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by Fiona T
Wed Sep 23, 2020 4:07 pm
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: COVID-19 Coronavirus Thread
Replies: 125
Views: 10733

Re: COVID-19 Coronavirus Thread

People need to stop arguing from hindsight, because it's ridiculous. "We should have locked down sooner" - when exactly did you call for lockdown, and why would you do so so early on? Do you not realise it's a weapon of last resort, because evidently you don't. "Stay alert is pants, stay safe is fi...
by Fiona T
Tue Sep 22, 2020 3:06 pm
Forum: Countdown - General
Topic: Countdown Lookalikes?
Replies: 288
Views: 104548

Re: Countdown Lookalikes?

Series 19 runner up, Gino Corr

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Actor and singer, Paul Nicholas

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by Fiona T
Sat Sep 19, 2020 6:59 am
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: COVID-19 Coronavirus Thread
Replies: 125
Views: 10733

Re: COVID-19 Coronavirus Thread

If anyone likes graphs, this is my new favourite CV website

https://www.travellingtabby.com/uk-coronavirus-tracker/
by Fiona T
Fri Sep 18, 2020 8:40 am
Forum: Countdown - General
Topic: Studio audience
Replies: 1
Views: 183

Re: Studio audience

There's no audience, and the sound is added.

That's why Rachel rather than the audience are picking up the unsolved conundrums.
by Fiona T
Wed Sep 16, 2020 9:38 pm
Forum: Countdown - Events
Topic: CO:parkrun Recaps
Replies: 395
Views: 136662

Re: CO:parkrun Recaps

Anyone can run any parkrun course any time they want in perfect safety. They can, but won't. The real attraction of parkrun for most people is the competitive aspect and group participation that gets them running when they wouldn't otherwise be motivated to. Yep needing to be in a particular place ...
by Fiona T
Wed Sep 16, 2020 9:35 pm
Forum: Countdown - General
Topic: Best lexico example sentences
Replies: 9
Views: 1394

Re: Best lexico example sentences

This one's quite evocative https://www.lexico.com/definition/ptomaine ‘Being in town, I warily went along to the Colorado Ballet's production of The Nutcracker, a ballet I normally prefer only slightly to ptomaine poisoning.’ (You know you've spent too long on apto when you both spot ptomaines and b...
by Fiona T
Tue Sep 15, 2020 3:53 pm
Forum: Countdown - Events
Topic: CO:parkrun Recaps
Replies: 395
Views: 136662

Re: CO:parkrun Recaps

One of our local parkruns (Rushmoor) has announced they will not be restarting in October.

https://www.facebook.com/Rushmoorparkru ... 5905825969

Given that all our local parkrus are pretty busy, this would only put more pressure on the others. I honestly can't see any of them opening. :(
by Fiona T
Sun Sep 13, 2020 5:11 pm
Forum: Countdown - Current recaps
Topic: Wednesday 29th April 2015 (Series 72, Prelim 75)
Replies: 3
Views: 1115

Re: Wednesday 29th April 2015 (Series 72, Prelim 75)

Long time replying to this James (I didn’t know the forum still existed until George mentioned on facebook) but just to clear up so you can edit. Sue Picken is my cousin’s step-Mum / my Uncle’s wife. Married to my cousin’s Dad, Charles Picken, another former contestant. Though he’s my Uncle I don’t...
by Fiona T
Fri Sep 11, 2020 10:42 pm
Forum: apterous.org
Topic: That cool thing about Apterous that you only just discovered...
Replies: 4
Views: 337

Re: That cool thing about Apterous that you only just discovered...

Gavin Chipper wrote:
Sun Sep 06, 2020 4:40 pm
How many of you use p for plus? And square brackets.
that is super useful. Every time I attempt to type + I end up with delete.
Love it.
by Fiona T
Fri Sep 11, 2020 10:04 pm
Forum: Countdown - General
Topic: ZoomDown finals!
Replies: 42
Views: 3959

Re: ZoomDown finals!

