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Thursday, 26 November 2009

Pub Quiz Trivia

Below are some interesting facts and trivia that you may find interesting; and who knows, one day they might prove useful in a pub quiz!

Who had the most UK hit records without a No1?
Depeche Mode- 42 chart entries but none reached higher than No4.
How many cigarettes are smoked worldwide every day? About 15billion.
Why does alcohol make you drunk? It slows the brain and increases the release of the neurotransmitter dopamine, which is related to pleasure.

What was the first name of Officer Dibble in Top Cat? Charlie.
How many different surnames are there in the UK?
About 1.38million divided between 60.78million people- one surname for every 44 people.

Why is roulette sometimes called The Devil's Game? The numbers on the wheel add up to 666.
You sail a boat, fly a plane, but what do you do with a submarine? Drive.
Which is the nearest Commonwealth country to the UK? Malta.
How many different wines are there? More than 60,000.
How many people did Skippy the bush kangaroo save? In 91 TV episodes Skippy and human sidekick Sonny saved 39 people- plus a Siamese cat and a wombat.
Where did the term freelancing originate? The first 'free lancers' were medieval soldiers, often armed with lances, who sold their services to the highest bidder.
What happens when you put slices of cucumber on your eyelids? Cucumber acts as a mild astringent. In other words, it shrinks body tissue and so reduces puffiness in the short term.
Who made the Nazi SS uniforms? Designer Hugo Boss.
Why doesn't a trick candle go out when you blow on it? The wick has magnesium flakes which ignite from the relatively low heat of the just extinguished wick.
What is the highest number of winners of the National Lottery jackpot? The draw on November 14, 1995, saw 133 ticket holders share £16million.
Is it true that the people who paint white lines on roads get paid more than firemen? White-line painters earn £53,000 a year compared to an average firefighter's £25,000.
Where is the world's biggest car park? West Edmonton Mall in Alberta, Canada, has space for more than 20,000 vehicles.
Is it true that a male Hollywood star played a female in all his films? Yes, Lassie is a female character but all nine 'Lassies' have been played by male dogs.
Which animal has the most teeth? Snails- they have 15,000 to 50,000.
How many cats are there on the Isle of Dogs? Assuming the national average of one cat for every six residents, there are 20,000.
Why isn't the Rotherhithe Tunnel under the Thames straight? It was built with bends so horses would not see the light at the end from a distance and bolt for the exit.

If anyone else knows any other random trivia and facts, and wishes to expand our minds then feel free to add it on the comments section below.

Tuesday, 24 November 2009

2009 Hereford Pub of the Year Shortlist

Well it's that time of year again; the clocks go back tonight, Christmas is getting ever nearer and therefore time is right for our annual 'Pub of the Year' poll. 2008 saw a tied result with both The Barrels and The Hop Pole receiving 27% of the vote. 2007 saw The Hop Pole easily walk away with the title and gathering a 33% share of the votes. Our inaugural poll back in 2006 saw The Exchange take the title with 23%.
With this in mind I am proud to announce this years short-listed pubs for your perusal. If you feel that we have left out any worthy pub, or that some of the below list is not worthy then leave your comments and we'll make a final determination late in November.
The 2009 short-list is (in alphabetical order):
  • The Barrels
  • The Exchange
  • The Grapes
  • The Heart of Oak
  • The Hop Pole
  • The Imperial
  • The King's Fee (Wetherspoons)
  • The Lichfield Vaults
  • The Litten Tree
  • The Monument
  • The Old Market Inn
  • The Rose and Crown
  • The Spread Eagle
  • The Wye Inn
Don't forget to check back in December to register your vote; and the results for the '2009 Hereford Pub of the Year' will be published in early January.

Sunday, 15 November 2009

Three Elms Re-reviewed

Last week we popped into The Three Elms for a re-review. We found a nice foody pub also nicely catering for its regular drinkers.

Check out the full review here

Wednesday, 4 November 2009

TGS Bowling and Axe & Cleaver Reviews

We nipped into TGS bowling last week and took the opportunity to re-review it for the Pub Guide.

Click here to see the full review. Its much the same as it was before but the food is surprisingly good - anywhere that does a burger with a fried egg on is fine by me.

We've also recently reviewed The Axe and Cleaver at Much Birch. This is a pub with a great reputation for food but there's also a seperate bar area if you just fancy a pint. Click here for the review.

Be sure to check out our full review index which includes reviews of both Hereford and non-Hereford pubs both by ourselves and submitted by our readers.

Tuesday, 3 November 2009

Reader Review: Bored with Manhattan's

We've received a reader review from 'The One Who Got Bored' who was formerly a regular at Manhattan's in High Town.

They've given their former haunt a not very impressive 36 marks out of 100 and some of their comments may ring true with anyone who has visited Manhattan's lately.
Check out the full review here.
Remember that we're always keen to receive reviews from our readers. Click here to submit your own review.

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