Well, the last act of a very busy week's quizzing has just strutted and fretted out its hour upon the stage. Or to put it another way, today was the CIU Final in Derby.
I have something of a mixed record in this event over the years, having placed 2nd, 3rd, 4th, 5th and on more than one occasion, nowhere. You never set out to a quiz without at least hoping that you can win. Even if you know that there are better teams and better players than you who will be there you always feel that tiny flame of hope that this will be the year when you get that huge rub of the green you'd need to be successful. Mind you, it was a very small flame of hope indeed for us this year, especially since one of our team had to drop out yesterday due to sickness. Get well soon, Rob.
Dave Cornish, question master for the day, and all round good chap, was heard telling someone that he thought that this was a particularly hard quiz this year, and I have to say that I tend to agree with him. Still, many congratulations to the two teams, Radford Road from Coventry and Gosforth Empire from Newcastle, who were head and shoulders above all of the other teams today, and could only be seperated by tie breaker, with Gosforth Empire taking the honours. A special congratulation to LAM reader Mike Foden from Gosforth, a regular reader for several years now.
For the record our friends from Maesglas, Wales and West Champions and last year's winners, after a tricky mid section of the quiz they came back strongly to win the bronze. Us ? Well, we did finish in a position we haven't finished in before, unfortunately 6th rather than 1st.
Oh well, there's always next year. Good day.