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by Mark James
Tue Apr 17, 2018 12:55 am
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: Is the Grand National cruel to horses
Replies: 6
Views: 1389

Re: Is the Grand National cruel to horses

I was going to say that at the very least so called "encouragement" should be banned, so no crops, whips or digging heels in. Before making this point I wanted to see what the consensus was so read a few arguments for and against this and the reasons against made me think riding horses at all should...
by Mark James
Tue Apr 17, 2018 12:38 am
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: Stand-up comedy
Replies: 31
Views: 4045

Re: Stand-up comedy

Anyone else find that the comedians you really like give crap recommendations for other comedians you should check out? Stewart Lee's Alternative comedy experience featured loads of acts that he praised but I couldn't stand. I just wanted to watch him. And just tonight I saw a video of my current fa...
by Mark James
Mon Apr 16, 2018 2:57 pm
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: Is the Grand National cruel to horses
Replies: 6
Views: 1389

Re: Is the Grand National cruel to horses

All horse racing is cruel to horses not just the national.
by Mark James
Mon Apr 16, 2018 11:42 am
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: Netflix reboots
Replies: 6
Views: 1302

Re: Netflix reboots

How about coming up with new stuff? Nothing wrong with new stuff, if it's original like Counterpart. It might be an age thing but some of the best stuff of days gone by might look good with a modern makeover i.e. using technology to improve its look. A bit like the brilliant 8 bit computer games th...
by Mark James
Sun Apr 15, 2018 11:00 pm
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: Netflix reboots
Replies: 6
Views: 1302

Re: Netflix reboots

How about coming up with new stuff?
by Mark James
Sun Apr 15, 2018 2:45 pm
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: Stand-up comedy
Replies: 31
Views: 4045

Re: Stand-up comedy

I largely agree Matt. As much as I like his jokes I probably wouldn't enjoy an actual Tim Vine gig. I think the way we experienced them on the bus that time added to the enjoyment of them. They're like what Norm MacDonald calls classic street jokes, the kind you tell in the pub but wouldn't really w...
by Mark James
Sat Apr 14, 2018 12:08 pm
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: MEAKIN THREAD
Replies: 57
Views: 7102

Re: MEAKIN THREAD

Continuing a voyage around live entertainment. What's your favourite poet or ventriloquist 😁 ......no but seriously. Well I do like John Cooper Clarke, he seems a bit a craic but I'd rather just hear him talking. I can do without his poems. That voice in a box thing Rob Brydon does is a kind of ven...
by Mark James
Fri Apr 13, 2018 5:30 pm
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: Stand-up comedy
Replies: 31
Views: 4045

Re: Stand-up comedy

Never liked Louis C.K. for some reason. Everyone expected me to, knowing my taste but I didn't get it. Maybe some sort of Spidey Sense was tingling. Tim Key is another I abhorr. Poetry is up there with ventriloquism as the most useless art form. Just write a tune to go with lyrics or fuck off. Havin...
by Mark James
Fri Apr 13, 2018 5:14 pm
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: Stand-up comedy
Replies: 31
Views: 4045

Re: Stand-up comedy

Just like to add this story. I follow my local football team around the country and we were on the supporters bus coming home from a particularly long away trip. It had been a poor match and we were beaten and the mood wasn't the best but one of the lads started to look up Tim Vine jokes on his phon...
by Mark James
Fri Apr 13, 2018 4:57 pm
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: Stand-up comedy
Replies: 31
Views: 4045

Re: Stand-up comedy

Oh yeah. McIntyre is awful on panel shows, definitely one of the examples of being better at one than the other. Lock would be an exception to the rule for me. I enjoy him doing both. Also panel show hosts tend to get away with it ie. Dara O'Briain and Jimmy Carr. (I don't like Carr all that much bu...
by Mark James
Fri Apr 13, 2018 3:44 pm
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: MEAKIN THREAD
Replies: 57
Views: 7102

Re: MEAKIN THREAD

There's alot I don't like but I'd still have to give credit to. McEntire would be one. He's not for me but he's clearly good at what he does. I find as well that if you're good on panel shows you're less likely to be good in an hour special and vice versa. I like the scenes we'd like to see bit on M...
by Mark James
Fri Apr 13, 2018 1:33 pm
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: MEAKIN THREAD
Replies: 57
Views: 7102

Re: MEAKIN THREAD

A few others I've seen live were Reginald D. Hunter who was great, Mark Thomas who was also great and Tommy Tiernan who was decent but only did about forty minutes. He can be a bit hit and miss. I have most of his dvds and he seems to alternate in quality. Every second one is good. Ones I've not see...
by Mark James
Fri Apr 13, 2018 1:22 pm
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: MEAKIN THREAD
Replies: 57
Views: 7102

