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by JimBentley
Sun Jan 08, 2017 8:34 pm
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: Confectionery
Replies: 17
Views: 1699

Re: Confectionery

In 1979, we lived in a flat in Gilberdyke for a few months that was part of a block that contained pretty much all of the village's shops, one of which was a newsagent that had a really impressive range of sweets. Loads of jars of the usual stuff to buy by the quarter: cola bottles, gobstoppers, jel...
by JimBentley
Sun Jan 08, 2017 7:21 pm
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: Deathwatch 2017
Replies: 171
Views: 17946

Re: Deathwatch 2017

Peter Sarstedt has died at the age of 75, it has been announced today. Very sad news (although not unexpected) and certainly not the way in which I wanted scoring in this competition to begin. I'm off to play "Where Do You Go To My Lovely" in tribute. Standings @ 08/01/2017: 1. Jim Bentley: 45 (120...
by JimBentley
Fri Jan 06, 2017 1:48 am
Forum: Countdown - General
Topic: Countdown Goody Bags through the ages.
Replies: 22
Views: 2139

Re: Countdown Goody Bags through the ages.

do you happen to own a copy of that jim? Heh, no. 99% of the games I had were - brace yourself - illegal copies. But I remember the reviews from the time and have played it since on emulators (it's not especially good and certainly not worth tracking down today, although it certainly has novelty va...
by JimBentley
Thu Jan 05, 2017 8:29 pm
Forum: Countdown - Events
Topic: COLIN XIII- Countdown in Lincoln, 28-29 January 2017
Replies: 87
Views: 6629

Re: COLIN XIII- Countdown in Lincoln, 28-29 January 2017

Ben Wilson wrote:
Matt Morrison wrote:Imagine if it was the biggest and best without Corby.
He'll only have himself to blame.
It's odd that - having already posted in this thread - he obviously knows that it's going on, but hasn't entered (or said why he's not coming). Hope he's OK. I might have to email him.
by JimBentley
Thu Jan 05, 2017 8:25 pm
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: Deathwatch 2017
Replies: 171
Views: 17946

Re: Deathwatch 2017

I read that BBC article about the Mandela effect, and empathised with almost none of it. People just don't pay attention. Also, I'm pretty sure I read virtually the same article years ago. I've been reading a bit more about the Mandela Effect lately and one thing that strikes me is that it tends to...
by JimBentley
Tue Jan 03, 2017 11:46 pm
Forum: Countdown - General
Topic: Countdown Goody Bags through the ages.
Replies: 22
Views: 2139

Re: Countdown Goody Bags through the ages.

do you happen to own a copy of that jim? Heh, no. 99% of the games I had were - brace yourself - illegal copies. But I remember the reviews from the time and have played it since on emulators (it's not especially good and certainly not worth tracking down today, although it certainly has novelty va...
by JimBentley
Tue Jan 03, 2017 8:07 pm
Forum: Countdown - General
Topic: Countdown Goody Bags through the ages.
Replies: 22
Views: 2139

Re: Countdown Goody Bags through the ages.

It's almost definitely some version of the computer game, which had appeared a couple of years previous. This is the inlay from the Spectrum version: http://www.worldofspectrum.org/pub/sinclair/games-inlays/Rereleases/c/Countdown(TVGames).jpg Not identical, but it's possible that other versions (e.g...
by JimBentley
Mon Jan 02, 2017 5:51 pm
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: Deathwatch 2017
Replies: 171
Views: 17946

Re: Deathwatch 2017

Would this have been a valid guess? Because it did occur to me. Also, someone like this . I dunno really. Admittedly I didn't specifically guard against this sort of thing, but could plausibly have disallowed both choices as - to be brutal - their only notability arose from their being close to dea...
by JimBentley
Sun Jan 01, 2017 4:23 pm
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: Thread Of Random (for Marc)
Replies: 143
Views: 7899

Re: Thread Of Random (for Marc)

I would agree with Greatest British female singer of the 21st Century though Don't be silly, everyone knows that the greatest British female singer of the 21st century was Leanne Brown out of long-forgotten early-2000s one-hit wonders Sweet Female Attitude. Either her or the other one out of long-f...
by JimBentley
Sun Jan 01, 2017 3:54 pm
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: Deathwatch 2017
Replies: 171
Views: 17946

