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by Gavin Chipper
Sun Jul 14, 2024 7:35 pm
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: Unpopular opinions you genuinely hold
Replies: 366
Views: 199954

Re: Unpopular opinions you genuinely hold

Unpopular opinions / full-on conspiracy theories
by Gavin Chipper
Sat Jul 13, 2024 1:47 pm
Forum: Countdown - General
Topic: Ask Graeme?
Replies: 1769
Views: 816718

Re: Ask Graeme?

The Ð hasn't appeared for over 700 years.
by Gavin Chipper
Sat Jul 13, 2024 1:41 pm
Forum: Countdown - General
Topic: The X Has Not Appeared Since 18th June 2024
Replies: 10
Views: 534

Re: The X Has Not Appeared Since 18th June 2024

2 in 3 would make it unequivocal. 3^18 is 387,420,489. Cherry-picking statistics could not account for that.
by Gavin Chipper
Sat Jul 13, 2024 11:45 am
Forum: Countdown - General
Topic: The X Has Not Appeared Since 18th June 2024
Replies: 10
Views: 534

Re: The X Has Not Appeared Since 18th June 2024

Well it was episode 8297 that it last appeared on 18th June and the last episode was 8315. That's 18 episodes. How often does it appear normally? If it's 50/50 it seems quite unlikely. 2^18 is 262144 but obviously this doesn't take into account all the different letters it could have happened to and...
by Gavin Chipper
Sat Jul 13, 2024 6:35 am
Forum: Countdown - General
Topic: The X Has Not Appeared Since 18th June 2024
Replies: 10
Views: 534

Re: The X Has Not Appeared Since 18th June 2024

The J did disappear. This was way back in 2002 or something.
by Gavin Chipper
Fri Jul 12, 2024 7:51 pm
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: Unpopular opinions you genuinely hold
Replies: 366
Views: 199954

Re: Unpopular opinions you genuinely hold

None of that changes anything. Whatever margin you decide is allowable becomes the limit. You can't get rid of extremely marginal decisions.

What do you mean it makes no difference? You can just say every extra centimetre doesn't make a difference until there's no offside possible.
by Gavin Chipper
Fri Jul 12, 2024 3:43 pm
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: Interesting things that aren't necessarily completely obvious
Replies: 16
Views: 9059

Re: Interesting things that aren't necessarily completely obvious

The last time every human was on Earth was October 31st 2000. Since then there has always been someone in space. That got me wondering about how many dead people are floating in space. Not too many. Most probably got burnt up. According to Wikipedia only three people have actually ever died in spac...
by Gavin Chipper
Fri Jul 12, 2024 3:40 pm
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: Unpopular opinions you genuinely hold
Replies: 366
Views: 199954

Re: Unpopular opinions you genuinely hold

:roll: It's like having a margin of error for the speed limit. It makes no difference. The speed limit just becomes 73.987mph or whatever. 73.988 and it's 3 points on your licence. There's always going to be a cut-off point. AFAIK there is a magin of error with speed limits as yo have to go 10% ove...
by Gavin Chipper
Fri Jul 12, 2024 1:27 pm
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: Unpopular opinions you genuinely hold
Replies: 366
Views: 199954

Re: Unpopular opinions you genuinely hold

It's like having a margin of error for the speed limit. It makes no difference. The speed limit just becomes 73.987mph or whatever. 73.988 and it's 3 points on your licence. There's always going to be a cut-off point.
by Gavin Chipper
Fri Jul 12, 2024 12:32 pm
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: Unpopular opinions you genuinely hold
Replies: 366
Views: 199954

Re: Unpopular opinions you genuinely hold

VAR should be used for more contentious decisions like corners/goalkicks Ball going out of play for throw ins etc Bookings for simulation Even if it means more stoppages And slow the game down even more than it already has been? It's just turning subjective decisions in to even slower subjective de...
by Gavin Chipper
Thu Jul 11, 2024 9:59 am
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: The C4C Football Thread
Replies: 1286
Views: 233009

Re: The C4C Football Thread

It's 8:00 isn't it? Hardly that late.
by Gavin Chipper
Wed Jul 10, 2024 2:23 pm
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: Unpopular opinions you genuinely hold
Replies: 366
Views: 199954

Re: Unpopular opinions you genuinely hold

My single favourite episode of Blackadder comes from series 3 - Nob and Nobility about revolutionary France and the Scarlet Pimpernel. I like the way it all comes together at the end.
by Gavin Chipper
Tue Jul 09, 2024 5:35 pm
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: Unpopular opinions you genuinely hold
Replies: 366
Views: 199954

