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by Gavin Chipper
Wed Aug 21, 2019 2:41 pm
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: Which Is Your Favourite Joke?
Replies: 16
Views: 1028

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 Gavin Chipper
Mon Aug 19, 2019 9:49 pm
Forum: Countdown - Spoilers
Topic: Spoilers for Monday 19th August 2019 (Series 81, Prelim 35)
Replies: 9
Views: 198

Re: Spoilers for Monday 19th August 2019 (Series 81, Prelim 35)

Matt Morrison wrote:
Mon Aug 19, 2019 9:45 pm
Gavin Chipper wrote:
Mon Aug 19, 2019 1:44 pm
I'm surprised they didn't MENTION the 7 in round 10.
what was it
See if you can get it:

MIWEORTNN
by Gavin Chipper
Mon Aug 19, 2019 1:54 pm
Forum: Countdown - Spoilers
Topic: Spoilers for Monday 19th August 2019 (Series 81, Prelim 35)
Replies: 9
Views: 198

Re: Spoilers for Monday 19th August 2019 (Series 81, Prelim 35)

The quest for nine octochamps in a series took a hit today.
by Gavin Chipper
Mon Aug 19, 2019 1:44 pm
Forum: Countdown - Spoilers
Topic: Spoilers for Monday 19th August 2019 (Series 81, Prelim 35)
Replies: 9
Views: 198

Re: Spoilers for Monday 19th August 2019 (Series 81, Prelim 35)

I'm surprised they didn't MENTION the 7 in round 10.
by Gavin Chipper
Fri Aug 16, 2019 9:45 am
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: Questions you've always wanted answered
Replies: 552
Views: 101409

Re: Questions you've always wanted answered

While I get that sports fans like me indirectly spend a lot of money watching our favourite games, why the HELL do people directly give some serious amounts of money to online gaming streamers? Each to their own. It's another form of addiction Giving money to people? Well direct them towards me.
by Gavin Chipper
Thu Aug 15, 2019 2:23 pm
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: Religion
Replies: 407
Views: 18041

Re: Religion

Just reading the stuff about other universes. It starts here I think, but I'll quite a select bit. Well that made almost no sense. If this universe is the only one we could have evolved in, and it is the only one that exists, then it is NOT remarkable? It's the same as betting on a 1/100,000,000 hor...
by Gavin Chipper
Thu Aug 15, 2019 11:56 am
Forum: Countdown - Events
Topic: CO-MSO 25th August 2019
Replies: 13
Views: 6509

Re: CO-MSO 25th August 2019

Hi I'll be going to this. I spoke to Jonathan De Souza and he's going to0. T-Cap and Robbo can't make it, not sure about Ann of those who have been before that I know of. Interestingly I spoke to quite a few people at MK who weren't aware of this event as they don't use the forum. Possibly worth a ...
by Gavin Chipper
Wed Aug 14, 2019 2:43 pm
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: Religion
Replies: 407
Views: 18041

Re: Religion

I don't remember if I've ever contributed to this discussion before, and I can't be arsed to check, but I haven't voted in the poll, so I suspect not. I am, to my mind, an atheist. I've seen no proof that a god exists, I find it unlikely that one could exist - I do accept that I cannot be completel...
by Gavin Chipper
Tue Aug 13, 2019 3:41 pm
Forum: Countdown - Spoilers
Topic: Spoilers for Tuesday 13th August 2019 (Series 81, Prelim 31)
Replies: 8
Views: 287

Re: Spoilers for Tuesday 13th August 2019 (Series 81, Prelim 31)

Rhys Benjamin wrote:
Tue Aug 13, 2019 1:38 pm
I did (10 x 3 x 2 + 2) x (7 + 5) for that one.
This was the standard method.
by Gavin Chipper
Tue Aug 13, 2019 8:07 am
Forum: Countdown - Spoilers
Topic: Spoilers for Monday 12th August 2019 (Series 81, Prelim 30)
Replies: 3
Views: 224

Re: Spoilers for Monday 12th August 2019 (Series 81, Prelim 30)

I enjoyed today's game- Colin seemed to play at his best, with some nice spots like Gamiest and in particular, Nosegay, but Stephen deserved to win it based on numerical strength. May be in for a good few more games if he keeps it up..... It did seem that Colin suddenly turned into a great player i...
by Gavin Chipper
Mon Aug 12, 2019 9:21 pm
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: People you shouldn't trust
Replies: 564
Views: 100059

