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Thu 24th Jan – Pub Quiz Scene In Edinburgh Tonight

Quizzes Tonight:

7pm – Argyle Bar (Cellar). Jackpot £150. Cheat answer: Dave Dee Dozy Beaky Mick and Titch (music round)

9pm – The Newsroom. Jackpot £50. Cheat answer: Gone With The Wind (pic round).

That’s four rollovers at the Argyle over the last four weeks. Surely we’ll get a winner tonight?

Meanwhile here’s the cheat clip for tonight’s music round at the Argyle: which is a sixties called Dave Dee, Dozy, Beaky, Mick and Titch with a quality rocker from back in the day…

Tremendous.

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)

This week:

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

Literally the greatest film ever made.

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I know I said that last week’s film was the greatest film ever made  but this chart hasn’t been written in advance, I’m just thinking of the best film I can every week for 10 weeks so by the time we hit number 1 it should be totally banging.

Anyway-  I re-watched The Good The Bad And The Ugly a couple of months ago just to check it is still brilliant and I was not let down.

Maybe you know the title but don’t know the film. Basically a story of bounty hunters, outlaws, civil war and treasure and it’s set in the American old west but filmed in Europe and made by the Italian director Sergio Leone.

There were several films of this ilk in the 60s which were made by Italian directors so they got the (slightly derogatory) name ‘Spaghetti Westerns’.

Unlike most American-made westerns, then men in the films were not clean-cut heroes. They were all dirty bastards, even the “goodies”. It was a refreshing change.

The Good The Bad and The Ugly is the last and the most famous of a trilogy by Leone and it’s just terrific.

There’s dirt in spades, sudden death at every corner and situations that just look like the end of the line, scenes of real desperation.

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The film carries a constant sense of murder, menace and cheap life. All the way through you’re thinking “Ah couldnae cope with this”.

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At the same time it manages to be funny, but without being a stupid clown.

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Anand it has some of the greatest film music ever recorded. The music was composed by Ennio Morricone and stands the test of time. It’s a byword for “epic”

The main theme is a cracker, and very famous – but one of the best bits of tune is here: ‘The Ecstacy of Gold‘, when they finally find the cemetery they’ve been looking for, the cemetery with all the buried gold. The loot is in one of those graves.,the one marked ‘Arch Stanton’… all you have to do is find it…

Actually, Tuco finds the grave pretty quickly which is fortunate cos the music’s great and everything but it would be rubbish if this scene was two hours long which seems a more realistic prospect.

That’s why films are great though, isn’t it. They just tell you the story. None o’ the shite!

Watch this film – it is more satisfying than most. In fact, as I said above, it’s the greatest film ever made.

You want another recommendation? I happen to know this is James the Baker’s favourite film.

How is this film only number eight on my list?

Well, I have one week to think of something better.

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See you tonight

Cheers,

Dr Paul

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Creepy Germany, 1977

I’ve been playing this Schlager hit at the quiz for years but it was only last night that I was informed that it’s a big dirty creep-fest

Thanks to the geezer in team ‘Pub Fiction’ (I don’t know his name) at the Argyle Bar who pointed this out.

This song was a hit in 1977 and it’s the lyrical content that is, at best, questionable.

The story of the song is that a young woman is driving on her own. For more than half an hour, some ratty old sleazy German bloke with a big moustache  guy drives slowly behind her, ignoring obvious opportunities to overtake.

In his car he is ogling her, getting excited about her hair and wondering where the woman is going.

In her car she worries that she is going to be kidnapped or whether it might be undercover police that are stalking her.

It’s full-on #metoo or #ichauch

It’s not cool.

Eventually she has enough of feeling “queasy” and pulls off the road, intending to hide her car behind a hedge. Luckliy he doesn’t follow: he stays on the Autobahn and keeps going.

So the situation is defused, but she’s out of her mind that’s half an hour of high anxiety she’ll never get back.

Fuck that guy.

