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Off Topic / Festive Thrill Tree: Christmas Trivia
« on: 10 December, 2020, 07:28:48 PM »
I am helping to organise a quiz in work and have come up with these questions. Posted here for trivia and in case you have a need for small talk with relatives in the next few weeks, or a Zoom quiz...

WHEN WAS IT NUMBER 1? - 20 POINTS

Based on https://www.officialcharts.com

This is a list of Christmas number one singles. One point for the artist, one point for the year it was Christmas  #1. Plus a bonus question for one point.

1.   Bohemian Rhapsody - 1975, 1971 (Queen) Sneaky 3 pointer!
2.   Can We Fix It - 2000 (Bob the Builder)
3.   He Ain't Heavy, He's My Brother - 2012 (Justice Collective) Watch the oldies complain!
4.   Save Your Love - 1982 (Renee and Renato)
5.   Perfect - 2017 (Ed Sheeran)
6.   Killing in the Name - 2009 (Rage Against the Machine)
7.   2 Become 1 - 1996 (Spice Girls)
8.   I will always Love you - 1992 - (Whitney Houston)
9.   Day Tripper/ We Can work it Out - 1965 (Beatles)
10.   Any artist, singer or band to have three or more Christmas number ones, not Band Aid: Beatles, Spice Girls, Cliff Richard


CHRISTMAS TRIVIA - 30 POINTS

1.   Most recent artist to have a second Christmas Number 1? (Ladbaby, 2018 and 2019)
2.   In what year was the last White Christmas in the UK?  (2015. Technically, the last white Christmas was on Christmas Day in 2015, with 10 per cent of weather stations recording snowfall, though no station reported any of snow settling on the ground.)
3.   Name Santa's nine reindeer. One point each. Dasher, Dancer, Prancer, Vixen, Comet, Cupid, Donner, Blitzen, Rudolph
4.   In Central European folklore, what is the name of the half-goat, half-demon who punishes children in the Christmas season if they have misbehaved? (Krampus)
5.   Four ingredients in egg nog? (Milk, cream, sugar, egg)
6.   When did Christmas Day become a public holiday in Scotland? (1958 - Cromwell banned it)
7.   Highest grossing Christmas movie? (Home Alone, $286M which is $528M adjusted for inflation)
8.   What does Santa give to a naughty child instead of a present? (Lump of coal)
9.   In the song "Frosty the Snowman", what makes Frosty come to life? (An old silk hat)
10.   What Christmas decoration was first made from strands of silver? (Tinsel)
11.   In "A Christmas Carol", what is Mr Scrooge's first name? (Ebeneezer)
12.   And the name of his dead partner? (Marley)
13.   These were the best selling toys in their year, according to the Independent. Put them in order, oldest to most recent- POGS, Rubik's Cube, Tamagotchi, Robosapien, Stretch Armstrong, Cabbage Patch Doll, High School Musical Dance Mat Stretch Armstrong 1976, Rubik's Cube 1980, Cabbage Patch Doll 1984, POGS 1995, Tamagotchi 1997, Robosapien 2004,  High School Musical Dance Mat 2009 One point for each in its correct place in the list.


STUPID HARD QUESTION ROUND (10 POINTS, 2 EACH)

1.   Most popular meal for Christmas Day in Japan? (KFC; people queue from Christmas Eve!)
2.   How many wise men visited Jesus? (Unknown; the assumption is three because there were three gifts, but the weight and volume and number are unknown)
3.   In which country did the expression "Xmas" originate? (Greece)
4.   What does the X stand for? (Xpitoc; Greek Ortodox spelling of Christ)
5.   Subtract the french hens from the swans a swimming. What animal do you get? (Calling birds, (3 from 7))

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Help! / Dracula Files - out of stock
« on: 09 November, 2020, 04:45:31 PM »
Gah! I was looking to order the Dracula Files for my lad's Christmas (ok, for me - but the joy of a ten year old is that I can buy him the stuff I want)

Can anyone tell me if its likely to be back in stock?

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Classifieds / 2000ad bar mat/ runner
« on: 15 October, 2020, 08:03:30 PM »
There was a range of 2000ad bar runners - basically big mouse mats - for sale a few years ago.

Anyone have any for sale?

Ta

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Help! / Spotify or Amazon Unlimited?
« on: 15 July, 2020, 09:05:12 PM »
Our family Amazon music account has expired.

It's the same cost to shift to Spotify, which I am thinking of doing. It seems easier to use.

Any views?

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Film & TV / Predator vs Santa Claus
« on: 11 February, 2020, 02:49:29 PM »
Why am I just learning of this today?

This is an official 20th Century Fox short. It is... arsom.

https://youtu.be/rVrRjt69lhU

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Off Topic / It's a bit warm/ wet/ cold outside
« on: 24 July, 2019, 09:35:09 AM »
Climate change. What's to be done?

Read an article this morning saying that we are on track for a 3 degree increase by the end of the century if carbon emissions do not peak in 2020 and fall by 2030. It also says we have 18 months to do something about it (ie the end of 2020) because any relevant plan will take 10 years to implement.

Otherwise, 25% of species face extinction and the eco-system is fecked.

I don't think anyone disputes that. Action needs taken. But what?

The real issue for me is that the silent majority are too self-centred and short-termist. I am not sure I care (I know I should, I really do) about the extinction of beetles in Peru. And I think I am a fair-minded guy.

Thing is, it's not the end of the world. It's really not. What it is, though, is the end of a way of life.

