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by JimBentley
Wed Sep 18, 2019 4:29 pm
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: Deathwatch 2017
Replies: 211
Views: 50388

Re: Deathwatch 2017

I'm not killing them off or anything, but the deaths of Fernando Ricksen and Robert Mugabe have made my lead here surely unassailable. I'd kind of forgotten about this to be honest, I'll need to check all the lists before updating. I know I've got at least one more too, it's probably going to be me...
by JimBentley
Wed Sep 18, 2019 2:42 pm
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: Religion
Replies: 452
Views: 25267

Re: Religion

Ha, that is excellent. When I was at school, R.E. used to be compulsory for the first two years of secondary school, but I dropped it as soon as I could. I don't think we ever got around to Islam, but that was in the mid-1980s and obviously things have changed since then. I'd be interested to hear h...
by JimBentley
Wed Sep 18, 2019 2:26 pm
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: The Right wing press
Replies: 11
Views: 353

Re: The Right wing press

It may or may not be apt, but it adds nothing to any debate on the subject, and tends to reduce discussion to the level of the playground. I completely agree with Ian. I see this sort of thing all the time in online discussion - "Remoaners", "Brexshit", all that kind of thing - and it's just juveni...
by JimBentley
Tue Sep 17, 2019 7:20 pm
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: Controversial Musical Opinions.
Replies: 20
Views: 379

Re: Controversial Musical Opinions.

Music is so subjective that I'm not sure there can ever be a consensus opinion over what is "good" or "bad", though, it's all just a matter of taste, and no two people will ever share exactly the same taste. Anyway, my contribution (for now, I'll think of some more later) is that Saturday Night by W...
by JimBentley
Fri Sep 13, 2019 3:56 pm
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: The Left Wing Press
Replies: 11
Views: 461

Re: The Left Wing Press

And anyway, the Guardian is not left-wing, it is very much centrist. They probably hate Corbyn as much as you do! I'd describe The Guardian as left wing and liberal (although admittedly, I don't read any of the mainstream newspapers, mainly rely on BBC website for my news) and Wikipedia pretty much...
by JimBentley
Fri Sep 13, 2019 1:59 pm
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: Questions you've always wanted answered
Replies: 574
Views: 109223

Re: Questions you've always wanted answered

Moving away from this 👆. My brother insists his birth mark has move significantly over the years, I call bullshit on the basis that tattoos don't move so how can birthmarks move. Can anyone throw any light on this ? If he's recently gained a lot of weight (or lost a lot of weight), it could appear ...
by JimBentley
Fri Sep 13, 2019 1:43 pm
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: The Left Wing Press
Replies: 11
Views: 461

Re: 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 JimBentley
Tue Sep 03, 2019 3:43 pm
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: Religion
Replies: 452
Views: 25267

Re: Religion

tl;dr: I'm happy and proud of my religion but I can't pretend it has all the answers or that I don't have doubts. It's important to respect people of all backgrounds, and of course anyone can be a good or bad person. PS - I'm quite taken aback to see how many people use a capital 'G' when writing '...
by JimBentley
Thu Aug 29, 2019 3:40 pm
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: Religion
Replies: 452
Views: 25267

Re: Religion

Thanks Dan for your very interesting and thought-provoking post. It was fascinating to read it. But, a couple of things: To suggest that there is no credible evidence at all for Christianity I don't think that anyone is disputing that Christianity exists, it's the basic tenets that people have probl...
by JimBentley
Thu Aug 29, 2019 3:14 pm
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: Questions you've always wanted answered
Replies: 574
Views: 109223

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. 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...
by JimBentley
Thu Aug 29, 2019 3:09 pm
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: C4C/apto/Countdown Dreams
Replies: 628
Views: 175757

Re: C4C/apto/Countdown Dreams

I clearly refused anything paedoey, so good luck making that stick. As for your continued efforts to paint me as some kind of anti-semite, I don't think the mere mention of a massive hat gets it done, you racist. Absolutely, I think Gavin (if that is his real name, I somehow doubt it myself) has go...
by JimBentley
Fri Aug 23, 2019 3:03 pm
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: Which Is Your Favourite Joke?
Replies: 20
Views: 1718

Re: Which Is Your Favourite Joke?

