Does it mean a walk in the countryside? Maybe. But with those midgies and lack of toilet facilities? Maybe not.
Does it mean sex? Maybe. But with those performance issues and gender politics? Maybe not.
Does it mean humping the opposition at pub quiz? Of course it does. Get your shot of pleasure. Tonight:
6pm – The Persevere. Jackpot: £30. Cheat: the music round includes an act named 5 Seconds of Summer. See vid below for the tune. It’s some weepy-weepy snowflake boyband shit.
8pm – The Tolbooth Tavern. Jackpot: £30. Cheat: The picture round includes the answer Apocalypse Now. It’s a film about th Vietnam War. It’s supposed to be genius but the only time I saw it I fell asleep. I’m not saying it’s a bad film, it’s just a bit long and I was a bit knackered.
So I did a bonus round the other week where you had to think of a list of famous people with birds in their name, something like that.
As usual, the criteria for success in the bonus round include choosing answer that everyone has heard of. Examples here would includes Eagle Eye Cherry and Alan Titchmarsh.
People are always raging when no-one has heard of the thing they’ve written down.
In this case the “legend” that none of us give a flying fuck about is someone named “Steve Swallow”.
“Who the fuck is Steve Swallow?” I asked, not unreasonably.
“You don’t know who Steve Swallow is?” gasped the guy.
“No” I replied succinctly, “Who is he?”
“He’s only like the greatest Jazz Bassist…. ever”
“Right. That’s why no one has heard of him. NEXT!”
To be fair to the guy, I promised I would look Steve Swallow up when I got the chance. This was months ago and I’ve had millions of chances, but now I finally got round to looking him up. It’s pretty fucking unimpressive.
So, if you really have two minutes and 35 seconds spare, here’s Steve Swallow and his jazz bass solo:
I always tell people that the Newsroom is the thickest pub of the week and definitely the right place to come if you want to win money.
It’s not strictly true about the thick thing. It’s just that the Newsroom attracts staff-nights-out and the like where people are maybe not one hundred per cent quiz-focussed.
So if you know the quiz and how it goes, you usually do have a bit of an advantage over these passers-by. And it’s not everyone’s cup of tea but most people who come from other quizzes end up liking the Newsroom when they come. Tonight would be a good night to try it.
Giles Angels, for example, started off quizzing at the Joker but have found the Newsroom a happy hunting-ground. Maybe they’ll win the money tonight? We’ll see…
By the way, Grace Jones was what it was all about in the eighties. No one was more aloof, untouchable, and supreme as the Jones.
That was the image anyway. I had one of her albums. It was all right.
9pm – The Brass Monkey (Drummond Street). Jackpot: £60. Cheat: the music round includes Sparks. The song is in the video below. Sparks are great. Lots of invention, sass, oomph and choonage – the four classic elements of pop.
How come casino dice game is , effectively, called “shits”?
Gus from team Thelma and Louise was asking me this recently when a question about Craps featured in a double-or-bust round at the Safari Lounge.
Craps traces its roots back to an ancient British dice game called Hazard.
According to Mental Floss, the explanation for the name comes from the time that Hazard was imported to the USA, and the roll of double-one (also known as “snake eyes”) was, for some reason, known in the Louisiana area as “crabs”.
“Crabs” transmuted to “Craps” and eventually became the standard name of the American casino staple. This explanation is also favoured by crapsage.com who attribute the “crabs” call to French sailors.
Meanwhile, Wikipedia’s explanation says that the game’s popularity spread from New Orleans, Louisiana where French influence was heavy and this took it’s French name “crapaud” with it as it spread.
Crapaud means toad and refers to the crouched stance of players as the game was originally played by people squatting in the street. On their honkers, as we used to say.
These are the two stories I’ve found so far. The variability and uncertainty lead me believe that I will not be doing questions on the matter any time soon.
Safari Lounge – 9pm. Jackpot: £60. Cheat: Music round contains ‘Yello’ – see music video below.
Apologies to everyone who didn’t see the cheat yesterday. I was telling people in the pub that it failed to post as scheduled, some technical thing, but looking today I see it’s because I completely forgot to make the post in the first place. Hey ho. Brains eh? Brains.
As for the tune in the music round tonight, even if the name ‘Yello’ means nothing to you – there’s a good chance you’ll know the music. It’s been used for so much. Back in the 80s when it came out it wasn’t like anything else in the charts. It felt like a revolution of the balls. They are from Switzerland and no one else has been from Switzerland since, not even Celine Dion.