Re: MEAKIN THREAD

Ricky Gervais must like him too. Can't stand him. I liked that he gave the world Karl Pilkington but in that animated show he comes across as a bully. Plus he kind of cheated when it comes to stand up. He didn't do the hard graft. He got famous doing something else and now has a ready made audience...
by Mark James
Fri Apr 13, 2018 5:47 am
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: MEAKIN THREAD
Replies: 57
Views: 7102

Re: MEAKIN THREAD

George Carlin is still the greatest as far as I'm concerned. Never saw him live but have pretty much all his albums either on cd or dvd. Highly recommend Norm MacDonald. His Netflix special Hitler's Dog is amazing but I would also suggest checking out all his late night talk show appearances, partic...
by Mark James
Tue Apr 10, 2018 2:28 am
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: What films have you watched lately?
Replies: 176
Views: 27472

Re: What films have you watched lately?

Watched a rake of stuff in the last few days. Don't normally enjoy superhero stuff but Spiderman Homecoming and Wonder Woman were both better than expected. I enjoyed Spiderman more, I think he's the best of all the superheroes when done right. Didn't like the amazing reboots but liked the Sam Raimi...
by Mark James
Fri Apr 06, 2018 11:54 am
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: Deathwatch 2018
Replies: 107
Views: 20466

Re: Deathwatch 2018

Aaron Ramsey strikes again.
by Mark James
Tue Apr 03, 2018 3:30 pm
Forum: Games and Puzzles
Topic: the Countdowners Outside Co:Event Meet-ups game (COCMEAT)
Replies: 61
Views: 10057

Re: the Countdowners Outside Co:Event Meet-ups game (COCMEAT)

Gerry is my brother in law so knew each other before anything Countdown related. I introduced him to apterous. He got the conundrum from the audience when I was on and it was announced we were related. Don't know how much more widely known you could make it than broadcasting it on national television.
by Mark James
Tue Apr 03, 2018 1:53 pm
Forum: Games and Puzzles
Topic: the Countdowners Outside Co:Event Meet-ups game (COCMEAT)
Replies: 61
Views: 10057

Re: the Countdowners Outside Co:Event Meet-ups game (COCMEAT)

I think it counts Thomas. At least I reckon I can add you to my list, but it's a definite grey area. Similarly, does Gerry count for me since we're related? I notice Matt's Heather isn't on his list. Anyway I've met Rose Boyle, Eddy, Glenn Webb and Kirk at the darts in Dublin.
by Mark James
Thu Mar 29, 2018 7:15 pm
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: "First Ever Song" Recollection.
Replies: 13
Views: 1809

Re: "First Ever Song" Recollection.

It's mad how memories work. They're notoriously unreliable and yet you can convince yourself of details that you're sure of even though you couldn't actually know. I have a memory of being about three as well, standing up in my cot, bopping away to a Queen song. I can't remember which song it was ye...
by Mark James
Tue Mar 27, 2018 1:51 pm
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: Questions you've always wanted answered
Replies: 502
Views: 62118

Re: Questions you've always wanted answered

Is the term supermodel even used these days? It seems to me to be more of a 90s thing with the likes of Cindy Crawford and Naomi Campbell et all. Who would be a modern supermodel that has that same kind of stature as those classic ones? Gisele Bundchen is the current stock quiz answer. She started ...
by Mark James
Sat Mar 24, 2018 11:10 am
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: Questions you've always wanted answered
Replies: 502
Views: 62118

Re: Questions you've always wanted answered

Is the term supermodel even used these days? It seems to me to be more of a 90s thing with the likes of Cindy Crawford and Naomi Campbell et all. Who would be a modern supermodel that has that same kind of stature as those classic ones?
by Mark James
Fri Mar 23, 2018 2:05 am
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: How much do you weigh?
Replies: 58
Views: 5504

Re: How much do you weigh?

I was saying could squeeze not cold squeeze but it seems like a useful phrase and I'll take the credit for accidentally coining it. How meta would it be if it the phrase "cold squeezing" actually ended up in the dictionary as a legitimate phrase and it's origin came from a website whose object is e...
by Mark James
Wed Mar 21, 2018 7:56 pm
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: How much do you weigh?
Replies: 58
Views: 5504

Re: How much do you weigh?

I was saying could squeeze not cold squeeze but it seems like a useful phrase and I'll take the credit for accidentally coining it.
by Mark James
Mon Mar 19, 2018 10:39 pm
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: How much do you weigh?
Replies: 58
Views: 5504

Re: How much do you weigh?

