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by Fiona T
Fri Jul 10, 2020 5:33 pm
Forum: Countdown - General
Topic: ZoomDown finals!
Replies: 9
Views: 311

Re: ZoomDown finals!

Youtube link is https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCWmQM7wUgtyzmCxOwZrBgMg Subscribe to get notified when stuff is happening :) Monday 8pm - Dan v Elliott, then Conor v Ian Thursday 8pm - Brad v Hazel, then Jonathan v Steve Worth watching live if you can cos half the fun is joining in the live chat :)
by Fiona T
Thu Jul 09, 2020 9:12 pm
Forum: Countdown - General
Topic: ZoomDown finals!
Replies: 9
Views: 311

ZoomDown finals!

After a fantastic three months, the ZoomDown heats are done, and we now know the final 8 who will battle it out to see who will become the inaugural ZoomDown Champion!  Let's take a look at our seeds in reverse order 8 - Elliott Mellor Elliott endured a nail biting end to the series to see if he wou...
by Fiona T
Tue Jun 30, 2020 2:27 pm
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: Do you iron your clothes
Replies: 6
Views: 208

Re: Do you iron your clothes

I can't remember the last time I ironed anything. It must be several years - more than five - quite possibly ten I'd guess.

Last clothes of mine that got ironed were by that nice chappie (Lee?) at the countdown studios :)

MrT occasionally irons a shirt. Crazy fool.
by Fiona T
Fri Jun 26, 2020 12:13 am
Forum: Countdown - General
Topic: You Are The Ref
Replies: 211
Views: 25072

Re: You Are The Ref

For those that think it's fine, when declaring your word second, to have written down 10-15 plausible words and then just point to the one your opponent says... would you prefer if apterous was coded in this way, instead of the perfectly logical way it's coded now? It would be stone cold mental to ...
by Fiona T
Thu Jun 25, 2020 4:25 pm
Forum: Countdown - General
Topic: You Are The Ref
Replies: 211
Views: 25072

Re: You Are The Ref

6:15 here

https://www.dailymotion.com/video/x70wdke

Doesn't show the checking, but Suzie asks for spelling which she doesn't usually do.
by Fiona T
Wed Jun 24, 2020 4:34 pm
Forum: Countdown - General
Topic: You Are The Ref
Replies: 211
Views: 25072

Re: You Are The Ref

A good example is re- and -er If I had for example noted lacquerer and relacquer without being sure of either, and my opponent went for one, I'd go for the same one every time. Never occurred to me that that could be considered cheating. In fact I'm sure someone advised me to declare the same word a...
by Fiona T
Mon Jun 22, 2020 2:53 pm
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: Joke Items
Replies: 111
Views: 5432

Re: Joke Items

Most of you can ignore, but the software folks amongst you might appreciate this - I think we all have a duty to name our kids in a way to give us as much work as possible!

https://stackoverflow.com/questions/445 ... onscript-3
by Fiona T
Sat Jun 20, 2020 9:49 am
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: Joke Items
Replies: 111
Views: 5432

Re: Joke Items

;)
by Fiona T
Sat Jun 20, 2020 9:48 am
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: When do you consider the seasons to start/end?
Replies: 6
Views: 1806

Re: When do you consider the seasons to start/end?

Gavin Chipper wrote:
Sat Jun 20, 2020 6:46 am
If we go by the solstace for the start of summer, is it summer right now (from the start of the day) or from 22:43?
It's raining here (North Hampshire) so it must be summer.
by Fiona T
Thu Jun 18, 2020 12:22 pm
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: Joke Items
Replies: 111
Views: 5432

Re: Joke Items

I rather like my gearstick!
by Fiona T
Wed Jun 17, 2020 10:28 am
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: Politics in General
Replies: 702
Views: 128448

Re: Politics in General

Marc Meakin wrote:
Wed Jun 17, 2020 9:32 am
At least that's what he told me.
He looked more like an alky than a paedo
I didn't know you could identify paedophiles by looks - that's handy.
by Fiona T
Wed Jun 17, 2020 8:26 am
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: Politics in General
Replies: 702
Views: 128448

Re: Politics in General

I hadn't followed this story, but according to this report, he had no previous convictions, needed a pee, did not know the monument was there, so basically behaved in the same way as many lads on a night out. Most examples of outraging public decency involve masturbating on the tube or similar, so o...
by Fiona T
Thu Jun 11, 2020 8:45 am
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: Politics in General
Replies: 702
Views: 128448

Re: Politics in General

This one gives me

Economic Left/Right: -5.5
Social Libertarian/Authoritarian: -5.85

Most of these sorts of tests I've done in the past have put me in the bottom left quadrant, but much nearer the centre, which is probably a truer reflection.
by Fiona T
Wed Jun 10, 2020 4:30 pm
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: Trade Secrets
Replies: 120
Views: 13005

Re: Trade Secrets

what the others said - use joe.bloggs+company@gmail.com and you know who's leaked your data.

