89 Not Out: Day 42, Friday Night is Quiz Night

S&C contributor and Pompey Politics Podcast host Ian Morris shares his experience of the lockdown, as someone with diabetes. It’s Day 42, and the Friday Night Quiz was a wild affair, which Ian’s tastebuds and head are now regretting (sort of).

Monday 27th April, Day 42 of 89.

A yak’s carpet slipper.

I awoke on Saturday with my mouth tasting like the inside of a yak’s carpet slipper. Friday night had seen the virtual gathering of my cricket team, the Visually Impaired Sussex Sharks, on the day the England and Wales Cricket Board broke the news that there will be no cricket before July 1st.

This weekend should have seen the season start. Usually this involves risking hypothermia on some windswept field halfway across the country, so the irony of warm sunshine was not lost on any of us. 

The evening was built around a quiz, and it began well enough, although the start was delayed waiting for our skipper’s Mum to get back from the virtual synagogue to get the Zoom meeting off the ground. We managed to get the full dozen of us into the call, although with a mix of blind and partially-sighted players camera work was iffy at best – but most of us didn’t care. This was the first time I had partaken in one of these virtual parties and found it all very jolly. 

It would be fair to say that although it started structured, it rapidly degenerated as the beer flowed. Sport, opening lines from famous books, and general knowledge were all standard quiz categories, but then standards started to slip. The Guess the Player round came next, based on the X-rated player profiles from previous Cup finals we have played in. This reminded us both of better times and of the very dark nature of our Skipper, who pens them. By the time we got into the cricket karaoke round this was no longer recognisable as a quiz.

It would be fair to say the end of the evening is a biterm, hazy and I sit here in the ‘office of regret’ this morning with my fellow quiz companion, who has fared no better. We have done much recycling this morning, and are counting down the minutes until the breakfast delivery arrives – who knew this was even a thing? 

PS: Thanks to Roberto’s Coffee and more of London Road in North End for a genuinely life-saving breakfast delivery of pure deliciousness!


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