Of Mice and Men

The title of this week’s blog has nothing to do with plans going awry, it simply comes from a conversation with Hulk* about the books we read (were forced to read) at school, which we really should read again as adults. Hulk also feels the need to read ‘The Catcher in the Rye’. This whole conversation all spanned from a question about the Japanese mistranslation of ‘The Grapes of Wrath’ (which was published as Angry Raisins) and wondering where the name of that book came from.

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The Rules

This week has been a week of feedback and rules. Way back in the late 1990s I joined a start-up bank and was trained by a bloke called (REAL NAME ALERT!!) Geoff. Now, Geoff was a great believer in feedback, continually referring to it as the ‘breakfast of champions’. However, I’ve found that this advice differs from that given to me by Mr IT Botham over the intervening years. Given that my morning diet of 40g of feedback smothered with 125ml of cold skimmed milk has not yet resulted in my ability to score 149 not out and take 7 wickets for 109 against the Australians, maybe the time has come to listen to Sir Beefy of Somerset and switch to Shredded Wheat instead.

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The Beautiful Game

So this week has seen the start of Brazil 2014, the 20th FIFA World Cup Finals tournament. As a quiz writer I like things like World Cups and Olympics, not so much because of the sport thing but because of the opportunity to write a whole new raft of related questions. Every such tournament thows up something or someone interesting, such as Cameroon’s Roger Milla (the oldest player to both appear in, and score in, a World Cup Finals match) or France’s Just Fontaine (a record 13 goals in 1958).

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