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The glue on Israeli postage stamps is certified kosher.
Who collects stamps? I used to. Stanley Gibbons was my god.
I'm not a geek.
They're all in a ringbinder at my mum's house.
I'm not a geek either.
when I was little. I put all the stamps that came with it into the album, but hit a bit of a brick wall after that, there's only so many brown 2nd class stamps you can display.
I was also rather disappointed Stanley Gibbons wasn't actually a monkey.
Today in 1824, The government voted to Establish the national gallery.
I prefer the portrait gallery myself.
I've not actually been to the NG or the NPG. Ever. I should probably remedy this.
But I haven't been in about 12 years. Maybe I should try again.
its my joint favourite gallery in London, along with the photography gallery.
Actually, I lie! I have been to the NPG. I went to the Cecil Beaton exhibition a couple of years ago. I haven't seen the permanent collection, though.
how about a trip to the NPG before a ROTA or something soon?
April 14th? That's the DiS night at Rota with Sky Larkin
I'm in Ireland (Donegal to be exact)
We'll put it on hold.
cos theres a photo of a friend of mine on display. which was pretty odd. fantastic picture though. go in, go up stairs, turn back on yourself and its THERE
Or are you trying not to namedrop?
I'll check it out meself.
Blaine from mystery jets. its a series of portraits of young musicians, and dancers and actors and stuff. also featuring Dizzee Rascal and Daniel Radcliff
I thought it might be him, actually.
it was made from dead Nazis
as long as they're killed properly.
was released by the Beatles. It was their first album.
Not like these days with lazy musicians!
releasing seven albums between 1963 and 1966 is a workrate that'd finish off most bands today, although it has as much to do with the way the music industry's changed.
Today it would be seen as not allowing each album and its associated singles to be as profitable as they could be!
and is covered in Wrightylew's thread about the Beatles' early work, the first paragraph of which made me chuckle:
You may remember a couple of weeks ago, Joeymahone giving you the first Hendon fact with regard to the late, great Ivor Arbiter, former Hendon chairman. Until earlier this season until his resignation, Hendon's vice chairman was none other than former 10,000m World Record holder David Bedford.
Current London Marathon race director Bedford attended school in Claremont Road and is a lifelong Hendon supporter. He became involved with the board at Hendon when a ground move to Barnet Copthall was mooted. His contacts in the sporting world have been extremely beneficial to Hendon, including a deal with Adidas that sees the German clothing giants providing kits to all of Hendon's teams and replica shirts, free of charge.
Bedford is probably best known as 'the face' of the 118118 adverts, although in 2003 was involved in a legal dispute over the portrayal of his image by the directory enquiry company. Indeed, his usually genial demeanour turns sour at the utterance of the word 'Got your number!' and he can still be found on the terraces at most Hendon home games.
Other celebs to have been spotted at Claremont Road include Joe Cole, Nick Leeson, Bob Stanley and Duncan Preston.
and Duncan Preston from Dinnerladies? Good pair of lads.
I thought the face of 118118 was the two mooks in moustaches and vests. Is David Bedford one of them, then?
the two and very same. Bob Stanley is a regular, prowling the terraces with his little transistor radio in hand. Duncan Preston was a one off though at a quiz night for some bizarre and unexplained reason. The 118118 guys were modelled on David Bedford's athletic attire and hair / 'tache combo from the 1970's.
they were dressed as him. Right?
Dave Bedford fact: my dad was once sat at a table with him at a charity function at Watford FC in the mid 80's, along with John Barnes. We still have the photos.
cool Bedfordbarnes fact.
but cool nonetheless.
the Football League was formed.
Also, March 22nd is the earliest possible date for Easter Sunday, although it won't fall on this date until the year 2285. Provided the Earth hasn't by then been destroyed by a vengeful god.
The new PA in my office looks like she would be a right old dirty bitch.
Jammin, get to work
Not that daring. I hear you can get the sack for being a bit of a sex pest these days. Office politics hey??
we've given them the vote, what more do they want?
M. Emmet Walsh
Andrew Lloyd Webber
other than marcel marceau?
poor jocky. he now lives on a grim council estate and has no friends and eats and drinks himself to death. a legend left to rot
but he still got on totp!
One of my favourite clips. Can't find it on YouTube though.
Other than that there's Lindsay Kemp, who taught David Bowie and Kate Bush, and Jacques Lecoq, who founded a school in Paris which is still going today. One of the best things I've ever seen in a theatre was a show called "Three Dark Tales", which was by Lecoq graduates.
Wikipedia lists some others, although you could argue that there's a distinction to be drawn between mimes and stars of silent film. I think Harpo Marx counts, though, because everyone around him was talking:
Me and my brother had a running joke since I was 7 and he was 11 that we would buy each other a George Benson album for either birthday or Christmas, except we never actually did.
