In the tightest finish of the season

Only three points separated the first five teams. The home side eased home by half a point from The Stormont with The Ale House a farther half point off the pace.

No takers for either bonus question which will roll over to next weeks venue The Ericht Ale House.

The Crown have been re-housed in  the Milton Royal Hotel, so we will look forward to returning there after a couple of years break later in the season.

Thanks to Nikki for the hospitality.

Champions of the mark

Last seasons chumps Number Thirty-one came out on top in the second quiz of the season in The Dreadnought. Last weeks winners The Ericht Ale House were second and The Stormont in third place.

No takers for either bonus round which roll over to next weeks venue Number Thirty-one.

Thanks to Eck and his staff for the hospitality, soup and samosas.

The Ale House off to a flyer

In the first quiz of the new season with a resounding win in the Stormont, with the home team second and The Gig third. Not content in winning Tom also relived me of a £10 with his knowledge of English football team badges.

No takers for the team bonus which will roll over to next weeks venue The Dreadnought.

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On 16th October 199 years ago London witnessed one of the most bizarre and tragic accidents in its history.

In the neighbourhood of St Giles – where the Dominion Theatre now stands – loomed the vast Henry Meux and Co Brewery. Inside were a number of huge vats, each ‘three to four storeys in height’ and capable of holding up to 3500 barrels of porter (strong beer).

On 16th October 1814 at around 5pm disaster struck when one of the vats exploded. The beer burst through the brewhouse with such force that the bricks from the walls flew over the tops of neighbouring houses. As beer surged forward, the backs of a number of buildings on adjacent Russell street were caved in – two private houses, a booksellers, a poulterers and the Tavistock Arms.

Within minutes, neighbouring George Street and New Street were swamped with alcohol, with the houses on Russell Street bearing the brunt of the wave as beer crashed into the buildings and swept down into the cellars. Servants sought safety by clambering onto furniture, but not everyone managed to escape unharmed. On the first floor of one of the private residences on Russell Street a mother and daughter were having tea; the mother was killed instantly by the onrushing porter, while her daughter was swept through a partition and ‘dashed to pieces’. In the Tavistock Arms a young girl suffocated. In another house around 30 people had gathered for the wake of a young girl who had died just days earlier. Tragically five of those died.

The London Morning Post described the aftermath of the explosion: ‘The surrounding scene of desolation presents a most awful and terrific appearance, equal to that which fire or earthquake may be supposed to occasion’. A large and devastated community gathered quickly and attempted to rescue those who had survived. Three men were rescued from the brewery by people wading in beer up to their waists while others cleared away the rubbish and listened to the cries of trapped residents.

Eight people died in the disaster. In the aftermath three of the bodies were laid in coffins with shrouds nearby, with members of the public paying their respects and leaving a small contribution towards their funeral. Five people who had died in the wake were laid in a parlour in black coffins while their names and ages were written on lids that stood around the room. Two constables stood at the door with a plate for donations, and it was reported that people of all financial standing left money, supported by the local shopkeepers who positioned notes in their windows to take subscriptions for the bereaved.

The one consolation was that the accident didn’t happen an hour later as this meant that the majority of men were still at work.

How did this tragedy come to pass? Well, according to the London Morning Post, the vat which burst was said to be old and ‘in a decayed state’. Evidence given to the House of Commons Select Committee in 1817 suggested that the brewer Henry Meux ‘used methods on the borders of legality and beyond to secure trade’.

Despite losses of around £15,000 the brewery not only survived but flourished and Henry Meux’s personal fortune grew with it. Within a month he had married, and petitioned the government for remission of £7000 excise duties paid on the beer lost in the accident, and before he died he had been granted a baronetcy!

Roll of drums time!!

Number Thirty-one regained their title and were crowned The Blairgowrie and Rattray quiz league champions 2018 at this year’s fun night in The Gig. Congratulations to all the teams who turned out in all sorts of weather this year, hopefully you came had fun and enjoyed the night.
I hope everyone went home with at least one prize ,sightly more knowledgeable and  happy.

Thanks to Eck and staff for putting up with us again.

With 2235 questions compiled this season its time for me to have a wee break and hopefully see you all in the Autumn.

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Some  happy chappies and a bottle of the Co-ops finest plonk.