Wednesday Night. Two Weeks Until Ash Wednesday

Quizzes tonight:

7pm – The Joker & The Thief. Jackpot £30. Cheat: Deacon Blue (music round)

9pm – Brass Monkey, Drummond Street. Jackpot £30 Cheat: The Shamen (pic round)

Wednesday night was made for quizzing. Get your fill tonight on glamorous Elm Row or bohemian Drummond Street.

The thing about reading this is you get a wee boost: a free answer. The free answer for tonight’s music round at the Joker is Deacon Blue. Here’s their song:

I think this is filmed in Maryhill, Glasgow. That’s where it looks like to me. I lived in Glasgow for 17 years and loved it all. I used to like cycling along the canal.

I know there’s a canal here. But it’s not the same. The towpath is too narrow.

Anyway. Canals. Crazy eh? What am I like.

All you need to know is that it’s two week till Ash Wednesday and that means LESS than two weeks till Pancake Tuesday,

Well, we call it Pancake Tuesday. In Brazil, it’s Fat Tueday, aka Mardi Gras.

Brazil:

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Scotland:

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See? Life can be different to itself.

Love,

Dr P

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Mon 18th Feb – This Could Be YOUR Night For Quiz Success

Quizzes in Edinburgh Tonight:

7pm – Brass Monkey Leith. Jackpot:£50. Cheat: Avicii (music round)

9pm – Safari Lounge. Jackpot £30. Cheat news: Hoover Dam (pic round)

“A-ha…”, as Alan Partridge once said. “It’s Monday!”

The significance of Monday as a generally understood cultural touchstone is diminishing.

This occurs as more people work flexibly or don’t work at a ll or have three or four jobs just to pay the bloody rent and council tax.

Does anyone still do Mon-Fri 9-5? I’m sure there are some of you.

But whether you’re drowning in the gig economy or kept honest by the nine five routine, the quiz will ALWAYS be there for you on Monday nights. That’s my Dr Paul promise.

Speaking of Mondays, there will be a new gig starting soon on Mondays which will feature a quizmaster who is NOT Dr Paul. More details later but if any of you would ALSO like to be a quizmaster, then let me know. Opportunities are becoming available.

Meanwhile, here is the cheat music for tonight’s quiz at the Brass Monkey. You’d probably get it anyway. It’s Avicii.

Fun fact about the song, straight from Wikipedia: The song is written in the key of G minor, at a tempo of 125 BPM.

This should be handy information if you intend to “jam” along to the “track”.

You’re so damn hip.

Speaking of hip, I don’t tihnk some of you realise just how damn hip the Safari Lounge is. What a boozer. It’s got everything you need to get pished in a hip way without resorting to being a hipster wank.

Seriously, if I was still in the market for getting as pished as possible, there’s every chance I’d be doing it midweek style in the Safari.

They have a crocodile head on the wall, for goodness sake.

Safari exterior
Safari exterior

 

Yo,

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Sun 17th Feb. Valentine’s Day Is Over

Tonight’s quizzes :

6pm – The Persevere. Jackpot: £30. Cheat: Armani (pic round)

8pm – Tolbooth Tavern. Jackpot: £30. Cheat: Charlie XCX (music round)

Sunday night doesn’t get better than this: a wee walk to the pub. A thrilling Dr Paul quiz, perhaps with a win, perhaps not. Then a few more pints of wine, a daunder home via the chippy and then watch Das Boot on Netflix.

Such perfection could be yours… tonight!

For the quiz at the Tolbooth, here is the video for tonight’s music round free answer:

This is one of those pop videos that’s intercut with scenes from a film in which the song was used. The film is ‘The Fault In Our Stars’ in which young Americans with terminal cancer visit Amsterdam, fall in love and die.

I just read the Wikipedia summary, I haven’t seen the film and probably won’t because I usually watch films for entertainment and terminal cancer just doesn’t cut it for me as a leisure activity.

For exampe I watched ‘Rio‘ with my daughter the other day which is an animated film about parrots and monkeys with loads of songs and jokes. That was more like it.

Having said that, The Fault In Our Stars did well and has good ratings. If it’s your kind of gig then it looks like a good film.

Anyway – no one is going to die at the quiz tonight. That’s my prediction anyway.

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See you later.

Ooh hah.

Dr Paul

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Roses Are Red…

It was Valentine’s Day last night (at both quizzes).

Valentine’s is always a weird night. There are couples who never go out with each other and have no idea what to do. They are awkward.

Some of the groups of single people are awkward. Awkwardness hangs in the air like Lynx Africa.

This was more true at the Newsroom, being a city centre venue. The Argyle was quieter as the romantic pairs were probably all in Salvatore’s instead. We’ll never know. It was certainly more relaxed and that’s why I went for the ROSES ARE RED contest there.
Simple instructions: write a four line poem where the first line is “Roses are red”.

Here are the results.

