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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: 152

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: 54
Views: 3488

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: 54
Views: 3488

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: 111

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: 531
Views: 98736

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: 23
Views: 449

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: 531
Views: 98736

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: 23
Views: 4955

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: 633
Views: 186493

Re: C4C/apto/Countdown Dreams

Did I wear a red t-shirt to the interview? :D
by Fiona T
Thu Oct 24, 2019 10:43 pm
Forum: Countdown - Events
Topic: CoBra (Essex) -- Saturday 2 November 2019
Replies: 49
Views: 10691

Re: CoBra (Essex) -- Saturday 2 November 2019

Why do Jill and Jonathan get a star? How does one earn a star? :)
by Fiona T
Thu Oct 24, 2019 1:56 pm
Forum: Countdown - General
Topic: Countdown Lookalikes?
Replies: 254
Views: 80049

Re: Countdown Lookalikes?

S81 contestant John Osmond

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and Canadian astronaut and all round awesome guy, Chris Hadfield

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by Fiona T
Thu Oct 24, 2019 8:32 am
Forum: Countdown - Events
Topic: CoBra (Essex) -- Saturday 2 November 2019
Replies: 49
Views: 10691

Re: CoBra (Essex) -- Saturday 2 November 2019

Gavin Chipper wrote:
Fri Oct 18, 2019 7:07 pm
Do we need to say if we're doing the curry? I'm in.

Edit - And Noel Pereira as well.
Assuming it's not a set menu and I can order a korma (I can't do spicy!) then in please.
by Fiona T
Mon Oct 21, 2019 9:50 pm
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: People you shouldn't trust
Replies: 598
Views: 119426

Re: People you shouldn't trust

Gavin Chipper wrote:
Mon Oct 21, 2019 3:31 pm
Excuse me a minute while I stir fry some gummy bears.
or deep fry a Mars bar?
by Fiona T
Wed Oct 16, 2019 7:24 pm
Forum: Countdown - Spoilers
Topic: Spoilers for Wednesday 16th October 2019 (Series 81, Prelim 77)
Replies: 3
Views: 408

Re: Spoilers for Wednesday 16th October 2019 (Series 81, Prelim 77)

Johnny Canuck wrote:
Wed Oct 16, 2019 4:59 pm
Ray Wilding wrote:
Wed Oct 16, 2019 1:49 pm
SHITLOAD in R12.
I’ll bet they spotted this and it was cut.
Nick: “Anything else?”
DC: “...Not a lot.”
I did see both Rachel and Susie smirking, so you might be right :)
by Fiona T
Tue Oct 15, 2019 8:23 am
Forum: Countdown - General
Topic: The Return Of Celebrity Countdown!!
Replies: 54
Views: 3488

Re: The Return Of Celebrity Countdown!!

Excellent Toby - there's a few of us going - will be great to meet you!
by Fiona T
Mon Oct 14, 2019 11:18 pm
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: REALLY obvious things you've just realised
Replies: 192
Views: 46599

Re: REALLY obvious things you've just realised

I used to think that the crown jewels were just the jewels in the queen's crown. In fact, I don't think it's that obvious that they aren't, but apparently they aren't . Most of you are probably finding out for the first time that they aren't. What did you think the Elgin marbles were? https://image...
by Fiona T
Sat Oct 12, 2019 4:33 pm
Forum: Countdown - Events
Topic: CoBra (Essex) -- Saturday 2 November 2019
Replies: 49
Views: 10691

Re: CoBra (Essex) -- Saturday 2 November 2019

https://www.premierinn.com/gb/en/hotels/england/essex/braintree/braintree-a120.html?ARRdd=01&ARRmm=11&ARRyyyy=2019&NIGHTS=2&ROOMS=1&ADULT1=1&CHILD1=0&COT1=0&INTTYP1=DB&BRAND=PI £85 for Fri and Sat night. £48 for Sat only. I think Callum's still looking for a share. Gonna book now before I get screwe...
by Fiona T
Sat Oct 12, 2019 3:52 pm
Forum: Countdown - Events
Topic: CoBra (Essex) -- Saturday 2 November 2019
Replies: 49
Views: 10691