Re: People you shouldn't trust

People who reply to those stupid things on Facebook like "Tag a friend who..." or "Your porn name is..." etc.
by Gavin Chipper
Mon Aug 12, 2019 1:21 pm
Forum: Countdown - Spoilers
Topic: Spoilers for Monday 12th August 2019 (Series 81, Prelim 30)
Replies: 3
Views: 224

Re: Spoilers for Monday 12th August 2019 (Series 81, Prelim 30)

OUTLAWS was the standard method 7 in round 1.
by Gavin Chipper
Mon Aug 12, 2019 1:21 pm
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: Politics in General
Replies: 484
Views: 79835

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. However, you have to watch out for nonsense like this . I still think Caroline Lucas' proposed cabinet is preferable to what we have now. It would be hard not to be. But on further reflection, it's...
by Gavin Chipper
Mon Aug 12, 2019 8:52 am
Forum: Countdown - Events
Topic: CO:parkrun Recaps
Replies: 355
Views: 92966

Re: CO:parkrun Recaps

This year I've generally been giving the points as integers, but keeping the decimal places "in the background", but I've added the first decimal place above just so it's easier to keep track of for the next event. But I think for next year, I'm going to do away with decimals altogether. Instead of...
by Gavin Chipper
Mon Aug 12, 2019 8:47 am
Forum: Countdown - Events
Topic: CO:parkrun Recaps
Replies: 355
Views: 92966

Re: CO:parkrun Recaps

I've done another update of the overall PB table. Matthew Tassier was the only person who'd improved his time since the last update, improving from 25:00 to 24:31, overtaking Dave Ryan and Stephen Read in the process. However, two new people have been added - Rachel Perkins, who has done a couple of...
by Gavin Chipper
Mon Aug 12, 2019 8:20 am
Forum: Countdown - Events
Topic: CO:parkrun Recaps
Replies: 355
Views: 92966

Re: CO:parkrun Recaps

We had a record attendance at the Linford Wood parkrun before .co.mk 5. Eight CO-event attendees took part. Lauren Hamer would have made nine but because she wasn't Countdowning afterwards, she wasn't eligible for points! And here are the results out of 240 runners: 4. Gevin Chapwell - 19:18 (89 poi...
by Gavin Chipper
Mon Aug 12, 2019 7:25 am
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: Politics in General
Replies: 484
Views: 79835

Re: Politics in General

Gavin Chipper wrote:
Mon Aug 05, 2019 9:15 pm

I still think PR is preferable to what we have now. And we'd also have a decent number of Greens etc.
However, you have to watch out for nonsense like this.
by Gavin Chipper
Sun Aug 11, 2019 8:43 pm
Forum: Countdown - Events
Topic: FOCAL Code of Conduct
Replies: 8
Views: 263

Re: FOCAL Code of Conduct

"All participants attending the event must sign a code of conduct" Would a better solution not be that signing up to the event constitutes a commitment to abide by it, rather than asking for signatures at the start of the day? Yes, I agree. If applying a code of conduct to events is as easy as putt...
by Gavin Chipper
Sun Aug 11, 2019 4:20 pm
Forum: Countdown - Events
Topic: FOCAL Code of Conduct
Replies: 8
Views: 263

Re: FOCAL Code of Conduct

Really?
by Gavin Chipper
Sat Aug 10, 2019 10:30 pm
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: Questions you've always wanted answered
Replies: 552
Views: 101409

Re: Questions you've always wanted answered

You often hear that two boxers have different championship belts and when they fight each other it will "unify" the belts or something. So why don't they then stay unified for eternity?
by Gavin Chipper
Sat Aug 10, 2019 10:25 pm
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: Religion
Replies: 407
Views: 18041

Re: Religion

What's as bad -if not worse- than the ones who claim there definitely is a God, are the similarly misguided, but often more smug humans who declare there definitely isn't something. Agnosticism is a smarter position than Atheism. That's one of the only definites that can be relied on in all of this...
by Gavin Chipper
Thu Aug 08, 2019 4:45 pm
Forum: Countdown - Spoilers
Topic: Spoilers for Wednesday 7th August 2019 (Series 81, Prelim 27)
Replies: 8
Views: 414

Re: Spoilers for Wednesday 7th August 2019 (Series 81, Prelim 27)

