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by Fiona T
Wed Jan 13, 2021 11:51 am
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: Politics in General
Replies: 774
Views: 224132

Re: Politics in General

Maybe there were trying to bypass the small minority of parents that would use the vouchers to gain contraband From the BBC https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-55641740 - cost of food (if purchased from supermarket) - £5 - cost to company - £10.50 (so packing and distribution = £5.50) - cost to taxpayer ...
by Fiona T
Tue Jan 12, 2021 7:35 pm
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: Politics in General
Replies: 774
Views: 224132

Re: Politics in General

Arguing about the politics rather misses that the most needy families are getting these packages and feeling absolute despair. Just treat people with dignity and respect and give £30 supermarket vouchers - very little admin, no extra costs - and allows for individual dietary requirements or preferen...
by Fiona T
Sun Jan 10, 2021 5:27 pm
Forum: Countdown - General
Topic: Streaming old episodes of Countdown
Replies: 3
Views: 273

Re: Streaming old episodes of Countdown

Hi Tim

Have a look at Daily Motion - there's a few series there available to stream

https://www.dailymotion.com/C4Countdown

Failing that you can always watch unofficial countdown on the ZoomDown youtube channel :)

https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCWmQM7 ... CxOwZrBgMg
by Fiona T
Sun Jan 10, 2021 1:53 pm
Forum: apterous.org
Topic: Is Apterous down? [GENERAL DISCUSSION THREAD]
Replies: 29
Views: 5051

Re: Is Apterous down? [GENERAL DISCUSSION THREAD]

Rhys Benjamin wrote:
Sat Jan 09, 2021 9:29 pm
The recap writer has returned an error 500 for some weeks now. Can someone technical explain that?
I assumed you'd logged it Rhys - was surprised there was no ticket. Usually the best way to get stuff fixed :)
by Fiona T
Fri Jan 08, 2021 1:26 pm
Forum: Countdown - General
Topic: Who should replace Nick Hewer?
Replies: 41
Views: 3505

Re: Who should replace Nick Hewer?

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by Fiona T
Wed Jan 06, 2021 11:53 am
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: Have you put weight on during lockdown
Replies: 16
Views: 2386

Re: Have you put weight on during lockdown

Yeah I was a little overweight at the start of 2020 and fairly motivated to do something about it. I've now added a stone and got good intentions but zero motivation. I actually feel quite ashamed of myself. Must do better.
by Fiona T
Sun Jan 03, 2021 11:04 pm
Forum: Other game shows
Topic: Richard Osman's House of Games
Replies: 7
Views: 5515

Re: Richard Osman's House of Games

Andy Platt runs a HoG questions fb group if you want to create/answer HoG style questions

https://www.facebook.com/groups/305752400278560

Make sure you answer all the questions and accept the rules or your application to join will be rejected :)
by Fiona T
Sun Jan 03, 2021 12:24 am
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: Genius things
Replies: 36
Views: 1227

Re: Genius things

Sliced bread
by Fiona T
Tue Dec 29, 2020 7:36 pm
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: People you shouldn't trust
Replies: 736
Views: 191458

Re: People you shouldn't trust

Why "of" rather than "for"?
by Fiona T
Mon Dec 21, 2020 11:02 pm
Forum: Other game shows
Topic: ...and that's ZoomDown
Replies: 152
Views: 12382

Re: ...and that's ZoomDown

Glad you enjoyed it guys - great game, great guest - perfect for that pre-Christmas lift that we all need.
by Fiona T
Thu Dec 17, 2020 12:42 pm
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: Obscenity democracy
Replies: 205
Views: 10732

Re: Obscenity democracy

Thanks, makes more sense now. The way it's been used has given this discussion, at least from my perspective, an unnecessary negative slant. This is a valid discussion, but there's a lack of neutrality in how the points are being made, and this just detracts from any validity in those points. Well ...
by Fiona T
Thu Dec 17, 2020 12:16 pm
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: Obscenity democracy
Replies: 205
Views: 10732

