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by Fiona T
Thu Feb 13, 2020 11:42 pm
Forum: Countdown - General
Topic: Internal monologue
Replies: 19
Views: 419

Re: Internal monologue

I've developed a habit of saying to myself, "He was a fucking arsehole/cunt/etc" and then realising it's myself I'm annoyed with at the time. You're from Glasgow? Cunt is a term of endearment, no? Yes, but what I really want to know is how people's monologue specifically manifests. I'd say about 20...
by Fiona T
Thu Feb 13, 2020 9:20 pm
Forum: Countdown - General
Topic: Internal monologue
Replies: 19
Views: 419

Re: Internal monologue

Yeah, I'd definitely say my visual imagination is nowhere near as strong. I can picture stuff if I try, but I don't generally think in pictures. Probably related is that I'm very poor at recognising/remembering faces. If this poll was on visual imagination, I'd be option 3 - can do it, but it's a ve...
by Fiona T
Thu Feb 13, 2020 11:19 am
Forum: Countdown - Events
Topic: Countdown in Manchester (CoMan) 2020 - Saturday 15th February
Replies: 3
Views: 6243

Re: Countdown in Manchester (CoMan) 2020 - Saturday 15th February

My current parkrun plan is

https://www.parkrun.org.uk/heaton/

Not the closest, but very accessible on the tram.

Anyone else planning on running?
by Fiona T
Wed Feb 12, 2020 6:22 pm
Forum: Countdown - General
Topic: Internal monologue
Replies: 19
Views: 419

Re: Internal monologue

I've changed the poll, and perhaps more importantly the question, to better reflect people's experiences.
by Fiona T
Wed Feb 12, 2020 6:15 pm
Forum: Countdown - General
Topic: Internal monologue
Replies: 19
Views: 419

Re: Internal monologue

Mark Deeks wrote:
Wed Feb 12, 2020 3:59 pm
My brain is literally nothing but my own voice saying things and I can't imagine a life without it.
A much more succinct way of saying what I was trying to say.

AIUI (and I've only given it a cursory nod) the basics of mindfulness is getting that voice to shut up for a bit!
by Fiona T
Wed Feb 12, 2020 3:20 pm
Forum: Countdown - General
Topic: Internal monologue
Replies: 19
Views: 419

Re: Internal monologue

Interesting stuff! I have a constant internal monologue - mostly not consciously, but it's there all the time. My thoughts are basically words. Of course there are instinctive things I don't 'voice over' - driving, for example, but even then my monologue is likely to be pondering other stuff - day d...
by Fiona T
Wed Feb 12, 2020 8:37 am
Forum: Countdown - General
Topic: Internal monologue
Replies: 19
Views: 419

Internal monologue

Saw stuff on t'interwebs this week about people who don't have an 'internal monologue' - the voice in your head that basically is your thought process. I hadn't realised this was a thing, so I was kinda fascinated about how such people process information. There was an interview with one young woman...
by Fiona T
Tue Feb 11, 2020 11:29 pm
Forum: Countdown - General
Topic: Is COUNTDOWN worthy of respect as a game?
Replies: 17
Views: 935

Re: Is COUNTDOWN worthy of respect as a game?

I think comparing countdown to football is like comparing chocolate to mince. They're completely different. The comparison with other 'brain' games seems more valid. The difference between Countdown and scrabble is the element of luck/chance. In scrabble, the players have different letters, taking t...
by Fiona T
Mon Feb 10, 2020 7:55 pm
Forum: Countdown - General
Topic: What's your Bevins Number?
Replies: 60
Views: 7536

Re: What's your Bevins Number?

As of this morning, it includes all games up to the end of 2019 . BTW, Dinos is broken due to name changes! What, still? Yesterday I noticed and fixed a couple of cases where the database thinks someone is two different people, and Dinos was one of them. As far as I can tell that's fixed now, unles...
by Fiona T
Mon Feb 10, 2020 9:26 am
Forum: Countdown - General
Topic: What's your Bevins Number?
Replies: 60
Views: 7536

Re: What's your Bevins Number?

