Hi Panda fans.
Sorry I have been horrendously busy. I have a number of reviews in the "can" but not time to post. I will make an effort before I get swamped in BIFF stuff.
Tonight I am off to the Opening Night of BIFF, so hopefully by this time tomorrow there will be a good number of fresh reviews on Smallville, Nikita, Stargate Universe, Caprica and Hawai Five-0, Sushi Train and Freestyle Tout - not to mention Canetoads: A Conquest.
Oh and super congrats to Lun Lun on her new baby.
Hey loyal Panda Fans!
Is there something, someone or somewhere you want Panda'ed?
Flip me an email (howmanypandas AT gmail.com), post a comment of contact me via Twitter.
I can't guarantee you will agree with what I have to say, but I will give it a stab - and everyone knows that Pandas are super stabby.
The Other QANDA
It is an unwritten rule of pub trivia that there has to be the team with the unoriginal pun (Trivia Newton John, Cunning Linguists), the sexual and/or silly names (Jungle Sausage, Did Your Mum, Up the Bum No Babies, Who Farted), the making a point from last week names (Streets Makes Blue Ribbon Icecream, Last Last Week), locations (Teneriffic, Stabbed in Wynnum), ongoing rivalries (Elevenariffic, Twelveariffic) and those attempting to be current and witty (Out of the Mine and Into the Pub, I'm Only Here Because Virgin Blue Cancelled My Flight, The Silent Carriage, The Hung Parliament). In this way, Trivia, delivered by James Gauci (student and want-to-be stage actor) for Quiz Meisters Trivia at the Queens Arms (my local and yes I am the mayor on Foursquare) ticks all the boxes. It is also happens to be a fun and free night out. Unlike many pub trivias, this costs nothing to play!
James is often very amusing, frequently unintentionally.
$5 beer of the month.
CityCycle Station 77 is across the road (don't ride home after drinking).
Easy public transport 470 and CityGlider.
Great prizes (sometimes that wine comes with a label *gasp*).
Chances to win with no brain power.
Opportunity to win a mighty bar tab (that has never gone off since we have played there).
Combined IQ of the bar wenches < 100.
Often the food takes 45mins + to arrive.
Pizzas can be a bit hit and miss (same pizzas ordered same night 30 mins apart can be vastly different).
Can often be no space left in the bar area to play.
Gets cancelled for stupid boxing.
Quiz Meisters is very AV orientated so make sure you can see the TV - we made this mistake once and spent most of the night getting up and down. Questions cover such favourites as "Porn or Pony" (where you guess if it is a porn star or a My Little Pony - harder than you might think), Face Off with Nicholas Cage (whose face has been replaced with Nicholas Cage's), Is It a Jim's (pick the real Jim's Franchise) and Opera Boy (an crowd favourite - where a character sings lyrics to a well known song in opera to a different tune). There are general knowledge, pop culture, geography, science and politics questions for those who actually are clever, but for the rest of us, we just go with the flow, and whether we win or lose, leave with sore cheeks from smiling and laughing so much.
Quiz Meisters Trivia runs trivia nights across the country. To find out if there is one near you, click here, but I can't guarantee that your host will be as funny as James is, or that the food will be as slow and the bar girls as dumb.