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by Paul Worsley
Tue Dec 03, 2019 12:34 am
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: Politics in General
Replies: 543
Views: 103370

Re: Politics in General

Jon O'Neill wrote:
Sun Nov 24, 2019 11:06 pm
None of this is to say that I accept the original premise, that higher tax kills aspiration. People are motivated by more than just cash.
Just out of interest, how did you come up with 75%? If punitive tax doesn't kill aspiration why stop there? Why not 85% or 95% or even 100%?
by Paul Worsley
Sun Nov 24, 2019 1:07 am
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: Politics in General
Replies: 543
Views: 103370

Re: Politics in General

JimBentley wrote:
Sat Nov 23, 2019 11:25 pm
I endorse this proposal wholeheartedly.
A 75% tax rate on earnings over 50K kills aspiration. Why would anyone start a small business, with all the risk and all the extra work bother?
by Paul Worsley
Sun Nov 03, 2019 11:10 pm
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: REALLY obvious things you've just realised
Replies: 198
Views: 49128

Re: REALLY obvious things you've just realised

Not obvious until someone tells you, but in the song Feel Like Making' Love by Bad Company, they actually sing "Feel like bacon, love?"
by Paul Worsley
Mon Oct 21, 2019 8:44 pm
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: What films have you watched lately?
Replies: 253
Views: 84153

Re: What films have you watched lately?

Joker is relentlessly bleak and not as good as I had hoped. Phoenix was outstanding though.
by Paul Worsley
Thu Oct 03, 2019 3:08 pm
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: Politics in General
Replies: 543
Views: 103370

Re: Politics in General

The way I see it, they're a hospital. It's completely outside of their role and beyond their jurisdiction to be trying to stop someone going somewhere else for treatment. The doctor's duty of care is to the patient, not to the parents/next of kin. If the doctor believes that a procedure or transfer...
by Paul Worsley
Wed Oct 02, 2019 6:00 pm
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: Controversial Musical Opinions.
Replies: 59
Views: 4508

Re: Controversial Musical Opinions.

This was quite an easy one for most radio stations though. "Rock And Roll" kind of stands up today but all the rest of the Glitter stuff is really dated now. And it's not as though much other early 70s glam stuff gets played these days (I guess because it does sound so dated). As for Rolf Harris, a...
by Paul Worsley
Wed Oct 02, 2019 10:23 am
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: Controversial Musical Opinions.
Replies: 59
Views: 4508

Re: Controversial Musical Opinions.

Live albums, on the other hand... There are a few notable exceptions. At Filmore East is better than any studio album produced by The Allman Brothers. Thin Lizzy's Live and Dangerous is their best album, in my opinion, although there is a lot of debate about just how live it is. B.B.King Live at th...
by Paul Worsley
Wed Oct 02, 2019 12:10 am
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: Controversial Musical Opinions.
Replies: 59
Views: 4508

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. Wow. I know this is the "Controversial Musical Opinions" thread, and I kept quiet when someone said Bonnie Tyler had a better song than anything Bowie ever did, but this...
by Paul Worsley
Tue Oct 01, 2019 1:39 pm
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: Religion
Replies: 456
Views: 38583

Re: Religion

Dan Byrom wrote:
Tue Sep 24, 2019 11:49 am
I have heard second hand from a friend who saw someone with one leg longer than the other get prayed for and visibly see the shorter leg get longer.
Type "faith healer leg trick" into YouTube to see see it first hand, complete with an explanation of how it's done.
by Paul Worsley
Mon Sep 30, 2019 10:00 am
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: Controversial Musical Opinions.
Replies: 59
Views: 4508

Re: Controversial Musical Opinions.

There are hundreds of good albums.

I would define a good album as one that you listen to from start to finish. It may have highlights, but that doesn't make the other tracks "fillers".
by Paul Worsley
Wed Sep 25, 2019 6:08 pm
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: Understanding Asperger's
Replies: 4
Views: 894

Re: Understanding Asperger's

Just to be clear, Trump and the right wing American media have NOT been referring to Greta Thurnberg's Asperger's as a mental illness. Political commentator Michael J Knowles disgracefully referred to her as a "mentally ill Swedish child", but he has been criticised by the American media, including ...
by Paul Worsley
Tue Sep 17, 2019 5:13 pm
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: Controversial Musical Opinions.
Replies: 59
Views: 4508

Re: Controversial Musical Opinions.

Michael Jackson was rightly revered for being a great performer, and innovative showman, but his song writing was nothing special.

