Study Number 1 - The Idiot

Soup and Quizzes

We had the standard soup using the bag of ready chopped veg and followed it up with a ham sandwich made using rye and sprouted grains. It was healthy and filling, though I will be adding a few stewed apples later just to top up.

I’m now blogging and watching Mastermind. I’m a bit slow tonight. I’ve often thought of applying for a TV quiz but never get round to it. This is partly because I’m lazy, but mainly because I doubt that my armchair brilliance would be repeated once I got to the studio.

It has now changed to Only Connect, as I am doing all sorts of things, apart from writing (in case you were thinking I was being slow. I’m not a great fan of the show as I don’t generally do well. However, it’s good mental exercise.

And even as I write that it ends and University Challenge starts. It’s a real quizzing fest tonight and I’m only getting away with it because Julia is distracted. Normally she puts her foot down and won’t let me watch three quizzes in a row. It’s a good night if I answer more than two or three questions. I’ve already answered three out of four, which is one more than the students. Could be a good night – sometimes I can watch a whole episode without even understanding a question. I’m now on six from eight. Things are looking up…

They are on chemistry questions now. I don’t even know what they are talking about.

Anyway, you don’t want a running commentary on me watching TV.

I just answered a chemistry question and am now doing badly at poetry. Just goes to show you never can tell.

I’m not honestly sure I have much to add. I went into two supermarkets today as I needed some specific things before we go into lockdown.  In TESCO there were three staff without masks and the spotty teenager working as a greeter kept pulling down his mask to talk to people. At Sainsbury’s the greeter didn’t even have a mask. Two staff on the tills had no mask, a manager was working with her mask pulled down under her chin and the four teenagers at the Argos counter were clustered together chatting with no masks.

No wonder we are having trouble.

20 thoughts on “Soup and Quizzes

  1. quercuscommunity Post author

    Pleased to meet you. I’m the great-grandson of Harry, Walter’s brother. I can’t access the family tree at the moment but that will no doubt be able to tell us what degree of cousinship we have. I’m Simon Wilson, by the way – Quercus is an accidental nickname due to the name of the blog. Are you still in the Clitheroe area? We moved south in the 60s.

  2. William Andrews

    I read your search for for the family of Carus. Are you one??. Because I am. My grandfather was Walter Dugdale Carus, brother of Isaac Newton Carus. My mother’s name was Susanna, a daughter of Walter and Ellen. Rgd’s Bill Andrews.

  3. derrickjknight

    No wonder indeed. I’m not one for quizzes because you either know the answer or you don’t – and I often don’t. When I commuted from Newark to Kings Cross there was strong competition between two groups of travellers for my membership of their team in a fundraiser at Grantham. The team who got me came second. The other was first.

  4. jodierichelle

    Oh, I’m sorry that you are headed towards another lockdown. I fear we are, as well. We just recently have been able to dine inside restaurants (at 25% capacity). But I haven’t done it. unfortunately, tons of people have. That, plus schools reopening and lots of people pretending things are back to normal has raised our rates again. It will be harder for me during winter than it was during the spring and summer.

    Funny about the quiz shows. I like them, too, but even when i know the answer, I don’t seem to be fast enough to get it out.

    1. quercuscommunity Post author

      They always said we might have to close the pubs to allow the schools to stay open but people didn’t take it in. Unfortunately Julia has several hundred school kids rampaging through the garden because the school bullied MENCAP into giving them access. They don’t distance and they don’t wear masks – one entire year group is currently isolating at home as they have all been exposed to an infected pupil.

      It’s not good.

      I’m sure we could control it with another three month lockdown but I can’t see people agreeing to it, or the Government funding it. Ah well, just have to see what happens.

  5. tootlepedal

    We enjoy Only Connect too. There was a very smart team on tonight. I am sorry about the lack of masks. I heard a Tory MP on the radio this evening saying, as far as I could make out, that people over eighty were going to die anyway so we should stop bothering about them. Thank goodness I am just coming up to 79 and am still a matter of concern to him.

    1. quercuscommunity Post author

      I’ve always suspected that was the case as mortality amongst pensioners will help balance the books. I’m sure there is a government office somewhere with figures relating to herd immunity and acceptable mortality. My main worry at the moment, regardless of all the minor niggles, is that I might die before I draw enough pension to make my NI contributions seem like value for money.


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