Re: Deathwatch 2017

Marc Meakin wrote:
James Laverty wrote:See the official list is out. Plenty of names already mentioned on it https://deathlist.net//
12/50 for 2016 wasn't a bad yield
Technically my ratio of 4/10 was better. I AM GREAT etc.
by JimBentley
Sun Jan 01, 2017 3:52 pm
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: Thread Of Random (for Marc)
Replies: 143
Views: 7899

Re: Thread Of Random (for Marc)

I'm just watching a countdown of the best-selling British singles of the decade on low-quality music TV station Viva and it's got to "Rolling In The Deep" by Adele. According to the idiot voiceover woman, this is the single that apparently confirmed Adele as "the greatest artist we have ever had". I...
by JimBentley
Sun Jan 01, 2017 3:23 pm
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: Deathwatch 2017
Replies: 171
Views: 17946

Re: Deathwatch 2017

Although entries don't close for a couple of weeks, here's a quick round-up of the top picks so far. It should probably be said that in the interests of getting in first with a choice, this is probably a bit distorted (certainly I removed four of these people from my list once I saw they'd been chos...
by JimBentley
Sun Jan 01, 2017 2:00 pm
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: Deathwatch 2017
Replies: 171
Views: 17946

Re: Deathwatch 2017

I see Tommy Wisbey didn't make it.......I reckon a 90% Google amongst us lot :D Well, a bit of research never hurts in IMPORTANT COMPETITIONS such as this. With scoring now underway, the first casualty of 2017 is Burundian politician Emmanuel Niyonkuru, shot dead earlier today. Surprisingly, nobody...
by JimBentley
Sat Dec 31, 2016 8:02 pm
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: Deathwatch 2017
Replies: 171
Views: 17946

Re: Deathwatch 2017

Mark Deeks wrote:What if someone on one of our lists dies at like 00.30am GMT, but they're in America at the time? How do we call that?
Well, someone could have died in Australia (or any place that's already into 2017) by now, but in the extremely unlikely event of this happening, we're going by GMT.
by JimBentley
Sat Dec 31, 2016 7:32 pm
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: Deathwatch 2017
Replies: 171
Views: 17946

Re: Deathwatch 2017

OK, I know I was going to wait but hopefully none of these will die in the next four and a half hours:

Burt Reynolds
Denis Norden
Ian St. John
Joni Mitchell
Leslie Phillips
Liz Dawn
Mary Tyler Moore
Peter Sarstedt
Val Kilmer
Valerie Harper
by JimBentley
Sat Dec 31, 2016 5:16 pm
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: Deathwatch 2017
Replies: 171
Views: 17946

Re: Deathwatch 2017

Marc Meakin wrote:After studying the form book.
Can I swap Paul Gascoigne and Carol Vorderman for Pele and Bobby Charlton.
Go on then, but only because it's you.

Some impressive-looking entries so far!
by JimBentley
Fri Dec 30, 2016 12:34 am
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: Deathwatch 2017
Replies: 171
Views: 17946

Re: Deathwatch 2017

Also, can't you get together with someone else and murder the people on each other's lists? In a Strangers On A Train vein? Indeed, good point. The more you look at it, this rule just hasn't been very well thought out at all. That's true, I really should have thought more about it more. I'm just go...
by JimBentley
Fri Dec 30, 2016 12:12 am
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: Deathwatch 2017
Replies: 171
Views: 17946

Re: Deathwatch 2017

Doesn't rule 4 actively encourage cheating? 4.1. If you personally murder somebody named on your list, or pay (or offer inducements) for them to be murdered, no points will be scored. Feel free to murder people not on your list though. What if they are murdered but the murder remains unsolved? Do y...
by JimBentley
Thu Dec 29, 2016 10:28 pm
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: Deathwatch 2017
Replies: 171
Views: 17946

Re: Deathwatch 2017

There's a few people who I am fairly certain will die in 2017, but I'm not morbid enough to compete in something that relies on people dying. I expressed a similar opinion last year but I think the best way to get over it is to become actively involved in the whole death scene (although not by kill...
by JimBentley
Thu Dec 29, 2016 10:23 pm
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: Deathwatch 2017
Replies: 171
Views: 17946

Re: Deathwatch 2017

Fred Mumford wrote:Doesn't rule 4 actively encourage cheating?
4.1. If you personally murder somebody named on your list, or pay (or offer inducements) for them to be murdered, no points will be scored.