Re: Obscenity democracy

And anyone who knows what the Plastic Elvis thing is, knows how ridiculous it is that people are getting hung up on that term, as though it were a slur or an insult. I asked because I don't know what it is, and you use it like a stick to beat people with. It seems to cheapen debate. I'm interested ...
by Fiona T
Thu Dec 17, 2020 12:38 am
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: Obscenity democracy
Replies: 205
Views: 10732

Re: Obscenity democracy

I think that the complaint was made in bad faith. I do not believe that anyone actually does find that word offensive in the context that myself, Gevin, Matt, Charlie etc have used it in. Furthermore, I used the same word (in EXACTLY the same context as previously) twice in my first post on this th...
by Fiona T
Wed Dec 16, 2020 11:13 pm
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: COVID-19 Coronavirus Thread
Replies: 286
Views: 30571

Re: COVID-19 Coronavirus Thread

Well, this comes back to what I said about how poor Vallance et al have been, but have been somewhat unaccountable. Remember, they told us masks may hinder things rather than improve them, at first...! When this first kicked off, people queued at 2m distances, one way systems were in place in shops...
by Fiona T
Wed Dec 16, 2020 5:44 pm
Forum: Countdown - Spoilers
Topic: Spoilers for Wednesday 16 December 2020 (Series 82, First Semi Final)
Replies: 20
Views: 973

Re: Spoilers for Wednesday 16 December 2020 (Series 82, First Semi Final)

It should be noted that I had the 8 in R13, but I went for the hail Mary to give myself the slimmest of chances if it worked. That brings the margin down below 40 at least. And only AUMBRIES was beyond me - everything else was gettable and at my best, I would have had a crucial to lose on. You did ...
by Fiona T
Wed Dec 16, 2020 5:33 pm
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: Obscenity democracy
Replies: 205
Views: 10732

Re: Obscenity democracy

As I said I was happy to accept the decision to leave the post uncensored - my annoyance was the lack of communication of the reason for that decision. But yeah, I'd happily see the n word and p word automatically starred - but that's just my view. If you want to make a case for other offensive term...
by Fiona T
Wed Dec 16, 2020 5:11 pm
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: Obscenity democracy
Replies: 205
Views: 10732

Re: Obscenity democracy

Well, that makes sense to me. Racism hurts people. Cunts don't hurt anyone. Probs worth quoting. Yeah I've just noticed that the previous posts in this thread are over ten years old. Attitudes can and do change, and most people today accept that those extremely racist terms should be used with extr...
by Fiona T
Wed Dec 16, 2020 4:51 pm
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: Obscenity democracy
Replies: 205
Views: 10732

Re: Obscenity democracy

Yeah I reported your post. I received a notification that the report was closed. I looked at the post and no action was taken. My problem wasn't that no action was taken - a decision I was prepared to accept - it was that the moderator had not dropped me a line to say why they thought the post shoul...
by Fiona T
Sat Dec 12, 2020 2:53 pm
Forum: Games and Puzzles
Topic: I made a Word Ladders app
Replies: 9
Views: 1262

Re: I made a Word Ladders app

Nice :)
by Fiona T
Thu Dec 10, 2020 9:28 am
Forum: Countdown - General
Topic: Ladbrokes - Next Presenter Odds
Replies: 40
Views: 2872

Re: Ladbrokes - Next Presenter Odds

The thing is, if you're a random outsider, you've got to do more than just want the job. You've got to put yourself out there and convince people you're serious - not a couple of jokey comments on the forum, but actually put your pride on the line, risk being laughed at, and tell TPTB that you want ...
by Fiona T
Wed Dec 09, 2020 3:00 pm
Forum: Countdown - General
Topic: Who should replace Nick Hewer?
Replies: 41
Views: 3505

Re: Who should replace Nick Hewer?

