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by Mark Deeks
Sat Nov 19, 2016 8:26 pm
Forum: Countdown - Events
Topic: FOCAL 2016
Replies: 114
Views: 11774

Re: FOCAL 2016

As you wish. I am the same well-intended straight-talker whose counsel you have sought at the last two Co:Lins, and how you feel about that is up to you. But I remain hopeful that one day you will step back and see that I, and perhaps many others, are not trying to hurt you. They are trying to get y...
by Mark Deeks
Sat Nov 19, 2016 8:01 pm
Forum: Countdown - Events
Topic: FOCAL 2016
Replies: 114
Views: 11774

Re: FOCAL 2016

I didn't tell you what you can and can't do, you martyr. I am strongly encouraging you to let it go. Indeed, I say to you now the same thing I said you six weeks ago, same words etc: "Whatever happened happened. You did some shit, they did some shit, whatever. It's done. Walk it off."
by Mark Deeks
Sat Nov 19, 2016 7:17 pm
Forum: Countdown - Events
Topic: FOCAL 2016
Replies: 114
Views: 11774

Re: FOCAL 2016

Doesn't mean I asked for it nor wanted to hear it. I say to you now the same thing I said you six weeks ago, back when you started a public rift then begged for private acquiescence, back when you didn't get the answer you wanted and decided we were no longer friends - in fact, I'll even use the sam...
by Mark Deeks
Sat Nov 19, 2016 7:11 pm
Forum: Countdown - Events
Topic: FOCAL 2016
Replies: 114
Views: 11774

Re: FOCAL 2016

I told you I wasn't interested in hearing ANY side of the story, you martyr.
by Mark Deeks
Sat Nov 19, 2016 5:45 pm
Forum: Countdown - Events
Topic: FOCAL 2016
Replies: 114
Views: 11774

Re: FOCAL 2016

what's the point arguing.
I don't know, but you keep setting up new accounts to do it.
by Mark Deeks
Fri Nov 18, 2016 2:28 pm
Forum: Countdown - General
Topic: Who is better: Carol Vorderman or Rachel Riley?
Replies: 61
Views: 5216

Re: Who is better: Carol Vorderman or Rachel Riley?

Gavin Chipper wrote:
Mark Deeks wrote:Speaking to Rachel is much more fun than speaking to Gev, let's be honest.
You do need to build up a rapport for when she's your co-host, I suppose, so it's just as well you think that.
About as much chance of me hosting it as you appearing on it.
by Mark Deeks
Mon Nov 14, 2016 8:47 pm
Forum: Countdown - General
Topic: Who is better: Carol Vorderman or Rachel Riley?
Replies: 61
Views: 5216

Re: Who is better: Carol Vorderman or Rachel Riley?

Speaking to Rachel is much more fun than speaking to Gev, let's be honest.
by Mark Deeks
Sun Nov 13, 2016 11:50 am
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: C4C/apto/Countdown Dreams
Replies: 587
Views: 111586

Re: C4C/apto/Countdown Dreams

In last night's dream, I was in a pub, which, this being Dreamland, was also the assembly hall at my former school. It was a long thin rectangular hall, and a load of Countdown players (16 or so) were seated behind tables on the right hand side, all facing the left. It was a Co:Event under the highl...
by Mark Deeks
Sat Nov 12, 2016 10:30 pm
Forum: Countdown - General
Topic: Who is better: Carol Vorderman or Rachel Riley?
Replies: 61
Views: 5216

Re: Who is better: Carol Vorderman or Rachel Riley?

I found Carol quite annoying, so I prefer Rachel, even though I also find her a bit annoying. Rachel's obviously very intelligent having done maths at Oxford and she's very good at the numbers, but listening to all her conversations with Nick (and previous host(s)), she comes across as really dull....
by Mark Deeks
Fri Nov 11, 2016 1:59 pm
Forum: Countdown - General
Topic: Countdown words spotted in real life
Replies: 109
Views: 18920

Re: Countdown words spotted in real life

Last night on the Apprentice, the contestants were challenged to buy some rambutans, a tagine and a lengha.
by Mark Deeks
Fri Nov 11, 2016 1:41 am
Forum: apterous.org
Topic: Apterites who have yet to appear on Countdown
Replies: 46
Views: 9328

Re: Apterites who have yet to appear on Countdown

Matt Bayfield wrote:**I did say a few years ago I'd apply if former contestants Mark Deeks or Ned Pendleton ever became hosts of the show. I wasn't being entirely serious, but I'd probably keep my word.
Oh, I didn't know Ned was interested too. Is it on, Ned? Cos we're boys and all, but if it's on, it's on.
by Mark Deeks
Thu Nov 10, 2016 11:59 am
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: People you shouldn't trust
Replies: 519
Views: 61751