Gavin Chipper wrote:
Fri Sep 11, 2020 9:36 pm
In other news, I'm playing in this on Monday!
Yeah, I saw that on facebook
by Fiona T
Fri Sep 11, 2020 2:04 pm
Forum: Other game shows
Topic: Countdowners On Other Quizzes
Replies: 215
Views: 90294

Re: Countdowners On Other Quizzes

I'll be on Popmaster this morning. Hopefully it won't go to pot! Oh saw this too late to tune in! How did you go? Had to keep it relatively late due to protocol :) Shan't spoil it if others want to listen but you'll find it here- https://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/p08r5m50 Cheers - listening now :)
by Fiona T
Fri Sep 11, 2020 11:21 am
Forum: Other game shows
Topic: Countdowners On Other Quizzes
Replies: 215
Views: 90294

Re: Countdowners On Other Quizzes

Tom S wrote:
Fri Sep 11, 2020 8:38 am
I'll be on Popmaster this morning. Hopefully it won't go to pot!
Oh saw this too late to tune in! How did you go?
by Fiona T
Thu Sep 10, 2020 9:15 pm
Forum: Countdown - General
Topic: ZoomDown finals!
Replies: 42
Views: 3959

Re: ZoomDown finals!

Worth subscribing to the youtube channel.

https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCWmQM7 ... CxOwZrBgMg

But yep, back Mondays and Thursdays at 8. Specials TBA.
by Fiona T
Thu Sep 10, 2020 6:47 pm
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: Track and Field Athletics
Replies: 23
Views: 1302

Re: Track and Field Athletics

David Williams wrote:
Thu Sep 10, 2020 6:25 pm
Honourable mention for Jonathan Edwards, whose world triple jump record has stood for 25 years. He also held the previous record, which stood for about 25 minutes.
Blimey, that makes me feel old!
by Fiona T
Wed Sep 09, 2020 2:40 pm
Forum: Countdown - Events
Topic: CO:parkrun Recaps
Replies: 395
Views: 136662

Re: CO:parkrun Recaps

As many of you will be aware, parkrun recently announced their intention to come back in England by the end of October . The announcement was made this recent news about gatherings of more than six people. However, it seems that there was a limit of 30 anyway, and parkruns are generally bigger than...
by Fiona T
Wed Sep 09, 2020 9:25 am
Forum: Countdown - General
Topic: *** EVENT CANCELLED *** Co Blackpool Saturday October 10th
Replies: 44
Views: 8502

Re: *** EVENT CANCELLED *** Co Blackpool Saturday October 10th

Gavin Chipper wrote:
Wed Sep 09, 2020 9:24 am
Adam Dexter wrote:
Wed Sep 09, 2020 8:54 am
Gavin Chipper wrote:
Wed Sep 09, 2020 8:48 am


Countdown is an organised team sport.
I can agree it's organised and would like to think it is a sport (so I can fulfill exercise quotas), but team?
Funeral then?
You volunteering? :D
by Fiona T
Wed Sep 02, 2020 8:31 pm
Forum: Countdown - Spoilers
Topic: Spoilers for 2nd September 2020
Replies: 1
Views: 265

Re: Spoilers for 2nd September 2020

As noted on the wiki, greyouts which was offered by DC is no longer in the dictionary.

The two word alternative, grey out, does not include the definition that Susie offered - a momentary loss of vision or consciousness or partial loss of memory especially during flying.
by Fiona T
Wed Sep 02, 2020 8:23 pm
Forum: Countdown - General
Topic: "Black Takeover Day" - Autumn 2021
Replies: 52
Views: 2385

Re: "Black Takeover Day" - Autumn 2021

Also, when talking about the death of Chadwick Boseman, Lewis Hamilton said something like "We've lost one of our people." I thought this was a bit of an odd comment - "our people". I'd like to think that he was talking about all of us as people have lost one of our people, but I don't think he was...
by Fiona T
Wed Sep 02, 2020 8:13 pm
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: COVID-19 Coronavirus Thread
Replies: 125
Views: 10733

Re: COVID-19 Coronavirus Thread

Gavin Chipper wrote:
Mon Aug 31, 2020 12:56 pm
Fiona T wrote:
Sun Aug 30, 2020 10:36 pm
So with all the tax stuff in the news, who should pick up the covid bill?

Jono - ? :)
I'm happy with Jono paying.
Sounds fair :)
by Fiona T
Sun Aug 30, 2020 10:36 pm
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: COVID-19 Coronavirus Thread
Replies: 125
Views: 10733

Re: COVID-19 Coronavirus Thread

So with all the tax stuff in the news, who should pick up the covid bill?

