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by Fiona T
Wed Jan 29, 2020 12:30 pm
Forum: Countdown - Events
Topic: CO:parkrun Recaps
Replies: 368
Views: 114539

Re: CO:parkrun Recaps

Gavin Chipper wrote:
Wed Jan 29, 2020 12:15 pm
OK, as a compromise maybe we can have both championships running alongside each other!
:) I'm not that bothered (honestly!)
by Fiona T
Wed Jan 29, 2020 9:32 am
Forum: Countdown - Events
Topic: CO:parkrun Recaps
Replies: 368
Views: 114539

Re: CO:parkrun Recaps

Saturday 25th January saw a record 10 Countdowners take part in the inaugural Doddington Hall parkrun before COLIN. Chris Marshall also took part in his first ever parkrun! And so here are the results out of 396 runners: 9. Gevin Chapwell - 18:28 (909 points) 12. Tim Down - 18:50 (818 points) 52. M...
by Fiona T
Thu Jan 23, 2020 8:23 am
Forum: Countdown - Spoilers
Topic: Spoilers for Thursday 16th January 2020 (Series 82, Prelim 11)
Replies: 5
Views: 350

Re: Spoilers for Thursday 16th January 2020 (Series 82, Prelim 11)

Howie Myers wrote:
Thu Jan 23, 2020 6:20 am

Thanks for that, but where can I look to find out whether or not a word is acceptable?
https://www.lexico.com/ is the best starting point - there's a few rules the show applies around plurals and comparatives, but this is basically the free version of the dictionary used
by Fiona T
Sun Jan 19, 2020 12:22 pm
Forum: Countdown - Events
Topic: Countdown in London (CO:LON) - 16 May 2020
Replies: 15
Views: 2971

Re: Countdown in London (CO:LON) - 16 May 2020

I've forgotten much of what I previously knew (if a drunken sojourn onto apterous is any guide), and the dictionary seems to have been polluted by many varieties of nonsense, but I think I might come to this and soak up some nostalgia given it's a mere 5 minute stroll from my flat. Excellent. All t...
by Fiona T
Thu Jan 09, 2020 2:58 pm
Forum: Countdown - General
Topic: Who are Countdown's unluckiest losers?
Replies: 22
Views: 1190

Re: Who are Countdown's unluckiest losers?

[4. Unluckiest Winners (I suppose) Do we need a special category to cater for the Philip Aston dilemma? i.e. Someone who applied at the right time (approx peak form), did well on TV, but can still be considered unlucky due to *something noteworthy*.] Well another contender for that category must be...
by Fiona T
Wed Jan 08, 2020 10:01 am
Forum: Countdown - General
Topic: Who are Countdown's unluckiest losers?
Replies: 22
Views: 1190

Re: Who are Countdown's unluckiest losers?

From my series, I'd add John Ashcroft to the list - I was convinced he'd make octo and hope we see him back on in the not too distant future.
by Fiona T
Mon Jan 06, 2020 11:51 am
Forum: Countdown - Events
Topic: Countdown in London (CO:LON) - 16 May 2020
Replies: 15
Views: 2971

Re: Countdown in London (CO:LON) - 16 May 2020

Thomas Carey wrote:
Mon Jan 06, 2020 9:58 am
Fiona T wrote:
Mon Jan 06, 2020 9:10 am
We're very excited to be able to reveal our lunchtime diversion!

JCP, aka Destra will be performing Eurovision hits for your enjoyment! It's gonna be awesome and I can't wait!
*withdraws sign-up*
You can go hide in a nearby bush if it's not your thing.
by Fiona T
Mon Jan 06, 2020 9:10 am
Forum: Countdown - Events
Topic: Countdown in London (CO:LON) - 16 May 2020
Replies: 15
Views: 2971

Re: Countdown in London (CO:LON) - 16 May 2020

We're very excited to be able to reveal our lunchtime diversion!