Re: People you shouldn't trust

People who put read receipts on emails.
by Mark Deeks
Tue Nov 08, 2016 3:47 pm
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: People you shouldn't trust
Replies: 519
Views: 61751

Re: People you shouldn't trust

Before Anything Else is a backronym, not to be trusted.
People you shouldn't trust
People who use backronyms.
by Mark Deeks
Mon Nov 07, 2016 8:51 pm
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: People you shouldn't trust
Replies: 519
Views: 61751

Re: People you shouldn't trust

Graeme Cole wrote:People who say "reading" rather than "studying" in their University Challenge introduction.
YES.
by Mark Deeks
Sat Nov 05, 2016 2:28 pm
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: Organised Religion
Replies: 42
Views: 2269

Re: Organised Religion

I'm agnostic, but one thing I do struggle with is incredibly staunch atheism. I get the whole bit about there being no evidence of a deity, and that religion was invented by people who didn't understand science, and I agree with it. But.....well, wouldn't it be nice if it WAS true? I don't think I w...
by Mark Deeks
Tue Nov 01, 2016 8:49 pm
Forum: apterous.org
Topic: Greatest ever Apterites
Replies: 26
Views: 5919

Re: Greatest ever Apterites

In terms of Apterous history, they are definitely the four "yardsticks", I'd say.
by Mark Deeks
Fri Oct 28, 2016 4:30 pm
Forum: Countdown - General
Topic: Ask Graeme?
Replies: 1264
Views: 129778

Re: Ask Graeme?

I always feel that if you don't want to find out what happened on Countdown then you should stay off a Countdown forum.
by Mark Deeks
Wed Oct 26, 2016 9:58 pm
Forum: Countdown - Spoilers
Topic: Spoilers for Wednesday 26th October 2016
Replies: 6
Views: 709

Re: Spoilers for Wednesday 26th October 2016

What's wrong with rigidly sticking with three vowels?
by Mark Deeks
Wed Oct 26, 2016 1:47 pm
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: People you shouldn't trust
Replies: 519
Views: 61751

Re: People you shouldn't trust

People who have stuff like "Husband. Father." in their Twitter bios, especially when it's before their profession or claim to fame. Yes because I'm definitely following you for your family updates ever.
by Mark Deeks
Mon Oct 17, 2016 7:51 pm
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: Guinness World Record Attempt....
Replies: 18
Views: 3089

Re: Guinness World Record Attempt....

You can send video evidence, but it has to be uninterrupted and can take many a week to be verified. We looked into it once for a potential Longest Ever Board Game attempt.
by Mark Deeks
Wed Oct 12, 2016 7:16 pm
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: REALLY obvious things you've just realised
Replies: 167
Views: 26183

Re: REALLY obvious things you've just realised

Check your Snapchat.
by Mark Deeks
Tue Oct 11, 2016 10:41 pm
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: Questions you've always wanted answered
Replies: 502
Views: 62129

Re: Questions you've always wanted answered

Quite a few adverts show customer data at the bottom of the screen such as "84% of 189 women agree" and so forth. This can easily (if you're stupid or not paying attention) be misread or misinterpreted as "84 out of 189", which isn't exactly a ringing endorsement. Why don't they restrict the sample...
by Mark Deeks
Mon Oct 03, 2016 7:45 pm
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: What TV programmes have you been watching lately?
Replies: 313
Views: 46897

Re: What TV programmes have you been watching lately?

It spoke to his use of blackmail and manipulation quite palpably, and the fact that he had a plan and method for getting away with stuff, be it violence or rape. The whole thing was very sad.
by Mark Deeks
Mon Oct 03, 2016 5:53 pm
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: What TV programmes have you been watching lately?
Replies: 313
Views: 46897

Re: What TV programmes have you been watching lately?

The only bit of the documentary that I didn't really like was when they had the candid footage of him saying he tied troublemakers up and kept them in a basement somewhere, and acted as if that was an insight into his evil side. I just don't buy that it's on the same scale of evil as rape, child ab...
by Mark Deeks
Mon Sep 26, 2016 8:47 am
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: REALLY obvious things you've just realised
Replies: 167
Views: 26183

Re: REALLY obvious things you've just realised

You're both clearly too manly. Have a delicate female touch like mine and you'll understand.
by Mark Deeks
Tue Sep 20, 2016 12:50 pm
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: REALLY obvious things you've just realised
Replies: 167
Views: 26183

Re: REALLY obvious things you've just realised

If you peel Post-Its from the side and not the front, they don't curl up all weird.
by Mark Deeks
Fri Sep 16, 2016 5:40 pm
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: Do you have any unusual habits?
Replies: 39
Views: 2518

Re: Do you have any unusual habits?

