Who the hell is Tim Berners-Lee?

16 Sep

Last night we checked out the local pub quiz. The last time the Mr and I teamed up for a quiz we won Sunday lunch and drinks in a posh bar in Hampstead so we had high hopes.

It was called a “fun” quiz, which we soon realised meant there wasn’t much in the way of a prize. A free drink might have been vaguely suggested but very quietly, and only once.

It eventually started 35 minutes later than advertised because the quiz master wanted to watch the football first.

It soon became apparent that our quiz master hadn’t quite read the job description – or, more precisely, the quiz. Somehow we stumbled our way through 5 rounds of questions, took impromptu pauses when he stepped outside for a cigarette and occasionally got a question that actually made sense.

We were even treated to extra little asides – such as the hilarious quip “she got it for ironing and making beds” which followed the question: who was the first woman to be awarded an Order of Merit? My Mr practically had to pin me to my chair to stop me grabbing the microphone and returning a few choice remarks of my own.

And then we got to Tim Berners-Lee, legendary creator of the world wide web. Unfortunately his fame hadn’t quite preceded him to this particular haunt in Dorset. “who the hell is he?” screamed one of our competitors – fellow pub quizzers. Our host decided it might jog their memories if he spelled out the name. “B-u-r-n…”

By this point I was practically sobbing into my wine (which incidentally was served on tap, next to the lager).

Anyway the question regarded TBL’s nationality, to which we answered “British”. But the quiz master wasn’t having that. “He’s English, not British” he insisted. Thankfully he appeared to be alone in the view that England and Britain are mutually exclusive and we won the toss – but inevitably not the quiz.

But everyone was a winner really – our reward was two hours of post-quiz karaoke, which was tuneless at best. I can’t wait until next week.

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4 Responses to “Who the hell is Tim Berners-Lee?”

  1. chrisconder September 16, 2010 at 9:21 pm #

    haha, you will have to come to one of our pub quizzes one day. Sounds very similar… wish I could have been a fly on the wall at yours, I bet your face was a picture.
    chris

    • zskdorset September 16, 2010 at 9:32 pm #

      I imagine my expression was somewhere between shock, awe and sheer horror. Would love to do pub quiz lancs-style sometime 🙂

  2. chrisconder September 16, 2010 at 9:37 pm #

    tha’ll allus bi welcome lass.

    • zskdorset September 16, 2010 at 9:55 pm #

      ah thank you – likewise. Will I need to bring my own pigeon? 😉 well done with that by the way, you got some great coverage for it.

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