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Re: C4C/apto/Countdown Dreams

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Re: C4C/apto/Countdown Dreams

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You're right. Maybe I shouldn't offer any further glimpses into my subconsciousnesses.
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Re: C4C/apto/Countdown Dreams

Post by Ben Wilson » Sat Jun 13, 2020 9:44 am

Had an odd one last night in which Paul Anderson was hosting a Zoomdown match between me and someone on the International Space Station (alternatively, it was Paul on the space station).

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Re: C4C/apto/Countdown Dreams

Post by Ben Wilson » Tue Jul 21, 2020 5:31 pm

So last night I had a weird one. Essentially, I was in a hotel where the Sheffield-based band Bring Me the Horizon were playing a social-distancing friendly concert. The hotel was shaped like a hollow square with a massive garden in the middle where the band were playing, and everyone was meant to remain in their rooms and watch the concert out their windows. I had it in my mind that the hotel was also in Sheffield, which is impressive on the part of my subconscious as I didn't know until a few minutes ago that BMTH were from Sheffield lol. I was stuck in a room with someone who looked a bit like Petersen from Red Dwarf crossed with Jim Royle who was only interested in getting pissed and watching TV, so I left the room to try to find a better vantage point. I quickly discovered that social distancing had gone completely to pot as a lot of people were milling around in the hotel, including Mark Davies and Matt Bayfield. I head into the main reception of the hotel, which is on two layers, with the top floor essentially being an inverted balcony overlooking the ground floor. A large crowd were gathered, including Zarte and Mike Brown, as either this dream or the one immediately beforehand had had a 'murder mystery' subplot threaded through it that resurfaced in this one. We didn't know who the murder victim or the murderer was, other than Mike saying the corpse 'looked like Tigriti's slippers'. I then wake up.

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Re: C4C/apto/Countdown Dreams

Post by Matt Morrison » Thu Oct 01, 2020 8:22 pm

Was walking through a train station, Gevin phoned. Sounded pretty panicked, a mix of short-breathed anger and short-breathed about-to-cry. As calmly as he could he informed me that a journalist had approached him and told him they had found out about the fact that he stole a pint of milk from a newsagent when he was 7, or 7 years ago - not sure which - and that the reason was the plugin I had installed for him on his campaign website (I managed the Wordpress installation for him, I think I was some kind of political agent/PA) had some dodgy code in it that had allowed the clever cyber-journalist to somehow learn his historical sins. Gevin was very upset, found it quite hard to speak at all and so I told him that he absolutely needed to get in front of it, prepare an excellent statement that absolved him of any wrongdoing or at least would allay the fears of the voting public, and that I'd speak to him later that evening when he had his fucking shit together a bit more.

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Re: C4C/apto/Countdown Dreams

Post by Gavin Chipper » Thu Oct 01, 2020 8:33 pm

I'm OK to speak now.

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Re: C4C/apto/Countdown Dreams

Post by Matt Morrison » Thu Oct 01, 2020 9:31 pm

I forgot to add that I ended the phone call (after telling you to phone me later on when you were able to actually physically talk) by saying something like "we all care about you Gevin, we all like your personality, we all like your opinions, we all like who are you and what you stand for, I love you".

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Re: C4C/apto/Countdown Dreams

Post by Gavin Chipper » Thu Oct 01, 2020 10:43 pm

You say that in real life as well.

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Re: C4C/apto/Countdown Dreams

Post by Rhys Benjamin » Wed Dec 02, 2020 2:38 pm

At CoSurrey (or whatever I'm calling it) that I hosted at The Kia Oval in London/Surrey, the lunchtime entertainment was a game of "Do Not Laugh Or You Will Lose". Unfortunately, Countdowners turned out to be very good at this and it overran by three hours, meaning it was pitch black when Conor and Jack W took up their places for the final. A 9-rounder, but they double-maxed it (18-18, 36-36, 54-54, 64-64, 72-72, 79-79, 87-87, 97-97) until the conundrum, which no one got. Or the second. Or the third. Or the fourth. In the end I decided to go for CHINALUNG to get it over and done with, but then they both hit the table at the same time. Eventually Jack won. After 10 conundrums I decided to beanstalk them and he was eventually able to spot HYDROCHLOROFLUOROCARBONS on the 25th conundrum.
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Re: C4C/apto/Countdown Dreams

Post by Rhys Benjamin » Mon Dec 28, 2020 3:07 pm

This has to be one of the weirdest ever.

