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by Mark James
Thu Aug 11, 2016 5:57 pm
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: What films have you watched lately?
Replies: 250
Views: 61607

Re: What films have you watched lately?

Keep remembering films I've watched recently (within the last month or so). I really didn't think I'd actually watched this many. Minions: Way better than I expected. 8/10 Lethal Weapon 2: Buddy coppery at it's best. 9/10 (the scene in the South African embassy is the funniest scene of any movie as ...
by Mark James
Wed Aug 10, 2016 5:38 pm
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: Olympics
Replies: 37
Views: 2422

Re: Olympics

I've flicked on to the channels covering it but none of the events featured so far have made me stay on the channel for too long. Watched about ten minutes of the Irish hockey team. Never been too into the Olympics really.
by Mark James
Tue Aug 09, 2016 4:23 pm
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: What films have you watched lately?
Replies: 250
Views: 61607

Re: What films have you watched lately?

Watched some crackers recently. Some I'd seen before but some I watched for the first time. Unforgiven: Slightly overrated but still quality. 8/10 Django Unchained: Tarantino back to his best. 9/10 Terminator 2: Almost perfect. Cast is amazing. 9/10 Rear Window: I love anything Hitchcock does. 10/10...
by Mark James
Sat Aug 06, 2016 11:29 am
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: Politics in General
Replies: 453
Views: 63431

Re: Politics in General

I was hoping for at last some response, in particular from: A more interesting question would be "what if there was no government for five years?" This would be a lot more significant, as it would involve the dissolution of not just Parliament, but also all the government departments (so no tax col...
by Mark James
Thu Aug 04, 2016 3:00 pm
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: Questions you've always wanted answered
Replies: 534
Views: 86774

Re: Questions you've always wanted answered

This is almost not a question and it's not something I've "always" wanted to know because it's kind of a new thing but what is with the whole "woke" concept? Apparently woke is now an adjective in young people's vernacular. Now i've always been one of these people who don't care for people who comp...
by Mark James
Thu Aug 04, 2016 4:45 am
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: Questions you've always wanted answered
Replies: 534
Views: 86774

Re: Questions you've always wanted answered

This is almost not a question and it's not something I've "always" wanted to know because it's kind of a new thing but what is with the whole "woke" concept? Apparently woke is now an adjective in young people's vernacular. Now i've always been one of these people who don't care for people who compl...
by Mark James
Tue Aug 02, 2016 2:49 pm
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: What films have you watched lately?
Replies: 250
Views: 61607

Re: What films have you watched lately?

Sicario: Gorgeously shot but average story. 6/10
by Mark James
Tue Aug 02, 2016 2:42 pm
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: What TV programmes have you been watching lately?
Replies: 411
Views: 88279

Re: What TV programmes have you been watching lately?

Watched most of the new season of Bojack Horseman. It's pretty cool. Not as funny as other comedies but still funny enough and really well written. Also I'm considering re-watching Narcos. It's amazing.
by Mark James
Sun Jul 31, 2016 8:42 pm
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: Religion
Replies: 383
Views: 15786

Re: Religion

Gavin Chipper wrote:
Marc Meakin wrote:Bumped .
Did anyone see Mr Robot this week.
Elliot's rant at the bible group Waa priceless
No. What is it?
It's this

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gQi4gDrqtj8

I'd hardly describe it as priceless. It's nothing that hasn't been said hundreds of times before.
by Mark James
Sun Jul 24, 2016 11:19 pm
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: Penn & Teller: Fool Us
Replies: 105
Views: 8440

Re: Penn & Teller: Fool Us

Another new series has just started, this time hosted by Alyson Hannigan. Here's the first episode

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UeeY6CsIUt8
by Mark James
Mon Jul 11, 2016 2:05 am
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: EURO 2016
Replies: 23
Views: 2570

Re: EURO 2016

No doubt other Bookies will be offering better odds than Paddy Power,Jim, but with them, I have had £30 @ 7/2 Payet to score at anytime, £20 France to score a penalty @ 17/2 (will probably get one and miss it!) £20 on Portugal to get a Red Card @ 13/2. The 11/10 France to win in 90 minutes didn't r...
by Mark James
Sat Jul 09, 2016 3:48 pm
Forum: apterous.org
Topic: Is Apterous down?
Replies: 517
Views: 132540

Re: Is Apterous down?

it was coming and going all night. I kept getting disconnected but was able to reconnect after a while.
by Mark James
Wed Jun 08, 2016 3:54 pm
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: The C4C Football Thread
Replies: 990
Views: 77662

