Archive for June, 2007
by Julie Carter, Household
Man-eater – sorry Manager
Wow what an event it turned out to be! Thank you to all who made the effort to attend, the event was the ‘biggest ever’, making all the hard work organising it worthwhile.
Here’s a Little Summary:
The evening kicked off at 7:30pm and each team had a supply of drinks, sweets, biscuits and nuts to help keep everyone’s brains ticking along and prevent the tummy grumbles. Each team had 6 answer sheets, 1 sheet per round, each round contained 12 questions and each team had a Joker.
The question rounds consisted of Music, Sport, True or False, Celebrities, Intro’s and TV & Film. We also had a ‘BONUS’ round supplying each team with some lyrics. The teams needed to identify the name of the songs that the lyrics appear in.
We were fortunate enough to have the help of our very own Mr Twite who took his usual role of Quiz Master and a smashing job he did too, albeit he probably ended up with a sore throat after 2 ½ hours of shouting out the questions. We did supply him with a microphone however he declined the offer as he didn’t want to be restricted to one spot. He wanted the freedom to roam around the marquee and I quote, ‘to walk about and hang around the tables with the pretty ladies!!!’ (Editor’s Note: He was also wearing a fetching pink top, which showed off his toned muscles!)
At the beginning of each round Mr Twite asked if any team wished to use their joker, in doing so any points they earnt during the round would be doubled.
At half way point we had approx 10 teams who were in 1st, 2nd and 3rd places so things were pretty tight. However most of the teams had already played their jokers so all teams had everything to play for in round 2.
Round 2 was under way and the managers team; ‘Jen’s Fantasy Team’ were doing well (sorry correction, Jen was doing very well while Carl put his feet up and was thinking of England and Elliot was getting drunk!!), so it pretty much left Lee and Jen to fend for the Managers honour and on the basis that Jen subscribes to ‘Closer’ she was always going to be the strength within the group – real girl power!!
More disturbingly was the fact that the winners of the 2006 quiz were also fairing well, surely they could not win it for the second year running!!!!
The minutes ticked by and before we knew it the questions had come to an end. Now it was up to the scorers to collate the answers and announce the winning teams, but low and behold we had a tiebreaking situation for 1st place, between ‘The Arsehole of Flux’ – No the team was not named after you Rushy, although I can understand why people would think it was!! – and ‘Dogtanian and the Four Marketeers’ – last year’s winning team – boooo.
(Editor’s Note: I would like to point out that only 60% of last years winners (Darwin’s Unnatural Selection) were in Dogtanian this year – there was no Jemma and with the aforementioned Jenny having been poached by the managers, we were lucky to have two new recruits available in the shape of Steve and Charlotte.)
We were prepared for such an eventuality. The tie-breaking question that determined who would win the jackpot of £210 or the 2nd prize of £100 was: ‘According to Ask.Com how many islands make up the Maldives? First with their answer was ‘Dogtanian and the Four Marketeers’ with 2000. At this point Paul thought Dogtanian had finally been beaten, but it was not meant to be; ‘The Arsehole of Flux’ had answered 130. The correct answer was 1190 so ‘Dogtanian’ had done it again!!!!!
In third place was the Managers’ team who won £50. I think it worth a mention that the Managers’ team did not accept their win and in its place donated their £50 to the RSPCA, what a lovely gesture!
So in all we had a fantastic evening and special thanks must be given to Juliet Canham, Emma Pooley and Jane Overson for their much-appreciated (and needed!!) help.
2008 Quiz Event – Word of Warning to the marketing department – Bring it on! 2008 is the year we kick butt!! (Editor’s Note: Anytime, Carter, we’re ready and waiting!)
13th June 2007, and all eyes were on Middleton Hall Golf Course, where the annual Adrian Flux Golf Day was taking place. Steve Rush sent us this report.
Invited guests and industry bigwigs travelled the length of the country to take part in this prestigious event and, along with the usual Flux suspects, the field was set.
This year there was one notable inclusion JOHN “PIEMAN” BRAY! With bacon rolls for breakfast, a buffet lunch and a 3 course banquet on offer, John decided that the game of golf was actually not that boring after all.