The Countdown set was completely redesigned and now looked like something out of Mouse Trap. It was as though someone had lost the assembly instructions for the new set - the two contestants and DC were on screen left, the clock in the middle, then the numbers board, letters board, and host was on screen right. There was a giant slide between the letters board and the contest and lots of clock/timey-wimey imagery. At various points in the show balls would run down the slide in a display of perpetual motion or something.

They also let me back on and I became an octochamp, having somewhat fluked my way through the 8 games.

By the time I returned for the finals the contestants’ seats had been moved to either side of the clock and the slide now sat immediately to the screen left of the contestants and clock, the host immediately on the screen right, but otherwise everything was the same, except the slide was now a pointless feature.

I fluked my way through the quarter final against I can’t quite remember who but it might have been Luke Johnson-Davies, beating him with a letters round he didn’t spot.

In the semi final I beat the singer Troye Sivan quite comfortably.

In the final I came up against someone I know from Tube Challenge (also called Rhys) and I wore a horrible brown sparkly ladies’ top over a Fulham FC shirt. Why, I don’t know. Rhys went ahead 40-22 (why I distinctly recall that score I don’t know) before I finally sorted my life out and started fighting back. I got a couple of letters rounds and it went down to a crucial conundrum. Whilst I can’t exactly remember the scramble, I was perplexed when it had two Js next to each other and I was so flummoxed that Rhys buzzed in with JUJDUICEL, apparently a variant spelling of JUDICIAL, and won the game.

Naturally, I was distraught.

Fast forward 6 months and I’m presenting the “Didn’t Happen Of The Year Awards” when I’m ambushed by the producers who decide to sit down and watch it. I’m so upset by what I’m about to see that I run away from the presentation (which is to 3 people outside a branch of Asda, for some reason).
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Re: C4C/apto/Countdown Dreams

Post by Ben Wilson » Sat Jan 23, 2021 7:47 am

Anorher day, another dream involving apterites and a train. This time I'm on a platform gathering my stuff together ready to get a tube train to where I need to go, only the platform is itself laid out like a train with overhead storage, seats etc. I just about get my stuff together (coat, bag, trainers which I'd taken off for some reason) only for the train to leave without me, which I shrugged off as I figured another one would be along soon. (I was going somewhere like Redhill for a co event fwiw). I finished gathering my things (including taking my notes back from a couple of people who I'd been sat with the whole time but only just noticed) only to discover I was actually already on the train which was extremely wide, like a dining hall or something. Anyway q few seats along were Matt M and Heather, off to the side was Richard Priest and when I stood up I came face to face with Mark Deeks who only noticed me when I was literally inches away from his face. He said 'hi Ben' in a very bored voice then went back to what he was doing. I then joined Johnny Canuck and two others I didn't recognise in a discussion of the validity of the word 'AUTOCRETIN*' before waking up.

*not valid but would make a brilliant 10 letter conundrum.

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Re: C4C/apto/Countdown Dreams

Post by Callum Todd » Sat Jan 23, 2021 5:45 pm

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Re: C4C/apto/Countdown Dreams

Post by Gavin Chipper » Wed Mar 17, 2021 2:34 pm

Derek Acorah had some regular psychic-type show and Ned Pendleton is part of the team as the resident sceptic or something. On one of these shows Derek is going to do some sort of reading on Ned. But Ned secretly sends his twin brother in his place as a trick. I was in the audience for the end of it but was unfortunately late so I missed exactly what went on, but there was some disagreement over what this proved. Derek thought that if anything it proved that his stuff really worked. Ned less so.

However, since in real life (real death?), Derek Acorah has been dead for over a year, I'd say that managing to have your own show is still pretty spooky.

