President's Cup: Sussex 35-37 London
Well, that was a bloody disaster. Kathryn quoted her father in apt fashion to describe how this game went: "We pissed that game up the wall"
. I couldn't have put it better, though I could always add a slew of filthy expletives.
It started so brightly. We were up 8-1 after the first round and we were still clinging on to the five-point lead (22-17) at the halway stage.
Then round six arrived, like a big brawny brute, and clonked us on the heads to the tune of eight (them) to three (us) thus, making the score 37-35.
So we didn't have our thrashed asses handed back to us. No, instead we blew it.
Blame it on my Sunday sleepiness or blame it on some of my idiotic answers. Let's go for a 20/80 per cent split that combined to instill errors upon my wayward tongue. Not taking my time on Ludovico Manin was one such mistake. Yes, I did say Doge of Venice eventually, but this was AFTER I had said the last castrato and London made a failed attempt.
I said "Ochlophobia" was a fear of the dark: EH-EHHH (wait, how do you render an incorrect buzzer sound phonetically?). Neither could I even hazard a guess at the actress who played such characters as Kay Weston (the lady with the granite breasts and cheesy brain). And let's not get into the loose bonus points, like Art Blakey and his Messengers. I may start hitting myself in the face with the Vittel raspberry flavour mineral water bottle that is close to my right hand.
It is quite frustrating in retrospect to consider that if I took a single moment or a couple of seconds to compose myself mentally to let the answer settle in my head to save it being subject to the flames of impetuity, or even think a tiny bit more thoroughly rather than lazily calling it up from the memory in the manner of a lackadaisical sorcerer magicking something into existence out of nowt, then I would have done better. And I wouldn't want to give myself a damn good thrashing. (With a random tree branch, of course).
And yet, the rule is we always remember the errors in the last round because they are the valiant last attempts to salvage a situation, or they are abject screw-ups which put a complexion of regret on the game. This time it was Peter's turn (oh, how Kathryn and I laugh over Devizes now - eeek). It happened to be on Ushuaia, a Colossus quiz question. It was a 50/50 for him, while I had my certain fist out. He decided to call (was watching Late Night Poker Ace final last night so excuse me for the slightly loose equating but still appropriate application, in my view, of the terminology). He came out with "Chile". Over it went. One name later we get a three-point net loss. A vital three-point net loss. (Not that I'm saying it was his fault and he should fall on his sword or drive his car off a suitable Sussex landmark like Beach Head, immediately. The burden of faultage falls on all our heads in nearly equal percentages).
I didn't make any noises, however. No Nooooos!!! this time. I would only mention it to him afterwards. About three or four times.
In truth, Peter was livid with himself perhaps more than he should have been (there were terrible errors on both sides, e.g. Paul saying David Threlfall for the new Doctor Who David Tennant), but had one of my wild answer attempts actually been correct we would have done slightly or much better than lose a game we shouldn't have.
Anyway, the aching pain of capitulation and surrender is already receding into the past. I am already looking forward to our next nail-biting loss to whomever it may be.
PS If you did The Colossus quiz and returned it to me and still haven't got your answers yet, please e-mail email@example.com ASAP and I will get them in speedy fashion.The Friendly
Unfortunately I had to read the friendly out myself (never a good idea) thus rendering my new policy of getting someone else to do it rather moot. So I stumbled, mumbled and sounded oddly posh in various places.
Some questions were too long, but that is always the way with non-chestnuts, and I read the opera and film pairs to the same side. Then I marked in the scores incorrectly because the sides were sitting opposite to the position on the sheet. A bloody good job, you will most certainly agree.
Anyway, the score was 37-23 in a three-a-side game. Not as good as my last one, but I still find it just as interesting (I also noticed that some people share my confusion-ridden weaknesses with myself - Greek islands! The bastardos). But then I would because it is just another tool for my GK improvement. Like every other question on this blog. But then I've told you that and am aware of certain repetitions creeping in here. Soon, I may have to resort to more Franglais, Spanish swear words that refer to the honour of your mother and absurd usages of Roget's Theasaurus, in order to disguise the poverty of my creative mien.Minor note for those who actually played:
Carl Orff really was German, not Swiss. I've just checked. He was born in Munich.*Double stumper: neither side got the questionPresident's Cup friendly 22/10/06Round 1
1a Only two women have won consecutive Best Actress Oscars. Name either.
