Sunday Boom Quiz Edinburgh Shackalacka

Great stuff later today:

6pm – The Persevere. Jackpot £120. Cheat: Jessica Simpson is in the picture round

8pm – Tolbooth Tavern. Jackpot £90. Cheat: The music round includes Galantis. See vid below. It’s got a woman in it who’s actually an electronic cat or something.

If you come to both quizzes tonight you could walk away with £210.

I just had a look on ebay to see what you could get for that kind of money.


A shit load of steel stillages. I don’t even know what stillages are. But you can have them. Now!

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Bullshit Story From The Pub Turns Out To Be True

I’ve heard a lot of bullshit stories over the years and this one at the Safari had the signs.

  1. Woman was hearty pished.
  2. She looked like she’d stopped talking any kind of sense about twenty years ago.
  3. Story was appended with “it’s true, it really is. Look it up.”
  4. Sounds bonkers.

Anyway – the story was that the Irish Catholic church had MOVED St Patricks Day one year, just to fit in with Easter.

I was thinking “How can you move a fixed feast?” Surely everyone knows St Patrick’s Day is the 17th March and that’s fixed.

But weirdly enough, all these months later and I’ve got round to looking it up… and it IS true.

It happened in 2008


Those wacky bishops!


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Thursday Quizzes in Edinburgh


7pm Argyle Bar (Cellar). Jackpot £30. Cheat: the music round includes Bobby McFerrin – see vid below

9pm Newsroom. Jackpot £50. Cheat: The picture round includes the answer Caravaggio

I’m pretty sure this Bobby McFerrin song is in the top twenty of songs that I absolutely hate. It’s about being happy but somehow it’s really really depressing.

Who achieves that kind of reverse? Some kind of intergalactic arsehole, Bobby*.

*I’m sure he’s a nice bloke, but I cannae go this tune.

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Quizzes Tonight

7pm – The Joker & The Thief – Jackpot £60. Cheat: One of the pic round answers is Joan Miro

9pm – Brass Monkey (Drummond Street). Jackpot £30. Cheat: One of the music round hits is the Silver Jews (see vid below)

Like many curious band names, there seems no fixed explanation as to why the Silver Jews are called the Silver Jews.

I can’t stand all that muso-mystery.

Just tell us, artistic types.

Stop building your personal mystery into some kind of self-shrine of pseudo-importance.

After all, we will look as far as the Wikipedia entry … but no further.

If it isn’t spelled out clearly, there and then, we’ll probably lose interest.

I’m saying “we”. I obviously mean me.

Apart from all that, I like the song.

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Latest Music Tips From You, To Me, To You

Brian Cant is dead. The guy was a genius and that’s all I have to say on that. RIP.

Meanwhile, here’s some of the music recommendations you’ve been bugging me with recently as I tour the pubs in my stately fashion.

1. I Fought The Law (Original)

I always though it was a The Clash song but true to Clash form, it’s just nicked.

Here’s the original hit, although the song itself was written by one of the Crickets, as in Buddy Holly.

Thanks to James the Baker for pointing out this one.

2. Kansas by GWAR

We were talking about Boston and Chicago and Kansas all those kinds of bands and Starr from the Joker marked my card with this GWAR cover of Kansas’s best known song. Powerful stuff.

3. Love City Groove

I can’t remember who I was talking to, but we got on to the subject of Eurovision and before you know it we were talking Love City Groove, a notorious UK entry from the 1990s. Was it really that bad?

Watch the video and see what you think.

4. The Genetic Opera

I think it was in some list round, a wee while ago and someone tried to convince me there was a show title ‘The Generic Opera‘.

Sounded dodge, but I took a note and have only just got round to looking it up. It looks like they meant Repo! The Genetic Opera. I’ve just watched a bit.

Hmmm. Not sure. It looks like the kind of thing that’s trying achingly hard to be as cool as Rock Horror and something I would have liked in 1988, but this was released in 2008 so I guess I missed that bus.

Have fun, if you’re still young enough for this:

5. Big B

Another bonus-round discovery. People write it down. I question it. They insist it’s famous. I’ve never heard of it. No one else in the pub has heard of it. One look on youtube and whaddya know: 1.7 million views on one song.

Big B is fat (Big – geddit) and is a rapper. This song is called “White Trash” and it seems to me to a cheap and cheerful Butlins piss-knock-off version of Kid Rock.

Kinda fun, sort of stoopid.

One of the great things about doing the quiz is hearing about all these new treats that my busy life and active lifestyle denies me the time to find out about by myself.

Keep informing! Comment below or tell me at the quiz.


Dr P

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Monday Quiz Mania in The Capital

Quizzes tonight:

7pm  – Brass Monkey Leith. Jackpot: £50. Cheat: one of the answers tonight is Lords Cricket Ground

9pm – Safari Lounge. Jackpot £60. Cheat: One of the music round slices is by Phil Ochs. Hear the song on the video below:

It’s a protest song. It was from the sixties. It was supposed to end war. Well, I guess you could call that a work in progress.

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Sunday Night Quizzes, Edinburgh

Tonight’s line up of quiz action

6pm – The Persevere. Jackpot: £90. Cheat: The music round includes Racey (see vid below).

8pm – Tolbooth Tavern. Jackpot £60. Cheat: One of the picture round answers is The Bean.

Even in 1979, Racey were old-fashioned. There just wasn’t the demand for that kind of thing anymore. Except that they had four hits shifting this muck before everyone worked out that they didn’t like them and they were just a shit version of Showaddywaddy.

Then, moments later, all of the members of Racey were killed in a car crusher ‘accident’ in Wolverhampton which was perhaps hastily set-up by then-Education secretary Norman “Fist You” Tebbitt.

Today we remember Racey and their contribution to pop. RIP.

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