That is until my 21st birthday, when long after I even remembered the joke I received one. It is terrible, but I still have it.
as the Benson is CD and the Willis is vinyl.
because then he wouldn't be able to play it every day.
to get a second copy!
I like her
as i couldn't work out whether Reese was a boys or girls name, isn't one of Malcolm in the Middle's brothers called Reese?
Reese Witherspoons accent in walk the line = :D
RW's full name is Laura Jeanne Reese Witherspoon - Reese is actually her mother's maiden name.
Emmet Walsh is my favourite actor on that list. His turn in "Raising Arizona" is hilarious.
she is fantastic in that.
and I've not seen Walk The Line. Maybe I shouldn't be so quick to judge.
not much else beyond that.
Got any historical facts?
Oh yeah! 1765 parliament passed the Stamp Act which introduced a tax to be levied on its American colonies(required on wills, pamphlets, legal documentation, newspapers, playing cards even!). A key factor in motivating Americas quest for independence.
I'm not surprised they wouldn't stand for it.
the kind of people in society that you didn't want to annoy.
'No taxation without representation'
that's kind of the problem.
election you silly
Never seen it.
I watch it with a bottle of red wine once a week. I'm as regular as the moon
I'd get bored of it very quickly.
Quick, someone post some trivia! Er...
There are more plastic flamingos in the USA than real ones.
See what I did there?
who put YOU in charge eh?
I vote Yes.
I can't believe you joey. After all the facts we've been through.
You're not the fact boss of me.
Let's just draw a veil over the whole thing. Just promiseme there'll be no shit-related facts tomorrow.
so you're fairly safe
Did you know a swan can break a man's arm?
what's going on here
a man would not break his armi f a swan pushed him out of a tree? Are you? Then you're quackers
surely the man would just kick the swan really hard, so it'd go away?
and the swan crept up on him from behind? You haven't thought this through
You'd have to fall from a reasonable-ish height to be assured of arm breakage.
Not at the top of the tree, but he's climbing it to see how many river bridges there are in Norwich.
get with the times. The swan is busy reading The Financial Times, when he's rudely interrupted by this idiotic interloper
well the man was in the wrong. The swan acted purely in self defence then. Although, it's a free country, the swan doesn't own the tree, so should have been more welcoming.
the Queen owns the swan, therefore the animal was only carrying out royal orders
any puns yet. Craig Cygnet?
A good point, however the same could be said of the soldiers at auschwitz, they were just carrying out orders. Yet they did still had a choice...
was paved with indifference. The road to the swan knocking the man out the tree was paved with unneutered aggression
I was just starting to warm up
Or a white swan?
isn't Dawlish, of course it's a white swan. Have you been to Dawlish?
It has a great array of Black Swans. Also there are more pubs in the UK called The Black Swan than The White Swan
Wow, I would not have known that.
we can stop now
I think we managed to ruin this thread. :(
before I tell more stories of pant shitting.
when he's pushed out of the tree by a swan
This thread is absolutely shocking. The good name of Fact-o-rama will be in tatters.
that there are more river bridges in Norwich than Venice?
I always hear the one about Birmingham having more miles of canal than Venice, and the novelty of that one's wearing off.
it has a new twist. I found it out when in my first year at university we got taken on a history tour of Norwich
we had a module which meant we visited a different part of London each week. That was wicked.
walk the line.
I'll definitely watch this.
it seemed a bit pants...
i wouldn't even mind her stretch marks.
other than my glasses.
But you have to guess it. Which is the largest conurbation in Europe not to have a top-flight football team?
I asked a question
Warsaw has several, not least Legia Warsaw
play twenty questions
will try and guess when I return. BRB.
Is it a capital city?
(by the traditional definition of EE)
However even more interestingly, when Napoli were in the top flight the answer was Hull
never to have had top-flight football
but I'm not sure about Europe:
although obviously those comparative lists aren't 100% reliable.
SACK ME IMMINENTLY
I've hired a troubleshooter to make sure tomorrow's Fact-o-rama runs smoothly.
my memory played such tricks on me.
I'll take a one day ban which comes into force tomorrow
who is this joey?
but I feel confident I can guarantee quality.
didn't I say that? I said Naples in a PM.
President Franklin Delano Roosevelt signed into law a bill legalizing the sale of beer and wine!
it was around the time of the Enabling Act
checking it shows that it's tomorrow - bugger
bearing in mind I last studied it twenty-seven years ago
before I resign from fact-o-rama
i'll give you a fact: laurel out of laurel and hardy had ginger hair but years later during the false colouration of the films no one knew this and gave him brown hair to match his trousers.
Excellent fact. Reminds me of IndieAndy_Jones's bit of trivia, about the blood in the shower in Psycho being black ink so it would show up better on film.
(Devonmalcolm's question was "Which is the largest conurbation in Europe not to have a top-flight football team?", although it's been answered)