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by Gavin Chipper
Sat Sep 21, 2019 5:39 am
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: Climate Change Deniers
Replies: 3
Views: 86

Re: Climate Change Deniers

I've never heard of it.

No-one knows exactly how bad climate change will be but it's likely it will be pretty bad unless we do something about it. There's no point in just blindly assuming the best case scenario.
by Gavin Chipper
Thu Sep 19, 2019 12:27 pm
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: Politics in General
Replies: 490
Views: 86320

Re: Politics in General

Is "brownface" or "blackface" intrinsically racist, or does intent and context matter?
by Gavin Chipper
Thu Sep 19, 2019 11:29 am
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: Was Jeanne Calment a fraud?
Replies: 37
Views: 4180

Re: Was Jeanne Calment a fraud?

I came across this this BBC article yesterday saying that French officials are refusing to change the death certificate. Also, I came across this article saying that there's a new study finding that she's genuine. The new study can be found here . I might give it a proper read later, but my current ...
by Gavin Chipper
Wed Sep 18, 2019 8:08 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 Gavin Chipper
Wed Sep 18, 2019 8:04 pm
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: Deathwatch 2017
Replies: 211
Views: 50388

Re: Deathwatch 2017

Surely everyone's going to die eventually so carrying this on beyond 2017 renders this meaningless.
by Gavin Chipper
Wed Sep 18, 2019 2:51 pm
Forum: Countdown - Spoilers
Topic: Spoilers for Tuesday 17th September 2019 (Series 81, Prelim 56)
Replies: 4
Views: 191

Re: Spoilers for Tuesday 17th September 2019 (Series 81, Prelim 56)

Round 13 was the only possible letters combination that allows for both ONION and RAISIN. Amazing stuff right here.
by Gavin Chipper
Wed Sep 18, 2019 1:54 pm
Forum: Countdown - Spoilers
Topic: Spoilers for Wednesday 18th September 2019 (Series 81, Prelim 57)
Replies: 2
Views: 85

Spoilers for Wednesday 18th September 2019 (Series 81, Prelim 57)

CARRIONS in round 13 to beat CARRION etc. It's not valid on Apterous but it's allowed by the restaurant rule. Tasty!
by Gavin Chipper
Tue Sep 17, 2019 9:45 pm
Forum: Countdown - General
Topic: Ask Graeme?
Replies: 1302
Views: 227077

Re: Ask Graeme?

OK. But what's the idea with using random threads to post your posts in?* But anyway I'm looking forward to seeing you at COLIN if you do make it!

*Hopefully Graeme will know the answer to this.
by Gavin Chipper
Tue Sep 17, 2019 5:16 pm
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: Religion
Replies: 452
Views: 25251

Re: Religion

Nice.
by Gavin Chipper
Tue Sep 17, 2019 2:52 pm
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: Controversial Musical Opinions.
Replies: 20
Views: 379

Re: Controversial Musical Opinions.

Seeing as I highly doubt that the members of the Pet Shop Boys will not be reading this thread, I shall state some reasons why I dislike their music: A. The music is monotonous. B. Really not a fan of Neilbot Tennant's voice. C. The majority of their songs are annoying. D. I could go on.... I'm not...
by Gavin Chipper
Mon Sep 16, 2019 7:02 pm
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: Controversial Musical Opinions.
Replies: 20
Views: 379

Re: Controversial Musical Opinions.

Graeme Cole wrote:
Mon Sep 16, 2019 6:33 pm
An "octave" no more has eight notes than a week has eight days.
Totally with you there.
by Gavin Chipper
Mon Sep 16, 2019 12:53 pm
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: Controversial Musical Opinions.
Replies: 20
Views: 379

Re: Controversial Musical Opinions.

Fred Mumford wrote:
Mon Sep 16, 2019 12:03 pm
Covers of Beatles songs were far superior to the originals. Exhibit A - Dear Prudence. Siouxsie knocked it out of the park.
Covers can ruin originals. I'm not sure if this is controversial or not, but "What's Up" by 4 Non Blondes is no longer worth listening to.
by Gavin Chipper
Fri Sep 13, 2019 1:13 pm
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: Questions you've always wanted answered
Replies: 574
Views: 109223

Re: Questions you've always wanted answered

Would Mr Eadie be willing to reveal what proportion of Countdown applicants fail the audition? And how come the postal address is still in Leeds? Perhaps another one to add to this (though it does not appear under always wanted to know) was as to why Robin Johnson was not present in the S79 finals-...
by Gavin Chipper
Thu Sep 12, 2019 10:21 pm
Forum: Games and Puzzles
Topic: the Countdowners Outside Co:Event Meet-ups game (COCMEAT)
Replies: 77
Views: 27353

Re: the Countdowners Outside Co:Event Meet-ups game (COCMEAT)

People you already knew definitely shouldn't count.
by Gavin Chipper
Thu Sep 12, 2019 10:16 am
Forum: Games and Puzzles
Topic: the Countdowners Outside Co:Event Meet-ups game (COCMEAT)
Replies: 77
Views: 27353

Re: the Countdowners Outside Co:Event Meet-ups game (COCMEAT)

I'm going to rewrite my list: Jon O'Neill (various, probably the first time was at Chelmsford parkrun) Mark Deeks (various, probably the first time was on election night in 2015, and he also came to mine with Jen) Matt Morrison (various, been to his flat several times) Heather Badcock (various, been...
by Gavin Chipper
Tue Sep 10, 2019 7:49 pm
Forum: Countdown - Spoilers
Topic: Spoilers for Tuesday 10th September 2019 (Series 81, Prelim 51)
Replies: 2
Views: 212

Re: Spoilers for Tuesday 10th September 2019 (Series 81, Prelim 51)

I was amazed they allowed that declaration of 569.