Surely, the way to kick folk up the arse to do something is to point out the changes that they will need to make, and how much worse things will be the longer we take to do anything meaninful?

Focus not on extinction (which is bad, but which most folk I talk to just don't get moved by). Focus on the price of prosecco, the loss of bananas, the inability to fly to Marbs, the hike in clothing prices as cotton becomes more expensive, migrants fleeing their new-desert homes, the cost/ lack of fuel. Make it relevant to the masses.

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Games / PSVR - Recommended or not?
« on: 31 May, 2019, 12:02:16 AM »
I see there's a PS4 sale starting next week, with PSVR sets at £180.

I am sorely tempted to pick one up. I have a PS4 Pro, so it has a bit of extra oomph to run it.

My question is, has anyone got PSVR and is it just a gimmick? Is it worth it?

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Off Topic / Christmas presents for the "children"
« on: 25 November, 2018, 07:47:21 PM »
Just bought my eldest the 4K remaster of They Live for his Christmas.

Anyone else getting interesting stuff for their self kids?

(To be fair, he's watched The Thing, the Alien movies (not Prometheus or Covenant; I love the little guy) and Die Hard, and asked if there are any cool 80s films that have a "Arnie or someone else shooting up aliens")

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Off Topic / Artist fuel - will you draw for beer?
« on: 11 October, 2018, 10:30:58 AM »
I was wondering if any artist type fancied doing me a beer label?

Two mates and I went to a "brew your own" thing in a local craft brewery (Drygate in Glasgow) and now have 40-60 litres of bespoke beer fermenting away. It should - should - taste like a cross between Peroni and Punk IPA. It will be ready in mid-December.

It will be bottled. We need to prepare a label. I'm awaiting a blank template. The label needs to have certain legal warnings on it, as it is proper pukka stuff, so you need all the nonsense about drinking sensibly. The brewery will provide those.

So, is anyone kind enough to draw up a label? Your reward is a slice of the beer (amount determined by the volume produced!), bottled and with your label on it.

The beer's name is "The Sundry Guest".

PM me or post if you're interested. (But I am going to be away until Sunday).

Cheers.



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Off Topic / Strange Dreams (or, an odd Revere-ie)
« on: 13 August, 2018, 11:04:41 PM »
So, I had a dream last night that I was reading Empire (a magazine I've never read).

Not only that, but I distinctly recall I was reading an article about the production of a Revere movie. It was being filmed in London, with an 80 year old parkour expert in a motion capture suit playing the title role.

No idea what that was about!

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General / Armageddon: The origins that wasn't Origins
« on: 24 June, 2018, 02:18:10 PM »
Am I right in thinking that the Bunrning Man/ Armageddon story lines, back around the time the Meg was launched, was intended to be an epic sweeping into the creation of the Judges?

What happened?

Why didn't it go ahead? Have we ever learned what the plot would have been?

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General / Everything comes back after 20 years: The Prog's New Dark Age
« on: 13 February, 2018, 09:58:53 AM »
We've relived the 80s. Now we are reliving the 90s.

After the "New Golden Age" a couple of years ago, I think the Prog has been in the doldrums for some time.

Just like the 80s faded into the 90s, losing Zenith and Bad Company for Dead Meat and Time Flies, so too is the current Prog flailing a bit.

I am not sure if it's the fact that Invasion and the ABC Warriors are very similar. I assume they share a Prog due to scheduling let downs for other stories. I've not liked very much in it for weeks now.

I find ABC Warriors, Bad Company and Brass Sun to be incoherent. I think they may be written with both eyes fixed on trades, but I also think that they are very rambly.

The current stories, Invasion aside, seem to have no plot.

Bad Company feels like a brain dump of half-thought out ideas that dismisses character death with a contemprous hand-wave that we would go mental over in US TV. I feel like my childhood memories of the story have been dumped on from a great height.

ABC Warriors is a wafer thin idea of a story stretched to transparency. How long have they been fighting each other under the machinations of Blackblood and Quartz? It feels like this new Mars story has been running forever. It's the opposite of Bad Company's one panel plot dump.

And the current Dredd? How much of a throw back to the 90s is it? Let's take him out of the Big Meg (exposing the ludicrousness of the character at it) and make him a survivalist action hero. Um, no? I thought we'd got past that?

That's just the current strips. I feel jaded. Is it me, or does anyone else have a sad sense of ennui about most of the last few months?

In short: I am reading the Prog out of duty, not love or engagement.

It feels like the 90s all over again. Office clothes are a bit 1995, too, nowadays. And music has gone to shit.

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Off Topic / The Grim Reaper Waits, Sharpening His Sycthe
« on: 26 August, 2017, 12:27:28 PM »
I've got a kidney stone. It's really, really, painful.

I tried a half bottle of whisky to dissolve it. Someone said it would. It hasn't. Now I have a hangover, and the feeling that an alien is eating its way out my side.

Getting old is rubbish.

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Off Topic / Dirty Little Secrets
« on: 14 June, 2017, 01:02:49 AM »
I'm sorry, I just can't live with myself any longer. Not with the silence, not with the guilt.

I love a bit of girly pop: Katy Perry's "I Kissed A Girl" and "Friday Night" are awesome. Britney's "Womanize" and "Toxic" are pretty damn good too.

And I put tartare sauce on steaks.

And, deep down, I think the best thing about having boys is that you can fart and blame them. ("Fart-blanche," I call it). I do that, then give them into trouble in front of their mum when they protest.

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