3 Octochamps in the first 6 weeks of the series! If this rate carries on, I wonder if we could see more than 8 Octochamps in total - would this be the first series it has ever happened in? If this happens, then I presume it's just tough luck to any Octochamps who don't make the top 8 - so they woul...
by Gavin Chipper
Wed Aug 07, 2019 2:37 pm
Forum: Countdown - Spoilers
Topic: Spoilers for Wednesday 7th August 2019 (Series 81, Prelim 27)
Replies: 8
Views: 414

Re: Spoilers for Wednesday 7th August 2019 (Series 81, Prelim 27)

Corrina should rightly be proud of her achievement and very well done to her. You can only play the opponents you're given, and she was better than them :) Sure, and I think she was a good player overall, which was why today's game was notable. If I thought she was poor throughout, I probably would...
by Gavin Chipper
Wed Aug 07, 2019 1:56 pm
Forum: Countdown - Events
Topic: CO-MSO 25th August 2019
Replies: 13
Views: 6509

Re: CO-MSO 25th August 2019

James Robinson wrote:
Tue Aug 06, 2019 6:53 pm
I would love to attend, but the lack of trains has killed it for me, so will have to miss, unfortunately... :( :(
Doesn't the north send trains to London any more?
by Gavin Chipper
Wed Aug 07, 2019 1:54 pm
Forum: Countdown - Spoilers
Topic: Spoilers for Wednesday 7th August 2019 (Series 81, Prelim 27)
Replies: 8
Views: 414

Re: Spoilers for Wednesday 7th August 2019 (Series 81, Prelim 27)

Nice to see another octochamp but I don't think she'd be at all pleased with today's performance. The challenger today had a bit of a mare and even then he looked like he still might nick it before blobbing the final letters.
by Gavin Chipper
Mon Aug 05, 2019 9:15 pm
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: Politics in General
Replies: 484
Views: 79835

Re: Politics in General

That was why Clegg made the disastrous mistake of thinking he could get a referendum on voting reform by joining the coalition, even though it meant going back on the manifesto commitment to oppose university fees, which destroyed the credibility of the party. Of course, although he got the referen...
by Gavin Chipper
Sun Aug 04, 2019 8:07 am
Forum: Countdown - Events
Topic: CO:parkrun Recaps
Replies: 355
Views: 92966

Re: CO:parkrun Recaps

By the way, this is a really good tool for finding the nearest parkrun to any particular place. I've done the closest 4 to my house but then the next nearest I've done is number 30 (and then also number 31).
by Gavin Chipper
Fri Aug 02, 2019 5:16 pm
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: Politics in General
Replies: 484
Views: 79835

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 find...
by Gavin Chipper
Fri Aug 02, 2019 2:06 pm
Forum: Countdown - Events
Topic: CoBra (Essex) -- Saturday 2 November 2019
Replies: 8
Views: 2632

Re: CoBra (Essex) -- Saturday 2 November 2019

Is this getting a Facebook event thing as well? I know that everyone should use c4c for their primary source of all things Countdown, but in practice not everyone does.
by Gavin Chipper
Fri Aug 02, 2019 10:30 am
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: Questions you've always wanted answered
Replies: 552
Views: 101409

Re: Questions you've always wanted answered

Why has it become a thing that sites where yo have to log in now have a separate page for your username and password? It used to always be one under the other, but now you enter your username and click "next" to get the bit where you enter your password. There'd better be a fucking good reason for ...
by Gavin Chipper
Thu Aug 01, 2019 1:29 pm
Forum: Countdown - Spoilers
Topic: Spoilers for Thursday 1st August 2019
Replies: 2
Views: 317

Spoilers for Thursday 1st August 2019

Cracklin' Rosie is a song by Neil Diamond. He didn't mention that did he? If not, another obscure unexplained Teatime Teaser clue. Totally pointless.
by Gavin Chipper
Wed Jul 31, 2019 2:54 pm
Forum: Countdown - Spoilers
Topic: Spoilers for Wednesday 31st July 2019 (Series 81, Prelim 22)
Replies: 6
Views: 401

Re: Spoilers for Wednesday 31st July 2019 (Series 81, Prelim 22)

More removing of real words by ODO, GOUTIER used to be in: https://web.archive.org/web/20160607041848/https://oxforddictionaries.com/definition/english/gout You think? I don't think anyone has used "goutier" in a non-contrived sentence ever. Edit - I just Googled it, and as I thought the top matche...
by Gavin Chipper
Fri Jul 26, 2019 7:13 pm
Forum: Countdown - General
Topic: New Episodes of 8/10 Cats Does Countdown
Replies: 8
Views: 6443