Here are the lyrics alongside Google Translate’s English rendering:

Rada rada radadada
Rada rada radadada
Rada rada radadada
Rada rada radadada
Im Wagen vor mir fährt ein junges Mädchen
Sie fährt allein’ und sie scheint hübsch zu sein
Ich weiß nicht ihren Namen und ich kenne nicht ihr Ziel
Ich merke nur sie fährt mit viel Gefühl
Im Wagen vor mir fährt ein junges Mädchen
Ich möcht’ gern wissen, was sie gerade denkt
Hört sie den selben Sender oder ist ihr Radio aus
Fährt sie zum Rendevouz oder nach Haus’?
Rada rada radadada
Rada rada radadada
Was will der blöde Kerl da hinter mir nur? (Ist sie nicht süß)
Ich frag’ mich, warum überholt der nicht? (So weiches Haar)
Der hängt nun schon ‘ne halbe Stunde ständig hinter mir
Nun dämmert’s schon und er fährt ohne Licht (So schön mit neunzig)
Der könnt schon hundert Kilometer weg sein (Was bin ich froh)
Mensch, fahr’ an meiner Ente doch vorbei! (Ich fühl’ mich richtig wohl)
Will der mich kontrollieren oder will der mich entführen oder ist das in zivil die Polizei?
Rada rada radadada
Rada rada radadada
Wie schön, dass ich heut’ endlich einmal Zeit hab’
Ich muss nicht rasen, wie ein wilder Stier
Ich träum’ so in Gedanken, ganz allein’ und ohne Schranken
Und wünsch’ das schöne Mädchen wär’ bei mir
Jetzt wird mir diese Sache langsam mulmig (Im Sigesglück)
Ich fahr’ die allernächste Abfahrt raus! (Heut’ ist ein schöner Tag)
Dort werd’ ich mich verstecken hinter irgendwelchen Hecken
Verdammt, dadurch komm’ ich zu spät nach Haus’
Bye bye mein schönes Mädchen, gute Reise
Sie hat den Blinker an, hier fährt sie ab
Für mich wird in zwei Stunden auch die Fahrt zu Ende gehen
Doch dich mein Mädchen, werd’ ich nie wieder sehen
Rada rada radadada
Rada rada radadada
Rada rada radadada
Rada rada radadada
Rada rada radadada
Rada rada radadada
Rada rada radadada
Rada rada

Rada rada radadada
Rada rada radadada
Rada rada radadada
Rada rada radadada
In the car in front of me is driving a young girl
She drives alone ‘and she seems pretty
I do not know her name and I do not know her destination
I only realize she drives with a lot of feeling
In the car in front of me is driving a young girl
I’d like to know what she’s thinking
Is she listening to the same station or is her radio off?
Is she driving to the rendezvous or home?
Rada rada radadada
Rada rada radadada
What does the stupid guy behind me want? (Is not she cute)
I ask myself, why does not it overtake me? (So ??soft hair)
He’s been hanging behind me for half an hour
Now it’s dawning and he goes without light (So nice with ninety)
He can be a hundred kilometers away (which I’m glad)
Man, drive past my duck! (I feel really good)
Does he want to control me or does he want to kidnap me or is this civilian police?
Rada rada radadada
Rada rada radadada
How nice that I finally have time today ‘
I do not have to race like a wild bull
I dream so much in my thoughts, all alone and without barriers
And wish the beautiful girl were with me
Now this thing is getting queasy for me (in Sigesglück)
I drive out the very next exit! (Today is a beautiful day)
There I’ll hide behind some hedges
Damn, that’s why I’m coming home too late. ‘
Bye bye my beautiful girl, good trip
She has the turn signal on, here she leaves
For me, the journey will

 Nasty.

Cracking tune, but.

 

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Thursday 10th Jan – Quizzes Tonight In Edinburgh

Quizzes Tonight:

7pm – Argyle Bar (Cellar). Jackpot £90. Cheat answer: Roxette (music round)

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

How’s ya diddlin? Quizzes tonight with the lion’s share being ready for jackpot snack attack in the back of Marchmont, the real deal, the ARGYLE.

Meanwhile here’s the cheat clip for tonight’s music round at the Argyle:

Holy hell. What a belter. This is soft rock from the past but, somehow, the future.

I cannae be bothered talking about politics any more. Thursday is now MOVIE Thursday where I use this blog to detail my ten favourite films of all time.

10. Flash Gordon (1980)

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Literally the greatest film ever made.

So why have I put it at number ten? Cos it’s the first film I thought of and despite being the greatest film ever made I’m sure to think of something better next week, so I’ll stick it in at number ten and hope for the best.

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There’s no point in choosing a film that I genuinely think isn’t the greatest film in the world. Every film on the list has to be that.

Anyway: Flash Gordon has got Vultan and his Hawk Men, Ming The Merciless, Dr Zarkov, Klytus, Prince Barin and a soundtrack by Queen.