I'm going to hijack this thread to discuss this year's winner of Dave's "Funniest Joke of The Fringe" . Won by Olaf Falafel, it goes "I keep randomly shouting out 'Broccoli' and 'Cauliflower' - I think I might have florets". However, it's a bit of a shit joke isn't it? I mean, it's just a weak pun....
by JimBentley
Sat Aug 17, 2019 6:46 pm
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: Religion
Replies: 452
Views: 25267

Re: Religion

I also hate vehemently anti-religion types. I'm not anti-religion in any sense that it would intrude into my real life. I'm totally cool with people doing religion and would never, ever interfere with that. What people are into is all fine by me. I just think that they're a bit weird, because I can...
by JimBentley
Mon Aug 12, 2019 10:42 pm
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: Religion
Replies: 452
Views: 25267

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 JimBentley
Mon Aug 12, 2019 10:07 pm
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: Religion
Replies: 452
Views: 25267

Re: Religion

Marc Meakin wrote:
Sun Aug 11, 2019 12:26 am
At least agnostics are never smug about their beliefs.
You say that and yet
L'oisleatch McGraw wrote:
Sat Aug 10, 2019 1:40 pm
Agnosticism is a smarter position than Atheism.
That's one of the only definites that can be relied on in all of this.
Smarter. He's smarter than us. Nothing smug there :roll:
by JimBentley
Mon Aug 12, 2019 9:56 pm
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: Religion
Replies: 452
Views: 25267

Re: Religion

In Stewart's definition I'm a "hard atheist" and completely with Rosemary (welcome back by the way, it's been a while!) I get that some people like to believe in a mysterious unknowable power controlling the universe, it gives them comfort and that's all great. Actually I'd probably quite like to be...
by JimBentley
Tue Aug 06, 2019 8:39 pm
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: Politics in General
Replies: 490
Views: 86320

Re: Politics in General

I still think PR is preferable to what we have now. And we'd also have a decent number of Greens etc. I don't think it would be a problem having a more representative parliament even if there would be a few more nutters that got in. (Lots of the MPs in mainstream parties are actually nutters anyway...
by JimBentley
Tue Aug 06, 2019 8:19 pm
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: Streaming Movies
Replies: 12
Views: 1162

Re: Streaming Movies

I am curious if most people do it but wouldn't admit to it a bit like masturbation I've never met anyone who doesn't admit to masturbation. Yeah, that was a bit of a weird thing to say. Why would any man not admit that he didn't have a wank from time to time? It's hardly scandalous. I used to think...
by JimBentley
Mon Jul 29, 2019 6:55 pm
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: Streaming Movies
Replies: 12
Views: 1162

Re: Streaming Movies

What are your views on illegally streaming movies. I have an unlimited Cinema Pass and Netflix and Amazon Prime so I rarely bother these days but there are some exceptions. For example I streamed Endgame as I have a weak bladder and wanted to watch it before going to the cinema to watch it ' proper...
by JimBentley
Sun Jul 21, 2019 11:56 pm
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: What TV programmes have you been watching lately?
Replies: 443
Views: 115520

Re: What TV programmes have you been watching lately?

I suppose the question for debate is whether those religious arguments take priority over informed consent. In my opinion they do not, but I have long since abandoned religion as a lost cause, but still have many good friends to whom it is a fundamental part of their lives. And I think it's more of...
by JimBentley
Sun Jul 21, 2019 3:51 pm
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: What TV programmes have you been watching lately?
Replies: 443
Views: 115520

Re: What TV programmes have you been watching lately?

You've been outed, Jim! To be fair, I think most of us already knew. It's not like I make any kind of effort to hide it or anything. This is probably going to come across as incredibly patronising but I think that Fiona has really revitalised these forums. I'm actually bothered to post stuff again,...
by JimBentley
Sat Jul 20, 2019 1:14 am
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: What TV programmes have you been watching lately?
Replies: 443
Views: 115520

Re: What TV programmes have you been watching lately?