Re: Unpopular opinions you genuinely hold

For me it's probably 3, 2, 4, 1. I think 3 has the best and most memorable episodes. 1 is still good but hit and miss.
by Gavin Chipper
Tue Jul 09, 2024 5:29 pm
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: 2024 UK General Election Thread
Replies: 126
Views: 6261

Re: 2024 UK General Election Thread

Yeah, a lot of lies were told. I still find it difficult to comprehend how it all works with regards to who the MPs would be for example if your preferred reformed vote was applied to last week what would be the split ? Under STV, you'd have a different ballot where you would rank the candidates, s...
by Gavin Chipper
Tue Jul 09, 2024 12:14 pm
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: Unpopular opinions you genuinely hold
Replies: 366
Views: 199954

Re: Unpopular opinions you genuinely hold

Blackadder Goes Forth is not as good as 2 or 3. That one single scene at the end does not elevate the entire series above the others.
by Gavin Chipper
Sun Jul 07, 2024 10:39 pm
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: 2024 UK General Election Thread
Replies: 126
Views: 6261

Re: 2024 UK General Election Thread

Yeah, a lot of lies were told.
by Gavin Chipper
Sun Jul 07, 2024 4:34 pm
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: 2024 UK General Election Thread
Replies: 126
Views: 6261

Re: 2024 UK General Election Thread

4 million plus people would agree that Farage is a man of the people. I think that if Starmer doesn't have a rethink about giving 16 year old the vote then public opinion may demand another referendum . I would like to know what countries have benefitted from this to convince me With most of mai la...
by Gavin Chipper
Sun Jul 07, 2024 12:20 pm
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: 2024 UK General Election Thread
Replies: 126
Views: 6261

Re: 2024 UK General Election Thread

There are different ways to get PR, but probably the most realistic in the UK is Single Transferable Vote (STV). You'd have larger constituencies (maybe 5 or 6 MPs per constituency) so a mini PR election (rather than nationwide). The most popular candidate would still be elected but not simply the ...
by Gavin Chipper
Sun Jul 07, 2024 9:37 am
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: 2024 UK General Election Thread
Replies: 126
Views: 6261

Re: 2024 UK General Election Thread

There are different ways to get PR, but probably the most realistic in the UK is Single Transferable Vote (STV). You'd have larger constituencies (maybe 5 or 6 MPs per constituency) so a mini PR election (rather than nationwide). The most popular candidate would still be elected but not simply the t...
by Gavin Chipper
Sat Jul 06, 2024 11:15 pm
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: Questions you've always wanted answered
Replies: 1651
Views: 790297

Re: Questions you've always wanted answered

Is Duo Lingo actually a good way to learn a language? I've never used it, but I know loads of people who have been using it for ages and I'm not convinced any of them can do anything more than ask for bread or the way to the station.
by Gavin Chipper
Sat Jul 06, 2024 10:02 pm
Forum: Countdown - Events
Topic: CO:parkrun Recaps
Replies: 611
Views: 407719

Re: CO:parkrun Recaps

Fiona T wrote: Sat Jul 06, 2024 9:55 pm
Dave Robjohns wrote: Sat Jul 06, 2024 9:28 pm Still gutted about losing by a second :D Legit kept him within my sights for nearly 4km, plotting the sprint finish overtake
It's not a race... ;)
Why's it called parkrace?
by Gavin Chipper
Sat Jul 06, 2024 3:41 pm
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: Interesting things that aren't necessarily completely obvious
Replies: 16
Views: 9059

Re: Interesting things that aren't necessarily completely obvious

Marc Meakin wrote: Sat Jul 06, 2024 3:30 pm
Mark James wrote: Sat Jul 06, 2024 10:21 am The last time every human was on Earth was October 31st 2000. Since then there has always been someone in space.
That got me wondering about how many dead people are floating in space.
Not too many. Most probably got burnt up.
by Gavin Chipper
Fri Jul 05, 2024 8:25 pm
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: 2024 UK General Election Thread
Replies: 126
Views: 6261

Re: 2024 UK General Election Thread

Philip A wrote: Fri Jul 05, 2024 8:11 pm Trivia:

0 of the 92 English and Welsh football clubs in the top 4 divisions are based in Conservative constituencies;

0 of the current MPs were elected before 1983, the year before Thatcher’s second victory.
That football one is quite a stat.
by Gavin Chipper
Fri Jul 05, 2024 8:24 pm
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: 2024 UK General Election Thread
Replies: 126
Views: 6261