Totally buying that, thank you.
by Mark Deeks
Wed Sep 14, 2016 6:47 pm
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: Do you have any unusual habits?
Replies: 39
Views: 2518

Re: Do you have any unusual habits?

You know how when you walk, the right arm goes forward with the left leg, and vice versa? I've noticed I tend to do the opposite when going down stairs.
by Mark Deeks
Wed Sep 14, 2016 6:46 pm
Forum: Countdown - General
Topic: Favourite/least favourite new dictionary words
Replies: 3
Views: 748

Re: Favourite/least favourite new dictionary words

I like the fact that you can just make stuff up for a laugh and it's actually in now. And thus I enjoyed the other day the surprising validity of the word PREPUBES.
by Mark Deeks
Wed Sep 14, 2016 6:45 pm
Forum: Countdown - General
Topic: Countdowny people you have most mutual friends with on Facebook
Replies: 28
Views: 3421

Re: Countdowny people you have most mutual friends with on Facebook

I like looking at the lowest. Who out there hates Countdown and Countdowners, but inexplicably likes me. That's always fun.
by Mark Deeks
Wed Sep 14, 2016 3:32 pm
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: C4C/apto/Countdown Dreams
Replies: 587
Views: 111586

Re: C4C/apto/Countdown Dreams

Was he eight foot tall?
by Mark Deeks
Tue Sep 13, 2016 6:16 pm
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: Do you have any unusual habits?
Replies: 39
Views: 2518

Re: Do you have any unusual habits?

I once heard that this could be good for you in some way, but I don't think anyone else in the world does this.
Everyone should do it. Toughens the prostate, less getting up to wee in your old age.
by Mark Deeks
Tue Sep 13, 2016 2:29 pm
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: REALLY obvious things you've just realised
Replies: 167
Views: 26183

Re: REALLY obvious things you've just realised

I'm perfectly prepared for you to call Zarte a bellend but I will NOT tolerate him being called PC.
by Mark Deeks
Sat Sep 10, 2016 10:55 am
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: REALLY obvious things you've just realised
Replies: 167
Views: 26183

Re: REALLY obvious things you've just realised

The alphabet song and Twinkle Twinkle Little Star have the same tune, and Baa Baa Black Sheep basically is too.
by Mark Deeks
Thu Sep 08, 2016 7:20 pm
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: C4C/apto/Countdown Dreams
Replies: 587
Views: 111586

Re: C4C/apto/Countdown Dreams

Dreamt I was the guest analyst at an international basketball Q&A forum held in the Industrial Zone on the original Crystal Maze. I was asked whether Alan Williams would be able to shore up Panathinaikos's weak interior defense, and gave such a long winded answer that the crowd walked out bored, to ...
by Mark Deeks
Wed Sep 07, 2016 6:39 am
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: Twitter: Is it just a load of crap?
Replies: 11
Views: 1259

Re: Twitter: Is it just a load of crap?

It's invaluable if you a) have something to promote, b) are funny/like jokes, or c) write news/like news. I have a Facebook and a Twitter like most trendsetters, and with only rare overlap, I use Facebook for personal stuff and Twitter for professional (basketball). The former is ideal for keeping u...
by Mark Deeks
Sun Sep 04, 2016 12:24 am
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: REALLY obvious things you've just realised
Replies: 167
Views: 26183

Re: REALLY obvious things you've just realised

Do average straight blokes like stuff other than sport?
by Mark Deeks
Wed Aug 31, 2016 12:54 pm
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: The Mandela Effect
Replies: 37
Views: 1970

Re: The Mandela Effect

Well I've never seen it. And unless I click the relevant Youtube link, I never will. Thus it didn't happen.
by Mark Deeks
Wed Aug 31, 2016 12:21 pm
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: The Mandela Effect
Replies: 37
Views: 1970

Re: The Mandela Effect

It didn't happen.
by Mark Deeks
Tue Aug 16, 2016 9:41 am
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: Religion
Replies: 383
Views: 13058

Re: Religion

I don't see how what I wrote is different to what you wrote :? I don't think you were explicit enough, saying that you'd have this belief in God if you were raised in isolation - the point being that you'd have this belief before you were even raised, rendering the "in isolation" bit irrelevant. Yo...
by Mark Deeks
Sun Aug 14, 2016 1:44 am
Forum: Countdown - General
Topic: Le Mot Le Plus Long
Replies: 4
Views: 946

Re: Le Mot Le Plus Long

Without watching the clip, you've just described a Countdown/Blockbusters mash-up, which sounds awesome, and so now I can't watch it, in case it isn't.
by Mark Deeks
Sat Aug 13, 2016 10:04 pm
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: Do you have any unusual habits?
Replies: 39
Views: 2518

Re: Do you have any unusual habits?

