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Coffee Pot – June dispatches

CCC Coffee Pot Pub Quiz

The Pub Quiz Book was brought out into daylight again by Nina. The gloves were off for we must have the correct answer, and I mean correct. ‘Nearly’ is not in Nina’s vocabulary, nor is ‘that’s what I meant’.

How could anyone mistake Lord Nelson for Nelson Mandela when the real answer was Pope John Paul II? What was one called if one stays with a courting couple when they want to be on their own? I wonder if to-days generation would know that the answer was ‘a gooseberry’? Meaning a person who will tag along with a couple, but they themselves are single, usually being an ugly friend or acquaintance who you can’t bear being left out as he/she will feel awful.

Where would one find the Angel of the North was easy enough, but the correct answer required by Nina was ‘next to the A1’. ‘Outside of Morrison’s’ was incorrect as was ‘at Blackpool‘. What is the capital city of Hawaii? In the pub quiz book the answer was Honolulu, although Hilo was mentioned, that answer never got a look in. Nina’s book had the answer that would score the required mark. So at the end of an entertaining morning, the winners were Margaret and Viv, so well done all round.

Ps The ship, HMS Bounty was an answer, not Bounty, a chocolate coated coconut bar!

CCC Coffee Pot visit to the Great Wall of China

Our visit to the Great Wall of China was a great success, not that we all went there, thank goodness. It was a slide presentation by Richard Carver on his sponsored walk along the Great Wall. In 2001 he went on a sponsored walk in support of The National Deaf Children’s Society. He had just turned a certain age with a nought on the end, and it transpired that he would be one of the oldest people in the group; even so, he was successful in his venture. The Great Wall is not flat! The photographs brought out the truly dangerous, rugged and mountainous terrain that the walk followed. In one situation there were 125 steps that were just short of vertical, with only one foot of the each step repaired, no hand rail, and a perilous vertical drop either side. The gasps from the viewing members was audible. One of the viewing points was only accessible via a fall of rocks and, as the Wall went from one mountain top to another, it was a long way down to the valley below. In one instance, the group used a Zip Wire to go from one point to the other. Health and Safety was in short supply, with only a bit of wood and a couple of leather straps for the wrists. Five of the team decided to go the hard way, by walking. [The word ‘walking’ is used here in the loosest term possible, with some of the smaller rocks taller than a man and perilously balanced, one upon another.] Some of the Wall was climbed on hands and knees over one of the shorter but steeper portions. The path was overgrown in places and barely six feet wide and zig zagging up and down for miles. One of the lunch stops was in the complete wild mountainous area, miles from anywhere, and who should turn up but a man selling post cards! After sleeping on concrete beds, four at a time, and using deep drop toilets, and eating unrecognisable food, and having their feet massaged by the Chinese Army, the trip came to a successful end.

There is much more to this tale than can be justified in this small account so Richard is the man to see but we were all entranced by his trip and really appreciative that it was he that made the mountainous and difficulty, exciting adventure along the Great Wall of China, all be it only a small, but very difficult, section. Great stuff.

CCC Coffee Pot Christian Aid

Coffee Pot exceeded their expenses for the morning by £64, so this extra amount was given to Mavis as a donation to Christian Aid., so thank you all concerned.

CCC Coffee Pot Miscellaneous

Q. An Egyptian saw 14 of them in a dream. What were they?
A. Kine noun, plural cows (Archaic) kine. The mature female of a bovine animal.
Genesis 41 v18 & 19 “…..when out of the river there came up seven cows, fat and sleek, and they grazed among the reeds. After them, seven other cows came up–scrawny and very ugly and lean. I had never seen such ugly cows in all the land of Egypt. [NIV]

Q. He eateth grass as an ox. What does?
A. Bemoth
Job 40 v15 “Look at the behemoth, which I made along with you and which feeds on grass like an ox. [NIV]
Noun, behemoth, a huge or monstrous creature. “behemoths like the brontosaurus”
Modern view. “Something enormous, especially a large and powerful organization. Shoppers are now more loyal to their local shops than to faceless behemoths.”

Q. There were five WHAT golden ones in the Ark?
A. Mice.
1 Samuel 6 v4“…..and five gold rats, according to the number of the Philistine rulers, because the same plague has struck both you and your rulers.” [NIV]

Q. A prophet was three days in this one’s belly?
A. Whale.
Jonah 1:17 “But the LORD provided a great fish to swallow Jonah, and Jonah was inside the fish three days and three nights.”

Q. Isaac’s bride rode on one of these?
A. Camel.
Genesis 24 v64 “Rebekah also looked up and saw Isaac. She got down from her camel.” [NIV]
Camels? The two surviving species of camel are the dromedary, or one-humped camel and the bactrian, or two-humped camel.
“Camel” is also used more broadly to describe any of the six camel-like mammals in the family Camelidae: the two true camels and the four New World camelids: i.e. llama, alpaca, guanaco, and vicuña of South America.

Peter Brown

Our next CCC Coffee Pot meetings are on the 2nd, 16th and 30th June in the Chilton Room at the Village Centre, starting at 10.30am.

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