Re: CoBra (Essex) -- Saturday 2 November 2019

Matt Morrison wrote:
Sat Oct 12, 2019 3:24 pm
Ah fuck me. Really should have sorted out the hotel before it went crazy. Was £55 for Saturday night last time I looked. It's like the Lincoln Travelodge caught AIDS.
Lincoln's quite a way from Braintree...
by Fiona T
Fri Oct 11, 2019 3:47 pm
Forum: Countdown - General
Topic: Outing Gevin! (& similar fun activities suitable for a rainy Tuesday afternoon)
Replies: 15
Views: 1091

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

Ben Wilson wrote:
Thu Oct 10, 2019 9:38 pm
Google doesn't actually index posts on this forum, so that should hopefully be one less worry. :-)
Blimey - how does anyone ever find us?
by Fiona T
Thu Oct 10, 2019 7:49 am
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: No Shit Sherlock
Replies: 20
Views: 1228

Re: No Shit Sherlock

L'oisleatch McGraw wrote:
Wed Oct 09, 2019 4:48 pm
The bad person in that scenario is Rachel Riley, unless he was bullying her personally.
If it was purely a block based in a difference of opinion, that's disappointing.
Anyone can block who they like for whatever reason they like (or no reason at all) - no public justification needed.
by Fiona T
Wed Oct 09, 2019 11:18 am
Forum: apterous.org
Topic: Classic Aptochat moments
Replies: 200
Views: 67570

Re: Classic Aptochat moments

Not aptochat, but this ticket deserves an honorable mention

https://www.apterous.org/ticket_view.php?ticket=5094
by Fiona T
Tue Oct 08, 2019 6:15 pm
Forum: Countdown - General
Topic: Outing Gevin! (& similar fun activities suitable for a rainy Tuesday afternoon)
Replies: 15
Views: 1091

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

As far as I understand, no-one found out my real name until I signed up for COLIN in 2011, and although my name is not really a secret any more, I still prefer not to use it on here, and I think it's a bit shitty for someone to keep using it. Thoughtless probably - I doubt any malice was intended. ...
by Fiona T
Tue Oct 08, 2019 6:20 am
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: Politics in General
Replies: 531
Views: 98736

Re: Politics in General

Haha - This thread just reminded me of my Simon Mayo Confession; "Flora" being my confessor alter-ego. https://drive.google.com/file/d/0B6HWo53L5XlrNmxLVU4yZ0l5RTlmTG9KMFBWY2MwcGVuNklV As a 7 year old, the obvious solution to the "JONE" problem, was to paint her face black - done for entirely pract...
by Fiona T
Tue Oct 08, 2019 6:18 am
Forum: apterous.org
Topic: Is Apterous down?
Replies: 569
Views: 166444

Re: Is Apterous down?

re: names - forum posts are indexed by google. Many people would prefer that, if (for example) a future employer was googling them, nonsense posted on a forum did not show up as the top result. Fine if you're called John Smith, but less so if you've got my name or Gev's, which are less common. So if...
by Fiona T
Sat Oct 05, 2019 4:00 pm
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: Politics in General
Replies: 531
Views: 98736

Re: Politics in General

I'm not sure that something can really be described as racist if there is no intent. You can call it offensive, but even then nothing is offensive in a vacuum. If someone decides to paint their face black in their own room alone and dance about a bit, and then wash their face before anyone sees the...
by Fiona T
Sat Oct 05, 2019 11:16 am
Forum: Countdown - General
Topic: Countdown Lookalikes?
Replies: 254
Views: 80049

Re: Countdown Lookalikes?

You can tell it's George by the red t-shirt.
by Fiona T
Fri Oct 04, 2019 9:50 pm
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: How autistic are you?
Replies: 107
Views: 5128

Re: How autistic are you?

