Mr Blue Sky

It’s Birmingham’s national anthem, you know:

 

 


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Welcome to the human race — ELO-ke Night 2nd April

ELO-ke Night

Tickets £4 (including a free copy of Dirty  Bristow issue one)

Premium Ticket—get first dibs on a song* £5 

* Buy the ticket (or tickets) and add a Note to seller: on PayPal for each premium ticket you buy. First come first served on each ELO song so calling first dibs doesn’t guarantee first sing if someone has called it before you. You can’t call Mr Blue Sky as we’re all singing that together last thing.

Join us a Brum’s premier mod hang out on the first Saturday in April.

When you’ve pressed ‘Buy Now’ tickets appear in your cart on the right. Bring the Paypal email with you, we’ll know who’s paid that way.

Please download and print off an ELO-ke Night poster for your home, pub or workplace.


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Why can’t you play cards in the Jungle? Why you need to cheat at the Four King Hard Quiz

Because the parrots eat them all of course.

When we say you’re allowed to ‘cheat’ at the Four King Hard Quiz (that’s this Saturday, 13th, at the Old Royal you know) we really mean you need to.

While you can play without the Internet, or a phone, or books… you’ll find it pretty tough guessing. To win the grand royal prize of YOUR WIEGHT IN BOOZE* your team will have to best others with logic, search skills and lateral thinking — not just general knowledge. This is the hardest quiz possible and the questions are written to be un-google-able as near as dammit.

How is this possible?  Well, we worked damn hard at it.

Someone tried something a bit similar in London, we’re thinking in not as fun a way — there’s no King Kong or weights of booze mentioned — but here’s a fella from Prospect Magazine’s take:

“I’m sitting with my wife and two increasingly bemused friends experiencing the future of quizzing—or at least the future of quizzing in countries with high rates of iPhone ownership and comprehensive 3G networks. We’re in the Coach and Horses, Soho, and pretty much the only rule is that anything goes. Short of assaulting our two quiz-masters with a blunt weapon, there is nothing we can’t do, or won’t need to have done by the end of the evening if we want any chance of victory. We can call friends. We can use the internet. We can crowd-source our queries out to our thousands—well, tens—of Twitter followers. We can even, I have discovered, simultaneously phone National Rail Enquiries and send an inordinately expensive text message to the mobile phone service Any Question Answered, although neither of those options does much good.”

Sounds fun, dunnit? Here’s how we’re working it:

Four rounds, each presided over by a King… each round will have a window of 15 minutes to be completed in… and within that time you can do anything you like to try to answer the questions: Google, phone people, run round Birmingham looking for clues, ask Twitter, Facebook or even read a damn book.

Four King Hard Quiz Sat 13th Nov from 8pm 'til Late

The pub claims to have wifi “via the cloud” and is also near enough to a BT Openzone wifi hotspot to get good coverage (and this one is free on iPhone via O2, I’ve checked) — BUT connectivity is up to you, your 3G phones, tethering, mi-fis and dongles are a good bring. Go on bring the Daily Mirror big book of facts too.

*Average (mean) weight of team, all booze to be weighed with normal packaging as supplied and will be available to take home on the night (or delivered later if you’re not driving).


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Two Kings good, Four Kings better—come to the Four Kings Hard Quiz

The Four Kings Hard Quiz (next Saturday ,13th) needs four kings to preside over the most difficult pub quiz that you’ll ever encounter. Only a king has the gravitas to ask questions that would test the wisdom of Solomon (who was a king too, we think). But what kings are worthy? Whom amongst them has the subject experience to really test you?

Well, ape-God King Kong certainly does, the simian with giantism will test you on the natural world. And Elvis Aaron Presley, the King of Rock and Roll will hold your drunken heart effortlessly and quiz you on all things culture. But that’s two‚ what subjects and regal presence is enough for this finest of quizzes? We can only ask for your help—help to help us decide:
  • Will Ashley Giles, the King of Spain test you on sport, clad in his whites and holding a thick piece of willow to punish mistakes?
  • Shall we summon King Arthur, from under Glastonbury’s ancient soil to ask questions on myths, legends and soil conditions in the West Country?
  • Is Michael Jackson, self-appointed King of Pop available? Does he know anything?
  • Will seventies anarchists King Mob send a representative to threaten violent revolution, and ask questions about 50s literature?
  • There’s no doubt that the omnipresent King of Kings will be in attendance, but does the all-knowing all-seeing know enough?
  • Can we offend the memory of Martin Luther King by getting someone to him to ask you questions about guns and local underpass mosaics?
  • Will a rush of blood to the head mean King Dong can function as quizmaster?
  • Is there enough milage in slap-bass to let Mark King out of Level 42 loose on the questions?
  • And would you want the booze after Kinga from Big Brother has had her *hands* on it?
Yours,
King Cnut

Come to the Four Kings Hard Quiz and win your weight in booze.

At The Old Royal, Corner of Church Street, and Cornwall Street, Birmingham City Centre.

Four King Hard Quiz Sat 13th Nov from 8pm 'til Late

It’s the most difficult pub quiz you’ve even attended — and every penny raised goes towards printing and other costs of this most individual, independent and inspiring of magazines.

It’s a quiz so hard, that you’re allowed to cheat. It’s a test of your logic, your search powers and your network as much as your general knowledge. Bring mobiles, laptops, dongles, encyclopedias, get a phone-a-friend poised… you’ll need them.


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Win your weight in booze*! At the Four King Hard Quiz

Saturday 13th November from 8pm ’til Late

At The Old Royal, Corner of Church Street, and Cornwall Street, Birmingham City Centre.

Four King Hard Quiz Sat 13th Nov from 8pm 'til Late

It’s the most difficult pub quiz you’ve even attended — and every penny raised goes towards printing and other costs of this most individual, independent and inspiring of magazines.

It’s a quiz so hard, that you’re allowed to cheat. It’s a test of your logic, your search powers and your network as much as your general knowledge. Bring mobiles, laptops, dongles, encyclopedias, get a phone-a-friend poised… you’ll need them.

There are four rounds, each set and judged by a King, and a blockbuster that would block buster out. Special guest royalty to be announced…

Kings may include:

  • Mark King out of Level 42
  • Martin Luther King
  • The King of Pop

more Kings, and the Four Kings will be previewed.

It’s £5 per person, and you can have any number in a teams up to 6. But the grand prize is the average weight of team members in booze (we choose the booze, it’ll be available to take away), so not only do you want fat lads you want as small a number as possible (fat lasses too, but we didn’t want to mention it).

Buy your ticket now in advance  — £5

You get a paypal receipt, we get your name. It’ll be on the door. Payment on the door is fine, but a ticket guarantees entry.

More details.

*Average weight of team members, pal up with a fat lad, or lads, or lass. We choose the booze.


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