Jono - any wisdom on this? :)
by Fiona T
Fri Aug 28, 2020 7:47 pm
Forum: Countdown - Spoilers
Topic: Spoilers for Thursday 27th August 2020
Replies: 10
Views: 741

Re: Spoilers for 27th August 2020

He confirmed in apto CD chat that it was telecon. The wiki records this correctly.
by Fiona T
Fri Aug 28, 2020 9:06 am
Forum: Countdown - General
Topic: "Black Takeover Day" - Autumn 2021
Replies: 52
Views: 2385

Re: "Black Takeover Day" - Autumn 2021

I think you make some fair points Eoin If I were on that board of directors I would be asking my exec team - What is the day intended to achieve? What steps are being taken to ensure long term positive change and not a one day gimmick? What are the measures of success? But then I would support the p...
by Fiona T
Thu Aug 27, 2020 2:30 pm
Forum: Countdown - General
Topic: "Black Takeover Day" - Autumn 2021
Replies: 52
Views: 2385

Re: "Black Takeover Day" - Autumn 2021

Interesting timing with this

https://www.theguardian.com/world/2020/ ... can-people

I saw the sketch and found it uncomfortably cringey - didn't have the redeeming feature of being funny
by Fiona T
Wed Aug 26, 2020 3:16 pm
Forum: Countdown - General
Topic: "Black Takeover Day" - Autumn 2021
Replies: 52
Views: 2385

Re: "Black Takeover Day" - Autumn 2021

Well said Noel! Next there will be calls for a "White Takeover Day" ;) My worry with this is that it takes time for new presenters to settle into a role and for viewers to get used to them (look at top gear, or even the comments about Katherine Ryan in this thread), so it's unlikely to be a cracking...
by Fiona T
Sat Aug 22, 2020 1:38 pm
Forum: Countdown - Events
Topic: Mind Sports Olympiad (CO-MSO) comes to Apterous Friday 21st August
Replies: 16
Views: 5033

Re: Mind Sports Olympiad (CO-MSO) comes to Apterous Friday 21st August

Thanks for organising this Tony - was a challenging evening with aptocrashes and players dropping out, so good job in keeping it going and getting us all through it. Was good fun, and great to see so many new players, some of who were frighteningly good! Hopefully some will hang around :)
by Fiona T
Sat Aug 22, 2020 1:33 pm
Forum: Countdown - General
Topic: Countdown vs Scrabble
Replies: 8
Views: 525

Re: Countdown vs Scrabble

I did for the two letter words! https://www.apterous.org/ticket_view.php?ticket=5224 I was pondering this yesterday after the MSO tourney, where a lot of extremely good players turned up and were getting caught out by dictionary differences. I'm assuming CD have some sort of deal with ODO to use tha...
by Fiona T
Wed Aug 19, 2020 5:32 pm
Forum: apterous.org
Topic: Cheating: What it is, and why you shouldn't do it
Replies: 252
Views: 113673

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. I copy and paste pretty much all declarations these days. That's only because I'm pl...
by Fiona T
Wed Aug 19, 2020 4:30 pm
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: Trade Secrets
Replies: 130
Views: 16905

Re: Trade Secrets

Marc Meakin wrote:
Wed Aug 19, 2020 4:04 pm

How do you fold a fitted sheet ?
LMGTFY ;)
by Fiona T
Wed Aug 19, 2020 11:47 am
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: Trade Secrets
Replies: 130
Views: 16905

Re: Trade Secrets

Found this today

https://www.reddit.com/r/Unexpected/com ... rrier_bag/

I haven't been so excited since I learned to fold a fitted sheet. :D
by Fiona T
Mon Aug 17, 2020 9:55 pm
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: Most Famous People without a Wikipedia Article
Replies: 40
Views: 12652

Re: Most Famous People without a Wikipedia Article

Paul Worsley wrote:
Mon Aug 17, 2020 8:35 pm
Pat Seed.

She died in 1984, but everyone of my age has heard of Pat Seed. She was even the subject of an Eammon Andrews "This is Your Life".
<googles>

Nope, don't remember her at all
by Fiona T
Mon Aug 17, 2020 7:53 pm
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: Accentuate the positive
Replies: 6
Views: 748

Re: Accentuate the positive

Mark Deeks wrote:
Mon Aug 17, 2020 6:26 pm
Shit happens, don't worry about it. We've all got receipts out there on the internet.
Thank feck (most of) my youthful misdemeanours were pre-internet days!

