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Mon 28th Jan 2019 – Super Quizzes Ahoy

Quizzes in Edinburgh Tonight:

7pm – Brass Monkey Leith. Jackpot:£100. Cheat: The Byrds (music round)

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

Well, we have a rollover at the Brass Monkey Leith, a rare pleasure. Come and get your filthy grubby hands all over the £100 and then piss it up the wall or save it. I don’t mind which.

Well done to the Speckies who took the slightly large pot at the Safari last week which means we are back to basics in Abbeyhill tonight, as if there were any other way.

The cheat music for tonight’s quiz at the Brass Monkey Leith. It’s the Byrds who existed in the 1960s and, without looking up Wikipedia, I’ll guess that exactly half of them are now dead. I’ll look it up while you’re watching the video:

Right, there are five of them, so the prediction of half is going to be wrong.

The video is from 1965, so from that line up THREE are alive and TWO are dead. The dead ones have almost identical surnames: Clark and Clarke. I don’t think this is significant.

Anyway, they are 40% dead and 60% alive. Nice going.

Maybe some of the alive ones will come to the quiz tonight. You never know when you’re going to meet some auld guy who was a star in the sixties.

Yo,

Dr P

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Sunday Quizzes – 27th Jan 2019

Tonight’s quizzes :

6pm – The Persevere. Jackpot: £150. Cheat: Birmingham City (pic round)

8pm – Tolbooth Tavern. Jackpot: £60. Cheat: Shawn Mendes (music round)

Both rollovers tonight! Nice one.

And here is the video for tonight’s music round free answer which relates to the Tolbooth Tavern quiz at 8pm:

I don’t really know who or what Shawn Mendes is. I am not ashamed.

Anyway, get yourself to the quiz and we’ll have some quiz-fact-charged and prize-driven fun when you do.

Yeah.

Dr Paul

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An idle boast

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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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Wed 23rd Jan – Pub Quizzes Tonight

Quizzes tonight:

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

9pm – Brass Monkey, Drummond Street. Jackpot £30 Cheat: Simple Minds (music round)

So well done to the Speckies for picking up the big jackpot at the Monkey last Wednesday. Phenomenal £210 win! Now we are back to normal. Normality is back to us. Come to the quiz. Normal or mental, it’s always great.

For reading the daily quiz post, you earn a free answer fpr tpmoght’s quiz, so let it be known that the music round at the Brass Monkey tonight includes this song by Scottish pop legends Simple Minds:

Back in the day, I never used to get Simple Minds.

I mean, I thought they were all right but didn’t really understand why they were so popular.

The only thing I ever heard of theirs in the 80s that I really really liked was ‘I Travel‘, which still sounds phenomenal and has Jim Kerr rabbiting on about monarchies and art galleries. Brilliant.

But recently I discovered some belters that I missed at the time, that I only discovered 35 years later: New Gold Dream, Up On The Catwalk, Chelsea Girl, all that stuff. I love youtube.

Anyway, the great thing about coming to the quiz is that when you meet me in person I don’t witter on about the 1980s. I’m too busy asking questions and giving out prizes.

See you later.

Dr P

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Sun 20th Jan – Sunday Quizzes Tonight

Tonight’s quizzes :

6pm – The Persevere. Jackpot: £120. Cheat: Olly Murs (music round)

8pm – Tolbooth Tavern. Jackpot: £30. Cheat: Brazil (pic round)

Yeah – everyone loves Sunday. What a day.

Come and have yourself a wee night out. If you never go out on Sunday because you are frightened of what it might do to you on Monday morning, I’d say try it.

The quizzes are earlier on a Sunday – the Persevere starts at six and is done by half  even. The latest the Tolbooth finishes is about quarter to ten. Perfectly reasonable.

Anyhow, here is the video for tonight’s music round free answer which relates to the Persevere quiz at 8pm:

It’s Olly Murs. I have nothing to say about him. It’s like looking at a beige cushion on a beige sofa. He’s that interesting. How is it possible to be that many different kinds on bland in one entertainer? I don’t know. By the way: correct me if I’m wrong. Maybe there’s something about him that breaks the mould?

Anyway, get yourself to the quiz and we’ll have some quiz-fact-charged and prize-driven fun when you do.

Yeah.

Dr Paul

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Thu 17th Jan – Quizzes Tonight

Quizzes Tonight:

7pm – Argyle Bar (Cellar). Jackpot £120. Cheat answer: Mister Nonsense (pic round)

9pm – The Newsroom. Jackpot £100. Cheat answer: Alvin Stardust (music round).

Both pubs jackpots are in a rollover status tonight. This is unusual. Come and win the dough.

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

I love Alvin Stardust and I wish I went to see him a few years ago when he played Peebles but I spurned the opportunity and how he’s dead. This is, somehow, a bit like Brexit.