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Re: C4C/apto/Countdown Dreams

Post by Ben Wilson » Wed Apr 07, 2021 7:54 am

My mede clearly need upping again as I've had a few of these recently. In last night's one, I was organising a co event in a supermarket, with games sort of randomly taking place dotted between the aisles. Needless to say, Jack W still won, beating Callum in the final. I then had to track down all the various scattered countdowners before locating Graeme and his atropine program in a small Egyptian pyramid in the middle of the store. It turned out that Stewart Gordon finished 4th, while Gevin was also in the top 10. I then congratulated Jack on winning 26 games in a row over the previous COLIN and ICBINC events I've run. With the event done, I headed to the lift to get to my hotel room on the 1st floor, only to accidentally push the '11' button instead of '1'. As there were a lot of people in the lift, instead of owning up to my mistake, I decide to go with it and get off at the 11th floor, which was a penthouse with beautiful city views and it's own private ice cream bar. I then wake up.

In a previous dream, there was a co event/get together in a DIY store where Richard Priest beat me in one move at chess (not too far away from the truth, I suck at chess) while Eddy Byrne laughed uproariously .

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Re: C4C/apto/Countdown Dreams

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Ben Wilson wrote:
Wed Apr 07, 2021 7:54 am
My mede clearly need upping again as I've had a few of these recently. In last night's one, I was organising a co event in a supermarket, with games sort of randomly taking place dotted between the aisles. Needless to say, Jack W still won, beating Callum in the final. I then had to track down all the various scattered countdowners before locating Graeme and his atropine program in a small Egyptian pyramid in the middle of the store. It turned out that Stewart Gordon finished 4th, while Gevin was also in the top 10. I then congratulated Jack on winning 26 games in a row over the previous COLIN and ICBINC events I've run. With the event done, I headed to the lift to get to my hotel room on the 1st floor, only to accidentally push the '11' button instead of '1'. As there were a lot of people in the lift, instead of owning up to my mistake, I decide to go with it and get off at the 11th floor, which was a penthouse with beautiful city views and it's own private ice cream bar. I then wake up.

In a previous dream, there was a co event/get together in a DIY store where Richard Priest beat me in one move at chess (not too far away from the truth, I suck at chess) while Eddy Byrne laughed uproariously .
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Re: C4C/apto/Countdown Dreams

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Re: C4C/apto/Countdown Dreams

Post by Mark Deeks » Mon Apr 12, 2021 7:17 pm

Rachel was holding a competition. At the end of a really long and incredibly narrow runway stood her shed, which for no particular reason was raised up about a foot on stilts and was coloured turquoise. Whoever amongst us bowled their ball (sorry Jono, I mean tenpin bowling not cricket stuff) down this runway and landed closest to her shed won the opportunity to go into (unspecified) business with her. I was the first to bowl, and, in an uncharacteristically kind moment from my sub-conscience, absolutely smashed it. Both literally and figuratively; my aim was absolutely perfect, my bowl went right under the middle of the shed, and it then immediately exploded. One quick massive jump cut later, and it appears the "business opportunity" in question was actually me providing some babysitting services to her daughter, who in this dream had the legs of a frog.
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Re: C4C/apto/Countdown Dreams

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Mark Deeks wrote:
Mon Apr 12, 2021 7:17 pm
Rachel was holding a competition. At the end of a really long and incredibly narrow runway stood her shed, which for no particular reason was raised up about a foot on stilts and was coloured turquoise. Whoever amongst us bowled their ball (sorry Jono, I mean tenpin bowling not cricket stuff) down this runway and landed closest to her shed won the opportunity to go into (unspecified) business with her. I was the first to bowl, and, in an uncharacteristically kind moment from my sub-conscience, absolutely smashed it. Both literally and figuratively; my aim was absolutely perfect, my bowl went right under the middle of the shed, and it then immediately exploded. One quick massive jump cut later, and it appears the "business opportunity" in question was actually me providing some babysitting services to her daughter, who in this dream had the legs of a frog.
Oddly prophetic!
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Re: C4C/apto/Countdown Dreams