JCP, aka Destra will be performing Eurovision hits for your enjoyment! It's gonna be awesome and I can't wait!
by Fiona T
Mon Jan 06, 2020 12:13 am
Forum: Countdown - Events
Topic: Countdown in London (CO:LON) - 16 May 2020
Replies: 15
Views: 2971

Re: Countdown in London (CO:LON) - 16 May 2020

Quarter of the places gone folks - don't leave it too late!
by Fiona T
Thu Jan 02, 2020 8:36 pm
Forum: Countdown - General
Topic: The Return Of Celebrity Countdown!!
Replies: 74
Views: 8994

Re: The Return Of Celebrity Countdown!!

James Robinson wrote:
Thu Jan 02, 2020 8:17 pm
Celebrity Countdown returning this Monday at 6:55pm on More4, and will be on EVERY day that week!!😎😎😎👍👍👍😄😄😄🔠🔢🕛🕡
Every day? So a repeat somewhere?
by Fiona T
Sun Dec 29, 2019 5:50 pm
Forum: Games and Puzzles
Topic: Done gone done made a quiz
Replies: 23
Views: 10268

Re: Done gone done made a quiz

Nice. 3 2 1 took me much longer than it should have!
by Fiona T
Fri Dec 27, 2019 6:59 pm
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: Politics in General
Replies: 578
Views: 110784

Re: Politics in General

I'd be interested to know how much different it is. Let's say we start a business together and make £100k profit in year 1. What would be the difference between us paying ourselves £12k salaries and taking £76k out in dividends, vs. paying ourselves £50k salaries? I'm not being lazy... genuinely ca...
by Fiona T
Tue Dec 24, 2019 11:18 pm
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: Questions you've always wanted answered
Replies: 622
Views: 132243

Re: Questions you've always wanted answered

What sort of company thinks that 23:15 on Christmas Eve is a good time to send out your updated privacy notice and terms and conditions.
by Fiona T
Fri Dec 20, 2019 1:18 pm
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: Politics in General
Replies: 578
Views: 110784

Re: Politics in General

I know this is a bit of an aside, but having an extra thing called National Insurance is just an added complication. Functionally it's no different from just being part of income tax so they might as well incorporate it in. Nothing needs to materially change. It's completely pointless having a sepa...
by Fiona T
Fri Dec 20, 2019 12:16 pm
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: Politics in General
Replies: 578
Views: 110784

Re: Politics in General

75% was a nice round number that took the overall picture into "profit" vs. the status quo. What about National Insurance? Are you abolishing it or keeping it the same as it is now? I know this is a bit of an aside, but having an extra thing called National Insurance is just an added complication. ...
by Fiona T
Thu Dec 19, 2019 10:26 am
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: Who would you like to lead the labour Party
Replies: 30
Views: 1278

Re: Who would you like to lead the labour Party

Political parties aren't like favourite colours - it's not a purely subjective thing as to which is better. And just because a party is mainstream it doesn't automatically make it acceptable. If you accept that a party can be a force for bad, then it's perfectly possible that a mainstream party can...
by Fiona T
Wed Dec 18, 2019 4:08 pm
Forum: Countdown - General
Topic: Baby Riley-Kovalev
Replies: 45
Views: 9714

Re: Baby Riley-Kovalev

Gavin Chipper wrote:
Wed Dec 18, 2019 1:49 pm
Fiona T wrote:
Wed Dec 18, 2019 11:54 am
Not sure vegans celebrate the 14th March in the traditional way :D
Wow. I'd never heard of that before.
Well you're vegetarian, aren't you? :lol:
by Fiona T
Wed Dec 18, 2019 4:06 pm
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: Who would you like to lead the labour Party
Replies: 30
Views: 1278

Re: Who would you like to lead the labour Party

Yes. On a superficial level. But there is still the question of why Tory remainers were less likely to change their voting habits than Labour leavers. It's not enough to say it's just because. And I do think that must come partly down to how Jeremy Corbyn and the Labour party were seen generally. N...
by Fiona T
Wed Dec 18, 2019 11:54 am
Forum: Countdown - General
Topic: Baby Riley-Kovalev
Replies: 45
Views: 9714

