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by Marc Meakin
Mon Sep 27, 2021 8:04 am
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: What TV programmes have you been watching lately?
Replies: 638
Views: 332577

Re: What TV programmes have you been watching lately?

Just started Ted Lasso.
Much funnier than it ought to be given its unlikely premise of an American college football manager becoming the manager of a struggling Premier league club.
Very good writing highliting 2 nations divided by a common language.
Raced through the first 9 episodes.
Its on Apple tv
by Marc Meakin
Mon Sep 27, 2021 8:01 am
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: What films have you watched lately?
Replies: 318
Views: 157558

Re: What films have you watched lately?

Th Green Knight.
Its on Amazon Prime but it is so much better at the cinema.
Visually stunning, Dev Patel is wonderful in this and the CGI is superb
Worth a watch even if you are not familiar with the poem
by Marc Meakin
Sat Sep 25, 2021 6:12 pm
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: Politics in General
Replies: 948
Views: 646038

Re: Politics in General

Interesting take on the Labour leader ship from Ken Loach here . He is very bitter for being kicked out the Labour Party. Socialism isn't due for a comeback anytime soon. For good or bad (probably bad) the country has moved on away from the far left, in fact it has been close to fifty years since t...
by Marc Meakin
Fri Sep 24, 2021 1:19 pm
Forum: Countdown - General
Topic: Is it time to end Countdown?
Replies: 36
Views: 1024

Re: Is it time to end Countdown?

Philip A wrote:
Fri Sep 24, 2021 10:19 am
Her style of hosting Countdown is indicating that she was not being a pantomime baddie act after all.
She has a journalistic background and is a recovering alcoholic so she has a grumpy demeanour by default
by Marc Meakin
Thu Sep 23, 2021 5:38 pm
Forum: Countdown - General
Topic: Is it time to end Countdown?
Replies: 36
Views: 1024

Re: Is it time to end Countdown?

I think if we could get a national treasure like Stephen Fry , Richard Osman or Rob Brydon then age isn't important as it will attract viewers. I think, going down the Hignify route having different presenters each week might be attractive enough to make audiences viable. Or go down the Aussie route...
by Marc Meakin
Thu Sep 23, 2021 9:09 am
Forum: Other game shows
Topic: Richard Osman's House of Games
Replies: 12
Views: 8192

Re: Richard Osman's House of Games

Gavin Chipper wrote:
Wed Sep 22, 2021 5:54 pm
Marc Meakin wrote:
Wed Sep 22, 2021 5:41 pm
Very rarely does the answer to a question on ROHOG leave me flabbergasted but the answer to the distinctly average question I watched last week asking how many Islands doe Sweden have was truly jawdropping
Don't leave us hanging.
Spoier alert.






221,831.
Around 22,000 are habitable
by Marc Meakin
Wed Sep 22, 2021 5:41 pm
Forum: Other game shows
Topic: Richard Osman's House of Games
Replies: 12
Views: 8192

Re: Richard Osman's House of Games

Very rarely does the answer to a question on ROHOG leave me flabbergasted but the answer to the distinctly average question I watched last week asking how many Islands doe Sweden have was truly jawdropping
by Marc Meakin
Mon Sep 20, 2021 8:09 pm
Forum: Countdown - General
Topic: Is it time to end Countdown?
Replies: 36
Views: 1024

Re: Is it time to end Countdown?

JackHurst wrote:
Mon Sep 20, 2021 7:16 pm
What it needs is a companion app with a play along mode where the highest scoring player playing along gets a prize.
When?
by Marc Meakin
Mon Sep 20, 2021 6:37 pm
Forum: Countdown - General
Topic: Is it time to end Countdown?
Replies: 36
Views: 1024

Re: Is it time to end Countdown?

Confession: Mark took a leaf out of my book (again). :) Yes, ratings have fallen BELOW 358,000; :( Source: https://www.thinkbox.tv/research/barb-data/top-programmes-report/?tag=CH4 Last Bank Holiday Monday it was 630,000 and it was the only appearance in the Top 50 that week. Yes Phillip I did see ...
by Marc Meakin
Mon Sep 20, 2021 5:52 pm
Forum: Countdown - General
Topic: Is it time to end Countdown?
Replies: 36
Views: 1024

Is it time to end Countdown?