LUISE RAINER (1936 and 1937), KATHARINE HEPBURN (1967 and 1968)
1b Only two women have received Oscar nominations for their acting five years running. Name either.
BETTE DAVIS (1938-42), GREER GARSON (1941-45)
2a Which Gilbert and Sullivan operetta features the characters Captain Fitzbattleaxe and King Paramount the First?*
2b What do the initials "IST" in the confederation ISTC stand for?
IRON and STEEL TRADES (Confederation)
3a The rich, sharp cheddar Windsor Red originates in which country?*
3b The moist, creamy tasting cheese Yarg comes from which county?
4a What do the initials "HSE" in the confederation COHSE stand for?*
(Confederation Of) HEALTH SERVICE EMPLOYEES
4b Which Gilbert and Sullivan operetta features the characters Ernest Dummkopf and Dr Tannhauser?*
THE GRAND DUKERound 2
1a Which Disney cartoon character is called Battouta
1b Which actress famously died at 12305 Fifth Helena, Brentwood, Los Angeles?
2a To which country did the US peacekeeping mission code-named "Restore Hope" go in 1992?
2b Which Disney cartoon character is called Bondock
3a The artwork of one hundred cast-iron life-size statues, collectively known as Another Place
, is to be removed from which Merseyside beach on safety and health grounds?
3b Which artist used his own body to cast that statues that make up Another Place
4a Which notorious gangster was shot and killed on June 20, 1947 at 810 Linden Drive, Beverly Hills?
4b To which country did the US peacekeeping mission code-named "Uphold Democracy" go in 1994?*
1a Which of the Crusades saw Emperor Frederick II embark for the Holy Land in 1227?*
1b In a forthcoming adaptation of which Giles Foden novel does the American actor Forrest Whittaker play Ugandan dictator Idi Amin?
THE LAST KING OF SCOTLAND
2a What form of pasta takes its name from the Italian for "twins"?
2b What form of pasta takes its name from the Italian for a "three-cornered hat"?
3a Which Czech composer's lesser known works include his opera Rusalka
, as in The Water Nymph
, which was first performed in 1901?
3b Which German composer's lesser known works include his opera Die Kluge
, as in The Clever Girl
, which was premiered in 1943?*
4a Which American actress plays the title character in the new Sofia Coppola film Marie Antoinette
4b Which of the Crusades saw the crusaders set out from Venice and sack Constantinople in 1204, but never actually reach Jerusalem?
1a What significance does the recent discovery of the existence of a man called John Kent, who was born near Carlisle in around 1795, have?*
FIRST EVER BLACK UK POLICE OFFICER
1b Which man, who joined the Metropolitan Police in 1966, was previously believed to have been the first black police officer in the UK?*
2a Better known for his rock and pop music, which English musician's album Songs from the Labyrinth
is currently topping the UK classical charts?
2b At £5.5 million, Emile Heskey was which Premiership team's most costly signing this summer?
3a At £3.7 million, Souleymane Diawara was which Premiership team's most costly signing during the last transfer window?
3b Which TV news presenter has written a recently published non-fiction book called On Royalty
4a Which outspoken English singer-songwriter has written a recently published non-fiction book called The Progressive Patriot
4b Which 26-year-old Welsh mezzo-soprano has spent more than 50 weeks in the classical charts with her album Living a Dream
KATHERINE JENKINSRound 5
1a Which rugby union team in this year's Heineken Cup play at Ravenhill?
1b Which boxer, holder of the IBF and WBO belts, is set for a supermiddleweight unification title bout with the Danish WBA champion Mikkel Kessler, who recently beat WBC-title holder Markus Beyer in three rounds?
2a Also of Italian parentage, which Welsh boxer and WBO holder wants to reunify the cruiserweight division with the Jamaican WBC, WBA and IBF champion O'Neil Bell?
2b Richard Rogers and his partnership won the 2006 Stirling Prize for designing which European international airport's fourth terminal?
