Sunday 14th April, 2024

I often meet tourists at the quiz who have stumbled into a venue, with no idea that there was due to be a pub quiz happening.

I offer them the chance to take part and lots of them are keen. But from some of the ones less keen, I keep getting this this strange objection:

”We won’t know anything though, because it will be full of Scottish things”


I think they imagine that, as Scottish people, we must wake up in the morning and immediately start thinking Scottish thoughts.

We must be saying to ourselves: “What Scottish things can I do today? Oh I must get myself something haggis-flavoured for breakfast and I must put some bagpipe music on. Oh, I forgot to put all my tartan clothes on to wash last night, I must say some Rabbie Burns to make up for it. Come on Nessie, let’s go for a Brave wee stroll in the gloaming (whatever that is). Freedom!”

It’s all slightly brain-dead. It’s like them waking up and deliberately going around and doing English things all day. Like bowler hats, Morris dancing and other perversions. And then only asking pub quiz questions about England.

Good god.

Anyway, most tourists are nice but the ones that think we spend all day being really really really Scottish do my nut in. We are just a normal country, with normal people doing normal things. We are not an art installation. We are not Hector Nicol.

Anyway, Here’s your Sunday line up:

1pm – Hot Toddy (with me)

Jackpot – £50

Free answer – PICTURE round: “MAXI PRIEST

Book: Just turn up or Phone the Hot Toddy on  07585 897 685 

6pm – Persevere (with me)

Jackpot – £30

Free answer – MUSIC round: “CUTTING CREW

Book: 0131 554 0271 or get in touch with them on Facebook

6pm – Porty Vault (with Stuart F)

Jackpot – £90

Free answer – PICTURE round: “AZTEC

Book: 0131 609 0810 or get in touch with them on Facebook

8pm – Paradise Palms (with Stuart F)

Jackpot – £100

Free answer – PICTURE round: “SLOW LORIS

Book: 0131 554 0271 or get in touch with them on Facebook

With quiz and love,

Dr Paul

Music Round Clue for Persevere:

This is CUTTING CREW and their 80s one hit wonder. Good song. Pure 80s. Youtube comments absolutely jam-packed with the “oh – life used to be better” hard nostalgia comments.

Instagram Doubler from Thursday:





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