Working in IT I use it all the time for testing stuff where I want multiple accounts - joe bloggs must be getting a lot of crap email! ;)
by Fiona T
Wed Jun 10, 2020 2:55 pm
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: Trade Secrets
Replies: 120
Views: 13005

Re: Trade Secrets

I thought everyone knew this, but apparently not... If you use gmail/googlemail then you can add +anything to your name and your email still gets to you. gmail and googlemail are also interchangeable, and it will happily ignore extra dots. so if you set up your account as joe.bloggs@gmail.com then j...
by Fiona T
Sat Jun 06, 2020 6:09 pm
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: Politics in General
Replies: 702
Views: 128448

Re: Politics in General

That said, I do think some people like to jump on bandwagons and just call everything racism though, and also create conflict where there doesn't need to be any. Sometimes people say "All lives matter" in response to "Black lives matter". These people aren't necessarily racist - it's often likely t...
by Fiona T
Sat Jun 06, 2020 8:43 am
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: People you shouldn't trust
Replies: 694
Views: 150716

Re: People you shouldn't trust

Gavin Chipper wrote:
Sat Jun 06, 2020 6:52 am
People who call daddy-long-legses craneflies.
Perhaps they do so to avoid the struggle of having to pluralise daddy-long-legs
by Fiona T
Fri Jun 05, 2020 6:46 pm
Forum: Countdown - General
Topic: ZoomDown
Replies: 8
Views: 635

Re: ZoomDown

James Rowan has written a program to generate the letters with the right distribution which was used yesterday, so many thanks to him for that.
by Fiona T
Fri Jun 05, 2020 4:02 pm
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: Unusual Fears/Phobias
Replies: 20
Views: 838

Re: Unusual Fears/Phobias

six smalls...
by Fiona T
Wed Jun 03, 2020 7:59 pm
Forum: Countdown - General
Topic: ZoomDown
Replies: 8
Views: 635

ZoomDown

If you haven't caught ZoomDown, it streams live on youtube every Monday and Thursday at 8pm. Tomorrow's looks to be a cracker, with current champion Zubair Patel (1 win 130 points) taking on Stephen Read in the first game of the night. The winner then has the the daunting task of facing one of my pe...
by Fiona T
Wed Jun 03, 2020 7:01 pm
Forum: Countdown - Events
Topic: SIGN-UPS SUSPENDED: Countdown in Edinburgh (CoEdi5) - Saturday 27th June 2020
Replies: 13
Views: 9808

Re: SIGN-UPS SUSPENDED: Countdown in Edinburgh (CoEdi5) - Saturday 27th June 2020

Well see what the next month or two brings, but I did vaguely wonder about an outdoor event - would have to be weather dependent of course.
by Fiona T
Wed Jun 03, 2020 5:21 pm
Forum: apterous.org
Topic: apterous update
Replies: 34
Views: 1943

Re: apterous update

It happened back in January Jason.

Supee told people on facebook, and on apterous. It was a big shock to us all.

Incredibly generous of him to leave a gift to support the site, and shows what a big part of his life apterous was.
by Fiona T
Wed Jun 03, 2020 4:54 pm
Forum: Countdown - Spoilers
Topic: B'day Championship Spoilers For Wednesday February 6th 2013
Replies: 48
Views: 5833

Re: B'day Championship Spoilers For Wednesday February 6th 2

Conor is in his early 20s, just like Jack Hurst Conor attends Cambridge University, just like Jack Hurst Conor wears uncool sweaters, just like Jack Hurst Conor was gracious in victory and respectful to his opponent. Sigh. Is this really necessary? As I said yesterday, Nina Boyd nailed it . Eveythi...
by Fiona T
Wed Jun 03, 2020 7:23 am
Forum: Countdown - Spoilers
Topic: Birthday Championship Spoilers For Tuesday February 5th 2013
Replies: 86
Views: 12953