In terms of positives, I guess saving money due to having no social life must be one. :roll:
by Fiona T
Mon Aug 17, 2020 7:43 pm
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: Joke Items
Replies: 133
Views: 12847

Re: Joke Items

Gavin Chipper wrote:
Mon Aug 17, 2020 6:56 pm
Captcha. Do you really need me to click on endless pictures of traffic lights to prove I'm not a robot? No, so fuck off.
In South Africa, traffic lights are called robots. :)
by Fiona T
Mon Aug 17, 2020 7:43 pm
Forum: apterous.org
Topic: The dictionary
Replies: 3
Views: 517

Re: The dictionary

The show uses ODO - Oxford dictionary online. Lexico is the free version which is good enough for most of our purposes.

ODO is different (much smaller) to OED.

I understand that where there are differences in the premium version and lexico, they will also check lexico.
by Fiona T
Sat Aug 15, 2020 6:55 pm
Forum: Countdown - Spoilers
Topic: Spoilers for Thursday 13th August 2020 (Series 82, Prelim 91)
Replies: 6
Views: 1050

Re: Spoilers for Thursday 13th August 2020 (Series 82, Prelim 91)

Confirmed in Aptochat that he was talking about COVID.

Channel 4 had forgotten to tell the team that they didn't want him to talk about COVID...
by Fiona T
Sat Aug 15, 2020 11:41 am
Forum: Countdown - Events
Topic: Mind Sports Olympiad (CO-MSO) comes to Apterous Friday 21st August
Replies: 16
Views: 5033

Re: Mind Sports Olympiad (CO-MSO) comes to Apterous Friday 21st August

Charlie Reams wrote:
Fri Aug 14, 2020 9:00 pm
Tony Atkins wrote:
Wed Aug 05, 2020 6:41 pm
If you are an expired apterous user or want to play anonymously, then create yourself a new (trial) user (for free) using a second email address.
Please don't do this, it's very clearly against the terms of service.
Apterous has terms of service?!? :o
by Fiona T
Sat Aug 15, 2020 9:04 am
Forum: Countdown - Spoilers
Topic: Spoilers for Friday 14th August 2020
Replies: 3
Views: 519

Re: Spoilers for 14th August 2020

Aw, that's a disappointing - I was thinking Dr Phil was a secret apterite! Had been very impressed by him - he beat me easily yesterday.
by Fiona T
Tue Aug 11, 2020 2:45 pm
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: Offensive Words
Replies: 57
Views: 5007

Re: Offensive Words

Maybe not overused , but definitely used incorrectly. No they were not homophobic . No my colleagues analysis was wrong. He is gay and laughed at the comment but pointed out that others may find it so. I do not regret making the comment as it was a joke and all my colleagues laughed , it was banter...
by Fiona T
Tue Aug 11, 2020 8:38 am
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: Offensive Words
Replies: 57
Views: 5007

Re: Offensive Words

Homophobia is a word that is over used. For example I made a joke that wouldn't look out of place in a carry on film using the word knob as an inuendo. My college who wasn't offended said it could be deemed a homophobic comment. I am guilt of casual sexism on occasions but I'm not a misogenist . So...
by Fiona T
Tue Aug 04, 2020 1:33 pm
Forum: Countdown - General
Topic: ZoomDown finals!
Replies: 42
Views: 3959

Re: ZoomDown finals!

If you missed Conor's pic with his trophy, it's on fb here:

https://www.facebook.com/groups/countdo ... 976190569/
by Fiona T
Sun Aug 02, 2020 9:17 am
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: Victor Meldrew
Replies: 13
Views: 1940

Re: Victor Meldrew

From lexico https://www.lexico.com/definition/all_right Usage There is no logical reason for insisting that all right should be written as two words rather than as alright, when other single-word forms such as altogether have long been accepted. Nevertheless, alright is still regarded as being unacc...
by Fiona T
Sat Aug 01, 2020 4:56 pm
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: Victor Meldrew
Replies: 13
Views: 1940

Re: Victor Meldrew

Excellent stuff. My mother always insisted "all right" was two words. I recall her arguing with my class teacher who had marked my two word version incorrect in a spelling test. (As a aside I also recall her arguing with the RE teacher who had given me a very low mark for one of the exam questions a...
by Fiona T
Tue Jul 28, 2020 9:21 pm
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: Joke Items
Replies: 133
Views: 12847