Re: Baby Riley-Kovalev

I hate to throw a pedantry spanner in the calculation works, but 40 weeks is counted from the first day of the last period with conception typically occurring around 14 days after. So you're gonna have to go to 13 March for "the deed". Not sure vegans celebrate the 14th March in the traditional way :D
by Fiona T
Thu Dec 12, 2019 5:29 am
Forum: Countdown - Spoilers
Topic: Spoilers for Wednesday 11th December (Series 81, Prelim 117)
Replies: 6
Views: 663

Re: Spoilers for Wednesday 11th December (Series 81, Prelim 117)

Ian Birdman wrote:
Thu Dec 12, 2019 12:15 am

Ah you never know who may appear...
:o
by Fiona T
Wed Dec 11, 2019 12:31 pm
Forum: Countdown - Spoilers
Topic: Series 81 Finals Predictions (With Poll)
Replies: 12
Views: 1440

Re: Series 81 Finals Predictions (With Poll)

Well I was told by a researcher when I got 8 that if I couldn't make the filming dates for the finals, I would be able to appear in the next series finals. Whether that would have actually happened, I've no idea! But it would certainly have made things even more difficult! Having spoken to Corrina o...
by Fiona T
Wed Dec 11, 2019 9:39 am
Forum: Countdown - General
Topic: The first lexicographer
Replies: 10
Views: 1141

Re: The first lexicographer

I would say monochrome Mary has earlobes, whereas elixir of youth technicolor Mary does not.

Not the same person.
by Fiona T
Wed Dec 11, 2019 9:35 am
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: C4C/apto/Countdown Dreams
Replies: 640
Views: 198500

Re: C4C/apto/Countdown Dreams

Had my first proper apto dream a few nights' back - think it was the night before Sam's quiz. We were doing a quiz and standing 15-1/election type podiums. It's a bit hazy until the point where the only two players left are myself and Graeme Cole. The final 'question' required the contestants to thi...
by Fiona T
Wed Dec 04, 2019 4:10 pm
Forum: Countdown - Spoilers
Topic: Spoilers for 3rd December 2019
Replies: 5
Views: 632

Re: Spoilers for 3rd December 2019

Very impressive champion; I'm puzzled though. The wiki has him listed as an apterite, presumably a very highly ranked one. Normally that means there's a number of fellow-apterites on these spoiler threads commenting on games and offering support, especially if it's a young player. Yet it's seemed v...
by Fiona T
Wed Dec 04, 2019 9:33 am
Forum: Countdown - General
Topic: The Return Of Celebrity Countdown!!
Replies: 74
Views: 8994

Re: The Return Of Celebrity Countdown!!

The phrasing in the email was "We have no plans to screen any more episodes at the moment but the series will be returning next year."
by Fiona T
Thu Nov 28, 2019 12:02 am
Forum: Countdown - Events
Topic: CO:parkrun Recaps
Replies: 368
Views: 114539

Re: CO:parkrun Recaps

The final CO-event of the year happened in Wolverhampton Saturday, and a whopping five of us did the wet Wolverhampton parkrun beforehand. Here are the results out of 321 runners : 7. Gevin Chapwell - 19:09 92. Jonathan Wynn - 26:24 256. Fiona T - 34:42 Er, I can't seem to find Callum or Bradley in...
by Fiona T
Tue Nov 26, 2019 11:30 pm
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: Facebook Culls
Replies: 19
Views: 1517

Re: Facebook Culls

Matt Morrison wrote:
Tue Nov 26, 2019 10:23 pm
My favourite facebook hobby is saying yes to Countdown people who add me because I'm too polite, and then removing them 6 months later when not a word has been spoken between us, in real life or on Facebook. As the kids would say, miss me with that.
Note to self: Check friend list in May 2020 ;)
by Fiona T
Tue Nov 26, 2019 11:28 pm
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: Facebook Culls
Replies: 19
Views: 1517

Re: Facebook Culls

I do go through mine intermittently and drop anyone I really don't know and haven't interacted with (e.g. recently dropped guy from Australia that I met on a cycling holiday but had absolutely zero interaction with for the last 4 years). I used to aim to keep my friend list to <= 100, but have given...
by Fiona T
Tue Nov 26, 2019 3:52 pm
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: How many jobs have you had ?
Replies: 10
Views: 849

Re: How many jobs have you had ?

