Even if you've never been to Oxford you're probably familiar with the famous front of Blackwell's bookshop -- it appears in numerous episodes of Inspector Morse, often with the red Jaguar parked (illegally) outside, and probably shows up in Lewis as well.
Well, yesterday evening, Blackwell's was the scene of a minor triumph when five of us -- Simon of Stuck in a Book, Simon's friend Mel, plus Ruth and Sheenagh from our book group and me -- made up a team for the Blackwell's quiz night. We were all rather nervous and I for one thought we might be ignominiously defeated. There were eight rounds on different subjects, and amazingly, when they announced the halfway marks, we were in second place out of a total of eleven. We were pretty sure we'd plummeted after that -- we really needed a scientist as the science round was a killer (pity Dark Puss wasn't there) -- but after a nail-biting finish with a tie breaker for second place ("What's the population of Chicago's Hyde Park district?" -- some serious guesswork going on here), we did end up second and each got a £5 book token. Really good fun (and free crisps and soft drinks into the bargain).