Heron Island, Great Barrier Reef, Australia

Thursday, 6 September 2007

How many united teams....

were playing in the Premiership in the 2005-06 season?

Well, that's what one member of our pub quiz team understood the question to be: fortunately the rest of us understood what was meant. The real surprise was that we guessed right, and the number of "City" teams as well. And we aren't really interested in football. What's more, we knew enough about national parks, foreign political leaders, movie posters, literary figures and collective nouns to WIN the whole thing. On our first go.

Slightly embarrassing in a way. We'll have to go back and lose now.

But it was great fun. They stop after every few rounds to mark them, and throw chocolates at people who shout out the right answer; there's a stand up, sit down individual knock-out competition for a bottle of wine, and another bottle for the team that comes bottom.

And best of all, no tobacco smoke.

But it is, of course, entirely monocultural. How would we cope with Bollywood filmstars or the geography of the Caribbean?

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