Re: Birthday Championship Spoilers For Tuesday February 5th 2013

I'm with Eoin on this (although I missed the 'A' round, but doesn't sound like a hangable offence) At the end I could see you were gutted - my reaction (I said out loud to family) was "poor lad, he's so disappointed", not "what a dick." :) Can't believe what a hard time you got over it. Amazing scor...
by Fiona T
Sun May 31, 2020 9:22 pm
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: Trade Secrets
Replies: 120
Views: 13005

Re: Trade Secrets

A good quality vodka tastes better out of the fridge. The same is true for gin. Co-incidentally I was zoom-chatting to a mate yesterday who was making bacon vodka. His next project is bacon gin. I once proposed the hypothesis that there is no dish in existence that cannot be improved by either the ...
by Fiona T
Sun May 31, 2020 9:18 pm
Forum: Countdown - General
Topic: Countdown Lookalikes?
Replies: 277
Views: 96234

Re: Countdown Lookalikes?

Some footbally chappy Giovanni Reyna https://i2-prod.cheshire-live.co.uk/incoming/article6520423.ece/ALTERNATES/s810/ZZ160114FBDYLANTAYLOR.jpg And CoC XIV winner, Dylan Taylor https://img.bleacherreport.net/img/images/photos/003/855/881/hi-res-9717cd3e0cb981e28c049e739b169c59_crop_north.jpg?h=533&w=...
by Fiona T
Fri May 29, 2020 10:36 pm
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: Questions you've always wanted answered
Replies: 764
Views: 154569

Re: Questions you've always wanted answered

Fiona will be reading this thinking "WTF is with the analysis of my post?" Perhaps we should wait for her to come back. She is still drafting her Dominic Cummings post She's blocked every mention of DC on facebook cos it's all driving her fecking mental and has no intention of getting involved here...
by Fiona T
Sun May 24, 2020 9:10 pm
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: Trade Secrets
Replies: 120
Views: 13005

Re: Trade Secrets

Gavin Chipper wrote:
Sun May 24, 2020 8:42 pm
Fiona T wrote:
Sun May 24, 2020 8:25 pm
My mouse/keyboard batteries seem to need changing every few weeks. No idea what I'm doing wrong. :(
You're using a mouse and keyboard that need batteries. That's what you're doing wrong.
But they are sleek and beautiful. As long as your keyboard doesn't give up mid apto-round.
by Fiona T
Sun May 24, 2020 8:25 pm
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: Trade Secrets
Replies: 120
Views: 13005

Re: Trade Secrets

My mouse/keyboard batteries seem to need changing every few weeks. No idea what I'm doing wrong. :(
by Fiona T
Sun May 24, 2020 7:43 pm
Forum: Countdown - Spoilers
Topic: Spoilers For Monday 18th March 2019
Replies: 10
Views: 2547

Re: Spoilers For Monday 18th March 2019

Suzie's comment at the time: "Scratching my head over outlain, Maggie, but if something lies beyond or on the outside of something geographically, that is to outlie obviously and the sensible past participle would be outlain." However, neither version of dictionary gives the lie beyond definition - ...
by Fiona T
Sun May 24, 2020 7:35 pm
Forum: Countdown - Spoilers
Topic: Spoilers For Monday 18th March 2019
Replies: 10
Views: 2547

Re: Spoilers For Monday 18th March 2019

The definition Susie implied was there doesn't match the free version (to outdo in lying) so maybe the paying version allows it. You could do a 38×25-6 method in the third numbers to go with 38×25+6 in the first. Finally, I like how Rachel needed all three of 25, 10 and 5 to make a 2. The entry for...
by Fiona T
Tue May 19, 2020 10:42 pm
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: Questions you've always wanted answered
Replies: 764
Views: 154569

Re: Questions you've always wanted answered

Things I'm worrying about... Babies. In the first few months/year of life babies need to be exposed to germs to prime their immune systems. Babies who live with pets, for example, have fewer allergies and generally better health. Isolating babies so no colds or similar are caught has unknown longter...
by Fiona T
Tue May 19, 2020 10:40 pm
Forum: Countdown - Events
Topic: CO:parkrun Recaps
Replies: 378
Views: 126642

Re: CO:parkrun Recaps

CO:LON was supposed to take place on Saturday two days ago, and I'd been considering doing the Victoria Dock parkrun, which is said to be the fastest in the country . Instead I had to do my "virtual parkrun" on my measured 5k course on the dirt track that is the Flitch Way near where I live. And I ...
by Fiona T
Tue May 19, 2020 10:37 pm
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: Weird celebrity crushes
Replies: 26
Views: 1755

Re: Weird celebrity crushes

Mark Deeks wrote:
Tue May 19, 2020 1:56 pm
She's also 25 years older than me, which isn't conventionally attractive. But here we are.
clearly just after her money ;)

25 years barely bats an eyelid if it's an older guy and younger woman
by Fiona T
Sat May 16, 2020 11:50 am
Forum: Countdown - General
Topic: Countdown Lookalikes?
Replies: 277
Views: 96234

Re: Countdown Lookalikes?