Re: The C4C Football Thread

Jennifer Steadman wrote:We're due a shock winner. Don't know who that will be (Ukraine or Turkey, maybe?), but I'd like to see Iceland win it because they're tiny and it would be such a lovely story.
Iceland are my outside bet too. I liked the look of them in the qualifiers.
by Mark James
Mon Jun 06, 2016 12:35 pm
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: MEAKIN THREAD
Replies: 57
Views: 9643

Re: MEAKIN THREAD

Marc Meakin wrote:Another thread I think would be interesting, is : Books you would like to see made into a film
Mine would be the Wasp Factory or Dice Man.
Agree with the Dice Man. There's been a film of it in development for years but it doesn't look like going anywhere.
by Mark James
Sun Jun 05, 2016 1:07 pm
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: MEAKIN THREAD
Replies: 57
Views: 9643

Re: MEAKIN THREAD

Marc Meakin wrote:If you was a darts player/wrestler/boxer , what music would you make your entrance with
I would use Chumbawambas I get knocked down
Great question. I'd go for Do the Evolution by Pearl Jam.
by Mark James
Sat Jun 04, 2016 1:46 pm
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: IMDB top 250
Replies: 57
Views: 5690

Re: IMDB top 250

There is also a list of the Bottom 100 rated films: http://www.imdb.com/chart/bottom I have only seen one - Epic Movie - at it remains the only film where I have walked out of the cinema. I actually haven't seen any of them which I found surprising considering I have a penchant for those terrible c...
by Mark James
Fri May 27, 2016 3:03 pm
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: IMDB top 250
Replies: 57
Views: 5690

Re: IMDB top 250

By the way, I think Wolf of Wall Street is overrated. I'm not upset that it's lower down than Snatch. It should be even lower.
by Mark James
Fri May 27, 2016 2:58 pm
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: IMDB top 250
Replies: 57
Views: 5690

Re: IMDB top 250

How Many Have You Seen- 95/250 Favourites- So many to choose from but I'll say Die Hard, The Sting and Usual Suspects as they tend to crop up the most when I discuss favourite films. Least Favourites- Kill Bill, Dark Knight, The Matrix. Overrated- 2001 A Space Odyssey, Snatch was way too high on the...
by Mark James
Wed May 25, 2016 3:35 pm
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: Where did you go to on your last holiday, and where are you going next?
Replies: 10
Views: 1454

Re: Where did you go to on your last holiday, and where are you going next?

For me Co:Lin was kind of a holiday but I'll say Glasgow was my last proper one. I went over to play in a charity football match. It was an Ireland/Germany team vs a Scotland team and we got to play at Celtic's old training ground. My next holiday will be the rematch in Munich with Ireland/Scotland ...
by Mark James
Tue May 17, 2016 4:16 pm
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: The C4C Football Thread
Replies: 990
Views: 77662

Re: The C4C Football Thread

Andy Wilson wrote:Come on ye boys in green.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Pvm5bfQJOGU
Nice one. This actually came up as a suggested post on my facebook feed.
by Mark James
Fri May 06, 2016 12:25 am
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: US Politics
Replies: 15
Views: 1386

Re: US Politics

What do people suspect would actually happen if Trump came to power? There a tiny part of me that would actually like to see how he gets on.
by Mark James
Mon May 02, 2016 11:12 am
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: People you shouldn't trust
Replies: 524
Views: 81607

Re: People you shouldn't trust

People who share stuff from the "Humans of New York" facebook page. What the hell is that all about?
by Mark James
Sun May 01, 2016 9:14 pm
Forum: Games and Puzzles
Topic: Callum's monthly pub quiz
Replies: 2
Views: 2080

Re: Post-Co:Leeds Quiz

Yep, it's tough. Only got a pathetic 25.
by Mark James
Thu Apr 28, 2016 9:23 pm
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: Who would be the biggest deaths?
Replies: 236
Views: 19329

Re: Who would be the biggest deaths?

I'll say one thing for Beyonce. She hasn't even died and she's taken all the attention away from Grange Hill's Mark Farmer and Hi-Di-Hi's Barry Howard.
by Mark James
Wed Apr 27, 2016 9:08 pm
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: Who would be the biggest deaths?
Replies: 236
Views: 19329

Re: Who would be the biggest deaths?

