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Forum: Amusement Bark 19 February 2018, 12:14 PM
Replies: 738
Views: 253,206
Posted By Richard W
Yes, in the UK he's still probably better known...

Yes, in the UK he's still probably better known as Gareth from the original version of The Office. From his past work and the parts he's played, I'd expected something with far more of a cynical or...
Forum: Fun House 18 February 2018, 04:40 PM
Replies: 1
Views: 220
Posted By Richard W
Did it eventually - I hardly ever get to the end...

Did it eventually - I hardly ever get to the end of those...! I found that some script or other on the page seemed to make it lock up quite a bit, though.

(eta) One star does mean that it's an...
Forum: Amusement Bark 18 February 2018, 03:46 PM
Replies: 738
Views: 253,206
Posted By Richard W
I've been watching Detectorists, with Mackenzie...

I've been watching Detectorists, with Mackenzie Crook and Toby Young as two guys in a metal detecting club. I've watched the first two series now and it's fantastic - beautifully shot, very well...
Forum: The Doctor Is In 18 February 2018, 02:29 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 290
Posted By Richard W
I just read Numero Zero by Umberto Eco (his last...

I just read Numero Zero by Umberto Eco (his last novel before he died), which is about some people setting up dummy issues of a possibly "fake" but definitely very cynical newspaper that's not...
Forum: Police Blotter 18 February 2018, 01:43 AM
Replies: 53
Views: 1,943
Posted By Richard W
The funny thing from a non-US perspective is how...

The funny thing from a non-US perspective is how totally obvious all that stuff is, too...

I mean, even I have a fantasy wherein something dangerous is happening and I take out the bad guys...
Forum: SLC 15 February 2018, 02:01 AM
Replies: 197
Views: 13,279
Posted By Richard W
That is a weird crime. It's almost like software...

That is a weird crime. It's almost like software piracy (in that the item itself doesn't vanish when you steal it, and will regrow or can be reproduced - although in the case of a tree, it's possible...
Forum: Police Blotter 15 February 2018, 12:35 AM
Replies: 53
Views: 1,943
Posted By Richard W
... Whereas it's already the main headline on...

... Whereas it's already the main headline on both the BBC and The Guardian. So it's made international news already, even if it hasn't been reported on local US channels.

To be fair, I can't see...
Forum: Police Blotter 14 February 2018, 11:54 PM
Replies: 53
Views: 1,943
Posted By Richard W
"In custody" is good. Too often in these things*,...

"In custody" is good. Too often in these things*, it seems the perpetrators end up dead and are never brought to justice. (Unless you consider death to be justice, I suppose).

* By which I mean...
Forum: Police Blotter 14 February 2018, 11:24 PM
Replies: 53
Views: 1,943
Posted By Richard W
The important thing is to work out whether or not...

The important thing is to work out whether or not it's a school shooting. How close to the edge of the school was it? The car park doesn't count.

Also, I believe it doesn't count if nobody dies -...
Forum: SLC 14 February 2018, 09:55 PM
Replies: 551
Views: 26,089
Posted By Richard W
The main thing that's wrong with this advert is...

The main thing that's wrong with this advert is that it's for Heinz, not Lea & Perrins!

(eta) Sue, definitely ignore the narrator in Hans Off's video. The man in Bill's gets it right eventually,...
Forum: Urban Legends Contest 14 February 2018, 09:22 PM
Replies: 653
Views: 94,518
Posted By Richard W
Where does that Oz one come in the series?...

Where does that Oz one come in the series? Several of the others are first novels. But that's not unusual without something else - every published novelist has a first novel after all. And I assume...
Forum: Amusement Bark 14 February 2018, 02:16 PM
Replies: 412
Views: 107,370
Posted By Richard W
I've got further in Monkey Island 2 than I did...

I've got further in Monkey Island 2 than I did before - I remembered or rediscovered the ways to get the items I was missing, and solved some things I'd been stuck on in the past - but now I'm stuck...
Forum: Urban Legends Contest 13 February 2018, 08:44 PM
Replies: 653
Views: 94,518
Posted By Richard W
Winnie-The-Pooh isn't, in its best and most...

