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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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Thursday Night Pub Quiz Action

Quizzes Tonight:

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

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

The free answer for the music round at the Argyle tonight is Mister Iggy Pop who, as many have pointed out, you can’t beat.

Anyway, nice doomy tune with a Balkan flavour:

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: REFERENDUMS SHOULD BE DECISIVE.

SIMPLE point but if anyone’s planning another referendum on anything can we agree to make it at least 60/40, preferably 66/33 result required for a change.

Anything less is a razor’s-edge territory, and guarantee of lingering enmity and division.

Obviously that’s too late to stop the current shithouse. It’s disappointing that no one back in 2016 advocated for a two-thirds or 60/40 majority.

Ah well,. whatcha gonna do?

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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Thu 29th Nov – Quizzes Tonight

Quizzes Tonight:

7pm – Argyle Bar (Cellar). Jackpot £60. Cheat answer: Dad’s Army  (pic round)

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

I love the free answer tune in the Newsroom music round tonight. The band is called Liverpool Express and it just sounds so damn Seventies smooth that they could be from California rather than Merseyside.

Apparently, Liverpool Express were big in Brazil and played to crowds of 250k people down there. Who knew?

Anyway, great tune:

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: TOURIST TAX.

Estimated Revenue: £11 million Per Year

This is what they say a tourist tax of £2 per room per night would bring to Edinburgh. It doesn’t sound like a lot but I guess it all helps.

People talk about a possible tourist tax being used for street cleaning. I’d like to see it spent in our underfunded primary schools.

Hotels claim the tax would lead to reduction in visitors and an overall loss to the city but I can’t see that couple of quid making a difference to anyone’s choice to visit Edinburgh.

Tax ’em

Disagree? Come and argue with me at the quiz.

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See you tonight

Cheers,

Dr Paul

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Dr Paul Drambuie
Here is some booze for you

 

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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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doodle of a sad pig
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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Thu Nov 8 – Quizzes Tonight

Quizzes Tonight:

7pm – Argyle Bar (Cellar). Jackpot £30. Cheat answer: “Bombay Bicycle Club” (music round)

9pm – The Newsroom. Jackpot £150. Cheat answer: Ferrari (pic round).

So, Halloween’s just out the way but just when you think there’s a bit of clear water and a bit of blue sky, there’s Hugo in the Monkey

Hugo only appears in Edinburgh when there’s big events work to be done, we saw him a few months ago when it was the festival.

“All right Hugo – to what do we owe the pleasure? Why are you in town?”

“Christmas.”

Aaaaaaaagggggh. Bastards. Can someone organise a movement to cancel Christmas? I’ll sign the petition.

Anyway, here’s the music round cheat for tonight which is for the Argyle Bar:

Bombay Bicycle Club? Not my cup of tea. A bit Lib-Dem, a bit of a bed-wetter tendency.

POLITICS THURSDAY

Incidentally – Thursday is now the day when I express my political opinion on this blog.

This week’s point: POLARITY DISTRACTS US FROM IMPROVING ANYTHING BY SPLITTING US INTO OPPOSING CAMPS. AND NOTHING GETS DONE.

Are you Leave or Remain?

Poppy or No Poppy?

Cybernat or Onionist?

Liberal or Racist?

These simplistic 50/50s seem to be everywhere these days and while people expend their political energy working out what camp their in and then shouting at the other camp, any ideas to actually fix things get forgotten and dusty.

As the population rips itself to bits with thrashing right/wrong arguments in the simplest possible terms (which go nowhere), the elites continue to stockpile money, power, and the means to survive when the flood comes.

The rest of us will drown and will still be arguing the meaning of Brexit as Britain itself disappears beneath narwhals.

Maybe we should accept whatever poppy someone is wearing or not wearing and get back to destroying the privilege of the wealthy.

