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by Ian Volante
Wed Nov 25, 2020 4:57 pm
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: Deathwatch 2017
Replies: 236
Views: 78249

Re: Deathwatch 2017

Go on then. Donald Trump Robert Mugabe Hugh Hefner Vera Lynn George HW Bush Prince Philip Diego Maradona Jake the Snake Roberts Betty White Peter Sallis Sneaky-good performance from Wilson here - Mugabe, Henfer, Lynn, Brush, Maradona and Sallis have all died. I got worried then when I saw 'Brush'. ...
by Ian Volante
Wed Nov 25, 2020 4:07 pm
Forum: Countdown - General
Topic: Ask Graeme?
Replies: 1452
Views: 351599

Re: Ask Graeme?

Paul Anderson wrote:
Tue Nov 24, 2020 1:56 pm
I got 6 wins and 740 odd
Martyn's nearly 800 trumps you then!
by Ian Volante
Sat Nov 21, 2020 9:49 pm
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: Questions you've always wanted answered
Replies: 804
Views: 192775

Re: Questions you've always wanted answered

Marc Meakin wrote:
Sat Nov 21, 2020 8:12 pm
Gavin Chipper wrote:
Sat Nov 21, 2020 5:46 pm
Matt Morrison wrote:
Fri Nov 20, 2020 11:42 pm
You can get proper hypoallergenic proper cats.
What do they make them from?
What if you scotchgard it
What, like glue it to a wall?
by Ian Volante
Sat Nov 21, 2020 7:03 pm
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: COVID-19 Coronavirus Thread
Replies: 231
Views: 21242

Re: COVID-19 Coronavirus Thread

Not that I want to peddle optimism unduly, but a leaked NHS document shown to Sky News suggests all adults (who want one) will be vaccinated by the end of April. One presumes that some restrictions will still be in place, presumably until COVID is wiped out globally (overseas travel restrictions?) ...
by Ian Volante
Thu Nov 19, 2020 1:25 pm
Forum: Other game shows
Topic: ...and that's ZoomDown
Replies: 69
Views: 4496

Re: ...and that's ZoomDown

Only down side to all this is that Zoomdown is now clashing with Quizzy Monday, unlike back in the summer. It's knocking my habit of viewing, almost completely. I'll try to look in tonight!
by Ian Volante
Fri Nov 13, 2020 2:28 pm
Forum: Games and Puzzles
Topic: Tumbleweed
Replies: 51
Views: 17205

Re: Tumbleweed

Something like that, aye.
by Ian Volante
Fri Nov 13, 2020 1:18 pm
Forum: Games and Puzzles
Topic: Tumbleweed
Replies: 51
Views: 17205

Re: Tumbleweed

NOT A POINTS CLAIM

I think I added the less-than-24-hours bits twice maybe. Ah well. This still isn't looking like taking off is it?
by Ian Volante
Fri Nov 13, 2020 12:03 am
Forum: Games and Puzzles
Topic: Tumbleweed
Replies: 51
Views: 17205

Re: Tumbleweed

70,025 bells.
by Ian Volante
Tue Nov 10, 2020 12:58 pm
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: Joke Items
Replies: 141
Views: 17350

Re: Joke Items

Contract trace app. My stepdaughter has the app and it has just pinged to tell her to self isolate and she hadn't left the house since yesterday. I also have the app and mine had not pinged. Either I'm missing something or the app is crap It could easily take a day for a test result and the subsequ...
by Ian Volante
Wed Oct 21, 2020 4:11 pm
Forum: Other game shows
Topic: ...and that's ZoomDown
Replies: 69
Views: 4496

Re: ...and that's ZoomDown

Aye, kudos for getting this going, and long may it continue!
by Ian Volante
Tue Oct 20, 2020 8:15 am
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: Questions you've always wanted answered
Replies: 804
Views: 192775

Re: Questions you've always wanted answered

Nah, this is me at home in bed, on my laptop, putting on a song I've heard a million times from the same place I always put it on, and it's just faster this time. Surely others have experienced this? Not necessarily in my bed, but at some point in their lives? I've got a very good ear for music I k...
by Ian Volante
Tue Oct 20, 2020 8:10 am
Forum: Countdown - General
Topic: Re: Ticket #5803: ZoomDown - evidence of potential cheating
Replies: 72
Views: 4531

Re: Re: Ticket #5803: ZoomDown - evidence of potential cheating

Last night was a difficult thing to judge. James was clearly more uncertain on his word declarations, but mostly kept up with Sam; his numbers were poorer, but apart from one round which was much easier than it looked, the other miss was pretty tough I'd say. Arguable that older James would have got...
by Ian Volante
Tue Oct 20, 2020 7:59 am
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: Questions you've always wanted answered
Replies: 804
Views: 192775

Re: Questions you've always wanted answered

Mark Deeks wrote:
Tue Oct 20, 2020 6:50 am
Why does music sometimes sound distinctly higher and faster than you remember it being? Gotta be a tiredness thing, right?
Wouldn't surprise me if some commercial stations speed up some songs, or, like Corby says, dance mix.
by Ian Volante
Mon Oct 19, 2020 8:02 pm
Forum: Countdown - General
Topic: What's your Bevins Number?
Replies: 65
Views: 13311

Re: What's your Bovans Number?

