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But first: time for work.

Didn't read it all, but it does seem like it might be of help.


My Boomerang Won't Come Back... a gimme.
There should be more of that quaint novelty-song genre in the noughties-infested pub trivia circuit ;)
Altho, as you know, Little arrows is really much more my kinda music.

The music questions are piss easy. Soemthing even a feckin' proddy idiot could have answered.

"Is there a pestilent species of mosquito in the brooks of Upper Slaughter or Manky on the Wold?"

Think there used to be. They drained the marshes though: made way for tea shops.

The music questions are piss easy.

Maybe we should be recruiting Mr. Holden to our team? ;)

Any time you're up for it, FX, pop along. We actually need a good music person such as yer-self. I trust yer up on yer Missy Higgins, Nelly, Cristine Aguilerra and Fiddy?

And Alistair; same deal here. Except down in Straya, they are all called Devonshire Tea houses. Not sure what they've got against Durham Tea, or Chester-Le-Street Tea. What is it with this Tea-shop bidness? Surely not EVERY would-be owner has seen Withnail.

What was your biggest loss against the Catholic schoolboys, Tony? We managed a 114-0 loss against the aspiring primates. Mind you, our best score of the season was a 32-0 loss against a non-Catholic school, after which our coach congratulated each of us individually on a job well done.

Every year of secondary school, then again in the Ammos I played against Xavier and only ever beat them twice. In U-16 B and in the Old Boy 3rd XVIII. By my count that's two out of about 15 matches.

Fuck me if they didn't try hard. And there always seemed to be about half-a-dozen psycho redheads called O'Blimey.

Hello "nname"

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Russell Allen
Your loyal servant and former Telstra worker

Five indigenous species of Anopheles mosquito are capable of transmitting malaria in England. The most competent, An. atroparvus, prefers to breed in brackish water along river estuaries. Contemporary accounts of the distribution of ague in 16th and 17th century England reflect the ecology and distribution of this species. For example, the anaerobic bacterial flora of saline mud produces a strong and distinctive sulfurous odor. This was widely perceived to be the actual cause of agues in salt marsh areas—Shakespeare's "unwholesome fens"—hence the Italian term mala aria (bad air).

read all about it here: http://www.cdc.gov/ncidod/eid/vol6no1/reiter.htm

Malaria was a big problem round Rome in Imperial times, and right up to the 19? 20? century, when the marshes were drained.

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