I appreciate your point of view, Fiona, but as a gay man there's nothing I hate more than being given "positive discrimination" preferential treatment. It tells me that I'm not good enough to make it on my own right and need "help". I just want to be treated the same as others - neither helped nor ...
by Fiona T
Wed Dec 09, 2020 2:15 pm
Forum: Countdown - General
Topic: Who should replace Nick Hewer?
Replies: 41
Views: 3505

Re: Who should replace Nick Hewer?

Well if anyone doubts the extra mountains that have to be climbed, here's a good example of why positive discrimination is necessary from Damian's interview (and I think he mentioned the same story on FocalTalk?) http://www.offthetelly.co.uk/oldott/www.offthetelly.co.uk/index1f2f-2.html?page_id=952 ...
by Fiona T
Wed Dec 09, 2020 9:28 am
Forum: Countdown - General
Topic: Who should replace Nick Hewer?
Replies: 41
Views: 3505

Re: Who should replace Nick Hewer?

I understand that viewpoint, albeit I don't entirely agree with it - but it still doesn't answer the question as to why attempts to improve diversity are token rather than real? I think the idea is that if you use an instance of recruitment for a vacancy as a medium for the attempt to improve diver...
by Fiona T
Tue Dec 08, 2020 11:46 pm
Forum: Countdown - General
Topic: Who should replace Nick Hewer?
Replies: 41
Views: 3505

Re: Who should replace Nick Hewer?

Because whilst Colin Murray may be the obvious choice they may opt to not go for him solely because he's pale, male, and stale. That's what I mean. So what's the difference between diversity and token diversity? Genuinely confused why - if the efforts to improve diversity are real - it's token? I'v...
by Fiona T
Tue Dec 08, 2020 8:14 pm
Forum: Countdown - General
Topic: Who should replace Nick Hewer?
Replies: 41
Views: 3505

Re: Who should replace Nick Hewer?

... so they may end up going down the token diversity route. Why "token" ? Because whilst Colin Murray may be the obvious choice they may opt to not go for him solely because he's pale, male, and stale. That's what I mean. So what's the difference between diversity and token diversity? Genuinely co...
by Fiona T
Tue Dec 08, 2020 4:23 pm
Forum: Countdown - General
Topic: Who should replace Nick Hewer?
Replies: 41
Views: 3505

Re: Who should replace Nick Hewer?

Rhys Benjamin wrote:
Mon Dec 07, 2020 11:08 pm
... so they may end up going down the token diversity route.
Why "token" ?
by Fiona T
Tue Dec 08, 2020 3:11 pm
Forum: Countdown - General
Topic: Ladbrokes - Next Presenter Odds
Replies: 40
Views: 2872

Re: Ladbrokes - Next Presenter Odds

Rhys Benjamin wrote:
Tue Dec 08, 2020 2:37 pm
Paul Anderson 16-1.

Er... OK.
I've stuck a fiver on Paul - have learned not to underestimate the boy!
by Fiona T
Mon Dec 07, 2020 6:16 pm
Forum: Other game shows
Topic: ...and that's ZoomDown
Replies: 152
Views: 12382

Re: ...and that's ZoomDown

Paul Anderson wrote:
Sun Dec 06, 2020 1:11 am
Who should host for my one-and-only match?
I hear Nick Hewer's got some time on his hands.
by Fiona T
Mon Dec 07, 2020 7:41 am
Forum: Other game shows
Topic: ...and that's ZoomDown
Replies: 152
Views: 12382

Re: ...and that's ZoomDown

Eoin, I really think that you owe Fred an apology. The majority of people appear to support his decision, but even if the majority agreed with your point of view, using phrases like "wuss out" (twice) really isn't on. Fred's values - whether or not they agree with yours - do not make him a wuss. If ...
by Fiona T
Sun Dec 06, 2020 11:45 pm
Forum: Games and Puzzles
Topic: I made a Word Ladders app
Replies: 9
Views: 1262

Re: I made a Word Ladders app

yeah seems fun so far - it's not clear from the description if there are 100 set levels, or an unlimited number. (think I'm up to 70s ish) Hardest puzzles definitely those with an extra step.

