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Mea Culpa.

In the Obituary thread on John McCirick I wrote the following

"In the 90's my quiz team won the Tetleys CIU national club competition. For winning a semifinal the prize was a silver service hospitality day at the Midlands Grand National at Uttoxeter. John McCirick was a guest speaker. He "marked" our cards with likely the winners. I completely ignored him and proceeded to select 5 out of the 6 winners. Well free beer all day and a wad in my pocket it was the best days racing I have ever had.

The prize for winning the quiz grand final was supposed to be a weekend for 4 + plus partners in Paris. When we went up to collect our prize,  the compere  who was Gary Newbon the ITV sport reporter said " sotto voce", that there was a problem with the prize. Instead of the trip to Paris we were each  given £500 in Hogg Robinson travel vouchers. It paid for me and my wife for a week holiday in Lake Garda."

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There was a little bit more that is now overdue for telling after after 25 or so years ago!

I had a call from a mate of a team that wasn't very good.  He asked if I would like to join his team for the above competition on Sunday evening. The venue was a CIU club in Rugby.The quiz was hosted by Gary Newbon and we won what turned out to be a heat of the national competition. The prize was a slab of 24 cans of bitter per team member and a place in a regional semi final.

A few days later another mate from a team that was very good asked me if I wanted to be in a quiz in a club in Coventry on the Friday following. Imagine my surprise when the poster in the club, was advertising that it was part of a heat for "The Tetley National CIU club championship".  Exactly as the quiz on the previous Sunday had been. Including a Grand prize of a weekend in Paris for 4 winners plus their partners. Gary Newbon was not there that night but the questions were exactly as had been asked on the previous Sunday!

Of course,  we duly won and were presented with 4 cans each. I demonstrated that I knew for a fact that the prize should have been 24 cans. There were some sheepish looks from the fiddling committee but they were adamant that the prize was only 4 cans.

A few weeks later the East Midland regional semi final was held on the Friday. Gary Newbon in attendance. Unfortunately we only came second and were eliminated.

Come the following Sunday the West Midland regional semi was held in Coventry again hosted by Mr Newbon. ( at this point I was trying not to be recognised by him).

To our amazement once again the questions had been recycled from the East Midland semi on the previous Friday! Because we were not trying to draw attention ourselves we threw in a few wrong answers so that we didn't look too good, whilst at the same ensuring we did enough to win. 

That was when we found that we had won the trip to Uttoxeter for the Midlands Grand Final.

The Tetley Quiz final was to be held in the Churchill Hotel Birmingham.

You have guessed it the compere was G Newbon again.

In his opening remarks he stated that he had attended a lot of the heats and he knew that there were some good teams but there was one team that were exceptional!  That's what you think we all thought, little do you know!

The quiz started and unfortunately we had to compete on a level playing fielding without the benefit of the right answers!.

The scores were given out at the end of each round and we were in the mix. Going in to the last round we knew if that we had a good round we could win it.

In fact we had a perfect 10. As the results were to be announced. GN told us that it had been a really close thing. The team that had won had been the only side that had correctly answered the very last question of the night and that was the difference between winning and a possible play off round.

I am pleased to say that I was the only one that knew the answer. I cannot remember what the question was but I do remember the answer..........................Shaun Edwards!!!!.

After the prize ceremony we were photographed for the CIU journal. To our disgust we were alluded to as " Walsgrave Club national champion Quiz team" So those cheating committee men that stole our beer had a bit of reflected glory. Hanging is too good for them!!!  I can't stand cheats😎😂

 

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Because we're off to the Flemish bit of Belgium a bit later in the year, I've decided to entertain myself by doing a Babbel course in Dutch. It's quite a fun break for fifteen or so minutes each day, and I'll no doubt forget everything the second I actually need to use the language in action.

This morning, I've just been firing up the 'time' section and now I hate everything and everyone.

Essentially, assuming Babbel aren't lying to me, this is how it works:

On the hour: One o'clock

Between 1.01 and 1.14: the number of minutes past ...

1.15: quarter past

Between 1.16 and 1.29: the number of minutes before the half hour

1.30: half to the next hour

Between 1.31 and 1.44: the number of minutes after the half hour to the next hour

1.45: quarter to the next hour

1.46 to 1.59: minutes to the next hour ...

Gits.


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This week I caught up with a man who punched Farage in his youth. I did not listen to the details but words like “knocked out” were involved. 