I do all lists backwards, from the bottom to the top. It's a habit that started in my childhood when I used to do a lot of wordsearches - the rarer letters being nearer the end of the alphabet, words with them in were easier to find, so I'd start with them and then know to focus on the remaining bla...
by Mark Deeks
Fri Aug 12, 2016 6:22 pm
Forum: Games and Puzzles
Topic: 158 characters
Replies: 10
Views: 2165

Re: 158 characters

Jim your Teletext is broken again. Give the aerial a jiggle.
by Mark Deeks
Thu Aug 11, 2016 5:24 pm
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: Olympics
Replies: 37
Views: 1985

Re: Olympics

Something I find amusing is the whole beach volleyball thing. Every Olympics people say how it's such a good/bad thing that the female players play in bikinis because they are just wearing the most suitable clothing / the sport is overly sexualised. But what no-one ever seems to notice is that the ...
by Mark Deeks
Sat Aug 06, 2016 5:42 pm
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: Questions you've always wanted answered
Replies: 502
Views: 62129

Re: Questions you've always wanted answered

Why do prison administrators in the US sterilise the needles that they use to put people to death by lethal injection? https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/James_Autry As well as that sort of situation (rare but significant for its historical precedence), I think it's far more to do with it being far safe...
by Mark Deeks
Sat Aug 06, 2016 3:22 pm
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: Questions you've always wanted answered
Replies: 502
Views: 62129

Re: Questions you've always wanted answered

Johnny Canuck wrote:Why do prison administrators in the US sterilise the needles that they use to put people to death by lethal injection?
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/James_Autry
by Mark Deeks
Wed Aug 03, 2016 4:54 pm
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: C4C/apto/Countdown Dreams
Replies: 587
Views: 111586

Re: C4C/apto/Countdown Dreams

So yesterday I was talking to my mum about Michelle Nevitt, couldn't remember her name, and wound up calling her Jennifer. That wasn't a dream as it actually happened. Then in my dream, Michelle kept popping up and shouting "it's NOT bloody JENNY", randomly, like the Toasty guy from Mortal Kombat, a...
by Mark Deeks
Sun Jul 31, 2016 1:47 pm
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: Aliens
Replies: 9
Views: 873

Re: Aliens

I agree. There are definitely aliens and we will definitely never meet them. Bit of an uncomfortable thought, really.
by Mark Deeks
Sat Jul 30, 2016 7:06 pm
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: Children's Programmes
Replies: 20
Views: 1004

Re: Children's Programmes

Silly cub.
by Mark Deeks
Tue Jul 26, 2016 11:02 am
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: What TV programmes have you been watching lately?
Replies: 313
Views: 46897

Re: What TV programmes have you been watching lately?

Zarte Siempre wrote:I try very hard not to say that people are objectively wrong, but... *twitches* Series 4 bordered on unwatchable at times with her gurning about.
Hey now, I never made a supporting argument or anything.
by Mark Deeks
Mon Jul 25, 2016 11:34 pm
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: What TV programmes have you been watching lately?
Replies: 313
Views: 46897

Re: What TV programmes have you been watching lately?

Always liked Julia Reed tbh
by Mark Deeks
Fri Jul 22, 2016 9:54 am
Forum: Countdown - General
Topic: On the mass noun restaurant rule
Replies: 9
Views: 1272

Re: On the mass noun restaurant rule

I think the major problem with the restaurant rule, even beyond its subjectivity, is that....well, does anyone really do this in restaurants?
by Mark Deeks
Fri Jul 22, 2016 7:59 am
Forum: Countdown - General
Topic: On the mass noun restaurant rule
Replies: 9
Views: 1272

Re: On the mass noun restaurant rule

Never lead with the conclusion.
by Mark Deeks
Thu Jul 14, 2016 9:09 am
Forum: Games and Puzzles
Topic: Boris or Philip - Who Said/Did It?
Replies: 15
Views: 3939

Re: Boris or Philip - Who Said/Did It?

Is there a prize?
by Mark Deeks
Sat Jun 25, 2016 7:18 am
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: EU Referendum
Replies: 182
Views: 15660

Re: EU Referendum

This would all be a lot more savoury if there was any sign that those behind the Leave campaign knew what to do now.