At 11.00am the golf got under way with the groups teeing off at 10 minute intervals. The sound of ball against tree and the splash of ball in lake could be heard regularly. Wayne Senter, whose house neighbours the course had wisely bordered up his windows, whilst the club shop had made record sales on golf balls. There were complaints against slow play by David Flux’s group, although, reportedly, the constant sound of an air rifle and the scattering of pigeons may have been the reason behind this.
The course was in excellent condition, although it did resemble Ashley Hewitt’s hair ‘style’ with the smooth fairways joining up with the thick rough. As the weather got hotter so did Dan “Screw” Driver who had turned up in a long sleeved black work shirt. After spending the first 3 holes looking for his ball in the trees, the bark had turned his shirt into green and black camouflage and he looked more like a soldier in combat than a golfer.
All the talk before hand was from Kev “Shandyman” Playford about how he’d won a big vase in a competition the week before. (What he seemingly didn’t say was that he’d won the vase in the flower arranging competition at the WI) After seeing KP’s poor tee shot at the 11th, Rushy ripped the piss! Kev’s reply was ‘watch this, it’s going straight in the hole’. The ball went 5 yards up the hill and rolled back to his feet. Chin up Kev!
On the same hole Phil Harpham thought he’d won the nearest the pin trophy but his effort fell 2 inches short, not for the first time he’s lacked a couple of inches.
Paul Twite surprised everyone by not playing this year, saying there was a lot to organise, but after reaching the half way stage we knew the real reason. Sunning himself on the refreshment stall with a scantily clad Heidi was a much better idea. (Rumours he’d been banned from playing due to adverse reflections from his bonce proved entirely unfounded)
Rob “Swampy” Balls wished he’d bought his calculator to add up his score (He needn’t have bothered, though – they don’t make them with that many digits.) John and Kev’s stand-up routine soon emptied the clubhouse.
For the 2nd year running, Carl Pickett was grouped with the only female player, Lisa. Lisa out-hit Carl on every shot and was clearly getting annoyed when Carl kept asking her to help find his balls in the trees.
Richard Harding turned up on his horse after winning the bandit award last year but this was promptly stolen by Gav ‘The Wisbechian’ Hill, who set out on the course with this and a 28 handicap.
The final group was the much anticipated ‘Battle of Flux’. The challenge between Adam ‘Tiger’ Hutchison and John ‘The Terminator’ Bray. They were joined by the oldest competitor, Geoff, and some other bloke who couldn’t play golf either. John had even had a couple of lessons because he was determined to beat Adam.
All 4 were on the range beforehand psyching each other out. It was not long before the sound of ball hitting the side wall could be heard with balls ricocheting left right and centre. When Adam managed to hit the wall behind him, the range quickly emptied with golfers fearing for their safety. Adam reverted to chipping practise after being barred from the range.
John was getting worried as he knew walking around the course would be the first form of exercise that he had done since middle school and he knew the excuse of verrucas wouldn’t work like it did in swimming lessons.
So when the buggy was hired for Geoff, John’s face lit up and he literally spent the whole afternoon driving it leaving 75 year old Geoff to walk. John played one shot which travelled all of 3 yards, most people would have stepped forward to play their next shot but not John, he got back in the buggy and drove 3 yards to his ball (lazy git). There were rumours that John played most of his shots whilst sitting in the buggy.
The day finished with a meal and presentation of the trophies at the Riverside restaurant. Steve “Crappy Gilmore” Day won some golf balls which was a result as he’d lost 14 during his round and everyone was amazed that John didn’t win the award for worst golfer. A fun day was had by all so thanks goes to John for providing the entertainment.
But now he’s set to make the roads a safer place, by revealing a new set of commandments (more like guidelines, maybe) from the Almighty, designed to make our roads a more godly place.
He’s also suggested that priests should say Mass at service stations and in roadside chapels.
Those Commandments in full:
- You shall not kill
- The road shall be for you a means of communion between people and not of mortal harm
- Courtesy, uprightness and prudence will help you to deal with unforeseen events
- Be charitable and help your neighbour in need, especially victims of accidents
- Cars shall not be for you an expression of power and domination or an occasion for sin
- Charitably convince the young and not-so-young not to drive when they are not in a fit condition
- Support the families of accident victims
- Bring guilty motorists and their victims together so they can experience forgiveness
- On the road, protect the more vulnerable party
- Feel responsible towards others
More details from the Times.