13st 8lb, quite a bit overweight for my height (5' 10"). Same weight but slightly taller (fractions under 6 foot). I hadn't weighed myself in ages and I'm pretty sure last time I did I was closer to 15st so happy with that. I also held the scales in my hands to see how much weight I cold squeeze wi...
by Mark James
Wed Mar 07, 2018 2:47 am
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: Lance Armstrong and "doping" generally
Replies: 121
Views: 11663

Re: Lance Armstrong and "doping" generally

I largely agree. If you need to take medication to get to a level playing field then sorry, you just suck. If you can't compete without it then you've already lost. It would be like allowing people with glasses into a who has the best eyesight competition if, at the same time, you could get glasses ...
by Mark James
Mon Mar 05, 2018 4:28 pm
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: Truly Dumb Designs.
Replies: 35
Views: 4205

Re: Truly Dumb Designs.

Isn't the point that you want warm water to come from the tap rather than have to mix the hot and cold in the sink?
by Mark James
Sun Feb 25, 2018 12:32 pm
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: MEAKIN THREAD
Replies: 57
Views: 7102

Re: MEAKIN THREAD

What would one say in the thread that hasn't been said? We all know he's an idiot. Unless there are any Trump supporters on the site. That could be fun.
by Mark James
Fri Feb 23, 2018 6:58 pm
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: Oscars 2018
Replies: 14
Views: 1966

Re: Oscars 2018

I like Mark Kermode's take on Lady Bird winning and 10/1 is a decent price. Think I might have to throw a few quid on. Surprised he hasn't done a Kermode Uncut about the Shape of Water controversy. A guest reviewer did review the film and never mentioned it, plus the comments section had been disabl...
by Mark James
Wed Feb 21, 2018 11:15 am
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: Oscars 2018
Replies: 14
Views: 1966

Re: Oscars 2018

That Said, If the Shape of Water does win the Best Picture Oscar it is probably because the Director is Mexican, rather than it being the best film. What if Get Out wins, would it be because "he is black"? Can no minority ever win an Oscar now without accusations of tokenism? And if they wanted to ...
by Mark James
Thu Feb 15, 2018 12:25 pm
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: Deathwatch 2018
Replies: 107
Views: 20466

Re: Deathwatch 2018

Nah it's fine, I was being slightly facetious.
by Mark James
Wed Feb 14, 2018 11:25 pm
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: Deathwatch 2018
Replies: 107
Views: 20466

Re: Deathwatch 2018

Is it necessary to mention the deaths who weren't on anyone's list here? Whenever I see this thread has turned red and is at the top of the page I think someone must have scored some points and when it's just Gev listing off the latest dead "celebrity" it's a bit of a disappointment.
by Mark James
Sat Feb 03, 2018 11:01 am
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: The General Election of Thursday 7 May 2015 *
Replies: 100
Views: 7604

Re: The General Election of Thursday 7 May 2015 *

Man that post was a long time ago. I've since become a hard core socialist since then. Anyway yeah, I reckon UBI is inevitable (unless people don't care about people starving to death and looking at the current US administration I don't think they do). I heard a talk recently about self driving vehi...
by Mark James
Tue Jan 30, 2018 12:57 am
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: What films have you watched lately?
Replies: 176
Views: 27472

Re: What films have you watched lately?

Without knowing it was holocaust memorial weekend I watched Schindler's List which I had never seen before. I think one of the things that put me off was the running time but it's such a great movie I've never experienced such a long film fly by so quickly. It should be required watching really, an ...
by Mark James
Sun Jan 14, 2018 12:38 am
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: What films have you watched lately?
Replies: 176
Views: 27472

Re: What films have you watched lately?

Watched Get Out or Black Black Mirror as I'm gonna call it from now on. I enjoyed it but the way it was being talked about I was expecting something a bit more groundbreaking. Also watched Logan. Again, it was fine but it got talked about alot as something more than it was. I guess for a superhero m...
by Mark James
Thu Jan 04, 2018 5:47 am
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: What TV programmes have you been watching lately?
Replies: 313
Views: 46882

Re: What TV programmes have you been watching lately?