Graeme Cole wrote:
Sun Feb 09, 2020 10:18 am
Ian Volante wrote:
Fri Feb 07, 2020 8:09 pm
How far has this been updated to?
As of this morning, it includes all games up to the end of 2019.
BTW, Dinos is broken due to name changes!
by Fiona T
Sun Feb 09, 2020 10:57 am
Forum: Countdown - General
Topic: What's your Bevins Number?
Replies: 60
Views: 7536

Re: What's your Bevins Number?

Thanks Graeme!

Mine is 4

Fiona Titcombe...

played Maggie Barlow in the quarter-finals of Series 80...
... who played Gerry Buckley in Series 80...
... who played Jimmy Gough in Series 60...
... who played Kirk Bevins in the final of Series 60.
by Fiona T
Sat Feb 08, 2020 3:07 pm
Forum: Countdown - General
Topic: What's your Bevins Number?
Replies: 60
Views: 7536

Re: What's your Bevins Number?

This is fun Think mine is .... Fiona T played Maggie Barlow in the quarter-finals of Series 80 ... who played Elliott Mellor in the semi-finals of Series 80 ... who played Dino Sfyris in the final of Series 80 ... who played Kai Laddiman in a special episode... ... who played Jon O'Neill in the firs...
by Fiona T
Fri Feb 07, 2020 8:52 am
Forum: Countdown - Spoilers
Topic: Spoilers for Thursday 6th February 2020 (Series 82, Prelim 26)
Replies: 16
Views: 536

Re: Spoilers for Thursday 6th February 2020 (Series 82, Prelim 26)

Very well played Ian- think John had a shot at winning 8 if he hadn't met you! Good game! Cheers! I don't think he was too upset about losing anyway, if I remember right, from pub discussion later, he was happy enough with how he'd done. Aye, John put up a good show. Should be pleased. Very well pl...
by Fiona T
Tue Feb 04, 2020 10:54 pm
Forum: Countdown - Events
Topic: FOCAL Code of Conduct
Replies: 21
Views: 2972

Re: FOCAL Code of Conduct

Matt Morrison wrote:
Tue Feb 04, 2020 5:35 pm
From personal experience (of watching other men very carefully in the toilets),
:o :o :o

Gevin type scoring?
by Fiona T
Sun Feb 02, 2020 11:38 pm
Forum: Countdown - Events
Topic: Preferred format for event finals
Replies: 14
Views: 551

Re: Preferred format for event finals

I do think DILLIGAF is a better DGAF option than IDGAF. Face. Bovvered.
by Fiona T
Fri Jan 31, 2020 12:49 pm
Forum: Countdown - Events
Topic: Countdown in London (CO:LON) - 16 May 2020
Replies: 20
Views: 4610

Re: Countdown in London (CO:LON) - 16 May 2020

... looking forward to it being over and going to the pub. Not in a selfish way like. (I don't think.) More pub time is the best argument I've heard yet for a 9R final :D On that note, if people are interested in the dinner, can they let me or George know? If we don't get 30 or so, we'll need to ha...
by Fiona T
Thu Jan 30, 2020 7:00 pm
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: In the current climate
Replies: 7
Views: 548

Re: In the current climate

I don't imagine Alistair Stewart meant it in a racist context - he'd be crazy to have posted it if he did - but that doesn't mean it was not offensive. He would be very aware of the racist associations if he'd thought about it, so presumably didn't think about it - as he said a misjudgement. He's ac...
by Fiona T
Thu Jan 30, 2020 12:53 pm
Forum: Countdown - Events
Topic: Countdown in London (CO:LON) - 16 May 2020
Replies: 20
Views: 4610

Re: Countdown in London (CO:LON) - 16 May 2020

To publicly answer a few questions that have been received by various channels: 1) Does the venue have plug sockets? There are plug sockets around the rooms, so you should be able to recharge your phone at some point 2) Is there parking at the venue? No, there is no parking, but the venue is easily ...
by Fiona T
Wed Jan 29, 2020 6:32 pm
Forum: Countdown - Spoilers
Topic: Spoilers for Wednesday 29th January 2020 (Series 82, Prelim 20)
Replies: 4
Views: 451

Re: Spoilers for Wednesday 29th January 2020 (Series 82, Prelim 20)