Winnie-The-Pooh isn't, in its best and most famous form. (Or in the other form that we don't mention). A few of the others are or could be, but Watership Down doesn't include illustrations apart from...
Forum: SLC 13 February 2018, 03:28 PM
Replies: 551
Views: 26,089
Posted By Richard W
It's like the difference between "tomato" and...

It's like the difference between "tomato" and "tomato", except with an "oo" sound.
Forum: SLC 13 February 2018, 02:11 PM
Replies: 551
Views: 26,089
Posted By Richard W
When it's the county, it's "woostersher". The...

When it's the county, it's "woostersher". The "shire" part depends on accent, though - some regional accents would say it more like "shoire", including the accent of the place itself, I think.
...
Forum: Urban Legends Contest 13 February 2018, 02:02 PM
Replies: 653
Views: 94,518
Posted By Richard W
Yes, I think you're right, although I wouldn't...

Yes, I think you're right, although I wouldn't have said that was very unusual.

I'd forgotten Watership Down matched that answer, but I looked at my copy and you're right. The Curious Incident of...
Forum: Urban Legends Contest 13 February 2018, 12:32 PM
Replies: 653
Views: 94,518
Posted By Richard W
1. Hmm, 1000 miles seems longer than most of the...

1. Hmm, 1000 miles seems longer than most of the borders I can think of between possible candidates. Aha, it must be Norway and Sweden.

2. N for Knight.

3. I don't know which, but either...
Forum: Amusement Bark 12 February 2018, 06:27 PM
Replies: 412
Views: 107,370
Posted By Richard W
I got Shadow of War for Christmas, played it for...

I got Shadow of War for Christmas, played it for a while and then lost interest for some reason, even though objectively it should be better than Shadow of Mordor. I took over a couple of regions by...
Forum: SLC 12 February 2018, 12:06 PM
Replies: 551
Views: 26,089
Posted By Richard W
Yes, I used to wear vests in primary school when...

Yes, I used to wear vests in primary school when my mum was still dressing me, and it didn't seem unusual as a small child. But being able not to wear them any more seemed almost like a...
Forum: SLC 12 February 2018, 12:00 PM
Replies: 551
Views: 26,089
Posted By Richard W
In the late '80s we "young men" used to wear a...

In the late '80s we "young men" used to wear a t-shirt under what I'd call a button-up shirt, but with the shirt open / unbuttoned.

We had a physics teacher in sixth-form who wore actual vests...
Forum: Techno-Babble 10 February 2018, 11:34 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 665
Posted By Richard W
Some of the ones in the "weird" section are...

Some of the ones in the "weird" section are great, but not for candy heart messages. Tweet up, bat! should definitely be a pep-phrase or greeting.

But I wander. Wirly oot.
Forum: Social Studies 10 February 2018, 11:16 PM
Replies: 51
Views: 5,427
Posted By Richard W
Yes, exactly those! So they were indeed "without...

Yes, exactly those! So they were indeed "without flavour" as well as being the puffy texture. Thank you.
Forum: SLC 10 February 2018, 11:23 AM
Replies: 551
Views: 26,089
Posted By Richard W
On the tube (London Underground) the one going...

On the tube (London Underground) the one going your way is always (or usually) on the left, I think. It had never occurred to me that there was a convention before, but now that you mention it,...
Forum: SLC 09 February 2018, 05:22 PM
Replies: 551
Views: 26,089
Posted By Richard W
The BBC's got a little video up at the moment...

The BBC's got a little video up at the moment called "Why do the British drive on the left?" but I don't know if it will be visible to you non-license-payers outside the UK:
...
Forum: Social Studies 09 February 2018, 02:55 PM
Replies: 106
Views: 28,880
Posted By Richard W
Yes, it is a bit sneaky, but at least in the UK...

Yes, it is a bit sneaky, but at least in the UK they're pretty clear about it. And they also tend to make a big deal out of the collection discount, rather than the free delivery, because "free...
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