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by Karen Pearson
Wed Feb 29, 2012 7:35 pm
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: Is it acceptable to order just a naan?
Replies: 9
Views: 1033

Re: Is it acceptable to order just a naan?

I don't think there should be a problem with that. It's all business to them. It's not as though they're going to be selling you a curry anyway. They might as well curry favour (sorry,couldn't resist) with you by giving you what you want. Then, next time you want a curry, you'll be more inclined to ...
by Karen Pearson
Mon Feb 27, 2012 9:29 pm
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: What did you want to be when you were a kid?
Replies: 27
Views: 2386

Re: What did you want to be when you were a kid?

Detective. For quite a long while till I realised that there wasn't much call for French and Spanish and also you have to start as a PC which I didn't much fancy.

I never had any intention of ending up in market research and, indeed, had no idea such a job existed.
by Karen Pearson
Wed Feb 22, 2012 11:36 am
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: Buying faulty crap off eBay - where do you stand?
Replies: 59
Views: 4954

Re: Buying faulty crap off eBay - where do you stand?

If you have 2 separate accounts Julie, I don't think it would be fair to expect Amazon to link them because they are at the same address. My husband and I have 2 separate accounts using the same credit card but I wouldn't want Amazon to link them as I don't want him to know what I'm buying him for h...
by Karen Pearson
Wed Feb 22, 2012 9:55 am
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: Buying faulty crap off eBay - where do you stand?
Replies: 59
Views: 4954

Re: Buying faulty crap off eBay - where do you stand?

You should complain and ask (politely) for a refund. Because the seller lives in the US, I'm not sure our distance selling regs apply but I'm sure Ebay has some advice on its help pages. I think here you can claim a refund for the product and one lot of postage charges (but not both i.e. to you and ...
by Karen Pearson
Mon Feb 20, 2012 11:31 am
Forum: Other game shows
Topic: The Exit List
Replies: 3
Views: 1214

Re: The Exit List

I've been watching it too. It has rather grown on me too - I also thought it was unnecessarily complicated at first but have got to grips with it now. We did apply for it but didn't get so much as a phone call! :-( Still, we'll try again for the next series if there is one.
by Karen Pearson
Thu Feb 16, 2012 8:41 am
Forum: Countdown - Events
Topic: CO:REA - Reading - Saturday of Easter Weekend 2012
Replies: 63
Views: 9935

Re: CO:REA - Easter Saturday 2012

Women shouldn't be allowed at football. Football is like a Yorkie. I think you need to qualify that a little . That was really the best set of football cheerleaders you could find? They are not hot. Matt, you should have seen the Leeds Blue Cats Cheerleaders that we had for a season or so in the ea...
by Karen Pearson
Wed Feb 15, 2012 8:51 am
Forum: Countdown - Events
Topic: CO:REA - Reading - Saturday of Easter Weekend 2012
Replies: 63
Views: 9935

Re: CO:REA - Easter Saturday 2012

Jayne Wisniewski wrote:Ed is going to watch Leeds at Reading so I will be coming.
I have to say that, if I were free, I'd probably be going with Ed. Sorry!
by Karen Pearson
Thu Feb 09, 2012 5:41 pm
Forum: Countdown - Spoilers
Topic: Spoilers for Thursday February 9th 2012 (Series 66 Prelim 24
Replies: 17
Views: 1028

Re: Spoilers for Thursday February 9th 2012 (Series 66 Preli

:-(
Thought it was too good to be true!

Spicy pork and bean casserole. Smells yummy!
by Karen Pearson
Thu Feb 09, 2012 5:20 pm
Forum: Countdown - Spoilers
Topic: Spoilers for Thursday February 9th 2012 (Series 66 Prelim 24
Replies: 17
Views: 1028

Re: Spoilers for Thursday February 9th 2012 (Series 66 Preli

I thought I got two nines today but as no one else has mentioned them, I'm wondering if I am mistaken! (I was busy cooking so I wasn't giving it my full attention)
BAROMETER
MANGINESS
by Karen Pearson
Fri Feb 03, 2012 9:43 am
Forum: Games and Puzzles
Topic: Cluedo
Replies: 8
Views: 1357

Re: Cluedo

Nice solution Graeme. Kirk, you must submit an entry. Competitions in niche magazines like this get very few entries. I belong to a sub-group of the Market Research Society (the Business Intelligence Group) and we used to have our own quarterly crytpic competition (often one that rolled forward if n...
by Karen Pearson
Tue Jan 31, 2012 7:12 pm
Forum: Countdown - Events
Topic: CO:REA - Reading - Saturday of Easter Weekend 2012
Replies: 63
Views: 9935

