Electric Pigs lost the first of the season's
Fletcher Moss derbies to Albert who now
occupy second place in the early season league
table. Mike O'B sends his thoughts....
evening gave me the opportunity to introduce the new
corporate image I have designed for the team (shown
on the left). I have named him Mr Albert
because being yellow, spineless, insignificant in
stature and stickily clammy to touch, he is
everything that The Albert is about. I found
him lying face down in what I hope was a puddle of
rain at Cheadle Hulme Station in circumstances
uncannily similar to those which heralded Ashton's
enrolment into the team. Having cleaned him up
I feel that he is worthy to represent all things
Rodin just lost to their visitors, Dunkin' Dönitz,
by a whisker. Kieran tells the tale
blow by blow....
it's going to be a long time before I've recovered
thing to be said is that there is no way Ethel
deserved to lose that game. There were never
more than 3 points in it at the end of any round but
Ethel were in front from question 3 in Round 3 until
the bonus we scored on the final question of the
night. More of that later.
now mandatory blurt was delivered by Martin,
inventing a coastline for Lesotho and causing Barry
to have the most bemused look I've ever seen from
our geographer-in-chief. We felt hard done to by
the 'Henry the Fowler howler' - he was never Holy
Roman Emperor but he was Duke of Saxony as Martin
had confidently answered expecting points. Imagine
Morrison was never a solo artist either though, to
be fair, we'd identified it was William Blake but
would never have got to the Lizard King alone or as
part of The Doors. James, to his credit, wasn't put
off by the thirty year error in the Panorama spoof
and got a brave two.
were in very short supply - 8 for Ethel and only 2
for us. Unanswereds went against our hosts 7-5
and we took bonuses by 8 to 6. More of bonuses
shortly as well - I seem to remember mentioning
their importance in last week's report. Conferreds
went 19 - 8 to us; we're getting them in ones this
so to Round 8 which we started three points down
(more like 8 given the low scoring nature of the
paper). A lucky guess of Clytemnestra (we really
don't have a clue about classical mythology since
Antony departed our team many seasons ago) cut the
deficit to two. Ethel were shooting blanks on all
questions. Two absurd long shots of Banksy and
Piltdown Man levelled the scores. We couldn't keep
it going and failed to spot the bikes connection in
question 7 thinking we had to answer 'knives' as
we'd feel completely stupid if we ignored the
obvious which then turned out to be correct.
Fortunately Ethel were no nearer to the right answer
and nor were they on their own question, the last
one of the 64. As soon as I heard 'rollers' I
remembered the scene in The Silence Of The Lambs
when Hannibal is discussing Clarice's personality
and comparing her to pigeons, deep rollers and
shallow rollers. Was it pigeons? I thought it was,
prayed it was. Barry and Martin were debating the
answer and I saw Barry write 'bird'. I said
'I'll discuss that with you if it comes over' to
shut down any talk between the two of them for fear
of them being overheard.
struck out and I told my fellow Dunkers my Lecter
idea. It's fair to say they were encouraging
but far from convinced. However, nothing to lose
since we'd, at worst, drawn a game we thought we'd
lost a couple of minutes earlier. We went for
it and, gloriously, my memory was right.
Essentially I was Raheem Sterling (Rahhzz as we Pep
disciples refer to him) at the Vitality Stadium
scoring a stuffy winner with the last kick of the
game. I think Ethel would have been more than happy
to send me off but I wouldn't have cared - I was
already well away on the balloons.
Prodigals just never seemed to get on level pegging
and in the end lost to their visitors, The Charabancs of Fire,
by a hefty 12 points. Graham (late of TMTCH)
made his full debut for the Charas whilst a clever
ploy by team manager Father Megson had a new player,
Rojo (in effect Roisin for the first half and John D
for the second session) joining the squad. It
worked very well and by the end of the evening it
left the Charas in a dizzy 4th place in the table
with a game in hand on the 3 teams above them.
The Charas are truly on fire!
Prods were without Dave (in hospital in Glasgow) and
Michael (who has moved to Cambridge with a new job)
so they have had some personnel changes to cope
with. Nevertheless they remain a strong team
and I'm sure we'll see them bounce back.
of all it was an excellent evening full of fun and
laughter (with a tear or two for Dave thrown in).
Perhaps the best moment came from new Chara, Graham,
when he decided on the last question that pouters,
rollers, tumblers and Hungarian Giant were all
varieties of beetroot.
Compulsory Mantis Shrimp continued their epic
start to the season beating The History Men.
Is this going to be the season when young supplants
old? Well I'm sure they'll be no hubris in
"After an extremely enjoyable evening in the company
of the, always delightful, History Men, we finished
the evening 21 points ahead of our opponents."
...and certainly not in Ivor's....
"Congratulations to our opponents who went 11-0 up
in the first round. David analysed the reason for
our defeat: 'We gave too many wrong answers'. The
Shrimps scored no less that 14 steals to our 5."