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by Ian Volante
Fri Feb 19, 2021 9:07 am
Forum: Countdown - General
Topic: ROBINSON TO HOST COUNTDOWN!!
Replies: 60
Views: 2073

Re: ROBINSON TO HOST COUNTDOWN!!

Marc Meakin wrote:
Fri Feb 19, 2021 8:35 am
Cancel culture
https://www.mirror.co.uk/3am/celebrity- ... n=sharebar
Where?
by Ian Volante
Thu Feb 18, 2021 9:04 am
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: Questions you've always wanted answered
Replies: 810
Views: 236627

Re: Questions you've always wanted answered

Gavin Chipper wrote:
Wed Feb 17, 2021 9:59 pm
Why wasn't Beethoven (the dog in the film) instead called Bach? Would have been cleverer.
I know someone who called their dog Achilles.
by Ian Volante
Tue Feb 16, 2021 8:06 am
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: Music
Replies: 205
Views: 39440

Re: Music

Rhys Benjamin wrote:
Mon Feb 15, 2021 9:39 pm
bing bang bong
sing sang song
ding dang dong
uk, hun?

https://www.officialcharts.com/chart-ne ... 40__32450/
Is it based on a Milligan work or something?
by Ian Volante
Thu Feb 11, 2021 9:10 am
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: COVID-19 Coronavirus Thread
Replies: 348
Views: 52007

Re: COVID-19 Coronavirus Thread

All of which is a good argument without a vaccine and hence social distancing last summer, but with a vaccine what I am saying there is that it may be the case it doesn't stop you catching the virus, but equally doesn’t make you ill or kill you, then what is the point? You can’t lockdown the countr...
by Ian Volante
Thu Feb 11, 2021 8:58 am
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: Reasons to be cheerful because of the pandemic
Replies: 11
Views: 715

Re: Reasons to be cheerful because of the pandemic

I've saved approximately 300 hours of time spent on trains commuting to work and re-invested that into time asleep. I expect more acceptance of working from home in general, which means many future hours will be saved as well. I used to get the train to work. That was a good time to sleep I thought...
by Ian Volante
Tue Feb 09, 2021 12:37 pm
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: What TV programmes have you been watching lately?
Replies: 590
Views: 252064

Re: What TV programmes have you been watching lately?

Its veey much like Gary Shandling Oh, I saw his show a handful of times in the 90s, that was a hard no too! Just watch it already. Don't worry about what other people have compared it to. But if it's constantly compared to things I think are terrible, it's not really encouraging is it? It's not lik...
by Ian Volante
Fri Feb 05, 2021 7:34 pm
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: What TV programmes have you been watching lately?
Replies: 590
Views: 252064

Re: What TV programmes have you been watching lately?

Marc Meakin wrote:
Fri Feb 05, 2021 1:27 pm
Its veey much like Gary Shandling
Oh, I saw his show a handful of times in the 90s, that was a hard no too!
by Ian Volante
Fri Feb 05, 2021 1:16 pm
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: What TV programmes have you been watching lately?
Replies: 590
Views: 252064

Re: What TV programmes have you been watching lately?

And Season 10 of Curb. Steer clear if you are a snowflake , woke or easily offended ( is that tautology ? ) As someone who has been described as a snowflake on a few occasions, you can safely ignore the steer clear advice - it's great. I finished watching this a couple of days ago. Curb Your Enthus...
by Ian Volante
Fri Feb 05, 2021 1:15 pm
Forum: Countdown - General
Topic: Countdown and Cricket
Replies: 8
Views: 998

Re: Countdown and Cricket

Gavin Chipper wrote:
Thu Feb 04, 2021 9:57 am
Jon O'Neill wrote:
Thu Feb 04, 2021 9:24 am
This is exciting.
Post that on a fucking cricket forum - c4c(ricket) or something. From a c4c(ountdown) perspective this is just annoying.
Wait till you see the threads on dead people.
by Ian Volante
Wed Feb 03, 2021 1:05 pm
Forum: Countdown - General
Topic: Countdown and Cricket
Replies: 8
Views: 998

Re: Countdown and Cricket

Ah, just like old times. I might be able to recognise more than three or four of the players again soon!
by Ian Volante
Mon Feb 01, 2021 12:47 pm
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: People you shouldn't trust
Replies: 763
Views: 207869

Re: People you shouldn't trust

People that use disposable floor wipes instead of a fucking mop.
by Ian Volante
Mon Feb 01, 2021 12:46 pm
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: People you shouldn't trust
Replies: 763
Views: 207869

