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by Mark James
Wed Apr 27, 2016 9:08 pm
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: Who would be the biggest deaths?
Replies: 236
Views: 15142

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: 22682

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: 15142

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: 519
Views: 64358

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: 519
Views: 64358

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: 519
Views: 64358

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: 1407

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: 1407

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.

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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: 1230

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: 717

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: 717

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: 2133

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: 2133

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: 2268

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: 6434

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: 6434

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: 1712

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: 1712

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: 2268

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: 2268

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: 2268

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: 3290

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: 3290

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: 3290

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: 3290

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: 2203

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: 2203

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: 498

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: 428
Views: 49302

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: 1423

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: 1423

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: 15142

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: 155
Views: 17037

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: 15142

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: 15142

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: 15142

Re: Who would be the biggest deaths?

In music it will probably be a big deal if Bono poppoed his clogs.
by Mark James
Mon Jan 11, 2016 4:29 pm
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: What films have you watched lately?
Replies: 188
Views: 34390

Re: What films have you watched lately?

Jim have you seen Kung Fury? Bloody amazing it is.
by Mark James
Mon Jan 11, 2016 12:43 am
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: What films have you watched lately?
Replies: 188
Views: 34390

Re: What films have you watched lately?

Sounds like the work of The Asylum Jim. They're a production company who make really bad movies. I love all the Mega Shark Vs various other creatures series and how could you not love Nazis at the Centre of the Earth? P.S. The spider volcano thing could be Lavalantua. Arachnoquake was "good" as well...
by Mark James
Sun Jan 10, 2016 4:53 pm
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: What films have you watched lately?
Replies: 188
Views: 34390

Re: What films have you watched lately?

Getting sick of all this spoilering but here's my take on it: I could be wrong but I think Gev is misunderstanding Matt when he says people will think they know the twist. I don't think he means knowing or figuring it out before hand. I reckon most people assume the spider is going to cause her to c...
by Mark James
Fri Jan 08, 2016 4:03 pm
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: What films have you watched lately?
Replies: 188
Views: 34390

Re: What films have you watched lately?

Still haven't watched Chappie yet. I loved District 9 though so am kind of looking forward to it but man the title is really putting me off. I know it shouldn't but it's just a horrible title. Without spoiling is there a good reason he's called Chappie? As for scoring movies I agree with Matt. I ten...
by Mark James
Fri Jan 08, 2016 3:57 pm
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: What films have you watched lately?
Replies: 188
Views: 34390

Re: What films have you watched lately?

Spider - The best short movie ever - 10/10 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fyhs8dKMTN4 Haha yeah that's quality, enjoyed it. I don't really know how to rate an 8 minute short amongst full length ratings, so I won't try. I like how everyone will think they knew the twist and then they don't. About a...
by Mark James
Fri Jan 08, 2016 11:33 am
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: What films have you watched lately?
Replies: 188
Views: 34390

Re: What films have you watched lately?

Giles wrote:
Mark James wrote: Star Wars: Force Unleashed - Almost makes up for prequels - 7/10
Video game review too?
Whoops. Force Awakens or whatever its called. Wouldn't be giving the game 7/10
by Mark James
Thu Jan 07, 2016 11:17 pm
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: What films have you watched lately?
Replies: 188
Views: 34390

Re: What films have you watched lately?

Kingsman: The Secret Service - Bit flashy but top notch - 8/10
Star Wars: Force Unleashed - Almost makes up for prequels - 7/10
Spider - The best short movie ever - 10/10 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fyhs8dKMTN4
by Mark James
Sat Jan 02, 2016 8:11 pm
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: You Are The Judge
Replies: 11
Views: 994

Re: You Are The Judge

I don't understand either. A judge can do nothing until there's been a trial. My judgement would be that I need more information.
by Mark James
Wed Dec 23, 2015 2:57 pm
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: Tyson Fury: Fundamentalist bigot or misunderstood mental patient?
Replies: 14
Views: 1132

Re: Tyson Fury: Fundamentalist bigot or misunderstood mental patient?

https://www.facebook.com/leann.kiernan. ... 8257467691 Here's a nice story about Travellers just to prove you can't tar them all with the same brush.
by Mark James
Mon Dec 21, 2015 6:50 pm
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: Penn & Teller: Fool Us
Replies: 105
Views: 6005

Re: Penn & Teller: Fool Us

What does everyone think of this. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7bnGxdoTJ6E I remember hating his routine at the time and this hasn't really impressed me much. It probably goes on more than you'd realise on the show but I hate it when the magicians do fake moves that are intended to be obvious to ...
by Mark James
Sun Dec 20, 2015 4:26 pm
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: Learning foreign languages
Replies: 5
Views: 875

Re: Learning foreign languages

Did beginners German for two years in college just as a supplementary subject. Fairly basic stuff and I got Bs in my exams yet I can't remember most of it. Wish I could speak more languages, I just reckon I don't have the brain for it. Did French in secondary school and hated it. German was much mor...
by Mark James
Tue Dec 15, 2015 6:28 pm
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: What things have you been doing lately?
Replies: 33
Views: 1611

Re: What things have you been doing lately?