Other feedback - the word lookup doesn't work for me - just sticks me on google homepage.
by Fiona T
Sun Dec 06, 2020 2:52 pm
Forum: Games and Puzzles
Topic: I made a Word Ladders app
Replies: 9
Views: 1262

Re: I made a Word Ladders app

Nice - having a play now, but my phone vibrating every key press annoying MrT who's watching the footie - is there a way to turn that off? Can't see any setting/options
by Fiona T
Sun Dec 06, 2020 10:37 am
Forum: Other game shows
Topic: ...and that's ZoomDown
Replies: 152
Views: 12382

Re: ...and that's ZoomDown

Volume 6, chapter 14, page 3 of the ZoomDown policy document explicitly deals with racist homophones. Unfortunately I spilt wine on my copy, so we're going to have to rely on our lex to use his judgement as he sees fit, which IMO was a good call in this instance.
by Fiona T
Sat Dec 05, 2020 9:55 am
Forum: Other game shows
Topic: ...and that's ZoomDown
Replies: 152
Views: 12382

Re: ...and that's ZoomDown

What was the deal with PACKIES in the last episode? Usually ye list all maxes, but in that round just the other two (COOKIES and OOPACKS) were mentioned. Was that just Fred wussing out of it for his own personal reasons, or is it Zoomdown policy to censor certain valid dictionary words? As I'm sure...
by Fiona T
Wed Dec 02, 2020 3:41 pm
Forum: Games and Puzzles
Topic: Another brain teaser from my muddled mind
Replies: 14
Views: 1178

Re: Another brain teaser from my muddled mind

[spoiler]There is a spoiler extension but we don't appear to have it.[/spoiler]

https://www.phpbb.com/customise/db/exte ... er_bbcode/
by Fiona T
Wed Dec 02, 2020 11:14 am
Forum: Games and Puzzles
Topic: Another brain teaser from my muddled mind
Replies: 14
Views: 1178

Re: Another brain teaser from my muddled mind

Thomas Carey wrote:
Wed Dec 02, 2020 11:13 am
fiona where's your 13
Ah balls :)

My list of primes below 100 didn't include 13
by Fiona T
Wed Dec 02, 2020 11:06 am
Forum: Games and Puzzles
Topic: Another brain teaser from my muddled mind
Replies: 14
Views: 1178

Re: Another brain teaser from my muddled mind

2311719737929414347535961678389 as a first attempt

it's littler than Maus and Gev's so will call that a win ;)


(edit to remove extra typo digit)
by Fiona T
Tue Dec 01, 2020 2:24 pm
Forum: Countdown - Events
Topic: How to host an event (for dummies)?
Replies: 44
Views: 18023

Re: How to host an event (for dummies)?

Jonathan Wynn was talking about organising one (Brighton) - definitely keen once this stuff is over.
by Fiona T
Fri Nov 27, 2020 7:54 pm
Forum: Countdown - General
Topic: Which words are the most useful to know?
Replies: 20
Views: 6227

Re: Which words are the most useful to know?

Updated version thanks to suggestions from Callum and Fiona. A few changes: - The logic behind the word that appears in 'Single Word' column has been changed - for words with multiple anagrams, it should state the most useful to learn of these. (Roughly the logic is "prefer words that take useful l...
by Fiona T
Tue Nov 24, 2020 11:59 pm
Forum: Countdown - General
Topic: Countdown Lookalikes?
Replies: 294
Views: 118771

Re: Countdown Lookalikes?

Well if we're doing ourselves, I give you one of my twelve favourite donkeys (spotted by a mate of mine who was super excited)

(The other 11 - you know who you are <3 )

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by Fiona T
Mon Nov 23, 2020 3:39 pm
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: COVID-19 Coronavirus Thread
Replies: 286
Views: 30571

Re: COVID-19 Coronavirus Thread

Thought this tweet might find an appreciative audience round these parts :)

https://twitter.com/IvoGraham/status/13 ... 9076995073
by Fiona T
Sat Nov 21, 2020 11:50 pm
Forum: Countdown - General
Topic: Ask Graeme?
Replies: 1473
Views: 374317

Re: Ask Graeme?

