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Coffee Pot – February dispatches

CCC Coffee Pot and a Quiz Too Far

The winter chill was in the air as we rushed to the radiators in the Chilton Room at the Village Centre. After a cuppa we soon warmed up, expectantly for the fulfilment of the mornings entertainment. Settling down, we waited for Leslie and Sandy to start quizzing us on their joint venture. Having produced 30 questions to answer, we proceeded to answer them with gusto and confidence that exceeded all expectations. What was the name of Tonto’s horse? First we had to find out who Tonto was. He turned out to be a friend of The Lone Ranger and not a member of England’s Equestrian team of 1948. Tonto’s horse was not called Black Beauty, Hay Ho Silver or Neddy but Scout. So far, so good. Another question asked by Leslie and Sandy was concerning the country that Paddington Brown originated from? Most people knew that he came from Peru, or Darkest Peru. Even with such a detailed answer that included ‘Darkest’ they only gave us one point. Winston Churchill was a correct answer to question 10 and 19 that everyone got right, but I have forgotten what the questions were as I was so excited at gaining more points. Anne Boleyn supposedly had11 fingers as she was a good knitter and the VC was first awarded in 1857, although it was back dated to 1854. The quiz was entitled the Christmas Quiz [or The Easy Quiz] and as Leslie and Sandy marked us all, so it transpired. Out of a maximum of thirty points, the majority of us managed single figures; no one managed 50%, although Jackie and Barbara somehow manages 14. We look forward to the next time Leslie and Sandy are our questioners.

Nina closed the enjoyable time by reminding us of the time that the Baby Jesus was born and all the difficulties that had to be overcome. No mobile ‘phones; no high speed trains or even low speed trains. Bus services had not been invented. Throughout the life of Jesus, he experienced difficulties and challenges, so he understands so many of to-days problems in the world. This is why Jesus gave himself for us. Let us then approach the throne of grace with confidence, so that we may receive mercy and find grace to help us in our time of need.

CCC Coffee Pot and the Marimbas!

The Coffeepoteers started the year with an excellent meal at the Peacock, Henton. The beef and the salmon went down a real treat, so thanks to Martin and the staff. The after dinner entertainment went down as well. Ten of our members had an item of enjoyment or meaningful repose to regale us with. After a delightful afternoon, we went on our way, happy and rejoicing. [except for those who were dragged off to the January sales!]

Our second meeting might have come under the heading ‘If you can’t beat them: join them.’ but we could beat them. We could all join in the beat of the MARIMBA BAND, either from sedentary position or by actually getting up and having ago, after the elevant instruction, of course. Jan [jan@africanmarimbas.co.uk] introduced us to this African musical instrument.

The marimba is a percussion instrument consisting of a set of wooden bars struck with mallets to produce musical tones. The bars are arranged like the keys of a piano. The marimba was developed by African slaves. A Coffeepoteer player of the Marimba can now be called a Coffeepoteermarimbist, [under training, of course]. We only had the actual director Director of the African Marimba Workshop with us and, due to her excellent tutelage, she enabled over two thirds of our members to knock out a tune in the short time available.

Jan lived in Botswana with her family of four initially, which was increased to five during those years. Jan and Pete lived and taught in the mining township of Orapa. The whole town was surrounded by a 20 mile fence, for protection amongst other things. In their early years they lived in a tin hut [?] with a few ants and other creepy crawlies. Later on, they moved into a brick house, complete with some mod cons. Modern roads of compacted mud and lots of dust, plus large water filled pot holes, sometimes were littered with loads of goats and the occasional cow. Of course, the street lighting was non-existing, plus the fact that some of the sewage systems were primitive, at least by our standards. No water was wasted, most of which could be used for watering the garden, producing some of the cleanest fruit and veg. [and tallest].

Jan [jan@africanmarimbas.co.uk] has a music degree, has taught music for 5 years and worked with African marimbas for over a period of 18 years and has a passion for them … As we now do.. and so can you.

Peter Brown

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