Speaking of which-  I’m not talking about politics any more on Thursdays. I’ve had enough. Thursday is now MOVIE Thursday where I use this blog to detail my ten favourite films of all time.

The chart so far:

10 .Flash Gordon

This week:

9. Jesus Christ Superstar (1973)

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Fantastic

Literally the greatest film ever made.

I know I said that last week but JCS is absolutely banging. It’s the story of the last week of the life of Jesus, but largely from Judas’s point of view and with loads of strong rock music.

And a couple of nice ones too, just to smooth the butter.

This film includes the bit where Judas has to run away from tanks:

The bit where Jesus gets 39 lashes of the whip, to the pounding rhythm of raw rock:

It has the best religious hats of any film from the 1970s:

And it’s got the bit where Simon Zealotes goes absolutely mental and redefines dance itself:

The first ever production of JCS was the original album in 1970. On that cut, the part of Jesus was sung by Ian Gillan out of Deep Purple  – the quality was high.

And, because it was all songs, the Broadway theatrical production which followed was deemed a “rock opera”.

Debate continues over what the term “rock opera” means and whether it has a meaning at all. Is it just a musical with an electric guitar?

Then, a few years later the film was made by Norman Jewison, a director whose other credits include ‘Rollerball’, ‘Moonstruck’ and ‘The Cincinnati Kid’.

Andrew Lloyd Webber (who wrote the music) apparently hated the film but he must be a lunatic.

So is it a rock opera? Does Webber approve? It doesn’t matter. All that matters is the acting is spot on, the scenery is amazing, the songs are unforgettable, the story is tight and emotional and it’s just fucking brilliant.

If you haven’t seen it because you “don’t like musicals”, you need to drop that toxic masculinity shit and get on board.

How is this film only number nine 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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Wed 16th Jan – Quizzes Tonight In Edinburgh

Quizzes tonight:

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

9pm – Brass Monkey, Drummond Street. Jackpot £210 Cheat: The Game of Life (pic round)

Note that last week’s large jackpot at the Brass has now become huge.

Dave Grohl approves of tonight's £210 jackpot
Dave Grohl approves of tonight’s £210 jackpot

And here is the cheat music round answer which applies to the early quiz tonight at the Joker And The Thief:

That’s Feargal Sharkey who used to be the singer with the Undertones (Teenage Kicks, My Perfect Cousin). The Undertones were cool in a punk pop way. Everyone liked the Undertones, then they disappeared.

Then, a few years later, it was the mid-1980s and Feargal Sharkey suddenly appeared out of nowhere to became this massive solo artist for about two songs and then, just as quickly, disappeared into oblivion.

Two flah-in-the-pan careers from the same bloke. Nice work.

Anyway, just imagine what you’re going to spend the £210 on when you win the jackpot at the Monkey tonight.

Come to the quiz.

Hey

Dr P

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The real Annie Oakley, 1922
The real Annie Oakley, 1922

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Monday Night Quizzes In Edinburgh – 14th Jan 2019

Quizzes in Edinburgh Tonight:

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

9pm – Safari Lounge. Jackpot £60. Cheat news: Renoir (pic round)

Where did the weekend go? Same place they all go: France.

It’s the of the only bits of Brexit I can support: at least we won’t have to send our weekends to the continent any more. Perhaps that extra time we get back will be worth all the hassle after all.

What hassle is that? Well, there was Polish guy in the Safari Lounge last week and he predicts that a “no deal” Brexit will result in cucumbers which cost three pounds.

Three quid? For a cucumber? Blimey: I can’t think about it.

Anyway, here’s the cheat music for tonight’s quiz at the Brass Monkey Leith. It’s from 1992 which almost automatically makes it amazing:

1992? Wow. Everyone was loved-up, raving and splendid.

Looking back at the stats now, you can see there was supposed to be a heavy economic recession in the early 1990s but to be honest, acid was £3 a tab, so we never noticed.

I don’t do drugs any more so the marking at tonight’s quiz will be competent. You don’t have to worry about that.

Yo,

Dr P

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Sunday 13th Jan 2019 – Sunday Quizzes

Tonight’s quizzes :

6pm – The Persevere. Jackpot: £90. Cheat: Peter Howson (pic round)

8pm – Tolbooth Tavern. Jackpot: £30. Cheat: “Jane” (music round)

Sunday Sunday. So good to me.

Voice is better this week. Don’t be afraid of a croaky QM. Come quiz.

Here is the video for tonight’s music round free answer which relates to the Tolbooth quiz at 8pm:

Obviously it’s Rod Stewart but the info you need is “Jane”. The round is looking for girls names that are in the song title.

Anyway, get yourself to the quiz and we’ll have some trivia-related and prize-based fun when you do.

Yeah.

Dr Paul

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The time there was a Lionel Richie Bag

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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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