= The two things are pretty much analogous. They're really not. I agree with you that male circumcision is unnecessary and can cause problems and I would happily see it banned, but the terrible lifelong and frequently life threatening complications caused by FGM are in a different league. You're ri...
by JimBentley
Fri Jul 19, 2019 4:50 pm
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: What TV programmes have you been watching lately?
Replies: 443
Views: 115520

Re: What TV programmes have you been watching lately?

Also, I've literally just watched A Cut Too Far? Male Circumcision on the iPlayer. I think it was a bit of a lightweight analysis of it to be honest, and you can probably guess where I stand on the issue. Must admit I didn't see this so don't know what side it came down on (if it did take a side). ...
by JimBentley
Wed Jul 17, 2019 4:36 pm
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: Deathwatch 2018
Replies: 134
Views: 52486

Re: Deathwatch 2018

They might not have actively promoted it, but I don't remember it being credited differently at any point. From Pete Waterman's autobiography: We decided to put “Roadblock” out, pretending it was a bootleg, just to see what would happen. We vowed not to tell a soul who had made the record. We press...
by JimBentley
Tue Jul 16, 2019 8:16 pm
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: Deathwatch 2018
Replies: 134
Views: 52486

Re: Deathwatch 2018

Well, thank you for explanation, but while you are bemused by my inability to grasp this, your explanation is completely different from Mark's. No, our explanations just started from different places. I was being a bit more brutal and back to basics, assuming that you genuinely were completely clue...
by JimBentley
Tue Jul 16, 2019 7:48 pm
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: Politics in General
Replies: 490
Views: 86320

Re: Politics in General

Correct. OK, sorry Rhys, I didn't really mean it. I'm sure not all Conservative members are bigots, or of the ultra-right; some of you are probably quite reasonable people. Have you met many other members? What are they iike? Is it true that there's been a problem with entryism from UKIP and EDL ty...
by JimBentley
Tue Jul 16, 2019 3:43 pm
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: Politics in General
Replies: 490
Views: 86320

Re: Politics in General

https://www.lexico.com/en/definition/bigot Irony alert... Yeah, well at some point you kind of realise that being all nicey-nicey to unreasonable people gets you nowhere and they sure aren't going to be all nicey-nicey back. So if being intolerant of right-wing arseholes like Tommy Robinson and Don...
by JimBentley
Tue Jul 16, 2019 3:10 pm
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: How many in a baker's gross?
Replies: 7
Views: 840

Re: How many in a baker's gross?

There are severe penalties for selling underweight bread. Your scales are not consistent. So for an order of 12 loaves you throw in an extra 8.33% which gives you what you deem to be a decent confidence level of being within the law. For an order of 144 loaves, for that level of confidence you do n...
by JimBentley
Tue Jul 16, 2019 2:54 pm
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: Deathwatch 2018
Replies: 134
Views: 52486

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 JimBentley
Tue Jul 16, 2019 9:34 am
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: Politics in General
Replies: 490
Views: 86320

Re: Politics in General

https://www.lexico.com/en/definition/bigot bigot (noun) A person who is intolerant towards those holding different opinions. Irony alert... Yeah, well at some point you kind of realise that being all nicey-nicey to unreasonable people gets you nowhere and they sure aren't going to be all nicey-nice...
by JimBentley
Tue Jul 16, 2019 9:19 am
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: Deathwatch 2018
Replies: 134
Views: 52486

Re: Deathwatch 2018

I just want to return to the discussion of this briefly. With someone like George Michael, he sang songs. It was obvious what his contribution was. But I'm not entirely sure what Avicii actually did. As far as I'm aware he was a "DJ". OK, let's go to the Wikipedia. Take the song " Wake Me Up " - I'...
by JimBentley
Sat Jul 13, 2019 8:35 am
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: Politics in General
Replies: 490
Views: 86320

Re: Politics in General

I object to you calling me an ultra-right bigot, to be honest. And that's 150,000 people more than the zero who elected Gordon Brown. Seriously, you're actually a member of the Conservative Party? Correct. OK, sorry Rhys, I didn't really mean it. I'm sure not all Conservative members are bigots, or...
by JimBentley
Wed Jul 10, 2019 9:50 pm
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: Politics in General
Replies: 490
Views: 86320

Re: Politics in General

Rhys Benjamin wrote:
Wed Jul 10, 2019 6:31 pm
I object to you calling me an ultra-right bigot, to be honest.