"'Cause this is thriller....." No, Michael. This is horror.
by Paul Worsley
Tue Sep 17, 2019 10:47 am
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: Controversial Musical Opinions.
Replies: 59
Views: 4508

Re: Controversial Musical Opinions.

Covers of Beatles songs were far superior to the originals. Exhibit A - Dear Prudence. Siouxsie knocked it out of the park. I'm old enough to remember the release of Siouxsie's version, and was already familiar with the Beatle's White Album. I think the cover is ok, but never "far superior". I thin...
by Paul Worsley
Sat Sep 14, 2019 10:54 pm
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: The Left Wing Press
Replies: 11
Views: 1583

Re: The Left Wing Press

Before I started this thread I checked out the Sun and the Daily Mail websites, and neither lead on the Flintoff story. I also picked up a copy of the Sun while queueing in Costa and no mention of Flintoff on the front page. I subscribe to the online Daily Telegraph and wasn't aware they were ignori...
by Paul Worsley
Sat Sep 14, 2019 11:52 am
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: The Left Wing Press
Replies: 11
Views: 1583

Re: The Left Wing Press

What near-treasonous behaviour was that, Paul? Explain with examples please. And anyway, the Guardian is not left-wing, it is very much centrist. They probably hate Corbyn as much as you do! I was being sarcastic in response to another thread. Basically, I believe the current political paralysis ca...
by Paul Worsley
Thu Sep 12, 2019 11:14 pm
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: The Left Wing Press
Replies: 11
Views: 1583

The Left Wing Press

I cannot believe that after near treasonous behaviour by Jeremy Corbyn, the best headline the Guardian and the Mirror can come up with is about the Duchess of Sussex's fashion line for unemployed women, and Simon Cowell's botox. I used to laugh about North Korea and Russia suppressing news stories, ...
by Paul Worsley
Wed Aug 28, 2019 11:20 am
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: Tiny details that spoilt your enjoyment of a film or TV show
Replies: 3
Views: 1020

Re: Tiny details that spoilt your enjoyment of a film or TV show

Gavin Chipper wrote:
Wed Aug 28, 2019 11:05 am
Would they not have had fillings in a post-apocalyptic world?
Unlikely. From what I remember, they didn't even have Netflix.
by Paul Worsley
Tue Aug 13, 2019 3:46 pm
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: Religion
Replies: 456
Views: 38583

Re: Religion

That said, I'm not all that pleased about it. I am somewhat jealous of the comfort that faith seems to provide many people I know. The late Christopher Hitchens considered himself an "antitheist", in that he didn't believe in god, and would be disappointed to discover that he was wrong, even before...
by Paul Worsley
Mon Aug 12, 2019 11:22 pm
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: Religion
Replies: 456
Views: 38583

Re: Religion

I agree it's a ridiculous argument. I went to a church school, and was once asked by a teacher, who was also a minister, what I thought about the bible. I told him I was an atheist, and he replied, "There's no such thing as atheist". When he saw the puzzled look on my face, he explained that whereas...
by Paul Worsley
Mon Aug 12, 2019 10:21 pm
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: Religion
Replies: 456
Views: 38583

Re: Religion

Smarter. He's smarter than us. Nothing smug there :roll: I don't think he said he was smarter. He just said that agnosticism is a smarter position than atheism. I assume he means that, because you can't prove 100% that there isn't a god, it is smarter to label yourself a "Don't Know" By the same to...
by Paul Worsley
Mon Aug 05, 2019 12:00 am
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: Questions you've always wanted answered
Replies: 586
Views: 123276

Re: Questions you've always wanted answered

Ian Volante wrote:
Wed Jul 31, 2019 12:18 pm
In the UK, we're lucky to have a lot of fresh water resource, although it's becoming a problem in the southeast of England as far as I'm aware.
Maybe if they didn't put so much of it in their beer, they wouldn't have a problem.
by Paul Worsley
Tue Apr 30, 2019 9:45 am
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: People you shouldn't trust
Replies: 601
Views: 123664

Re: People you shouldn't trust

People who say "Well, we have to go now", and are still there 20 minutes later.
by Paul Worsley
Fri Apr 26, 2019 12:42 pm
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: REALLY obvious things you've just realised
Replies: 198
Views: 49128

Re: REALLY obvious things you've just realised

Mark Deeks wrote:
Fri Apr 26, 2019 10:40 am
Jimmy Carr looks like Richard Nixon.
I was going to post something along the line of "Bollocks!", but, actually, you have a point.
by Paul Worsley
Mon Apr 22, 2019 7:27 pm
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: What films have you watched lately?
Replies: 253
Views: 84153

Re: What films have you watched lately?

