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As many of you will already know, last night saw the final of the 16th Oxford Inter-Collegiate Quiz. As [livejournal.com profile] chocaholic7 took some delight in pointing out, this was my seventh outing in that particular competition. The results can be seen here.

In summary - we (SJC A) made it to the final fairly easily, and were then comprehensively out-played by Balliol. I can't really be terribly upset about the loss, though - not when we lost to such a very good team. It's appropriate that Balliol should win this year, as they'll be keeping the current trophy (which will be full with their name added again). Having won the competition six times in the last nine years, no one else deserves that trophy.

Highlights of Finals night:
- The person formerly known as [livejournal.com profile] omap identifying 1963 on the basis of a white paper on railways, causing every quiz geek in the room to look at him and think "saddo."
- Questions on Radio 4!
- The Weakest Drink afterwards

As ever when thinking of the ICQ, many thanks go to the above-mentioned [livejournal.com profile] chocaholic7, whose heroic efforts produced the questions for this year's competition and to [livejournal.com profile] ktroo85, now officially known as Morris Oxford, who was the tournament director.
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This is possibly the most bizarre thing I've seen in a year or more, but oddly riveting.

The Brick Testament, the Bible as acted out in Legos. I particularly recommend the section on 'the Law'.

Back from Paris - my presentation went reasonably well, I think. Got some positive comments, and not just from people I'd already made friends with! Otherwise, am currently trying to organize our second-round match in the ICQ, heading back to work tomorrow morning and trying to read Faulkner's 'As I Lay Dying'. I'm not really loving the dialect - I'm sure it gives an authentic impression of Southern speech, but it's still difficult to read.
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I'm looking through the Show of Hands web-site, to put off the moment when I have to again look an idiot by muttering my presentation under my breath and flicking through slides on my monitor. Look through the list of gigs (which has recently been extended, by the way) and my heart leaps! For Show of Hands are playing in Oxford. May 29th. Wait a minute... that date looks familiar. Why, yes. That would be two days after my sister's wedding, so I'm overwhelmingly likely to be in Buffalo, NY while SoH are less than a mile from my flat. Sigh.


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