BARAJAS airport, Madrid
3a Which Baghdad-born architect's Phaeno Science Centre in Wolfsburg was seen as the favourite for this year's Stirling Prize?
3b Which Swedish chemist proposed that chemicals produced by living creatures should be termed "organic" in 1807 and six years later devised the chemical symbols and formulae still used to represent elements and compounds?*
4a The founder of physical chemistry, which Swede suggested that electrolytes dissociate into ions, atoms or groups of atoms that carry a positive or negative charge in 1884 and also predicted global warming due to the burning of fossil fuels?*
4b Which entrant in this year's Heineken Cup play most of their home matches at Stradey Park?
LLANELLI SCARLETSRound 6
1a The 20 million-year-old skull of which prehistoric ape was discovered by Mary Leakey on Rusinga Island in Lake Victoria, Kenya in 1948?*
1b Which retailer has produced a new catalogue called The Big Red Book
2a The clown Feste features in which Shakespeare play?
2b According to Bishop James Ussher, the world was created on this day (October 22) in which year?
3a On this day in 1926, J Gordon Whitehead sucker punched which man in the stomach in Montreal, although appendicitis rather than the actual blow probably killed the man in question?
3b Living in East Africa from about 2 to 1.5 million years ago, what first true human being is also known as 1470 Man from a museum number of a skull found in Kenya in 1972?*
HOMO HABILIS ("Handy Man")
4a First compiled in 1986, what are found on the "Red List"?
4b The clown Costard features in which Shakespeare play?*
LOVE'S LABOURS LOSTRound 7
1a Which Greek island group includes Andros, Mykonos, Milos, Paros and Santorini?
1b Published in 1853, which Charlotte Bronte novel sees Lucy Snowe travel to the eponymous city to teach at an all-girls school?
2a Which one-sided battle of 216BC saw Hannibal's Carthaginian army encircle 80,000 Romans under Consuls Varro and Paulus and kill up to 70,000 for the loss of only 5,700 men in the republic's heaviest defeat?
2b Which Greek island group includes Patmos, Tilos, Kasos, Simi and Kos?*
3a In the title of a mid-1980s BBC TV series, who was Megan Roberts?
THE DISTRICT NURSE
3b Which one-sided, 18-minute battle of 1836 saw 783 men led by Sam Houston defeat 1,500 Mexicans who had been ordered to take a siesta by General Santa Anna, killing 630 men of the Mexican army for the loss of only nine Texans?
4a Published posthumously in 1857 though it was her first ever novel, what Charlotte Bronte book centred on the eponymous young man William Crimsworth and his eventual career teaching at an all-girls school?
4b In the title of an 1989-90 Channel 4 series, who was Gabriella Benson?
THE MANAGERESSRound 8
1a Which chart-topping American band were known as The Blue Velvets and The Golliwogs before changing their name to the one they became famous with in 1968?
CREEDENCE CLEARWATER REVIVAL
1b Which song, inspired by the story The Devil and Mrs Webster
, became a UK number one for Creedence Clearwater Revival in September 1969 and was later used for appropriate scenes in the 1981 film An American Werewolf in London
BAD MOON RISING
2a To which order of mammals do cats, dogs and bears belong?
2b Omar Al-Bashir has been dictator of which large African country since 1989?
3a Teodoro Obiang Nguema Mbasogo, or just President Obiang, has been the dictator of which tiny West African country since 1979?
3b To which order of mammals do pigs, deer, cattle and camels belong?*
4a What did the electrical engineer Edwin H. Armstrong famously invent and patent in 1933?*
FM radio or FREQUENCY MODULATION
4b Born in Stroud, Gloucestershire, the engineer Edwin Beard Budding famously invented which machine in 1930?*
1 Elena Roger is currently playing the title role in which West End musical?
2 With 75 shops, Albemarle & Bond is Britain's biggest chain that specialises in what business?
3 What is the only American state with a one syllable name?
4 What term, beginning with the letter "A", describes a rhetorical form in which the same word is repeated at the beginning of a phrase or sentence?*
5 As in the form of pasta, what is the meaning of "orecchiette"?
Come to think of it, there were a bit too many unanswered questions. The experimentation continues.