Re: People you shouldn't trust

Yeah you're probably right about my body poof (or whatever they are called, I never quite know) being full of germs, but gawdammit they're my germs. I'd rather have a me-dirty satisfying enjoyable shower than a miserable clean shower. And whilst in principle I get behind the no-plastic of soap, don...
by Ian Volante
Tue Jan 26, 2021 8:44 am
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: Politics in General
Replies: 792
Views: 310771

Re: Politics in General

I voted "No" on gay marriage Just to slightly deviate from the topic at hand, might one enquire why you voted "no"? 1) The introduction of SSM just confuses that language. 2) Gay people made themselves new enemies. These appear to be the substantive objections. They seem pretty flimsy to me. The fi...
by Ian Volante
Mon Jan 25, 2021 4:04 pm
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: Best steak restaurants
Replies: 13
Views: 975

Re: Best steak restaurants

Never particularly enjoyed steak. Have once or twice spent twenty-odd quid on one, still would have preferred a nice pie or something.
by Ian Volante
Mon Jan 25, 2021 1:36 pm
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: Veganuary
Replies: 17
Views: 2040

Re: Veganuary

Nah, I just like eggs and chicken too much, although I only eat meat maybe once or twice a week and I do think oat milk works quite well on the rare occasions I drink coffee.

If I lived alone, I'd probably mostly eat vast amounts of veg and gravy and not a lot else.
by Ian Volante
Mon Jan 25, 2021 1:32 pm
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: COVID-19 Coronavirus Thread
Replies: 348
Views: 52007

Re: COVID-19 Coronavirus Thread

Look there's douchebags of all political persuasions, especially on the Internet. I just find this notion that the left are uniquely intolerant compared to the right is completely overblown. I wanna hear about policy proposals and what impact they will have on people's lives, not about someone gett...
by Ian Volante
Mon Jan 25, 2021 1:24 pm
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: Questions you've always wanted answered
Replies: 810
Views: 236627

Re: Questions you've always wanted answered

Why is Manchester United's pitch in Old Trafford on that raised mound? I'm always amazed it doesn't cause more injuries when there's tussles at the side of the pitch. Anyone know if there's a reason for it? Drainage maybe? No idea, but the Aussie rugby league players complained about it last time t...
by Ian Volante
Mon Jan 25, 2021 1:22 pm
Forum: Countdown - General
Topic: Countdown Lookalikes?
Replies: 301
Views: 125813

Re: Countdown Lookalikes?

Matt Morrison wrote:
Sun Jan 24, 2021 8:56 pm
Ian Volante wrote:
Fri Jan 22, 2021 1:08 pm
Tom S wrote:
Wed Dec 16, 2020 3:20 pm
Was getting Boaby the barman (of Still Game fame) vibes from Ian during his appearances over the past 2 days with the sideburns and longer hair.
Had to look him up. Eek!
Are you running Google on a potato? Let me know in April.
silly
by Ian Volante
Mon Jan 25, 2021 1:10 pm
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: Double contractions
Replies: 11
Views: 1319

Re: Double contractions

This may be the post of a daft 'a'pe'th.

Ah, I see my assumption of how my accent works doesn't match with the standard view.

https://en.wiktionary.org/wiki/ha%27p%27orth
by Ian Volante
Fri Jan 22, 2021 1:08 pm
Forum: Countdown - General
Topic: Countdown Lookalikes?
Replies: 301
Views: 125813

Re: Countdown Lookalikes?

Tom S wrote:
Wed Dec 16, 2020 3:20 pm
Was getting Boaby the barman (of Still Game fame) vibes from Ian during his appearances over the past 2 days with the sideburns and longer hair.
Had to look him up. Eek!
by Ian Volante
Wed Jan 20, 2021 1:47 pm
Forum: Countdown - General
Topic: Octochamps
Replies: 7
Views: 1177

Re: Octochamps

Gavin Chipper wrote:
Wed Jan 20, 2021 1:10 pm
Probably not that much, although I suppose if you wait long enough everyone might become an octochamp.
There are a few people I can think of that would be outrun by the heat-death of the universe.
by Ian Volante
Wed Jan 20, 2021 12:54 pm
Forum: Countdown - General
Topic: Octochamps
Replies: 7
Views: 1177

Re: Octochamps

Would it make that much difference? I'm not sure.
by Ian Volante
Fri Jan 08, 2021 11:31 am
Forum: Countdown - General
Topic: Who should replace Nick Hewer?
Replies: 78
Views: 9411

Re: Who should replace Nick Hewer?