Tell me more about the egg round. I'm a city boy and have never heard of it. Sounds impractical on a bike Basically you had to build up your own round - knock on doors and ask people if they wanted "fresh farm eggs" delivered weekly. Became a bit of a tongue twister. I think the minimum order from ...
by Fiona T
Tue Nov 26, 2019 12:45 am
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: How many jobs have you had ?
Replies: 10
Views: 849

Re: How many jobs have you had ?

What do we count as jobs? The egg round I had at 15 till I fell off my bike and broke the eggs? Post leaving school - Cleaner 3 days (sacked, was rubbish) MaccyD's 4 months. MoD 4 years. Local council 10 years (with two privatisations/takeovers) Mail order wine 10 years - good times and lots of wine...
by Fiona T
Mon Nov 25, 2019 9:02 am
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: Politics in General
Replies: 578
Views: 110784

Re: Politics in General

If you started a small business, wouldn't you pay corporation tax (which is much lower)? Unless you decided to pay yourself a pointlessly huge salary instead. Of course corporation tax would be dramatically increased under the Jono/Jim regime as well. And how do you think money gets from the busine...
by Fiona T
Sun Nov 24, 2019 10:48 pm
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: Politics in General
Replies: 578
Views: 110784

Re: Politics in General

I endorse this proposal wholeheartedly. A 75% tax rate on earnings over 50K kills aspiration. Why would anyone start a small business, with all the risk and all the extra work bother? If you started a small business, wouldn't you pay corporation tax (which is much lower)? Unless you decided to pay ...
by Fiona T
Fri Nov 22, 2019 2:56 pm
Forum: Countdown - Events
Topic: FOCAL Finals -- Molineux Stadium, Wolverhampton, 23 November 2019
Replies: 33
Views: 10325

Re: FOCAL Finals -- Molineux Stadium, Wolverhampton, 23 November 2019

James Robinson wrote:
Fri Nov 22, 2019 2:21 pm

I would assume the main entrance and ask for the aforementioned International Suite... 👍
Ah, that was the bit I missed - ta. :)
by Fiona T
Fri Nov 22, 2019 11:22 am
Forum: Countdown - Events
Topic: FOCAL Finals -- Molineux Stadium, Wolverhampton, 23 November 2019
Replies: 33
Views: 10325

Re: FOCAL Finals -- Molineux Stadium, Wolverhampton, 23 November 2019

Molineux looks pretty big - where are we going when we get there?

ta
by Fiona T
Fri Nov 22, 2019 8:34 am
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: Rachel Riley Post
Replies: 12
Views: 1273

Re: Rachel Riley Post

When anyone takes to social media to express their views, they need to consider that it can impact their career directly or indirectly, and make a judgement accordingly. Even more so for someone in the public eye. In this case, I think that her judgement was poor. I don't agree that she *should* be ...
by Fiona T
Thu Nov 21, 2019 4:27 pm
Forum: Countdown - Spoilers
Topic: Spoilers for Thursday 21st November 2019 (Series 81, Prelim 103)
Replies: 6
Views: 609

Re: Spoilers for Thursday 21st November 2019 (Series 81, Prelim 103)

Someone on the fb thread suggesting that Paul's five consecutive 8s matches a record set by Charlie in this game

http://wiki.apterous.org/Episode_4746

Anyone know how to check if that's true?
by Fiona T
Wed Nov 20, 2019 12:11 pm
Forum: Countdown - Spoilers
Topic: Spoilers for Tuesday 19th November 2019 (Series 81, Prelim 101)
Replies: 4
Views: 489

Re: Spoilers for Tuesday 19th November 2019 (Series 81, Prelim 101)

Johnny Canuck wrote:
Wed Nov 20, 2019 11:36 am
I wonder if MRBOYMALE was a reference to International Men's Day.
I'd forgotten ;)
by Fiona T
Tue Nov 19, 2019 9:59 pm
Forum: Countdown - Spoilers
Topic: Spoilers for Celebrity Countdown - Tuesday 19th November 2019
Replies: 12
Views: 1152