Re: CO:REA - Easter Saturday 2012

I'm afraid there's no way I can escape family or golfing obligations on Easter Weekend so it's a no from me I'm afraid.
by Karen Pearson
Mon Jan 30, 2012 5:30 pm
Forum: Countdown - Spoilers
Topic: Spoilers For Monday January 30th 2012
Replies: 8
Views: 1112

Re: Spoilers For Monday January 30th 2012

Having been away holidaying all month, I had my first 'Nick' experience today. I have to say that it was a bit of a shock to the system because he is so very different from Jeff. He is clearly competent and intelligent but it felt to me that there wasn't a lot of fun being had. I hope that, as peopl...
by Karen Pearson
Sun Jan 29, 2012 1:25 pm
Forum: apterous.org
Topic: You know you're playing too much apterous when...
Replies: 104
Views: 16606

Re: You know you're playing too much apterous when...

You know you're playing too much Spanish apterous when you declare Spanish words in the first three rounds of the daily duel and wonder why they are disallowed!
by Karen Pearson
Thu Jan 19, 2012 2:17 pm
Forum: Other game shows
Topic: Errors in Quizshow questions
Replies: 8
Views: 1613

Re: Errors in Quizshow questions

Kate Hoey was Northern Ireland high jump champion.

I guess the question-setter remembered that she'd done well at some sport or other and then misspelled her name when looking it up! Poor quality control though.
by Karen Pearson
Fri Dec 23, 2011 11:07 am
Forum: Other game shows
Topic: University Challenge 2011/12
Replies: 89
Views: 11640

Re: University Challenge 2011/12

Michael Wallace wrote:I heard him sleep talking
Excellent! :D
What else does he talk about when he's asleep??? And do you ever make up things just to wind him up? I know I would!
by Karen Pearson
Mon Dec 19, 2011 1:28 pm
Forum: apterous.org
Topic: aptoSOS.02 - signup and shiz
Replies: 76
Views: 10963

Re: aptoSOS.02 - signup and shiz

In please.
by Karen Pearson
Tue Dec 13, 2011 6:18 am
Forum: Countdown - Spoilers
Topic: Spoilers For Tuesday December 13th 2011
Replies: 26
Views: 1871

Re: Spoilers For Tuesday December 13th 2011

I can't imagine very many LESS apt words you could use to describe Jayne! I wouldn't like to be in your shoes at the next Co event James! You will be in deep doodoo!!
by Karen Pearson
Sun Dec 11, 2011 6:14 pm
Forum: Other game shows
Topic: Only Connect
Replies: 131
Views: 37752

Re: Only Connect

Genuinely quite pleased with this one. I think it's a lot more doable and cleverer than my first attempt whilst (hopefully) still being a bit of a challenge: http://www.puzzgrid.com/grid.php?id=1651 Torn? :? I read it as TORN too. Clearly it was meant to be TOM. But I enjoyed it Matt and I did rath...
by Karen Pearson
Fri Dec 09, 2011 9:56 pm
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: iPhone 4S
Replies: 1
Views: 371

iPhone 4S

James (husband not Robinson) has just got his new iPhone 4S. It comes with a voice recognition search feature (that probably has a proper name). Anyway, we've been playing with it and it's pretty shite at recognising exactly what you say. For example it constantly thinks 'Rory McIlroy' is 'Rory Mich...
by Karen Pearson
Fri Dec 09, 2011 5:45 pm
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: C4cecret Santa 2011
Replies: 15
Views: 2103

Re: C4cecret Santa 2011

Clearly the best 7 people on the forum had already signed up at this point. The ones with a heart and a sense of the spirit of Christmas! I'd already bought a present (only part of the total - as I didn't know who I was going to get)! I might have to donate it as a prize at a Co Event if I can't ge...
by Karen Pearson
Wed Dec 07, 2011 6:22 pm
Forum: Other game shows
Topic: Blockbusters
Replies: 5
Views: 1226

Re: Blockbusters

James (husband not Robinson) and I have applied but not heard anything yet. I did, however, today receive an email reminding me to send back the application (I requested it but James sent it back so they're probably thinking I haven't bothered). I've never had that before so I'm wondering if they're...
by Karen Pearson
Tue Dec 06, 2011 4:40 pm
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: Jam
Replies: 18
Views: 1016

Re: Jam

I love The Jam!