Feel free to murder people not on your list though.
by JimBentley
Thu Dec 29, 2016 8:02 pm
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: Deathwatch 2017
Replies: 171
Views: 17946

Deathwatch 2017

Given the amount of interest there's been in 2016's celebrity deaths, I thought it might be a interesting to frame 2017's version as a more competitive "thing". After all, for the reasons we've already discussed, it's unlikely to slow down anytime soon. Now, I'm not sure there'll be enough interest ...
by JimBentley
Thu Dec 29, 2016 7:37 pm
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: Crisps
Replies: 47
Views: 1652

Re: Crisps

I think we need more than that Jim. If you leave stuff out, you can always post again! Oh I will, trust me. In fact, I'm doing it right now! On the sub-subject of maize snacks (as opposed to purely potato-based crisps) I've always enjoyed stuff like Space Raiders, especially the pickled onion ones ...
by JimBentley
Thu Dec 29, 2016 5:57 pm
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: Crisps
Replies: 47
Views: 1652

Re: Crisps

I sort of made a start on a proper post for this thread but quickly realised that - like Mark - I love crisps so much that it would go on forever and I'd still end up missing out many of my favourites (and favourites that no longer exist). As such, it's going to be far quicker to say that in my enti...
by JimBentley
Thu Dec 29, 2016 5:37 pm
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: Who would be the biggest deaths?
Replies: 236
Views: 9924

Re: Who would be the biggest deaths?

I'm considering about fifty at the moment and it's going to be tough to reduce it to just ten. Also, I think I'll wait until December 31st because some of my choices are undoubtedly so prescient that they may not last until 2017. I knew I was tempting fate with this, but three of them (Zsa Zsa Gabo...
by JimBentley
Tue Dec 27, 2016 11:59 pm
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: Who would be the biggest deaths?
Replies: 236
Views: 9924

Re: Who would be the biggest deaths?

I hadn't heard of Vera Rubin until today Why not? If you think that physicists and scientific thinkers are given insufficient kudos and coverage, then surely you should be making it your business to find out about them and their work before they die, not after it. But isn't that partly the point? T...
by JimBentley
Tue Dec 27, 2016 7:58 pm
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: Who would be the biggest deaths?
Replies: 236
Views: 9924

Re: Who would be the biggest deaths?

But do we as a society disproportionately value the achievements of entertainers above those of, for example, astrophysicists? Arguably, yes. Or in a more accurate analysis, no. We value achievements that directly impact upon and influence our lives and it's pure intellectual elitism to pontificate...
by JimBentley
Tue Dec 27, 2016 7:22 pm
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: Who would be the biggest deaths?
Replies: 236
Views: 9924

Re: Who would be the biggest deaths?

I wouldn't expect Vera Rubin to get anywhere near the amount of coverage as George Michael, but arguably she should get more than the none that I've seen. It's not all or nothing. That's simply not true, though, is it? I heard the news on the radio, it made the BBC rolling news coverage and there's...
by JimBentley
Tue Dec 27, 2016 6:33 pm
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: Who would be the biggest deaths?
Replies: 236
Views: 9924

Re: Who would be the biggest deaths?

Vera Rubin, an astrophysicist who discovered dark matter, died aged 88 yesterday. But that probably won't be deemed particularly significant, nor as further evidence of the evil machinations of 2016. This may because Vera Rubin didn't, to my knowledge, either sing or act and neither did she hasten ...
by JimBentley
Fri Dec 23, 2016 7:38 pm
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: Crisps
Replies: 47
Views: 1652

Re: Crisps

another topic is meat in crisps - something walkers have become guilty of re-introducing over the last couple of years, so that now you actually have to check the meat flavour crisps to see if they contain some sort of animal extract whereas for the previous 20 years you could be pretty assured tha...
by JimBentley
Fri Dec 23, 2016 7:12 pm
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: Crisps
Replies: 47
Views: 1652

Re: Crisps

Marc Meakin wrote:did anyone else have fun melting crisp packets to make them small
Hey, stop stealing my stuff! This was going to be one of the exciting crisp-related anecdotes in my forthcoming crisps megapost.