There's been lots of "haven't made its" whose per game average has been higher than those with more wins - it's the luck of the draw.

Suck it up, and reapply in 10 years. ;)
by Fiona T
Sat Nov 21, 2020 8:19 pm
Forum: Games and Puzzles
Topic: "Viral" maths problem
Replies: 13
Views: 1699

Re: "Viral" maths problem

Matt Morrison wrote:
Sat Nov 21, 2020 1:24 pm
Damn I must've been drunk. Saw you quoting that and I thought I must've made that post years ago, not last night.
Ha, me too - didn't notice the double not :D
by Fiona T
Sat Nov 21, 2020 12:10 am
Forum: Games and Puzzles
Topic: "Viral" maths problem
Replies: 13
Views: 1699

Re: "Viral" maths problem

Matt Morrison wrote:
Fri Nov 20, 2020 11:45 pm

Code: Select all

const printThisShitOut = `Gevin is in love with ${c4c.filter(c => !!c.cool).join(" and ")} and he is a prick.`;
Gevin's in love with himself ;)
by Fiona T
Sat Nov 14, 2020 7:52 pm
Forum: Countdown - Historical recaps
Topic: Monday 29 November 1982 (Series 1, Prelim 16)
Replies: 7
Views: 2269

Re: Monday 29 November 1982 (Series 1, Prelim 16)

Jon O'Neill wrote:
Sat Nov 14, 2020 6:03 pm
Fiona T wrote:
Sat Nov 14, 2020 3:42 pm
Linky here

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NBQH0XXMyEg
This is amazing. I could watch Kenneth Williams episodes all day.
Yeah he was certainly entertaining - and a clever chap too
by Fiona T
Thu Nov 12, 2020 9:04 am
Forum: Games and Puzzles
Topic: Squarebot
Replies: 25
Views: 2055

Re: Squarebot

Don't think it says anywhere that the lengths have to be whole numbers. The simple solutions seem best here. I think it's implied by the fact that it's on squared paper so must be a rectangle of some sort. If it's not whole numbers, the squared paper becomes useless anyway. The squares on the paper...
by Fiona T
Thu Nov 12, 2020 8:18 am
Forum: Games and Puzzles
Topic: Squarebot
Replies: 25
Views: 2055

Re: Squarebot

Don't think it says anywhere that the lengths have to be whole numbers.

The simple solutions seem best here.
by Fiona T
Wed Nov 11, 2020 4:33 pm
Forum: Games and Puzzles
Topic: Combination Lock
Replies: 10
Views: 659

Re: Combination Lock

Type faster Fiona
by Fiona T
Wed Nov 11, 2020 4:32 pm
Forum: Games and Puzzles
Topic: Combination Lock
Replies: 10
Views: 659

Re: Combination Lock

Assuming 1st is A, does 0086 work?
by Fiona T
Mon Nov 09, 2020 10:30 pm
Forum: Countdown - General
Topic: Nick Hewer taking break from Countdown
Replies: 9
Views: 1150

Re: Nick Hewer taking break from Countdown

I presume there will be a lack of continuity as I understood a few S83 episodes had already been filmed? So Colin for the specials, then a few Nick, then more Colin. Nice that he got to practice on you lot first :) Big Colin fan here - very friendly when he was in DC for my run, and always makes the...
by Fiona T
Sun Nov 08, 2020 8:34 pm
Forum: Countdown - General
Topic: You've just been made producer of Countdown...
Replies: 72
Views: 7407

Re: You've just been made producer of Countdown...