Totally in agreement with Mark (D) on all of this. Whatever you think of her music, she's indisputably one of the most influential and innovative figures in pop culture. Even if she is that's still an indictment on the culture. Look, Crazy in Love was a monster tune and I enjoyed it. Single Ladies ...
by Mark James
Wed Apr 27, 2016 1:09 pm
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: Music
Replies: 193
Views: 25367

Re: Music

Haven't liked much of Weezer's output in years but the two tracks I've heard from their new album are a return to form, especially King of the World.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nGyBIQjU2Lk
by Mark James
Wed Apr 27, 2016 1:03 pm
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: Who would be the biggest deaths?
Replies: 236
Views: 19329

Re: Who would be the biggest deaths?

Mark Deeks wrote:Beyonce's gotta be up there. She is basically this generation's Prince.
She may be, but that's more of a damming indictment on this generation than in anyway praise for Beyonce. I'm seriously disappointed with this generation if she's the best it can do.
by Mark James
Sun Apr 24, 2016 2:37 am
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: People you shouldn't trust
Replies: 524
Views: 81607

Re: People you shouldn't trust

People who write to Susie Dent to ask about the origin of some word or saying, when they could just Google it. (If these people really exist and aren't made up by the show.) Frak. Apparently, I am officially Not To Be Trusted. Unlucky. OK, I'll allow that such people are to be trusted if they write...
by Mark James
Sat Apr 02, 2016 1:06 pm
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: People you shouldn't trust
Replies: 524
Views: 81607

Re: People you shouldn't trust

People who link to click bait articles on facebook. I don't mind the odd Buzzfeed quiz but any article that uses the phrase "you won't believe what happened next" in the headline is an abomination. Also, people who mindlessly share "facts" on Facebook without even stopping to wonder whether they ar...
by Mark James
Sat Apr 02, 2016 11:30 am
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: People you shouldn't trust
Replies: 524
Views: 81607

Re: People you shouldn't trust

People who link to click bait articles on facebook. I don't mind the odd Buzzfeed quiz but any article that uses the phrase "you won't believe what happened next" in the headline is an abomination.
by Mark James
Mon Mar 28, 2016 8:25 pm
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: Anyone recognise this guy?
Replies: 15
Views: 1515

Re: Anyone recognise this guy?

If you obscure his hair he actually looks like Chris Packham a bit.
by Mark James
Mon Mar 28, 2016 8:18 pm
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: Anyone recognise this guy?
Replies: 15
Views: 1515

Re: Anyone recognise this guy?

JimBentley wrote:Nothing to do with the last one (I never did get to find out who he was), but this is fun for people of a certain age. Who do you think this is? It's a recent photo.

Image
Pretty sure it's Dexter Fletcher.
by Mark James
Mon Mar 28, 2016 4:58 pm
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: US Politics
Replies: 15
Views: 1386

Re: US Politics

I'm not 100% sure how (or why) it works but a third person candidate has virtually no hope. Trump could have run as an independent too but without your name on either the republican or democratic ticket you won't win. Here's a good video on the stupidity of the electoral college https://www.youtube....
by Mark James
Fri Mar 11, 2016 3:36 am
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: BT Sport miss an open goal.....
Replies: 3
Views: 809

Re: BT Sport miss an open goal.....

And to be fair I've probably fed the troll but screw it.
by Mark James
Fri Mar 11, 2016 3:34 am
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: BT Sport miss an open goal.....
Replies: 3
Views: 809

Re: BT Sport miss an open goal.....

On their Freeview Showcase Channel (59) they could easily have put on the Liverpool v Manchester United Europa League clash and got millions tuning in, Could they though? There are all sorts of deals done that may restrict which matches can be shown free to air. Often times in Ireland a channel tha...
by Mark James
Fri Mar 11, 2016 3:16 am
Forum: Countdown - General
Topic: Previous appearances?
Replies: 14
Views: 2399

Re: Previous appearances?

Damien told me the usual waiting period to reapply is 10 years. How did Dan get back on after only 4 years, then? Because usual doesn't mean absolute. Obviously there are people who have not had to wait that long but he basically said it to me that 10 years was a decent rule of thumb. It wasn't an ...
by Mark James
Thu Mar 10, 2016 4:19 pm
Forum: Countdown - General
Topic: Previous appearances?
Replies: 14
Views: 2399

Re: Previous appearances?

Damien told me the usual waiting period to reapply is 10 years.
by Mark James
Sun Mar 06, 2016 8:55 pm
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: Electronic music
Replies: 26
Views: 2583

Re: Electronic music

Recently found out about the genre Synthwave. It's bloody top. Fav artist so far is Dance with the Dead. Check this out https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NEtsFqCY1LY.
by Mark James
Sun Mar 06, 2016 7:02 pm
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: What computer games have you been playing lately?
Replies: 44
Views: 6911

Re: What computer games have you been playing lately?

