Mr B and I always hurry up to bed....
Oh, for goodness' sake, behave! It's the Daily Blog you're reading, not Fifty Shades of Grey. What I was about
to say was that we always hurry up to bed so that we don't miss "The Bag".
For the uninitiated, "The Bag" is a general knowledge quiz, presented every week-night by the genial Paul Miller on BBC local
radio. The bag in question holds twenty tiles, each tile marked with a symbol depicting a subject, ranging from Art to Sport, from Geography to Animals and Wildlife. Each night six subject tiles are plucked from the bag and a corresponding question
posed. It's our nightly challenge to test if our brain cells are still in working order.
This is the way our tussle with the tiles plays out. First of all we have our nightly argument about
how long I take over cleaning my teeth. Mr B reckons I am taking longer and longer over this, putting us at serious risk of missing the first couple of questions out of The Bag. This is not the case. I know because my toothbrush always gives
a contented purr when my brushing reaches the required two minutes - not a second more, not a second less. There's no way I can stop brushing until I know my toothbrush is happy with me. In any case, twenty minutes to 11 and I'm ready for the
challenge ahead. "It's just a bit of fun," Paul Miller reminds us and: "It's a game, not a competition," we chorus. I can't remember why we say this - I think it used to be one of Paul's catch-phrases and, clearly, we caught it.
First question - sport. Paul Miller groans, it is his worst subject. Mr B, who is something of a sporting "boff", mentally rubs his hands with glee. We are one up. Second question - animals and wildlife.
Paul Miller is good at this; he has a phenomenal memory for the collective names of various species and such like. Mr B and I argue over what the home of a beaver is called.
And so it
goes on. We are pretty weak on Fashion and Design, shaky on Geography (though Mr B is better than me), and have to rely on guess-work when it comes to Architecture. Sometimes we are tempted to cheat (just a little bit) by each coming up with an
answer so that we have two chances of success. Most times we resist the temptation.
The posing of the questions is followed by some music, after which come the answers. We hope
for a 4 or a 5. Sometimes we manage a 6. We have never sunk as low as a 1, though we have had some close shaves.
Actually the main problem is staying awake until we have heard all
the answers; too often we are both asleep before the second answer is out, obviously tired out from all our mental exertions. When this happens it means that the next morning we have to google the questions to satisfy ourselves that we were
right (or wrong).
If, that is, we can remember the questions.......