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Off Topic / Re: It's a bit warm/ wet/ cold outside
« on: 04 January, 2020, 07:39:20 PM »

Should be in the Over Your Head thread, but I've just realised what 'lesser-spotted' means - I always thought it meant having fewer spots of colour than other similar animals.


You were almost right the first time. There's a 'lesser spotted' woodpecker, (apparently the original lesser spotted beasty), and a 'great spotted' woodpecker. The main difference between the two is the size.

Lesser spotted has been used to mean 'less frequently seen' but that definition started off as a pun.

(I think we need a "Things That You Thought Went Over Your Head But Actually Didn't" thread.)

Film & TV / Re: Dracula - BBC series
« on: 04 January, 2020, 04:17:52 AM »
The last episode was indeed mostly utter guff.

I did like the Peter Cushingesque table-jump, though.

Help! / Re: Help me Hive Mind, you're my only hope...
« on: 03 January, 2020, 06:25:55 AM »
For reasons too complicated to go into, I need to get an original series Captain Kirk costume.

If this is a time travel thing, tread very carefully and avoid any contact with Joan Collins.

General / Re: Things that went over your head...
« on: 03 January, 2020, 03:22:37 AM »
I've been watching Alan Partridge outtakes. He's pointed out something I'm ashamed to say had never occurred to me. 'The Brothers Gibb. The B.G.s. The Bee Gees!'

I've always known that. Pity it's not actually true.

From wikipedia...

In August 1958, the Gibb family, including older sister Lesley and infant brother Andy, emigrated to Redcliffe, just north-east of Brisbane in Queensland, Australia. The young brothers began performing to raise pocket money. They were introduced to Brisbane radio presenter jockey Bill Gates by speedway promoter and driver Bill Goode, who had hired the brothers to entertain the crowd at the Redcliffe Speedway in 1960. The crowd at the speedway would throw money onto the track for the boys, who generally performed during the interval of meetings (usually on the back of a truck that drove around the track) and, in a deal with Goode, any money they collected from the crowd they were allowed to keep. Gates renamed them the BGs (later changed to "Bee Gees") after his, Goode's and Barry Gibb's initials. The name was not specifically a reference to "Brothers Gibb", despite popular belief.

Film & TV / Re: Dracula - BBC series
« on: 02 January, 2020, 11:21:56 PM »
Everyone was wondering what was inside no. 9.

Film & TV / Re: Dracula - BBC series
« on: 02 January, 2020, 06:36:00 PM »
I thought a lot of it was daft and over the top, but it's Dracula, so those are probably points in its favour.

The 'reveal' of the identity of Van Helsing didn't really work for me 'cos I twigged who they were pretty much straight away, due to them sounding and acting exactly like Van Helsing.

Film & TV / Re: Worzel Gummidge Specials
« on: 30 December, 2019, 06:53:17 AM »
Yep. Really quite liked that.

Weirdly, I got more of a 1970s vibe from bits of it than the version from 1979, probably due to the combination of environmental message, freaky folk music and Michael Palin's Green Man aka Jack Woodwose.

Megazine / Re: Meg 415 - The Spirit of the Season
« on: 24 December, 2019, 01:10:24 AM »
I seem to remember IPC had a rule of 7 years, thinking that no child would ever read a comic for such a period as they'd grow out of it long before the 7 years was up!

Pretty sure it was a minimum of five.

Off Topic / Re: The Political Thread
« on: 14 December, 2019, 05:01:38 PM »
Does anyone remember a documentary (possibly a series) from about 30 odd years ago in which some bloke was looking at various forms of nationalism around the globe? Don't remember much about it except for said bloke getting to Scotland and summarising that it was the weirdest kind of nationalism he'd encountered because it seemed much more of a grievance with who was running things than tribalism and everybody seemed to have English grannies.

Off Topic / Re: The Political Thread
« on: 13 December, 2019, 08:13:10 PM »
The SNP may have a more open outlook than many nationalist parties, but they share the trait of blaming all the ills of the world and all their failures in government on "them".

'cept in their case the "them" has always mainly been the British government.

General / Re: Forthcoming Thrills - 2020
« on: 27 November, 2019, 10:46:53 PM »

Off Topic / Re: The Political Thread
« on: 27 November, 2019, 10:39:07 PM »
Me in 2016...
if Britain left the EU, there probably wouldn't be the same requirements to label stuff properly and I wouldn't know if certain foodstuffs, (such as the American macaroni and cheese I bought from a Poundland a couple of years ago with a sticker slapped on it), have tartrazine in them and tartrazine makes me go all wheezy.

Stuff happening now...

Off Topic / Re: The Progmuda Triangle
« on: 19 November, 2019, 07:22:25 PM »
I just bought something from the webshop and there was a message saying that there'd be a bit of a delay because nothing would be sent out between Friday 15th and today due to them changing warehouses or something.

Film & TV / Re: 'Why We Hate' - Spielberg TV Series.
« on: 06 November, 2019, 08:18:45 PM »
'Hate' is not the problem. Where the hatred is directed is the problem. What people can be manipulated into hating is the problem.

Hatred can be a positive if it's directed at injustice, inequality or unfairness.

'Love' on the other hand, can be just as much of a negative if it's going in the wrong direction, as in any number of religious or political cults.

So Steven Spielberg can sod right off.

Off Topic / Re: RIPs
« on: 05 November, 2019, 04:05:34 AM »
Channel 4 broadcast an edited version of The Late Late Show in the UK for quite a few years, (came on about teatime, if I remember correctly).

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