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Karl: Liberal Backslider
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The rules would be simple, and based on the various incarnations of the TV programme of the same name, rather than the Orwellian concept after which it is loosely named.

One poster is the Host. He sets the category.

The next three posters (first come first served) pitch to put their object of fear, terror or hatred into the room.

When three would be consigners have posted, the host adjudicates.

The winner is then the host and sets the next category.

Anyone?

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Being an American and not a TV watcher anyway, I'm not familiar with this. Could you please give an example or two?

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Karl: Liberal Backslider
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OK - the game is based on Room 101 being where the things you hate most are, or should be, consigned. So suppose I propose the category The Internet. The players would then each, in around 200 words, explain why their particular bête noir, be it the people who comment on the BBC website, people who photograph their dinner, or kittens, should be consigned to Room 101. The person who, in the opinion of the host, makes the most convincing case wins and in this version, hosts the next round and proposes a new category.

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OK, we have done this before. I know because I ran it.....

So let me start off with a category:

Computers.

Three people need to post what they most hate about computers. The category is quite broad, and the explanations need to be clear about why it should be disposed of.

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Sioni Sais
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I would like to see computers consigned to Room 101 because it would force a real, living person to carry the can. Too often we hear "It's the computer", "It's a computer error" or "That's the way the system works*". It's all bollocks of course, but without computers this couldn't happen.

*yes tax credits (UK) I'm looking at you.

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Karl: Liberal Backslider
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Point of clarification - the aim is to pick a particular thing that falls under the category and consign that to Room 101, not to offer the best reason to consign the category itself.

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Karl is right, but in this case, I feel that the anger might be justified.

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Does this work for "computers"?

The Windows operating system should go in Room 101 because why wouldn't you use a door? Because the company that makes it is "micro soft" which means that Windows is secretly supportive of trump who has small hands, small pickle. And that's enough for anyone isn't it? In addition, Windows 10 presents adverts now right within the entire operating system. And finally the founder of the company is named "Gates", which brings me right back to using a door.

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Karl: Liberal Backslider
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Going a bit slow, Perhaps it's not a goer.

Any road, I would like to nominate the hell of upgrades.

Specifically on smartphones. You know the drill. You get a new phone, and it's whizzy fast, loads of space. Sound, you think.

And within a year every bloody app you used has been updated a couple of times and is now five times the size, a quarter as fast, and uses four times as much battery. Yes, Facebook, yes, Google Maps, yes MS Office Mobile, I am looking at you.

And the functionality gains? Minimal. Tiny. Insignificant. Mostly the icons get an overhaul and they move a function you use all the time to an obscure place in the interface and bugger up the way you work. But you're stuck with it, because you can't download the old version now. So in a few months, you'll be upgrading, to get something that runs as well as the phone you had five years ago did five years ago, and so the whole painful cycle continues again.

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Leorning Cniht
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quote:
Originally posted by Karl: Liberal Backslider:

Any road, I would like to nominate the hell of upgrades.

Can I nominate specifically the sentence used by our beloved computer support people: "You shouldn't expect every upgrade to be an improvement."

Just stop and think about that one for a while.

[ 20. March 2017, 16:00: Message edited by: Leorning Cniht ]

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Well, we have three entries. Let me see.

Computers as a whole, I struggle to put into Room 101, not least because I would be out of work. That may seem selfish, but computers can be really positive. I think your real problem is people, especially people who blame computers for everything.

Windows, I often condemn it to hell at work. But I have also been using a Mac these last few days, and I realise that Windows is not as bad as I thought, so sorry. Windows has to stay.

But upgrades - ah yes. My computer has turned itself off twice in the last week because it felt that it's need to do an upgrade was more important than anything else.

So yes, computer upgrades get into Room 101. I think, in fairness, Leorning Cniht gets this, because people who think their updates are more important than my work are even worse.

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Leorning Cniht
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OK - new category.

Sports. [Devil]

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I condemn school sports to Room 101. Specifically the aspect of school sports designed to humiliate the slower, fatter or clumsier students. Examples include allowing sporty people to pick sides, with the sportier students picked first, until only the hopeless cases are left, and appeals are made to the gym teacher along the lines of "We don't have to have her, do we? She's useless!" etc.
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Karl: Liberal Backslider
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NEQ's entry is like shooting fish in a barrel.

I'd like to consign football. Not so much football itself, which could happily go on as far as I'm concerned, and I can happily ignore. And therein lies the reason for consignment. I can't ignore it. It won't let me. Not it itself, but too many of its devoted fans.

I consign it for the arseholes who mocked me throughout my childhood for not being into their obsession.

I consign it for the noisy arseholes who take over town centres on Saturday afternoons shouting about the bunch of overpaid ponces through whom they celebrate vicarious victories.

I consign it for the takeover of the telly every two year for weeks at a time for the World Cup and some European thing that they go on about.

I consign it for making Saturday afternoon radio virtually unlistenable to because nearly every fucking station interrupts the music every few minutes for some juvenile man-child to shout "Goooooooaaaaaal!!!!" in a way that no-one over the age of about 9 should think is cool.

I consign it for taking up valuable slots on otherwise serious and interesting news magazines on Radio 4, like the Today programme.

I consign it for having a "season" that lasts most of the year, and even when it's not "in season", still dominating the news because of bickering about transfers and managers being fired.

I consign it for being so all-pervasive, so divisive, so always fucking there.

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I consign post-game/match interviews to Room 101 because there isn't a remotely original or interesting way of talking about a possibly exciting (or not) sporting event that is now over. They all say the same things over and over and over in the same lingo. Same questions, same answers, same yawners.