Well assuming it's the same test as this

https://psychology-tools.com/test/autis ... m-quotient

It seems to equate being a bit introverted and liking patterns with autism.

I scored 27, but think it's bollocks :)

Mind you, I work in IT, so perhaps my perceptions of "normal" are skewed ... :D
by Fiona T
Thu Oct 03, 2019 2:49 pm
Forum: Countdown - Events
Topic: CoBra (Essex) -- Saturday 2 November 2019
Replies: 49
Views: 10691

Re: CoBra (Essex) -- Saturday 2 November 2019

Hotel prices appear to be heading Northwards...

Any idea how much the parking is?
by Fiona T
Thu Oct 03, 2019 12:57 pm
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: Politics in General
Replies: 531
Views: 98736

Re: Politics in General

I think there are two issues here -

1) Hospitals/doctors abroad that prey on the desperation of vulnerable parents and promise unproven treatments, often without having even seen the child.
2) Cost to the NHS of picking up the pieces when things don't go to plan, which can be significant.
by Fiona T
Thu Oct 03, 2019 8:57 am
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: Politics in General
Replies: 531
Views: 98736

Re: Politics in General

I'm not sure that something can really be described as racist if there is no intent. You can call it offensive, but even then nothing is offensive in a vacuum. If someone decides to paint their face black in their own room alone and dance about a bit, and then wash their face before anyone sees the...
by Fiona T
Wed Oct 02, 2019 9:56 pm
Forum: Countdown - Events
Topic: FOCAL scoring system
Replies: 48
Views: 12220

Re: FOCAL scoring system

Fairly objectively as someone who has no ambition beyond average to middling, the gevin scoring seems a lot better.

It rewards players who both do well and turn up. Do both, and you're in the finals.

(Although I do think on the parkrun side it should apply to age grading, not finish position!)
by Fiona T
Wed Oct 02, 2019 9:50 pm
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: Controversial Musical Opinions.
Replies: 59
Views: 3668

Re: Controversial Musical Opinions.

This was quite an easy one for most radio stations though. "Rock And Roll" kind of stands up today but all the rest of the Glitter stuff is really dated now. And it's not as though much other early 70s glam stuff gets played these days (I guess because it does sound so dated). As for Rolf Harris, a...
by Fiona T
Wed Oct 02, 2019 9:40 pm
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: Politics in General
Replies: 531
Views: 98736

Re: Politics in General

I'm not sure that something can really be described as racist if there is no intent. You can call it offensive, but even then nothing is offensive in a vacuum. If someone decides to paint their face black in their own room alone and dance about a bit, and then wash their face before anyone sees the...
by Fiona T
Tue Oct 01, 2019 8:02 am
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: Politics in General
Replies: 531
Views: 98736

Re: Politics in General

Blackface/brownface was always racist. But the general awareness of that fact that it's racist, and why, has only come to light relatively recently. I think Trudeau was absolutely right in his handling of it - he acknowledged it was offensive, said he hadn't realised at the time and apologised genui...
by Fiona T
Thu Sep 26, 2019 2:05 pm
Forum: Countdown - Spoilers
Topic: Spoilers for Thursday 26th September 2019 (Series 81, Prelim 63)
Replies: 4
Views: 673

Re: Spoilers for Thursday 26th September 2019 (Series 81, Prelim 63)

Gavin Chipper wrote:
Thu Sep 26, 2019 1:52 pm
It's been a while since the last octochamp before today but I can't be bothered to work out if 9 is still realistic right now.
Well played Andy!

54 prelims to go, so we can fit in another six!
by Fiona T
Tue Sep 24, 2019 5:49 pm
Forum: Countdown - Spoilers
Topic: Spoilers for Tuesday 24th September 2019 (Series 81, Prelim 61)
Replies: 3
Views: 514

Re: Spoilers for Tuesday 24th September 2019 (Series 81, Prelim 61)

Was nice to put a face to "Margaret Juicer", who I've played a few times online, albeit not a face I was expecting!

