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.
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.
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.
It’s not easy to adequately describe the video in a small number of words for this 1983 classic hit, so I quote from one of the comments on youtube:
"A lovely song about a girl who leaves home to become the head hooker. Only to find herself oppressed in a brothel she calls a love battlefield. She will now have to do the impossible and lead her comrades on a dance off to freedom. Will she succeed? Only her pimp can tell..."
The video is, of course, great. I’d never seen it before but it ticks loads of eighties boxes and is incredibly realistic. I remember the early 1980s and I can tell you kids, life was exactly as portrayed in the video, even in Scotland.