Yes I know, I snooze, I lose.
by JimBentley
Fri Dec 23, 2016 5:06 pm
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: Crisps
Replies: 47
Views: 1652

Re: Crisps

there really needs to be a thread devoted to crisps on here. I know that some of you will be panicking that I haven't posted in this thread yet (and I can't say I blame you) but fear not! My exciting crisps round-up is coming soon. It's taking longer than expected because - being an old person - I'...
by JimBentley
Fri Dec 23, 2016 4:00 am
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: How would you rank the celebratory days of the year?
Replies: 17
Views: 980

Re: How would you rank the celebratory days of the year?

If you had to put the following in order of celebratoryness or whatever else you want to rank them in order of, what order would you put them in? I've put them in chronological order, except that I've put "Your Birthday" last because it could be anywhere. Also I haven't bothered with things like Ch...
by JimBentley
Thu Dec 22, 2016 8:56 pm
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: People you shouldn't trust
Replies: 496
Views: 33146

Re: People you shouldn't trust

Are you Marc Meakin or something? Eh? You've started two threads just tonight, I haven't started any (yet). In any case, Marc is a reformed man, his contributions since his thread-starting ban have been interesting and relevant in the main. But if it goes some way towards making you feel better, I'...
by JimBentley
Thu Dec 22, 2016 7:55 pm
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: People you shouldn't trust
Replies: 496
Views: 33146

Re: People you shouldn't trust

Unless you just mean that it offends your sensibilities, in that aesthetically it is less pleasing? Yeah, this. Not strictly related, but there really needs to be a thread devoted to crisps on here. Favourite crisps, crisps that used to exist but don't any more, unusually-flavoured crisps, posh cri...
by JimBentley
Thu Dec 22, 2016 7:04 pm
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: When do you consider the seasons to start/end?
Replies: 4
Views: 463

Re: When do you consider the seasons to start/end?

I don't think seasons start or end any more, at least in the classic sense. They sort of blend into one another, so it isn't possible to say when one ends and another begins on a purely meteorological basis. However, one of the things I've been going on about for some time is that I think the tradit...
by JimBentley
Thu Dec 22, 2016 6:49 pm
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: People you shouldn't trust
Replies: 496
Views: 33146

Re: People you shouldn't trust

People who don't make sure that crisp packets are the right way up when they open them. Most crisp packets are now made in such a way that it doesn't matter. I remember a time when this wasn't the case and trying to open them from the bottom (oo-er missus) would normally result in the packet tearin...
by JimBentley
Thu Dec 22, 2016 6:41 pm
Forum: Countdown - Events
Topic: Your preferred format for CO-events
Replies: 33
Views: 2260

Re: Your preferred format for CO-events

*shrug* I'm mostly just happy to play Countdown and see people I like. This is pretty much my view too. In fact I'd go further and say that it's the "seeing people" that comes way ahead of the "playing Countdown" bit for me. I've never been to any tournaments except Lincoln so can't really comment ...
by JimBentley
Tue Dec 20, 2016 9:34 pm
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: Strange Celebrity Occurences
Replies: 12
Views: 679

Re: Strange Celebrity Occurences

I sold John Altman some Nurofen on the day of Princess Diana's funeral. This really made me laugh for some reason. I think it's the matter-of-factness of it. I can't get close, I'm afraid, but in about 1991 or 1992 a couple of friends and I went to the Wellgate Centre in Dundee - no great expeditio...
by JimBentley
Mon Dec 19, 2016 4:44 pm
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: Who would be the biggest deaths?
Replies: 236
Views: 9924

Re: Who would be the biggest deaths?

4/10 for Jim, 0/10 for everyone else. Mental. And I've a feeling I might even end up with five, there's always a few significant deaths around Xmas. Can't imagine that I'll be able to match that performance next year, despite undoubtedly being c4c's resident Dr. Death*. * probably not a thing to bo...
by JimBentley
Fri Dec 16, 2016 10:24 pm
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: Who would be the biggest deaths?
Replies: 236
Views: 9924

Re: Who would be the biggest deaths?

If you go by Doug Stanhope's death pool scoring system there's no point picking people over 100 years old. I was looking at his site the other day and think his scoring system is shite, to be honest. If you're going to score like that something like (120 - age) would be far more appropriate. Also h...
by JimBentley
Thu Dec 15, 2016 9:09 pm
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: Who would be the biggest deaths?
Replies: 236
Views: 9924

Re: Who would be the biggest deaths?

