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  1. Is he as big a canut as he appears to be from what I've read and heard/seen? Videos of himself playing guitar etc. Got his own blog under a pseudnym where he posts completely inane drivel which he thinks is profound. Rows with his missus which end up with the coppers being called. Seems he's done the teaching profession a favour, anway, as that's his last job in that line of work. Will also be spending some time at Her Majesty's Pleasure, When/If he comes back ... I have no idea, I don't know him, just her (his cousin)
  2. Isn't it because he was German and the rest are Belgian or Dutch? And the van in Beethoven's name isn't capitalised and the others are, which leads me to think that the Dutch / Belgian Van's are part of the Surname and the German Beethoven van isn't part of his surname. It's not something I've ever thought about or researched before your post so I could be entirely wrong Ludwig van Beethoven, was of Flemish descent (his grandfather was Lodewijk van Beethoven), despite his German birth. I suspect that it's the peculiar treatment of the cognate von in German (reserved for nobility and not part of the name) which leads to him being simply known as "Beethoven" (it would be interesting to see whether this usage is more correlated with the post-1919 abolitions of the monarchies (and nobilities) of Germany and Austria... Friedrich August von Hayek became simply F.A. Hayek). Yep, I know all that. But given the habitual English usage of that type of name (we tend to say "Von Richthofen", etc.), I'm still surprised that we don't talk about "Van Beethoven's 5th Symphony" and so on.
  3. i will start at the moment i am playing saints 2 (i know i am behind in the series) what a game so much to do i think i will be on it for years. some strange things on it like covering buildings in shite and a camera show? none the less good fun what game you currently on?
  4. OK peeps, by popular request, I've started this retro gaming thread. No rules other than to reminisce and maybe lay out in as much detail as you want to what exactly your gaming history is, what your favourites are/were. Do you still play them? Online, retro machines, emulators etc. Anything goes, so have at it. My CV ! Sinclair ZX Spectrum 48K+ (+ as in not the rubber button one), Sinclair ZX Spectrum 128K+2 Commodore Amiga 500 various PCs including a Blue Lightning BLX75 (oooh), a Playstation 2 and an original X-Box. Both of which I still own (somewhere...). Also spent plenty of time on my mates' SNESand spending fortunes in arcades. I'll chip in with games later but to start off I'll copy my contribution to the 10 best as they're pretty much all retro anyway Stunt Car Racer, Turrican, Manic Miner, 4 player Atomic Bomberman, Rainbow Islands, Chase HQ, TOCA 2 Touring Cars, Midnight Resistance, Green Beret, Ghosts & Goblins, Commando, North & South, Nitro, Speedball 2, Chaos Engine, Xenon 2, R-Type, First Samurai, Moonstone. Oh man the list is endless. What a well-spent childhood 1 POD - PC - This game brought me to Arkansas (yes, really). At my peak I was ranked IIRC #3 or 4 in the world. The hours are uncountable. The broken steering wheels are uncountable (5 actually). Ubisoft had an absolute gem with this masterpiece and they singularly failed to get it out to the masses and to the audience that it deserved. Nevertheless, they continued to release gorgeous new tracks and cars for years after its release, and it was an early example of an 'online game service'. Stunning racing game with an excellent physics engine and is now a forgotten, or rather a 'never known' stone cold classic. 2 Kick Off 2 - Amiga - What's to say? The Dino Dini classic. The gameplay was unparalleled. The goalkeepers were legendarily difficult. The zipstick was the ONLY viable controller. The memories of gangs of mates in sitting rooms playing world cup competitions. Happy happy days. 3 Geoff Crammond's Grand Prix - Amiga - Truly a ground-breaking racing game when it came along. The polygons are well dated now, but the gameplay isn't. Was and still is one of the most playable and enjoyable racing games of all time and set the standard for everything that followed. At my peak I could win races by just using the trackside cameras, I knew the tracks so well. 4 Championship Manager - PC - Perhaps the game I put most hours into (other than POD), in its various guises from the 92/93 version up to the 94/95 one including the Italian version and on into the more modern and technical ones. I lost days in a row playing this and it's responsible for me supporting Cremonese ! 5 Sensible World of Soccer - Amiga - The spiritual successor to Kick Off 2 and much more accessible (read : easier). To be able to have the whole world of leagues to choose from was a dream come true to a footy nerd like me and I spent hours and hours devising ever more obscure tournaments and tweaking this and that. A truly brilliant game for its time and probably still great fun now. 6 Street Fighter 2 - SNES - One of the most faithful arcade conversions I've ever seen, and to think they managed it on the relatively (by today's standards) humble Super NES. Everything was almost perfecftly faithful to its coin-op cousin and this reminds me of my secondary school years dossing in my mates' gafs while they alternate between SF2 and Super Mario Kart. I was never particularly good at it though. I was more a Blanka user and that says enough to any SF2 afficionado. 7 Gran Turismo 4 - PS2 - Slightly later in my gaming life, the accuracy in this game and the choice of cars as my car-mad mate tweaked the suspension to infinitesimal degrees trying to eek out another tenth of a second for me. This was another huge leap forward in racing games and it was nearly the only thing I played on my PS2 until GTASA came out later on. 8 Spy Hunter - Spectrum 48k - Probably the first game I got hooked on. I got my 48k when I was 7 years old and Spy Hunter was part of a pack (gif) that came with it. Still an all-time classic game and had to make this list really if I was to truly chart my gaming progression. 9 Sid Meier's Civilization - Amiga - What. a. game. What a vast and thrilling game. Another in the "I'll be here 'til Tuesday" line of computer games that I often let myself get hooked by. I sank day after day into this one. Many games followed it. Populous et al. But none ever quite captured the character of the original. 10 Fallout 3 - PC - The most modern of the games on the list and my introduction (and so far only attempt) into a proper sandbox world. What a work of genius! Beautiful, atmospheric, immersive, tense, humourous, great soundtrack. I had it recommended to me by a mate as it was a bargain bin purchase by the time I came along. But it was a great example of where things had moved on to since I was a proper gamer. It also showed me that I still have that gene where I can very easily get hooked on something and lose days of my life. Honourable mention Mortal Kombat - Arcade - I finished it with every character. That cost a pretty penny. I was always better at this than at SF2 so for that I'll always be grateful! EDIT : See? I'm at it already. I simply have to add Half Life in here. Those of you who weren't gaming when this was released simply cannot appreciate the quantum leap that was made by this game. Overnight it made everything that had gone before completely redundant and antiquated. In fact it took years for anything else to match it. Definitely one of the single most important games ever made, and it goes without saying one of the very best and most copied too. I love love loved that game.
  5. What Off Topic so clearly needs is a thread devoted to stuff other people do, or wear, or eat, or enjoy, etc. that you think is bonkers. Kindof like a Religion thread, except including (but not limited to) all human activity in every possible field of human endeavour. People who don't think it's bonkers can then explain why it isn't, in fact, bonkers after all. I'll start, with a fairly trivial example: Sportswear. Why do people pay for branded t-shirts (etc.) made of plastic fibres that look crap and get smelly very quickly because of the plastic. Why not wear a nice cotton t-shirt or something? You can even wear one that shows something of your personality, if you have one.
  6. avfcDJ