Toby McDonald wrote:
Wed Jan 29, 2020 6:11 pm

Veronica looks like a good player, could win quite a few, or possibly become the next female octochamp. :)
Loving Veronica or "wee Vee" as we're calling her in my house :D
by Fiona T
Wed Jan 29, 2020 12:30 pm
Forum: Countdown - Events
Topic: CO:parkrun Recaps
Replies: 368
Views: 116819

Re: CO:parkrun Recaps

Gavin Chipper wrote:
Wed Jan 29, 2020 12:15 pm
OK, as a compromise maybe we can have both championships running alongside each other!
:) I'm not that bothered (honestly!)
by Fiona T
Wed Jan 29, 2020 9:32 am
Forum: Countdown - Events
Topic: CO:parkrun Recaps
Replies: 368
Views: 116819

Re: CO:parkrun Recaps

Saturday 25th January saw a record 10 Countdowners take part in the inaugural Doddington Hall parkrun before COLIN. Chris Marshall also took part in his first ever parkrun! And so here are the results out of 396 runners: 9. Gevin Chapwell - 18:28 (909 points) 12. Tim Down - 18:50 (818 points) 52. M...
by Fiona T
Thu Jan 23, 2020 8:23 am
Forum: Countdown - Spoilers
Topic: Spoilers for Thursday 16th January 2020 (Series 82, Prelim 11)
Replies: 5
Views: 497

Re: Spoilers for Thursday 16th January 2020 (Series 82, Prelim 11)

Howie Myers wrote:
Thu Jan 23, 2020 6:20 am

Thanks for that, but where can I look to find out whether or not a word is acceptable?
https://www.lexico.com/ is the best starting point - there's a few rules the show applies around plurals and comparatives, but this is basically the free version of the dictionary used
by Fiona T
Sun Jan 19, 2020 12:22 pm
Forum: Countdown - Events
Topic: Countdown in London (CO:LON) - 16 May 2020
Replies: 20
Views: 4610

Re: Countdown in London (CO:LON) - 16 May 2020

I've forgotten much of what I previously knew (if a drunken sojourn onto apterous is any guide), and the dictionary seems to have been polluted by many varieties of nonsense, but I think I might come to this and soak up some nostalgia given it's a mere 5 minute stroll from my flat. Excellent. All t...
by Fiona T
Thu Jan 09, 2020 2:58 pm
Forum: Countdown - General
Topic: Who are Countdown's unluckiest losers?
Replies: 22
Views: 1407

Re: Who are Countdown's unluckiest losers?

[4. Unluckiest Winners (I suppose) Do we need a special category to cater for the Philip Aston dilemma? i.e. Someone who applied at the right time (approx peak form), did well on TV, but can still be considered unlucky due to *something noteworthy*.] Well another contender for that category must be...
by Fiona T
Wed Jan 08, 2020 10:01 am
Forum: Countdown - General
Topic: Who are Countdown's unluckiest losers?
Replies: 22
Views: 1407

Re: Who are Countdown's unluckiest losers?

From my series, I'd add John Ashcroft to the list - I was convinced he'd make octo and hope we see him back on in the not too distant future.
by Fiona T
Mon Jan 06, 2020 11:51 am
Forum: Countdown - Events
Topic: Countdown in London (CO:LON) - 16 May 2020
Replies: 20
Views: 4610

Re: Countdown in London (CO:LON) - 16 May 2020

Thomas Carey wrote:
Mon Jan 06, 2020 9:58 am
Fiona T wrote:
Mon Jan 06, 2020 9:10 am
We're very excited to be able to reveal our lunchtime diversion!

JCP, aka Destra will be performing Eurovision hits for your enjoyment! It's gonna be awesome and I can't wait!
*withdraws sign-up*
You can go hide in a nearby bush if it's not your thing.
by Fiona T
Mon Jan 06, 2020 9:10 am
Forum: Countdown - Events
Topic: Countdown in London (CO:LON) - 16 May 2020
Replies: 20
Views: 4610

Re: Countdown in London (CO:LON) - 16 May 2020

We're very excited to be able to reveal our lunchtime diversion!