Bump for reference after some ZD chat earlier.
by Ian Volante
Sun Oct 18, 2020 12:40 pm
Forum: Countdown - General
Topic: Letters Max Progression (Featuring graphs)
Replies: 13
Views: 1022

Re: Letters Max Progression (Featuring graphs)

Interesting to see my stats compared to those above: the dictionary update caused me trouble, but recent incentive has helped me approach sixty percent for the first time at least.

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by Ian Volante
Fri Oct 16, 2020 7:19 am
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: COVID-19 Coronavirus Thread
Replies: 231
Views: 21242

Re: COVID-19 Coronavirus Thread

No matter how many powers are given to Scotland, they still argue for independence. This feels like a naive comment. People that want independence will generally argue for independence until it's granted - devolution is welcome for many of these people, but is a very different issue, and for many h...
by Ian Volante
Wed Oct 14, 2020 11:45 am
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: Track and Field Athletics
Replies: 35
Views: 3169

Re: Track and Field Athletics

https://www.uka.org.uk/EasysiteWeb/getresource.axd?AssetID=165738&type=full&servicetype=Attachment 2. The maximum lateral inclination of the runway should be 1:100 (1%) unless special circumstances exist which justify the IAAF providing an exemption and, in the last 40m of the runway, the overall d...
by Ian Volante
Wed Oct 14, 2020 11:44 am
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: I keep getting logged out of c4c on my mobile phone
Replies: 7
Views: 764

Re: I keep getting logged out of c4c on my mobile phone

Have you accidentally started accessing the site without the 'www'? That's the most likely problem. Ah, cheers, I've been bemoaning the fact that I get logged out every day for months now. All ok now I've changed to using the www. Any idea why that would make a difference? I don't generally tend to...
by Ian Volante
Tue Oct 13, 2020 12:34 pm
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: Track and Field Athletics
Replies: 35
Views: 3169

Re: Track and Field Athletics

Edwards' 18.29 was well behind the line, at least 10cm I would say. It's a shame his 18.43 was non legal for wind (2.4 ish I think), I wonder how much difference that really made. Either way I definitely think his world record doesn't quite do him justice, and am surprised it still stands today. No...
by Ian Volante
Mon Oct 12, 2020 12:10 pm
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: Track and Field Athletics
Replies: 35
Views: 3169

Re: Track and Field Athletics

And on the high jump / pole vault thing, surely nowadays they could have a system of laser beams or something to measure the height you reach, so each jump is properly measured, rather than having to get over each set height! Aye, but you can't ask people to jump over nothing. The bar provides a po...
by Ian Volante
Mon Oct 12, 2020 12:01 pm
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: TENNIS
Replies: 83
Views: 16100

Re: TENNIS

What's the furthest into the future that one of Federer/Djokovic/Nadal (or Murray if you want) can still win a grand slam? When will someone else be ranked number 1? I think you have to include Murray - he managed close to a year at #1, and nobody else has broken the hold of those three. Give it tw...
by Ian Volante
Mon Oct 12, 2020 11:54 am
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: COVID-19 Coronavirus Thread
Replies: 231
Views: 21242

Re: COVID-19 Coronavirus Thread

Their R number is higher than in England. Their positivity rate (i.e. cases scaled for testing numbers) is 13%, whereas in England it’s less than 5%. As far as I've seen, the R number for all (possibly maybe not quite all) regions of the UK is somewhere in a range which is statistically inseparable...
by Ian Volante
Fri Oct 09, 2020 9:16 pm
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: I keep getting logged out of c4c on my mobile phone
Replies: 7
Views: 764

Re: I keep getting logged out of c4c on my mobile phone

Have you accidentally started accessing the site without the 'www'? That's the most likely problem.
by Ian Volante
Thu Oct 08, 2020 12:25 pm
Forum: Countdown - General
Topic: You've just been made producer of Countdown...
Replies: 46
Views: 3388

Re: You've just been made producer of Countdown...