Intriguing list; not sure if it's intentional but you're missing a lot of obvious ones. I can see what you mean with the likes of Zsa Zsa Gabor, Roger Moore and Angela Landsbury in their nineties. This might come back to bite me but I think Angela Lansbury is still in great health. She was acting (...
by JimBentley
Thu Dec 15, 2016 8:13 pm
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: Who would be the biggest deaths?
Replies: 236
Views: 9924

Re: Who would be the biggest deaths?

Ok 2017 Deadpool top ten 1. Bruce Forsythe 2.Donald Trump 3.Bobby Charlton 4.Pele 5.Keith Richards 6. Dame Maggie Smith 7. Frederick Forsyth 8. David Attenborough 9. Bill Oddie 10. Stevie Wonder Only Donald trump not to die of natural causes unless you count lead poisoning from a bullet wound Intri...
by JimBentley
Thu Dec 15, 2016 2:03 pm
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: Who would be the biggest deaths?
Replies: 236
Views: 9924

Re: Who would be the biggest deaths?

When I was discussing big deaths with one of my "real life" friends, he mentioned Jo Cox. But I'm not sure that really counts, because it was her death that made her famous rather than it being a case of a big name dying. Because you wouldn't include someone like Lee Rigby presumably (in whatever y...
by JimBentley
Wed Dec 14, 2016 10:00 pm
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: Who would be the biggest deaths?
Replies: 236
Views: 9924

Re: Who would be the biggest deaths?

Tell me my 2015 omissions (this will get harder as we proceed, but 2015 should be recent enough in the memory for a few): 2015 (27) January 21 – Leon Brittan, British politician (b. 1939) January 25 – Demis Roussos, Greek singer (b. 1946) February 27 – Leonard Nimoy, American actor (b. 1931) March 1...
by JimBentley
Wed Dec 14, 2016 8:18 pm
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: Who would be the biggest deaths?
Replies: 236
Views: 9924

Re: Who would be the biggest deaths?

I've never been a fan of Death Pool games as a lot of my picks would be people I'd be sad to see die, but I suppose if you insist that I absolutely must: - Muhammed Ali (congestive heart disease) - Glen Campbell (pneumonia) - Billy Connolly (complications of Alzheimer's) - Fidel Castro (natural cau...
by JimBentley
Wed Dec 14, 2016 6:53 pm
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: Who would be the biggest deaths?
Replies: 236
Views: 9924

Re: Who would be the biggest deaths?

Cheers for the suggestions, folks, I'll add (some of them) to the list; not sure how I missed Jean Alexander, Caroline Aherne and Jimmy Young. I had Anton Yelchin, Denise Robertson, Peter Vaughan, David Gest, Carlos Alberto, Frank Kelly and Carla Lane but skipped them either because I didn't conside...
by JimBentley
Wed Dec 14, 2016 5:44 pm
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: Who would be the biggest deaths?
Replies: 236
Views: 9924

Re: Who would be the biggest deaths?

Gavin Chipper wrote:I don't think Jimmy Perry, co-creator of Dad's Army, has been mentioned.
Fixed. Keep them coming, as mentioned I'm sure I've missed a lot. Given the points I noted earlier (and the general UK-based nature of this forum and thread), keep an eye out especially for British omissions.
by JimBentley
Wed Dec 14, 2016 4:49 pm
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: Who would be the biggest deaths?
Replies: 236
Views: 9924

Re: Who would be the biggest deaths?

This would be great. You could rate each death by certain weighted criteria (e.g. UK notability, worldwide notability, surprisingness of death) and see if 2016 really is such a bad year, or if it's just confirmation bias/recency effect. I think the first half of 2016 was definitely an outlier, and ...
by JimBentley
Wed Dec 14, 2016 1:05 pm
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: Who would be the biggest deaths?
Replies: 236
Views: 9924

Re: Who would be the biggest deaths?

This would be great. You could rate each death by certain weighted criteria (e.g. UK notability, worldwide notability, surprisingness of death) and see if 2016 really is such a bad year, or if it's just confirmation bias/recency effect. Jeez, you don't ask for much! In any case, I'm not best qualif...
by JimBentley
Tue Dec 13, 2016 6:56 pm
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: Who would be the biggest deaths?
Replies: 236
Views: 9924

Re: Who would be the biggest deaths?