    Weather...

    I did look for a topic but couldn't see one.. Nayson last night posted about the Portsmouth football match being cancelled - here I was stuck slap bang in the middle of it - for some of the loudest and brightest storms I have ever been, The flat where I live was shaking at some points! Anyway, I managed to grab a few clips on my mobile, but also wanted to see what the weather is like where you guys are? (Strange one this because it was originally a football question and I also wanted to mention that the local team (Newport IW) carried on playing last night - http://www.iwradio.co.uk/articles/2013-10-22-electrical-storm-lights-up-the-isle-of-wight ) http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YdJnaLFrhHo
  7. Following the success of Bedlam on Channel 4, I thought it would be interesting to get people's perspectives on mental health problems, particularly as at any given point 1 in 4 people will experience a mental health problem in their lifetimes. FWIW I have not experienced a mental health problem but I work in the field and find the stigma to be the worst thing, particularly in terms of stopping people looking for support
  8. Really just a place to drop the occasional polling graphic or whatever to cover the SNP, or Irish Unification or Mebyon Kernow. SNP now appear to be polling above 50% even with the don’t knows removed from the stats. You’re in a potentially tricky place when you’re telling the majority that they can’t have a democratic vote. (apologies if a version of this thread already exists, I’ve lost it if it does)
  9. Basically, I couldn't decide if the below should go in the TV or film thread, and it's not particularly funny, so couldn't really go in the funny pic thread. As such I decided to make an all inclusive thread. The premise is post stuff you've seen, that struck you as being "pretty cool". It could be media, photography, art, comic books, music, fashion, poetry, literature, a joke, whatever. Anyway, here's an example from The Poke. If modern favourites were on VHS
  10. mjmooney

