Just a quick reminder that tomorrow is your deadline for your submissions to the Quangocircles project (which - depending on where you live - could concievably run to 11:59 GMT on Saturday).
Also: a VERY BIG thank you to all those who have submitted circles so far. Below is a list of the ones I have on file. Circles have been everywhere recently and I must admit it’s been a challenge keeping up! If I have missed any of your submissions, I do apologise. Please, please point me at them again :)
Ok, so I had a couple of comments/ questions about my nickname today. For those of you who do not already know (or for those who would like a fuller description) this is what quango-bingo is and how it came to be:
In short, it is the second daftest game I have ever invented. It is very simple, but beautiful in its mechanic. Sort of…
It all started back in the year 2000 (evidently an auspicious year) when a friend of mine - upon seeing a news report - commented that she really liked the word ‘quango’. My response was simply ‘bingo’. From that moment on, for about an hour and a half, our conversation consisted solely of two-syllable words or phrases ending in an ‘o’ sound (though not necessarily the letter O. Clever, no?).
Our 90-minute descent into madness was punctuated by such beauties as ‘oboe’, ‘pogo’*, ‘day-glo' and - my personal favourite: 'oh no!’.
*Even if you click on nothing else, click on the pogo link!
I was surprised not only at how much fun it was, but also the intensity of the experience. Quite odd indeed. Sometimes you’ve just got to go with the flow. Luckily, being university students, neither of us had anything better to do with our time.
Well, there was only one thing left to do: make it competetive! Thus the game of quango-bingo was invented and played - usually late at night and under the influence of various substances (including cheese) - by a bunch of young people who really aught to have been doing more constructive things with their time.
The rules are simple and as follows:
- Players take it in turn to trade words or phrases - All words/ phrases must have two syllables - The second syllable must be an ‘o’ sound - Repetition and hesitation are not allowed
That’s it. You can score it however you like: 3 lives and you’re out; a mistake earns you a forfeit; clever phrases earn you points; whatever you want :)
It remains a fond friend of many of the people I hang out with and sometimes - very occasionally (and very definitely only ‘for old times’ sake’) - it is brought out of the dusty cupboards of our minds, shaken off and played into the wee hours.
As you may have figured out by the ‘like’ spam on your dash, I’ve been away for two weeks and have just finished catching up. The good thing is that I’ve just been on a magical mystery tour of loads of wonderful shots. The bad thing is that I couldn’t leave replies on anything over a week old and that that I couldn’t give everything the attention it deserved. I hope to make this up to you all from now on.
In return for the great photography, some thanks are in order (an in chronological order) to:
Fatchance for the drinks recipes, the botany and a long soak
Jeannie for the all the lovely food, for the greens and for the warning about long posts with links in!
Luna for turning my dashboard into a holiday (and for mouth-wateringly casual dining)