A bit like Turkeys voting for Christmas here but hear me out. All 5 episodes last week failed to make the top 50 channel 4 shows. 358,000 viewers I believe. I think it might be time for a revamp or say goodbye for good. I would prefer a revamp first with a young dynamic presenter. (someone under 50)...
by Marc Meakin
Mon Sep 20, 2021 5:24 pm
Forum: Countdown - General
Topic: New Countdown App Looking for Beta Testers
Replies: 32
Views: 3774

Re: New Countdown App Looking for Beta Testers

Scrabble Go has a monthly leaderboard
by Marc Meakin
Mon Sep 20, 2021 10:39 am
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: Deathwatch 2017
Replies: 255
Views: 114040

Re: Deathwatch 2017

John Challis too (Boycie on Only Fools and Horses). A bit psychopathic to mention Jimmy Greaves and not him. I felt they deserved seperated posts. Plus he wasn't a prolific goalscorer in the sixties and early seventies True - he scored most of his goals in the eighties and early nineties. Jimmy Gre...
by Marc Meakin
Mon Sep 20, 2021 10:37 am
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: Biggest sporting upsets or long odds victory?
Replies: 30
Views: 678

Re: Biggest sporting upsets or long odds victory?

I guess female Jockeys can match the men from time to time certainly over the fences.
Also mind sports like Countdown and Scrabble
by Marc Meakin
Sun Sep 19, 2021 5:47 pm
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: Deathwatch 2017
Replies: 255
Views: 114040

Re: Deathwatch 2017

Gavin Chipper wrote:
Sun Sep 19, 2021 5:20 pm
John Challis too (Boycie on Only Fools and Horses). A bit psychopathic to mention Jimmy Greaves and not him.
I felt they deserved seperated posts.
Plus he wasn't a prolific goalscorer in the sixties and early seventies
by Marc Meakin
Sun Sep 19, 2021 5:08 pm
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: Deathwatch 2017
Replies: 255
Views: 114040

Re: Deathwatch 2017

RIP Jimmy Greaves, possibly the best striker I have ever seen live
by Marc Meakin
Sun Sep 19, 2021 3:49 pm
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: Biggest sporting upsets or long odds victory?
Replies: 30
Views: 678

Re: Biggest sporting upsets or long odds victory?

Fallon Sherrock has just come back from 1-7 to win 11-10 to get to a darts final against men Admittedly mainly cos her opponent just collapsed and missed many match darts, but she put up a great performance against MvG in the final!! I'm trying to think of other sports where a woman has matched or ...
by Marc Meakin
Sun Sep 19, 2021 7:23 am
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: Questions you've always wanted answered
Replies: 958
Views: 327479

Re: Questions you've always wanted answered

Why is it more acceptable to mock someone over their height than their weight, even though we have much more control and choice over the latter? This is just the tip of the iceberg. There's a long list if things you can and can't mock people for with no good reason for the distinction. But in this ...
by Marc Meakin
Sat Sep 18, 2021 8:48 pm
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: Biggest sporting upsets or long odds victory?
Replies: 30
Views: 678

Re: Biggest sporting upsets or long odds victory?

Fallon Sherrock has just come back from 1-7 to win 11-10 to get to a darts final against men
by Marc Meakin
Sat Sep 18, 2021 6:30 pm
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: Words and expressions that grind your gears
Replies: 72
Views: 9375

Re: Words and expressions that grind your gears

Putting super in front of everything.
Its super windy, It's super hot, I'm super nervous.
This must be a generational thing
by Marc Meakin
Thu Sep 16, 2021 4:37 pm
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: COVID-19 Coronavirus Thread
Replies: 489
Views: 108626

Re: COVID-19 Coronavirus Thread

I always found the claim that wearing a mask doesn't protect you from COVID-19, but only other people from you, slightly strange. It's a physical barrier for the germy particles and even if it works better one way, it should still work a bit the other way. Anyway, I found this and this (and a few o...
by Marc Meakin
Thu Sep 16, 2021 4:12 pm
Forum: Countdown - General
Topic: First impressions of Anne
Replies: 104
Views: 7252

Re: First impressions of Anne

Gavin Chipper wrote:
Thu Sep 16, 2021 3:56 pm
Marc Meakin wrote:
Thu Sep 16, 2021 12:30 pm
This is good
https://m.facebook.com/story.php?story_ ... ef=m_notif
Not bad.
Is this a spoof or was Anne involved?
by Marc Meakin
Thu Sep 16, 2021 1:14 pm
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: Biggest sporting upsets or long odds victory?
Replies: 30
Views: 678

Re: Biggest sporting upsets or long odds victory?