    Families

    As distinct from the Relationship Thread, which focuses on sexual/romantic partners, thought I'd start one on our other family relationships - parents, grandparents, children, grandchildren, brothers, sisters, cousins, uncles, aunts and in-laws. How do you get on with yours? Love them or hate them? Or both? I'm convinced that a huge part of my personality (both good and bad) is due to being the only child of elderly parents. I'm consequently intrigued and baffled by siblings, and how they interact - my own two daughters are the best of friends, which is a huge relief, as some of my friends seemed to have quite bad relationships with their brothers and sisters. Basically, our family mostly seems to work pretty well, without too many problems, but I know this isn't the case for everyone. Fire away.
  11. We may have had a thread on this before, if so mods may wish to merge. Anyway, not spelling/grammar nazi stuff (that's kind of a different thing), but the way people speak - English as a foreign language, local accents, weird words for things. Particularly you non-native English speakers - what's it like encountering Brummies for the first time (or Geordies, Scousers, etc. for that matter)?
  12. I'll start. English beer is overrated.
  13. A thread to put your examples of modern football being rubbish. I'm expecting this to be at 1000 pages by the end of the season. I'll start. This is the Madrid derby tonight, at Atletico's new Wanda Metropolitano stadium. Firstly the stadium name is horrible because of the sponsor, but we're kind of used to that nonsense now. But look at the advertising boards. Seemingly it's a system called "Chroma" that shows different advertising boards on TV than in the stadium based on your location. Image watching Villa v Small Heath on telly and seeing "'Arry's Tax Consultants" running round the sides. Money 1 Local rivalry 0.
  14. For the men... When doing a wee while wearing short pants without a fly, do you bring yourself out the leg, or out past the waistband? I'm a leg guy. I'm also an 'out the boxer leg' kind of guy when I do a wee when there is a fly in the trousers (but not the boxers). So out the boxer leg, then out the fly of the trousers. A pal told me before that he is a waistband guy. I think that sounds very uncomfortable, and can't understand why anyone wouldn't come out the leg. Doesn't the waistband press against an are which needs not to have something pressed against it. And it's certainly not that due to my manhood that I have made the choice to leg rather that pulling down the waistband. Certainly not Edit: none of my boxers have flys. They are boxer briefs. I think that's relevant
  15. I just had a pint in the pub (Moorhouses Pendle Witches Brew) then Large Cod, Chips and Gravy from the local chippie. I am now happy (and full).
  16. Risso

    Watches

    I think you can tell a lot about a chap by the kind of timepiece he wears. I don't spend a lot of money on clothes, I don't drink much, don't have a football season ticket and don't smoke. But I do like a nice watch, and when my Euromillions numbers come in, I want one of these: Made my Roger Smith here on the Isle of Man, he's widely considered to be one of the greatest living watchmakers, and there's something like a two year waiting list for one of his hand made watches, that can cost upwards of £50,000. So what do you go for? £9.99 Casio digital, or £25,000 Hublot?
  17. Very interesting times at the moment. Prince Andrew's involvement with convicted child abusers Prince Philip looks to be on his last legs Prince Harry trying to opt out of the family business and having showdown talks today with the boss.
  18. Been a while since we had a weekend thread... so I thought I would start one! So, what's everyone got planned? I'm relaxing tonight, might be in Manchester tomorrow and chilling on Sunday. Want to watch Stranger Things on Netflix as well. Not exactly a rock n roll weekend but it'll do for me as I feel shattered.
  19. Xela

    Soft drinks

    You can tell its the off-season, with chat about fizzy pop! Anyway, i'm drinking far too much of it recently. Perhaps because i've tried to lay off the beer, i'm now substituting it with cans of soda. Its all the zero sugar stuff, but I appreciate their ingredients bring other health questions. With the recent warm weather, i'm guzzling 3 or 4 cans of pop a day. Plus i've got large beakers of squash made up chilling in the fridge as well. They all have to be ice cold before I can drink them. There is very little in the refreshment stakes to beat an ice old Sprite on a hot summer day. Must have about 30 cans in the fridge - Coke zero, Sprite zero. 7up free, Irn Bru, Vimto, plus supermarket own cream soda, dandelion and burdock and bitter shandy - all sugar free as well. Anyone else partake in the carbonated beverages a little too much? I think @tonyh29 has a Pespi Max habit?
  20. PussEKatt

    Drugs

    I can`t figure out why drugs like coke and heroine are so popular and getting more and more popular ? I mean they are very addactive and once hooked that is your life as you know it flushed down the toilet.So what I can`t get my head around is that when a person is first offered horoine or coke, why don`t they just say, no thanks I like my life as it is.Why do they even try it knowing that the rest of their life is going to be focused on getting enough money for their next hit and nothing else ?
  21. jonno_2004

    Dogs...

    Rival thread Nothing better than a good walk with the dogs in either summer or winter IMO.
  22. To save the discussion getting caught up elsewhere... Trans causes are becoming more known about and more relevant with it. Of course it's brought with it a pushback - infamously from JK Rowling setting her legacy on fire to add like this ...which has lead to a few other voices being raised in dissent. Like this And of course Graham Linehan has basically ruined his life in the 'debate'.
  23. So based on the responses to my future son-in-law asking permission to marry my daughter, which traditions do you see as antiquated. Thinking @bicksterhelping the local constabulary, @blandyhaving tartare sauce on fish, @Stevo985wearing socks, @rjw63DHUTRU and @Xelahaving normal bowel movements?
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