Thursday 3rd January

Quizzes Tonight:

7pm – Argyle Bar (Cellar). Jackpot £60. Cheat answer: Duck  (pic round)

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

First Thursday of the year and decent jackpots too. Hope to see you at the quiz tonight

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

The youtube comments on the song argue over whether it was heroin or alcohol that killed singer Phil Lynott in 1985. Wikipedia says “he died of pneumonia and heart failure due to septicaemia… on 4 January 1986, at the age of 36.”

But the heroin obviously didn’t help.

POLITICS THURSDAY

Thursday is the day when I express my opinion on the crazy world of politics

This week’s point: ELECTIONS ARE NOT DEMOCRATIC. MPs ARE NOT REPRESENTATIVE.

We are told we have a “representative democracy“.

Members of the UK Parliament are currently paid over £77k a year. This is the basic salary, before expenses and any other income from writing books, chairing committees, property investments, after-dinner speaking and all that baloney.

The average UK salary is nearer £28k

So all MPs earn nearly three times as much as an average earner, and the multiples are intensified when you look at the people beneath that average.
An article on GQ gives these averages: retail assistants (£10,296), hairdressers and barbers (£10,019), cleaners (£7,919), waitresses (£7,554)

How can an MP have any clue at all what life is like for his or her constituents earning ten times less cash? How can they truly “represent” any class except their own?

I don’t think they do. I say they only represent their own class, the professional class, and that’s what parliament is: it’s a talking shop for the well-to-do.

The only thing that could change this is either if MPs were paid the national average, or if parliament was chosen in the same way that juries are chosen: by random selection.

If the last option sounds mad, it’s not without precedent. Elections are a new way of doing democracy, random selection stretches back to Ancient Greece and, in a limited fashion, Ireland is doing it now

Our current political systems are broken, they have created a professional political class that naturally gives first service to the wealthy and treat the rest of us as an afterthought.

Get rid of MPs. Get rid of elections.

Disagree? Come and argue with me at the quiz.

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See you tonight

Cheers,

Dr Paul

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Wed 2nd January 2019 – Only One Quiz Tonight

Quizzes tonight:

9pm – Brass Monkey, Drummond Street. Jackpot £150 Cheat: Badly Drawn Boy (music round)

The Joker is still closed for festivity or lack thereof so just the one quiz tonight and then as from tomorrow (Jan 3rd – the most wonderful time of the year) – everything is BACK TO NORMAL and I can return to an excellent mood. Plus, New Year is a reminder that it’s only 5 months to Eurovision, the true Christmas.

Anyway, there is a cracking £150 jackpot tonight at the Brass Monkey so come along and win.

Here’s tonight’s music round cheat clue:

I’ve never seen this but just watched it now. The video includes a young couple (with braces) who get locked together in a kiss and have to be driven to A&E by Badly Drawn Boy.

The video includes a caption at the end claiming the story is based on a true story from Mexico in 1994 where real teenagers really did get locked together in a kiss in their car and “caused a 10-mile tailback”

However, one or two minutes of Googling has found no evidence of this. Did it ever happen? I don’t know.

Anyway – Happy New Year – I hope you nineteen is legendary. See you tonight.

Yo,

Dr P

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£150 Tony Stark Brass Monkey
TRue fact

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Mon 31st Dec – Last Quiz of The Year

Quizzes in Edinburgh Tonight:

5pm – Brass Monkey Leith. Jackpot:£50. Cheat: Chemical Brothers (music round)

(Safari Lounge will resume next Monday)

There is only one quiz tonight – and please note the EARLIER TIME of 5pm.

Here’s the music round free answer for tonight: it’s the Chemical Brothers:

Not sure about the story in this vid. It look like France. There are three scheme boys with clown make up and they sneak into some kind of hyper-aggressive uptown dance-off. Then they get chucked out… and arrested? Not sure what’s going on at all.

Anyway, Happy New Year and hopefully see you at the Monkey Leith for one last blast of the triv for 18.

Yo

Dr Paul

 

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Sunday 30th Dec 2018

Tonight’s quizzes :

6pm – The Persevere. Jackpot: £30. Cheat: Malaysia (pic round)

8pm – Tolbooth Tavern. Jackpot: £30. Cheat: Princess Superstar (music round)

I know you don’t know what day of the week it is but I’ll tell you: it’s Sunday. Normal order will be resumed shortly. Enjoy the galactic swirl.

Both quizzes are on tonight in real life. Hopefully either see you down Leith or up the old town,

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

It’s one of those gym-dance videos from the 2000s, that strays as close as it can manage to the porn zone without getting banned. See also Eric Prydz, and Alex Gaudino (although the latter is marching military band rather than gym, but still…)

Anyway – never mind the dodgy videos, just 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 UK and the Democratic Republic of Congo at the same scale.
The UK and the Democratic Republic of Congo at the same scale.

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Thu 27th Dec 2018 – Quizzes Tonight

Quizzes Tonight:

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

9pm – The Newsroom. Jackpot £50. Cheat answer: Iron Maiden (music round).

Last Thursday of the year. I hope you enjoyed Christmas but now it’s quiz time again. Bring your loved ones if they are visiting.Should be good for a couple of answers.