Proper answer: Blackberry jam or lemon curd (preferably homemade)
by Karen Pearson
Thu Dec 01, 2011 11:53 am
Forum: Games and Puzzles
Topic: GCHQ Challenge
Replies: 2
Views: 1148

GCHQ Challenge

Has anyone had a go at this yet?

http://www.canyoucrackit.co.uk/

Explanation about it is here:

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/technology-15968878
by Karen Pearson
Sun Nov 27, 2011 7:06 pm
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: The C4C Football Thread
Replies: 990
Views: 83650

Re: The C4C Football Thread

Very upset by the news about Gary Speed today.

One of my heroes of the glory days of the early 90s.

(Not that I'm not sad about the Togo players but I don't really know anything about them so don't feel the loss so much)
by Karen Pearson
Fri Nov 25, 2011 9:54 am
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: C4cecret Santa 2011
Replies: 15
Views: 2103

Re: C4cecret Santa 2011

The sender of this gift will then be announced as the Winner of C4cecret Santa 2011, and they can then organise it next year Glad to see you're running this again Josh. I think it was a great success last year. I'm a bit worried that people might see this bit above as an incentive to send really cr...
by Karen Pearson
Tue Nov 22, 2011 2:11 pm
Forum: Countdown - General
Topic: Should Countdown BAN Under 16's?
Replies: 44
Views: 4184

Re: Should Countdown BAN Under 16's?

Somebody (possibly Shrinidhi's mum) said that they can't film children for more than an hour at a time and then they have to give them something like an hour's break. And I think she also said they can't film for more than 3 hours in a day. So, it may well just be down to new rules and logistics - y...
by Karen Pearson
Wed Nov 16, 2011 5:35 pm
Forum: apterous.org
Topic: Official Thread of Brag
Replies: 1174
Views: 99472

Re: Official Thread of Brag

http://www.apterous.org/viewgame.php?game=570746

Not a record but I was quite pleased to break the record for the number of maxes (taking it from 9 to 11).

Couldn't have broken the record anyway as the max was only 131 (surprisingly low for a Spanish 15).
by Karen Pearson
Mon Nov 14, 2011 8:35 pm
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: Politics in General
Replies: 519
Views: 94150

Re: Politics in General

No, I was conducting an opinion poll within my school teachers on the trip and pupils. On the back, I had BORIS JOHNSON FOR MAYOR OF LONDON! So you were conducting a survey and blatantly contravening the Market Research Society Code of Conduct which expressly forbids any kind of promotion in market...
by Karen Pearson
Wed Nov 09, 2011 8:36 am
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: Guess who...
Replies: 476
Views: 28837

Re: Guess who...

Well, I suppose I have at least heard of him but I've never actually seen him. If he'd walked past me eating a baguette at Waterloo station, I'd have been none the wiser.
by Karen Pearson
Tue Nov 08, 2011 3:03 pm
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: Guess who...
Replies: 476
Views: 28837

Re: Guess who...

Eddie Izzard? (I know you said not an actor, but it's not what he's most famous for) Too old. And not a Midlander. Martin Bigpig. Too old. And not a Midlander. (I believe) He has a beard. I don't even know why we're guessing any more. Me neither! Martin, please just put us out of our misery!
by Karen Pearson
Tue Nov 08, 2011 1:37 pm
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: Guess who...
Replies: 476
Views: 28837

Re: Guess who...

Julie T wrote:Eddie Izzard?

(I know you said not an actor, but it's not what he's most famous for)
Too old. And not a Midlander.
Ian Volante wrote:Martin Bigpig.
Too old. And not a Midlander. (I believe)
by Karen Pearson
Mon Nov 07, 2011 8:57 am
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: Guess who...
Replies: 476
Views: 28837

Re: Guess who...

I think you might need to tell us Martin. We seem to have lost interest or run out of inspiration.
by Karen Pearson
Wed Nov 02, 2011 9:26 pm
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: Guess who...
Replies: 476
Views: 28837

Re: Guess who...

Simon Pegg?
by Karen Pearson
Wed Nov 02, 2011 8:46 pm
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: Guess who...
Replies: 476
Views: 28837

Re: Guess who...

Douglas Wilson wrote:Jasper Carrott???

Too old!

We're looking for someone 44 or younger.
by Karen Pearson
Wed Nov 02, 2011 8:39 pm
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: Guess who...
Replies: 476
Views: 28837

Re: Guess who...

