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by Ian Volante
Mon Jan 20, 2020 12:50 pm
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: Absolutely terrible claims to fame/celebrity spots
Replies: 25
Views: 536

Re: Absolutely terrible claims to fame/celebrity spots

He was actually quite nice and pleasant, though. I assumed he would be. What made you think otherwise? It seems to me that general consensus on Brandreth isn't positive in the Countdown community, so was effectively disproving any doubts people may have had about him. Being a gobshite doesn't precl...
by Ian Volante
Mon Jan 20, 2020 12:48 pm
Forum: Countdown - General
Topic: The Return Of Celebrity Countdown!!
Replies: 74
Views: 8593

Re: The Return Of Celebrity Countdown!!

Gavin Chipper wrote:
Mon Jan 20, 2020 11:02 am
Finally got round to watching all of these. I think Rachel overcomplicated some of her tips, and suggesting that 2 large is the easiest selection - on more than one occasion - is plain wrong.
Depends how you define easy. Statistically it is.
by Ian Volante
Fri Jan 17, 2020 12:45 pm
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: Absolutely terrible claims to fame/celebrity spots
Replies: 25
Views: 536

Re: Absolutely terrible claims to fame/celebrity spots

Marc Meakin wrote:
Thu Jan 16, 2020 3:00 pm
Ian Volante wrote:
Thu Jan 16, 2020 1:24 pm
Some time around 1984, I was walking round London with my mum, and she told me we passed Richard Stilgoe going the other way. I didn't see him.
Are you sure it wasn't Jeremy Corbyn?
You'd better ask my mum.
by Ian Volante
Thu Jan 16, 2020 1:24 pm
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: Absolutely terrible claims to fame/celebrity spots
Replies: 25
Views: 536

Re: Absolutely terrible claims to fame/celebrity spots

Some time around 1984, I was walking round London with my mum, and she told me we passed Richard Stilgoe going the other way. I didn't see him.
by Ian Volante
Mon Jan 13, 2020 1:04 pm
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: What TV programmes have you been watching lately?
Replies: 447
Views: 132802

Re: What TV programmes have you been watching lately?

I've quite enjoyed The Name of the Rose, which finished before Christmas I think. It started slowly, but as a fan of the book and the film, for me it's done a decent job of explaining the background of the story, and the expansion of the setting a little hasn't been too jarring. I've not watched the...
by Ian Volante
Mon Jan 13, 2020 12:59 pm
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: Questions you've always wanted answered
Replies: 622
Views: 130901

Re: Questions you've always wanted answered

On a similar sporting theme . When medals are calculated for each country why isn't the physical amount of medals added up. For example in rowing , whoever wins the coxless eights would be awarded 8 physical medals but only one is added to the nation's talky That would unfairly bias the overall med...
by Ian Volante
Mon Jan 06, 2020 12:52 pm
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: How many countries have you been to?
Replies: 171
Views: 39147

Re: How many countries have you been to?

Added Switzerland (airport) and France (properly) last year.
by Ian Volante
Wed Dec 11, 2019 1:11 pm
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: Questions you've always wanted answered
Replies: 622
Views: 130901

Re: Questions you've always wanted answered

When Prince Philip dies on Thursday (he's pretty old so this will probably happen) will we still get the through-the-night election coverage, or will it all be about a gaffe-prone out-of-touch buffoon? Or maybe Prince Philip? More importantly , what pastel colour will Jo Swinton be wearing Not sure...
by Ian Volante
Wed Dec 11, 2019 1:10 pm
Forum: Countdown - Spoilers
Topic: Series 81 Finals Predictions (With Poll)
Replies: 12
Views: 1346

Re: Series 81 Finals Predictions (With Poll)

Rhys Benjamin wrote:
Wed Dec 11, 2019 1:12 am
My view - controversial, I know - is Corinna Attwood should be allowed into the S82 finals.
That would be unfair to the eighth seed in the next series though. It ends up being an endless onwards shuffle.
by Ian Volante
Wed Dec 11, 2019 1:06 pm
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: Facebook Culls
Replies: 19
Views: 1377

Re: Facebook Culls

Do you have a way of keeping track of your friends? I sometimes just happen to notice that I'm not friends with someone any more. I don't make a list of my friends to check, or use some sort of software. I use FB Purity - simple browser add-in, and it tells me whenever someone doesn't list me as a ...
by Ian Volante
Tue Dec 10, 2019 1:11 pm
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: Alex Rivers
Replies: 17
Views: 2021

