Quiz results

Sorry, don’t have them yet. If I get tomorrow off work (looking hopeful right now) I’ll be spending the day grading them and will publish the results. Unfortunately there weren’t many entries this year. The Bedford Habs are noticeably missing.

Telford's Change

We’ve been watching a series called “Telford’s Change.” Does anyone remember it? A drama from 1979, ten episodes, starring Peter Barkworth and Hannah Gordon. Peter Barkworth plays the part of an international banker who gets burnt out and takes a manager’s job at a bank in Dover. Hannah Gordon plays his wife who doesn’t want to leave London. Dad videotaped each episode and mailed it to me in Saudi Arabia. I really enjoyed it and looked forward to each package.

Sadly, episodes 9 and 10 never arrived and I never got to see how it turned out. Then, thirty years later, John found me a copy. We started all over again and reached Episode 9 last night. Now I know why the tape never made it through. There’s a bedroom scene!

Glad I wasn’t carted off to jail when Saudi customs played that one.

Christmas morning

Good morning, Habershons. And a Merry Christmas to all of you. Where are you all today? John and I are in Houston. I’m teaching the noon Bikram Yoga class (there were 74 students last year) and then our neighbours are coming over for turkey and hopefully will help us solve the Sixth Annual Habershons.com Christmas Quiz. She is a Continental Airlines pilot and he is an engineer, so hopefully we’ll have some more brainpower this year.

The 2009 Sixth Annual Habershons.com Christmas Quiz

For the last couple of years the Habershons.com Annual Christmas Quiz has been compiled by last year’s winner. You may remember that the Stables Habs won last year. Fortunately one member of that team came forward and volunteered to set this year’s. Thank you, Gina!

Here are the rules:

This quiz is open to any household that contains a Habershon, a née Habershon, a Habershons.com commenter, or anyone who resides on the Branch Office page.

One point will be awarded for each correct answer. One point will be deducted/added for each household with more than/fewer than four participants. For example, if there are ten participants, six points will be deducted. And if there are only two participants, two points will be added.

The team with the highest score will receive a £10 (or equivalent currency) Amazon gift voucher. If there are more than eight entries a second prize will be awarded. Correct answers and the team results will be published on the website as soon as possible after the closing date.

No looking up answers on the internet or in reference books. All answers must come straight from your heads. Submit your answers to the Webmistress (cjathearn @ gmail.com) no later than 11pm GMT on December 28th.

As usual, no correspondence will be entered into, and the Quizmaster’s decision is final. Only one entry per household.

HERE’S THE QUIZ! Remember to print it before you head to your Christmas celebrations. It’s in .pdf format and is seven pages long. The first and last pages have been left intentionally blank to prevent anyone from seeing a question in advance.

Good luck!

A casualty of the UK weather

So here I am sitting at work listening to the UK weather reports on the Radio Two Breakfast Show (starring Johnnie Walker who is sitting in for Chris Evans who is replacing Terry Wogan), and into my e-mail box comes a live bulletin from the Emsworth Habs. Apparently Jim is going into hospital tomorrow for an operation with full anaesthetic. He fell on ice and broke his cheek. He’ll be home on Christmas Day, hopefully in time to participate in the Sixth Annual Habershons.com Christmas Quiz.

Poor Jim. I’m sure all Habs are sending you sympathy and best wishes for a speedy recovery.

David comments . . . Moral: Don’t get off a bus with your hands in your pockets.

Wogan's last week

I’m going to miss Terry Wogan on Radio 2. This is the last week of his morning show. I first listened to him when living in Holland in 1980 and used to send messages to Mum and Dad via postcards to the show. One morning they were lying in bed with the radio on, and Wogan asked Mr. Habershon if he’d made the tea for Margaret yet. It gave them quite a shock!

After Holland I never heard him again until recently, when the BBC started archiving the show on the internet. Since then I’ve been listening to him faithfully here in Houston every morning at work.

Someone called Chris Evans is taking over. Is he any good?

Thanksgiving yoga in California

It’s very difficult to go for a week without practicing if you’re a Bikram Yoga addict. Fortunately there were several studios within 30 miles of John’s brother’s house and I was able to sneak out to three of them before anyone woke up. If you’re not a Bikram Yoga addict you can stop reading now as you’ll be bored to tears. Habershons, you can study the family tree.

The closest studio (in Los Gatos) was not “pure” Bikram. The schedule offered different kinds of yoga, but as they had an early Bikram class I decided to try it. The differences were immediately noticable.

1. They rented me a GREEN mat.
2. People were talking in the yoga room before class started.
3. There were peace signs covering all the walls that didn’t have mirrors.
4. The floor was hardwood.
5. The instructor walked in and told us to get into Mountain Pose.
6. The room was only about 100 degrees.
7. Before Half Moon, instead of going right and left right and left, we were told to go forwards and backwards as well.
8. They started playing music beginning with Awkward pose and right through to the end.
9. In Eagle we had to point our toes out to the side before wrapping our legs.
10. We turned sideways for the three poses after Balancing Stick.
11. We did the same 26 poses and two breathing exercises, but with the exception of the mention of a Japanese Ham Sandwich there was very little Bikram dialogue.
12. The instructor touched me twice. The second time was in the final savasanah. My eyes were closed. I jumped out of my skin. And I think she rubbed some eucalyptus into my shoulders.

There were a lot of other differences, but it’s been a while now since the class and I can’t remember everything. I should point out, however, that I felt great once class was over.

Two more studios to follow.