Was he arriving on a train at Waterloo?

Was he leaving on a train from Waterloo?

Does he live in the Midlands?

Does he live in the South East?
by Karen Pearson
Wed Nov 02, 2011 12:18 pm
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: Guess who...
Replies: 476
Views: 28837

Re: Guess who...

Was he getting a train from Waterloo or was he arriving at Waterloo?

Is he posh?

Is he a southerner?

Is he a Midlander?

Is he a northerner?

Is he a satirist?

Is he an impressionist?
by Karen Pearson
Tue Nov 01, 2011 10:33 pm
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: Guess who...
Replies: 476
Views: 28837

Re: Guess who...

Has he ever been in DC?
by Karen Pearson
Tue Nov 01, 2011 10:29 pm
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: Guess who...
Replies: 476
Views: 28837

Re: Guess who...

Jon Corby wrote:Frank Skinner?
Surely he's in his 50s, isn't he?
by Karen Pearson
Mon Oct 31, 2011 8:38 am
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: Fancy Dress
Replies: 7
Views: 973

Re: Fancy Dress

Love it! No amount of effort is too much.

Took me about 90 minutes to do my hair for this one. Even my friends didn't recognise me at first.

Image
by Karen Pearson
Fri Oct 21, 2011 8:54 am
Forum: Other game shows
Topic: Who Dares Wins Series 5
Replies: 15
Views: 3008

Re: Who Dares Wins Series 5

There's only an email address on the BBC Be On A Show page now (unless I am missing something!). I've emailed twice but not had a reply.

But please do email me a copy James. Maybe they have blacklisted me because I've applied so many times before!
by Karen Pearson
Fri Oct 21, 2011 7:37 am
Forum: Other game shows
Topic: Who Dares Wins Series 5
Replies: 15
Views: 3008

Who Dares Wins Series 5

Apparently there is to be a 5th series of Who Dares Wins. Normally, 12 Yard post the application form on their website but they haven't done that this time. I've emailed them twice for an application form but haven't had a reply. Has any, by chance, got an application form for the new series that th...
by Karen Pearson
Thu Oct 20, 2011 3:07 pm
Forum: Countdown - Events
Topic: Tournament formats
Replies: 36
Views: 5043

Re: Tournament formats

Matt Morrison wrote:I call the rules CoGood and CoJeff.
Sigh!!! Was that necessary?

Anyway, isn't it CoBen1 and CoBen2?
by Karen Pearson
Tue Oct 18, 2011 8:49 am
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: Why do you never order a paratha?
Replies: 73
Views: 21108

Re: Why do you never order a paratha?

Excellent. Thanks for that Ian. I might have a go at making one next time I can be bothered to make naans (which happens about once a year!). I make a mean lamb rogan josh so I might try pairing it with that.
by Karen Pearson
Mon Oct 17, 2011 9:47 am
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: Why do you never order a paratha?
Replies: 73
Views: 21108

Re: Why do you never order a paratha?

Well done Ian. Very pleased you had one. A couple of questions though. Was it sweet? Properly sweet as opposed to normal naan sweet. Do you think it was made by adding cocoa powder to the flour at the start (i.e. brown throughout) or was it made using real chocolate (perhaps grated) giving a more sp...
by Karen Pearson
Fri Oct 14, 2011 3:59 pm
Forum: Countdown - Spoilers
Topic: Spoilers for Friday October 14th 2011
Replies: 15
Views: 1240

Re: Spoilers for Friday October 14th 2011

As long as you've remembered that all the cool kids lose in the head to head on their first show (thus maximising screen time), you'll be fine. Rubbish! The best contestants get straight through to the final! The two statements are not mutually incompatible... Fair point! I have never been cool so ...
by Karen Pearson
Fri Oct 14, 2011 10:14 am
Forum: Countdown - Spoilers
Topic: Spoilers for Friday October 14th 2011
Replies: 15
Views: 1240

Re: Spoilers for Friday October 14th 2011

Michael Wallace wrote:As long as you've remembered that all the cool kids lose in the head to head on their first show (thus maximising screen time), you'll be fine.
Rubbish! The best contestants get straight through to the final!
by Karen Pearson
Thu Oct 13, 2011 3:22 pm
Forum: Countdown - Spoilers
Topic: Spoilers For Thursday October 13th 2011
Replies: 17
Views: 1541