Re: 2024 UK General Election Thread

Alright after a quick scan of both and also sneaking a peek of Keir's winning, I think you guys might be in good hands. Certainly better compared to the main men in the U.S. at this point I feel. Keir Starmer is a power-hungry, authoritarian genocide-supporter. We're not in good hands. But at least...
by Gavin Chipper
Fri Jul 05, 2024 7:39 pm
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: 2024 UK General Election Thread
Replies: 126
Views: 6261

Re: 2024 UK General Election Thread

AV was always a miserable little compromise and is nothing to do with proportional representation really. Also 2011 is a long time ago now, and loudmouth Farage might do one good thing in his life and bang on about this issue now he's an MP.
by Gavin Chipper
Fri Jul 05, 2024 6:34 pm
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: 2024 UK General Election Thread
Replies: 126
Views: 6261

Re: 2024 UK General Election Thread

Wes Streeting nearly lost his seat and Labour lost a few seats because of Gaza.

And also this is the biggest gap ever between the share of seats and share of votes for the winning party. There's no real legitimacy for this landside. Just a symptom of our broken electoral system.
by Gavin Chipper
Fri Jul 05, 2024 1:39 pm
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: 2024 UK General Election Thread
Replies: 126
Views: 6261

Re: 2024 UK General Election Thread

Labour's vote share went up by 2% compared to 2019 with Corbyn. It's nothing they did. Tories are down by 20%. Edit - BBC saying Labour on 35%. Wikipedia says 32.1% in 2019. 40% in 2017 - also under Corbyn. Given what the Tories have lost, you would expect at least some of those to go to Labour. Gi...
by Gavin Chipper
Fri Jul 05, 2024 8:06 am
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: 2024 UK General Election Thread
Replies: 126
Views: 6261

Re: 2024 UK General Election Thread

Labour's vote share went up by 2% compared to 2019 with Corbyn. It's nothing they did. Tories are down by 20%. Edit - BBC saying Labour on 35%. Wikipedia says 32.1% in 2019. 40% in 2017 - also under Corbyn. Given what the Tories have lost, you would expect at least some of those to go to Labour. Giv...
by Gavin Chipper
Fri Jul 05, 2024 8:00 am
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: 2024 UK General Election Thread
Replies: 126
Views: 6261

Re: 2024 UK General Election Thread

Alright after a quick scan of both and also sneaking a peek of Keir's winning, I think you guys might be in good hands. Certainly better compared to the main men in the U.S. at this point I feel. Keir Starmer is a power-hungry, authoritarian genocide-supporter. We're not in good hands. But at least...
by Gavin Chipper
Thu Jul 04, 2024 9:47 pm
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: 2024 UK General Election Thread
Replies: 126
Views: 6261

Re: 2024 UK General Election Thread

Andres Sanchez wrote: Thu Jul 04, 2024 9:30 pm Any site that has simple read-ups of each of the parties so I can read up on them?
The BBC has this. The Guardian has this.
by Gavin Chipper
Thu Jul 04, 2024 9:27 pm
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: 2024 UK General Election Thread
Replies: 126
Views: 6261

Re: 2024 UK General Election Thread

It's still just another poll.
by Gavin Chipper
Thu Jul 04, 2024 12:51 pm
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: What TV programmes have you been watching lately?
Replies: 784
Views: 713351

Re: What TV programmes have you been watching lately?

I'm not sure Control Alt Esc had quite the 12 Days of Christine vibes. It has a fairly similar premise obviously, but I don't see it as having quite the same impact on people. Interestingly on this forum, Love's Great Adventure seemed to get quite a reaction, but on the IMDb list it's only 44th out ...
by Gavin Chipper
Wed Jul 03, 2024 10:55 pm
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: 2024 UK General Election Thread
Replies: 126
Views: 6261

Re: 2024 UK General Election Thread

Marc Meakin wrote: Wed Jul 03, 2024 9:39 pm
Gavin Chipper wrote: Wed Jul 03, 2024 9:16 pm My MP has been going round the constituency.
Is he gonna lose his seat do you think ?
Might do. I think he's still favourite to win though.
by Gavin Chipper
Wed Jul 03, 2024 9:16 pm
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: 2024 UK General Election Thread
Replies: 126
Views: 6261

Re: 2024 UK General Election Thread

by Gavin Chipper
Wed Jul 03, 2024 4:26 pm
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: What TV programmes have you been watching lately?
Replies: 784
Views: 713351

Re: What TV programmes have you been watching lately?