Re: Spoilers for Celebrity Countdown - Tuesday 19th November 2019

A good game tonight - both contestants put in a good effort, and good to see Rufus successfully apply the maths trick.
by Fiona T
Tue Nov 19, 2019 1:45 pm
Forum: Countdown - Events
Topic: Countdown in London (CO:LON) - 16 May 2020
Replies: 15
Views: 2971

Re: Countdown in London (CO:LON) - 16 May 2020

Phil Collinge wrote:
Tue Nov 19, 2019 1:33 pm
A handshake on 3rd April 2019 provides you with 3 more entries*

* deliberately cryptic!
Intriguing!
by Fiona T
Tue Nov 19, 2019 9:38 am
Forum: Countdown - Events
Topic: Countdown in London (CO:LON) - 16 May 2020
Replies: 15
Views: 2971

Re: Countdown in London (CO:LON) - 16 May 2020

And we have our first signups!

The grumpy and sweary Matt Morrison, and the cheerful and friendly Heather Badcock.
by Fiona T
Tue Nov 19, 2019 9:34 am
Forum: Countdown - Events
Topic: Countdown in London (CO:LON) - 16 May 2020
Replies: 15
Views: 2971

Re: Countdown in London (CO:LON) - 16 May 2020

Matt Morrison wrote:
Tue Nov 19, 2019 9:16 am
So yeah, all you focal lot can fucking well update your copy-and-paste descriptions if you want to stop annoying me.
Or keep them, just to annoy you :)
by Fiona T
Mon Nov 18, 2019 8:50 am
Forum: Countdown - Events
Topic: Countdown in London (CO:LON) - 16 May 2020
Replies: 15
Views: 2971

Countdown in London (CO:LON) - 16 May 2020

When is it? Part of the Focal Calendar, CO:LON is back on the 16 May 2020 with your new hosts, George Armstrong and Fiona Titcombe. It's also Eurovision day, so you may notice a bit of a theme! Dressing up on theme is to be encouraged :) Where is it? Christian Street Community Hub 30 Challoner Walk...
by Fiona T
Sat Nov 16, 2019 10:02 pm
Forum: Countdown - General
Topic: Outing Gevin! (& similar fun activities suitable for a rainy Tuesday afternoon)
Replies: 23
Views: 3259

Re: Outing Gevin! (& similar fun activities suitable for a rainy Tuesday afternoon)

Marc Meakin wrote:
Sat Nov 16, 2019 9:21 pm
When I was banned from posting I made several attempts to come up with a pseudonym made up of an anagram of my name but I wasn't clever enough to get through the checks
You're Ashton Hancock?!?
by Fiona T
Fri Nov 15, 2019 8:52 am
Forum: apterous.org
Topic: Is Apterous down?
Replies: 572
Views: 176137

Re: Is Apterous down?

Down this morning.

500 error.

I might have to do something constructive with my day off.
by Fiona T
Thu Nov 14, 2019 9:10 pm
Forum: Countdown - Events
Topic: FOCAL Finals -- Molineux Stadium, Wolverhampton, 23 November 2019
Replies: 33
Views: 10325

Re: FOCAL Finals -- Molineux Stadium, Wolverhampton, 23 November 2019

Gavin Chipper wrote:
Thu Nov 14, 2019 7:53 pm
Who else is running?
As far as I know, me, you, Cal, Eddy, JW, and Bradley and Maus as the newbies.


Edit - Man down :(

Get well soon Tom!
by Fiona T
Thu Nov 14, 2019 7:21 pm
Forum: Countdown - Events
Topic: FOCAL Finals -- Molineux Stadium, Wolverhampton, 23 November 2019
Replies: 33
Views: 10325

Re: FOCAL Finals -- Molineux Stadium, Wolverhampton, 23 November 2019

Parkrun conveniently located right next to the venue https://www.parkrun.org.uk/wolverhampton/ See you there! I've just entered so will join you for that. There's also a new one in East Park . It's a bit further away, but if we're here again next year, I'd be tempted to it for a different parkrun t...
by Fiona T
Thu Nov 14, 2019 3:11 pm
Forum: apterous.org
Topic: Apterous on Mobile
Replies: 4
Views: 671