Re: Alex Rivers

Conor wrote:
Tue Dec 10, 2019 1:04 pm
Unfortunately, not far from the truth:
Matthew Green wrote:
Sat Jun 05, 2010 5:44 pm
I exposed him as a paedophile and he fucked off back to his bedsit.
https://www.kentonline.co.uk/folkestone ... rs-205130/

This disappearance in 2010 likely coincides with his first jail term.
:shock:
by Ian Volante
Thu Dec 05, 2019 5:21 pm
Forum: Countdown - Spoilers
Topic: Series 81 finals predictions
Replies: 8
Views: 917

Re: Series 81 finals predictions

Is the calculator still online somewhere?
by Ian Volante
Wed Nov 27, 2019 1:07 pm
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: Facebook Culls
Replies: 19
Views: 1377

Re: Facebook Culls

I take out a handful now and again where it seems that the elastic has stretched too thin, or I can't even remember how I know them. Pretty rare though, usually old korfballers. Interesting to see when people unfriend me, although I don't think it's happened for a year or two. Do you have a way of ...
by Ian Volante
Tue Nov 26, 2019 1:15 pm
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: How many jobs have you had ?
Replies: 10
Views: 802

Re: How many jobs have you had ?

Around ten, depending on definition.
by Ian Volante
Tue Nov 26, 2019 1:13 pm
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: Facebook Culls
Replies: 19
Views: 1377

Re: Facebook Culls

I take out a handful now and again where it seems that the elastic has stretched too thin, or I can't even remember how I know them. Pretty rare though, usually old korfballers. Interesting to see when people unfriend me, although I don't think it's happened for a year or two.
by Ian Volante
Tue Nov 19, 2019 1:08 pm
Forum: apterous.org
Topic: ProRanks history video
Replies: 11
Views: 1010

Re: ProRanks history video

Nice, but I must grumble about the excision of my week in 25th!
by Ian Volante
Thu Nov 14, 2019 4:39 pm
Forum: Countdown - General
Topic: Outing Gevin! (& similar fun activities suitable for a rainy Tuesday afternoon)
Replies: 23
Views: 3135

Re: Outing Gevin! (& similar fun activities suitable for a rainy Tuesday afternoon)

Mark Deeks wrote:
Wed Nov 13, 2019 10:45 pm
Well that sounds like a highly exploitable amount of unchecked power. Look forward to seeing contestants called things like Ray Flapjack and Jemima Pubes in short order.
:lol: Didn't Jemima win a couple of games in series 27?
by Ian Volante
Thu Nov 14, 2019 1:46 pm
Forum: apterous.org
Topic: Apterous on Mobile
Replies: 4
Views: 627

Re: Apterous on Mobile

Yes!
by Ian Volante
Mon Nov 11, 2019 12:53 pm
Forum: Countdown - General
Topic: Outing Gevin! (& similar fun activities suitable for a rainy Tuesday afternoon)
Replies: 23
Views: 3135

Re: Outing Gevin! (& similar fun activities suitable for a rainy Tuesday afternoon)

Well when I registered for Apterous and this forum I used the name George Pryn, as it used to be my Twitter handle (same thing as Gevin, just plucked out of the air). When my episodes came out as George Ford it was quite funny to realise that people from Apterous knew me by a different name. But th...
by Ian Volante
Wed Nov 06, 2019 1:33 pm
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: Is Jeremy Corbyn electable as Prime Minister ?
Replies: 26
Views: 1971

Re: Is Jeremy Corbyn electable as Prime Minister ?

Marc Meakin wrote:
Tue Nov 05, 2019 4:08 pm
Ian Volante wrote:
Tue Nov 05, 2019 12:57 pm
Yes.
Maybe you could elaborate ?
He's leading one of the country's biggest parties against a bunch of mendacious, self-serving buffoons.
by Ian Volante
Tue Oct 22, 2019 11:46 am
Forum: Countdown - General
Topic: Baby Riley-Kovalev
Replies: 45
Views: 9491

Re: Baby Riley-Kovalev

As far as I can tell, series 82 will be mostly in the can by mid-November, and possibly done heat-wise completely if they get a third filming block in before she pops.
by Ian Volante
Fri Oct 18, 2019 12:36 pm
Forum: Countdown - General
Topic: Is Countdown moving to Leeds ?
Replies: 3
Views: 930

Re: Is Countdown moving to Leeds ?

