maintained their 'goal difference' advantage over Ethel at the top of
the table by beating The Electric Pigs in the back lounge of the Albert
Club. Dunker David Delahunty played the QM role and thus was on
hand to defend the paper (a relatively easy task this week).
Although the home team started well and ended comfortably ahead the
middle rounds saw the scores pretty even. With the well-known
Coventry fan, Gary, sitting on his left hand Andrew had the misfortune
to make an error with the Lanchester question getting all confused with
Warwick University. Oh, and talking about Andrew, I had an
interesting chat before the kick off discussing the recent headlines
about 'DevoManc' (as it's being dubbed). Soon there will be a
vacancy for a new Mayor of Greater Manchester and it strikes me that our
very own Councillor for Didsbury East would make an excellent fist of
the job. Perhaps a whole tranche of Westminster funds could be
used to convert the old
Withington Baths building into an acoustically friendly venue for
increasingly deaf old quizzers to play out their major quiz finals and
end of season celebrations? Now there's a manifesto pledge!
Ethel Rodin kept up their title challenge, beating The Charabancs of Fire.
The Charas were making a first return visit to their old stomping ground
of the White Swan since the inevitable tide of gentrification washed
over the former Ladybarn hellhole a couple of years back. A
wistful Damian reports....
"To paraphrase the opening line of Daphne du Maurier's
classic novel, Rebecca, 'Last night I dreamed I was in the White
Swan'. The following night, I arrived at an establishment that
somewhat resembled the White Swan, but now had a friendly bar manager
who would agree to sell you tomato juice and Perrier water (as well as
drinkable beer), actually had clean toilets, and rejoiced in the name
'The Ladybarn Social Club'. The room where we used to quiz now has
a shiny new mirror and someone had actually taken a lick of paint to it.
The bar was in the wrong place and seemed bigger and our quizzing had
been consigned to the room upstairs, a location that always remained
mysterious and out of bounds in former days. Whatever happened to
the eerie thumping sounds? I asked Father Meggers if he had sent
someone round to exorcise it, but he just replied by telling me it was
my turn to go to the bar!
shocks aside, this was not a quiz that played to our strengths.
Ethel, on the other hand, ran away with it, leading in every round and
steadily increasing their score as they went. We did well to keep
it to a 10 point difference at the end. When a lovely little
ladybird was actually found crawling across Chara John's doodling paper
(I kid you not) we were convinced it must have been sent by the Dunkers,
and at least 3 of us interpreted it as a sign that we should adopt the
name 'A Loveliness of Charabancs' next season. Well, it's either
that or 'Charabancs Motor Traction'. What do you think?"
Compulsory Meat Raffle lost to The Prodigals in The Turnpike -
this week mercifully free of the foul-mouthed ranter that terrified
everybody last Wednesday. Anne-Marie sums up....
"Another good quiz from The
Dönitz - and yet another last couple of rounds comeback from The
Albert lost to The Bards of Didsbury in the Fletcher Moss.
Mike O'B reports in....
"The Bards beat us fairly and squarely. We were
never far behind but couldn't seem to get on to the front foot.
Must brush up on our saints especially Madagascar saints - but the
problem is there are too many of them in the charity game. Who should
be the patron saint of quizzing? As for the paper, the points
score suggests the quiz was fair enough for both teams."
A close encounter at the Parrswood saw
The Men They Couldn't Hang just losing to The History Men.
Ivor's take on the match....
"Nip and tuck all the way tonight with a Derek Ezra steal
and a dredged up St Vincent de Paul proving crucial to swing things our