Was disappointed he didn't go for 'juicer' in R4 though. :)
by Fiona T
Tue Sep 24, 2019 5:38 pm
Forum: Countdown - General
Topic: The Return Of Celebrity Countdown!!
Replies: 54
Views: 3488

Re: The Return Of Celebrity Countdown!!

I've booked tickets :)
by Fiona T
Wed Sep 18, 2019 12:32 pm
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: The Right wing press
Replies: 11
Views: 1363

Re: The Right wing press

Ian Volante wrote:
Wed Sep 18, 2019 12:09 pm
... and tends to reduce discussion to the level of the playground.
Are you new to the internet? :lol:
by Fiona T
Sat Sep 14, 2019 4:33 pm
Forum: Countdown - Events
Topic: Co:Liv - 21 September 2019
Replies: 6
Views: 13485

Re: Co:Liv - 21 September 2019

We don't have Gavin to sort us out with a parkrun, but I'm intending to do:

https://www.parkrun.org.uk/birkenhead/

if anyone wants to join me.

Looks like an easy train from Moorfields - and my hotel is close to the station/venue if anyone needs to use my shower afterwards.
by Fiona T
Fri Sep 13, 2019 4:14 pm
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: The Left Wing Press
Replies: 11
Views: 1358

Re: The Left Wing Press

Amusing acrostic (top and bottom) in yesterday's crossword solution if you haven't seen it :)

https://www.theguardian.com/crosswords/cryptic/27924
by Fiona T
Fri Sep 13, 2019 4:12 pm
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: Questions you've always wanted answered
Replies: 582
Views: 119156

Re: Questions you've always wanted answered

Phil H wrote:
Fri Sep 13, 2019 11:09 am
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?
<waves>

I failed my first audition. It's not uncommon. They give you another go a few days/weeks later.
by Fiona T
Thu Sep 12, 2019 6:47 pm
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: Religion
Replies: 456
Views: 35524

Re: Religion

This is one of the things that I have always struggled to understand. There are a multiplicity of different religions that and although there is overlap amongst some of them, by and large they are different. Consider these statements: I am 5'5. I am 5'6. I am 5'7. They are all possible answers to h...
by Fiona T
Sun Sep 08, 2019 9:18 pm
Forum: Countdown - General
Topic: Countdown Lookalikes?
Replies: 254
Views: 80049

Re: Countdown Lookalikes?

As pointed out by many in aptochat

Jonathan Wynn and his slightly older doppelganger, S81 contestant Liam Bastick

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by Fiona T
Thu Sep 05, 2019 1:57 pm
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: C4C/apto/Countdown Dreams
Replies: 633
Views: 186493

Re: C4C/apto/Countdown Dreams

Jason William Larsen wrote:
Wed Sep 04, 2019 11:42 pm
Wow
Jason does sarcasm! Excellent :lol: :D
by Fiona T
Wed Sep 04, 2019 10:40 pm
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: C4C/apto/Countdown Dreams
Replies: 633
Views: 186493

Re: C4C/apto/Countdown Dreams

Not strictly a dream, but I semi-wake up, and in my hypnagogic state think I'm trying to solve a numbers game from the alarm clock. It's a 4L and the digits are the target. The first two digits are the smalls.
by Fiona T
Sun Sep 01, 2019 10:00 pm
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: Religion
Replies: 456
Views: 35524

Re: Religion

On this then, presumably you personally take a more "modern" view on things like gay sex even if your sect doesn't? A lot of people would say that religion is fine as long it doesn't cause you to interfere with other people's rights. And so presumably if you ever had a son, you wouldn't inflict the...
by Fiona T
Thu Aug 29, 2019 2:34 pm
Forum: Countdown - Current recaps
Topic: Monday 1st July 2019 (Series 81, Prelim 1)
Replies: 6
Views: 1266

Re: Monday 1st July 2019 (Series 81, Prelim 1)