ACTUAL POETRY

 

Roses are red

Violets are too

I’m Colourblind

And fucking hate poetry.

 

Roses are red

Violets are blue

I have a knife

Get in the van

 

Roses are red

Love is dead

Maddy McCann’s skin

Covers my shed.

 

Roses are red,

May is absurd.

They want to leave the EU,

But you can’t polish a turd.

 

Roses are red,

Violets are blue,

Poetry is dead,

And so are U2.

 

 

Roses are red

My baws are blue.

My gooch is broken,

My sex life is too.

 

 

There you go. These works were all written in the space of a few minutes. See how easy it goes? You too can be a great artsit.

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Thu 14th Feb – Nothing Says “I Love You” Like Taking Your Significant Other To A Pub Quiz

Quizzes Tonight:

7pm – Argyle Bar (Cellar). Jackpot £30. Cheat answer: Kenya (pic round)

9pm – The Newsroom. Jackpot £50. Cheat answer: Cream (music round).

Well done to The Chameleons who won the big money at the Argyle last Thursday. Everything is back to normal now.

Remember: Valentine’s Day is a real thing. Buy him/her a rose. Take him/her to the pub quiz. She/he will love it and, by extension, you.

Here is the cheat music help for tonight. It refers to the music round at the Newsroom and it is Cream:

Excellent.

Anyway, Thursday now MOVIE Thursday where I use this blog to detail my ten favourite films of all time.

The chart so far:

10 .Flash Gordon (1980)

9. Jesus Christ Superstar (1979)

8. The Good The Bad & The Ugly (1966)

7. Zardoz (1974)

6. Das Boot (1981)

This week:

5. The Life Aquatic with Steve Zissou (2004)

Pretty much the greatest film ever made. Did I say that last week? Of course I did. But this is better.

This is one of a handful of films that I paid money to see at a cinema twice.

When I watched this in 2004 I was amazed, knew the missus had to see it, so I took her and saw it again the very next day. I don’t think she liked it as much as I did.

Wes Anderson has probably made “better” movies. I saw ‘Grand Budapest Hotel’ and ‘Moonrise Kingdom’ and I remember thinking at the time that both were better than Life Aquatic but Life Aquatic still remains in my head in a way that the others haven’t.

Mind you, it was probably the first Wes Anderson film I’d seen so I hadn’t become jaded about the style which, admittedly, gets slightly samey the more of his movies you watch.

One thing that makes the film stick is the music. You’ve got the guy doing the Bowie songs in Portuguese and that’s pretty cool but it’s the Mark Mothersbaugh electronic soundtrack stuff that proper got me and still rocks me.

Like this:

The film is basically a father-son drama (which so many of Anderson’s films are) but, under Bill Murray’s reign as king of his own boat, there is a special, believable madness which draws you in and an attractive disregard for real geography, and real oceanography.

Here is a tour of the boat:

The film is so utterly and obviously completely made-up, but equally feels just about real and possible and you end up sympathizing with nearly everyone in the film. There are no real heroes or villains, everyone is suffering one way or another.

Owen Wilson feels, for once, that he’s not just playing Owen Wilson. All the casting is perfect. It’s a film that makes you wish you were part of the team in the film, in this case the crew of the Belafonte… which is the opposite of last week’s film Das Boot where every fibre of your viewer’s body makes you glad you are NOT part of the crew.

Although it is sad, and people do die.

I would watch this film again in a moment. Maybe I’ll watch it when I get home from the quiz tonight.

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See you tonight

Cheers,

Dr Paul

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Wednesday Night – Valentine’s Eve

Quizzes tonight:

7pm – The Joker & The Thief. Jackpot £30. Cheat: Marc Chagall (pic round)

9pm – Brass Monkey, Drummond Street. Jackpot £30 Cheat: The Chi-Lites (music round)

It’s half-term. Kids are everywhere. There’s only one way to escape them and that’s to come to the pub, get wasted on booze and do the quiz.

Here’s tonight’s music round cheat-o which is for the Brass Monkey at 9 o clock:

This is the best of all possible hair and the sweetest of sad soul.

This is the 1970s, a time and a place which is barred to us. Time travel is not real – youtube is as close as we can get.

There are a set of break-up records from the mid-seventies where you really feel for the guy singing.

As a child, these sad-story soul songs are some of the first pop records I can remember hearing and I believed that every word was true and related personally to the singer.

I used to feel so sorry for them, until I realised pop was poetic license and only quizzes were the truth.

I’m talking about records like Sylvia’s Mother and There Goes My First Love.

Pure weep.

Anyway – you’ll be weeping tonight if you miss the quiz. Also, with one day to Valentine’s – maybe tonight is the night you will meet the human of your dreams. All you have to do is be bright and witty at the quiz. It’s like a magnet.