I'm not sure why they would start filming it there again, they've never stopped being based there administratively as far as I'm aware.
by Ian Volante
Wed Oct 16, 2019 9:41 pm
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: People you shouldn't trust
Replies: 607
Views: 129479

Re: People you shouldn't trust

People that get on a train, sit next to you, and start clipping their nails.
by Ian Volante
Wed Oct 09, 2019 12:36 pm
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: No Shit Sherlock
Replies: 20
Views: 2741

Re: No Shit Sherlock

I don't follow the politics of previous Countdown contestants too closely!
by Ian Volante
Mon Oct 07, 2019 12:10 pm
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: People you shouldn't trust
Replies: 607
Views: 129479

Re: People you shouldn't trust

People that post links to videos without a transcript.
by Ian Volante
Fri Oct 04, 2019 12:15 pm
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: No Shit Sherlock
Replies: 20
Views: 2741

Re: No Shit Sherlock

That was not obvious to me at all.
by Ian Volante
Wed Oct 02, 2019 12:21 pm
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: Politics in General
Replies: 578
Views: 109477

Re: Politics in General

I thought I might have posted about this before but I can't find it. Anyway I read this about whether vaccinations should be made compulsory. Obviously it makes sense that parents with anti-scientific views shouldn't be able to stop their children from being vaccinated, since vaccination would help...
by Ian Volante
Wed Oct 02, 2019 12:19 pm
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: Controversial Musical Opinions.
Replies: 59
Views: 5582

Re: Controversial Musical Opinions.

I might as well do live music while I'm here. If you go to see a band live it's not as good as listening to their recorded music. Objectively, I agree. in terms of technique etc, it's never going to be as polished. But the energy of the musicians and the crowd, the show, the volume allowing the mus...
by Ian Volante
Wed Oct 02, 2019 12:11 pm
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: Controversial Musical Opinions.
Replies: 59
Views: 5582

Re: Controversial Musical Opinions.

Marc Meakin wrote:
Sat Sep 28, 2019 4:00 pm
The Bee Gees were one of the best bands to come from the UK (IoM I checked )
You can argue they're from the UK because they grew up near Manchester, but the Isle of Man isn't in the UK.

Great songwriters.
by Ian Volante
Wed Sep 25, 2019 12:01 pm
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: Climate Change Deniers
Replies: 21
Views: 3140

Re: Climate Change Deniers

What is particularly annoying is that if you don't swallow every word Greta Thunberg says you're labelled as a denier, which is completely ridiculous. People like her really fail to appreciate the huge and grossly unreported efforts that some countries have made: the UK is virtually coal-free now, ...
by Ian Volante
Wed Sep 18, 2019 12:09 pm
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: The Right wing press
Replies: 11
Views: 1885

Re: The Right wing press

I remember how the Sun and the other right wing rags made Neil Kinnock unelectable with their lamplighting of the British masses about his ability to govern. I'm convinced that Tony B. Liar only got in government because the Sun endorsed him The Sun did not have the ability to provide a three-figur...
by Ian Volante
Tue Sep 17, 2019 12:03 pm
Forum: Games and Puzzles
Topic: Favourite board game
Replies: 101
Views: 34657

Re: Favourite board game

But what is odd about this thread is how few board games have been mentioned. And, given the penchant of some Countdowners for gratuitous filth, it is very strange that I'm the first person to mention the notorious "Cards against Humanity". (Beat you to it, Steadman! :mrgreen:) Not a board game, ot...
by Ian Volante
Tue Sep 17, 2019 11:59 am
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: The Right wing press
Replies: 11
Views: 1885

Re: The Right wing press

I remember how the Sun and the other right wing rags made Neil Kinnock unelectable with their lamplighting of the British masses about his ability to govern. I'm convinced that Tony B. Liar only got in government because the Sun endorsed him The Sun did not have the ability to provide a three-figur...
by Ian Volante
Tue Sep 17, 2019 11:50 am
Forum: Other game shows
Topic: Only Connect
Replies: 135
Views: 40709

Re: Only Connect

Andy Platt wrote:
Mon Sep 16, 2019 8:08 pm
Hello
Good to see the tradition of Apterite teams being upheld.
by Ian Volante
Fri Sep 06, 2019 11:26 am
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: Religion
Replies: 456
Views: 42506

Re: Religion

Gavin Chipper wrote:
Thu Sep 05, 2019 3:09 pm
Zarte Siempre wrote:
Wed Sep 04, 2019 6:50 pm