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1 hour ago, Bob8 said:

This week I caught up with a man who punched Farage in his youth. I did not listen to the details but words like “knocked out” were involved. 

How is Shadow these days? 😀


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35 minutes ago, JohnM said:

How is @Shadow these days? 😀

Very well and great company. 


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5 hours ago, gingerjon said:

Because we're off to the Flemish bit of Belgium a bit later in the year, I've decided to entertain myself by doing a Babbel course in Dutch. It's quite a fun break for fifteen or so minutes each day, and I'll no doubt forget everything the second I actually need to use the language in action.

This morning, I've just been firing up the 'time' section and now I hate everything and everyone.

Essentially, assuming Babbel aren't lying to me, this is how it works:

On the hour: One o'clock

Between 1.01 and 1.14: the number of minutes past ...

1.15: quarter past

Between 1.16 and 1.29: the number of minutes before the half hour

1.30: half to the next hour

Between 1.31 and 1.44: the number of minutes after the half hour to the next hour

1.45: quarter to the next hour

1.46 to 1.59: minutes to the next hour ...

Gits.

Your wasting your time. They would sooner you speak English so they can get on with their day and not spend it deciphering your torcherous attempts. 

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5 hours ago, gingerjon said:

Because we're off to the Flemish bit of Belgium a bit later in the year, I've decided to entertain myself by doing a Babbel course in Dutch. It's quite a fun break for fifteen or so minutes each day, and I'll no doubt forget everything the second I actually need to use the language in action.

This morning, I've just been firing up the 'time' section and now I hate everything and everyone.

Essentially, assuming Babbel aren't lying to me, this is how it works:

On the hour: One o'clock

Between 1.01 and 1.14: the number of minutes past ...

1.15: quarter past

Between 1.16 and 1.29: the number of minutes before the half hour

1.30: half to the next hour

Between 1.31 and 1.44: the number of minutes after the half hour to the next hour

1.45: quarter to the next hour

1.46 to 1.59: minutes to the next hour ...

Gits.

Sounds easier just to buy your own watch 😂

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On 06/07/2019 at 14:24, Padge said:

Your wasting your time. They would sooner you speak English so they can get on with their day and not spend it deciphering your torcherous attempts. 

True.

Forcing them to listen to poor Dutch would actually be rude.

The two bits of advice I give for travellers to Denmark are don't take cash out and do not ask the natives it they speak English (it would be like asking them if they are literate).


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1 minute ago, Bob8 said:

True.

Forcing them to listen to poor Dutch would actually be rude.

The two bits of advice I give for travellers to Denmark are don't take cash out and do not ask the natives it they speak English (it would be like asking them if they are literate).

This is not the Netherlands, mate. I'd expect to be lectured in English in the Netherlands such that I would begin to doubt my own ability.

My experience of the Flemish bit of Belgium is that, whilst they might all be absolutely fluent in English, they don't show it as readily and, also, they have a tendency of putting some important bits of information in Flemish only.

Probably to confuse the Walloons.

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12 minutes ago, gingerjon said:

This is not the Netherlands, mate. I'd expect to be lectured in English in the Netherlands such that I would begin to doubt my own ability.

My experience of the Flemish bit of Belgium is that, whilst they might all be absolutely fluent in English, they don't show it as readily and, also, they have a tendency of putting some important bits of information in Flemish only. 

Probably to confuse the Walloons.

True. The Flemmish are worse, but in my experience still annoyingly good. Walloonia is gloriously different!


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3 minutes ago, Bob8 said:

Walloonia is gloriously different!

They say seventy, eighty and ninety properly.

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48 minutes ago, gingerjon said:

They say seventy, eighty and ninety properly.

They say eighty just like their southern cousins.


I can confirm 30+ less sales for Scotland vs Italy at Workington, after this afternoons test purchase for the Tonga match, £7.50 is extremely reasonable, however a £2.50 'delivery' fee for a walk in purchase is beyond taking the mickey, good luck with that, it's cheaper on the telly.

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28 minutes ago, Just Browny said:

They say eighty just like their southern cousins.

They have to do something wrong, the fools.


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On 06/07/2019 at 10:51, Bob8 said:

This week I caught up with a man who punched Farage in his youth. I did not listen to the details but words like “knocked out” were involved. 

Last week I found out internet dating isn’t all it’s cracked up to be 

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Happy Bastille Day!  Vive la révolution!

(More to annoy the little Englanders than anything else...)