Re: Spoilers For Thursday October 13th 2011

WTF. I just posted that solution but my post has been eaten!! I have no idea why that happens sometimes. I press submit and then some time later I realise it never actually got posted. Probably because I got there first so it came up with the "someone has posted since you started writing - please r...
by Karen Pearson
Thu Oct 13, 2011 3:06 pm
Forum: Countdown - Spoilers
Topic: Spoilers For Thursday October 13th 2011
Replies: 17
Views: 1541

Re: Spoilers For Thursday October 13th 2011

Guess you see some quick and you don't others, I just thought 75x6 and then it was pretty damn easy. Also - third numbers. Got that one too! Though admittedly it took about 45 seconds. 7*6 + 50 = 92, x9 = 828, +7 = 835 WTF. I just posted that solution but my post has been eaten!! I have no idea why...
by Karen Pearson
Tue Oct 11, 2011 7:46 am
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: Politics in General
Replies: 519
Views: 94150

Re: Politics in General

If people are selfless then they won't live. Have a go Rhys! Try carrying out just one selfless act. You'll be amazed by the sense of wellbeing you get. I suspect I will not be alone in wishing you a very long, healthy and lucky life. I hope you will never experience ill-health or an accident, that...
by Karen Pearson
Mon Oct 10, 2011 6:13 pm
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: Politics in General
Replies: 519
Views: 94150

Re: Politics in General

Sigh!

I'm not even going to both with a proper reply to this as it would just be a waste of breath.

I'll go and stick a Billy Bragg CD (or even LP) on instead!
by Karen Pearson
Mon Oct 10, 2011 3:05 pm
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: Chopsticks
Replies: 7
Views: 766

Re: Chopsticks

But chopstick are great if you're dieting. By the time you've managed to eat your first helping, everyone else (not using chopstick) has scoffed the rest of the food.
by Karen Pearson
Mon Oct 10, 2011 8:58 am
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: Politics in General
Replies: 519
Views: 94150

Re: Politics in General

I'm quite surprised that Karen hasn't interjected in this discussion after her last question here . So, if someone starts a thread about mormons, you'll expect me to contribute on the basis that I once had a question about the founder of the mormon church in a quiz?? Bizarre! P.S. I had the misfort...
by Karen Pearson
Fri Oct 07, 2011 4:02 pm
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: Fake corks
Replies: 24
Views: 2425

Re: Fake corks

Jon O'Neill wrote: Would you be able to tell if a sub-£10 bottle of wine was corked anyway? I wouldn't. I don't even know what that tastes like.
You'd know! Trust me. It smells like a damp, musty cellar and is liable to give you gut rot.
by Karen Pearson
Fri Oct 07, 2011 1:25 pm
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: Fake corks
Replies: 24
Views: 2425

Re: Fake corks

Getting a cork out of a wine bottle is half the fun though. 1) The difficulty and obscure nature of the method increases how "special" it feels when you finally drink it. 2) The pop marks the onset of intoxication. I'm a big fan of satisfying pops. I do tend to agree with points 1 and 2, but I only...
by Karen Pearson
Fri Oct 07, 2011 1:22 pm
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: Cake forks
Replies: 24
Views: 1272

Re: Cake forks

Well done Michael on getting a discussion about cake started (after my failed attempt at raising any interest in The Great British Bake Off). I should point out that cake forks are not only for cake but also things like tortes and tarts. You could not eat a chocolate torte with your hands. Personall...
by Karen Pearson
Fri Oct 07, 2011 1:18 pm
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: Fake corks
Replies: 24
Views: 2425

Re: Fake corks

I never used to like fake corks or screw caps but, because so many tight bastards were using cheap corks (cut from too low down on the tree) and causing my wine to be ruined, I am now a convert to screw caps. You never get 'corked' wine with a screw cap.
by Karen Pearson
Thu Oct 06, 2011 1:43 pm
Forum: apterous.org
Topic: Apterous Autumn Tournament
Replies: 186
Views: 22177

Re: Apterous Autumn Tournament

Congratulations to Matt who managed to beat me 2-1 over our three games. All close, tense games and very enjoyable.

I think this means Matt wins the Open (unless there's another stage that I have not understood.)
by Karen Pearson
Wed Oct 05, 2011 6:59 pm
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: Why do you never order a paratha?
Replies: 73
Views: 21108

Re: Why do you never order a paratha?

Ian Volante wrote:Their chocolate nan is next for me to try.
Ooh, that sounds great! Please could you take a photo and post it along with a detailed description of said nan. Thx. :)