Martin Jarvis as host, and go back to nine-rounders so he can talk more.
by Ian Volante
Thu Oct 08, 2020 12:21 pm
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: COVID-19 Coronavirus Thread
Replies: 231
Views: 21242

Re: COVID-19 Coronavirus Thread

I keep hearing reports that the R rate is higher in some areas than during lockdown. Isn't it time to go back to full lockdown ( unlikely to happen nationally) or give flu jabs to everyone over 50 and live life as normal, as it will blow over eventually Well, the whole point of lockdown was to redu...
by Ian Volante
Wed Oct 07, 2020 7:44 am
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: COVID-19 Coronavirus Thread
Replies: 231
Views: 21242

Re: COVID-19 Coronavirus Thread

Rhys Benjamin wrote:
Tue Oct 06, 2020 1:38 pm
It’s not on the Sky News front page.
OH NOES
by Ian Volante
Thu Oct 01, 2020 11:56 am
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: Name Pronunciations
Replies: 11
Views: 898

Re: Name Pronunciations

Adam Gillard wrote:
Thu Oct 01, 2020 8:24 am
A doctor friend of ours once had a patient called L-a, pronounced Ladasha.
Citation needed!

https://www.snopes.com/fact-check/le-a/
by Ian Volante
Wed Sep 30, 2020 10:14 pm
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: Name Pronunciations
Replies: 11
Views: 898

Re: Name Pronunciations

There's no consistency around here in the pronunciation of Mhairi (Varri/Marry).
by Ian Volante
Tue Sep 29, 2020 12:07 pm
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: People you shouldn't trust
Replies: 722
Views: 177839

Re: People you shouldn't trust

Phil Reynolds wrote:
Mon Sep 28, 2020 6:32 pm
Sam Cappleman-Lynes wrote:
Mon Sep 28, 2020 5:33 pm
Phil Reynolds wrote:
Mon Sep 28, 2020 5:05 pm
"Similarly spelt words in English pronounced differently" shock.
Well, you started it:
Phil Reynolds wrote:
Fri Sep 25, 2020 10:59 pm
Mary, the way it's spelled. Rhymes with hairy.
My point was that nothing about the spelling of Mary suggests it should be pronounced either "Merry" or "Meery".
You clearly aren't from Glasgow!
by Ian Volante
Thu Sep 24, 2020 11:36 am
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: COVID-19 Coronavirus Thread
Replies: 231
Views: 21242

Re: COVID-19 Coronavirus Thread

You cannot lockdown every 2 minutes when another country has a pandemic. That's nuts. Ignoring the hyperbole here, we knew it was extremely likely to be a big problem in late January, and we had the advantage of seeing the numbers in other countries before we followed a similar trajectory. Also, I ...
by Ian Volante
Sat Sep 19, 2020 10:21 pm
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: 2020 Vision
Replies: 18
Views: 3749

Re: 2020 Vision

Marc Meakin wrote:
Sat Sep 19, 2020 6:28 pm
Well at least I think I've got the Tenet one right
Only $200M to go...
by Ian Volante
Thu Sep 17, 2020 4:23 pm
Forum: Countdown - General
Topic: Future of this forum
Replies: 8
Views: 4378

Re: Future of this forum

Done.
by Ian Volante
Thu Sep 17, 2020 4:18 pm
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: Thread Of Random (for Marc)
Replies: 162
Views: 27271

Re: Thread Of Random (for Marc)

I think this is another one that belongs here: When Jill Dando was murdered back in 1999, I'm sure I rememeber them saying that the Crimewatch about her death was going to have her talking about it herself using CGI or something. But now I can't find any evidence for it. Did I make this up? Sounds ...
by Ian Volante
Tue Sep 15, 2020 11:42 am
Forum: Countdown - General
Topic: Future of this forum
Replies: 8
Views: 4378

Re: Future of this forum

This is on my list to do, just need to remember while I'm not on my work computer.
by Ian Volante
Mon Sep 14, 2020 9:07 am
Forum: Countdown - General
Topic: Curious about the CD recording process
Replies: 28
Views: 8405

Re: Curious about the CD recording process

I need to be able to vote again on this, adding a 3 to my existing 2.
by Ian Volante
Thu Sep 10, 2020 11:49 am
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: Track and Field Athletics
Replies: 35
Views: 3169

Re: Track and Field Athletics

Obviously nearly breaking a record is never going to be as sexy as actually doing it, but I was quite excited about Johannes Vetter's 97.76 in the javelin on Sunday - only 72cm behind Jan Zelezny's 98.48, which I've heard being called the most impressive of all athletics world records. Ooh, I've no...
by Ian Volante
Mon Sep 07, 2020 12:29 pm
Forum: Countdown - General
Topic: Ask Graeme?
Replies: 1452
Views: 351599

Re: Ask Graeme?