Black Mirror season 4: Only watched the first episode so far and thought it looked like it'd be shit but NOPE, it's excellent. looking forward to the rest of the series now even though I've seen mixed reviews. I loved every second of the entire thing. Don't get what the mixed reviews are about. I'l...
by Mark James
Wed Jan 03, 2018 3:42 am
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: Music
Replies: 193
Views: 20675

Re: Music

One of the articles I read made the point that the phenomenon mainly relates to music more so than other forms of entertainment. People still get excited for new books, movies or tv shows in a way that they don't for new music and they demand even more time than listening to a song. And even if you ...
by Mark James
Tue Jan 02, 2018 3:46 pm
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: Music
Replies: 193
Views: 20675

Re: Music

I was reading some articles on why we go off modern music as we get older and most people suggested that we have more time to discover new stuff when we're younger. I don't buy that argument. I still have the time to search for music I've never heard before but invariably I find myself liking stuff ...
by Mark James
Mon Jan 01, 2018 10:56 pm
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: Music
Replies: 193
Views: 20675

Re: Music

Have I just gotten too old or is music today really as crap as I suspect? I was reading one of those top albums of 2017 lists and checked out the recommended song for each one and they were all rubbish.
by Mark James
Mon Jan 01, 2018 4:07 pm
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: Deathwatch 2018
Replies: 107
Views: 20466

Re: Deathwatch 2018

Elliott Mellor wrote:
Mon Jan 01, 2018 3:32 pm
Mark James wrote:
Mon Jan 01, 2018 3:21 pm

Queen Elizabeth II
I genuinely think she'll still be around if you're doing this in 2028. Ain't a chance she's going soon the amount of care she gets - she can still ride a horse for god's sake.
A lot of my list is based more on hope than expectation.
by Mark James
Mon Jan 01, 2018 3:52 pm
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: Deathwatch 2018
Replies: 107
Views: 20466

Re: Deathwatch 2018

The points difference is the same but likelihood of death is different. People are less likely to pick younger people because, even though you would get more points the likelihood of it happening is less. Plus the fact that you can also get a first pick bonus means you're better off focusing on the ...
by Mark James
Mon Jan 01, 2018 3:21 pm
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: Deathwatch 2018
Replies: 107
Views: 20466

Re: Deathwatch 2018

Dick van Dyke
Regis Philbin
Bill Clinton
James Earl Jones
Barbara Streisand
Mel Brooks
Bret Michaels
Queen Elizabeth II
Gay Byrne
Kanye West

Not many changes from last year although no more Gazza for once so he's probably guaranteed to go now.
by Mark James
Mon Jan 01, 2018 3:11 pm
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: Deathwatch 2018
Replies: 107
Views: 20466

Re: Deathwatch 2018

If we're gonna suggest rule changes I think 120 is too high. It ruins the risk reward element of going for young people. You may as well just pick a list of people over 90. I know people are living longer than ever but who realistically lives to 120? To get over 20 points for people in their 90s is ...
by Mark James
Tue Nov 28, 2017 1:23 am
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: When is it too early to celebrate Christmas?
Replies: 18
Views: 2321

Re: When is it too early to celebrate Christmas?

I find those outside lights very offensive mainly due to the waste of electricity, what with the whole global warming and all. But even beyond that they're pretty garish. If you're into Christmas fine, decorate the inside of your house. Then at least you can enjoy it and leave the rest of us out of ...
by Mark James
Mon Nov 20, 2017 1:47 pm
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: What films have you watched lately?
Replies: 176
Views: 27472

Re: What films have you watched lately?

Don't know why but I watched the entirety of Assassin's Creed even though it was clear from the first 5 or 10 minutes that it was going to be awful. Before anyone says it, yes, the fact that it's movie based on a video game should have made it clear without having to watch any of it but I enjoy some...
by Mark James
Sun Nov 19, 2017 4:42 pm
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: What TV programmes have you been watching lately?
Replies: 313
Views: 46882

Re: What TV programmes have you been watching lately?

Bojack Horseman season 4: Objectively 'good'... deals with dementia, mental illness and miscarriages in a heartbreakingly, bitterly real way. Some really cool ways of setting up the episodes (the penultimate episode, the Princess Carolyn episode). Subjectively, though, I didn't find it very enjoyab...
by Mark James
Wed Nov 15, 2017 2:15 am
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: REALLY obvious things you've just realised
Replies: 167
Views: 26181

Re: REALLY obvious things you've just realised

Puffer fish inflate themselves with water not air. https://i.imgur.com/xA7NDV1.gifv That's how I found out. That video was going around Facebook and I felt kind of stupid that it hadn't occurred to me that that's what they actually did. Apparently they can fill themselves with air when they are out...
by Mark James
Tue Nov 14, 2017 2:06 pm
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: Questions you've always wanted answered
Replies: 502
Views: 62118

