The MSE Christmas pub quiz 2011 results

Last week I challenged you to the pub quiz I’d given the MSE team at our Christmas party. Now as promised, it’s time for the answers…(and as in all good pub quiz tradition, I of course expect you to argue). Spoiler alert! If you want to have a go at the quiz before seeing the answers, see...

The MSE Christmas pub quiz 2011…can you beat the team?

How good’s your general knowledge? Can you beat the MSE Team? Last Friday was the MSE Towers’ Christmas party and quiz, so now I want to invite you to take part too and see how you do… There was hair being pulled out, confusion, befuddlement and some painful moments, and that was just MSE Darren and I...

Do you wash your hands after going to the loo? – Not in a nightclub!

My wrath about nightclub toilet attendants resurfaced last week as I went to a club with a friend for the first time in an age. In the loo was a man with his fragrances and lollipops, pouncing at every person – providing the wholly unnecessary service of turning the tap on and giving out a paper towel....

Grrrrrr – Scrabble ignoramuses, keep your traps shut

I need a rant. Last night when Mrs MSE and I were on one of our Scrabble dates (2for1 restaurant voucher and Travel Scrabble – I know how to show a girl a good time), an American chap at the next table leant over and said: "You shouldn’t be allowed to use those silly words; you should...

The psychology of leaving a stranger with your valuables

I’m often out and about around the country and am never without my laptop. This means on trains, in coffee shops, or elsewhere; it’s unpacked, set up and out as a portable office. The dilemma is when a ‘comfort break’ is needed – do you pack everything up and shut your laptop down? Or risk leaving it...

Giving my ‘dance teacher’ a shock

I decided not to say anything when my Lorraine producer said: "Don’t worry Martin, we’ve arranged a dance teacher and a dance class to teach you some basic steps for the Real Deals film, just turn up on the day." As always with my Lorraine Real Deals films, we choose a location as a backdrop. The deals...

The top 10 real things we don’t believe in

Arthur C. Clarke’s law is that: "Any sufficiently advanced technology is indistinguishable from magic". This is a comfort as I recently admitted I don’t believe planes can fly.  Thankfully that blog’s comments brought many others out of the closet of confidence – so here are my remaining top ten picks of real things people don’t believe in....

The Great South Run in 1:28:10 and £12,800 to Cancer Research – thank you

I’m writing this having JUST run the 10 mile Great South Run, in a time of 1:28:10. The last couple of miles in the face of a biting sea wind were bitterly painful and while running I concluded it is impossible for any normal human being to actually run the marathon (if you’ve done it, I can...

I don’t believe planes can fly

While I’ve been in a plane many times, I still have doubts over the science of powered flight. Hot air balloons make sense to me, yet those big heavy steel planes with their mega-tonne jet engines – no, that’s just too farfetched. The idea that the take-off, created by small wings at speed is enough to pull...

The X Factor prediction champagne contest

Each year Mrs MSE and I have a game to predict who’ll be in the final five on The X Factor, and in what order. This year I thought I’d invite you all to join in too and I’ll send a bottle of the sparkly stuff to the winner. My prediction: 1. Misha B 2. The Risk...