Yeah it's fine to assume that women's moods are entirely at the mercy of their hormones, and of course it's OK to equate a man who's a bit grumpy to a menstruating woman, because we all know that menstruating women are incapable of rational thought. All fair points. I knew you'd come around. ;) "Eo...
by Fiona T
Sun Nov 08, 2020 6:51 pm
Forum: Countdown - General
Topic: You've just been made producer of Countdown...
Replies: 72
Views: 7407

Re: You've just been made producer of Countdown...

Is it your time of the month? The '80s called - they'd like their misogynistic tropes back please. Does 2020's PC culture now try to deny that PMT exists? Interesting. I'm not gonna go with that particular denial of reality if it's all the same to you. :) Yeah it's fine to assume that women's moods...
by Fiona T
Sun Nov 08, 2020 12:00 pm
Forum: Countdown - General
Topic: You've just been made producer of Countdown...
Replies: 72
Views: 7407

Re: You've just been made producer of Countdown...

L'oisleatch McGraw wrote:
Sun Nov 08, 2020 6:51 am

Is it your time of the month?
The '80s called - they'd like their misogynistic tropes back please.
by Fiona T
Fri Nov 06, 2020 10:54 pm
Forum: Countdown - Spoilers
Topic: Spoilers for Friday 6th November 2020 (Series 82, Prelim 152)
Replies: 10
Views: 824

Re: Spoilers for Friday 6th November 2020 (Series 82, Prelim 152)

Saw on the wiki that Andy is a returnee from Series 1 no less, where he won 2 games. Surely puts the "oldest" returnee Q to bed. They mentioned it on the show as well. I was hoping they'd show an old picture but alas not. He posted one in the countdowners fb group https://scontent-lht6-1.xx.fbcdn.n...
by Fiona T
Fri Nov 06, 2020 10:52 pm
Forum: Countdown - Spoilers
Topic: Spoilers for Friday 6th November 2020 (Series 82, Prelim 152)
Replies: 10
Views: 824

Re: Spoilers for Friday 6th November 2020 (Series 82, Prelim 152)

Graeme Cole wrote:
Fri Nov 06, 2020 8:43 pm
Did anyone notice that after Andy's incorrect conundrum guess, the contestants suddenly had yesterday's nameplates? After the end of the round they were back to normal.
Send Damo an email. He loves that.
by Fiona T
Mon Nov 02, 2020 12:22 am
Forum: Other game shows
Topic: ...and that's ZoomDown
Replies: 152
Views: 12382

Re: ...and that's ZoomDown

Paul Anderson wrote:
Sun Nov 01, 2020 11:21 pm
It’s a bit like a Royal Command Performance, the Queen of Countdown in town, so we’d all better smarten up our act and stand up straight 😉
And hope there's no power cuts, pissed presenters, people in their pyjamas, or cats' arses :)
by Fiona T
Sat Oct 31, 2020 12:58 am
Forum: Other game shows
Topic: ...and that's ZoomDown
Replies: 152
Views: 12382

Re: ...and that's ZoomDown

Can't remember the specific round, but something on telly this week where Rachel revealed the target then kinda rolled her eyes and said "uh xxx" like it was totally obvious. Took me full 25 of the 30 secs to spot it - was obvious once I did, but I didn't see it straight up.
by Fiona T
Fri Oct 30, 2020 10:25 pm
Forum: Countdown - General
Topic: Request for comment: Xmas specials numbering
Replies: 9
Views: 1343

Re: Request for comment: Xmas specials numbering

I don't wish to be a heathen - but does this matter? :) AS1 AS2 AS3 - awesome specials :)
by Fiona T
Fri Oct 30, 2020 9:24 pm
Forum: Other game shows
Topic: ...and that's ZoomDown
Replies: 152
Views: 12382

Re: ...and that's ZoomDown

Paul Anderson wrote:
Fri Oct 30, 2020 7:23 pm
omgomgomgomgomgomgomgomgomg!

Sometimes it's actually the right choice of words
Need a thump on the back Paul? Heimlich manoeuvre a no-no in these socially distanced times.