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30 June 2009 :: 23:06:24 pm 2189

Quiz Night at the Moonies Bar Pattaya

I recently had the fortune of being invited to a quiz night at a Pattaya bar, an experience which has so far eluded me and at 56, I thought it about time I give it a try.
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The venue, a small one-unit beer bar on the “dark side” of Sukumvit named “Moonies”, was already buzzing with a few dozen compatriots, together with an Irish contingent, who had gathered for the weekly event. The atmosphere was decidedly welcoming and congenial. Four teams had already registered for the night’s quiz and we decided to form one team with our group of seven, paying 50 baht each, which included free food ( a very tasty Chili Con Carne). All proceeds from the quiz are donated to the Mercy Center.

The bar staff kept the reasonably priced drinks flowing as the host, Michael Turpin, assisted by his business partner Peter Heselwood, kicked off the proceedings. The questions were split into 7 categories, some samples of which I include here (answers below)

– What does BOAC stand for?

– What was Elton John’s first hit song?

– In what year was the Battle Of Trafalgar?

– What was Walt Disney’s first feature length animated movie?

I was surprised how quickly the competitive spirit kicked in, especially as our team took an early lead and it was, in all honesty, great fun. Needless to say, we won fair and square. I’d like to think it was because we were the best team, but it was probably down to our rivals being more pissed than us!

Our prize was a bottle of vodka which we immediately re-donated to be auctioned among the gathering. The total raised for the Mercy Center that night was an admirable 3800 baht, bringing the total for 8 weeks of quiz nights to 25000 baht, for which Michael and Peter must be congratulated. The pair also run a company, “Trotters Traders”, which specialises in auctions for charity.

For entertainment value I can highly recommend the Moonies Bar quiz night and, of course, it’s all in a good cause. I’m already addicted, and I’ll be back again soon.

You can find Moonies Bar on Soi Nernplabwan opposite Soi 39. Quiz nights are every Wednesday at 8:30. Get there early to guarantee a seat!

(Answers : British Overseas Airways Corporation, Your Song, 1805, Snow White)

Reporter : PDN staff   Photo : PDN staff   Category : Society

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