Post by Gavin Chipper » Wed Apr 14, 2021 10:31 am

Mark Deeks wrote:
Wed Apr 14, 2021 9:20 am
Mark Deeks wrote:
Mon Apr 12, 2021 7:17 pm
Rachel was holding a competition. At the end of a really long and incredibly narrow runway stood her shed, which for no particular reason was raised up about a foot on stilts and was coloured turquoise. Whoever amongst us bowled their ball (sorry Jono, I mean tenpin bowling not cricket stuff) down this runway and landed closest to her shed won the opportunity to go into (unspecified) business with her. I was the first to bowl, and, in an uncharacteristically kind moment from my sub-conscience, absolutely smashed it. Both literally and figuratively; my aim was absolutely perfect, my bowl went right under the middle of the shed, and it then immediately exploded. One quick massive jump cut later, and it appears the "business opportunity" in question was actually me providing some babysitting services to her daughter, who in this dream had the legs of a frog.
Oddly prophetic!
That happened?

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Re: C4C/apto/Countdown Dreams

Post by Fiona T » Wed Apr 14, 2021 11:34 am

Gavin Chipper wrote:
Wed Apr 14, 2021 10:31 am
Mark Deeks wrote:
Wed Apr 14, 2021 9:20 am
Mark Deeks wrote:
Mon Apr 12, 2021 7:17 pm
Rachel was holding a competition. At the end of a really long and incredibly narrow runway stood her shed, which for no particular reason was raised up about a foot on stilts and was coloured turquoise. Whoever amongst us bowled their ball (sorry Jono, I mean tenpin bowling not cricket stuff) down this runway and landed closest to her shed won the opportunity to go into (unspecified) business with her. I was the first to bowl, and, in an uncharacteristically kind moment from my sub-conscience, absolutely smashed it. Both literally and figuratively; my aim was absolutely perfect, my bowl went right under the middle of the shed, and it then immediately exploded. One quick massive jump cut later, and it appears the "business opportunity" in question was actually me providing some babysitting services to her daughter, who in this dream had the legs of a frog.
Oddly prophetic!
That happened?

Rachel is pregnant. Mark's dream is prophetic because...

The narrow runway and shed are clearly symbolic of the female reproductive system. Bowling balls at the shed probably doesn't need further explanation and the subsequent explosion requires reaching for the tissues. Babies with frogs legs are of course the natural result of a process involving tadpoles.

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Re: C4C/apto/Countdown Dreams

Post by Mark Deeks » Wed Apr 14, 2021 8:36 pm

Strongly suggest you pay the lady as that could not be more accurate.
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Re: C4C/apto/Countdown Dreams

Post by Rhys Benjamin » Fri Apr 16, 2021 9:44 am

Moldova pulled out of this year’s Eurovision Song Contest and got replaced by The Mamas (Sweden 2020). However, since they were already bookwd for the Only Connect final they were replaced at OC by a team of Andy Platt, Mark Deeks, and Graeme Cole.
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Post by Mark Deeks » Fri Apr 16, 2021 10:09 am

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Re: C4C/apto/Countdown Dreams

Post by Fiona T » Sat Apr 17, 2021 11:00 pm

Got drunk and decided I needed to do in impromptu 'go live' on zoomdown and have a proper whinge about lots of stuff. Lots of people in live chat who just wanted to play letters and numbers and were very confused by my Markelesque tell all, but politely sat through it. At the end I put up a tricky 4L and chat seemed happy. I remember thinking "I must delete this stream before Paul sees it" but then went to sleep (weird to dream about going to sleep) so it's still out there in dreamland somewhere.
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Post by L'oisleatch McGraw » Sun Apr 18, 2021 2:14 am

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Moldova pulled out of this year’s Eurovision Song Contest and got replaced by The Mamas (Sweden 2020).
The crucial question here being: did Sugar get replaced by Move or In the Middle?
If it was the 2021 effort, then the proposal has my full support!
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Re: C4C/apto/Countdown Dreams

Post by Rhys Benjamin » Sun Apr 18, 2021 10:47 pm

Last night's dream probably belongs in the You Are The Ref thread, but anyway...