Love,

Dr Paul

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Thu Nov 1 – Quizzes Tonight

Quizzes Tonight:

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

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

I’m double double-checking tonight’s music rounds – I screwed up last night and had Rihanna for Cristina Aguilera. I can’t believe either of them would be happy with the confusion.

To be honest, I was happy to get home in one piece last night. Halloween plus Hearts and Hibs. What a mess. Hope you’re OK.

Anyway, here’s the music round cheat for tonight which is for the Newsroom. 

It’s a ladies’ lion. Nasty.

POLITICS THURSDAY

Incidentally – Thursday is now the day when I express my political opinion on this blog.

This week’s point: Remembrance is one thing but the officially endorsed style Remembrance stinks.

The official style of sad-but-well-dressed parades are so solemn and so dignified.

This dress code bestows dignity upon what was actually the brutal slaughter of one class by another.

Real war is dirtier than Demi Lovato and Donald Trump on a Tequila bender in Berlin. Official remembrance is clean like a toilet than has been readied for the Queen.

The only dirty thing in modern remembrance is the sneaky language: They always talk about men who “made the ultimate sacrifice“. No they didn’t. They were sacrificed.

There is all the difference.

 

Love,

Dr Paul

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Tonight’s Quizzes – Thu 18th Oct 2018

Quizzes Tonight:

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

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

Come to the pub. Only FOOLS stay indoors when Thursday offers itself like an easy platter, like a buffet breakfast in a decent European hotel, full of dark breads and mysterious cheeses and cereal and brioche and cold meats and all of that.

Here are your Thursday choices:

Argyle – Middle class Marchmont Bohemia in a basement.

Newsroom – Uptown glamour, but not the exclusive sort.

The cheat music for tonight is for the Newsroom. This is early Human League – Phil being Phil, which is to say: terrific…

One of the youtube comments remarks that listening to this song on headphones in the dark is like being trapped inside a computer.

Nice.

Anyway – I’ll see you at the quiz. I’ll be the specky one with the suit jacket and the quiz questions. I don’t just have to be the asker though, you can ask me anything.

POLITICS THURSDAY

Incidentally – Thursday is now the day when I express my political opinion on this blog.

This week’s point: elections are fucking stupid.

Love,

Dr Paul

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Thursday Quizzes in Edinburgh Tonight

Quizzes Tonight:

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

9pm – The Newsroom. Jackpot £50. Cheat answer: Little Miss Chatterbox (pic round)

Thursday is two entirely different quizzes.

One in a saucy Marchmont basement full of middle-class slum-glamour and Danish postgrads,

The other is an uptown Ikea Wonderland with a bronzed mix of professions and attitudes.

The cheat music for tonight is for the Argyle. This was a hit in 2005. The video features the director’s idea of a viral marketing campaign and the hollowness echoes around the finished piece like an stone age blowhorn from one million years BC.

It’s not just me is it? Like Bon Jovi are shite, eh? (Apart from ‘Livin On A Prayer’ – obvs)

This song, however, is a pure brooner.

Chef’s recommendation: don’t listen to it.

Meanwhile: I don’t back HS2 and I just want to make that clear now so that, in years to come, everyone will link back to this blogpost and say – Hey…. the Doc knew.

It’s a waste of money and by the time it’s built it will all be hyperloops and maglevs. Total nonsense likes.

Anyway, come to the quiz. I’ll see you there.

Love,

Dr Paul

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Thursday Quiz Entitlement

Quizzes Tonight:

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

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

It’s Thursday. So you are entitled to TWO pub quizzes.

And the extra good news is that we’re downstairs again at the Argyle, back in our lovely cosy basement now that all the festival noggins have nogged off.

Give us our city back, you flakey-bakey, semi-talented, wanna-has-beens. Go back to London.

Meanwhile, here’s the music round cheat. It’s a modern singer from Norway called Sigrid.

She’s charismatic and all, but the record sounds like something that would finish twelfth or thirteenth at Eurovision.

Which isn’t terrible.

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Cunto Cards 2018
Cunto Cards 2018

 

 

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