As committed committees come I think this year's CivSoc committee is leaps and bounds above the competition. On Wednesday 27th November a segment of the committee were out competing to get funding from PWC because we love you all. This was a regional heat, so the winner would get £1000, and be entered in to the finals to compete with the winners in the other regions. We expected competition from other universities such as Strand Polytechnic and that second rate university in Euston.
Disaster struck early Tuesday morning, a day before the event, letting us know that we'd been kicked out the competition for failing to confirm our place. That was the last line of a page long email, which to, the joy of our Tour Sec, is a welcome reminder to read your emails properly! Fortunately another team dropped out, probably because news had spread that the sexiest LIVIC Editor in the whole of Westeros had also dropped out. This meant that CivSoc were back in the game, our team comprised of Hannah Riordan, Alberto Cucca and Peter Nugent, the martini of pub quiz teams.
We were not too sure what to expect, we knew the format was that of a pub quiz, but that is where our expertise ended. The first round was to be on PWC, the second was General Knowledge, the third was commercial awareness and the final round was song lyrics. There was also a dingbats round, which was pictures with a meaning or phrase behind them, that was probably the most challenging round but it was also the most enjoyable.
Before we knew it the quiz was under way, PWC themed questions were being thrown at us left, right and centre. How many applicants per year? Who was the chairman of PWC? Hannah and I never had a clue, but Alberto had bags of knowledge, firing correctly on all cylinders. Some of the other questions were educated guesses, so we weren't too sure what to make of that round. The next round was General Knowledge where team really came in to its own, the three of us pretty much had all the bases covered, there was even a Geotechnics questions. Could you imagine our excitement when we saw that? Picture a fresher at climax for his first time, and multiply that by 10.
There was a little break with some free food as well as a chance to finish the dingbats. The food was pretty awesome, miniature burgers, miniature jacket potatoes and some chicken. Sufficiently fed and hydrated we tried to tackle some of the dingbats. Hannah decided she'd grab this round by the balls and squeeze as hard as possible, and she deciphered loads of the dingbats before the time limit. On to the next two rounds, commercial awareness was a tough one but again the diversity on the team meant we could answer every question. The last round is where our team effectively crumbled, it was a song lyrics round for pop music. I mean, who even listens to the lyrics of that crap? Regardless we realised we couldn't answer many of the questions so made educated guesses instead.
There was a short presentation about PWC and we went over the answers to the questions. We got one wrong in the PWC round, one wrong in the general knowledge round and 2 wrong in the commercial awareness round. Our undoing was the song lyrics round which meant we placed 4th, only 5 points off 1st place. It was disappointing not to do better and bring home the bacon (mmmm...), but it was very enjoyable and if the scheme runs next year I'd recommend you all sign up as it's a really fun evening.