Love,

Dr P

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George Best, when he played for Hibs

 

 

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Mon11th Feb – Monday Pub Quiz Action

Quizzes in Edinburgh Tonight:

7pm – Brass Monkey Leith. Jackpot:£50. Cheat: Pomeranian (pic round)

9pm – Safari Lounge. Jackpot £30. Cheat news: The Pixies (pic round)

This is Monday. The start of something big. Or just bloody half-term, if you have kids.

Don’t have kids? See people looking frazzled? Wondering what the problem is? It’s half-term.

Anyway, that’ not important. What IS important is the quiz,

Here’s the cheat music for tonight’s quiz at the Safari. It’s one of my own favourite acts, The Pixies.

I couldn’t find a decent video, so it’s just music. Worth a listen though.

So it’s minimum jackpots at the quizzes tonight but come along anyway. Your knowledge, wit and good looks may be enough to snare a lover. It is, after all, Valentine‘s week – and in those few days leading up to the 14th, some single people get just a little more desperate.

But there are plenty of others who couldn’t care less, so don’t make assumptions. Just be yourself.

Yo,

Dr P

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Sun 10th Feb – Sunday Night Pub Quizzes In Edinburgh

Tonight’s quizzes :

6pm – The Persevere. Jackpot: £180. Cheat: Vanessa Carlton (music round)

8pm – Tolbooth Tavern. Jackpot: £30. Cheat: Lady Jane Grey (pic round)

All the jackpots got won this week. It’s been a week of no rollovers.Will this continue at the Percy tonight where £210 is available? You tell me. It’s up to you.

Here is the video for tonight’s music round free answer which relates to the Persevere quiz at 6pm:

I’m liking the whole travelling-piano thing. I have dreams like that.

See you later.

Yeah.

Dr Paul

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£210 jackpot tonight at the Persevere

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Thursday 7th Feb 2019 – Quizzes Tonight In Edinburgh

Quizzes Tonight:

7pm – Argyle Bar (Cellar). Jackpot £210. Cheat answer: Stakka Bo (music round)

9pm – The Newsroom. Jackpot £50. Cheat answer: Simple Minds (pic round).

Certified big money at the Argyle tonight. £210 on offer. Get a faceful from 7pm

Now, here’s the cheat clip for tonight’s music round at the the Argyle : which is a floppy Euro-rap effort from the early 1990s by Swedish weirdo Stakka Bo.

Pish but kind of engaging. And why does everyone look orange?

Anyway, Thursday now MOVIE Thursday where I use this blog to detail my ten favourite films of all time.

The chart so far:

10 .Flash Gordon (1980)

9. Jesus Christ Superstar (1979)

8. The Good The Bad & The Ugly (1966)

7. Zardoz (1974)

This week:

6. Das Boot (1981)

Literally the greatest film ever made. Did I say that last week? I’m sure I did but this is better.

Lots has been written about how good Das Boot is. I read this page yesterday. It’s fairly well-written and gives you a good idea of the film without giving too much away.

The need-to-know stuff is that the film is a story of German submariners during the Second World War, on patrol.

Their job is to sink British merchant shipping while avoiding being sunk themselves by the deadly destroyers of the Royal Navy.

War is hell. Can you survive hell?

My favourite things about Das Boot are:

  1. The tension.
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  2. The madness
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  3. The engineering.
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  4. The music.
  5. The bits where people die.
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  6. The bits where people don’t die.

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I watched this with my dad when I was a kid and it blew my mind. I had been brought up on Victor comic and British war films where Jerry was always the bad guy.

This was the first time I had seen anything from the German point of view.

This was a big deal in itself but didn’t take too long to get used to. After succesfully putting aside partisanship you can start enjoying the film. I know the film but watched it again last month. It is still emotional and nail-biting.

Will they survive or will they die? You don’t know – you really don’t know – right up to the end…

So that’s Das Boot. It’s a massive classic and it’s on Netflix if you want to watch it.

I still have five films to pick. Maybe next week I’ll pick something modern. But probably not.

In any case, come to the quizzes tonight. You could win £280.

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See you tonight

Cheers,

Dr Paul

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Wed 6th Feb – Midweek Quiz Fab

Quizzes tonight:

7pm – The Joker & The Thief. Jackpot £30. Cheat: Panic At The Disco (music round)

9pm – Brass Monkey, Drummond Street. Jackpot £30 Cheat: Norway (pic round)

Keeping it brief today. Running late. Here is the free answer music clue, it’s for the Joker at 7pm:

I have no idea what the feller in the video is singing about. He seems upset. If you know, tell me – although I’m not sure if I will care. Hey it’s just pop music.

Which reminds me – I’ve been listening to lots of opera this week and have come to the conclusion that opera is early pop.

The melodies are simple and compared to other ‘classical’ or orchestral stuff, opera is packed with head shakers and dancefloor bangers.

Or … the equivalent of dancefloor bangers from 140 years before the actual 1990s which, of course, is when dance floor bangers became de rigeur.

So brush up on your Verdi and Puccini, they may well be appearing in the music rounds in the next few months.

See you tonight.

Love,

Dr P

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