James Robinson wrote:
Thu Aug 29, 2019 1:17 pm
Fiona T wrote:
Thu Aug 29, 2019 10:26 am
thread title - Series 81, shirley?
Oops, I was so sure it said 81, but thanks, Fiona.😄😎👍
Prelim 2 needs fixing too :)
by Fiona T
Thu Aug 29, 2019 10:26 am
Forum: Countdown - Current recaps
Topic: Monday 1st July 2019 (Series 81, Prelim 1)
Replies: 6
Views: 1266

Re: Monday 1st July 2019 (Series 81, Prelim 1)

thread title - Series 81, shirley?
by Fiona T
Wed Aug 28, 2019 6:18 pm
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: Thread Of Random (for Marc)
Replies: 159
Views: 19725

Re: Thread Of Random (for Marc)

Marc Meakin wrote:
Wed Aug 28, 2019 3:15 pm

I mean if it was so cut and dried how come America can justify its exclusion from all the measures that the G7 or whoever put forward
I'm not sure their illustrious leader is best known for his knowledge of science. (Or geography. Or history. Or politics...)
by Fiona T
Sun Aug 25, 2019 8:21 am
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: Religion
Replies: 456
Views: 35524

Re: Religion

Just to be clear. I was not being hostile. I just don't think I could honestly find talking about religion in anyway a good thing outside of this thread. I.e in real life. I am sure you are a lovely person. (if Gev says so , it must be true ) but this religious nonesense has no place in the modern ...
by Fiona T
Sat Aug 24, 2019 9:06 pm
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: Religion
Replies: 456
Views: 35524

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 Fiona T
Sat Aug 24, 2019 6:27 pm
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: Religion
Replies: 456
Views: 35524

Re: Religion

Marc Meakin wrote:
Sat Aug 24, 2019 2:00 pm
No offence dude ,if I see you at a Co event, I will avoid you like the plague
Wow, that's uncalled for.

In this conversation, Dan isn't the person I'd be avoiding.
by Fiona T
Thu Aug 22, 2019 3:56 pm
Forum: Countdown - Events
Topic: COLIN XVI- Countdown in Lincoln, 25-26 January 2020
Replies: 10
Views: 5801

Re: COLIN XVI- Countdown in Lincoln, 25-26 January 2020

That was for 2 nights. Wouldn't let me use my £5 off voucher with it though! :D
by Fiona T
Tue Aug 13, 2019 4:04 pm
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: Religion
Replies: 456
Views: 35524

Re: Religion

I was brought up religious, and did the church wedding and getting kids christened thing, although with little real conviction - it was more tradition and expectation. It's taken me a very long time to realise and be happy to say that I really don't believe any of it - easier now my mother's gone as...
by Fiona T
Mon Aug 12, 2019 3:43 pm
Forum: apterous.org
Topic: Cheating: What it is, and why you shouldn't do it
Replies: 249
Views: 92255

Re: Cheating: What it is, and why you shouldn't do it

:) I've often wondered about the spoilage words and whether people do that. But I think the game is to get your declaration typed in before the time runs out, even if you've declared the same pseudopseudohypoparathyroidism four times already!
by Fiona T
Mon Aug 12, 2019 2:09 pm
Forum: apterous.org
Topic: Cheating: What it is, and why you shouldn't do it
Replies: 249
Views: 92255

Re: Cheating: What it is, and why you shouldn't do it

Strikes me that an easyish way to make cheating more difficult might be to prevent copy from the letters, and paste in to the answer box. I can't think of a single instance where you'd legitimately need to do this.
by Fiona T
Mon Aug 12, 2019 8:39 am
Forum: Countdown - Events
Topic: CO:parkrun Recaps
Replies: 358
Views: 106404

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 Fiona T
Mon Aug 12, 2019 6:47 am
Forum: Countdown - Events
Topic: FOCAL Code of Conduct
Replies: 8
Views: 1453

Re: FOCAL Code of Conduct

If you're implying it's unnecessary, I suspect that more harassment goes on at and around events than you or I are aware of. I think having a tickbox code of conduct is a good idea - mainly to protect the organisers. However "around" events is a tricky one. The organisers organise the event (and po...