A different sort of quiz… (ii) the answers

On Sunday we did something different and went to the small town of Axbridge, to a pub called the Lamb. As I mentioned, we had very fine beer and wine, and there was a quiz in progress; we were too late to join in but we listened to the questions and answered them quietly between ourselves. It was a different quiz from the one we are used to – and two rounds seemed really fun. One was  a round in which the last letter of the answer of one question was the first letter of the answer to the next! The other was a round where all the answers contained the word ‘hat’!

I set some tricky ‘hat’ questions, and here are the answers:

  1. Which city in southeastern Tennessee is famous for a song about its railways? Chattanooga
  2. Which avian is “a plump bird about the size of a great tit that resembles a small woodpecker. It is blue-grey above and whitish below, with chestnut on its sides and under its tail. It has a black stripe on its head, a long black pointed bill and short legs. It breeds throughout England and Wales and has recently began to breed in southern Scotland”? nuthatch
  3. What roof covering is made from reeds or straw? thatch
  4. Which French word meaning castle is associated with wine? chateau
  5. What is the common name for is a salt of sulphuric acid? sulphate
  6. Which is the most densely populated of New York City’s five boroughs? Manhattan
  7. What type of glass is used in vehicles as it won’t break into dangerous pieces? shatterproof
  8. What’s another name for a thingummyjig? whatsit
  9. Which English poet, described as having precocious talents and by Wordsworth as ‘the marvellous boy‘, lived 1752 – 1770? Thomas Chatterton
  10. Which Westlife song featured Boyzone?

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A different sort of quiz… (ii) the answers and round 2

Yesterday we did something different and went to the small town of Axbridge, to a pub called the Lamb. As I mentioned, we had very fine beer and wine, and there was a quiz in progress; we were too late to join in but we listened to the questions and answered them quietly between ourselves. It was a different quiz from the one we are used to – and two rounds seemed really fun. One was  a round in which the last letter of the answer of one question was the first letter of the answer to the next! The other was a round where all the answers contained the word ‘hat’!

Just for fun, I gave you ten questions, last letter/first letter and here are the answers :

  1. What is the capital of Tibet? (The last letter of your answer will be the first letter of answer number 2) Lhasa
  2. What is the range of mountains running down the west coast of South America? Andes
  3. What spice comes from  crocus flower? Saffron
  4. What was the name of Captain Nemo’s submarine? Nautilus
  5. Which film actor starred in  Goodfellas , Jungle FeverPatriot Games and has the initial ‘L’ in his name? Samuel L. Jackson
  6. Which East Anglian football team has as a director Delia Smith? Norwich (City F.C.)
  7. In which Yorkshire town could you find the Piece Hall? Halifax
  8. A warrior princess – Xena
  9. Abercrombie and Fitch
  10. The surname of the author of Middlemarch – Eliot

… and here are ten more questions, each answer contains the word ‘hat’ – warning, they are quite tricky!

  1. Which city in southeastern Tennessee is famous for a song about its railways?
  2. Which avian is “a plump bird about the size of a great tit that resembles a small woodpecker. It is blue-grey above and whitish below, with chestnut on its sides and under its tail. It has a black stripe on its head, a long black pointed bill and short legs. It breeds throughout England and Wales and has recently began to breed in southern Scotland”?
  3. What roof covering is made from reeds or straw?
  4. Which French word meaning castle is associated with wine?
  5. What is the common name for is a salt of sulphuric acid?
  6. Which is the most densely populated of New York City’s five boroughs?
  7. What type of glass is used in vehicles as it won’t break into dangerous pieces?
  8. What’s another name for a thingummyjig?
  9. Which English poet, described as having precocious talents and by Wordsworth as ‘the marvellous boy‘, lived 1752 – 1770?
  10. Which Westlife song featured Boyzone?

Tales From The Strangled Ferret! Out now!!

A couple of years ago – or an eternity, there was a referendum on certain matters of national and European significance. These were discussed, debated and argued across the land, in homes, in the street, at work… and in the pub. Never since Cromwell was there such a kerfuffle… and kerfuffle well describes what happened in the Strangled Ferret over pints of Old Mouldy…

The chronicles of the Ferret Saga, including the horrific zestination episode, are now revealed, made public in one complete volume…

Our investigative reporter, Richard Kefford has been on the case, peeled back the untruths and fabrications, squeezed the story until the pips squeaked and can now reveal the bitter truth…

via Book Launch

A different sort of quiz

Just recently we have started going out to different pubs – we go at about nine o’clock, just in time for a couple of drinks and then we go home. Last time we went to the Red Cow in Brent Knoll, a village quite near us beneath a hill on which there is an ancient hill Iron Age fort called… Brent Knoll. Tonight we went to the town of Axbridge which used to be very much more important in Somerset than it is now… the pub which we went to, not the Crown (maybe next time) but the Lamb.

We had very fine beer and wine, and there was a quiz in progress; we were too late to join in but we listened to the questions and answered them quietly between ourselves. It was a different quiz from the one we are used to – and two rounds seemed really fun. One was  a round in which the last letter of the answer of one question was the first letter of the answer to the next! The other was a round where all the answers contained the word ‘hat’!

Just for fun, answers tomorrow, here is a round with a similar sort of question:

  1. What is the capital of Tibet? (The last letter of your answer will be the first letter of answer number 2)
  2. What is the range of mountains running down the west coast of South America?
  3. What spice comes from  crocus flower?
  4. What was the name of Captain Nemo’s submarine?
  5. Which film actor starred in  Goodfellas , Jungle FeverPatriot Games and has the initial ‘L’ in his name?
  6. Which East Anglian football team has as a director Delia Smith?
  7. In which Yorkshire town could you find the Piece Hall?
  8. A warrior princess
  9.  —– and Fitch
  10. The surname of the author of Middlemarch

Answers, and maybe round 2 tomorrow!