Re: New Episodes of 8/10 Cats Does Countdown

There's a new series starting today at 9:00.
by Gavin Chipper
Fri Jul 26, 2019 5:57 pm
Forum: Countdown - Spoilers
Topic: Spoilers For Friday 26th July 2019
Replies: 10
Views: 619

Re: Spoilers For Friday 26th July 2019

Excellent. I'm glad I prompted you!
by Gavin Chipper
Thu Jul 25, 2019 9:16 am
Forum: Countdown - General
Topic: Countdown on YouTube [etc.]
Replies: 6
Views: 599

Re: Countdown on YouTube [etc.]

Having recently uploaded two of the more humorous moments from my CD run to YouTube, I searched the forum to see if there was a "Countdown on YouTube / Dailymotion / Vimeo" thread here. Long story short... there is now! :mrgreen: ----------------------------------------------------------------- Her...
by Gavin Chipper
Mon Jul 22, 2019 12:28 pm
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: What TV programmes have you been watching lately?
Replies: 443
Views: 109481

Re: What TV programmes have you been watching lately?

My main gripe with circumcision is the same as with ear piercing . You shouldn't inflict either on your child until they are old enough to make an informed choice. Well yeah. I mean ear-piercing is another level down from MGM like MGM is from FGM, but it's still unacceptable for a parent to inflict...
by Gavin Chipper
Sun Jul 21, 2019 10:17 pm
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: What TV programmes have you been watching lately?
Replies: 443
Views: 109481

Re: What TV programmes have you been watching lately?

The fundamental difference between FGM and MGM is that circumcision is a medical procedure that can be performed if it alleviates a medical condition. FGM is just barbaric. That only applies in the cases where there is a medical condition, which doesn't apply to the cases that I (and others) am (ar...
by Gavin Chipper
Sun Jul 21, 2019 5:42 pm
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: What TV programmes have you been watching lately?
Replies: 443
Views: 109481

Re: What TV programmes have you been watching lately?

The fundamental difference between FGM and MGM is that circumcision is a medical procedure that can be performed if it alleviates a medical condition. FGM is just barbaric. That only applies in the cases where there is a medical condition, which doesn't apply to the cases that I (and others) am (ar...
by Gavin Chipper
Sat Jul 20, 2019 9:44 pm
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: What TV programmes have you been watching lately?
Replies: 443
Views: 109481

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 Gavin Chipper
Fri Jul 19, 2019 1:03 pm
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: What TV programmes have you been watching lately?
Replies: 443
Views: 109481

Re: What TV programmes have you been watching lately?

Year of the Rabbit (starring Matt Berry) which has just finished on Channel 4 is pretty good. Also, Catch-22. 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...
by Gavin Chipper
Fri Jul 19, 2019 12:59 pm
Forum: apterous.org
Topic: Classic Aptochat moments
Replies: 192
Views: 59427

Re: Classic Aptochat moments

Rhys Benjamin wrote:
Thu Jul 18, 2019 11:47 pm
The reaction to people finding out today's duel is Dutch Speed Stepdown Letters Attack was quite something.
Thanks for sharing.
by Gavin Chipper
Thu Jul 18, 2019 2:09 pm
Forum: Countdown - Events
Topic: SOLD OUT - .co.mk5 - Countdown in Milton Keynes - Saturday August 10th
Replies: 23
Views: 8813

Re: .co.mk5 - Countdown in Milton Keynes - Saturday August 10th

Last year I did the Linford Wood parkrun instead of the Milton Keynes one. It's nearer to the venue in Wolverton and I went straight to the venue from the parkrun rather than going back to the Travelodge first. I might do the same again this year. It's just more convenient that way. What do other pa...
by Gavin Chipper
Thu Jul 18, 2019 9:41 am
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: Questions you've always wanted answered
Replies: 552
Views: 101409

Re: Questions you've always wanted answered

Why has it become a thing that sites where you have to log in now have a separate page for your username and password? It used to always be one under the other, but now you enter your username and click "next" to get the bit where you enter your password. There'd better be a fucking good reason for ...
by Gavin Chipper
Wed Jul 17, 2019 5:53 pm
Forum: apterous.org
Topic: Classic Aptochat moments
Replies: 192
Views: 59427

Re: Classic Aptochat moments

This just gets better.
by Gavin Chipper
Tue Jul 16, 2019 7:57 pm
Forum: Countdown - Spoilers
Topic: Spoilers for Tuesday 16th July 2019 (Series 81, prelim 11)
Replies: 9
Views: 712

Re: Spoilers for Tuesday 16th July

Tony Atkins wrote:
Tue Jul 16, 2019 2:04 pm
Nice to see an apterite doing well, though playing a little nervously I think.

