When you think of England, perhaps one of the images that pops into your head is the iconic British pub—complete with dim lighting, the smell of chips, the warmth of a fireplace, and a pint of the finest British lager. At least that’s how the The Holiday portrays it to Americans…
Having seen British pubs portrayed so elegantly in movies, one of my regrets of last semester (for better or worse) was not visiting many pubs. After a classmate told me about University Challenge, one of the longest running British gameshows on television, I began watching it and was immediately hooked. I decided that we should try trivia ourselves and sought out the perfect pub quiz location.
This perfect location ended up being The Hammersmith Ram, a cosy pub located, not surprisingly, in Hammersmith. Like pubs in movies, The Hammersmith Ram has open fires, wooden beams, and comfy couches. Although we started out with two teams, by the end of the semester, we found ourselves having four teams to represent the International Health Management (IHM) cohort.
A typical pub quiz night consists of 40 general knowledge questions, including music and picture rounds. You never know what to expect with these questions and sadly, there are not many questions regarding healthcare. Nevertheless, I am always surprised at the random knowledge of my classmates as well as the facts I learned in primary school that have finally proved useful.
Which mammal has the largest eyes? Which Pacific island nation had a time zone change in 2011 and redrew the international dateline? What does NASCAR stand for? What country has the Lev currency? ONEIRTOSN is an anagram for which word? Can you name this obscure British song from the 1970s? Questions like these drive us crazy and force us to rack our brains on a weekly basis now…
So far, only one of our teams has achieved a place that qualifies for a prize (1st and 2nd place winners receive a bar tab and a bottle of wine, respectively). However, pub quiz really isn’t about winning. It’s about unwinding and relaxing with your classmates mid-week and realising that there’s a lot in this world to learn, even as a postgraduate. But I’d be lying if I said I hoped studying for exams only helped me in the classroom…one can only hope that this revision material helps IHM claim the coveted first prize next pub quiz.
Carissa is studying our MSc International Health Management programme.