Like a lot of families, my side of the family has been meeting every week for a Fzamily Quiz – it gives us the chance to see each other, with the fun structure of a quiz, meaning there’s no awkward silences…
- There’s my mum & sister in Liverpool
- my brother, my niece, Rose, her husband David, & their two young sons in Manchester
- my other niece, her husband David, & their two young children in Malaya
- my nephew, and his girlfriend , aso in Manchester.
- my other nephew, his wife & their two young children in Edinburgh
- and us in France.
2.00 pm our time, 1.00 pm UK time and 8.00 pm Malaya time.
When it started the questions were fairly normal quiz questions…Rose started us off, then Judy & mum, then it was me & Mr FD. We shook it up a bit with an “Only Connect” type of round.
This started a trend then, with some slightly more off-the-wall rounds, which I offer to you as a change, if you’re looking for something a bit different!
Ruth, in Malaya offered us some slightly different rounds, telling us that her Year 7s managed them easily – her rounds included “Kanye or Shakespeare?” (were the quotes from a Kanye West song, or from Shakespeare?) and some of the 26 L in the A type questions.
Conor in Manchester then started the “Question Master’s hat” – wearung a very splendid Jester-y top hat – and asked some tricky questions, along the lines of “designed to be able to be kept in the fridge for a year, what is a Cosmic Crisp? (a type of apple) and what is a “Pink Fairy” a type of? (armadillo) He also had a round of “Which is longer/bigger/heavier…?” such as “Which is bigger: the height of Michael Phelps or a cell of DNA stretched out?” (Actually not a good example as there was some -ahem – “discussion” about this…)
(They look the same to me!!)
Today’s was the most diverse though, led by Kieran, a primary school teacher, in Edinburgh. His QMHat was a child’s fireman Sam hat!
Round 1 was “Lip reading” where his microphone was muted and he & Louisa said various items from different categories – including Takeaway food!
Round 2 was “Victorian novel or Farrow & Ball paint colour”? (Or “Is it a book…or is it a Look?” as Kieran kept asking!) This included “Dead Salmon”, “Villette” and “Nancy’s Blushes” (look, book, look)
Round 3 was Name this Flower, where he sent photos to the Family WhatsApp group to identify the flower.
Then Round 4 was the most riotous as it was First Back to the Screen with this Item… Conor, living in a small flat, was at an advantage here and was crowned the winner. The things we had to find included ” a mouthful of milk”, “a handful of dirt”, “something alive” (this would be the only week we hadn’t been joined by a cat!), “something that smells bad” (our cat litter tray was just pipped to the post by a recently changed nappy!!) and “a vegetable” Mr FD was my runner for this & he was relieved he could get everything without running upstairs, but even so, we only got 1 point!
It has been fun, and I have actually seen more of my family than I would do usually…I wonder if it will carry on after we have gone back to “normal” Probably not. It does get in the way of Mr FD’s cycling, as he likes to go out about 1.00/ 1.30 and I’m sure the Young Things will have other more exciting events (like football matches!) to go to, but for now it is a pleasant hour’s interlude, that has started to provide us with quite a few amusing incidents!
We’re thinking of having a round of song lyrics translated into a foreign language and then retranslated back…
- We’ll meet again, well, I’ll know for a while.
- Remember to call you a heart, and then you can start to make it better.
- Admirable elegance, a good sound
- Oh, oh, all faithful to you.
These were from English, to Latvian, to Mandarin & back again. Not great examples, but this has possibilities I think!
(Answers: We’ll meet again, don’t know where, don’t know when/ Remember to let her into your heart, then you can start to make it better/ Amazing Grace, how sweet the sound…/ Oh come all ye faithful…)
Alternatively, well known Shakespeare quotations might work:
- Whether it’s home or not, it’s a problem.
- Shred Sp. Pilksta
- Not everything is a golden one.
- And the winter i can’t get home
- The light on the window will break.
- I’m going to be okay, because I want to.
- All the world stage, and all men and women have only balls:
- Put the cambridge, I see it in front of me, take care of my hand
- Of course, love never runs smoothly.
- What about you, Brut?
- If you pierce me, I’ll bleed?
I like some of these…can you guess what they are?
I’ll tell you tomorrow!