As pointed out by Damian on HyperZoomDown

Series 73 contestant James Rowan

Image

and

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dQw4w9WgXcQ
by Fiona T
Wed May 13, 2020 5:24 pm
Forum: Countdown - General
Topic: Co Blackpool Saturday October 10th
Replies: 22
Views: 2427

Re: Co Blackpool Saturday October 10th

Fingers crossed! In if it's on.
by Fiona T
Sun May 10, 2020 11:32 pm
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: Stay Alert
Replies: 8
Views: 466

Re: Stay Alert

Nominate Gevin
by Fiona T
Sun May 10, 2020 7:24 am
Forum: apterous.org
Topic: Is Apterous brown? [GENERAL DISCUSSION THREAD]
Replies: 4
Views: 521

Re: Is Apterous brown? [GENERAL DISCUSSION THREAD]

It's not anything at the moment, it's down again...
by Fiona T
Sat May 09, 2020 9:39 am
Forum: apterous.org
Topic: Is Apterous down? [GENERAL DISCUSSION THREAD]
Replies: 16
Views: 1367

Re: Is Apterous down? [GENERAL DISCUSSION THREAD]

It was struggling all evening. Last games successfully completed were just after midnight.
by Fiona T
Fri May 01, 2020 10:06 pm
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: Joke Items
Replies: 111
Views: 5432

Re: Joke Items

Gavin Chipper wrote:
Fri May 01, 2020 9:53 pm
Those giant pepper grinders they sometimes bring round in restaurants and use to offer you pepper on your food like it's some sort of delicacy. It's fucking pepper. Would you do the same with salt?
They fall into the same category as ties. Most joke objects are phalluses.
by Fiona T
Fri May 01, 2020 5:55 pm
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: Questions you've always wanted answered
Replies: 764
Views: 154569

Re: Questions you've always wanted answered

Perhaps accept all answers until the first wrong answer.
by Fiona T
Fri May 01, 2020 12:14 pm
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: Questions you've always wanted answered
Replies: 764
Views: 154569

Re: Questions you've always wanted answered

Do you think it would be better if we got rid of time zones and just had one global time. Countries would still do the same things just at different times. Why does everyone (obviously not everyone but you know what I mean) have to work 9am-5pm. Why can't Londoners do that and New Yorkers work 2pm-...
by Fiona T
Wed Apr 29, 2020 2:15 pm
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: REALLY obvious things you've just realised
Replies: 271
Views: 65298

Re: REALLY obvious things you've just realised

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1x2jdQFGTj4

Two spaces - it's Mavis's fault!

Edit: just googled it - the entire internet is blaming Mavis :D
by Fiona T
Wed Apr 29, 2020 2:14 pm
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: REALLY obvious things you've just realised
Replies: 271
Views: 65298

Re: REALLY obvious things you've just realised

It's only in recent years that Civil Service guidance has changed, but it's a relic of mechanical typesetting, or something like that if I remember right. Still a good number of colleagues use them, I delight in finding and replacing them :) Ah my first job was Civil Service, and I hadn't really ha...
by Fiona T
Wed Apr 29, 2020 9:44 am
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: Religion
Replies: 473
Views: 48540

Re: Religion

Whilst debate is interesting, and those of us who don't believe do naturally question how other people can possibly believe (hopefully without using insults or put downs!), I think the worst possible outcome of this thread would be if someone for whom religion was such an essential part of their lif...
by Fiona T
Wed Apr 29, 2020 9:36 am
Forum: Games and Puzzles
Topic: Interactive Who Wants To Be A Millionaire
Replies: 3
Views: 423

Re: Interactive Who Wants To Be A Millionaire

Excellent stuff - nicely executed!
by Fiona T
Wed Apr 29, 2020 12:14 am
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: REALLY obvious things you've just realised
Replies: 271
Views: 65298