They might have kept them all the same so that they can continue to do those hilarious tooth fairy mix ups in their sitcoms.
by Mark James
Tue Dec 15, 2015 6:18 pm
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: What things have you been doing lately?
Replies: 33
Views: 1611

Re: What things have you been doing lately?

Isn't there ridges on the paper money that you can feel with your thumb. There is on Euros anyway.
by Mark James
Tue Dec 15, 2015 6:14 pm
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: Tyson Fury: Fundamentalist bigot or misunderstood mental patient?
Replies: 14
Views: 1132

Re: Tyson Fury: Fundamentalist bigot or misunderstood mental patient?

Ignoring Jono and Gevin's love-in (seriously, you two need to share a room at COLIN, I think) I wonder if anyone is interested in the view that Tyson is now being discriminated against, indeed "bullied" by people who dislike his Irish Traveller heritage? Me, I think it's perfectly reasonable to dis...
by Mark James
Thu Dec 10, 2015 12:12 pm
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: Sports Personality Of The Year 2015.
Replies: 27
Views: 2583

Re: Sports Personality Of The Year 2015.

Steven M. McCann wrote:Got to be Tyson Fury surely, beating a Champion who had held the title for 11 years in his own backyard
In what way was it in his own backyard? The fight was in Germany. Klitschko is Ukranian.
by Mark James
Sat Dec 05, 2015 2:40 pm
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: What TV programmes have you been watching lately?
Replies: 338
Views: 54952

Re: What TV programmes have you been watching lately?

Finally got round to watching series 5 and 6 of Archer. Series 5 was a chore - the new set-up was tedious - while Series 6 was better and definitely benefited from returning to the spy agency side of things, but it's still not up to the levels of the first 3 series. The lack of Woodhouse in particu...
by Mark James
Fri Dec 04, 2015 10:50 pm
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: What TV programmes have you been watching lately?
Replies: 338
Views: 54952

Re: What TV programmes have you been watching lately?

Fair enough genius is probably too strong but in terms of being able to do broad populist humour the man is leagues ahead of anyone else. Compare his stuff to the tripe that is Mrs Brown's Boys or Miranda.
by Mark James
Fri Dec 04, 2015 10:35 pm
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: What TV programmes have you been watching lately?
Replies: 338
Views: 54952

Re: What TV programmes have you been watching lately?

Really like Peter Kay's Car Share. It's so sweet and twee that I should probably hate it but the man is a genius. He just knows how to do simple stuff like that.
by Mark James
Fri Dec 04, 2015 8:04 pm
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: Politics in General
Replies: 397
Views: 44012

Re: Politics in General

Aye, steady on Mark. I love a good conspiracy theory but Icke is just a silly scattergun commentator who undermines himself endlessly, with seemingly no self-awareness whatsoever. He'll start off with something in the news - not necessarily a contentious thing - and then try to link it in to his gr...
by Mark James
Thu Dec 03, 2015 10:56 pm
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: Politics in General
Replies: 397
Views: 44012

Re: Politics in General

The worst thing about it all is it makes nutters like David Icke seem right.
by Mark James
Tue Dec 01, 2015 4:40 pm
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: Cooking
Replies: 47
Views: 3976

Re: Cooking

If you want a starter, have some damn soup. You say that as if there's something wrong with soup. Soup is amazing. I love a good starter. One of the best I ever had was at a wedding, a little chicken in lattice pastry thing with an amazing sauce that I still don't know what it was but was the best ...
by Mark James
Thu Nov 26, 2015 3:11 pm
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: What TV programmes have you been watching lately?
Replies: 338
Views: 54952

Re: What TV programmes have you been watching lately?

Rob Grant left after series 6. that's why it went shit. I'd rate 6 better than 4 actually. Legion is one of the best written episodes ever. Really hard to pick an overall favourite episode though, too many good ones.
by Mark James
Mon Nov 23, 2015 5:44 pm
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: What TV programmes have you been watching lately?
Replies: 338
Views: 54952

Re: What TV programmes have you been watching lately?

I know I've gone on about it before, but if - anyone - hasn't seen Arrested Development, I can highly recommend it. Best US sitcom since Seinfeld. Finally got around to watching it and really enjoyed it. Not as good as Always Sunny in Philadelphia or Curb imo but certainly one of the best in recent...
by Mark James
Wed Nov 18, 2015 12:33 am
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: The C4C Football Thread
Replies: 990
Views: 72301

Re: The C4C Football Thread

Congrats Ireland. Assume we're not that fussed about shocking handball decisions in qualifier play-offs now? I was never fussed about the Henry situation. I was more annoyed at Paul McShane's terrible defending than Henry handling the ball. We had already had the benefit of a poor handball decision...