"57...560"

Nick: "ish"

"569"
by Gavin Chipper
Sun Sep 08, 2019 10:11 pm
Forum: Games and Puzzles
Topic: Deliberately misquoting people using homonyms
Replies: 2
Views: 156

Re: Deliberately misquoting people using homonyms

You need a good night's sleep I think.
by Gavin Chipper
Fri Sep 06, 2019 9:29 pm
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: Questions you've always wanted answered
Replies: 574
Views: 109223

Re: Questions you've always wanted answered

Ian Volante wrote:
Fri Sep 06, 2019 11:25 am
Gavin Chipper wrote:
Thu Sep 05, 2019 3:12 pm
Ian Volante wrote:
Wed Sep 04, 2019 11:42 am


I agree, but I get told off for putting the lid down. So I now put the lid down everywhere but in my own house.
I think you need to have a conversation about this.
Oh, we have.
I want a transcript.
by Gavin Chipper
Fri Sep 06, 2019 2:08 pm
Forum: Countdown - General
Topic: Countdown Lookalikes?
Replies: 234
Views: 72012

Re: Countdown Lookalikes?

Yet another Callum Todd sighting 8 seconds into this video (the kid at the front left of the classroom). Our left or their left? If this was a good lookalike, I wouldn't need to ask! On the other hand, the one on their left (our right) looks like James Rowan. Also, Conor Travers was on yesterday's ...
by Gavin Chipper
Thu Sep 05, 2019 3:12 pm
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: Questions you've always wanted answered
Replies: 574
Views: 109223

Re: Questions you've always wanted answered

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 again. But if there is a "civilised" way to do...
by Gavin Chipper
Thu Sep 05, 2019 3:12 pm
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: Questions you've always wanted answered
Replies: 574
Views: 109223

Re: Questions you've always wanted answered

How does your body know when to make you need to go for a poo? Quite often if I've been out and not needing to go at all, I'll get back and then start needing to go quite urgently. It can't just be a coincidence that I happen to get back just in time.
by Gavin Chipper
Thu Sep 05, 2019 3:09 pm
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: Religion
Replies: 452
Views: 25251

Re: Religion

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:
by Gavin Chipper
Wed Sep 04, 2019 5:53 pm
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: Religion
Replies: 452
Views: 25251

Re: Religion

I do think that Junaid writing PBUH every time he mentioned Mohammed was ridiculous and about as sycophantic as you can get. Surely it loses its effect if you abbreviate it anyway and shows you're not committed to it - like it's just an afterthought. Do it properly or not at all! Would it have been...
by Gavin Chipper
Tue Sep 03, 2019 10:26 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. 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 Gavin Chipper
Sun Sep 01, 2019 4:07 pm
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: Religion
Replies: 452
Views: 25251

Re: Religion

My perspective on religion... I'm a Jew by accident of birth, through matrilineal descent over who knows how many generations. I believe in God largely because I want to, and because I've been conditioned to do so in my upbringing, not because anyone has delivered a particularly compelling argument...
by Gavin Chipper
Sun Sep 01, 2019 6:41 am
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: Religion
Replies: 452
Views: 25251

Re: Religion

That was quite an interesting post so thanks for that. I might respond better later. PS - I'm quite taken aback to see how many people use a capital 'G' when writing 'God'; this is seen as a mark of respect among those who believe in God and I didn't realise it was so widespread. All the same, I app...
by Gavin Chipper
Fri Aug 30, 2019 7:52 am
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 Gavin Chipper
Wed Aug 28, 2019 1:45 pm
Forum: Countdown - Spoilers
Topic: Spoilers for Wednesday 28th August 2019 (Series 81, Prelim 42)
Replies: 3
Views: 436

Re: Spoilers for Wednesday 28th August 2019 (Series 81, Prelim 42)

(50-1)×(9+3)+9=597 as a more standard method for round 9.
by Gavin Chipper
Wed Aug 28, 2019 1:21 pm
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: Thread Of Random (for Marc)
Replies: 158
Views: 16720

Re: Thread Of Random (for Marc)

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. Not one to court controversy but I have believed global warming to be a conspiracy theory with very little hard evidence to support it. Certainly ...
by Gavin Chipper
Wed Aug 28, 2019 11:05 am
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: Tiny details that spoilt your enjoyment of a film or TV show
Replies: 3
Views: 383

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

Would they not have had fillings in a post-apocalyptic world?
by Gavin Chipper
Tue Aug 27, 2019 9:16 pm
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: Questions you've always wanted answered
Replies: 574
Views: 109223