Re: Joke Items

Well if we're on words that sound like they mean something entirely different to what they do, I give you bucolic. Sounds like a particularly nasty ailment of the bowels. The dictionary gives "Relating to the pleasant aspects of the countryside and country life." So that's nice.
by Fiona T
Sun Jul 26, 2020 5:43 pm
Forum: Countdown - Events
Topic: Co:Vid 5 Recaps
Replies: 12
Views: 1611

Re: Co:Vid 5 Recaps

IMO it would be a shame if Jack is deterred from posting future videos because of negative feedback.
by Fiona T
Sun Jul 26, 2020 5:36 pm
Forum: Countdown - Events
Topic: Co:Vid 5 Recaps
Replies: 12
Views: 1611

Re: Co:Vid 5 Recaps

I enjoyed it Jack - thanks for sharing. Always enjoy seeing the highest quality games.

Personally, I find new words are more likely to stick from a game I'm watching and engaged with, so all good stuff!
by Fiona T
Sun Jul 26, 2020 3:10 pm
Forum: Countdown - General
Topic: You Are The Ref
Replies: 253
Views: 34307

Re: You Are The Ref

You are the tournament organiser. You clearly overhear Cock and Dick agreeing with each other not to buzz for the conundrum, so as to deliberately draw the game, giving them 5½ wins each, putting them both through to the final. What action, if any, do you take? Is this hypothetical or has this (or ...
by Fiona T
Sun Jul 26, 2020 3:00 pm
Forum: Countdown - General
Topic: You Are The Ref
Replies: 253
Views: 34307

Re: You Are The Ref

You are the tournament organiser. You clearly overhear Cock and Dick agreeing with each other not to buzz for the conundrum, so as to deliberately draw the game, giving them 5½ wins each, putting them both through to the final. What action, if any, do you take? Is this hypothetical or has this (or ...
by Fiona T
Tue Jul 21, 2020 11:09 am
Forum: Countdown - General
Topic: ZoomDown finals!
Replies: 42
Views: 3959

Re: ZoomDown finals!

haha looking back at the youtube chat guess spirogyra must have specifically been an 80s school biology thing - Ian, Steve H and I all knew exactly what it is; younger guys never heard of it!

<old person mode>what do they teach them at school these days...</old person mode>
by Fiona T
Mon Jul 20, 2020 10:01 pm
Forum: Countdown - General
Topic: ZoomDown finals!
Replies: 42
Views: 3959

Re: ZoomDown finals!

OK - this is my set up On the left is my laptop screen with the excel overlay The big screen has zoom on the left, and OBS (the streaming software) on the right On the right is my old laptop which I use for youtube switch on/off stream/chat/messenger/other browser stuff cos having the browser open a...
by Fiona T
Mon Jul 20, 2020 9:41 pm
Forum: Countdown - General
Topic: ZoomDown finals!
Replies: 42
Views: 3959

Re: ZoomDown finals!

I enjoyed the sem-finals today! How does the letter selecting and going up on the screen work? At one point today it became clear that Paul wasn't selecting the letters himself because James Rowen made a mistake (vowel instead of consonant or vice versa) and apologised for it. But then is a third p...
by Fiona T
Mon Jul 20, 2020 8:12 am
Forum: Countdown - General
Topic: ZoomDown finals!
Replies: 42
Views: 3959

Re: ZoomDown finals!

Johnny Canuck wrote:
Sun Jul 19, 2020 9:56 pm
Is Saldanha really making an appearance? Wonder what he’s up to now in any case.
Paul can be very persuasive :) Chance to find out!
by Fiona T
Thu Jul 16, 2020 4:47 pm
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: Inventions corner
Replies: 46
Views: 4793

Re: Inventions corner

A good point. Most drawstrings seem to come with sportswear. Is there any reason why elastic wouldn't do the job...
by Fiona T
Thu Jul 16, 2020 8:54 am
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: Inventions corner
Replies: 46
Views: 4793

Re: Inventions corner

Something that prevents drawstrings being lost in waistbands. Yes, I know a knot helps, but only until the strain against the hole causes the fabric to give, then we're back to square one with retrieval being hindered by the presence of a knot catching on the fabric. How many human hours, that could...
by Fiona T
Fri Jul 10, 2020 5:33 pm
Forum: Countdown - General
Topic: ZoomDown finals!
Replies: 42
Views: 3959

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: 42
Views: 3959

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: 986

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: 253
Views: 34307

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: 253
Views: 34307

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: 253
Views: 34307

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: 133
Views: 12847

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: 133
Views: 12847

Re: Joke Items

;)