JCP, aka Destra will be performing Eurovision hits for your enjoyment! It's gonna be awesome and I can't wait!
by Fiona T
Mon Jan 06, 2020 12:13 am
Forum: Countdown - Events
Topic: Countdown in London (CO:LON) - 16 May 2020
Replies: 20
Views: 4610

Re: Countdown in London (CO:LON) - 16 May 2020

Quarter of the places gone folks - don't leave it too late!
by Fiona T
Thu Jan 02, 2020 8:36 pm
Forum: Countdown - General
Topic: The Return Of Celebrity Countdown!!
Replies: 74
Views: 10141

Re: The Return Of Celebrity Countdown!!

James Robinson wrote:
Thu Jan 02, 2020 8:17 pm
Celebrity Countdown returning this Monday at 6:55pm on More4, and will be on EVERY day that week!!😎😎😎👍👍👍😄😄😄🔠🔢🕛🕡
Every day? So a repeat somewhere?
by Fiona T
Sun Dec 29, 2019 5:50 pm
Forum: Games and Puzzles
Topic: Done gone done made a quiz
Replies: 23
Views: 10521

Re: Done gone done made a quiz

Nice. 3 2 1 took me much longer than it should have!
by Fiona T
Fri Dec 27, 2019 6:59 pm
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: Politics in General
Replies: 578
Views: 113337

Re: Politics in General

I'd be interested to know how much different it is. Let's say we start a business together and make £100k profit in year 1. What would be the difference between us paying ourselves £12k salaries and taking £76k out in dividends, vs. paying ourselves £50k salaries? I'm not being lazy... genuinely ca...
by Fiona T
Tue Dec 24, 2019 11:18 pm
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: Questions you've always wanted answered
Replies: 622
Views: 134565

Re: Questions you've always wanted answered

What sort of company thinks that 23:15 on Christmas Eve is a good time to send out your updated privacy notice and terms and conditions.
by Fiona T
Fri Dec 20, 2019 1:18 pm
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: Politics in General
Replies: 578
Views: 113337

Re: Politics in General

I know this is a bit of an aside, but having an extra thing called National Insurance is just an added complication. Functionally it's no different from just being part of income tax so they might as well incorporate it in. Nothing needs to materially change. It's completely pointless having a sepa...
by Fiona T
Fri Dec 20, 2019 12:16 pm
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: Politics in General
Replies: 578
Views: 113337

Re: Politics in General

75% was a nice round number that took the overall picture into "profit" vs. the status quo. What about National Insurance? Are you abolishing it or keeping it the same as it is now? I know this is a bit of an aside, but having an extra thing called National Insurance is just an added complication. ...
by Fiona T
Thu Dec 19, 2019 10:26 am
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: Who would you like to lead the labour Party
Replies: 30
Views: 1523

Re: Who would you like to lead the labour Party

Political parties aren't like favourite colours - it's not a purely subjective thing as to which is better. And just because a party is mainstream it doesn't automatically make it acceptable. If you accept that a party can be a force for bad, then it's perfectly possible that a mainstream party can...
by Fiona T
Wed Dec 18, 2019 4:08 pm
Forum: Countdown - General
Topic: Baby Riley-Kovalev
Replies: 45
Views: 10463

Re: Baby Riley-Kovalev

Gavin Chipper wrote:
Wed Dec 18, 2019 1:49 pm
Fiona T wrote:
Wed Dec 18, 2019 11:54 am
Not sure vegans celebrate the 14th March in the traditional way :D
Wow. I'd never heard of that before.
Well you're vegetarian, aren't you? :lol:
by Fiona T
Wed Dec 18, 2019 4:06 pm
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: Who would you like to lead the labour Party
Replies: 30
Views: 1523

Re: Who would you like to lead the labour Party

Yes. On a superficial level. But there is still the question of why Tory remainers were less likely to change their voting habits than Labour leavers. It's not enough to say it's just because. And I do think that must come partly down to how Jeremy Corbyn and the Labour party were seen generally. N...
by Fiona T
Wed Dec 18, 2019 11:54 am
Forum: Countdown - General
Topic: Baby Riley-Kovalev
Replies: 45
Views: 10463

