Late in the evening we took to remembrance of all
things past and mention was made of Rodney Bewes who
died this week. Whatever Happened to The
Likely Lads was more than just a sitcom it was a
chronicle of a bygone cultural landscape.
Buried deep in one of its episodes was the
quintessential tag for all quizzers, helping to keep
their feet firmly placed on the ground even when
their heads are in mid-air. Standing by the
docks despairing of the lack of achievement in his
life to-date, Terry speculates on the epitaph he
would like on his gravestone. His choice sums
it all up: "None the bloody wiser!"
The next time the Opsimaths visit the Cricket Club
will be in March for the 40th Celebration night when
we guarantee a tougher shift for the Cricket Club's
so much better than last year The
Charabancs of Fire rose to fifth place in the
table beating The Electric Pigs in the Turnpike.
their triumph over the champions in the first match
of the season Albert's form has been patchy and this
week they lost to third-placed Ethel Rodin.
James from the winners enclosure offers
"I’m always one of the first to complain
about imbalance when it affects our team (which
seems to happen more often than the 50/50 chance of
a coin toss) so I think it’s fair to observe that
tonight we were very much the beneficiaries of
uneven pairing. Albert vs Ethel is usually a
close run thing, so we know it should have been much
closer than a 17 point margin. The unanswered
questions broke 7 to the Albert and 3 to us whilst
we got 7 of the twos to Albert's 3."
...and from the other side of the Fletcher Moss
table Mike O'B sends this....
"On an evening when just 10 twos were scored by the
two teams put together Ethel won because they were
clearly better at conferring than we were. Our
demise began early on when Ashton thought the answer
to the 'Hurricane Smith' question might be 'Windy
Miller'. My memory of Windy is that he does
not seem to be wearing any trousers and this may be
connected to the reason he can make the sails on his
mill turn even when there is no breeze - as well as
justifying his nickname. This is typical of
the philosophical questions which preoccupy the
Albert team even as the contest slides gently away
from us. To be fair we also fielded 7 of the
10 unanswerables so it would have been better to win
the toss from our point of view."
Down at the Griffin, arguably the match of the
season so far, was taking place between last
season's champs, Dunkin' Dönitz, and this
season's hundred percenters, Compulsory Mantis Shrimp.
Something had to give and the visitors duly lost
their perfect record in a high-scoring contest.
Kieran, as ever, was on hand to embroider an
account of proceedings....
"I wasn't expecting that.
that I've reminded everyone of some truly terrible
music I'd better make amends - so what can I tell
you about tonight's game? Well it just went
completely our way; questions far more suited to us
than our opponents; no daft guesses, nor indeed
guesses of any sort; an almost perfect performance.
It was one of those nights when we turned out the
lights and conjured up a picture ..... and scored
points; twos, ones, bonuses, the lot.
Anne-Marie and the Prodigals heroically ignored
recent pleadings to consider younger players when
setting questions and delivered a paper that played
to our strengths far more than it did to the
Shrimps'. Anne-Marie, I think I love you and I'll
cherish the memory of tonight for a long time.
were 15 points ahead at half time and the second
half was more or less drawn as we held the Shrimps
at bay throughout on questions which were a little
more evenly balanced between the generations.
And blurting was notable by its complete absence.
After we'd mathematically won, halfway through Round
7, it was Barry who demanded no blurting because
points difference could be very important come the
final league table. Quite right too. We won it on
bonuses - 11 vs 3. I may have mentioned their
importance once or twice already this season.
Unanswereds were three on the Shrimps' questions and
two on ours, but we got eight pass-overs in the
first half. As I say it was just a paper that
was more or less designed for our
just-about-remembered old fart knowledge.
may have hit peak 'Run On' material with
'Schrödinger's Cat On A Hot Tin Roof' immediately
followed by 'Tune in, turn on and drop Out Of
Africa' - two of the best ever. We're setting next
week and I don't think any of us are going to try to
were worried by the celebrity kids with stupid names
round though we only lost it by two in the end. And
we'd correctly predicted the appearance of 'Harper
Valley PTA' (now there's a song!) Beckham. We, or
rather I, had a rick mixing up Under The
Boardwalk with On Broadway (which is a
truly fabulous song) but I can't think of anything
else that escaped us all evening. I should make
special mention of Rachael who scored six twos in
her team's losing cause and was by a long way the
best player out of the eight of us.
unbeaten record comes to an end as another continues
inexorably a few miles to the east in the week that
Charles Manson, Jana Novotna, Rodney Bewes and David
Cassidy (there's a celebrity stiff dinner party I
want to be at) shuffled off to Buffalo or in one
case somewhere less appealing, and if you've been to
Buffalo anywhere less appealing is pretty bad.
very satisfying evening for the Grand Admiral except
that, as I write, Cook has fished hopelessly outside
the off stump to Starc and England are 2 for 1. It
could turn into a long night but Root had the good
Yorkshire sense not to insert the Aussies at their
fortress. I'm looking at you Nasser Hussain, It
...and one final piece of happy news....just
received this email from Michael Taylor....
I'm enjoying Oxford immensely, the lecturing post is
only for a term, so I'll be returning to Manchester
full-time (and permanently) in January to rejoin the
have been following this season from afar and I have
a few thoughts on the nature and the future of the
quiz, which I would be happy to detail at length for
suggested that he posts his thoughts onto the