I understand that due to Nick Shielding and Colin Murray being unavailable ther will be no filmiming of Countdown Next week. Hopefully we wont have to get repeats because of this Who is Nick Shielding and why is he unavailable? I'm told they have enough shows recorded to last until 4th March, anywa...
by Ian Volante
Mon Jan 04, 2021 4:30 pm
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: COVID-19 Coronavirus Thread
Replies: 348
Views: 52007

Re: COVID-19 Coronavirus Thread

Schools aren't opening here. I get the impression that the E+W response has been driven by Scotland again.
by Ian Volante
Mon Jan 04, 2021 4:28 pm
Forum: Countdown - Spoilers
Topic: Spoilers for Monday 4 January 2021 (Series 83, Preliminary 1)
Replies: 2
Views: 699

Re: Spoilers for Monday 4 January 2021 (Series 83, Preliminary 1)

Mark Kudlowski wrote:
Mon Jan 04, 2021 2:25 pm
Venezuelan money in R4 - BOLIVARES.
Don't think so. Works without the E.
by Ian Volante
Mon Jan 04, 2021 12:40 pm
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: Covid 19 roll call
Replies: 12
Views: 1822

Re: Covid 19 roll call

Possible infection in this house back in March, but no testing available back then to confirm. Otherwise no problems yet.
by Ian Volante
Mon Jan 04, 2021 12:37 pm
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: Genius things
Replies: 36
Views: 3824

Re: Genius things

Automatic/video doorbells sound like hell to me. Great, you can answer the door remotely and see who's there, but there's bugger all you can do if they start doing something contrary to what you'd like. I'd rather not know. Also, I'm aware of landlords (in the USA I believe) who are able to lock pe...
by Ian Volante
Sat Jan 02, 2021 7:32 pm
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: Genius things
Replies: 36
Views: 3824

Re: Genius things

How new are we talking? mRNA vaccines Ring doorbell LED lamp Automatic/video doorbells sound like hell to me. Great, you can answer the door remotely and see who's there, but there's bugger all you can see if they start doing something contrary to what you'd like. I'd rather not know. Also, I'm awa...
by Ian Volante
Tue Dec 22, 2020 7:29 pm
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: Steam codes
Replies: 30
Views: 15140

Re: Steam codes

Would love the first one, thanks!
by Ian Volante
Sun Dec 20, 2020 12:22 pm
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: COVID-19 Coronavirus Thread
Replies: 348
Views: 52007

Re: COVID-19 Coronavirus Thread

The vaccine news seems like a lot of false positivity. Not sure what's false about it; maybe the expectation of many people that it'll make a noticeable difference within a couple of weeks rather than six months? It felt, last week, like the beginning of the end. Now, it feels like it’s never going...
by Ian Volante
Sun Dec 20, 2020 12:18 pm
Forum: Countdown - Spoilers
Topic: Spoilers for Friday 18 December 2020 (Series 82, Grand Final)
Replies: 42
Views: 3724

Re: Spoilers for Friday 18 December 2020 (Series 82, Grand Final)

Aye, well played all. Can't add much to the above, but a stunningly high standard from these lads, and a great effort behind the scenes to get things going again. Olé!
by Ian Volante
Sat Dec 19, 2020 5:08 pm
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: People you shouldn't trust
Replies: 763
Views: 207869

Re: People you shouldn't trust

Sam Cappleman-Lynes wrote:
Sat Dec 19, 2020 4:26 pm
The current government
An eternal truism.
by Ian Volante
Sat Dec 19, 2020 5:07 pm
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: COVID-19 Coronavirus Thread
Replies: 348
Views: 52007

Re: COVID-19 Coronavirus Thread

Rhys Benjamin wrote:
Sat Dec 19, 2020 5:01 pm
The vaccine news seems like a lot of false positivity.
Not sure what's false about it; maybe the expectation of many people that it'll make a noticeable difference within a couple of weeks rather than six months?
by Ian Volante
Thu Dec 17, 2020 12:28 pm
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: Obscenity democracy
Replies: 205
Views: 14590

Re: Obscenity democracy

I asked because I don't know what it is, and you use it like a stick to beat people with. It seems to cheapen debate. I'm interested to know its etymology. I was making a point as well, but I'm still asking the question. Isn't it just a Tim Vine character? Quite how that became an insult in Eoin's ...
by Ian Volante
Thu Dec 17, 2020 11:16 am
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: Obscenity democracy
Replies: 205
Views: 14590

Re: Obscenity democracy

And anyone who knows what the Plastic Elvis thing is, knows how ridiculous it is that people are getting hung up on that term, as though it were a slur or an insult. I asked because I don't know what it is, and you use it like a stick to beat people with. It seems to cheapen debate. I'm interested ...
by Ian Volante
Wed Dec 16, 2020 5:38 pm
Forum: Countdown - Spoilers
Topic: Spoilers for Wednesday 16 December 2020 (Series 82, First Semi Final)
Replies: 20
Views: 1768