And that's 150,000 people more than the zero who elected Gordon Brown.
Seriously, you're actually a member of the Conservative Party?
by JimBentley
Fri Jul 05, 2019 7:07 pm
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: Politics in General
Replies: 490
Views: 86320

Re: Politics in General

After about 100 attempts to remember my password after resetting my laptop.... I'm going to vote for Boris Johnson. He does have some nice policies that really appeal to me, such as the reduction of "sin" taxes. Jeremy Hunt represents continuity Theresa May, so I'm avoiding him like the plague. The...
by JimBentley
Fri Jul 05, 2019 6:16 pm
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: Things you can't do that it always seems like everyone else can
Replies: 91
Views: 26279

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

I'm not sure how many people can actually do this but I've seen people running down stairs while missing out steps and not tripping and killing themselves in the process. How is this even possible? It's not only possible, it's really easy. In today's busy world, I haven't got the time to take stair...
by JimBentley
Thu May 23, 2019 5:27 pm
Forum: Countdown - General
Topic: Negative picking
Replies: 20
Views: 3262

Re: Negative picking

So when me and Zarte were doing the second marathon, we had a conversation about the concept of "negative picking". Essentially - and none of this is a criticism - Zarte thought I was picking negatively because I overwhelmingly picked three-vowel letters rounds. For what it's worth, not for a singl...
by JimBentley
Thu May 23, 2019 4:59 pm
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: Eurovision Song Contest 2019
Replies: 18
Views: 2423

Re: Eurovision Song Contest 2019

Then you would get a truer reflexion of which song deserves to win This is totally off-topic but I enjoyed your use of "reflexion" rather than "reflection" here, you don't see that any more. I used to read a lot of Agatha Christie stuff when I was very much younger and was always struck by her use ...
by JimBentley
Thu May 09, 2019 7:59 pm
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: People you shouldn't trust
Replies: 566
Views: 106743

Re: People you shouldn't trust

Tim Down wrote:
Thu May 09, 2019 11:58 am
Also, I cross zeds, which I can't believe is trustworthy.
You monster!

In Fiona's diagram, I do 3 - 1 -2. Isn't that more normal?
by JimBentley
Thu May 02, 2019 10:53 pm
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: Was Jeanne Calment a fraud?
Replies: 37
Views: 4180

Re: Was Jeanne Calment a fraud?

Gavin Chipper wrote:
Thu May 02, 2019 10:32 pm
I've added a poll just to gauge opinion.
Can you add a "not sure" or "can't possibly know" option? I genuinely don't know and can't go for a binary choice.
by JimBentley
Thu May 02, 2019 8:26 pm
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: Was Jeanne Calment a fraud?
Replies: 37
Views: 4180

Re: Was Jeanne Calment a fraud?

With almost 100% certainty no, she wasn't. One of my interests is in longevity and I've been following it for a number of years now and am thoroughly convinced of her case. For those unaware, to be validated by the GRG (gerontology research group) you have to have at least 3 (I think) documents sup...
by JimBentley
Thu May 02, 2019 6:43 pm
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: Was Jeanne Calment a fraud?
Replies: 37
Views: 4180

Re: Was Jeanne Calment a fraud?

I'm actually sort of still with you (in that I think it's more likely than not that some kind of fraud went on) but Conor raises some good points. Far as I know, she only ever lived in a small town and it's really stretching credulity that everyone there would have been in on it. And really, who tak...
by JimBentley
Wed May 01, 2019 5:24 pm
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: Was Jeanne Calment a fraud?
Replies: 37
Views: 4180

Re: Was Jeanne Calment a fraud?