The Highwaymen.....Kevin Costner and Woody Harrelson. A netflix special. It's about the hunt for Bonnie and Clyde. I quite enjoyed it 7/10 Also new on netflix, The Thing. I hadn't seen this in over 30 years and was surprised how well it had aged. It's considered to be one of the last big special eff...
by Paul Worsley
Sat Apr 13, 2019 12:55 pm
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: What films have you watched lately?
Replies: 253
Views: 84153

Re: What films have you watched lately?

Watched two in-flight movies this week.

"First Man", the Neil Armstrong biopic was very good, and I can recommend it.

"Widows" based on the Lynda La Plante novel/mini-series, started off well, but the final twists were a bit preposterous.
by Paul Worsley
Mon Mar 11, 2019 10:22 pm
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: Politics in General
Replies: 543
Views: 103370

Re: Politics in General

Alan Hansen did the same on MotD.

I think the key is that "coloured" was never meant to be a derogatory term. I seem to remember that back in the early 70s "coloured" was considered more polite than "black".
by Paul Worsley
Sun Feb 17, 2019 10:10 pm
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: What TV programmes have you been watching lately?
Replies: 444
Views: 128101

Re: What TV programmes have you been watching lately?

Just finished watching Black Mirror on Netflix. For the most part I thoroughly enjoyed it, but for some reason Netflix made me watch it back to front (kind of a Black Mirror moment), so I watched Season 4 first and Season 1 last. Did it make you or did it just come as by default and you didn't do a...
by Paul Worsley
Sun Feb 17, 2019 12:15 am
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: What TV programmes have you been watching lately?
Replies: 444
Views: 128101

Re: What TV programmes have you been watching lately?

Just finished watching Black Mirror on Netflix. For the most part I thoroughly enjoyed it, but for some reason Netflix made me watch it back to front (kind of a Black Mirror moment), so I watched Season 4 first and Season 1 last. All fine, until tonight, when I watched my final episode, "The Nationa...
by Paul Worsley
Fri Dec 21, 2018 1:26 pm
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: Questions you've always wanted answered
Replies: 586
Views: 123276

Re: Questions you've always wanted answered

Cat Buck-A-Roo is good fun on Christmas day.
by Paul Worsley
Wed Dec 19, 2018 6:19 pm
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: Christmas cards
Replies: 3
Views: 2056

Re: Christmas cards

We still send cards.

I still think of myself as being in touch with a friend from university days, even though my wife writes and sends our card, and his wife writes and sends theirs.
by Paul Worsley
Sun Dec 16, 2018 7:23 pm
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: What TV programmes have you been watching lately?
Replies: 444
Views: 128101

Re: What TV programmes have you been watching lately?

"Narcos: Mexico" on Netflix. I suppose it's very similar to "Narcos", but set in Mexico, and with cannabis instead of cocaine (although they do upgrade to smuggling cocaine for the Colombians). It's very violent and most of the dialogue is subtitled, but fascinating nonetheless. This series highligh...
by Paul Worsley
Sat Nov 17, 2018 11:08 pm
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: Things normal people normally own but you don't own for some reason
Replies: 66
Views: 16308

Re: Things normal people normally own but you don't own for some reason

A pair of chopsticks. I think the knife and fork is a better invention, and don't feel my oriental meals are any less authentic without them. A pair, now you tell me, I've only got the one 😁. All joking aside John Lewis (other pretentious middle class department stores are available ) do a rookie c...
by Paul Worsley
Sat Nov 17, 2018 4:27 pm
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: Things normal people normally own but you don't own for some reason
Replies: 66
Views: 16308

Re: Things normal people normally own but you don't own for some reason

A pair of chopsticks.

I think the knife and fork is a better invention, and don't feel my oriental meals are any less authentic without them.
by Paul Worsley
Mon Nov 12, 2018 1:24 pm
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: Greatest Ever Sportsman?
Replies: 126
Views: 17255

Re: Greatest Ever Sportsman?

I concur again with Bradman. I find this weird. I don't think I could say who the greatest ever sportsman would be, but I'm pretty sure I wouldn't choose a cricketer. Cricket doesn't test athletic abilities in any meaningful way and one person's influence over the team performance is only ever goin...
by Paul Worsley
Mon Nov 05, 2018 1:59 pm
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: What films have you watched lately?
Replies: 253
Views: 84153

Re: What films have you watched lately?