He was a writer for kids TV alright. Think he might still be. If you get a chance you should read the articles about his time at teletext, the shit that went on was both hilarious and tragic at the same time.
by Mark James
Sun Mar 06, 2016 6:50 pm
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: What computer games have you been playing lately?
Replies: 44
Views: 6911

Re: What computer games have you been playing lately?

Just wanted to promote Digitiser2000 the online reboot of the old teletext gaming magazine. Even if you have no interest in video games its still one of the funniest reads on the internet. Mr. Biffo's humor is amazing and it's one of the few places to highlight the ongoing issue of swan/swan attacks...
by Mark James
Sat Mar 05, 2016 4:45 am
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: 10-00 pm BBC2 Tonight. STEWART LEE'S COMEDY VEHICLE
Replies: 24
Views: 1953

Re: 10-00 pm BBC2 Tonight. STEWART LEE'S COMEDY VEHICLE

Haven't watched comedy vehicle yet, forgot (essentially the same as "missed it" but more stupid). He's excellent but always treads a thin line between very clever and pretty annoying. There were some excellent comedians on that show Mark. Josie Long? Not one of them. Some decent ones but I wouldn't...
by Mark James
Fri Mar 04, 2016 4:20 pm
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: 10-00 pm BBC2 Tonight. STEWART LEE'S COMEDY VEHICLE
Replies: 24
Views: 1953

Re: 10-00 pm BBC2 Tonight. STEWART LEE'S COMEDY VEHICLE

Dam. Missed it. I don't think there's a better comedian around at the moment. However I can see why people wouldn't like him. He's definitely pretentious, especially regarding comedy. His show on Comedy Central, where he didn't perform but showcased other comedians, was a disaster in my opinion. He ...
by Mark James
Tue Feb 23, 2016 11:39 am
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: Electronic music
Replies: 26
Views: 2583

Re: Electronic music

Just because they're both mainstream in context, don't forget that they are relatively extreme in their own ways, Slayer especially back in the day. Metallica discovered that people will listen to thrash if it has the edges smoothed a bit. I do agree with Jim in that I tend to extremes - Slayer are...
by Mark James
Mon Feb 22, 2016 9:58 pm
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: Electronic music
Replies: 26
Views: 2583

Re: Electronic music

That said, I would venture that members of this forum tend towards the extremes of the particular genre, whether that be metal (so Slayer/Metallica rather than, say Iron Maiden or Def Leppard) Bad examples on the metal front there. Slayer and Metallica would be fairly mainstream and not in the extr...
by Mark James
Mon Feb 22, 2016 6:40 pm
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: Electronic music
Replies: 26
Views: 2583

Re: Electronic music

I noticed that people seem to either be into mainstream or rock on the music forum. I just re-read the music thread and I don't get that impression at all. There was a huge selection of genres mentioned as well as extremely rare stuff that no one would have heard of before. Anyway, in terms of Elec...
by Mark James
Fri Feb 19, 2016 6:42 pm
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: Deliberately Silly Factoids
Replies: 45
Views: 3919

Re: Deliberately Silly Factoids

Fred Mumford wrote:Shooting Stars did do the Great Wall of China question because I saw it! The bit that made it silly was questioning whether it could ONLY be seen from space. Ulrika said true and Vic pointed out that you could be stood right next to it.
Sorry yeah. Had over looked the only bit.
by Mark James
Fri Feb 19, 2016 5:26 pm
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: Deliberately Silly Factoids
Replies: 45
Views: 3919

Re: Deliberately Silly Factoids

I would like to compile an entire quiz based on misunderstood trivia, kind of like they used to do on Shooting Stars - "True or false - the Great Wall of China can only be seen from outer space?" Etc. I also would like to do this... Is this not just QI's General Ignorance section? Shooting stars di...
by Mark James
Thu Feb 18, 2016 10:23 pm
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: Deliberately Silly Factoids
Replies: 45
Views: 3919

Re: Deliberately Silly Factoids

JimBentley wrote: - VHS took off rather than Betamax because much more porn was available on VHS
I've heard that but also because the running time wasn't long enough to record an entire game of American football.
by Mark James
Wed Feb 17, 2016 12:04 pm
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: Deliberately Silly Factoids
Replies: 45
Views: 3919

Re: Deliberately Silly Factoids

Marc Meakin wrote:One of the Monkees mother's invented post it notes.... ( Mike Nesmith ? )
No, she invented a precursor to Tipp-ex, but that one's true.
by Mark James
Sat Feb 13, 2016 3:54 am
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: Who are your heroes?
Replies: 20
Views: 2756

Re: Who are your heroes?