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It’s got the bit where Flash Gordon defeats the intergalactic imperial guard by the power of American Football

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It’s got Peter Duncan out of Blue Peter being defeated by the wood beast and begging to be killed quickly.

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It’s got the bit where Flash wrestles with Prince Barin on the spiky, tilty platform thing for which Brian Blessed has the remote control and they could fall off into space at any moment.

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It’s got the bit where the Hawk Men recklessly attack war rocket Ajax to the heavy rock music sound of Brian May.

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It’s got the bit where Flash crashes through the lightning field to destroy Ming’s wedding and finishes off the evil ruler of the Galaxy by impaling him right on the end of his rocket.

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Jesus Christ. It is amazing.

I have one week to think of something better.

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See you tonight

Cheers,

Dr Paul

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Wed 9th Jan 2019 – Wednesday Quizzes

Quizzes tonight:

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

9pm – Brass Monkey, Drummond Street. Jackpot £180 Cheat: Senor Coconut (music round)

Note the large jackpot at the Brass.

Yeah – The first Joker & The Thief quiz of the year finally marks a return to full normality. Let’s enjoy the straightness, the orthodoxy and the sheer normality all the way up to the Festival. First half of the year is the best half of the year.

And, in football, it’s an odd year so there’s not even a European Championships or World Cup this year to wreck everything in June/July… no… NO.. WAIT – The Women’s World Cup is on this summer in France and Scotland have qualified.

It’s the first time a Scotland team have qualified for the World Cup since 1998 which is pretty much since you lot have been born.

But it is women’s football, so will the occasion be marginalized, ignored and swept under the carpet?

Or will the paucity of Scottish football success manifest itself in a big fuss and a big buzz for the women’s team?

I have no idea which way this will go. I suspect the former and kinda hope for the latter. Me and the missus and the kid were even thinking of going over to France for one of the games. Quite fancy Scotland v Japan in Rennes – 14th June.

Anyway, sidetracked. Here is tonight’s music round cheat clue which is for the Brass Monkey:

This is one of Senor Coconut’s terrific techno-merengue-style covers of the songs of Kraftwerk.

Now, Kraftwerk has always been great but just sometimes you listen and think “this is all a bit exact, a bit teutonic – it needs some loose Latin“. And, happily, Senor Coconut fills this need.

I was reading about him the other day. His real name is Uwe Schmidt and he’s a German bloke who was so into Latin techno that he moved to Chile. The video was filmed in Santiago, Chile and is worth a watch.

Disappointingly. the fat bloke with the maracas who stars in the video is not the actual Senor Coconut. But you can’t have everything.

Anyway, come to the quiz and we’ll all have a good time.

Yo,

Dr P

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Mon 10th December – Quizzes Tonight In Edinburgh

Quizzes in Edinburgh Tonight:

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

9pm – Safari Lounge. Jackpot £60. Cheat news: Katy B (music round)

Monday smells and it smells like victory.

Come to the quiz.

Now, here’s the reward for reading this post:  a free answer for tonight’s music round at the Safari Lounge.

I haven’t listened more than once or twice but I think there’s not much lyrical content: I think it’s about going out and getting wasted.

Music in it is excellent though, even though it is “very modern” in my book.

Not that modern, however, it you iz youtz.

The youtube comments are full of young people saying things like  “whooooooooaaaa – I can’t believe this is five years old”. and “I feel so old” and “music isn’t like this anymore”.

Fuck off kids, I’m old enough to remember Mike Read banning ‘Relax’ while simultaneously giving Bruno Brookes a rather hypocritical reach-around and calling Matt Bianco wankers, live on Swap Shop.

That’s real nostalgia.

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This #penguinmonday might be the last. Look at the scabby state of this one.

Yo,

Dr P

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Quizzes Tonight – Thu 22 Nov

Quizzes Tonight:

7pm – Argyle Bar (Cellar). Jackpot £30. Cheat answer: Syd Barrett (music round)

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

So who is Syd Barrett? you might ask, having just read the music cheat clue for the Argyle Bar.

Syd Barrett was a scout troop leader from Cambridge who went on to be the original front man and guitarist for Pink Floyd before he went mental in 1968 and got kicked out of the band for being useless to the Pink Floyd world-domination project.

