Nightingale, Balham Wed, Dec 13 2017 20:00

So Long And Thanks For All The Quiz - Quizmaster Michael

Michael B

"And now, the end is near, and so I face the final curtain ..."

In May 2011, I hosted my very first Question One pub quiz. It was a cover shift at a pub in Crouch End. After some rather undignified coercion, I managed to find three teams and a total of seven players. The deal was clearly sweetened by the fact that I had four prizes to split between my quizzing trio, and there was something rather poetic about the second-placed team winning both the runners-up bottle of house wine AND the packet of crisps for finishing second-last.

Fast forward some six years and this evening I found myself back once more at my spiritual quizzing home of The Nightingale in Balham/Clapham South/Wandsworth (delete as appropriate). It's a real gem of a pub - a proper local boozer. No loud music, no Sky Sports, and an insatiable appetite for its weekly trivia-fest hosted by some skinny Northern Irish bloke with a rubbish beard and even worse gags.

"Regrets, I've had a few, but then again too few to mention ..."

I've been running The Nightingale's Wednesday night quiz for almost three years now, and I can honestly say it's been a pleasure from start to finish. And by "finish" - I should perhaps point out - I mean approximately 22.02 this evening. For that's it. I'm done. It's time to hang up the microphone and pop the gold-sequinned jacket back in the wardrobe. Time to give someone else a go, perhaps. I've met some brilliant people along the way - at 'The Nightingale', we had some really loyal teams who have duly become friends - 'Stephen Hawking's Football Boots', 'Tryouts For The Human Race', 'Ron's Dons', 'Friends of Dorothy' and my favourite quizzing Yankees, Tom and Terese. I'll miss them all.

In total, by my calculations, in my Question One career, I've hosted around 200 quizzes for approximately 8,000 people. From Islington to Earlsfield, from Clapham to Kilburn. As the metaphorical bartender prepares to call last orders, I must take this opportunity to massively thank Andy and Eddie Burns of Question One - the Bobby and Jackie Charlton (or perhaps the Joan and Jackie Collins) of the London quizzing world - for the opportunity, the support and the good-humour over the past six years. Likewise, Jason, Holly, Stephen and all the other people working tirelessly behind the scenes to cover a quiz at short notice here, supply a new speaker and microphone batteries there. Your hard work has never gone unnoticed or unappreciated. Not here, anyway.

And so, to The Nightingale and to Question One - it's been a blast. I hope this is more of an 'au revoir' than a goodbye. Thank you both for having me.

Or to put it another way (whilst paraphrasing the great Douglas Adams) so long and thanks for all the quiz ...

"And more, much more than this, I did it my way."

(Drops the mic, exits stage right. Realises he's forgotten his phone and goes back, thus killing the moment.)

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