Thomas Carey wrote:
Sun Sep 06, 2020 10:03 am
L'oisleatch McGraw wrote:
Sat Sep 05, 2020 10:42 pm
Are there any Apterous users who have played at least one game every month since August 2008?
Ian Volante has september 2008 which I assume is the best you'll get
Sad isn't it?
by Ian Volante
Wed Sep 02, 2020 7:24 am
Forum: Countdown - General
Topic: "Black Takeover Day" - Autumn 2021
Replies: 52
Views: 4397

Re: "Black Takeover Day" - Autumn 2021

Also, when talking about the death of Chadwick Boseman, Lewis Hamilton said something like "We've lost one of our people." I thought this was a bit of an odd comment - "our people". I'd like to think that he was talking about all of us as people have lost one of our people, but I don't think he was...
by Ian Volante
Thu Aug 27, 2020 1:36 pm
Forum: Games and Puzzles
Topic: Pirates Puzzle! (no Googling)
Replies: 43
Views: 7989

Re: Pirates Puzzle! (no Googling)

I still don't like this.
by Ian Volante
Wed Aug 26, 2020 5:11 pm
Forum: Countdown - General
Topic: "Black Takeover Day" - Autumn 2021
Replies: 52
Views: 4397

Re: "Black Takeover Day" - Autumn 2021

This just sounds like a prolix way of saying all lives matter. I find this post just frustrating. When people find themselves split into two opposing groups, they often sterotype the other position, and instead of engaging, they just trot out a cheap reply based on these sterotypes, assuming that p...
by Ian Volante
Wed Aug 26, 2020 12:55 pm
Forum: Countdown - General
Topic: "Black Takeover Day" - Autumn 2021
Replies: 52
Views: 4397

Re: "Black Takeover Day" - Autumn 2021

The thought of anyone 'not being happy' is so laughable. Suck it up, seriously. I'd be amazed if Nick, Susie or Rachel are upset about it. I agree with this bit. They're not going to be bothered about it. In terms of people being annoyed 'why focus on this form of injustice, when there are other fo...
by Ian Volante
Wed Aug 26, 2020 12:51 pm
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: What computer games have you been playing lately?
Replies: 52
Views: 11118

Re: What computer games have you been playing lately?

I had quite a few female Scrabble friends complaining about being harassed. Strange, nobody's spoken to me at all apart from a small amount of relevant in-game chat. What am I doing differently? Emphasis mine. I was referring to this: Fwiw I was instrumental in getting the chat facility to be switc...
by Ian Volante
Wed Aug 26, 2020 12:45 pm
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: What films have you watched lately?
Replies: 300
Views: 113728

Re: What films have you watched lately?

Did you read my review of it (a few posts above)? A bit of a difference of opinion! To be fair, all you said about it was that it was "terrible", which is an opinion, but hardly a review. We've been watching all the Bond movies in sequence as ITV have been showing them over the past few weekends (e...
by Ian Volante
Wed Aug 26, 2020 12:41 pm
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: What films have you watched lately?
Replies: 300
Views: 113728

Re: What films have you watched lately?

My favourite review was of Raise the Titanic,. I think Barry Norman said it would have been cheaper to lower the Atlantic It was Lew Grade, and it wasn't a review. Other than that, excellent. Probably a budget review rather than a film review. Actually this was the first film I watched, at the cine...
by Ian Volante
Wed Aug 26, 2020 12:38 pm
Forum: Countdown - General
Topic: "Black Takeover Day" - Autumn 2021
Replies: 52
Views: 4397

Re: "Black Takeover Day" - Autumn 2021

The thought of anyone 'not being happy' is so laughable. Suck it up, seriously. I'd be amazed if Nick, Susie or Rachel are upset about it. Anyone who is upset from a viewer perspective, especially in terms of the competition etc. (is it a special, is it not, octoruns blah blah blah), need to get a ...
by Ian Volante
Tue Aug 25, 2020 12:41 pm
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: What computer games have you been playing lately?
Replies: 52
Views: 11118

Re: What computer games have you been playing lately?

Strange, nobody's spoken to me at all apart from a small amount of relevant in-game chat. What am I doing differently?
by Ian Volante
Tue Aug 25, 2020 12:40 pm
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: What films have you watched lately?
Replies: 300
Views: 113728

Re: What films have you watched lately?