Re: Baby Riley-Kovalev

I hate to throw a pedantry spanner in the calculation works, but 40 weeks is counted from the first day of the last period with conception typically occurring around 14 days after. So you're gonna have to go to 13 March for "the deed". Not sure vegans celebrate the 14th March in the traditional way :D
by Fiona T
Thu Dec 12, 2019 5:29 am
Forum: Countdown - Spoilers
Topic: Spoilers for Wednesday 11th December (Series 81, Prelim 117)
Replies: 6
Views: 719

Re: Spoilers for Wednesday 11th December (Series 81, Prelim 117)

Ian Birdman wrote:
Thu Dec 12, 2019 12:15 am

Ah you never know who may appear...
:o
by Fiona T
Wed Dec 11, 2019 12:31 pm
Forum: Countdown - Spoilers
Topic: Series 81 Finals Predictions (With Poll)
Replies: 12
Views: 1544

Re: Series 81 Finals Predictions (With Poll)

Well I was told by a researcher when I got 8 that if I couldn't make the filming dates for the finals, I would be able to appear in the next series finals. Whether that would have actually happened, I've no idea! But it would certainly have made things even more difficult! Having spoken to Corrina o...
by Fiona T
Wed Dec 11, 2019 9:39 am
Forum: Countdown - General
Topic: The first lexicographer
Replies: 10
Views: 1263

Re: The first lexicographer

I would say monochrome Mary has earlobes, whereas elixir of youth technicolor Mary does not.

Not the same person.
by Fiona T
Wed Dec 11, 2019 9:35 am
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: C4C/apto/Countdown Dreams
Replies: 640
Views: 200663

Re: C4C/apto/Countdown Dreams

Had my first proper apto dream a few nights' back - think it was the night before Sam's quiz. We were doing a quiz and standing 15-1/election type podiums. It's a bit hazy until the point where the only two players left are myself and Graeme Cole. The final 'question' required the contestants to thi...
by Fiona T
Wed Dec 04, 2019 4:10 pm
Forum: Countdown - Spoilers
Topic: Spoilers for 3rd December 2019
Replies: 5
Views: 703

Re: Spoilers for 3rd December 2019

Very impressive champion; I'm puzzled though. The wiki has him listed as an apterite, presumably a very highly ranked one. Normally that means there's a number of fellow-apterites on these spoiler threads commenting on games and offering support, especially if it's a young player. Yet it's seemed v...
by Fiona T
Wed Dec 04, 2019 9:33 am
Forum: Countdown - General
Topic: The Return Of Celebrity Countdown!!
Replies: 74
Views: 10141

Re: The Return Of Celebrity Countdown!!

The phrasing in the email was "We have no plans to screen any more episodes at the moment but the series will be returning next year."
by Fiona T
Thu Nov 28, 2019 12:02 am
Forum: Countdown - Events
Topic: CO:parkrun Recaps
Replies: 368
Views: 116819

Re: CO:parkrun Recaps

The final CO-event of the year happened in Wolverhampton Saturday, and a whopping five of us did the wet Wolverhampton parkrun beforehand. Here are the results out of 321 runners : 7. Gevin Chapwell - 19:09 92. Jonathan Wynn - 26:24 256. Fiona T - 34:42 Er, I can't seem to find Callum or Bradley in...
by Fiona T
Tue Nov 26, 2019 11:30 pm
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: Facebook Culls
Replies: 19
Views: 1716

Re: Facebook Culls

Matt Morrison wrote:
Tue Nov 26, 2019 10:23 pm
My favourite facebook hobby is saying yes to Countdown people who add me because I'm too polite, and then removing them 6 months later when not a word has been spoken between us, in real life or on Facebook. As the kids would say, miss me with that.
Note to self: Check friend list in May 2020 ;)
by Fiona T
Tue Nov 26, 2019 11:28 pm
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: Facebook Culls
Replies: 19
Views: 1716

Re: Facebook Culls

I do go through mine intermittently and drop anyone I really don't know and haven't interacted with (e.g. recently dropped guy from Australia that I met on a cycling holiday but had absolutely zero interaction with for the last 4 years). I used to aim to keep my friend list to <= 100, but have given...
by Fiona T
Tue Nov 26, 2019 3:52 pm
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: How many jobs have you had ?
Replies: 10
Views: 965

Re: How many jobs have you had ?