Re: Questions you've always wanted answered

Ian Volante wrote:
Tue Nov 14, 2017 1:17 pm
Gavin Chipper wrote:
Tue Nov 14, 2017 3:23 am
Why do round door handles exist?
Why not? They're perfectly effective for gripping, often comfier than an asymmetric handle.
Probably one of those not quite true internet facts but they're illegal in Canada as part of making things easier for the elderly and disabled people.
by Mark James
Sun Nov 12, 2017 6:51 pm
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: REALLY obvious things you've just realised
Replies: 167
Views: 26181

Re: REALLY obvious things you've just realised

Puffer fish inflate themselves with water not air.
by Mark James
Sun Oct 29, 2017 11:26 am
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: Vegetarianism/Veganism (in the right section!).
Replies: 17
Views: 2129

Re: Vegetarianism/Veganism (in the right section!).

How do vegans feel about the fact that planes have to test engines for bird strike by firing chickens at the engines?
by Mark James
Tue Oct 24, 2017 1:26 pm
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: Politics in General
Replies: 397
Views: 41078

Re: Politics in General

I'm with Ian. He wasn't a politician at the time, was failry young and enough time has passed for him to grow up and see the error in his ways. For me an apology should be acceptable and then be the end of story. No one has to lose their job. Same for Lewis really. I found it more cringey than offen...
by Mark James
Fri Oct 13, 2017 9:33 pm
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: What films have you watched lately?
Replies: 176
Views: 27472

Re: What films have you watched lately?

I really expected to hate Inception but I loved it.
by Mark James
Thu Oct 12, 2017 5:59 pm
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: What films have you watched lately?
Replies: 176
Views: 27472

Re: What films have you watched lately?

Very good. The right ending even though I wasn't sure exactly why Max made his choice....maybe it was a B.O thing I enjoyed it too. But I agree it would have been good for their to be a specific reason for her downfall, like her not even knowing that he hates that brand or something. Yeah, it's the...
by Mark James
Tue Sep 26, 2017 2:35 pm
Forum: Games and Puzzles
Topic: Do you know what you know?
Replies: 13
Views: 3946

Re: Do you know what you know?

Did it the other day but forgot to copy and paste results. If I remember correctly I got 30 right, answered 12 at 100% and got one of those wrong. Everything else I gave 50% confidence to.
by Mark James
Wed Sep 20, 2017 12:52 pm
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: Bernard Pivot Questionnaire
Replies: 5
Views: 1219

Re: Bernard Pivot Questionnaire

Marc Meakin wrote:
Wed Sep 20, 2017 9:28 am
Acting in films or a Pilot
Why just a pilot, not an entire series?
by Mark James
Wed Sep 20, 2017 2:01 am
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: Bernard Pivot Questionnaire
Replies: 5
Views: 1219

Bernard Pivot Questionnaire

Since Meakin was looking for a thread about noises it reminded me of the questionnaire that you may be familiar with from the Inside the Actor's Studio tv show. I thought people may want to share what their answers would be. What is your favourite word? It used to be paraphernalia but squinancywort ...
by Mark James
Sat Sep 16, 2017 5:12 pm
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: Things you can't do that it always seems like everyone else can
Replies: 76
Views: 11801

Re: Things you can't do that it always seems like everyone else can

I haven't ice skated in years but I picked it up fairly quickly when I tried it. I am terrified of the losing fingers thing though. Wear sturdy gloves. I'm not even joking either. Why don't people just do this? Well yes, but you can still be afraid of something even after taking necessary precautio...
by Mark James
Sat Sep 16, 2017 1:12 pm
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: Things you can't do that it always seems like everyone else can
Replies: 76
Views: 11801

Re: Things you can't do that it always seems like everyone else can

I haven't ice skated in years but I picked it up fairly quickly when I tried it. I am terrified of the losing fingers thing though.
by Mark James
Sat Sep 16, 2017 1:00 pm
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: How many countries have you been to?
Replies: 142
Views: 13424

Re: How many countries have you been to?

Played in a football tournament earlier in the year. The team flew in to Cologne, got a bus to Maastricht to our accommodation and then travelled by taxi to Millen in Belgium for the tournament. A great weekend (Maastricht is amazing BTW, highly recommended) but two of those countries were already o...
by Mark James
Thu Sep 14, 2017 10:03 am
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: Songs that make you switch off the radio
Replies: 21
Views: 4793

Re: Songs that make you switch off the radio

In Ireland there's no ad free radio stations. That puts me off listening to the radio altogether more than any song. Plus news on the hour. Why are predominantly music based stations required to do the news? As for the actual music I'd say pretty much any sort of chart music from about 1998 onwards ...