Just watched Gravity at the weekend. Quite enjoyed it - it flew by (haha). Just shows that a single-idea film can be entertaining. And well done her for landing on land in the tropics. Did you read my review of it (a few posts above)? A bit of a difference of opinion! I did! Maybe it helped that I ...
by Ian Volante
Tue Aug 25, 2020 12:30 pm
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: Track and Field Athletics
Replies: 35
Views: 3169

Re: Track and Field Athletics

I suspect it's mostly because it's not at a big championship. Diamond League might be the top event every season, but it simply can't compete with e.g. the World champs for profile etc.
by Ian Volante
Mon Aug 24, 2020 12:11 pm
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: What films have you watched lately?
Replies: 300
Views: 113728

Re: What films have you watched lately?

Just watched Gravity at the weekend. Quite enjoyed it - it flew by (haha). Just shows that a single-idea film can be entertaining. And well done her for landing on land in the tropics.
by Ian Volante
Wed Aug 19, 2020 11:51 am
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: Trade Secrets
Replies: 131
Views: 19738

Re: Trade Secrets

Fiona T wrote:
Wed Aug 19, 2020 11:47 am
Found this today

https://www.reddit.com/r/Unexpected/com ... rrier_bag/

I haven't been so excited since I learned to fold a fitted sheet. :D
That's great until the person opens a drawer full of them. Clearly a lack of understanding about bags for life!
by Ian Volante
Mon Aug 17, 2020 7:16 am
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: What is the best non dairy milk for coffee ?
Replies: 13
Views: 1808

Re: What is the best non dairy milk for coffee ?

I don't particularly drink coffee, but have had a latte with oat milk which was perfectly potable.
by Ian Volante
Thu Aug 13, 2020 8:26 pm
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: Do you have a pet?
Replies: 3
Views: 715

Re: Do you have a pet?

I was sure I must have posted something about this before, but in my search I at least found out the Marc wouldn't care too much if his bulldog died. But anyway, I've always thought that unless you're a child or chronically lonely, having a pet is a bit weird. I mean anything "less" than a dog or a...
by Ian Volante
Wed Aug 12, 2020 3:37 pm
Forum: Countdown - Spoilers
Topic: Spoilers for Tuesday 11th August 2020 (Series 82, Prelim 89)
Replies: 4
Views: 1103

Re: Spoilers for Tuesday 11th August 2020 (Series 82, Prelim 89)

Sam Cappleman-Lynes wrote:
Tue Aug 11, 2020 1:55 pm
On Susie's OOW slot: who's going to tell her about this?
wtf is that?! I despair :lol:
by Ian Volante
Mon Aug 10, 2020 12:33 pm
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: Words and expressions that grind your gears
Replies: 28
Views: 3704

Re: Words and expressions that grind your gears

Why do we say things like PIN number and ATM machines when the last word in both acronyms are the same ? It's called RAS syndrome Reading that link gave me a sense of nostalgia. One of my friends at school had a mother called Elsie Dee. When digital watches came out we had so much fun at her expens...
by Ian Volante
Mon Aug 10, 2020 12:27 pm
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: Questions you've always wanted answered
Replies: 804
Views: 192775

Re: Questions you've always wanted answered

When I Google an unknown number that's called me I get hundreds of results from similar looking websites, many with similar sounding names, like whocallsme.com, who-called.co.uk, who-calls.me.uk, shouldianswer.co.uk, unknownphone.com and countless others. Is there a site that's generally recognised...
by Ian Volante
Tue Aug 04, 2020 11:10 am
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: Victor Meldrew
Replies: 13
Views: 2448

Re: Victor Meldrew

Phil Reynolds wrote:
Mon Aug 03, 2020 1:10 pm
Ian Volante wrote:
Mon Aug 03, 2020 12:22 pm
It's the most recent thing I binge-watched. I was genuinely surprised at the ending, especially that I'd somehow missed hearing about it in the intervening decade and a half.
The last series ended in 2000.
Aye, makes sense.
by Ian Volante
Mon Aug 03, 2020 12:30 pm
Forum: Countdown - Events
Topic: Mind Sports Olympiad (CO-MSO) comes to Apterous Friday 21st August
Replies: 16
Views: 5765

Re: Mind Sports Olympiad (CO-MSO) comes to Apterous Friday 21st August

Trying and failing to find out about the poker events from the website - what are the entry criteria for that, what platform etc etc.
by Ian Volante
Mon Aug 03, 2020 12:22 pm
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: Victor Meldrew
Replies: 13
Views: 2448

Re: Victor Meldrew

It's the most recent thing I binge-watched. I was genuinely surprised at the ending, especially that I'd somehow missed hearing about it in the intervening decade and a half.