Callum has an excellent story about PBUH, but I don't know how to attract his attention to get him to put it here....
This might summon him:
I'd have tried a pentagram first.
by Ian Volante
Fri Sep 06, 2019 11:25 am
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: Questions you've always wanted answered
Replies: 622
Views: 130901

Re: Questions you've always wanted answered

I want to return to this actually - I know it's supposedly a thing that women complain about men leaving the toilet seat up so they have to go to the great deal of effort to put it down again. But if there is a "civilised" way to do it, it's to put both the seat and the lid down. If you leave the l...
by Ian Volante
Wed Sep 04, 2019 11:42 am
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: Questions you've always wanted answered
Replies: 622
Views: 130901

Re: Questions you've always wanted answered

What's wrong with leaving the toilet seat up? It's certainly no worse than leaving the seat down but the lid up. I want to return to this actually - I know it's supposedly a thing that women complain about men leaving the toilet seat up so they have to go to the great deal of effort to put it down ...
by Ian Volante
Fri Aug 30, 2019 12:34 pm
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: Politics in General
Replies: 578
Views: 109477

Re: Politics in General

Anyway , proroguing is it a good thing ?. It seems a little undemocratic but I am getting so fed up with Brexit dragging on , if this is the only way to GUARANTEE we leave on Halloween then so be it. I think the Queen probably agrees Not clear that that's why he's doing it, or if he is, that it's a...
by Ian Volante
Fri Aug 30, 2019 12:32 pm
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: Questions you've always wanted answered
Replies: 622
Views: 130901

Re: Questions you've always wanted answered

It's certainly no worse than leaving the seat down but the lid up. It allows a miasma of faeces to escape when the bog is flushed. It really doesn't, unless you've got some sort of super-turbine toilet that throws the water from the toilet bowl all over your bathroom. Sure, a few microbial parts ma...
by Ian Volante
Thu Aug 29, 2019 11:57 am
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: Politics in General
Replies: 578
Views: 109477

Re: Politics in General

Anyway , proroguing is it a good thing ?. It seems a little undemocratic but I am getting so fed up with Brexit dragging on , if this is the only way to GUARANTEE we leave on Halloween then so be it. I think the Queen probably agrees Not clear that that's why he's doing it, or if he is, that it's a...
by Ian Volante
Wed Aug 28, 2019 12:13 pm
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: Religion
Replies: 456
Views: 42506

Re: Religion

It seems to me that a lot of what's believed is simply down to whatever was the official belief of the most powerful political groupings in the 4th century CE. As far as I've seen, there's nothing less believable about such things as Arianism as there is about orthodox dogma; quite what the bloke hi...
by Ian Volante
Wed Aug 28, 2019 12:02 pm
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: Questions you've always wanted answered
Replies: 622
Views: 130901

Re: Questions you've always wanted answered

Gavin Chipper wrote:
Tue Aug 27, 2019 9:16 pm
Mark Deeks wrote:
Tue Aug 27, 2019 9:08 pm
What's wrong with leaving the toilet seat up?
It's certainly no worse than leaving the seat down but the lid up.
It allows a miasma of faeces to escape when the bog is flushed. it also doesn't look very neat.
by Ian Volante
Wed Aug 28, 2019 12:00 pm
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: Thread Of Random (for Marc)
Replies: 159
Views: 21839

Re: Thread Of Random (for Marc)

Marc Meakin wrote:
Tue Aug 27, 2019 3:23 pm
I don't think the hole in the ozone layer was even thought of back then.
Mainly because we didn't have the scientific consensus until around that point.
by Ian Volante
Mon Aug 05, 2019 12:33 pm
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: Politics in General
Replies: 578
Views: 109477

Re: Politics in General

James Cleverly is annoyed about the result in the Brecon and Radnorshire by-election because the remain parties didn't stand against each other to give the Lib Dems a better chance of winning. It's almost as if First Past the Post is an awful voting system isn't it, James? On a separate note, I fin...
by Ian Volante
Fri Aug 02, 2019 11:47 am
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: Questions you've always wanted answered
Replies: 622
Views: 130901

Re: Questions you've always wanted answered

Some questions:And why don't you see white dogshit anymore? Saw some white dogshit today. Very nostalgic. Almost brought a tear to my eye. Come to my back garden, you can pick up numerous examples every day. Or to put it another way, our dogs eat raw food (basically, minced meat and bone), so every...
by Ian Volante
Wed Jul 31, 2019 12:19 pm
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: Questions you've always wanted answered
Replies: 622
Views: 130901