Re: Spoilers for Wednesday 16 December 2020 (Series 82, First Semi Final)

It should be noted that I had the 8 in R13, but I went for the hail Mary to give myself the slimmest of chances if it worked. That brings the margin down below 40 at least. And only AUMBRIES was beyond me - everything else was gettable and at my best, I would have had a crucial to lose on.
by Ian Volante
Wed Dec 16, 2020 5:34 pm
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: Obscenity democracy
Replies: 205
Views: 14590

Re: Obscenity democracy

What's this plastic Elvises thing? Sounds like a way to discriminate against a bunch of people to me. As for the N word or otherwise, I'd like to think that generally, people wouldn't use it at all, but that there are probably contexts in which is has validity. And going back to the general tenor of...
by Ian Volante
Wed Dec 16, 2020 8:38 am
Forum: Countdown - Spoilers
Topic: Spoilers for Tuesday 15 December 2020 (Series 82, Fourth Quarter Final)
Replies: 5
Views: 883

Re: Spoilers for Tuesday 15 December 2020 (Series 82, Fourth Quarter Final)

I never even saw the conundrum message until now! Also, immediately yesterday I saw PEAHEN in round 1, which went unremarked on by DC.

Unlucky Tom!
by Ian Volante
Thu Dec 10, 2020 7:19 pm
Forum: Countdown - General
Topic: Who should replace Nick Hewer?
Replies: 78
Views: 9411

Re: Who should replace Nick Hewer?

Callum Todd wrote:
Thu Dec 10, 2020 6:07 pm
After all this diversity chat, I got an e-mail today off the back of being on Countdown in 2020 with a diversity form to fill out for Diamond, a 'diversity network' set up to obtain diversity data for the big broadcasters.
Legal duty to report on it I believe.
by Ian Volante
Tue Dec 08, 2020 8:54 am
Forum: Countdown - General
Topic: Who should replace Nick Hewer?
Replies: 78
Views: 9411

Re: Who should replace Nick Hewer?

Damian - I'll do it for £50k. I'm a great straight man, and am almost guaranteed to pause and very briefly raise an eyebrow at 'amusing' words.
by Ian Volante
Mon Dec 07, 2020 12:39 pm
Forum: Countdown - General
Topic: Nick Hewer to leave Countdown.
Replies: 8
Views: 1631

Re: Nick Hewer to leave Countdown.

Marc Meakin wrote:
Mon Dec 07, 2020 12:17 pm
A good opportunity to bring in someone younger
Not that easy to do the opposite to be fair.
by Ian Volante
Wed Dec 02, 2020 4:55 pm
Forum: Countdown - Spoilers
Topic: Series 82 Finals Predictions (With Poll)
Replies: 5
Views: 1247

Re: Series 82 Finals Predictions (With Poll)

We did all turn up :)
by Ian Volante
Mon Nov 30, 2020 8:19 pm
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: REALLY obvious things you've just realised
Replies: 300
Views: 107190

Re: REALLY obvious things you've just realised

Marc Meakin wrote:
Mon Nov 30, 2020 2:26 pm
Ian Volante wrote:
Mon Nov 30, 2020 1:57 pm
Mark Deeks wrote:
Mon Nov 30, 2020 9:12 am
In the opening splash screen of Sonic 2 - which I spent my youth playing - the character of Tails is given the full name of Miles Prower. It has just dawned on me that this is not a typo of Power, but a pun.
What's it a pun of though? I can't work it out.
Miles per hour
oh jaysus
by Ian Volante
Mon Nov 30, 2020 1:57 pm
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: REALLY obvious things you've just realised
Replies: 300
Views: 107190

Re: REALLY obvious things you've just realised

Mark Deeks wrote:
Mon Nov 30, 2020 9:12 am
In the opening splash screen of Sonic 2 - which I spent my youth playing - the character of Tails is given the full name of Miles Prower. It has just dawned on me that this is not a typo of Power, but a pun.
What's it a pun of though? I can't work it out.
by Ian Volante
Wed Nov 25, 2020 4:57 pm
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: Deathwatch 2017
Replies: 236
Views: 87833

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: 1475
Views: 397669

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: 810
Views: 236627

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: 348
Views: 52007

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: 195
Views: 21367

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: 19302

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: 19302

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: 19302

Re: Tumbleweed

70,025 bells.
by Ian Volante
Tue Nov 10, 2020 12:58 pm
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: Joke Items
Replies: 153
Views: 26644

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: 195
Views: 21367

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: 810
Views: 236627

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: 9290

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: 810
Views: 236627

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: 15552

Re: What's your Bovans Number?

Bump for reference after some ZD chat earlier.