Re: Questions you've always wanted answered

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.
by Gavin Chipper
Tue Aug 27, 2019 11:37 am
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: Thread Of Random (for Marc)
Replies: 158
Views: 16720

Re: Thread Of Random (for Marc)

Marc Meakin wrote:
Tue Aug 27, 2019 8:56 am
I don't mind so much when people say it's the hottest whatever since records began.
But when they say it's down to global warming then it's annoying
Why is it annoying? Obviously it's difficult to pin down a single data point to global warming, but you can with the general trend.
by Gavin Chipper
Mon Aug 26, 2019 8:56 pm
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: Thread Of Random (for Marc)
Replies: 158
Views: 16720

Re: Thread Of Random (for Marc)

I think this is still the thread for posting stuff that isn't worthy of its own thread and doesn't really fit anywhere else. Apparently this is the hottest late August Bank Holiday Monday on record . OK, but does that really count as a weather record? I know it's a worry that so many heat records ar...
by Gavin Chipper
Mon Aug 26, 2019 4:25 pm
Forum: Countdown - Spoilers
Topic: Spoilers for Bank Holiday Monday 26th August 2019 (Series 81, Prelim 40)
Replies: 3
Views: 516

Re: Spoilers for Bank Holiday Monday 26th August 2019 (Series 81, Prelim 40)

Owen Carroll wrote:
Mon Aug 26, 2019 3:39 pm
97-29. Really goes to show how different playing in the studio to as home is.
Exactly the same score as you got for the game on 17th June as well.
by Gavin Chipper
Sun Aug 25, 2019 8:17 pm
Forum: Countdown - Events
Topic: CO-MSO 25th August 2019
Replies: 18
Views: 8533

Re: CO-MSO 25th August 2019

Congrats to young Ronan Higginson for winning his first Co event and taking the Gold medal! He beat Jonathan De Souza in the final 107-103 after spotting the crucial connundrum from ABUTDOVER. The bronze medal went to Jonathan Wynn who beat Martin Thomas in the play-off 103-66. Recaps and full resu...
by Gavin Chipper
Sun Aug 25, 2019 6:49 pm
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: Questions you've always wanted answered
Replies: 574
Views: 109223

Re: Questions you've always wanted answered

Obviously I haven't always wanted this question answered but:

I'm no cricket fan anyway, but how do people (both players and fans) motivate themselves to really give a shit about the Ashes almost immediately after winning the World Cup?
by Gavin Chipper
Sun Aug 25, 2019 5:22 pm
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: C4C/apto/Countdown Dreams
Replies: 628
Views: 175757

Re: C4C/apto/Countdown Dreams

Mark Deeks wrote:
Sun Aug 25, 2019 2:36 pm
In hindsight, bit of a gay dream with a subtext about weight gain. So, the usual.
A little bit paedo-y and anti-Semitic too.
by Gavin Chipper
Sun Aug 25, 2019 7:12 am
Forum: Games and Puzzles
Topic: the Countdowner's Homes I've Been In game (CHIBIN)
Replies: 34
Views: 17135

Re: the Countdowner's Homes I've Been In game (CHIBIN)

Thomas Carey wrote:
Sun Aug 25, 2019 1:16 am
Jason Larsen.

Did I win? I think I won.
:o :o :o

How did this happen?
by Gavin Chipper
Sat Aug 24, 2019 9:13 pm
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: Religion
Replies: 452
Views: 25251

Re: Religion

Sorry if you think me out of order. But anyone who says they have met god personally really isn't someone I want to be associated with. Call me picky It's a thread about religion. Several people, mostly agnostic/atheist, have shared their views. Dan shared his experience,and offered - only if you w...
by Gavin Chipper
Fri Aug 23, 2019 10:12 pm
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: Which Is Your Favourite Joke?
Replies: 20
Views: 1718

Re: Which Is Your Favourite Joke?

I am guessing this was voted for by the public. This really is the boaty mcboatface of funny jokes I don't think it was the public. I think it was some committee. Actually from my original link: The goal of finding the wittiest one-liners fell to an expert panel of 10 judges, comprising the UK's le...
by Gavin Chipper
Fri Aug 23, 2019 1:21 pm
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: People you shouldn't trust
Replies: 566
Views: 106743

Re: People you shouldn't trust

Marc Meakin wrote:
Fri Aug 23, 2019 11:00 am
People who don't say their mobile phone number in the 5/3/3 format
What's worse is when someone reads a number back to you differently so that it sounds like a completely different number.

"Is your phone number...?"

"I don't know. Read it out properly and we'll find out."
by Gavin Chipper
Fri Aug 23, 2019 9:24 am
Forum: Countdown - Events
Topic: CO-MSO 25th August 2019
Replies: 18
Views: 8533

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 21, 2019 2:41 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 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: 684

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: 684

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: 684

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: 574
Views: 109223

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: 452
Views: 25251

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: 18
Views: 8533

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: 452
Views: 25251

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: 712

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: 511

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: 566
Views: 106743

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: 511

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

OUTLAWS was the standard method 7 in round 1.