Re: REALLY obvious things you've just realised

Not so much a really obvious thing, but something I've always done (and still do) that is now officially 'wrong'. I dunno why I do it, or when it started, or who told me it was the thing to do, but I've always stuck two spaces after a full stop. I didn't even know I did it until a friend I used to e...
by Fiona T
Fri Apr 24, 2020 6:58 pm
Forum: apterous.org
Topic: Is Apterous down? [DO NOT POST IN THIS TOPIC FOR ANY OTHER REASON]
Replies: 604
Views: 191818

Re: Is Apterous down? [please DO NOT post in this topic for any other reason]

Internal server error on gameplay. Main site looks ok.
by Fiona T
Thu Apr 23, 2020 5:41 pm
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: NHS-worship
Replies: 28
Views: 1661

Re: NHS-worship

Only 35 claps till Christmas!
by Fiona T
Tue Apr 21, 2020 2:16 pm
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: NHS-worship
Replies: 28
Views: 1661

Re: NHS-worship

Rhys Benjamin wrote:
Tue Apr 21, 2020 2:11 pm
Where is this money going if it's never "enough"? The population hasn't doubled in 20 years but the money thrown at the NHS has.
Treatments have become more sophisticated and therefore a lot more expensive.
by Fiona T
Mon Apr 20, 2020 10:17 am
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: Questions you've always wanted answered
Replies: 764
Views: 154569

Re: Questions you've always wanted answered

They used to be the CTC (Cycling Touring Club) - rebranded a few years ago and became a charity. They're not anti-helmet - they're anti mandatory helmets. It's certainly just a minor part of who they are- they are about promoting cycling and cycle friendly policies. There are lots of local groups wh...
by Fiona T
Mon Apr 20, 2020 9:48 am
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: Questions you've always wanted answered
Replies: 764
Views: 154569

Re: Questions you've always wanted answered

Bicycle helmets are only really useful for slow speed impacts. Cars move considerably more quickly. (Actually there's a lot of contradictory evidence about cycle helmets, hence why the CTC (now CyclingUK) don't recommend them, and frequently show cyclists of all ages without them. FTAOD I do wear o...
by Fiona T
Sun Apr 19, 2020 8:13 pm
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: Questions you've always wanted answered
Replies: 764
Views: 154569

Re: Questions you've always wanted answered

Why isn't wearing helmets in cars a thing like it is on bikes (pedal and motor)? The risk of head injury might not be as high, and it would be annoying, but the risk still exists. Literally no-one ever talks about this. Rally drivers wear helmets. But presumably the marginal benefit is so low that ...
by Fiona T
Sun Apr 19, 2020 1:55 pm
Forum: Countdown - General
Topic: Countdown Lookalikes?
Replies: 277
Views: 96234

Re: Countdown Lookalikes?

Countdown legend, Callum Todd, during lockdown

Image

Sex Pistols bassist, Sid Vicious
Image
by Fiona T
Wed Apr 08, 2020 7:06 am
Forum: Countdown - Spoilers
Topic: Spoilers for Monday 6th April 2020 (Series 82, Prelim 68)
Replies: 10
Views: 1224

Re: Spoilers for Monday 6th April 2020 (Series 82, Prelim 68)

Ah, very unlucky then Sean.

#BringBackSean
by Fiona T
Tue Apr 07, 2020 1:21 am
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: COVID-19 Coronavirus Thread
Replies: 89
Views: 5979

Re: COVID-19 Coronavirus Thread

I would hope that people would refrain from spitting in public now. I don't spit while running anyway but I wonder if it's some biological difference between people where some people get more of a yucky phlegmmy build-up than others. Well at our parkrun at least it appears to be a biological differ...
by Fiona T
Mon Apr 06, 2020 3:12 pm
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: COVID-19 Coronavirus Thread
Replies: 89
Views: 5979

Re: COVID-19 Coronavirus Thread

Interesting about the 'droplets' - I was volunteering at the last parkrun before lockdown - the first and second guys through the finish tunnel bumped elbows, then one spat. I can't imagine how many people must have then trodden where he spat. I also saw at least two other runners spitting while run...
by Fiona T
Mon Apr 06, 2020 11:34 am
Forum: apterous.org
Topic: Is Apterous down? [DO NOT POST IN THIS TOPIC FOR ANY OTHER REASON]
Replies: 604
Views: 191818

Re: Is Apterous down?

Gameplay down since yesterday evening just after 9pm