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

The full version of the song is elsewhere, but this is the bit of the song that everyone my age remembers: the Daley Thompson bit, the Lucozade bit.

Advertising was a powerful influence of the early-1980s mind of a child. We genuinely thought the drink would make us run very quickly.

But for some reason, we only ever got to drink it if we were off school with the chicken pox or whatever.

What a waste!

POLITICS THURSDAY

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

This week’s point: PLANET IS DOOMED (UNDER CAPITALISM).

Capitalism is the dominant life-form on the planet. Capitalism requires MORE. Profit can only come from expanding markets and more sales.

Therefore, any idea of consuming LESS is not tolerated.

But it is only consuming LESS (on a grand scale) that will reverse climate change.

Therefore the only consumer messages with a environmental impact which are given their head are “RECYCLE” and “REUSE”, while “REDUCE” is ignored as cranky.

The thing with RECYCLE is that you can make a new thing and sell it. Capitalism is aroused by this.  REUSE means a something new in the first place and Capitalism is still interested in this.

But REDUCE has no interest for any entrepreneur. Buy less? What is the point of that?

So it gets ignored. Even though it’s the only action that will fix anything. You can fill your car with green fuel or you can walk. Know what I mean?

Disagree? Come and argue with me at the quiz.

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See you tonight

Cheers,

Dr Paul

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Harambe – never forget.

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Sun 23rd Dec 2018 – Quiz Tonight

Only one  quiz tonight:

6pm – The Persevere. Jackpot: £60. Cheat: Lady Gaga (music round)

Here is the video for tonight’s music round free answer:

Ach, you probably would have got it anyway.

This is the last Dr Paul quiz before Christmas. Hopefully see you in Leith tonight.

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Happy Falkirk Christmas
Happy Falkirk Christmas

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Thu 20th Dec – Quizzes Tonight in Edinburgh

Quizzes Tonight:

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

9pm – The Newsroom. Jackpot £100. Cheat answer: Morocco (pic round).

Here we go. Last Thursday before Christmas. Newsroom will be busy. Argyle should be nice. But there’s £100 at the Newsy. Hmmm…

Anyway, here’s the cheat clip for tonight’s music round at the Argyle.

That’s Big Country who were a gifted team of 1980s scientists from Fife.

In their Dunfermline laboratory, they pioneered and invented the guitar-that-sounds-like-a-set-of-bagpipes. The world has never been the same since.

All your Stephen Hawking and Tim Berners-Lee and Mister Dyson can get tae France. This is real science for the people.

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: ARTIFICIAL INTELLIGENCE WILL DESTROY US ALL.

While the national debate revolves around which flag we wish to exist under, Artificial Intelligence improves apace.

Reports you can find online make various predictions that everyone will either be out of a job by 2025 or 2035.

This strikes me as being more crisis-like than Brexit or Scotland/UK, so why are they never talking about it in Westminster or Holyrood?

I suspect its mainly because no one has any answers to it and no one knows what to do. Fair enough, but people should start talking and then maybe we could work something out…

… before a robot replaces YOU.

Disagree? Come and argue with me at the quiz.

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See you tonight

Cheers,

Dr Paul

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Harambe – never forget.

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Wed 19th Dec 2018 – Quizzes Tonight

Quizzes tonight:

7pm – The Joker & The Thief. Jackpot £90. Cheat: Twista (music round)

9pm – Brass Monkey, Drummond Street. Jackpot £90 Cheat: The Shamen (pic round)

Quizzes are on tonight.

Here’s tonight’s music round cheat clue which is for the Joker:

I have absolutely no idea what Twista is talking about in this song. This could be because, according to WIki: ” He is best known for his chopper style of rapping and for once holding the title of fastest rapper in the world according to Guinness World Records in 1992, being able to pronounce 598 syllables in 55 seconds.”

Aye, very good Twista but what do you mean? It’s sounds like its something to do with making money but how exactly, I don’t know.

The video gives some clues: Twista is walking about the hood and has a massive roll of bills. There are dice involved and everybody appears to have a day off and are keen to gamble their money. Maybe Twista’s running the game? I don’t know. Slow down, fella.

Anyway, Bis are great but come to the quiz and we’ll all live happily ever after.

Yo,

Dr P

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Mon 17th Dec – Quizzes Tonight In Edinburgh

Quizzes in Edinburgh Tonight:

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

9pm – Safari Lounge. Jackpot £90. Cheat news: The Isle of Wight (pic round)

Tonight’s quizzes are the last Monday quizzes before Christmas. I’ll be off next Monday (Christmas Eve)

The Monday after that is Hogmanay and I will only be doing the Brass Monkey Leith and the quiz will be earlier. (5pm).

This is because at this time most of you will NOT be out of your boxes on booze; the quiz will still be possible.

Anyway, that’s next week. Now, here’s the reward for reading this post:  a free answer for tonight’s music round at the Brass Monkey Leith.

Ahh, it’s Blanche fae Belgium. A few commentators had her down as favourite for the Eurovision in 2017. The song is cool and modern. But the consensus was that her performance let the song down.

In the end it finished fourth. Fair play

Yo,

Dr P

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