Was this the Japanese guy or is that someone else entirely? I remember him being in the Guinness Book of Records having reached 120 but when I looked him up again a while ago doubts had emerged. Yep, that was him. I got a few details wrong though as I was going from memory but I've found my 1984 Gu...
by JimBentley
Tue Apr 30, 2019 11:07 pm
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: Was Jeanne Calment a fraud?
Replies: 37
Views: 4180

Re: Was Jeanne Calment a fraud?

I'm not surprised, this sort of thing isn't at all unusual. I remember reading a really old Guinness Book Of Records that my grandma had (1960 edition I think) and it was noted in there that the longevity records attract far more fraudulent claims than any other. They were at the time dealing with (...
by JimBentley
Tue Apr 30, 2019 8:13 pm
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: How much do you weigh?
Replies: 70
Views: 20646

Re: How much do you weigh?

Do you feel/look thinner? No, not at all, it's a bit weird. I know 10-10 isn't so different to 11-7 but even so, you would think I might do. But I can't tell any difference at all. Just weighed myself again and I'm a another kilo lighter than last time, despite having eaten a shitload of food and h...
by JimBentley
Tue Apr 30, 2019 2:04 pm
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: How much do you weigh?
Replies: 70
Views: 20646

Re: How much do you weigh?

I hope this doesn't come across as offensive to people who do struggle with their weight, but I do kind of have the opposite problem in that I can't seem to put on any weight these days however hard I try. I stuff myself with all the bad food, pasties and pies and biscuits and crisps - oh so many cr...
by JimBentley
Tue Apr 30, 2019 1:36 pm
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: People you shouldn't trust
Replies: 566
Views: 106743

Re: People you shouldn't trust

People who go to the toilet on their lunch break. Don't waste a perfectly good bathroom break you capitalist boot awlickers. When you gotta you gotta go. Members of the proletariat who can't hold it in to stick it to the bourgeoisie. Straight to the gulag with you. Couldn't agree more. Marc is evid...
by JimBentley
Sat Apr 20, 2019 10:29 pm
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: What films have you watched lately?
Replies: 251
Views: 76500

Re: What films have you watched lately?

Can you ever forgive me? - Kinda bleak and sad yet funny and in a way uplifting. Worth watching. I'm really looking forward to seeing this. I love Melissa McCarthy. I've only seen her in comedy roles up until now and can't wait to see what she's like in something more serious. A lot of comedians tr...
by JimBentley
Fri Mar 29, 2019 5:51 pm
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: What films have you watched lately?
Replies: 251
Views: 76500

Re: What films have you watched lately?

Just watched Mandy, psychedelic revenge flick with Nicolas Cage in top form. It's gorgeously shot. One of the best looking movies ever. A real face melter. Highly recommend. Nicolas Cage is amazing. The accepted story seems to be that he blew all the money that he'd made from his early successful f...
by JimBentley
Mon Mar 11, 2019 4:48 pm
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: Politics in General
Replies: 490
Views: 86320

Re: Politics in General

By the way, what do we think of Amber Rudd talking about coloured people? Personally, I think it's amazing that someone at that level of politics isn't completely aware of such no-go words. But I don't think it shows any racism really (as much as it is nice to stick the boot into a Tory) - it's jus...
by JimBentley
Mon Feb 18, 2019 5:08 pm
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: Politics in General
Replies: 490
Views: 86320

Re: Politics in General

It's been amusingly shambolic so far, there couldn't really have been a worse start. They haven't exactly put a dream team together, have they? Mike Gapes, for chrissakes. Going to be interesting to see how it develops over the next few days, though, could be some others joining them. Very surprise...
by JimBentley
Mon Feb 18, 2019 4:39 pm
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: Politics in General
Replies: 490
Views: 86320

Re: Politics in General

Wow, a break from endless Brexit stories. Something semi-interesting has happened: https://www.theguardian.com/politics/2019/feb/18/chuka-umunna-and-other-mps-set-to-quit-labour-party It's been amusingly shambolic so far, there couldn't really have been a worse start. They haven't exactly put a drea...
by JimBentley
Mon Feb 18, 2019 2:36 pm
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: What TV programmes have you been watching lately?
Replies: 443
Views: 115520

Re: What TV programmes have you been watching lately?