All of them please. You might have to give me a couple of days. I got the base information from Wikipedia and it's all formatted differently for different years for some reason; as such it's taking a while to get it all shaped into a consistent format. Plus certain years are covered in far more det...
by JimBentley
Tue Dec 13, 2016 5:59 pm
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: Who would be the biggest deaths?
Replies: 236
Views: 9924

Re: Who would be the biggest deaths?

For completeness, here's a few more potential candidates... That's a pretty decent list. Thanks, Jim I'm not sure how I never mentioned Boutros Boutros-Ghali. Obviously made famous by The Fast Show. ;) No problem! As a result of a casual (and not entirely serious) comment I made on Facebook to Chri...
by JimBentley
Tue Dec 13, 2016 2:28 pm
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: Who would be the biggest deaths?
Replies: 236
Views: 9924

Re: Who would be the biggest deaths?

For completeness, here's a few more potential candidates that I don't think have been mentioned yet. Whilst I can't see any of them usurping anyone in Gevin's list, I think some of them would make other people's lists, depending on their age and particular cultural leanings: January 18 – Glenn Frey,...
by JimBentley
Mon Dec 12, 2016 3:31 pm
Forum: Other game shows
Topic: Countdowners On Other Quizzes
Replies: 152
Views: 25415

Re: Countdowners On Other Quizzes

Not a quiz, but Doug Roberts (the pirate guy from CD a few weeks ago) was on Watchdog after he complained that a supermarket gift set of 3 jars of jam was more than double the price of buying the three jars of jam individually. Well he's a fanny if he bought it. Just another stupidity tax innit? Al...
by JimBentley
Sun Dec 11, 2016 3:30 am
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: People you shouldn't trust
Replies: 496
Views: 33146

Re: People you shouldn't trust

Gavin Chipper wrote:What could it do to the break that's so bad? I'm not getting this.
It would give the black unwanted spin and that could be a big deal on the new table tennis pool table that I just invented. Quite simple really.
by JimBentley
Sat Dec 10, 2016 10:26 pm
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: People you shouldn't trust
Replies: 496
Views: 33146

Re: People you shouldn't trust

I'm not being entirely serious about it being that much of a problem. Although you don't want the ball to be still be spinning when the break is made or it could affect the break. Fortunately the pool tables I generally play on have had a long history of having booze spilled on them, so this is not...
by JimBentley
Sat Dec 10, 2016 12:26 am
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: People you shouldn't trust
Replies: 496
Views: 33146

Re: People you shouldn't trust

People who, after racking up a game of pool and lifting the black up to see where the spot is, spin it on the spot when putting it back. Barbaric behaviour. Must admit I do this but I agree with you. It's a force of habit at this stage but I must try and stop. Strange that I don't do it for 9 Ball ...
by JimBentley
Thu Dec 08, 2016 11:37 pm
Forum: Countdown - General
Topic: So, who will be the founding member of Countdown's "1000 CLUB"?
Replies: 47
Views: 4411

Re: So, who will be the founding member of Countdown's "1000 CLUB"?

To score near the elevated available maxes of recent times, you'd need a player who regularly spots most of the new ODO obscure but high probability nines. This is someone for whom e.g. RANTIPOLE becomes a routine spot, in much the same way that e.g. SEALPOINT became a routine spot for apterites of...
by JimBentley
Thu Dec 08, 2016 8:56 pm
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: Who would be the biggest deaths?
Replies: 236
Views: 9924

Re: Who would be the biggest deaths?

Probably not Octochamp material, but it was sad to hear the death of Greg Lake today. He wrote the best Christmas song ever imho I agree, always been one of my favourite Xmas songs. It might sound schmaltzy but it has tremendously bleak lyrics and is always a welcome antidote to yer normal Xmas fare.
by JimBentley
Tue Dec 06, 2016 11:44 pm
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: Politics in General
Replies: 389
Views: 29036

Re: Politics in General

Something I find strange is that drinking and driving is treated as a serious offence. It's an automatic ban and a criminal record (I think). But using a mobile phone, including texting , is just a points-on-your-licence affair (unless of course you cause an accident and kill or injure someone of c...
by JimBentley
Mon Dec 05, 2016 6:35 pm
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: Politics in General
Replies: 389
Views: 29036

Re: Politics in General

A better deterrent would be to crack down more on those who are found guilty of dangerous driving but don't cause a fatal accident. This would presumably be most people who drive dangerously. Not necessarily disagreeing with you, but how would this be done? Every day I see people driving in a way t...