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58 minutes ago, ckn said:

Happy Bastille Day!  Vive la révolution!

(More to annoy the little Englanders than anything else...)

Yay, let's celebrate storming an almost empty prison and freeing four forgers, an Irish "lunatic" who on alternate days thought he was either God or Julius Caesar,  a failed assassin held from 30 years before and one aristocrat, imprisoned for "perverted sexual practices".

How very French. 😉

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6 hours ago, Exiled Townie said:

Yay, let's celebrate storming an almost empty prison and freeing four forgers, an Irish "lunatic" who on alternate days thought he was either God or Julius Caesar,  a failed assassin held from 30 years before and one aristocrat, imprisoned for "perverted sexual practices".

How very French. 😉

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21 hours ago, ckn said:

Happy Bastille Day!  Vive la révolution!

(More to annoy the little Englanders than anything else...)

Yay! You won't annoy them, though as they are happy enough hiding behind the currupt and undemocratic skirts of Brussels, Berlin and Paris.


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1 hour ago, JohnM said:

Yay! You won't annoy them, though as they are happy enough hiding behind the currupt and undemocratic skirts of Brussels, Berlin and Paris.

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Little know fact, the left used to be associated with this sort of talk forty years ago.

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On 06/07/2019 at 07:43, gingerjon said:

Because we're off to the Flemish bit of Belgium a bit later in the year, I've decided to entertain myself by doing a Babbel course in Dutch. It's quite a fun break for fifteen or so minutes each day, and I'll no doubt forget everything the second I actually need to use the language in action.

This morning, I've just been firing up the 'time' section and now I hate everything and everyone.

Essentially, assuming Babbel aren't lying to me, this is how it works:

On the hour: One o'clock

Between 1.01 and 1.14: the number of minutes past ...

1.15: quarter past

Between 1.16 and 1.29: the number of minutes before the half hour

1.30: half to the next hour

Between 1.31 and 1.44: the number of minutes after the half hour to the next hour

1.45: quarter to the next hour

1.46 to 1.59: minutes to the next hour ...

Gits.

Cough. Am I right in remembering that you studied Welsh? A language which has different words for two, three and four (but not any other numbers) depending on gender? A language which has a mix of base-10, base-15 and base-20 counting systems? Where some numbers change the first consonant of the word that follows, in ways which are different for 1, 2, 3, and 6 the same for 5, 7 and 8, but 4, 9 and 10 don't have any effect?

E.g. Un gath ar bymtheg ar hugain (one cat on fifteen on twenty) = thirty six cats

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5 minutes ago, JonM said:

Cough. Am I right in remembering that you studied Welsh? A language which has different words for two, three and four (but not any other numbers) depending on gender? A language which has a mix of base-10, base-15 and base-20 counting systems? Where some numbers change the first consonant of the word that follows, in ways which are different for 1, 2, 3, and 6 the same for 5, 7 and 8, but 4, 9 and 10 don't have any effect?

E.g. Un gath ar bymtheg ar hugain (one cat on fifteen on twenty) = thirty six cats

That sounds like a mating frenzy! How many cats do you end up with?


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Just now, tonyXIII said:

That sounds like a mating frenzy! How many cats do you end up with?

None, I was going to st Ives. Not the man with the cats, sacks and wives

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Just now, tonyXIII said:

That sounds like a mating frenzy! How many cats do you end up with?

If it's anything like the cats in our garden, they'd all be sat staring silently for hours trying to psych each other out.

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10 hours ago, JonM said:

Cough. Am I right in remembering that you studied Welsh? A language which has different words for two, three and four (but not any other numbers) depending on gender? A language which has a mix of base-10, base-15 and base-20 counting systems? Where some numbers change the first consonant of the word that follows, in ways which are different for 1, 2, 3, and 6 the same for 5, 7 and 8, but 4, 9 and 10 don't have any effect?

E.g. Un gath ar bymtheg ar hugain (one cat on fifteen on twenty) = thirty six cats

You are entirely correct. Modern day spoken Welsh has three ways of doing numbers.

The one you describe. You'll hear some parts of it in odd places but mostly it exists as a pretty relic.

The one they now teach which is very simple. Thirty six is tri deg pump (tree-deg-pimp).

Or the numbers everyone, including native speakers speaking natively to another native speaker, uses: English.

The bit about changing the consonants is yer basic mutations and Welsh has loads. Hence it's Croeso i Gymru on the sign as you enter, not Cymru.


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