All fine, until tonight, when I watched my final episode, "The National Anthem"...The entire premise was distasteful and ludicrous. I'm amazed the series wasn't pulled after episode 1. Probably because outside of Bible-Belt America, TV stations tend not to be run by concerned prudes. The days of Ma...
by JimBentley
Mon Feb 11, 2019 6:11 pm
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: Politics in General
Replies: 490
Views: 86320

Re: Politics in General

MP Robert Halfon thinks we should scrap GCSEs . And even though he's a Tory, I agree with him. We go to school to learn stuff, and I think it should be a safe learning environment, not something for employers to be able to use against you at a later date if you haven't paid enough attention. Obviou...
by JimBentley
Sun Feb 10, 2019 2:49 pm
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: Things normal people normally own but you don't own for some reason
Replies: 64
Views: 12641

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

A belt. Me neither. They're just for people who go on a diet after buying their trousers. I've always found that if I get jeans or whatever in my actual waist size, though, they're too tight in the legs (I know that's been variously fashionable over the years, but I just find it uncomfortable). So ...
by JimBentley
Sun Feb 10, 2019 2:40 pm
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: Questions you've always wanted answered
Replies: 574
Views: 109223

Re: Questions you've always wanted answered

You need two implements - whether it's a knife and a fork, two forks, a spoon and a fork or whatever. I have a friend who eats with just a fork and it's really frustrating watching him chase bits of food around the plate with it. Either that or you end up shoving bits of food onto your fork with yo...
by JimBentley
Mon Jan 21, 2019 5:03 pm
Forum: Countdown - Events
Topic: COLIN XV & Hangover results
Replies: 6
Views: 2484

Re: COLIN XV & Hangover results

Just to echo what Graeme said, major thanks to Ben for organising (and as ever to Jill for helping out). The event ran like a dream, and I'm sure a lot of preparation goes into making that happen, so serious thanks to Ben for his hard work and dedication, it really is appreciated. I'd also like to t...
by JimBentley
Tue Nov 27, 2018 2:44 pm
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: What films have you watched lately?
Replies: 251
Views: 76500

Re: What films have you watched lately?

Anyone seen "Predestination"? It's another relatively low-budget film (although not as low-budget as "Primer", obviously) that deals with time travel, but in a completely different way. To begin with, it seemed as though it was going to be a bit slow, but the story becomes really compelling and I e...
by JimBentley
Mon Nov 26, 2018 7:06 pm
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: What films have you watched lately?
Replies: 251
Views: 76500

Re: What films have you watched lately?

Watched Arrival. It was alright. It was a bit dreary in terms of the colour pallete, very un sci-fi like. And it went a bit weird in the end in the same way Interstellar did where it strays more into the fi than the sci. Still worth the watch. Amy Adams is always good. I found that this was one of ...
by JimBentley
Sun Nov 25, 2018 5:53 pm
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: Questions you've always wanted answered
Replies: 574
Views: 109223

Re: Questions you've always wanted answered

At the risk of going a bit Philomena Cunk on this, how did the concept of money even start? I know that there was the barter system, where you'd exchange a cow for a certain amount of grain, or whatever, and that makes sense. But the whole concept of money makes no sense to me at all. Honestly, I fe...
by JimBentley
Thu Nov 22, 2018 6:19 pm
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: Questions you've always wanted answered
Replies: 574
Views: 109223

Re: Questions you've always wanted answered

OK, here's one for the economics people: If every country's economy has a fiscal deficit (and all major economies do) then who is the interest on their loans paid to? Where are such loans taken out? We hear (for instance) that the UK must pay £30 billion to service its debt each year, but where does...