In the final 8 prelims of a Countdown series, someone (who didn't have a name in this dream) came along and smashed out their first seven games. Being the final 8 prelims, they knew the leaderboard position and knew that the #8 seed (2 wins, 400 pts, and, more importantly, me) was unlucky to lose their third game, and thus the #8 position was not appropriate. So the 7-time winner, who already had a huge points total, in the final prelim, deliberately threw their last game so as not to be #1 seed and instead go in as #2 seed, duly losing 120-0. To try to get around this subterfuge, therefore, the production team decide that the #1 seed (Charlie) can pick his opponent, with the options being any of the seeds between 5 and 8. He decided not to pick me (#8 seed) as his opponent and instead went for the #7, whilst I just stand there overthinking the psychological and mental aspects of the whole thing, wondering whether this is cronyism on Charlie's part, whether he feels sorry for me, or whether he's playing mind games with me, or what have you.

In the end I wake up before I get to play Charlie in the quarter final. Booooo.
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Post by Ben Wilson » Tue Apr 27, 2021 8:09 pm

So last night I was playing Zoomdown, where I was the challenger but also the champion on 1 win (superposition is apparently a regular feature of my dreams). I can't remember who I was playing, but I was 17 points ahead after round 13. I had the final numbers pick, and I joked about not 'doing a Philip Aston' and picking 6 small (even though it was Dinos who did that), and following some persuasion from Paul, I went 1 large.

What happened next either happened before the above dream, during it or afterward (again, superposition). I find myself running through the back streets of Lincoln before dawn, along with a few people I don't recognise, trying to hunt down the remnants of the cult of Thanos. Long story short, we succeed, but when I get back to the Zoomdown game I find the final two rounds were played without me, meaning I lost by 3 points. Oh well.

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Re: C4C/apto/Countdown Dreams

Post by Mark Deeks » Fri Apr 30, 2021 3:03 pm

I am a disturbed sleeper. Over the course of an eight-hour night, I will generally have two sleeps of about four hours with a few salient minutes in between, yet during each "chunk" of sleep if you will, I further wake up dozens of times, if only for a few seconds. What this means for my dreams is that whatever happens in chunk two overwrites what happened in chunk one, and so while I almost always remember my dreams upon waking, it is usually only from chunk two.

Last night, however, chunk one was a Countdown-related dream. And as I was having it, I was consciously if groggily saying to myself, "I need to document this somehow for the C4C thread before I forget."(A worryingly pathetic thought, but also a distinct memory.) As a result, during the mid-chunk stirrings of chunk one, I was reaching for my phone and writing down verbatim quotes from the dream, with a hope that they would help me retell it despite the best efforts of chunk two to dominate proceedings.

The setting for this first dream was a hotel somewhere between Cambridge and Fort William (or, as Jen would call it, "the North"). An indeterminate of number of us were at a Co:Event, but not really; we were at the hotel (which resembled a Travelodge but with much greater investment in soft furnishings and wall-mounted TVs), and it was unclear whether the event was to go ahead. It was also unclear whether the pub was going ahead, or indeed any of the extra-curriculars that make for a Co:Event weekend. I was Whatsapping people, knocking on doors, saying WTF are we doing, and getting annoyed with the silence. Matt Morrison at one point responded with "sorry, we've got something else to do". This riled me up further, and so I went to bed, cross. Inadvertently, however, it seems as though I had joined a Zoom call with Tom Carey during all my stomping around, and he and the other anonymous people on the call (one of whom was called Harry, yet all of whom were said to be there for the Co:Event) were witness to my paddywhack. This became a talking point for them, and I was mocked. At that point Jen Steadman came in (it seems we shared a bedroom, but not a bed, in accordance with our mutual strong Christian beliefs), and she'd had a much better time than me, which added to my grump.

That was a fairly boring dream to retell; it went on to morph into a weird narrative in which I attended a 1930's-themed cocktail bar and coincidentally met my former next-door neighbour, but nothing interesting really happened plot-wise. However, when I fully woke up and checked the quotes I had collated overnight, this is what I found. This is completely genuine and although I remember writing them and the scene that prompted me to do so, I have absolutely no idea how they fit into the above narrative.
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Re: C4C/apto/Countdown Dreams

Post by Gavin Chipper » Fri Apr 30, 2021 3:19 pm

Is it a diagnosis you're after? Whatever it is, it sounds terminal.

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