I probably wouldn't pick astronauts because although they're risking their lives in their exploration, there's countless people who would jump at the chance and would probably also do just as good a job if they were selected, so I see it more as right time, right place. I kinda get the argument but...
by Mark James
Thu Feb 11, 2016 2:24 am
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: Who are your heroes?
Replies: 20
Views: 2756

Re: Who are your heroes?

Tricky one this. I have tons of people I admire greatly but would be reluctant to go as far as calling them a hero and questions like this often tend to boil down to people with a certain amount of celebrity status (and I mean in the proper sense, not just people who are in that famous for being fam...
by Mark James
Mon Jan 25, 2016 4:31 pm
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: 10-15pm Tonight Freeview HD 81...Sky 343.....SCUM........
Replies: 1
Views: 565

Re: 10-15pm Tonight Freeview HD 81...Sky 343.....SCUM........

Hardly requires an entire thread though. There's a movie thread you know.
by Mark James
Wed Jan 20, 2016 5:22 pm
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: The Matt Morrison Computer Corner
Replies: 433
Views: 53273

Re: The Matt Morrison Computer Corner

My 10 year old niece put a password into her mobile phone and forgot it. Only way to unlock is to do a factory reset but she'll loose her photos. Anyone know a way of hacking the password? There's no "forgot your password?" option.
by Mark James
Fri Jan 15, 2016 3:41 pm
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: New Alcohol Guidelines
Replies: 30
Views: 1552

Re: New Alcohol Guidelines

Also a person who doesn't drink trying to advise on how to make pubs better is like an atheist trying to suggest how to improve mass.
by Mark James
Fri Jan 15, 2016 3:37 pm
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: New Alcohol Guidelines
Replies: 30
Views: 1552

Re: New Alcohol Guidelines

By the way, I think pubs are missing a trick. Regardless of how much people like drinking, drinking is never going to be as good as eating, right? Nope. Being drunk is an unnecessary, brain altering experience that is pleasurable. Eating can be pleasurable but mainly because it satisfies a need. If...
by Mark James
Thu Jan 14, 2016 1:17 pm
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: Who would be the biggest deaths?
Replies: 236
Views: 19329

Re: Who would be the biggest deaths?

Dave Ricesky wrote:Alan Rickman dies aged 69

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/entertainment-arts-35313604
Well Aaron Ramsey scored. It was always gonna happen to someone.
by Mark James
Wed Jan 13, 2016 11:46 pm
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: How many countries have you been to?
Replies: 162
Views: 24407

Re: How many countries have you been to?

Ireland (obviously), UK (Rhyl, Glasgow, Newcastle, Birmingham, Manchester, London, Liverpool, Belfast, Derry), Netherlands (Amsterdam, Utrecht), Canada (Toronto), Germany (Hannover, Berlin, Hamburg), Poland (Warsaw, Gdansk, Poznan, Sopot, Gdynia), Spain (Benidorm). Only 7 so I threw in some of the d...
by Mark James
Wed Jan 13, 2016 6:22 pm
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: Who would be the biggest deaths?
Replies: 236
Views: 19329

Re: Who would be the biggest deaths?

Here's my provisional list. May change before the 31st. -Paul Gascoigne (obvious reasons) -Billy Connolly (as Jim said) -Kim Jong Un (apparently he's losing his grip and could be susceptible to assassination) -Ammon Bundy (Shot by feds) -Regis Philbin (always seems to overcome health scares but I re...
by Mark James
Wed Jan 13, 2016 5:17 pm
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: Who would be the biggest deaths?
Replies: 236
Views: 19329

Re: Who would be the biggest deaths?

All this talk of dead celebrities reminds me of Celebrity Death Pool . Anyone fancy playing for the year ahead? Lets say we have till the end of this month to pick our list (I propose 10 rather then 20) of the celebrities we think will die by Jan 31st next year. Just do it on here rather than that o...
by Mark James
Wed Jan 13, 2016 1:25 pm
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: Who would be the biggest deaths?
Replies: 236
Views: 19329

Re: Who would be the biggest deaths?

In music it will probably be a big deal if Bono poppoed his clogs.