Answer me this…


Third place (second losers)

What was name of the former doctor in the Goodies?

What wheat is traditionally used in pasta?

Yes. Quiz night.

Once every three or so months, anywhere from 50 to 120 colleagues plus spouses, partners and ringers assemble at the Barnstaple rugby club for charity quiz night.

Thanks to quizmaster Dave and everyone who takes part, we’ve raised over £11,000 over the years for local charities, including about £250 the other night for St John’s in Braunton.

Though it occasionally descends into drink-assisted farce, it’s a good nature evening full of banter and Dave’s bad jokes. On this occasion, Dave’s distinctive Black Country twang was a source of merriment.

Dave usually chooses an appropriate fancy dress theme, to go along with the chosen charity. Though there’s been patchy efforts more recently, there was pretty good participation this time. Who could turn down the “doctors and nurses” theme? The Dr Harold Shipman team went down well.

For four years, our team has on and off fought for prominence only to fall just short of top dog. That’s a bitter pill. Without being too big-headed (well, perhaps very big headed), I’m used to winning at work quizzes. As a representative of HMG in foreign parts, my office mates usually cleaned up in social club quizzes much to irritation of our defence forces colleagues.

Well, we fell short again on Friday. Let down in the music round and playing our joker in the wrong round. Third place on a tie break question.

What year was Coca-cola first available in bottles? (Nearest answer wins) We guessed 1901 (1894 is correct).

The Goodies doctor? Graham Garden, of course.

Pasta wheat? Durum, naturally.

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