu Aug 08, 2019 4:45 pm
Forum: Countdown - Spoilers
Topic: Spoilers for Wednesday 7th August 2019 (Series 81, Prelim 27)
Replies: 9
Views: 919

Re: Spoilers for Wednesday 7th August 2019 (Series 81, Prelim 27)

3 Octochamps in the first 6 weeks of the series! If this rate carries on, I wonder if we could see more than 8 Octochamps in total - would this be the first series it has ever happened in? If this happens, then I presume it's just tough luck to any Octochamps who don't make the top 8 - so they woul...
by Gavin Chipper
Wed Aug 07, 2019 2:37 pm
Forum: Countdown - Spoilers
Topic: Spoilers for Wednesday 7th August 2019 (Series 81, Prelim 27)
Replies: 9
Views: 919

Re: Spoilers for Wednesday 7th August 2019 (Series 81, Prelim 27)

Corrina should rightly be proud of her achievement and very well done to her. You can only play the opponents you're given, and she was better than them :) Sure, and I think she was a good player overall, which was why today's game was notable. If I thought she was poor throughout, I probably would...
by Gavin Chipper
Wed Aug 07, 2019 1:56 pm
Forum: Countdown - Events
Topic: CO-MSO 25th August 2019
Replies: 18
Views: 8338

Re: CO-MSO 25th August 2019

James Robinson wrote:
Tue Aug 06, 2019 6:53 pm
I would love to attend, but the lack of trains has killed it for me, so will have to miss, unfortunately... :( :(
Doesn't the north send trains to London any more?
by Gavin Chipper
Wed Aug 07, 2019 1:54 pm
Forum: Countdown - Spoilers
Topic: Spoilers for Wednesday 7th August 2019 (Series 81, Prelim 27)
Replies: 9
Views: 919

Re: Spoilers for Wednesday 7th August 2019 (Series 81, Prelim 27)

Nice to see another octochamp but I don't think she'd be at all pleased with today's performance. The challenger today had a bit of a mare and even then he looked like he still might nick it before blobbing the final letters.
by Gavin Chipper
Mon Aug 05, 2019 9:15 pm
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: Politics in General
Replies: 488
Views: 84097

Re: Politics in General

That was why Clegg made the disastrous mistake of thinking he could get a referendum on voting reform by joining the coalition, even though it meant going back on the manifesto commitment to oppose university fees, which destroyed the credibility of the party. Of course, although he got the referen...
by Gavin Chipper
Sun Aug 04, 2019 8:07 am
Forum: Countdown - Events
Topic: CO:parkrun Recaps
Replies: 355
Views: 97239

Re: CO:parkrun Recaps

By the way, this is a really good tool for finding the nearest parkrun to any particular place. I've done the closest 4 to my house but then the next nearest I've done is number 30 (and then also number 31).