I think it was just the best use of 30 minutes I have seen on TV it has humour, drama, it's heartbreaking and clever in equal measures. It takes a lot to move me and this does every time and it gets better with every viewing. I would be interested, what your best 30 minutes of tv is outside of a Ri...
by Gavin Chipper
Wed Jul 03, 2024 4:07 pm
Forum: Countdown - Events
Topic: Co-Event Suggestion Box
Replies: 194
Views: 50681

Re: Co-Event Suggestion Box

Ooh, that looks really good.
by Gavin Chipper
Tue Jul 02, 2024 10:54 pm
Forum: Countdown - Spoilers
Topic: Spoilers for Tuesday 2nd July 2024 (Series 90, Heat 2)
Replies: 3
Views: 259

Re: Spoilers for Tuesday 2nd July 2024 (Series 90, Heat 2)

Yeah I was surprised at the 75/5 usage. Rare from non-Apterites I'd say.
by Gavin Chipper
Tue Jul 02, 2024 3:54 pm
Forum: Countdown - Events
Topic: CO:parkrun Recaps
Replies: 611
Views: 407719

Re: CO:parkrun Recaps

Before Oxford we had six do University Parks parkrun : 42 (1). Thomas Carey - 19:46 (65.26%) (857 points) 77 (2). Dan Byrom - 21:15 (60.71%) (714 points) 116 (3). Mike Springett - 22:33 (57.50%) (571 points) 254 (3). Bradley Horrocks - 27:05 (47.63%) (429 points) 256 (4). Dave Robjohns - 27:06 (47.6...
by Gavin Chipper
Tue Jul 02, 2024 1:33 pm
Forum: Games and Puzzles
Topic: Dylan Beattie's Two-Solution Crossword
Replies: 4
Views: 820

Re: Dylan Beattie's Two-Solution Crossword

Yeah that last one's good because you can enjoy it without being a cryptic crossword nerd.
by Gavin Chipper
Tue Jul 02, 2024 12:31 pm
Forum: Countdown - Spoilers
Topic: Series 89 Finals Predictions (With Poll)
Replies: 13
Views: 976

Re: Series 89 Finals Predictions (With Poll)

Btw no-one has had the courage to say this but A5 is a whole page. Maybe you might consider it half a sheet but a page (as in in a book) is more likely to be A5. So he should really be called A6.

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by Gavin Chipper
Tue Jul 02, 2024 12:05 am
Forum: Games and Puzzles
Topic: Dylan Beattie's Two-Solution Crossword
Replies: 4
Views: 820

Re: Dylan Beattie's Two-Solution Crossword

Surely they're both correct.
by Gavin Chipper
Sat Jun 29, 2024 9:39 pm
Forum: Countdown - Spoilers
Topic: Spoilers for Tuesday 25th June 2024 (Series 89, 4th Quarter-final)
Replies: 7
Views: 544

Re: Spoilers for Tuesday 25th June 2024 (Series 89, 4th Quarter-final)

What are the rules? I thought they didn't have plurals for conundrums, and SECATEURS is a plural noun, even if it doesn't exist in the singular. If it had been crucial, and the loser claimed to have seen it and rejected it? I mean we've had OUTSKIRTS twice as a conundrum before if that adds anythin...
by Gavin Chipper
Sat Jun 29, 2024 9:16 pm
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: Unpopular opinions you genuinely hold
Replies: 366
Views: 199954

Re: Unpopular opinions you genuinely hold

I do agree with some of what Christy is saying. I don't think not being centrist means you belong to a tribe though. Centrist basically means you have fairly average political opinions on most subjects I would say. Someone can be described as left or right, but have nothing to do with tribal thinkin...
by Gavin Chipper
Fri Jun 28, 2024 3:28 pm
Forum: Countdown - Spoilers
Topic: Spoilers for Friday 28th June 2024 - Series 89 Grand Final
Replies: 12
Views: 946

Re: Spoilers for Friday 28th June 2024 - Series 89 Grand Final

Great game, perhaps a game too far for Michael Calder in the end. I'd have to check, but I think it's the first time that a Michael Calder has ever lost in a grand final in over 40 years of the game. And it's not because there haven't been any.
by Gavin Chipper
Fri Jun 28, 2024 10:46 am
Forum: Countdown - Spoilers
Topic: Spoilers for Friday 28th June 2024 - Series 89 Grand Final
Replies: 12
Views: 946