I wonder what odds the bookies would give you on your newborn baby playing for England by their 21st birthday?
by Marc Meakin
Thu Sep 16, 2021 9:52 am
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: Biggest sporting upsets or long odds victory?
Replies: 30
Views: 678

Re: Biggest sporting upsets or long odds victory?

James Buster Douglas beating a seemingly invincible Milke Tyson. Leon Spinks beating Muhammad Ali Heavyweight boxing is famously volatile. So long as the bout was between two recognised high-level professionals I really wouldn't call any result a major upset. At my local parkrun, there have been so...
by Marc Meakin
Thu Sep 16, 2021 9:51 am
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: Questions you've always wanted answered
Replies: 958
Views: 327479

Re: Questions you've always wanted answered

And whilst we're on music, is the Bryan Adams/Mel C collaboration When You're Gone a rip off of Albert Hammond's It Never Rains In Southern California? This could have its on thread. The Air that I Breathe by The Hollies is so like Creep by Radiohead. Also the new (comeback)hit by Texas.. Call Me i...
by Marc Meakin
Wed Sep 15, 2021 4:34 pm
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: COVID-19 Coronavirus Thread
Replies: 489
Views: 108626

Re: COVID-19 Coronavirus Thread

Matt Morrison wrote:
Wed Sep 15, 2021 3:18 pm
Callum Todd wrote:
Wed Sep 15, 2021 5:09 am
many people who are unvaccinated are so for a reason and miggjt be shielding or something
My favourite bit of temporary Danish on the forum thus far.
Or
https://www.urbandictionary.com/define.php?term=Miggit
by Marc Meakin
Wed Sep 15, 2021 9:53 am
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: Biggest sporting upsets or long odds victory?
Replies: 30
Views: 678

Re: Biggest sporting upsets or long odds victory?

James Buster Douglas beating a seemingly invincible Milke Tyson.
Leon Spinks beating Muhammad Ali
by Marc Meakin
Tue Sep 14, 2021 7:12 pm
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: Biggest sporting upsets or long odds victory?
Replies: 30
Views: 678

Re: Biggest sporting upsets or long odds victory?

Gavin Chipper wrote:
Tue Sep 14, 2021 1:40 pm
I don't think any tournament with two competitors would ever have record long odds. E.g. the Ashes or FA Cup final (though obviously the whole FA Cup from the start could count).
I think the 1981 Ashes odds was quite long as England had scored less than a hundred in their first innings
by Marc Meakin
Tue Sep 14, 2021 1:21 pm
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: Biggest sporting upsets or long odds victory?
Replies: 30
Views: 678

Biggest sporting upsets or long odds victory?

After Emma won with such long odds as a qualifier to win the US Open I wanted to ask what your candidate would be. If some clever person wants to make it a poll then so be it. I will mention 3 in my lifetime. Leicester winning the Premier League. Wimbledon beating Liverpool to win the FA Cup. 1981 B...
by Marc Meakin
Mon Sep 13, 2021 4:17 pm
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: Questions you've always wanted answered
Replies: 958
Views: 327479

Re: Questions you've always wanted answered

people really don't care enough about salt and vinegar I distinctly remember when we used to get kids cones from a chip shop in Winchester they would half-fill it, apply salt and vinegar, then repeat to fill the cone. You'd still get the vinegar puddle at the bottom, which is probably unavoidable, ...
by Marc Meakin
Mon Sep 13, 2021 1:09 pm
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: Questions you've always wanted answered
Replies: 958
Views: 327479

Re: Questions you've always wanted answered

If you buy chips to eat now and they are in the conical shaped wrapping, how can you evenly distribute the salt and Vinegar effectively?
I usually end up with an over salty top layer and a Vinegar puddle on the bottom
by Marc Meakin
Mon Sep 13, 2021 11:16 am
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: TENNIS
Replies: 114
Views: 25614

Re: TENNIS

Some of those in the poll have gained no traction with the public whatsoever. I'd suggest 4, 8 and 9, although I was quite aware of 9. But they needed to put in women's things "for balance". But they could have put in Kelly Holmes as Marc said, maybe Paula Radcliffe with her marathon world record (...
by Marc Meakin
Mon Sep 13, 2021 5:05 am
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: TENNIS
Replies: 114
Views: 25614

Re: TENNIS

Yeah, it's easy to lose sight of how massive an achievement this is because the proportionality in media coverage of UK sport is very reliably completely wrong. This is huge. First person to win a GS as a qualifier. To not lose a set on the way. To not even give up 5 games in any single set. All in...
by Marc Meakin
Sun Sep 12, 2021 5:52 pm
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: TENNIS
Replies: 114
Views: 25614