Being well in with an omniscient being like God and living in a country that only measures half a mile across probably means that Pope Ben has no need for older drivers insurance, but if he ever does, he sould give us a call on 08000 83 88 33
Well it’s been a while, and we did find a worse driver who was a bloke, but I knew that sooner or later the women drivers, who, remember get special women driver insurance premiums up to 35% cheaper than chaps, would return.
If you see any more like this, then please let me have them, but I want to see more blokes doing idiotic stuff in cars – they must be out there, surely!
Updated June 2012 with latest prices
There’s no getting away from it. Car insurance for 17 year olds is expensive. The simple fact is, the youngest drivers on our roads are, on the whole more dangerous, owing to their understandable lack of experience behind the wheel.
But if you are a young driver, there are things you can do to help yourself. First off, do an advanced driving course, like PassPlus, Btec level II, IAM, RoSPA or Max Driver. By getting extra skills and experience, you’ll be making yourself a safer driver and young drivers will save much more than the cost of the course on their first insurance premium.
Second, take a limited mileage policy if you can commit to driving less than, say 1500, 3,000 or 5,000 miles a year. This will save you money, and is a more convenient way of getting a discount than installing a “Pay as You Drive” black box into your car, where some insurers will discount for a limited mileage but can stop you driving at particular times of the day!!
Joining an owners club can drop your premium by up to 15%, parking your car in the garage will probably save you more than your dad, and fitting an alarm will bring down the premium too. Also adding a parent onto the policy will further reduce your premium.
So far, so good, but there are some factors you can’t, or are unlikely to change. You can’t make yourself any older, and you probably don’t want to move house just to get cheaper car insurance. So that leaves the car that you choose as the main factor in determining the price you will pay.
So what is the cheapest car to insure. We did some research and the result may surprise you.
The cheapest car to insure, for a teenage driver, is, by a country mile, the classic VW Beetle. Other classics have also done well, with the Ford Anglia coming in 3rd and the Citroen 2CV6 coming 4th, but it’s not just a list of bangers with respectable modern motors like the Vauxhall Corsa, Peugeot 106 and the quirky Vauxhall Agila all doing very well.
Of course, not all classic beetles are all that old – production continued in Mexico and Brazil right up to 2003, and some enthusiasts import these to the UK enjoying the classic Beetle styling and air-cooled power, with a few (slightly) more modern creature comforts. Check out mexibugs, for more details.
Here is the list of cars, you’ll notice that almost all of them are low powered 1 litre engines – if you go for a more powerful car too soon, your premium will accelerate faster than your car, for example, if that Renault 5 at number nine were the turbo version, the premium for a bloke would be £4,000, so watch out. All the quotes below are for Third Party Fire & Theft Cover for a 17 year old driver living in a moderate-to-low risk area in a white collar occupation and assume the car is valued at less than £5,000.
|Car model / engine size||Male||Female|
|Volkswagen Beetle (old shape, up to 1600cc)||1450||1000|
|Ford Anglia 1000cc||1890||850|
|Vauxhall Agila 1000c||1980||1500|
|Vauxhall Corsa 1000c||1980||1500|
|Hyundai Amica 1000c||2030||1530|
|Hyundai Atoz 1000c||2030||1530|
|Fiat 126 0652cc||2030||950|
|Austi Mini 1000cc||2150||1150|
|Citroen C1 1000cc||2170||1200|
|Renault Clio 1149cc||2220||1630|
|Daewoo Matiz 1000cc||2200||1680|
|Peugeot 106 1000cc||2250||1700|
|Fiat uno 1000cc||2250||1500|
|Fiat Panda 1000cc||2250||1700|
|Volkswagen Fox 1200cc||2280||1290|
|Suzuki Alto 1000cc||2350||1770|
|Volkswagen Lupo 1000cc||2350||1550|
|Seat Ibiza 1000cc||2350||1680|
|Daihatsu Cuore 1000cc||2600||1640|
|Toyota Aygo 1000cc||2600||1120|