Albert beat Opsimaths
Albert move up to third after a home win over the faltering Opsis
An old boy of the Blessed Mary Blige RC High School reports
It was with a sense of relief that we returned to our new home at The Sun. Relief because our last home fixture against The History Men was punctuated by a stream of expletives which would have made a sergeant major blush, and which violated the numerous notices scattered throughout the pub warning that foul language will be punished by banning. My natural sense of delicacy and discretion prevent me from naming the member of The History Men responsible but she knows who she is.
The fixture against Opsis was more sedate but very enjoyable. There were plenty of 'cultural' questions which allowed teams to draw on their personal experiences. My own favourites were the pair in Round 5 which obliged me to begin by stating I died in September. This aroused a certain interest among The Albert team which I am not entirely happy about. Also did Gandhi ever turn out for City - meditating on the crossbar perhaps? The run-ons were popular again especially amongst those of us who attended Blessed Mary Blige Roman Catholic High School.
Paris in the rain
Iconic Magnum image
Charabancs lost to History Men
Those History Men just keep on winning
Ivor gets all toasty at the Griffin
Itís beginning to feel a lot like Christmas: the falling temperature; the scurrying around for presents; the third week, or more, of Christmassy muzak on Classic FM; the Hallmark films where rich Americans experience first world dilemmas in snowy Five Star resorts with happier endings than hypothermia or falling under snow ploughs. So it is always pleasant to return to the routine of a good quiz night with our old friends the Charabancs in their newish home, the Griffin. Despite the falling temperatures in Didsbury there is no chance of heat loss in the Griffin - regular drinkers there must have a carbon footprint to rival Harry and Meghan. The snug without the televised Aston Villa/Manchester City game was an oasis of calm.
We achieved our second league victory of the season but the game (as last week) was on a knife edge (29-29) going into the last two rounds. Once again we exploded rather than imploded with three steals to secure victory by seven points. The match stats for those who are interested (no one probably) were only six unanswereds (two of them to the Charas playing first first), 19 twos (9-10) and it was the Historymenís superior steal rate (3-7) that saw us through. Charabanc Bernard had a much better night than Bernardo in the football with a hat-trick of twos. Chara Bill (despite being a City fan) had no trouble with Unitedís hero statues as well as the City equivalents. Not everyone sparkled tonight. Someone gets over 300 test wickets and I could not even remember his first name. Nor could I remember the forename of the naughty Mexican impregnator. Damian blamed himself for a blurt in the last round with a literary wreck (the Hesperus) rather than Gericaultís pictorial wreck. The only controversy was the plane crash cartoon which we voided, as the name was in the cartoon but neither team mentioned Wagner Group in the answer. However it was another opportunity to hear Anneís impeccable (we think) Russian accent she perfected in her university year out in the old Soviet Union.
The Midnight Cowboy
Bards lost to Ethel Rodin
Ethel stumble towards another victory to go three points clear
James is on life support
Not much from me tonight, or in the morning, as I have the painful reality of a life support course all day tomorrow.
A tight game throughout - Bards 5-2 up after R1 being the widest the margin ever got. Itís reasonable to say that if Bards hadnít been playing as a threesome, thereís a strong likelihood that they would have held on for the win. Three of us blurted answers tonight when we really should have conferred - and each time we did it we let slip a narrow lead.
Mention of Jack Grealish in the quiz allows mention of tonightís excellent result at Villa Park, where a team built with the proceeds of his sale thoroughly outplayed the European champions - our first victory over City for a decade. Admittedly a good time for Villa to play City and a bad time for City to play Villa.
Blindingly good actress - sadly no longer here