Wednesday, 28 December 2016

No losers

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Our Boxing Day tribute to George Michael. I think it was this tune which hit home and tugged at the heart-strings more than any other. They interviewed a couple of residents at his Oxfordshire village who had never even met him, and they were in tears. Auld Lang Syne and all that.

The party on the Levels was suddenly invaded by a group of young people and our hostess's plans for a quiet evening with her two children and some other elderly guests went out of the window.

The young folk brought a boxed game with them called 'Beer-Pong'. It consisted of 16 plastic mugs of the sort they issue at Glastonbury Festival (four miles from where this film was shot), two trays of clear plastic to hold the mugs in two groups of 8 in triangular form - points facing inwards - and a load of orange ping-pong balls.

You arrange the mugs on a table and fill each with beer (or not fill them if you are short of beer), and form two teams. One team take it in turns to throw the balls into the opponent's mugs. Simple.

Here is the rule that I do not understand: If you successfully get a ball into your opponent's mug, they have to drink the beer. Where's the losing in that? If you filled the mugs with something like, say, urine, then I could see the point, but beer?

Now this is what I really don't understand - the game set costs £15, and that doesn't include beer!

People go mad with money at this time of year.

34 comments:

  1. Er' what film would that be maister Tom ?

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    1. I refer to the video at the header, Heron. If you cannot see it, then you need to download Flashplayer or similar.

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    2. I have Flash Player thank you .
      Your blog shows a wide empty space with no hint of any film being hidden.

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    3. Your problem, not mine - thank you.

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    4. I also see a blank space up there.

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    5. Ask Heron for advice. He is the expert.

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    6. Oh hang on - I forgot to disable the cunt filter.

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    1. And you would have to have smaller balls (nothing personal).

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  3. "People go mad with money at this time of the year" there'll be plenty of examples of that New Years Eve when enormous sums of money are fired up into the air to go "bang"

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    1. Fireworks are never a waste of money. You can waste some by not letting them all off at once, though.

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  4. They always come out with something not really worth one's money. I remember, one year everybody (but me) had to have a chocolate fondue fountain! Oh Lord!

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    1. In this country, only the Lower Orders had chocolate fountains.

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    1. Just found a way of watching the video?

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  6. What a pretty video. Someone wanders through and says "I love it when...". At the end, a couple are dancing, or embracing. A happy gathering.

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    1. Yes, I try to catch - or remember what Jo says, but can do neither. Jo is the hostess's sister.

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  7. Too true about going made with money. I read that E Bay is awash with unwanted presents from Christmas. All rather sad really I think.

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  8. Sounds like a stupid game to me.

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    1. And it didn't sound stupid to me when I described it?

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    2. This is the boxed version of an improvised game popular on college campuses, where you just steal the ping pong balls from the rec center.

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    3. That explains the stupidity - students (the cream of the intelligencia) always play stupid games and steal things.

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  9. Next year, to save me from tears, I will video it in landscape. I am still getting used to the options.

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  10. Sweet video - I reckognized two people :-)
    Maybe the games rule is that you should drink two beers unnoticed while your opponent still tries to fish out the ping pong balls...

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    1. Haha - recognized - too much beer - or a German accent?

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    2. I recognise more athan two, but not many more,

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  11. A sweet little captured moment in time...and I love fireworks too Tom.

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  12. Didn't take long for the title of your last posting to be answered, did it, now that Debbie Reynolds has died.

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    1. Yes - and who would have guessed that, besides Carrie?!

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