Aha! I forgot that one!

It was quiz night tonight and as usual I headed to the Dolphin with daughter, to meet son and friend, and other friends. Quiz night has been a bit sparse recently – we think it might have been dry January which kept people out of the pub… but who knows.

Anyway, we arrived at the same time as our fellow quiz team members, the Ice-creams – so-called because they have a very successful ice-cream parlour. We caught up with each other’s news and then, furnished with drinks, we settled down or the quiz. There are two rounds of twenty-five questions, questions given in order, answers given randomly and as the answer sheet is set out as  Bingo card you get prizes for lines (across, down, diagonally) as well as whoever gets the most correct answers.

There was a question which completely foxed us about David Bowie and Swedish Eurovision contest winners… Well, we were stumped – it could be anything! Someone said ‘Heroes’, a Bowie hit, but others said A-Ha… and in the end, as so often happens, indecision won, and we put down A-Ha… and of course when the answers came A-Ha were Norwegian, and A-Ha didn’t feature in the Eurovision Song Contest…

… but the answer we rejected, ‘Heroes’ was in fact correct! if only we had gone with it!! If only!! We had a great time. as usual, terrific fun and won not a bean, not even the beer round! But who cares! Great friends! Great pub! Great beer! Who cares!

In fact the Eurovision song was Heroes by Måns Zelmerlöw

Highland Park, Raul and me…

Unlike my first beer, I can’t remember when I first tasted whisky… actually oh yes I can. I’m sure some will be shocked, but when I was about six I had a tiny sip of my dad’s glass of whisky. It was very unusual for us to have any drinks at home, apart from at Christmas, a bottle of sherry, maybe a bottle of sweet Martini, a bottle or a half bottle of rum for the Christmas pudding and a bottle or half of whisky, and that would be it. We didn’t have wine, we certainly didn’t have beer (it wasn’t so readily available then, and also we just wouldn’t have had it at home – beer belonged in pubs, not sitting rooms!) Going back to my story. I had a tiny sip of Dad’s whisky and the next day went into school and told the teacher and the class ‘I like White Horse!‘ Somehow this was mentioned to my parents, but I’m guessing as a funny story in less censorious times. I don’t remember trying whisky until much, much later; it was just too expensive to have at home, or buy in pubs… so I’m not sure when I found I liked it. This makes me sound as if I have a problem… honestly I don’t – whisky is a treat, a luxury and only enjoyed on special occasions.

On our first holiday together, my husband to be and I went to Oban in search of what was then our favourite whisky and we toured around visiting different distilleries. We went back to Scotland on our honeymoon, and our first family holiday with our two children was to Bushmills, which started a love affair with Irish whiskey and Ireland. Since then we have tried many different types of whisky and my favourite above all is Highland Park.

As you must know if you visit me here often, is how much I love the Mavericks and will travel miles and miles to see them… I didn’t travel so far last night, only to our nearest big city Bristol, a mere twenty miles away. On one occasion, one magical occasion, I went with my Dutch friend Elly (who I met through the Mavericks) to see them in Glasgow, meeting up with two other friends, Hannah and Jenna (who I also met through the Mavericks) … and a  load of other Mav-fan chums. The whole trip was fabulous, wonderful! The concert was just amazing (of course it was) – even the support act was brilliant. The Mavericks were on sensational form, and we were all high as kites on dancing, singing, being caught up in the experience of going to see this fantastic group of musicians on tour.

We hung around for a little while, catching up with old friends and then streamed across the road to the nearest bar to parch our thirst after hours of singing and shouting (well, I was shouting – got a bit over-excited!) … and there, in the bar, were the Mavericks! It was a dream come true – literally! It was very crowded and we were all jammed together talking to our idols in a completely natural way because there were lots of people in the bar who hadn’t been to the gig and just happened to be there. I had a long conversation with Eddie, chatted with Paul and Jerry Dale, and then somehow, somehow, I have no idea how, I got into conversation with Raul.

I sometimes wonder if it was actually a dream, but no it wasn’t. We were sitting at a table with others and talking… but I cannot now remember what he said – I was so entranced, overwhelmed (this is what it’s like being a fan and meeting your hero) I do know it was a perfectly ordinary conversation about lots of things and I think I probably did keep my inner feelings under control, but at one point Raul bought a round of drinks and when he asked what I wanted I just stuttered out ‘Highland Park’.

Buying your fans a drink… how many artists would do that? That is why as fans we love the band because they are so generous in every way. That Highland Park tasted like nectar… and now, whenever I have a Highland Park, I think of Raul. It has become a little tradition for me, that every time I see ‘the boys’, after the show I have a Highland Park, and raise a glass to Raul… I was driving home from Bristol last night so I had to delay raising my glass in a toast, but I did later… in fact I toasted him twice!

 

So randomly, in the pub…

So there we were, the four members of our family, talking about all and everything when a chap, on his way back from the loo, gave us the whole of ‘Pop goes the weasel’… we were amused, to say the least! We had no idea who he was, but how friendly!

Friday night in the Dolphin can be full of people we know, or full of friendly strangers. Tonight there were a few people we knew, mostly by sight – the chap who looks like a cartoon advert from Lloyd’s Bank who has a dog which looks like a dog actor advertising ‘Drontal’ an anti-flea medication, a friend who works at our favourite place, the Underfall Yard, and a couple of people the kids were at school with.

We are so lucky, the four of us, son, daughter and us, sat for a couple of hours, talking, reminiscing, teasing, laughing – a lot of laughing, and having just a really nice time together.

For some reason we played this: