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by John Clarke
Wed Apr 21, 2021 11:21 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Chess references in Films
Replies: 28
Views: 2648

Re: Chess references in Films

Mention of Columbo reminded me of an earlier TV series, 77 Sunset Strip (showing my age there). One episode featured events in and around a chess tournament. I forget most of the details, but I do recall that Efrem Zimbalist Jnr's character for some reason had to persuade two of the competitors to r...
by John Clarke
Tue Apr 13, 2021 12:58 am
Forum: Chess History
Topic: Remembering CGM Keith Richardson (02-ii-1942 10-iv-2017)
Replies: 13
Views: 1042

Re: Remembering CGM Keith Richardson (02-ii-1942 10-iv-2017)

Sounds unusual, yes. The usual explanations for such a phenomenon would be that he had just recently joined the club, or some other strong player had recently left it. Or that the club itself had been founded only a short time before. Re sporting prowess, I vaguely remember reading somewhere once t...
by John Clarke
Sat Apr 10, 2021 10:42 am
Forum: Not Chess!
Topic: The English Language
Replies: 3311
Views: 181370

Re: The English Language

According to David Crystal the principle reason why starting sentences with a conjunction because distasteful was playground banter became a great annoyance. Dropping conjunctions at the start of sentences was one of many minor changes. Crystal claims teachers invoked that change for the wrong reas...
by John Clarke
Sat Apr 10, 2021 10:34 am
Forum: Not Chess!
Topic: The English Language
Replies: 3311
Views: 181370

Re: The English Language

John McKenna wrote:
Fri Apr 09, 2021 6:32 pm
There was a time when school teachers of English in the UK told their pupils not to begin a sentence with a conjunction, but that rule was not followed by writers of English literature.
Nor by the translators who produced the King James Bible.
by John Clarke
Thu Apr 08, 2021 10:09 pm
Forum: Not Chess!
Topic: Money talks
Replies: 8
Views: 757

Re: Money talks

From the 1975 single Art For Art's Sake by 10cc (written by Graham Gouldman and Eric Stewart):

Money talks so listen to it
Money talks to me
Anyone can understand it
Money can't be beat Oh no ....
by John Clarke
Wed Mar 31, 2021 7:32 am
Forum: Not Chess!
Topic: G Gordon Liddy
Replies: 0
Views: 462

G Gordon Liddy

Decided this was a more appropriate place than Deaths and Obits. The Watergate so-called mastermind (not much of a one, seeing he and all his people got caught) has just passed on. Something of a chess-player, he whiled away part of his jail time playing both OTB and correspondence, and once comment...
by John Clarke
Sat Mar 27, 2021 8:39 pm
Forum: Chess History
Topic: Archived footage
Replies: 6
Views: 652

Re: Archived footage

Some pretty ancient stuff to be seen by following the YouTube link given here.
by John Clarke
Fri Mar 19, 2021 8:27 pm
Forum: Not Chess!
Topic: Civil Service Rules
Replies: 7
Views: 683

Re: Civil Service Rules

Many employers at that time had rules regarding husband and wife working together. Yes. I'm a bit hazy now about the details, but when I was still living in the UK I heard about about one woman denied a promotion because it would have brought her into the same part of the organisation as her husban...
by John Clarke
Thu Mar 18, 2021 8:30 am
Forum: Chess History
Topic: Remembering Gerald Abrahams (15-iv-1907 15-iii-1980)
Replies: 4
Views: 569

Re: Remembering Gerald Abrahams (15-iv-1907 15-iii-1980)

Thanks, John. I've added my bits - hope readers find something of interest there. I don't bother about typos and things these days unless they're really gross. Plenty of other folk around who like to point out that sort of stuff.
by John Clarke
Tue Mar 16, 2021 11:13 pm
Forum: Chess History
Topic: Remembering Gerald Abrahams (15-iv-1907 15-iii-1980)
Replies: 4
Views: 569

Re: Remembering Gerald Abrahams (15-iv-1907 15-iii-1980)

John - if you can enable comments on the BCN piece, there's one or two things I could add.
by John Clarke
Sat Mar 13, 2021 8:23 pm
Forum: Not Chess!
Topic: Puzzles
Replies: 84
Views: 2598

Re: Puzzles

.... all those IQ tests we were forced to do as kids were all flawed on this type of question. English humorist Paul Jennings once made a similar point, citing this question from H J Eysenck's Know Your Own IQ : 2 7 24 77 ? Jennings reasoned "24 = 2x12; 77 = 7x11; so the next ought to be 24x10, or ...
by John Clarke
Sat Mar 13, 2021 8:22 pm
Forum: Not Chess!
Topic: Puzzles
Replies: 84
Views: 2598

Re: Puzzles

English humorist Paul Jennings once made a similar point, citing this question from H J Eysenck's Know Your Own IQ : Was that from a piece called "I do not like you IQ" by any chance? I remember being in hysterics reading that on a District Line train between Ravenscourt Park and Richmond at some p...
by John Clarke
Fri Mar 12, 2021 8:50 pm
Forum: Not Chess!
Topic: Puzzles
Replies: 84
Views: 2598

Re: Puzzles

Kevin Williamson wrote:
Fri Mar 12, 2021 12:20 pm
This one can definitely be solved by a human brain!

What's the next number in this sequence:

149, 162, 536, 496, 481,???
Ha! Got it. Almost at light-speed.
by John Clarke
Fri Mar 12, 2021 8:45 pm
Forum: Not Chess!
Topic: Puzzles
Replies: 84
Views: 2598

Re: Puzzles

Home. (Pronounced "Hume", as in the 14th Earl of Home, who became prime minister as Sir Alec Douglas-Home.) That is another really clever answer. Indeed it is, but "Hume" is not the universal pronunciation of "Home" as a proper noun. Home House is an upmarket private members' club in Marylebone whi...
by John Clarke
Fri Mar 12, 2021 8:43 pm
Forum: Not Chess!
Topic: Puzzles
Replies: 84
Views: 2598

Re: Puzzles

.... all those IQ tests we were forced to do as kids were all flawed on this type of question. English humorist Paul Jennings once made a similar point, citing this question from H J Eysenck's Know Your Own IQ : 2 7 24 77 ? Jennings reasoned "24 = 2x12; 77 = 7x11; so the next ought to be 24x10, or ...