I see that yesterday and today the national papers have caught up with what happened on Mastermind on Friday. If you haven’t read any of the articles, well, just think of the sort of things that were written a couple of months ago when Michael Burton equalled the previous lowest score. To be fair a couple of the articles at least showed a modicum of sympathy to Kajen Thuraaisingham . I send a large raspberry to the Daily Mail for describing his score as ‘a paltry five points’.
I may well be alone in thinking this, but while I feel huge sympathy towards Mr. Thuraaisingham, I can’t help feeling just a little gladdened that Michael Burton has been wiped out of the record books with this performance. In case you’ve forgotten, Michael Burton was the chap from Peckham who scored 2 points on his specialist round on Angels earlier this series. He finished with a record equalling total of 7, and then went on to claim that it had all been a practical joke.
By all means feel free to disagree with me on this. But I have to say that I find Mr. Thuraaisingham’s statement , “ I tried my best but it wasn’t my night” somehow a lot more dignified and honest. As it happens I have read comments from the first and second placed contenders in this heat, David Buckle and Andy Crane, and both of them have stated that beforehand Mr. Thuraaisingham came across as relaxed and knowledgeable. They were there, and they are convinced it was nerves from sitting in the chair. Nothing more or less, and I’m afraid that if it happens to you there is absolutely nothing you can do about it.
Kajen, if you ever read this, you earn a vote of thanks from me for removing Michael Burton from the record books, as unwanted as this record may be. As for yourself, well, nobody loves Mastermind more than I do, but it honestly is only a game. You gave it a lash, and that takes a hell of a lot more guts than many people have got. Don’t let it get you down.