Re: Questions you've always wanted answered

See also the Aral Sea, or the lack thereof.
by Ian Volante
Wed Jul 31, 2019 12:18 pm
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: Questions you've always wanted answered
Replies: 622
Views: 130901

Re: Questions you've always wanted answered

How is water wasted? My mum always used to have a go at me for wasting water, leaving taps on etc, but surely it just goes back into the system. Surely water is either in the human man made sewage/plumbing system, a river, the sea, the sky, or the ground making its way down to the water table? If i...
by Ian Volante
Fri Jul 26, 2019 11:56 am
Forum: Countdown - General
Topic: Welcome! - Post here first
Replies: 1926
Views: 224455

Re: Welcome! - Post here first

Hello all, hope the chat round here isn't too off-putting :)
by Ian Volante
Wed Jul 24, 2019 12:20 pm
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: Deathwatch 2018
Replies: 134
Views: 58374

Re: Deathwatch 2018

JimBentley wrote:
Wed Jul 17, 2019 4:36 pm
Ah cool, thanks!
by Ian Volante
Fri Jul 19, 2019 12:44 pm
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: REALLY obvious things you've just realised
Replies: 204
Views: 51979

Re: REALLY obvious things you've just realised

Ben Wilson wrote:
Thu Jul 18, 2019 3:51 pm
The Nissan Sunny's name is derived from reversing the syllables of Nissan.
That's not at all obvious.
by Ian Volante
Fri Jul 19, 2019 12:43 pm
Forum: apterous.org
Topic: Classic Aptochat moments
Replies: 200
Views: 70662

Re: Classic Aptochat moments

Geel lekker!
by Ian Volante
Wed Jul 17, 2019 12:12 pm
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: Deathwatch 2018
Replies: 134
Views: 58374

Re: Deathwatch 2018

It would have been a much bigger stretch to sell a group of three not particularly attractive middle-aged men who (at the time) few people had heard of, even if the songs were the same. They did get to #13 with Roadblock, which then got sampled and taken to #1 by M/A/R/R/S, so they weren't far off ...
by Ian Volante
Tue Jul 16, 2019 12:06 pm
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: How many in a baker's gross?
Replies: 7
Views: 1659

Re: How many in a baker's gross?

More than there are in a nun's nasty.
by Ian Volante
Tue Jul 16, 2019 12:03 pm
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: Deathwatch 2018
Replies: 134
Views: 58374

Re: Deathwatch 2018

It would have been a much bigger stretch to sell a group of three not particularly attractive middle-aged men who (at the time) few people had heard of, even if the songs were the same. They did get to #13 with Roadblock, which then got sampled and taken to #1 by M/A/R/R/S, so they weren't far off :)
by Ian Volante
Sat Jul 06, 2019 2:34 pm
Forum: apterous.org
Topic: Is Apterous down?
Replies: 572
Views: 175114

Re: Is Apterous down?

Ist kaput.
by Ian Volante
Mon Jul 01, 2019 11:57 pm
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: Politics in General
Replies: 578
Views: 109477

Re: Politics in General

Sadly, yes. The Labour antisemitism thing keeps rumbling on. At first, I thought the Lab leadership was being nice but dim and not understanding, but given some of the things Corbyn has said I'm not sure. The problem is that a lot of people conflate "Israel" and "Jews" since Israel is the only Jewi...
by Ian Volante
Thu Jun 27, 2019 3:46 pm
Forum: Countdown - General
Topic: Kryptonite
Replies: 20
Views: 6371

Re: Kryptonite

Hi I am Jenny the mum of Ashton Hancock. He is really 11 years old. I would like to apologise on Ashton’s behalf for his posts on this forum and I wish for all his posts to be deleted. I also would like the access his account to be restored and him to be given a 2nd chance. If his access is restore...
by Ian Volante
Wed Jun 26, 2019 12:02 pm
Forum: Countdown - General
Topic: Kryptonite
Replies: 20
Views: 6371

Re: Kryptonite

Doesn't look green to me.
by Ian Volante
Tue Jun 25, 2019 5:22 pm
Forum: Countdown - General
Topic: Kryptonite
Replies: 20
Views: 6371

Re: Kryptonite

A nugget of purest green, one might suggest.