Re: TENNIS

44 years is a long wait.
Looking forward to "Raducanu ramp" (that's the best alliteration I could come with) at Wimbledon next year
by Marc Meakin
Sat Sep 11, 2021 9:49 pm
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: The C4C Football Thread
Replies: 1216
Views: 144494

Re: The C4C Football Thread

nauseating Fans of cancel culture, mandatory vetting etc. might find it nauseating, but thankfully in law "innocent until proven guilty" is still in place. Perhaps in the future the trial by jury system will get replaced by a Twitter vote based on how nauseated people feel, but not as yet. You soun...
by Marc Meakin
Sat Sep 11, 2021 9:52 am
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: Words and expressions that grind your gears
Replies: 72
Views: 9375

Re: Words and expressions that grind your gears

Mark James wrote:
Sat Sep 11, 2021 7:10 am
Straight to describe someone's sexuality. Why can't we just say normal?
Normal or straight sounds better nowadays than saying you are attracted to the opposite sex.
by Marc Meakin
Fri Sep 10, 2021 3:26 pm
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: Words and expressions that grind your gears
Replies: 72
Views: 9375

Re: Words and expressions that grind your gears

L'oisleatch McGraw wrote:
Fri Sep 10, 2021 3:15 pm
"cis"

You don't need a new word to needlessly state that you are normal.
It depends on perspective.
My daughter is on the Autism Spectrum (she was originally diagnosed with Aspergers but that term is not used now).
She refers to normal people as Neurotypical.
But yes Cis is annoying
by Marc Meakin
Fri Sep 10, 2021 2:10 pm
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: Words and expressions that grind your gears
Replies: 72
Views: 9375

Re: Words and expressions that grind your gears

Dead Name
Virtual Signalling
White Saviour
Woke
by Marc Meakin
Fri Sep 10, 2021 10:06 am
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: Words and expressions that grind your gears
Replies: 72
Views: 9375

Re: Words and expressions that grind your gears

"Fully vaccinated". It's not really a thing. It's not like you suddenly reach full immunity after two doses of the vaccine. We just happen to get two doses as standard. And anyone who thinks being double jabbed means you won't get it or transfer it is WRONG. Both my Partner, her Daughter and my sis...
by Marc Meakin
Wed Sep 08, 2021 9:56 am
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: Cricket
Replies: 162
Views: 18551

Re: Cricket

I think the huge time it takes to get to a conclusion (years) makes it less attractive than say, a host venue, preferably somewhere with predictable summers and have knock out tests or groups ala the world cup.
If they build it people would come
by Marc Meakin
Sun Sep 05, 2021 4:53 pm
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: Words and expressions that grind your gears
Replies: 72
Views: 9375

Re: Words and expressions that grind your gears

People using text abbreviations in conversation like CBA and especially FYI
by Marc Meakin
Sun Sep 05, 2021 9:22 am
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: Questions you've always wanted answered
Replies: 958
Views: 327479

Re: Questions you've always wanted answered

Why is it if I fry 2 eggs I can fit them nicely on two pieces of toast.
But if I use the same sized eggs to make scrambled eggs I barely cover one piece of toast.
Surely the surface area should be the same
by Marc Meakin
Thu Sep 02, 2021 7:37 pm
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: Words and expressions that grind your gears
Replies: 72
Views: 9375

Re: Words and expressions that grind your gears

Mark Deeks wrote:
Thu Sep 02, 2021 7:20 pm
Calling pets "furbabies'.
Agree with that.
Also those guide dog ads with 'regular pupdates' also irritate me
by Marc Meakin
Wed Sep 01, 2021 4:11 pm
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: Words and expressions that grind your gears
Replies: 72
Views: 9375

Re: Words and expressions that grind your gears

Just for shits and giggles, how annoyed do we get when people spell or pronouns our names wrong.
I only ever got annoyed if one of my family spell my name wrong.
Tbh I am a frequent offender, especially on this forum 😊
by Marc Meakin
Wed Sep 01, 2021 8:55 am
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: Words and expressions that grind your gears
Replies: 72
Views: 9375

Re: Words and expressions that grind your gears

And it's obviously "Tesco's" that people are saying, not "Tescos". Even so, when my mother says "I'm going to Tescos*" my response is often, "How many Tescos? Surely just one would suffice?" or "Is that in case the first one has run out of something?" She's not a fan. (*or possibly Tesco's) I spent...
by Marc Meakin
Tue Aug 31, 2021 9:27 am
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: Words and expressions that grind your gears
Replies: 72
Views: 9375