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Leorning Cniht
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Lyda*Rose: post-game interviews. This one's going to escape. Not because I think they're interesting: I find them exceedingly dull, because I don't really care about the sport they're talking about. But they escape because I'm a geek who finds value in an analysis of what happened, and so imagine that for people who are sports geeks, such interviews have interest.

Which brings us to a close-run contest between NEQ's compulsory school sports / ritual humiliation of the slow, fat, and uncoordinated, and Karl's ubiquitous beautiful game.

Both have their merits.

As a fully-paid-up member of the plodding along at the back wheezing fraternity, I sympathize with NEQ's position. But despite being picked last on most occasions, I grew to almost enjoy school sports. I didn't have to perform better than the athletic types - I just had to try do do a bit better then the other team's crappy athletes.

But at the end of the day, there can only be one winner, and Karl is going to walk away with the cup for his culturally dominant arseholes forcing their culture on the rest of us.

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Karl: Liberal Backslider
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Why thank you. I can only feel sorry for whatever else gets consigned to the vault of horrors from this point on.

New category - Public Transportation

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Sioni Sais
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I have to use public transport to get to work and I would like to consign to Room 101 those who manage, administer, arrange funding and legislate for public transport without having to use public transport to get to work.
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I would like to consign the Pacer trains which are converted buses STILL used on our journey to Manchester.


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My suggestion is Southern Rail for its overcrowded, late and expensive trains, compounded by strikes, stoppages and treating the public as pawns in some sort of surreal game.
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Karl: Liberal Backslider
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So we have three candidates. And by gum it's hard to choose between them.

Pacers are an easy target. And yet such a deserving one. Anyone who's alternately had their teeth set on edge by the squealing of one, and then shaken out of their sockets by the ride, will have every sympathy with Boogie's desire to never have to ride one again.

Public transport systems are always designed by people who don't use them, just as was also observed about state schools and the NHS in Yes Minister long long ago. It's absolutely maddeening; there are times when the quickest way by train from Sheffield to Darnall, for example, is to get a train to Kiveton Park, which passes through Darnall but doesn't stop, then get the next one back towards Sheffield, which does. About 15 miles to do 2. This could not possibly have been designed by anyone who ever had to actually use the service.

Southern Rail, with its strikes and delays - I don't have direct experience of this one but I keep on hearing about it. I feel the pain, but overcrowded, late and expensive trains happen everywhere, so it's hard to particularly pick on Southern Rail particularly without putting all the other operators in with them (and why not, I hear you cry - well, because no-one made the case for it, as if it needs making...)

The buses on wheels (actually a design based on a bus, rather than actually made from one) or the rubbish systems - it's a hard call, and my heart wants to see the Pacers condemned to Room 101. But, you know, taking the long view, the buggers will rust eventually or fall apart, or shake themselves to bits. Crappily and thoughtlessly designed systems on the other hand will always be with us unless someone boots them into the Outer Darkness, so Sioni takes the prize. Don't leave it on the train because you know it'll never get to lost property. Or at least never get out.

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Sioni Sais
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OK, my category is that child-substitute, furry companion, servant, slave or boss. Yes, which kind of pet should be consigned to Room 101.

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I nominate lap dogs.

I mean, seriously. If you want a dog then get a proper dog. One that can bark and chase sticks. If you want a rodent, then get a rodent. Trying to do both at once and ending up with a tiny, yappy, fragile animal which has to be carried everywhere and looks utterly ridiculous is the worst of every world.

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Karl: Liberal Backslider
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Furry Psychopaths, aka cats.

I speak as staff to a cat (the idea that these things have owners is laughable. And as for masters, as with dogs? [Killing me] [Killing me] [Killing me] )

Firstly because they use their psychic mind control powers to make us actually like them, despite being sadistic balls of spitting hatred.

Secondly, because despite all we do for them, they reward us by finding inoffensive bits of wildlife (mice are totally inoffensive when they're outside) and doing one or more of the following:

1. Leaving them in the shadowy netherworld between life and death, twitching gently, in the middle of the floor.

2. Eating them then throwing them up again half an hour later.

3. Eating them, keeping them down, and costing you a fortune in worming tablets, during the administration of which they tear your hands to pieces.

4. Dismantling them and leaving the bits (when they find you can't put them back together again and they don't work afterwards even if you try) all over the kids' bedroom floors.

They have slighty ornamental value, but they even ruin that when they walk away with their tail in the air showing you their teatowel holder.

Bastards the lot of them.

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I assign tarantulas (which some people adore as pets [Ultra confused] ) to Room 101 because they give me serious heebie-jeebies. Which makes them true inhabitants of 1984's Room 101 for people like me who are arachnophobes.

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Sioni Sais
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The time has come (at last, I hear) to announce the winner of the competition and therefore the loser who/which will be consigned to Room 1101.

Three diverse contenders with pros and cons, so here goes:

Lapdogs: indeed, are they dogs? They do few of the things dogs do, but maybe that isn't such a bad thing.

Cats: these must be the Marmite of pets; you love them or hate them, but there is no middle ground. Almost worth a Dead Horse thread.

Tarantulas are unlikely pets, but I know people who keep rats and swear to their charm and sociability. All spiders are industrious so this objection to Tarantulas so I guess this points to simple arachnophobia, which is nobosy's fault, least of all the spider.

That makes it a straight fight between cat and (lap)dog. Had it been cat and dog (as a whole) cat would have to go, but lapdogs really have none of the virtues of a real dog and pound-for-pound the vet bills are staggering.

Imaginary Friend therefore wins this round and cats survive, bringing them down to eight lives.

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(I do like fancy rats. But not tarantulas, oh no.)

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Okay, the new category is famous evangelicals.

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