American Pie – or not

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I have always loved a quiz and whenever I go to a quiz night I am always mystified when people say ‘it’s only a bit of fun’ as I repeatedly kick myself metaphorically up my own backside for weeks when I get an answer wrong. Worse still is when a team mate has the correct answer but the consensus is to pick a wrong answer.

Until now I never really gave much thought as to how the poor quiz master must feel when ganged up on due to a disputed answer.

 

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So off I went and innocently prepared my first ever Christmas quiz for this newspaper, spending days poring over facts and figures, checking and rechecking and then sending the questions and answers in for publication. Very pleased I was with myself until a reader pointed out that in fact Buddy Holly did not die in a plane called American Pie, it seems I had fallen for an urban myth started by the Don McLean song as the plane was actually a  Beechcraft Bonanza numbered N37949.

Apparently Santa Claus also had a part time job moonlighting for White Rock Beverages and appeared in a drinks advert in 1915, some years before in 1931 Coca- Cola gave him a proper advertising contract. I have always thought the collective phrase is a murder of crows but another reader thought it should be a murder of ravens. After further homework I am convinced it’s a conspiracy of ravens so the crows can still go a murdering! I also had a typo, printing Instruments instead of Industries for one answer (EMI). I was reminded of a sports instructor from my school-days telling all of us spotty teenagers that perfect practice makes perfect not just practice makes perfect. In the spirit of fairness anyone that gave either one of a disputed answer got the point.

All in all a good number of people entered the quiz and the eventual winner was a mother and daughter team, Janet Baker and Emma Walker from Arboleas. They did splendidly narrowly beating Gill Nickson from Albox.  Mind you there was only 6 points between the lowest and highest scores so well done everyone who entered. A bit of fun with the attraction of a slap-up meal for two to be won at La Montana Restaurant and Bar between Bedar and Lubrin km11.

Janet and her good friend Val duly arrived at La Montana for their prize dinner tucking into soy and ginger marinated prawns, succulent Argentinean rib eye steaks and home made pannacotta with wild berry coulis. All washed down with excellent Barceló wine. Congratulations Janet and I hope 2011 is a happier one for you. Thank you Matt and Carol for donating the splendid prize. I will run another quiz at Easter and I am already studying to make sure those murderous ravens don’t cause any more trouble.

So that’s the festive season over for another year, living in Spain it seems to last a lot longer especially with this Three Kings business. Just when we Brits are taking down decorations and vacuuming up the pine needles the Spanish are donning silly paper crowns and giving presents. I cannot imagine any child from Britain happily waiting until January 6th for their pressies, there would surely be a riot and the top of mums’ wardrobe would be scaled and explored for goodies well before then.

And finally, Roy please close the door on your way out. Welcome back King Kenny!

 

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