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  1. University Challenge

    Delighted that my alma mater Edinburgh have reached the final after missing out at the semi final stage for the last couple of years. Durham’s Yule looked devastated at the ‘final whistle.’ Durham might have been slight favourites going in, but Edinburgh’s early buzzing strategy paid off, and their bonus conversion has been consistently excellent throughout the series. Have quizzed with Booth and Fitz-James a few times - both great quizzers, and good guys. Fingers crossed for the final...
  2. Brexit slowly becoming a Farce.

    First post. Me Hate to rain on your parade but, given you said, and the PM, and thus the Tory government, divided though it is, has been trying to stick to their manifesto pledge to honour the result of the referendum by delivering her cloth-eared, uncompromising, monomaniacal version of Brexit, and has repeatedly been thwarted by Parliament, then you didn’t really get it right at all. If you’d replaced ‘this Tory Govt’ with ‘Parliament’, then you’d have been bang on.
  3. San Marino v Scotland - 24 March 2019

    Round out that eleven with Barry Nicholson, David Coulthard, Kirsty Wark, Andrew Coltart, Allan McNish, David Mundell and Neil Oliver and they’d probably have just about enough to shade it against San Marino.
  4. Brexit slowly becoming a Farce.

    Schadenfreude: the experience of pleasure, joy, or self-satisfaction that comes from learning of or witnessing the troubles, failures, or humiliation of another. e.g. the reaction of us Brits when our American friends elected Trump. Hubristic / Karmic Schadenfreude: the experience of pleasure, joy, or self-satisfaction that comes from learning of or witnessing the troubles, failures, or humiliation of another, blissfully unaware that the other will soon have the opportunity to experience even greater pleasure from the troubles, failures and well-deserved humiliation of the smug, hubristic idiots that thought they were way too clever to do anything quite that stupid. e.g. the reaction of us Brits when our American friends elected Trump, blissfully unaware that those same American friends would soon be able sit back and watch this Brexit Omnigeddon.
  5. Brexit slowly becoming a Farce.

    Shorn of the last vestiges of dignity and self-respect, the Maybot is reduced to adopting the ‘Cleavon Little negotiating tactic’ with her European counterparts, holding a gun to her own head.‘Nobody move, or the idiot gets it.’ ‘Hold it guys, she’s not bluffing.’‘She’s just crazy enough to do it.’33 months later, and this is what we’re left with. The Cleavon Little.
  6. Kazakhstan V Scotland

    A substantial proportion of the Tartan Army had been highly critical of Strachan for being too Anglocentric. Typical TA anglophobia (the TA fandans aren’t typically xenophobic as has often been suggested, but anglophobic - most certainly) and it was to be expected that the parochial twats in the fanbase would soon be calling for ‘a Scots-based team for Scottish people’ in true League of Gentlemen fashion. McLeish came on board and seemed to buy into this crap, jettisoning a number of English-based players, and seemingly alienating many of the rest, not only by picking patently inferior players, but by implementing a ‘one rule for some, another for everyone else’ system of giving Celtic players an opt out from the end of season tour no one wanted to Mexico and Peru, and then criticising others for not being committed enough to go. Now every squad is a riddled with unexplained omissions, unsubstantiated whispers of ‘services being withheld’, niggling injuries that must be carefully nursed through international breaks (but strangely don’t impede domestic appearances), international retirements etc. Where do we go from here? God knows.
  7. Brexit slowly becoming a Farce.

    Of all the times to have the two most pathetic, dogmatic, inflexible, stubborn, myopic, utterly useless leaders at the helm of the major political parties in my lifetime, this isn’t it...
  8. What Was The Last Movie You Watched?

    Inland Empire is one of my favourite films. So out there that even most Lynch fans dislike it. I went to see it three times in the week it first came out, taking different people with me on each occasion, including a few self-styled ‘Lynch fanatics’ and they all absolutely hated it. Didn’t help that the subtitles weren’t working at one showing at the Cameo in Edinburgh, as chunks of the movie are in Polish. Inland Empire makes absolutely no concessions to narrative coherence, and has none of the kitsch retro trappings, hip soundtrack and ersatz sentimentality of Lynch’s more ‘mainstream’ work (Twin Peaks, Wild at Heart, Blue Velvet, Mulholland Dr.). It’s pure uncut Lynch. There are a couple of negatives - shot on low resolution digital video rather than film, in the early days of that format, it looks horrible, and it lacks a truly iconic Lynch villain, but the positives far outweigh the negatives. The scene where the batshit mental neighbour (played with relish by Grace Zabriskie) visits Nikki Grace (Laura Dern) near the start is wonderfully disconcerting, and a palpable sense of malevolence oozes from almost every scene. Must watch it again soon..
  9. Ayr v Queens

    On the basis of the matches I’ve seen him play, I think Maguire is severely overrated by most Queens fans. Granted Fordyce and Browlie are both rubbish, but Maguire is hardly a panacea for all our defensive ills.
  10. Squad face March

    Yawn. He played for Scotland Under 19s and Under 21s, so has always been in the Scotland system.
  11. Brexit slowly becoming a Farce.

    Jesus, Mark Francois is either completely thick, or like far too many of our current politicians, a bigot apologist. Probably a bit of both tbh.
  12. I’d forgotten it was an international event. You were second in the world then, leaving the likes of David Stainer and Pat Gibson trailing in your wake. Some achievement. Took me a while to find the scores, but after digging around the Quizzing archive for a while I eventually found them. Will PM you the link.
  13. Too modest Hip Priest (there can’t be too many Bo’ness supporters who come to the Champions Quiz). Seem to remember you got an exceptional score in the Brain of Football Quiz last year. Not just the best in the room, but right up there nationally. Hopefully there will be a Brain of Football 2019 too.
  14. Thanks for coming guys. It’s probably as tough a quiz as you’ll find anywhere, and the standard of the top teams is ridiculous, but you were closing in on the team just above you towards the end, and finished well clear of bottom spot. It’s not called the Champions Quiz for nothing - teams qualify for this by winning (usually multiple) other pub quizzes around town. I normally play for the team who finished in third place last night. We win most normal pub quizzes, but we’ve only won the Champions Quiz about 6 or 7 times in over 4 years of trying (although we did win the last couple before last night). Even the mid table teams are exceptional, but I reckon once you got to up to speed with the format and pace of the quiz, which you clearly were adjusting to as you went along, you’d soon find yourselves working your way up the table. You’d certainly be welcome back any time.