But some people never learn:
R11 DC offers maniocs
R12 PC offers Masonic
Rachel also pretty much gave away that it was there when the letters went up.
by Gavin Chipper
Tue Jul 16, 2019 7:56 pm
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: Deathwatch 2018
Replies: 134
Views: 49815

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 Gavin Chipper
Tue Jul 16, 2019 7:50 pm
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: Politics in General
Replies: 484
Views: 79835

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 Gavin Chipper
Tue Jul 16, 2019 7:44 pm
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: How many in a baker's gross?
Replies: 7
Views: 449

Re: How many in a baker's gross?

Someone not on this forum suggested 149 because it's the next prime number after 144 (like 13 is the next prime after 12), and it's done to make things as awkward as possible for people wanting to divide things out evenly.
by Gavin Chipper
Tue Jul 16, 2019 7:42 pm
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: How many in a baker's gross?
Replies: 7
Views: 449

Re: How many in a baker's gross?

From the Wikipedia : To protect themselves bakers would add (throw in) a small piece of bread to each order, called the 'in-bread' to ensure they could not be accused of short measure. For large orders of 12 loaves this would be a whole extra loaf. This implies that it's not a whole extra loaf or no...
by Gavin Chipper
Mon Jul 15, 2019 10:29 am
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: (Men) sitting down for a wee
Replies: 98
Views: 8546

Re: (Men) sitting down for a wee

By the way, how much does it matter if a few specks of piss that you can't see or smell, and as far as you're concerned doesn't even exist, land on some of the surfaces near your toilet? You're not going to know. Also they say piss is sterile don't they? I mean, it's probably some bullshit myth, bu...
by Gavin Chipper
Mon Jul 15, 2019 8:30 am
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: (Men) sitting down for a wee
Replies: 98
Views: 8546

Re: (Men) sitting down for a wee

By the way, to piss directly into the water you'd need to be a full-on psychopath or severely autistic. I mean that's just ridiculous. It's the best place to aim and so satisfying. It's actually one of the best things about being a man. I remember once sitting in my lounge (with at least one person...
by Gavin Chipper
Sun Jul 14, 2019 1:05 pm
Forum: Countdown - Events
Topic: CoBra (Essex) -- Saturday 2 November 2019
Replies: 8
Views: 2632

Re: CoBra (Essex) -- Saturday 2 November 2019

I am off work that day so could finally go to one but I have to occasionally have to look after my mum so won't be certain until nearer the time Do you have a maximum number before it's fully booked or can I , say , book it a week before ? I imagine a week before would be fine. It probably won't bo...
by Gavin Chipper
Sun Jul 14, 2019 9:13 am
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: Deathwatch 2018
Replies: 134
Views: 49815

Re: Deathwatch 2018

The Wikipedia article says the other two were involved in writing it too but yeah I suppose he might have done most of it.

Still, he was no George Michael.
by Gavin Chipper
Sun Jul 14, 2019 8:53 am
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: Deathwatch 2018
Replies: 134
Views: 49815

Re: Deathwatch 2018

Avicii, Mike Einziger and Aloe Blacc.
by Gavin Chipper
Sat Jul 13, 2019 10:15 pm
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: Deathwatch 2018
Replies: 134
Views: 49815

Re: Deathwatch 2018

In the genres you're talking about here, always. It seems pretty arbitrary. I mean, when you look at, say, Fatboy Slim (another "DJ"), it's more obvious what his influence was. He took existing music and messed about with it, used bits repetitively etc. But some of Avicii's things are just songs. S...
by Gavin Chipper
Sat Jul 13, 2019 7:02 pm
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: (Men) sitting down for a wee
Replies: 98
Views: 8546

Re: (Men) sitting down for a wee

By the way, how much does it matter if a few specks of piss that you can't see or smell, and as far as you're concerned doesn't even exist, land on some of the surfaces near your toilet? You're not going to know. Also they say piss is sterile don't they? I mean, it's probably some bullshit myth, but...