Re: Spoilers for Friday 28th June 2024 - Series 89 Grand Final

We were scared of your final being a whitewash and look how that turned out!
by Gavin Chipper
Thu Jun 27, 2024 5:33 pm
Forum: Countdown - Spoilers
Topic: Spoilers for Thursday 27th June 2024 (Series 89, 2nd Semi-final)
Replies: 8
Views: 512

Re: Spoilers for Thursday 27th June 2024 (Series 89, 2nd Semi-final)

Normally Michael Calders win the grand final, so we'll see what happens.
by Gavin Chipper
Thu Jun 27, 2024 5:05 pm
Forum: Countdown - Spoilers
Topic: Spoilers for Thursday 27th June 2024 (Series 89, 2nd Semi-final)
Replies: 8
Views: 512

Re: Spoilers for Thursday 27th June 2024 (Series 89, 2nd Semi-final)

Michael Calder becomes the second Michael Calder to make the grand final by the way.
by Gavin Chipper
Thu Jun 27, 2024 1:55 pm
Forum: Countdown - Spoilers
Topic: Spoilers for Thursday 27th June 2024 (Series 89, 2nd Semi-final)
Replies: 8
Views: 512

Re: Spoilers for Thursday 27th June 2024 (Series 89, 2nd Semi-final)

Slightly scrappy game there, particularly from Mark, but hopefully we'll still get a good final tomorrow!
by Gavin Chipper
Tue Jun 25, 2024 9:20 pm
Forum: Countdown - Events
Topic: Request for event conundrum setters!
Replies: 10
Views: 2301

Re: Request for event conundrum setters!

I think it's good that Fiona brought up the thing about names in conundrums, so hosts will at least know the potential consequences and can't say they didn't know!
by Gavin Chipper
Tue Jun 25, 2024 12:04 pm
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: 2024 UK General Election Thread
Replies: 126
Views: 6261

Re: 2024 UK General Election Thread

https://humanists.uk/2024/06/24/general-election-humanists-uk-publishes-parties-policies-on-humanist-issues/ Thought it was an interesting read for issues I care about I'm not sure I feel I gain that much from reading a lobby group's opinion of the manifestos as opposed to reading them directly mys...
by Gavin Chipper
Sat Jun 22, 2024 5:48 pm
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: 2024 UK General Election Thread
Replies: 126
Views: 6261

Re: 2024 UK General Election Thread

Is that actually a parkrun rule?
by Gavin Chipper
Sat Jun 22, 2024 11:57 am
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: REALLY obvious things you've just realised
Replies: 659
Views: 357924

Re: REALLY obvious things you've just realised

I didn't notice that either.
by Gavin Chipper
Thu Jun 20, 2024 9:48 pm
Forum: Countdown - Events
Topic: Co-Event Suggestion Box
Replies: 194
Views: 50681

Re: Co-Event Suggestion Box

Can all CO-event c4c threads have the title of the top post edited to include the date please? Edit - Reading and Sheffield are currently the only ones that do this. So not London, Birmingham, Durham and Oxford (though Oxford has the month). This is obviously a good idea, and to me seems such an un...
by Gavin Chipper
Thu Jun 20, 2024 7:27 pm
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: 2024 UK General Election Thread
Replies: 126
Views: 6261

Re: 2024 UK General Election Thread

Chemical Badenoch is in a constituency adjacent to mine (which has James Cleverly). A very Tory area for some reason. It's pretty extraordinary though that given the existence of Enoch Powell, Kemi is still known as the Bad-enoch.
by Gavin Chipper
Thu Jun 20, 2024 7:23 pm
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: The Dead of 2024
Replies: 84
Views: 23498

Re: The Dead of 2024

by Gavin Chipper
Wed Jun 19, 2024 4:19 pm
Forum: Countdown - Events
Topic: CO:parkrun Recaps
Replies: 611
Views: 407719

Re: CO:parkrun Recaps

Cool. I have joined. And I'll update the points thing shortly.
by Gavin Chipper
Tue Jun 18, 2024 9:09 pm
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: Questions you've always wanted answered
Replies: 1651
Views: 790297

Re: Questions you've always wanted answered

The dentification bit must be because they often have to identify people from their dental records if their body is too far gone. I think it's I, Dentification like I, Robot. We got there in the end.
by Gavin Chipper
Tue Jun 18, 2024 11:07 am
Forum: Countdown - Spoilers
Topic: Spoilers for Monday 17th June 2024 (Series 89, Heat 120)
Replies: 1
Views: 199

Re: Spoilers for Monday 17th June 2024 (Series 89, Heat 120)

Natascha Kearsey was the "champion of champion of champions" that Phil Campbell was referring to who beat him in 1997 (47-45).