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Falklands fun at pub quiz

Governor of The Falkland Islands Nigel Haywood, with Caribbean journalists (from left) Nicole Best of Grenada, Nicole McDonald of St Lucia, Lisbeth Ayuso of Belize, Alicia Dunkley of Jamaica, Carol Martindale of Barbados and Adam Harris of Guyana. (Carol Martindale) Members of the cricket team touring the region next month are (from left) Alex Pearce, David Hewitt, Craig Paice and Ian Betts. (Carol Martindale) Barry Marsden, police chief in The Falklands.(Carol Martindale) The Caribbean Dream Team, Lisbeth Ayuso, Nicole McDonald, Adam Harris and Dan Carruthers at the pub quiz. (Carol Martindale) The official dress of the Governor. This piece was captured in the Museum there. (Carol Martindale)

Sat, October 13, 2012 - 11:00 AM

When in The Falklands, do as The Falklanders do.

That was the mantra for the week I was there.

Our Caribbean team of journalists visiting the country on a one-week media tour was lucky to catch Pub Quiz night in Stanley, the capital of The Falklands.

It's a big deal in the city and it's one of the past time activities that Falklanders look forward to. Pub night takes place on the first Wednesday of each month at Stanley Arms Bar.

When British High Commission Second Secretary Dan Carruthers who accompanied us on the tour, mentioned that was the plan for the night, most of us figured we would just go along for the ride.

It might be a good idea to check it out  - after all, life could get pretty quiet in The Falklands we quickly realize, especially with only 3 000 making up the population.

So after a day of interviews with the Governor, the police commissioner and the cricket team that will be heading to Barbados, Belize and Jamaica on a Caribbean tour, it was time for some fun and merriment.

So off to the pub we went.

We were the first ones in and were quick with our order for chili. We almost didn't get it though because we only realized while there that dinners for the quiz are pre- ordered during the day by those who call ahead to confirm their attendance.

This is no ordinary pub quiz. These people mean business. And they need to be well fed before the competition starts.

Needless to say, we stragglers were accommodated and well taken care of.

The kind bar owners had someone rush next door to secure garlic bread for us to go with the chili which they scrimmaged up for us.

In no time at all we had finished dinner and that's when things started to heat up.

The bar was filling up and according to the quiz organizer, that night there was  had a pack house - ten groups.
Seated next to us was the Chief of Police, Barry Marsden, whom we had interviewed hours earlier.

Fancy seeing him there. That quite tickled me because now he was out of his uniform and was in casual clothes sipping wine and about to kick back and for some pub play.

We quickly signed up for the quiz putting in ten pounds and thought up a name for our group. That was easy. We called ourselves The Caribbean Dream Team.

Ironically enough, the police chief’s group was called Cops and Robbers. (That tickled me too)

Let the Games Begin…and may the best group win.

We were off and ready to challenge ourselves. Let me tell you, the questions were difficult and challenging, yet these pros were getting high scores, well most of them.

Our team wasn't losing but at various times, admittedly, we were struggling. Ironically, we scored highest in the round - there were ten - which dealt with The Falklands, beating out some of the locals. We felt quite smug with ourselves.

 Imagine if they had asked those questions a week ahead of this tour? We would have scored 0.

Still overall we did well and we were proud of our placing which I won’t disclose here.

What I can tell you is though is that we didn’t finish in the last spot.

But, as I said before, what happens in The Falklands, stays in The Falklands.

Next: Fame in The Falklands with a radio and television appearance.

carolmartindale@nationnews.com

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