After leaving the Floyd, Barrett did a couple of solo albums and they are bonkers/brilliant. The one that’s in the Argyle music round tonight is one of my favourites:

After Syd Barrett, the Floyd became a lot more serious and continued to be so, forever. Ho hum.

POLITICS THURSDAY

By the way- Thursday is now the day when I express my opinion on the crazy world of politics

This week’s point: INDEPENDENCE? I DON’T REALLY CARE ANY MORE.

I voted YES in 2014 but I’m not so sure now.

Thing is, whether we are UK or Scotland or EU, the same rules apply: the rules of market capitalism.

Where you draw the line on the map matters less than how you set up the rules of the game.

If the rules allow individuals and corporations to become immensely rich, the you can draw the border wherever you like and it will make no difference.

As long as you allow one person to own more than one house, then you have landlordism and a continuing rich/poor division.

Scottish independence offers a new line on the map but no new line on property rights and no new vision on the bigger questions.

So right now, I ain’t buying it. I can’t be arsed with all that palaver again for the trivial goal of a line on a map.

Disagree? Come and argue with me at the quiz.

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Anyway – come to the quiz. I love you all.

Love,

Dr Paul

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A pig who is sad because we do not allow pigs at the quiz

 

 

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Thursday Night Edinburgh Pub Quizzes – Thu 15th Nov, 2018

Quizzes Tonight:

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

9pm – The Newsroom. Jackpot £200. Cheat answer: PJ & Duncan (music round).

Anyone 35-45 reading that PJ & Duncan are in the music round may just have experienced a wave of hot nostalgia.

Innocent times when Dec was Duncan and Ant was PJ, in the auld days before PJ stood for “Pished on the Juice”.

Anyway, as Winston Churchill probably used to say “Nostalgia is for the weak. Bite me.”

Here’s the music round cheat for tonight which is for the music round at the Newsroom:

Awful isn’t it?

POLITICS THURSDAY

By the way- Thursday is now the day when I express my opinion on the crazy world of politics

This week’s point: RECYCLING IS RUBBISH and RICH PEOPLE NEED TO STOP LECTURING THE REST OF US ABOUT THE ENVIRONMENT

Someone’s making money out of recycling and the world’s not getting fixed because even recycling still means making more stuff.

So, until X-boxes can be made out of lentils, the only true environmental fix is to stop consuming things.

But good luck trying to sell that idea to the filthy-minded public who, generally, just want to buy MORE STUFF and go MORE PLACES.

If some middle-class hippy is giving you shit about recycling, ask them if they’ve been on a plane this year.

In terms of carbon footprint: ONE passenger on a return flight to New York = total average UK household carbon footprint for three months.

So if you live with someone and you both go to New York for a long weekend, you’ll need to turn your house off for half a year when you get back if you want to “offset” the damage. Which you would never do.

And isn’t always the rich people barking on about what “we” must do to combat climate change?

Isn’t it always some Bono, Branson or Paltrow?

And how many flights do those chancers take per year?

And did you know that a toff travelling on first class flights creates a carbon footprint NINE times that of a passenger in economy.

They could turn ALL their houses off and they would never make up for it.

But we can stick our environment up our arse, can’t we? After all, they don’t want to sit in the same room as the plebs.

What a crew of utter wankers.

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Anyway – come to the quiz. I love you all.

Love,

Dr Paul

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Team Names of The Week, 8th Nov 2018

Actually, some of these are a bit older than the last week, but you get what you pay for…

Team names of the week
The Findus one is so nostalgic

Nice to see East Lothian people in the big city. I think they were fairly well behaved. Put it this way: they didn’t bring their pigs into the actual pub.

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The Music That Vegans Listen To

Last night at the Monkey I had a bonus round where you had to be the first team to write down ten singers or bands that Vegans probably have on their favourites playlist.

Here is the winning entry (the first team to hand in ten decent answers that anyone had actually heard of):

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Vegan music

That last one is meant to be Joy Division even though it looks like Soy Division… which would work.

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Wikipedia Sentence of The Day: Lennie Peters

I love myself a bit of Peters and Lee, and I always knew Lennie Peters was blind but I never really thought about WHY he was blind until about two minutes ago when I read this on Wikipedia:

Lennie Peters…, an uncle of Rolling Stones drummer Charlie Watts, was blinded in one eye during a car accident when he was five years old. A thrown brick blinded his other eye when he was sixteen.

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Blimey AND Gordon Bennett

Link: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Peters_and_Lee

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