Re: Apterous on Mobile

Gavin Chipper wrote:
Thu Nov 14, 2019 2:58 pm
I tried it once and although it was technically possible, it was basically unplayable.
Yeah, but you're old, Gavin. ;)
by Fiona T
Wed Nov 13, 2019 4:38 pm
Forum: Countdown - Spoilers
Topic: Spoilers for Wednesday 13th November 2019 (Series 81, Prelim 97)
Replies: 6
Views: 834

Re: Spoilers for Wednesday 13th November 2019 (Series 81, Prelim 97)

Paul starts tomorrow - he's on apto so you can have a nosey :)
by Fiona T
Mon Nov 11, 2019 12:03 am
Forum: Countdown - General
Topic: The Return Of Celebrity Countdown!!
Replies: 74
Views: 8994

Re: The Return Of Celebrity Countdown!!

Fiona T wrote:
Mon Nov 11, 2019 12:01 am

Well tbf, I was there, and different celeb specials had different numbers of letters rounds - so there wasn't a set 'format' as such. Definitely not one for the purists. :)
Having said that, it was very enjoyable, and I liked the Rachel maths tips, albeit I think they warranted a longer slot.
by Fiona T
Mon Nov 11, 2019 12:01 am
Forum: Countdown - General
Topic: The Return Of Celebrity Countdown!!
Replies: 74
Views: 8994

Re: The Return Of Celebrity Countdown!!

But you happily posted on here that we didn't have a format, according to your 'sources'....and now you concede you don't have first-hand knowledge.... :lol: :lol: I’m just relaying the information that I had before the episodes were recorded. Anything could’ve changed between that point and the re...
by Fiona T
Wed Nov 06, 2019 1:39 pm
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: Survey for an energy drink/protein powder advert
Replies: 1
Views: 396

Re: Survey for an energy drink/protein powder advert

May I offer constructive feedback, Christy? It would be useful to say at the top of the survey what the product is - I got to the flavours question, and my response about drinks might be quite different to, say, my response about condoms ;) The 'Which would you prefer' question would be better as mu...
by Fiona T
Tue Nov 05, 2019 8:27 am
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: Politics in General
Replies: 578
Views: 110784

Re: Politics in General

Don't underestimate behaviour - Recent example - changes to the pension rules mean that NHS consultants are no longer working extra hours, because it simply isn't worth their time. Massive impact on the NHS. https://www.theguardian.com/society/2019/jun/24/nhs-consultants-turning-down-work-avoid-huge...
by Fiona T
Mon Nov 04, 2019 9:08 pm
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: Is Jeremy Corbyn electable as Prime Minister ?
Replies: 26
Views: 2156

Re: Is Jeremy Corbin electable as Prime Minister ?

I've had the pleasure of having dinner with Jess and I'm a big fan - but I don't see her as party leader. I think she has an important role as a voice who says what she thinks, and she would be frustrated to be restrained by the necessity of being the voice of the party.
by Fiona T
Mon Nov 04, 2019 7:20 pm
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: Politics in General
Replies: 578
Views: 110784

Re: Politics in General

I was having a play around with some HMRC numbers to see what the impact of a completely different income tax structure would be. I'm calling this the Jono proposal and my idea is a 20k tax free allowance, then 10% on all earnings to 50k, then 75% on all earnings above that. - Everyone who earns up...
by Fiona T
Sun Nov 03, 2019 9:03 pm
Forum: Countdown - Events
Topic: FOCAL Finals -- Molineux Stadium, Wolverhampton, 23 November 2019
Replies: 33
Views: 10325

Re: FOCAL Finals -- Molineux Stadium, Wolverhampton, 23 November 2019

I'm looking at booking escape room(s) for Sunday morning - https://www.clockworkescapes.co.uk/ either one or two rooms, depending on numbers - each room can take 2-6 players (with 4-5 being ideal) Let me know if you'd like to play - approx £15-20 a head depending on numbers, and we can take one stud...
by Fiona T
Mon Oct 28, 2019 9:05 am
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: C4C/apto/Countdown Dreams
Replies: 640
Views: 198500

Re: C4C/apto/Countdown Dreams

Did I wear a red t-shirt to the interview? :D