Beasts of No Nation.. A difficult subject, but very well handled. Violent at times, but thought provoking and harrowing.
by Paul Worsley
Tue Oct 23, 2018 12:14 am
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: Greatest Ever Sportsman?
Replies: 126
Views: 17255

Re: Greatest Ever Sportsman?

I agree that both Farah and Hamilton could win more titles, but Stevenson would have been turning professional in a golden era for Heavyweight boxing. It's impossible to say how he would have fared. It certainly was a golden era for heavyweight boxing and Muhammad Ali in the mid seventies was a ver...
by Paul Worsley
Mon Oct 22, 2018 8:41 am
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: Greatest Ever Sportsman?
Replies: 126
Views: 17255

Re: Greatest Ever Sportsman?

I agree that both Farah and Hamilton could win more titles, but Stevenson would have been turning professional in a golden era for Heavyweight boxing. It's impossible to say how he would have fared.
by Paul Worsley
Sun Oct 21, 2018 8:54 pm
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: Greatest Ever Sportsman?
Replies: 126
Views: 17255

Re: Greatest Ever Sportsman?

No Rocky Marciano, no Tefeleo Stevenson. Mo Farah and Lewis Hamilton should be added too. Jahanagar Khan is a good call for a non global sport though. Mo Farah's Olympic feats were surpassed by both Lasse Viren and Emil Zatopek. Stevenson was never tested, as he never turned professional. Fangio is...
by Paul Worsley
Sun Oct 21, 2018 8:45 am
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: Greatest Ever Sportsman?
Replies: 126
Views: 17255

Re: Greatest Ever Sportsman?

Although not a contender for "Greatest Sportsman", the US discus thrower, Al Oerter, deserves an honorary mention. In 1968 he became the first person to win a fourth consecutive gold in the same event, a feat only equalled by Carl Lewis (long jump) and Michael Phelps (200m individual medley).
by Paul Worsley
Sun Oct 21, 2018 8:25 am
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: Greatest Ever Sportsman?
Replies: 126
Views: 17255

Re: Greatest Ever Sportsman?

Just reading this thread again. I was thinking about boxing - it doesn't have proper tournaments. It's just a challenge thing, which doesn't cut it. You remain champion until some opponent (sometimes arguably picked for non-merit reasons) beats you. And people refer to Ali as a three-time champion ...
by Paul Worsley
Wed Oct 17, 2018 9:16 pm
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: What TV programmes have you been watching lately?
Replies: 444
Views: 128101

Re: What TV programmes have you been watching lately?

Give it a go. It's a ghost story rather than a gorefest, (although there is some blood and gore). Unlike the majority of horror films it's genuinely scary.
by Paul Worsley
Wed Oct 17, 2018 3:21 pm
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: What TV programmes have you been watching lately?
Replies: 444
Views: 128101

Re: What TV programmes have you been watching lately?

"The Haunting of Hill House" on Netflix. The Haunting (1963) scared the bejeezus out of me when I first saw it, aged 11. It scared me again when I saw it for a second time,7 years later. This series stays loyal to the original film, and adds a few more layers too. I'm on episode 5 of 10, and enjoyin...
by Paul Worsley
Wed Oct 17, 2018 3:13 pm
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: What films have you watched lately?
Replies: 253
Views: 84153

Re: What films have you watched lately?

Saw "A Star is Born" last week. 4/5. Bradley Cooper and Lady GaGa are both very good. The on stage scenes were first rate.
by Paul Worsley
Sun Oct 14, 2018 6:07 pm
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: Moon Landings ,fake?
Replies: 17
Views: 4034

Re: Moon Landings ,fake?

Mark James wrote:
Sun Oct 14, 2018 5:24 pm
What are the people who believe them actually doing about it other than whining on Internet forums?
Giving some meaning to their pointless, empty lives.
by Paul Worsley
Sat Oct 13, 2018 10:34 pm
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: Moon Landings ,fake?
Replies: 17
Views: 4034

Re: Moon Landings ,fake?

Sir Bernard Lovell, the first director of Jodrell Bank Observatory, tracked the lunar missions all the way to the moon and back again. If it was fake then he would have to be in on it. Why is it that conspiracy theorists always believe EVERY conspiracy theory? What's his theory on 9/11? I bet his fa...
by Paul Worsley
Sat Oct 13, 2018 9:43 pm
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: Moon Landings ,fake?
Replies: 17
Views: 4034

Re: Moon Landings ,fake?

Have you noticed that the number of sightings of Elvis has dropped off dramatically in recent years?