Tell me more about the egg round. I'm a city boy and have never heard of it. Sounds impractical on a bike Basically you had to build up your own round - knock on doors and ask people if they wanted "fresh farm eggs" delivered weekly. Became a bit of a tongue twister. I think the minimum order from ...
by Fiona T
Tue Nov 26, 2019 12:45 am
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: How many jobs have you had ?
Replies: 10
Views: 965

Re: How many jobs have you had ?

What do we count as jobs? The egg round I had at 15 till I fell off my bike and broke the eggs? Post leaving school - Cleaner 3 days (sacked, was rubbish) MaccyD's 4 months. MoD 4 years. Local council 10 years (with two privatisations/takeovers) Mail order wine 10 years - good times and lots of wine...
by Fiona T
Mon Nov 25, 2019 9:02 am
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: Politics in General
Replies: 578
Views: 113337

Re: Politics in General

If you started a small business, wouldn't you pay corporation tax (which is much lower)? Unless you decided to pay yourself a pointlessly huge salary instead. Of course corporation tax would be dramatically increased under the Jono/Jim regime as well. And how do you think money gets from the busine...
by Fiona T
Sun Nov 24, 2019 10:48 pm
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: Politics in General
Replies: 578
Views: 113337

Re: Politics in General

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? If you started a small business, wouldn't you pay corporation tax (which is much lower)? Unless you decided to pay ...
by Fiona T
Fri Nov 22, 2019 2:56 pm
Forum: Countdown - Events
Topic: FOCAL Finals -- Molineux Stadium, Wolverhampton, 23 November 2019
Replies: 37
Views: 11089

Re: FOCAL Finals -- Molineux Stadium, Wolverhampton, 23 November 2019

James Robinson wrote:
Fri Nov 22, 2019 2:21 pm

I would assume the main entrance and ask for the aforementioned International Suite... 👍
Ah, that was the bit I missed - ta. :)
by Fiona T
Fri Nov 22, 2019 11:22 am
Forum: Countdown - Events
Topic: FOCAL Finals -- Molineux Stadium, Wolverhampton, 23 November 2019
Replies: 37
Views: 11089

Re: FOCAL Finals -- Molineux Stadium, Wolverhampton, 23 November 2019

Molineux looks pretty big - where are we going when we get there?

ta
by Fiona T
Fri Nov 22, 2019 8:34 am
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: Rachel Riley Post
Replies: 12
Views: 1439

Re: Rachel Riley Post

When anyone takes to social media to express their views, they need to consider that it can impact their career directly or indirectly, and make a judgement accordingly. Even more so for someone in the public eye. In this case, I think that her judgement was poor. I don't agree that she *should* be ...
by Fiona T
Thu Nov 21, 2019 4:27 pm
Forum: Countdown - Spoilers
Topic: Spoilers for Thursday 21st November 2019 (Series 81, Prelim 103)
Replies: 6
Views: 694

Re: Spoilers for Thursday 21st November 2019 (Series 81, Prelim 103)

Someone on the fb thread suggesting that Paul's five consecutive 8s matches a record set by Charlie in this game

http://wiki.apterous.org/Episode_4746

Anyone know how to check if that's true?
by Fiona T
Wed Nov 20, 2019 12:11 pm
Forum: Countdown - Spoilers
Topic: Spoilers for Tuesday 19th November 2019 (Series 81, Prelim 101)
Replies: 4
Views: 562

Re: Spoilers for Tuesday 19th November 2019 (Series 81, Prelim 101)

Johnny Canuck wrote:
Wed Nov 20, 2019 11:36 am
I wonder if MRBOYMALE was a reference to International Men's Day.
I'd forgotten ;)
by Fiona T
Tue Nov 19, 2019 9:59 pm
Forum: Countdown - Spoilers
Topic: Spoilers for Celebrity Countdown - Tuesday 19th November 2019
Replies: 12
Views: 1306

Re: Spoilers for Celebrity Countdown - Tuesday 19th November 2019

A good game tonight - both contestants put in a good effort, and good to see Rufus successfully apply the maths trick.