Re: Words and expressions that grind your gears

'actor', when they mean 'actress'. 'Tescos' when they mean 'Tesco'. It seems that over the past ten years there is a national or global action to gender neutralise all professions. Names like policewoman, actress and comedidiene are being confined to history As for Tesco becoming Tescos.. That may ...
by Marc Meakin
Mon Aug 30, 2021 4:03 pm
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: The C4C Football Thread
Replies: 1216
Views: 144494

Re: The C4C Football Thread

I'm sure the British press will be all over this, particularly if the Mendy case goes to trial and he is convicted
by Marc Meakin
Fri Aug 27, 2021 9:41 am
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: Track and Field Athletics
Replies: 104
Views: 13424

Re: Track and Field Athletics

Has there been some sort of revolution in footwear recently?
by Marc Meakin
Thu Aug 26, 2021 7:49 pm
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: Track and Field Athletics
Replies: 104
Views: 13424

Re: Track and Field Athletics

Fraser-Price beats Thopson- Herah in Diamond league 10.6 secs
by Marc Meakin
Wed Aug 25, 2021 9:16 am
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: Deathwatch 2017
Replies: 255
Views: 114040

Re: Deathwatch 2017

The Animals looked pretty scary too
by Marc Meakin
Tue Aug 24, 2021 5:52 pm
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: Deathwatch 2017
Replies: 255
Views: 114040

Re: Deathwatch 2017

Gavin Chipper wrote:
Tue Aug 24, 2021 5:21 pm
Marc Meakin wrote:
Tue Aug 24, 2021 4:49 pm
RIP Charlie Watts
I have to admit I wouldn't have known who that was without it being in the news today.
Someone on my FB timeline posted a picture of Curly Watts instead
by Marc Meakin
Tue Aug 24, 2021 4:49 pm
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: Deathwatch 2017
Replies: 255
Views: 114040

Re: Deathwatch 2017

RIP Charlie Watts
by Marc Meakin
Tue Aug 24, 2021 9:39 am
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: Track and Field Athletics
Replies: 104
Views: 13424

Re: Track and Field Athletics

Speaking of fasted 100 metres, has anybody timed the fastest flying 100 metres (from a 200m or 400m runner)?
by Marc Meakin
Mon Aug 23, 2021 9:56 am
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: Track and Field Athletics
Replies: 104
Views: 13424

Re: Track and Field Athletics

Gavin Chipper wrote:
Sun Aug 22, 2021 7:36 pm
Marc Meakin wrote:
Sun Aug 22, 2021 6:57 pm
Thompson-Herah second fastest time ever in 100 metres 10.54 exceptional
One might say the real world record.
Totally agree but the best way of removing any doubt is for her to beat the 10.49 .
I am surprised she hasn't got the same status as Bolt yet
by Marc Meakin
Sun Aug 22, 2021 6:57 pm
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: Track and Field Athletics
Replies: 104
Views: 13424

Re: Track and Field Athletics

Thompson-Herah second fastest time ever in 100 metres 10.54 exceptional
by Marc Meakin
Sat Aug 21, 2021 8:09 am
Forum: Countdown - General
Topic: Countdown tattoo's
Replies: 5
Views: 500

Re: Countdown tattoo's

Seen loads over the years. The clock is the most prominent one. Seen conundrum tattoos, phrases like 'vowel please Carol' etc etc. There was once a diehard fan who had the whole 3 minutes of Susie's Origins of Words tattooed onto her labia. She's since educated a lot of men. You are tapping into yo...
by Marc Meakin
Sat Aug 21, 2021 8:08 am
Forum: Countdown - General
Topic: Rachel 3000 not out
Replies: 2
Views: 285

Re: Rachel 3000 not out

Gavin Chipper wrote:
Sat Aug 21, 2021 7:28 am
4832. Plus 1 as a contestant.
5 years to catch her then?
by Marc Meakin
Sat Aug 21, 2021 7:22 am
Forum: Countdown - General
Topic: Rachel 3000 not out
Replies: 2
Views: 285

Rachel 3000 not out

A fantastic milestone.
Has she overtaken Carol yet?
by Marc Meakin
Wed Aug 18, 2021 12:54 pm
Forum: Countdown - General
Topic: Sean Lock
Replies: 8
Views: 593

Re: Sean Lock

Genuinely gutted about this.
A very funny man.
Will be sorely missed.
I think of him every time I use my squeezy marmite which Sean said the top looks like a tramps arse