I hope nothing has happened to him.
by Paul Worsley
Thu Oct 11, 2018 10:20 am
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: Things you can't do that it always seems like everyone else can
Replies: 91
Views: 28966

Re: Things you can't do that it always seems like everyone else can

Marc Meakin wrote:
Thu Oct 11, 2018 9:23 am
I'm sure the bobble variety works for most people
Not a good look when you're strolling down the promenade in Puerto Del Carmen.
by Paul Worsley
Tue Oct 09, 2018 12:25 pm
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: How much do you tip?
Replies: 14
Views: 4363

Re: How much do you tip?

Ian Volante wrote:
Tue Oct 09, 2018 12:10 pm
About ten percent, boringly.
I am told by people who have worked in restaurants that 10% is far more than the average tip. My own experience of eating out with other people and splitting the bill would also suggest that 10% is considered overly generous by many people.
by Paul Worsley
Tue Oct 09, 2018 12:18 pm
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: Things you can't do that it always seems like everyone else can
Replies: 91
Views: 28966

Re: Things you can't do that it always seems like everyone else can

Wear a hat. Usually I look like I'm balancing the hat on my head, rather than wearing it. I can squeeze a baseball cap on, but it just looks wrong.

I often get sunstroke on holiday.
by Paul Worsley
Sun Oct 07, 2018 8:38 pm
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: How much do you tip?
Replies: 14
Views: 4363

Re: How much do you tip?

I would probably tip £4 on that bill, but like Gavin, I hate the concept of tips. I usually aim for 10%, but might only leave £45 on a £41 bill, for instance. I rarely tip at all if it's a prepaid meal, in a pub for instance, even though they bring the food to you. I don't take many taxi rides, but ...
by Paul Worsley
Sun Oct 07, 2018 10:03 am
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: How much do you tip?
Replies: 14
Views: 4363

How much do you tip?

As per title. How much do you tip?

As an example, you have a meal plus drinks in an ok restaurant. The waiter/waitress was perfunctory. The bill comes to £38.40. How much would you leave?
by Paul Worsley
Thu Sep 13, 2018 11:30 am
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: Favourite Bond Theme?
Replies: 6
Views: 2613

Re: Favourite Bond Theme?

Goldfinger. Any song that finds a rhyme for "Midas touch" gets my vote, and Shirley Bassey's delivery is epic. In fact, there isn't a Bond theme that wouldn't sound better if sung by Shirley. She should have been given the gig years ago.
by Paul Worsley
Thu Sep 06, 2018 7:19 pm
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: Deathwatch 2018
Replies: 134
Views: 57052

Re: Deathwatch 2018

Burt Reynolds RIP.

Francis Ford Coppolla's first choice for the part of Michael Corleone.

He also turned down the role of James Bond in 1970.
by Paul Worsley
Tue Sep 04, 2018 7:17 pm
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: What films have you watched lately?
Replies: 253
Views: 84153

Re: What films have you watched lately?

I watched The Thing the other day. Thought it was quite good. A bit silly really, but entertaining enough. One of my favourite Sci-fi films. It's almost like a whodunnit with special effects. That film is 25 years old and the special effects still look superb. The Thing was released in 1982, so 36 ...
by Paul Worsley
Fri Aug 17, 2018 4:36 pm
Forum: Games and Puzzles
Topic: Change one letter of a film title to make a funny one
Replies: 63
Views: 22106

Re: Change one letter of a film title to make a funny one

Pilates of the Caribbean
Wangs of New York
Shitter Island
Fanny Face
Midnight Rub
The Jungle Bonk
Seven Brides for Seven Brothels
by Paul Worsley
Fri Aug 17, 2018 10:08 am
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: The Irish Question
Replies: 29
Views: 6345

Re: The Irish Question

Mark James wrote:
Thu Aug 16, 2018 10:52 pm
Jennifer Steadman wrote:
Wed Aug 15, 2018 5:22 pm
[
A few hundred people having a paddy
Unfortunate choice of phrase considering the thread topic, no? :D
Are you taking the Mick?
by Paul Worsley
Fri Aug 03, 2018 11:15 am
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: Why don't you like basketball?
Replies: 66
Views: 14175

Re: Why don't you like basketball?

I can tell you why I love football. It's the goals. There's no feeling like when your team scores a great goal, or winning goal. Every football fan can relate to this. For me the greatest goal was Ole Gunnar Solskjaer's last minute winner in the 1999 Champions League final. Other goals that stand ou...
by Paul Worsley
Wed Aug 01, 2018 6:38 pm
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: How many of your Facebook friends are dead?
Replies: 26
Views: 5144

Re: How many of your Facebook friends are dead?

One of my Facebook friends died last year, but I unfriended him. Is that bad form?